Bringing the “City of Love” To Your Home: Paris-Themed Decorating

Using a theme to decorate a room in your house can be more exciting than any of the design concepts you currently have in mind.  Taking inspiration from somewhere you have traveled to or wish to travel can bring focus to your decoration project.  Sticking with a theme will also prevent you from having to fill in the design gaps when you are out of creative ideas.  You can simply refer back to the culture of the geographical place you are emulating. 

One example of a popular theme is Paris.  It is a city with worldwide recognition and a unique look that attracts thousands of visitors every day.  Guests will be able to easily recognize the inspiration in your home that comes from this place through your use of the colors and architecture most associated with it.  Read on for suggestions about how to incorporate a Parisian theme in any room of your home.

 

Color Palette for Paris:  These are the colors that make people think of Paris: choose wisely.  The main goal is to use this theme in your designated space while preventing the room from appearing too disjointed from the rest of your home.  Concentrate on using the colors that flatter your home’s overall style. 

 

  • Creme
  • Dove Gray
  • Scarlet Red
  • Black + White
  • Royal Blue
  • Tiffany Blue
  • Ballet Pink
  • Olive Green
  • Saffron Yellow
  • Café au Lait

 

Popular Design Materials:  These materials are the best foundation for designing your Parisian-style room.

 

  • Wrought Iron
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • Brick
  • Chevron or Herringbone patterned tile
  • Stone
  • Stucco 

 

Lighting, Furniture & Accessories:  Once you have taken care of the basic outer design of the room, focus your attention on giving each lighting element, furniture, and accessory the Paris touch.  Again, you do not have to use all of these items.  Simply use the pieces that will flatter your home the most. 

  • Color-Washed Wood
  • Chandeliers
  • Track Lighting
  • Heavy Drapery
  • Porcelain Jars
  • Upholstered Chairs
  • Multi-paned windows and cabinetry
  • Patterns & Stripes
  • Bookshelves
  • Indoor Plants
  • Toile
  • Patterned Rugs
  • Ornate Clocks
  • Wrought Iron (Headboard, Side Table, and Chairs, Towel Racks etc.)

 

 

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors are a fantastic decorative piece that can be over or underused. While typically we think of mirrors to go on bathroom walls, their purpose has become so much more over the years. Homeowners have begun to incorporate mirrors as works of art rather than just a way to look at yourself every now and then. Here are our tips for incorporating mirrors into your home’s decor: 

 

  1. Reflect Light

Mirrors are perfect in rooms that bare a lot of light because they can enhance the brightness. If you are looking to brighten up your space naturally, add a mirror on the opposite wall of the window and it will reflect natural light back into the room. 

  1. Expand the Room

Mirrors are known to make rooms look larger than they actually are; therefore, the placement of your mirror can add depth to a space without extra square footage. Mirrors play an illusion on our minds and make the room look larger. The key is to place a mirror horizontally on the wall of the room you want to make look bigger. The correct placement can make a tiny space look more open and inviting. 

  1. Place in a Collection

Find a collection of small, decorative mirrors to place on one wall together. Mirrors are great decorative pieces and you can make instant artwork by using several mirrors in one area. Incorporate them into your gallery wall, line them up in a row, or scatter them on your desktop. 

  1. Express Art

Giant, bold, beautiful mirrors can be displayed as pieces of artwork in rooms like your living room or bedrooms. Homeowners should place these mirrors to be the focal point of the room because they tend to draw a lot of attention. 

  1. Angled in Position.

If you decide to decorate with a giant mirror, place the mirror at an angle leaning against a wall. This will help give the illusion of a larger space and makes the mirror look more decorative. 

  1. No Natural Light

Yes, mirrors are perfect for rooms that have a lot of natural light, but they are also great for rooms that do not have any natural light. Just place some candles in front of the mirror and it will light up the room with a warm glow. 

 

If you are looking to save money, search for old mirrors that you can refurbish and bring back to life with some new paint! We hope you enjoyed these tips for incorporating mirrors into your home’s decor. 


Five Easy Ways to Add Character to Your Home

These days, a lot of modern homes lack architectural details and they use bland lighting fixtures. If your home is looking a bit flat it’s time to add some character to your space. Here are some easy and affordable ways you can bring some charm to your home.

  

Install a Ceiling Medallion

If you’re looking for a way to add a hint of elegance to your living room area than you should consider purchasing a ceiling medallion. Many homeowners tend to overlook decorating the ceiling. Attaching a ceiling medallion requires little effort. In fact, you can attach it to the ceiling with glue or caulk adhesive.

 

Add Trim to the Windows

Most modern homes lack window trims. Such a small detail can make a world of a difference in the house overall look. Window trim can provide a more finished appearance. The best part of it all is that you can complete this project yourself.

 

Faux Fireplace

Everyone knows that fireplaces add both charm and elegance to your space. If you’re seeking to take things up several notches it’s time to add in a fireplace. Installing a fireplace can start at approximately $2500. However, you can purchase a faux fireplace that heats and lights up like a real one for under $500.

 

Vintage Knobs

Yes, it’s time to replace the standard knobs on the doors and cabinets with something more vintage. A subtle change like this can have a dramatic effect.

 

Play with Bold Colors

Neutral colors are always safe. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and play with bold colors. Consider painting one of the rooms in your home a bold and electric color.

 

Dress up the walls

Most American homes have plain drywall that lacks creative details. Let your blank walls serve as a canvas. One way you can dress up the wall is by creating a floor to ceiling gallery wall. You can use family photos or pictures of places you’ve visited. You can also consider adding a wallpaper decal to the walls by using glue or a stick-on wallpaper decal. 

Design Ideas for Rooms with Vaulted Ceilings

Having a vaulted ceiling in your home is one of the most desirable looks out there. It instantly makes any room feel spacious and full of possibilities. Making sure that you utilize this beautiful feature in your home will ensure that you create an inviting and comfortable atmosphere for you and your guests. Here are a few ideas that will showcase your vaulted ceilings.

 

Character is something that is easily added to this architectural feature. While standard ceilings may have some crown molding added for effect, a vaulted ceiling can benefit from a slight variation in paint color from your walls, large wooden beams over planks and wider crown molding to ensure it is not dwarfed by the depth of the space.

 

Lighting is very important when dealing with a higher ceiling. Brighter bulbs are necessary to reach every space in the evening time. Recessed can lighting gives the area a smooth appearance while the center of the room can handle a large hanging chandelier for a real show-stopping look.

 

Natural light is just as important as artificial sources for vaulted ceilings as well. Installing skylights make a striking effect on the room. If this is not an option, French windows and doors all along the wall that has the best view from the home will make it seem like a vacation destination. Add an accent window on top in a complementary shape to the below windows to bring the eye upward.

 

Vaulted ceilings also give you the opportunity to create stunning built-ins that can hold books, an entertainment center or simple statuettes and antiques you may have collected over time. If there is a large open wall space that seems bare, try placing large artwork or iron pieces on the wall to make a statement. Corners can be filled with tall, indoor potted plants or a beautiful sculpture.

 

Don’t be afraid to use slightly larger furniture, tables and other assorted items to decorate the space as the ceiling will help provide proportion to the room. Windows can also benefit from taller, more grand drapery to create drama as well. You have a much-coveted home feature, do your very best to help it shine!

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