How to Successfully Use Neutrals

Decorating with neutrals may seem easy, but we have six things that you may want to consider before you begin your next design project. Let’s take a look!  

How to Successfully Use Neutrals in Your Design:

No. One: Warm vs. Cool Tone

Before you begin exploring all neutrals have to offer, it is important to understand that there are two different types of neutrals: cool-tone and warm-tone. The undertone of neutral colors will determine whether or not they are in fact a warm or cool-tone. If the undertone consists of browns, reds, oranges, or yellows, the neutral is warm-toned. If the undertone consists of blues, purples, or greens, the neutral is cool-toned. Once you have decided on your undertone, it is imperative to decorate within that color scheme throughout the room. This will help make sure everything is consistent and flows properly. For example, if you go with a warm-toned neutral, you will want to decorate with warm tones color. This will create the seamless look you desire. 

No. Two: The Perfect Backdrop

Neutrals are incredible backdrops because they do not take away from the room. When in doubt, select a wall color that is a neutral and you can rest assured that your room’s design will work with it. 

No. Three: Layers

It is important to layer different textures and patterns in neutral colors. If you only have neutral solids, your room may feel dry and uninteresting. Instead, layer textured pillows, blankets, and even rugs to create depth and appeal. 

No. Four: Contrast

You will want to add some contrast to your neutrals to make sure that you create a well-rounded room. Be sure to use both dark and light colors throughout your space for a timeless look. 

No. Five: Light vs. Dark Paint

Neutral walls can either be light or dark. There are benefits of choosing both values. Light walls can create a clean, sophisticated look, while dark walls can create a sultry, romantic, and cozy vibe. It really depends on which look you are going for when determining which value you will want to choose. 

No. Six: All Colors Have a Neutral-Side

You may be thinking that neutral tones just include beige, gray, greige, white and black, but you would be wrong. In fact, every single color can have a neutral side to it. You can have neutral pinks as well as neutral blues. They are duller than the normal “pink” or “blue” tone, but they work well throughout a neutral-toned room. Just be sure that you pair them with their cool or warm-toned colors to make sure that it all flows together.  

How do you use neutrals throughout your space? We would love to hear your comments and feedback in the comment section below! 

Ten Must-Know Decorating Hacks

Decorating is an art. It is a whole expression of a person’s styles, preferences, and tastes. You may get stumped at times but designing is not as easy as they make it look on television. It takes time and knowledge; therefore, we have created a guide of ten must-know decorating hacks. These are the things that designers use every day to create a successful design. Let’s take a look! 

Ten Must-Know Decorating Hacks

1. Back To Basics.

Before you begin designing, you may find it helpful to establish your color scheme. Design experts recommend beginning with something basic. You can later build onto your original color scheme to create a more defined, well-rounded palette. 

2. Keep It On The Low

If you struggle with small ceilings, you can create the illusion of a larger space with low-sitting furniture. By placing low-sitting furniture inside of your room, your ceilings will instantly appear taller which in essence, will open up the space visually. 

3. Front & Center

We recommend investing in whatever your room’s focal point may be. Whether it is a gorgeous chandelier or a breathtaking fireplace, you want to rest assured that this piece is a showstopper. 

4. The Fairest of Them All. 

Mirrors are the number one decor piece. Not only are they stylish, but their function can help create a more open space. They reflect light and create a breezy atmosphere that is unmatched by any other decor piece. Try to place your mirrors on walls across from a window. This will ensure that the natural light is reflected throughout your space. 

5. Get Cozy

Decorating is not just about visuals; it is also about comfort. When decorating, be sure to focus on the comfort level given by a certain piece of furniture.

6. It’s All in The Texture

Homeowners veer away from the traditional nature of neutrals because they are often associated with words like “dull” or boring.” But we believe, when you add neutrals throughout texture, you can create a more visually stimulating process. For example, you can add neutrals in a texturized rug or patterned pillow to create a more alluring piece.

7. Make Sense

Believe it or not, your senses can play a vital role in a room’s decor. When you enter a space, you are immediately drawn or disengaged by its smell, visuals, feelings, etc. If senses inspire the way we see a space, should not we incorporate them into our decorating? By adding candles for smelling, soft blankets for touching and beautiful colors for seeing, you can create a more appealing environment for yourself and guests. Go ahead, give it a try. 

8. Mix + Match

From metals to fabrics, mixing and matching has become all the rage in 2018. By mixing and matching, you will create an intriguing visual environment. Just be sure that your items complement one another for optimal success. 

9. Solid Base. 

An area rug can be the foundation of the room. It can help pull together an entire design without overbearing or weighing down the visual aspects. When adding an area rug, you want to pull from colors used through the room. This will help to tie together the piece throughout your overall design. Also, do not be afraid to add an area rug over carpet. The key to adding a rug over carpet is to make sure it is a different texture and color. This will help to visually separate the pieces. 

