Adding Warmth to Any Room

Every home has its own unique style and every room is a new opportunity to convey the personality of its residents through the choice of fabrics, colors and furniture. While some designs give a natural sense of warmth to a room, it may not be so obvious in others. This can be easily remedied by mixing different textures and placing focus on certain items to bring the space up to speed and give it that welcoming feeling you are looking for.

 

Color is one of the best ways to add warmth to a room. If your walls have cooler tones like blues and greens, try using warmer colors for your accent pieces like pillows, flower vases or lamps. Warm browns, reds and yellows will instantly inject vitality and comfort to the room without having to make huge changes in decor.

 

Texture is another great way to add depth to the room’s look and warm it up at the same time. A chunky knit throw hanging over the side of a leather couch, a natural wood sculpture in the corner of the room and antique gilded mirror hanging on the wall are all quick fixes if your current setup isn’t feeling so cozy.

 

Don’t forget about your lighting! Natural light is always best. Make sure it can find its way through the room by tying back your curtains during the day. Use mirrors and glass to assist the light in reaching as much surface area as possible. Changing your bulbs out for ones that emit a soft yellow glow will also instantly make you feel more relaxed and comfortable. Controlling the amount of light you need through a dimmer will help you control the mood of the room depending on the time of day.

 

Finally, try implementing some natural elements into the space through potted plants, a wooden mantelpiece or a hand-woven basket for holding reading materials next to your favorite chair. Pay attention to your floor choice.  Many natural materials are available.  Incorporating materials from nature not only relaxes you but it’s earthy qualities give you a sense of being grounded that in turn makes you feel quite at home in your surroundings. 

Trends in Decor

You consider yourself to be pretty stylish, but in your own way. Keeping up the current decorating trends has been a lot of work for you in the past. Decorating should be about adding your personality to a space and you get that. But you want to make a change, you are tired of your current decor and want a new look. Where do you start? Here are some trendy decorating tips for any style: 

 

Add life to the space with greenery 

Plants are amazing decor pieces for several reasons. Number one, they provide an easy way to add a pop of color to any space. Number two, plants hold a lot of natural beauty and that never goes out of style.


Incorporate lighting that makes a statement 

Lighting comes in all shapes and sizes nowadays. The current lighting obsession is “Edison Light Bulbs.” These energy-efficient lights add a classic touch to any room while creating warmth from their hue. 


Black is the new black

Let us face it, black will always be in style. No matter what trends seem to pop up, black always remains relevant. Adding black to a room’s decor will make the pieces timeless. Black is a pretty safe bet when you are decorating your house. 


Make storage stylish

Storing items is a necessity for any home. Baskets are a stylish alternative to just storing items in basic bins. Baskets are a great piece of decor that can be left out without taking away from the style of the room. 

Think about the item’s amount of storage when you go to buy new furniture. When purchasing a coffee table, make sure you can utilize the drawers. 


Warm up with a cozy rug

Rugs are great for small and large spaces. They can add to the overall design of the room while adding comfort to your feet. 


Update old furniture pieces 

Reconsider getting rid of some of your furniture pieces and think of ways you could redesign them. Redesigning furniture can include changing its paint color, adding different legs, switching the knobs, etc. Redesigning your current pieces helps save money and puts your personal spin on the piece of furniture. 


When in doubt, keep it simple

Simplicity is always in style. When searching for new decor, think about how long it will be trendy. Neutral tones are more likely to remain stylish than certain bold colors. 

 

Remember to let your own personal style drive your decorating decisions. There is nothing more trendy than your personal take on style. Focus your energy on creating a room that captivates your take on various trends.

Learning the Basics of Interior Design Part 2

In part two of Learning the Basics of Interior Design we’ll function on how you can add style in your decor selections. During the decoration process you should look through magazines and websites like Pinterest to gain inspiration. Pulling inspiration from other sources will provide you with ideas on how you can design your home.

 

Create A Focal Point

Each room should have a focal point or an area of interest. Some rooms have natural areas of interest. This can be a fireplace or big floor to ceilings windows. If the room doesn’t have a natural focal point than you can create such an area by implementing decorative elements such as a bold rug or a dynamic art piece.

