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In today’s broad spectrum of design themes and ideas, it is no surprise that most of their roots have been inspired and transformed throughout history. Interior design is an ever-changing approach to incorporate functionality, aesthetics, purpose, and detail into a space. Through the centuries, old design themes have dynamically morphed into more contemporary and modern designs while still paying respect to there predecessors. Here are four longstanding style designs that have survived the test of time and are even a go-to in many design themes today. Let’s take a look!
Shiplap was an old method that shipbuilders would use when constructing a boat. By overlapping boards with one another, it helped prevent water from entering the vessel. Today, this has made its way into some of today most popular design themes. Shiplap looks great on walls and ceilings. It gives a room a unique rustic appeal and is a great option to make bare walls strong, bold focal points.
Brick has been dated back as far as Jericho in 8000 B.C. While there are many different variations of bricks used today, brick can add bold character to a home. Brick is a multifunctional renovation to add to your house because it can encapsulate a natural outdoor feel while also feeling modern and urban. With so many design, textures, and colors, this is a customizable fantasy that designers love adding to their interior design. Make a strong urban accent wall or historically-rich nostalgic entryway through the use of timeless brick. Using brick on the floors, walls, and ceiling can help transform your space into many different themes and strengthen the overall atmosphere.
Exposed wooden beams on the ceiling and walls really showcase the architecture of your home. While this design faded away, it made a strong comeback over the last century by adding more character to the room. Industrial, Rustic, Mediterranean, French, and Country style themes all know the importance of exposing timber throughout the home. Raw nature is always the purest way of adding beauty to your home. Using exposed beams add a visually-appealing aesthetic to a space that is ideal for a fresh, carefree ambiance.
This antique, decorative light bulb can add a great look to your home. With its yellow blanketing, soft glow illuminating your home, these will make a great addition to any room. These light bulbs may be little but can make a powerful statement in your home and help push your design to the next level. Never underestimate the power that light can have on the ambiance of your space. Consider adding Edison Bulbs to a home to give a more antique look.
When it comes to the test of time, these timeless design amenities will transform your home. From the floor up to the ceiling, design is a way of expressing yourself. Consider these beautiful elements to help make your home feel more personalized and expressive to you while giving respect to the past. For more great tips and tricks, visit us at From The Floors Up.
Everyone makes mistakes, but are you making decorating mistakes that can easily be avoided? Keep reading for seven mistakes that homeowners make when decorating their bedroom.
Things to Avoid When Decorating Your Bedroom:
1. Overly-Sized + Underly-Sized Furniture Pieces.
The size of your furniture can play a significant role in the room’s overall design. If your furniture is too large, the space will look cramped and unwelcoming. If your furniture is too small, the room will look empty and uninviting. To help make sure that you buy appropriately, you will want to take measurements of your room before you make a purchase. Lay out the room visually on a piece of paper with all of the furniture’s dimensions to help you to see how the furniture will fit inside of the room and guarantee a positive result.
2. Skipping The Ceiling’s Design.
Believe it or not, ceilings hold a lot of design potential. Most homeowners will not think twice about their ceilings, but we recommend giving them a second look. When selecting your ceiling’s paint color, you want it to be lighter than your walls and floors. Ideally, the walls should be a medium color, and the floors should be the darkest color. If you follow this rule, you can create a luxurious oasis. Other ways to add detail to your ceiling is through wallpaper, moldings, beams, or stencils. Depending on your room’s architecture, you can create a lot of decorative detail just by looking up at your ceiling.
3. Inadequate Storage.
The last thing any homeowner wants is an inadequate amount of storage. To avoid searching for storage, we recommend three things. One, add baskets and bins throughout the room for a decorative yet functional solution to storage. Two, buy furniture with built-in storage like under-the-bed storage compartments. Three, install wall shelving to add storage without taking away from the valuable floor space. These three things could help you clear clutter and storage all of your necessities.