10. See-Through

Lastly, glass furniture can be a genius hack for homeowners looking to create an open environment. The illusion provided by the see-through furniture helps to make the room feel more open and bigger. 

We hope you enjoyed these decorating hacks! Be sure to check back weekly for more expert ideas and tips.  

 

How to Pick a Color Scheme for Your Space

Before you begin designing your space, you will want to choose a color scheme. Picking a color scheme can seem like an overwhelming process. There are so many variations of colors to choose from and the colors you choose need to flow together. But there is no need to worry because we created a quick guide on how to pick a color scheme for your space! 

How to Pick a Color Scheme for Your Space

  1. Choose a Piece. Before you begin deciding on your color scheme, are there any pieces of furniture that you need in the space? If so, you will want to use the color of that piece in your color scheme. For example, if you are decorating your living and have to have this gorgeous, beige ottoman, you will want to add beige to your color scheme for the room. Maybe you will decide to go with a lighter shade of beige for the walls or have dark beige lampshades. Whatever your personal style, be sure to include your main pieces of furniture into the color scheme. 
  2. The Light to Dark Rule. Expert designers recommend following the light to dark rule for your rooms. They say to choose a light ceiling color, a medium wall color, and a dark flooring color. This will help the room look more put together and creates a beautiful transition throughout the room. 
  3. Black is The New Black. Expert designers recommend adding at least one piece of black decor into your space. Simply put, black will never go out of style. It is a universal color that works well with every other color out there. When in doubt, buy it in black. 
  4. The 60-30-10 Rule. Decorating without an expert designer can be difficult. That is why we use their rules to help us along in the design process. Expert designers use “The Rule of 60-30-10.” To help you decide on your colors, you will want to follow this rule: 60% is the dominant colors, 30% is the secondary color, and 10% is the accent color. If you follow this rule, you will find yourself having a completely balanced room with subtle pops of color. 
  5. Limit of 3. The best part about using the 60-30-10 rule is that it limits you to the use of only three colors. You want to try and stay limited to three colors to not overwhelm the eyes. When in doubt, you can buy items in different shades of the colors you currently have but do not add more colors. 

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks on how to pick a color scheme! Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. 

Five Ways to Make The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams

The master bedroom holds a special place in homeowner’s heart, shouldn’t its design too? With our top five tips, we hope to help you create the master bedroom of your dreams. Let’s get started! 

Five Ways to Make The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams

1. Start Fresh

Before you begin designing, we want you to step into your room with a fresh pair of eyes. Come into the bedroom as if it was your first time ever entering it. With a fresh outlook, you may be able to see things that you have never noticed. This is an amazing opportunity to rethink your current design and try something new. 

2. Rearrange

After you have taken a good look at your room, you may have noticed some things that you want to change. Rearranging your furniture can be a great first step. With a rearrangement, you always want to be aware of the room’s “focal point.” What piece of the room are you trying to bring attention to? Once you have decided on your focal point, you will want to build the design from there. If you feel like you are struggling, it may help to remove all of your furniture from the room and bring it back in one by one. 

3. Embrace a New Color.

Seasons are changing and so is your design. Now is the time to embrace a new color choice for your room. It may be something as simple as your accent color, but it is time to change. If you need inspiration, take a look at some color swatches from a local paint store. Experiment with different hues, shades, and values before you commit. 

4. Simplicity is Key

A master bedroom is a place for relaxation and tranquility and an overwhelming design will not accomplish this concept. To help make sure your focus stays on track, we recommend keeping it simple. The simplicity of your bedroom’s design can help to establish a clean working board and a stress-free environment. 

5. Dress it up

Lastly, it is time to accessorize. A few light decor pieces can transform your master bedroom into the oasis of your dreams. 

Be sure to check out our other blog posts for more style inspiration and advice. 

How to Choose Your Color Scheme

You have come to the step in the design process where you need to decide on a color scheme. Where do you begin? With so many color combinations out there, you are overwhelmed and in need of some guidance. Fear not, we are here to help you! We have created a quick and easy guide to help you through the selection process. We hope that these seven tips assist you in deciding on the perfect color scheme!

How to Choose Your Color Scheme:

Tip No. One: Ask a Color Wheel.
There may be a lot of different colors that you would have never considered of without the visual aid of a color wheel. But before you begin choosing colors, take some time to explore the different color options. You may be surprised by what sparks your interest.

Tip No. Two: The Rule of Three (Colors).
The rule of three is a fantastic principle for selecting your room’s color scheme. The rule of three has you choose three colors. One of colors will be neutral, the second will be a bold color, and the third will be an accent color. Divided the colors into 60%, 30%, and 10%. Ideally, you will want to choose the lightest hue for 60% of the room, the next lightest color for the 30%, and the most vibrant color for the last 10%.