 

Set Out A Lighting Scheme

These days lighting is everything in a design scheme. Your lighting sources should be selected based on the functions of each room. Does the room require direct or indirect lighting? This is determined based on the intended function for the room. Does the lighting source need to simply brighten the room for reading purposes or will this be the family room where you’ll watch television?

 

Selecting Color Hues

Here comes the fun part; playing with colors. Remember, the colors used in a room should reflect the theme of the space. Design professionals suggest that you limit a room to three colors. The first color should be the dominant hues that can be found on the walls and carpet. The secondary color can be noticed in the fabrics and accessories you implement. Finally, the third color is using sparingly just to slightly maximize visual interest.

 

Furniture Selection

Of course, your furnishing is an important element in the design scheme. Furnishing should not only complement the theme but it should be functional. Some furniture pieces may add function but the style and color throws off the entire design of the room. In this event, you can use slipcovers, paint and other accessories to mask the differences.

 

Are you ready to tackle the design process? Remember to be daring and make sure that your home’s design reflects you.

Learning the Basics of Interior Design Part 1

Perhaps, the most exciting part of having your own place is having the opportunity to add your own sense of style and functionality through design. A home that is well decorated sets a mood that reflects the individual’s dwelling in it.  While the design process sounds fun it’s a challenging task that requires preparation. To achieve the best results, you’ll need some guidance. This mini guide will help you kick off your design process by teaching you the basics of interior design.

 

Figure Out the Use of Each Room

Before you start picking out paint colors and curtains you first must determine what each room will be used for. Yes, a room’s design is heavily influenced by its intended use. You can create confusion in your design when you assign multiple tasks to one room.

 

Plan for Space

Space is an important principle of design and you should take it into consideration when determining the layout of your furniture and decorative pieces. Your floor plans should allow you and your guests to be able to easily walk through the room. Avoid space plans that requires you to walk through a community of furniture. Instead, create balance and proportion by evenly distributing furniture throughout the room.

 

Set the Mood

  • What will be the mood or feeling of each room? Yes, the mood is set through colors, patterns and the style of furniture that you select. When establishing a mood, you first must select a theme. Figuring out what the theme of a room will be can be tough. You can start off by getting an inspiration piece. An inspiration piece can be a picture or something as simple as a decorative pillow. A pillow with floral prints can inspire a floral print theme living room consisting of hardwood floors, a floral area rug and black sofa to emphasize the floral design.

Interior Design

A beautifully decorated home can showcase your family’s personality and style. Additionally, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment from knowing that you did an excellent job at creating a great space for your family. However, creating a design scheme can be difficult and require much effort. If you’re inexperienced in interior decorating, you’ll need some guidance with tackling the development and decor of your home. Here are some tips you may find useful.

 

Scope out each room of the house

The intended use largely determines the design of a room. For instance, when picking out pieces for the family room, you’ll likely seek out items that are kid friendly, easy to clean and that will create a peaceful ambiance since this is the place where your family will use for relaxation and entertainment.  To avoid creating a space that’s chaotic limit the designated uses per room.

 

Pay attention to furniture layout

There’s nothing worse than being unable to seamlessly navigate in a room because the furniture placement is off. Therefore, when decorating, you should avoid implementing floor plans that require you to walk through a gathering of furniture. Instead, evenly disperse pieces throughout the room based on its size and symmetry.

 

Utilize A Focal Point

Every room should have a focal point. In design, focal points are areas of dominance that often will grasp the viewer’s attention. Having a focal point element in a room will pull the overall design together and create a cohesive look. Create such areas of interest by using contrasting elements. Favorite focal points are pieces of dramatic artwork and unique furnishing. 

New Orleans: Bringing out the Big Easy in Your Home

With its rich history and distinct style, New Orleans is one of the best inspirations to use for your home decor.  With French, Spanish and African cultural influences all melded together, there is no place quite like The Big Easy.  Antique-style accessories can blend in with your current contemporary design to create a truly unique look.  Bright, bold colors will draw the eye wherever you choose to incorporate it and there’s no better way to get that across than through New Orleans signature colors of purple, green and gold representing Justice, Faith & Power. 

