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Decorating around a theme is often the best way to create a room that brings you joy. It provides an easy way to ensure that the room is ‘pulled together’ by way of a common thread. It also helps with decisions such as color selection, accessorizing, and furnishings. Rather than wonder whether or not to buy that amazing couch you just found, you can quickly and confidently say ‘yay or nay.’ Either it works with the theme or it doesn’t!
To make it even easier we have outlined the basics below in short bulleted lists. We’ve found that when working theme it’s more effective to pick and choose possibilities a la carte. Otherwise you risk ‘overdoing it’ with the theme and end up with a room that might look it belongs in a theme park. Less is more. Lastly, when going about it this way the overall project seems less daunting. Just pick what you like and work it into your plan!
In this article on we are going to dish about the fabulous look of 1960’s inspired mod décor. If you bold pops of pure color and geometric shapes, this is the theme for you!
- Color Pallet Options:
- Warm red
- Dark yellow
- Sky blue
- Kelly or spearmint green
- Suspension lighting
- Glass lamp with a swag chain
- Pendant lights
- Upholstered couches and chairs
- Skinny wooden legs
- Bold or pop colors
- Multifunctional, such as an end table designed to also hold magazines
- Atomic inspired pieces, for example, radial sun clock made of metal, boomerang-shaped coffee table
- The walls
- Built-in cabinetry
- Funky, loud wallpaper
- Large mosaic comprised of numerous small hexagonal mirrors
- The floor
- Shag rugs
- Luxury vinyl plank with brightly colored, textured rugs
- Colored tiles (Yes! They are making a comeback!)
Are you ready for a 1960’s comeback? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Your bedroom is your retreat, one of the most personal rooms in your home and the place that you go to when you want to relax and feel comfortable. Choosing your bedroom flooring is incredibly important because this is the one room where you will most likely be barefoot in your home while at the same time simultaneously needing your floor to work aesthetically in a way that fosters tranquility and happiness.
You have several options when choosing the bedroom flooring that is right for you. What is most important is making sure that you make your decision based on several criteria—you will want to factor in your own design aesthetic, the size and layout of your bedroom, and the climate you live in.
Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for bedroom flooring. If you love the look of hardwood but don’t like the feeling of cold feet on hardwood floors, you can still enjoy the elegance of the hardwood in your bedroom. Simply incorporate an area rug into your bedroom layout or include a small rug next near your bed. If you have a hardwood floor you could choose a large area rug that centers under your bed and radiates out into the room, adding a splash of color and texture. If you have pets that sleep in your room, consider luxury vinyl flooring as an alternative to hardwood to achieve the same look while choosing floors that are more pet friendly.
Carpet is another popular option for bedroom floors because of its comfort underfoot. If you want to fully carpet your room there are many different carpet choices and which one is right for you will depend on how much foot traffic your bedroom receives while also factoring in what type of design and style you are looking for. Some people prefer the look of a saxony while others prefer a thick shag carpet.
If an eco friendly floor is important to you, let that be your deciding factor!
There are many different flooring options for your bedroom and it can sometimes feel overwhelming choosing what is best for that special room where you go to rest and recharge. What is important is knowing that you have options and then choosing what type of flooring feels most natural and relaxing to you.
Have you ever seen a home decorated in shabby chic style but aren’t quite sure how to pull it off successfully in your own space? Look no further! We’re going to educate you on what pieces and motifs are considered shabby chic and how to incorporate the style into your home without going overboard.
Shabby chic is all about creating a natural, inviting environment with soft, feminine colors and designs. Clean whites and calm pastels are welcome and the “distressed” look is the star of the show. Soft cottons and linens as well as a recurring theme of roses give this style its unique look. Pieces that have seen a little wear and tear over time are prized for their aged look and imperfections. Natural elements and colors as well are all part of the flow this romantic style creates throughout a space.
What separates this method of decorating from being classified as simply “vintage” is the fact that not just older items are used but newer pieces can be manipulated to mimic styles from time gone by. Modestly constructed furniture can be transformed through performing painting and sanding methods that resemble an old-fashioned finish without the antique price. Vintage hardware can be added to complete the look.