Tip No. Three: The Rule of Two (Neutrals).
Now, Neutrals are a little different than mixing colors. You only divide the room into twos. The distribution is 70% and 30%. A neutral color scheme can get a little dull at times; therefore, you will want to add interest with unique details. Combining this with an intriguing backsplash, patterned towels, and gorgeous countertops can help add to the overall design.

Tip No. Four: Third Time is a Charm.
A principle that you will want to keep in mind is that you only want to use one color three times throughout the room. This limit will help make the room feel balanced. For example, you have the color gray in your design. You then decide three areas where you think gray would look good. Maybe you choose your towels, shower curtain, and a decor piece. Voila, you have your three gray pieces.

Tip No. Five: Create a Contrast.
If you are down for a challenge, you can add contrast and depth by using two complementary colors. Just pull out your color wheel and look at the colors directly across from one another.
Blue and orange are an example of complementary colors.

Tip No. Six: Embrace a Color’s Richness.
Now is the time to be bold with your design. That means embracing new colors and challenges. You can take on dark colors and incorporate them into your design without hesitation. Just be sure to follow the rule of three when planning your design!

Tip No. Seven: Balance Patterns with Simplicity.
If you chose a patterned fabric in your room, balance it out with a simple color scheme.
Just try to keep things simple then you can add on as you go.

Don’t forget about your home’s flooring when you decide on your color scheme! We would love to assist you with any questions you may have about the process. Visit our website or call for more information and pricing.

Sizing Up Your Coffee Table

On the hunt for a chic coffee table for your living room?  Choosing the right coffee table is important because it sits in the center of the room and it does a lot of work. It holds the food on game night, houses your magazines, books and we can’t forget the remote control. Well, before you make a purchase remember that scale really does matter when you’re selecting the right coffee table. According to the experts, the coffee table should be about one half to two thirds the length of your couch. What happens when you select a coffee table with the wrong dimensions?

 

When It’s Too Small

When a coffee table is too small for the length of the sofa and the size of the room it will look out of proportion. As a result, it will have limited function. It will be difficult for individuals sitting at the end of the sofa to reach the table. Also, a small surface means you likely won’t be able to fit a lot of things onto the table. A coffee table that is less than one half the width of your sofa will no doubt throw off the grouping balance.

 

When It’s Too Big

Contrary to popular belief bigger is not always better. No matter the aesthetic value of the coffee table when it’s longer than your sofa it competes with the other decorative elements in the room. An over-scaled coffee table takes up more room than necessary which interferes with the flow of traffic.

 

When It’s Just Right

A coffee table that is proportionate to the size of the living room and the couch is visually appealing and it provides the perfect balance.  An appropriately scaled table allows you to easily navigate the room, anchors the furniture grouping and is highly functional.

 

Multiple Seating Arrangements

What about if you have multiple seating arrangements in your living room? The solution may be to break up the scale by opting for two matching medium-sized coffee tables. Utilizing two coffee tables creates visual interest which allows your eyes to move about the room. 

Fall Decor Colors

If you are lucky enough to live in a city with all four seasons, you may have already begun decorating for fall. The four seasons tend to inspire many households to change up their decor colors. From bright in the summertime to warm in the fall time, you can transition your home’s decor in a weekend. The key to reusable decor is to buy things that are affordable and easy to swap out each year. Items like pillows, table decorations, and wall decor can do just the trick. Now on to the colors. Winter and fall colors tend to be more similar as well as summer and spring colors. Today, we are going to focus on eight fall colors you can use in your decor: 

 

    • Color One: Copper. Copper is a must for fall decor. You can swap out your silver and gold decor pieces for items with a copper. Copper is the perfect metallic color for fall time because of the subtle hints of orange. 
    • Color Two: Burnt Orange. The color orange just screams “fall.” Plus, burnt orange is perfect because it is not quite as intense as the color orange. It can be subtly placed throughout your room for a perfect fall twist. 
    • Color Three: Emerald Green. Emerald Green takes charge of a room with its bold and captivating feels. We love to combine this color with all things fall because it can blend in while standing out. 
    • Color Four: Cranberry Red. This beautiful red is not only perfect for your decor pieces but it can make a fantastic paint color year-round. 
    • Color Five: Eggplant Purple. You will think of a majestic queen when you see this beautiful color. It is extremely dark, but we absolutely love it. If you are looking to balance all of your warmer tones, this is the color you want to try. 
    • Color Six: Cedar Green. Cedar Green is more of a neutralized green. It blends in well with the other colors without drawing too attention to it. 
    • Color Seven: Indigo. This deep, rich color is perfect for warming up to in the colder months. Plus, indigo works well with nearly every color. 
    • Color Eight: Dark Grey. You may want to finish off with a neutral tone to tie the whole look together. Dark gray is the perfect shade for finishing touches to the room. 

 

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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.