4. Underwhelming Comfort.
At the end of the night, a bedroom is meant for relaxation. If you do not feel comfortable, it does not matter how the room is decorated. Be sure to put your comfort first and search for items that feel soft and cozy to ensure a good night’s rest.
5. Low-Quality Lighting.
If you only have one light in the corner of the room, it is not doing your room’s decor any justice. Be sure to add high-quality lights throughout the space to help open it up during the daytime.
6. Not Capitalizing on Natural Light.
If you are blessed with natural light, open the curtains during the daytime to let the light shine inside of your room. This is a free way to make your space feel more open and inviting.
7. Colorful Chaos.
While color is not always considered a bad thing, too much color can take away from the serenity of a bedroom. Designers recommend incorporating soft, muted shades to help capture a calm environment. Avoid using harsh colors that demand attention because they can take away your room’s zen and create a colorful mess.
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Are you intrigued by a minimalist’s lifestyle? You can now incorporate their ideas into your small space for happy living. Let’s take a look and see how!
The Minimalistic Approach to a Small Apartment:
1. Countertop Chaos.
If you were to step into a minimalist’s home or apartment, you would immediately notice the cleaned off countertops. In order to master minimalism, you have to embrace its qualities all throughout your space, and that begins with your countertops. Countertop chaos can be a bit of an eyesore and ultimately take away from the room’s simplicity. If you are worried about storage, you can install wall shelves to place your countertop items in a more clean and concise place.
2. Let’s Talk Lighting.
Lighting is your chance to get artsy and creative. Minimalists pride their space’s appearance off of the trendy yet straightforward statement pieces they have throughout their space. Lighting can be an excellent chance for you to embrace this artistic side of yourself.
3. Matchy, Matchy.
Symmetry is key in a minimalist’s space. Balance helps to create clean lines and modern appeal. For help creating it, you can visually cut the room in half and begin replicating the same items on each side of the “cut line.”
4. Pro Plants.
Plants can play an essential role in your decor. Their placement can be vital in your room’s overall design. You want to have plants to add life and freshness to the space, but you do not want to have too many that it becomes overbearing visually.
5. Simplistic Wall Decor.
Just because you are trying to be minimalistic, does not mean that you cannot have wall art. If you decide to do something like a gallery wall, you want it to be clean and simple. If you are placing wall decor throughout your apartment, opt for bigger pieces so that you only need one or two in a whole room.
6. Explore The Vintage World.
Minimalists love vintage and rustic goods. They keep their decor simple with trendy pieces to help bring back life to the space. If you are new to vintage goods, explore your local antique or thrift shop for inspiration.
7. Be Unique.
Minimizing the items you own gives you more room to be creative with the ones you still have. Get unique with your design and incorporate simple yet intriguing pieces wherever possible.
8. Patterns are A-Ok.
Some people think that minimalism means no patterns, but that is no fun! You can incorporate patterns in your bedspread or throw pillows to help bring spunk to your space. This helps dress up the room without overbearing it.
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Doors are the grand passageway of entering into a room. Their importance comes from the desire of having privacy, but we feel that doors can be so much more. Most of the time, doors are the first thing you will see entering a room. They close off specific areas of your home and allow the space to have an optional continuous or discontinuous flow. There is an enormous amount of interior doors to choose from, but let us focus on the top tier selection:
1. French Doors.
Oui, oui. We love french doors because they become a statement piece on any wall on which they lay. One of the benefits of having french doors is that they typically draw eyes to their beautiful presence. French doors are often referred to as “the french window,” because they allow an exceptional amount of light into any space. They are typically made with glass panes and tend to attract attention with their brightening appearance.
2. Double Doors.
French doors are not the only statement doors. Double doors tend to make an entryway extravagant with strong, bold doors. They are typically found off the entrance of main rooms that want to draw attention to the entrance/exit. For example, these dominating doors can be located off the entrance of master bedrooms and front entrances.