Crystal chandeliers, touches of lace and vintage mirrors are all great ways to add a shabby chic touch to your home. Touches of ballet pink, baby blue and mint green accents throughout the room add a gentle touch of character. Floral patterns, chenille bedspreads and decorative containers placed throughout will add charm to the space while staying on theme.
Vintage clocks, wall sconces and candlesticks can be easily added without great expense. A beautiful embroidered tablecloth with vintage china and linen napkins would be a real showstopper in any dining room if you commit to this decorating style.
When it comes to flooring that can help achieve this look, there are so many options depending on whether hardwood, laminate, tile, luxury vinyl fit your needs. If you are considering luxury vinyl plank, this guide to the best vinyl plank flooring may help. Feel free to ask us if you need more guidance.
Whether you want to add little touches here and there or go all out with this theme, do what works for you in the space. You want your home to be beautiful as well as functional, so only incorporate pieces that will still allow you to enjoy your living space without having to worry about disturbing its overall look through everyday use.
A quiet place to read a book is a luxury with today’s busy lifestyles. Finding space in your home to create a library can mean turning a spare bedroom into a library and/or den. Perhaps you don’t have a spare room. A library can be in a shared space like a dining room, hallway or living room. All you really need to make a home library is a place for books, a good light and a comfortable reading chair.
This photo shows how you can create a library with unused space under the stairs. The warm wood floors and cozy red chair set the tone for an afternoon of escape into a good book!
A library nook can be carved out of a larger room like a family room or living room. A formal dining room that isn’t used all that often can be turned into a library that is also a dining room. Built-in shelves along one or more walls can instantly give a room the feeling of a library. Even a pair of bookshelves or glass front bookcases can make a space feel like a library.
Having a good reading light is a must for a library. Floor lamps are a great choice next to a comfortable reading chair. Lighting along the bookshelves can make it easier to find your favorite book. Next to lighting, the reading chair is a must. Find a chair that works for your taste and style. Leather club chairs and wingback chairs are classic choices for a library, but any comfortable chair will do. Continue the traditional library style with a warm, textured or patterned area rug. An area rug, antique, vintage, or new, can provide a place to sprawl out with your books. Great for family reading time too.
Kitchen remodels are a big commitment. Be careful of trends that will go out of style, or are too buyer specific. A helpful tip is to look at trends that increase the value of your life and home. The following tips have staying power, but also address convenience, lifestyle needs and enjoyment!
- Transitional design – Contemporary designs can often be cold while keeping a busy kitchen clean and uncluttered is sometimes a challenge. You can overcome this challenge by using transitional design, which combines both traditional and contemporary elements while allowing you to use the old and new and eliminate kitschy fads!
- You can’t go wrong with white. Try layering white by using white walls, white cabinets and white tile backsplashes. White never goes out of style!
- Want some color? Try neutral grays with pops of color – gray is close enough to white that you can use in all areas of the country by adding warmth with wood floors, or light and airy touches with pops of color. Just don’t overdo the color, a little goes a long way!
- Flooring has come a long way since your last remodel! Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring is waterproof, looks like the real thing and is easy to maintain.
- Quartz countertops – Quartz has been rated the toughest material for countertops, it resists burns, cracking and scratches. Quartz comes in a variety of solid colors and the look of real granite. Quartz beats natural stone in toughness, ease of cleaning and does NOT have to be sealed every year like granite.
- Refrigeration – With today’s busy schedules, rethink your refrigeration needs. Add a wine cooler for the adults, add a juice/water fridge for the children. If you love to cook and take it seriously, add a counter-height produce fridge to your island. Add refrigeration where you need it!
- LED lighting – Kitchen LED lighting is a wonderful way to add lighting to your prep area while providing esthetically pleasing touches to your kitchen. Add rope or cove lights to cabinets, under cabinets, and recessed canned lighting. LED lighting creates ambiance, and comes in soft to bright white, and a multitude of colors. LED’s are extremely efficient, lasting five times longer than standard bulbs. They emit very little heat, so you can keep the lights on forever!