 

To assist you with your design, we have a few helpful lists below that include some of the more recognizable features associated with New Orleans.  This city inspires more eclectic and bold choices in decor, so don’t be afraid to play with bright colors and unique antique pieces.  Choose the appropriate ideas that will work the best with the rest of your home’s theme.  You do not want to ruin the flow of the house by choosing too many items that will distract from its overall look. 

 

Remember to have fun with the design.  Mix the old with the new, know that imperfections are okay and keep it light-hearted.  New Orleans is a city meant to be celebrated and showcased, so get started today with merging its daring style into your home!

 

Colors:

  • Brick Red
  • Sunshine & Butter Yellow
  • Dove & Charcoal Gray
  • Khaki
  • Soft & Bright Pink
  • Gold
  • Various Shades of Green
  • Various Shades of Blue
  • Bold Purple

 

Lighting:

  • Crystal Chandeliers
  • Gas Lamp Style Light Fixtures
  • Pendant Lights
  • Vintage & Eclectic Style Table and Floor Lamps

  

Furniture: 

  • Traditional Pieces like tufted couches and armchairs (with unexpected color to bring character to the room)
  • Wrought Iron Railings, headboard, side tables
  • Bistro Table with wrought iron chairs
  • Brightly painted cabinetry

 

Walls:

  • Iron Wall Plaques
  • Bright, Colorful Paintings
  • Floor-length Wall Drapery
  • Religious Symbols
  • Crown Molding
  • Detailed Plasterwork

 

Flooring:

  • Hardwood
  • Natural Stone
  • Brick and brick-look flooring materials
  • Patterned Tile
  • Statement Area Rugs

 

Natural Elements:

  • Ferns in Garden Statuaries
  • Topiaries
  • Hanging plants

Decorating a Bedroom for a Teenage Boy

Decorating a teenage boy’s room can feel like a difficult task.  You want to be sure to create a space that will cater to his personality and preferences while not ruining the flow of your home.  The teenage years are a time when a boy is evolving and learning more about who he is and who he wants to become, but there’s no handbook on how to help make sure his room grows with him. 

 

To get started on a decorating project like this, you will need to use the knowledge you have about what interests the boy you are designing the room for and what colors and room accessories will suit him best.  While each person is different, there are some common themes you can work with to build a foundation for a space that’s all his own.  Take the following suggestions and personalize them for the teenage boy in your life.

 

Painting the room is a good way to get started.  Keeping it neutral, there are still good colors available that will showcase the room to show that it belongs to a boy.  Softer tones of gray, blue and green are a great place to start.  If he enjoys race cars, you can even use an accent strip of color to make it look like a raceway. 

 

If your teenager is into sports, install floating wall shelves to display his collected memorabilia where he can see it and show it off to friends.  If he has a team jersey, buy a shadow box to preserve and display it on an open wall. 

 

For music lovers, use nice frames for posters of their favorite bands and incorporate a piece of storage furniture where they can keep pictures, ticket stubs or any other keepsakes from the concerts they may have attended.  If they play music as well, install a wall-mounted instrument holder for easy access. 

 

For the teenage gamer, a dedicated space for the television and all of their video games and consoles will help keep the wires from the controllers and game packages from causing clutter.  Add a couple of comfortable floor chairs for your teenager and a friend to sit on while playing whatever the hottest game of the moment is. 

 

We hope some of these ideas will get you started on your journey to decorating your teen’s room to his liking.  Try to get your him involved in the process for best results.  It’s always best to go directly to the source.  Happy decorating!

Remodeling

Do you find yourself already worried about that remodel that you haven’t begun to start planning? Does the sight of an interior design magazine send you into a frenzy as you think about all of the work and decision making you have ahead of you? Don’t worry! If you create a solid plan ahead of time you can use that structure to help you navigate the redesign process.

 

You have to start somewhere when it comes to a redesign and this is where an inspiration board or stylebook can be of great use to you. This will be somewhat like Pinterest, but if you create one physically it will be easier to move things around and visualize on a larger scale. An inspiration board can be great for someone who has a more focused idea of what they want. A stylebook is great for someone who is looking to try a few different looks before they nail down the final decor. Pull looks you find inspirational from design magazines, print them off of the internet, wherever you find inspiration you can add it to your book/board.

 

Focus on the most important aspect of the room—function. What do you want to accomplish with your redesign? If you are looking to up the resale value of your home, you may want to think less about your specific wants and needs and look to industry standards for what will increase this value in the future. If you’re redesigning for yourself, be sure you know what you want to accomplish with your space, what your needs and wants are for it, and stick to this.

 

Another crucial step to retaining your sanity when going through a remodel is to budget your time and money. Figure out what it is that you want the most and research estimates for these items. Don’t forget to set up a schedule for your remodel—the last thing you want is for your remodeling project to drag out, costing you even more money in the end.

 

Using these tools as a starting point to begin a remodel can help focus your attention where it needs to be and remove the overwhelming feeling many experience when starting to think about a remodel. While the time and effort can sometimes be a extensive, the rewards are worth it.

Decorating with White

Decorating with an all-white color scheme creates a dramatic statement and provides a fresh, calming look. Dramatic and calming at the same time? We think this look, over many others, achieves that! An all-white design offers a stunning modern look, but it can be hard to pull off as it could look stark and austere if not designed with care and intention. Of course, it’s not for everyone either—those with kids and/or pets—this could be a cleaning nightmare. Also consider that not everyone has a home with the architectural interest needed to pull off the look as seen in magazines and design blogs. But if you are finding yourself drawn to this look and want to go for it, consider these tips.

Architectural Detail and Structure:

Before you commit to painting everything white and swapping out all your furnishings and accessories, consider the architectural details in your home. An all-white look puts the architecture of your home on display, so if it’s lacking in this way, you’ll need to give it some love. Consider upgrading trim, adding crown molding and interesting ceiling treatments. A white brick wall, or white marble or stone finishes are also great ways to add interest and avoid an overly stark white space. If you imagine the bedroom pictured above without the wood moldings, the look would be lacking. In the image below, the built-in shelves and wide crown molding create strong architectural interest in this room.

Tone & Texture:

When decorating primarily with white, texture and tone will be vitally important. Mixing tones and shades of white will add interest. Don’t be afraid of mixing different whites. Add texture by using different materials; linen, faux fur, area rugs with subtle patterns, pottery, stone sculpture, knitted throws. You can use it all because your unifying element will be color.

Shape:

When you’re purchasing furniture, remember to include a variety of shapes. If you have too many rectangles, add a round coffee table, or dining table. If you have too many curves, add some square or rectangular shaped pieces to keep the space visually varied and interesting.

We hope this helps get you started in planning beautiful white spaces in your home. We’d love to help you select materials for your space to give you a look you’ll love for years.

 

How to Choose the Right Paint Finish

Knowing the right finish for paint can be tricky. Find out how and where to use the different paint finishes available.

Egg shell should be used in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms. They create a soft finish. This finish is also good for not highlighting imperfections in the wall. This finish will help create a soft look that is easier to relax in.

Flat or matte finishes should be used on ceiling. This finish hides imperfections even better than egg shell. These two finishes are truer to the color and add more depth than the other paint finishes.

Satin finishes have a bit more of gloss to them. This makes it easier to wipe the walls down and remove stains. This finish is great in kitchens, hallways and bathrooms. Use this finish in any space where there is higher foot traffic and more activity taking place.

Semi-gloss is even better for wiping clean than satin finishes. It should be used on trim work and doors, making them easier to wipe clean. This should not be used on walls because it draws attention to any imperfection in the wall. Even if you did not notice any imperfections, paint a wall semi-gloss and a one is sure to show up.

Glossy finishes should only be used on furniture and never on walls. It is easy to wipe clean but will show even more flaws than semi-gloss.

Now that you know what finishes to use and where you can be more confident selecting and purchasing paint for your home!

If you have any questions on your home, feel free to ask!  We are always happy to help.