3. Wood Doors.
If you are looking to provide warmth to your space, wooden doors will do just the trick. Wood doors offer a sound barrier to outside noises. They typically block sounds from other rooms, and they provide a classic finish to any space.
4. Molded Doors.
Molded doors are meant to resemble wooden doors and tend to have a less expensive price tag. These doors are made from fiberglass and are shaped to look like a classic wooden door.
Pro-Tip: Solid-core molded doors contain the same sound-proofing property found in wooden doors. Solid-core doors provide excellent insulation and have the added benefit of fire safety!
5. Barn Doors.
Barn doors have become a growing trend over the past decade, and buyers love them for their dominating demeanor. Barn doors will need an excessive amount of space on your wall, but they are well worth the loss of any wall space. They are a combination between a door and a statement piece because they can become a form of artwork in your home.
6. Hollow Core Doors.
These tend to be the most inexpensive door of the bunch, but their properties show why. They are light, hollow doors that do not block out noise, provide a minimum amount of insulation and do not have fire safety. If you are on a budget, these doors are perfect for adding throughout your home or in rooms where you do not need to block out sound.
These tend to be the most common doors that homeowners choose for their homes, but there is always a larger selection available to you. Do some research and determine what doors are a good fit for your home. The best part about doors is that you do not have to do the same ones throughout your entire home. You can choose one or two extravagant doors then purchase a more budget-friendly option.
You now know how geometrics compliment the architectural layout of your room with the use of lines and shapes. You have also discovered the importance of colors and textures and how they can amplify or weaken the design of your space. Finding the perfect balance in your elements is crucial to making sure that nothing overshadows another elements’ spotlight. Using the sizes of furniture brought into your room can help amplify a small space and make it not feel as crowded. This harmonizes perfectly with making sure that there is enough space to flow to the room freely. Lastly, you learned how to emphasize a focal point. All these key elements all work with one another. You cannot have one element without respecting the other fundamental principles. This is where harmony comes into play. Let’s take a look:
Think of the combination of all the design elements that you applied within your space. They should simultaneously stimulate one another. If you only remember one goal of your design, remember harmony. This is the most crucial factor to make sure your design flows and compliments the other elements. You want your design never to feel overwhelming but as if there was thought and time put behind it. This design principle illustrates the rhythm and balance put into each element you have in your room. There are so many rules to include into creating and finalizing a space. To ensure you encapsulate the basics, you will want to make sure they compliment each other. If something feels forced, it probably does not belong, or it lacks balance.
The understanding of having your room incorporate a general “unity” throughout, is the key to capturing harmony. Designs can come easy to some and be a little more difficult for others. Using these principles and guidelines will help keep your design in check. When creating your space, find a design style you want to replicate. Take notes of lines, shapes, colors, textures and all the elements. You can use this simple tool to help keep your design style in check as you create your dream oasis.
Balance is will keep different elements from outweighing others and size is important to help keep your project to scale. These bring up our next design categories: Space and Emphasis. How to make sure there is enough space in the room works complementary to the scale and size of items in the room. Emphasis can play off the color tones put into the room and be a great way to make key elements in your room stand out above others. To help you better understand the concept, we dug a little deeper into what emphasis truly means.
Does your room have a focal point? How do you emphasize this location or object? Adding emphasis to an object can visually impact the room’s design. Lighting and contrasting is a great way to highlight your room’s focal points. If you project a light onto an object, it will draw attention to it. You can also paint a wall a contrasting color to make a furniture piece or artwork pop out more.
Emphasis is an intriguing way to create a visual impact to your space. How you emphasize focal points in the room can be a fun and creative way of expressing your own design style. You can start out small and work your way up to bigger objects/locations in your space, but be sure to never overcrowd a room.
Space is an important element of design which shows a strong balance between shape and lines. With colors and lighting, you can also emphasize what you want to be your primary focus in the room. Try to encapsulate all of these elements to find the perfect balance. Lastly, this leaves the final elements of design which will tie everything together: Harmony. Be sure to read the final post of the series: fundamentals of design part 5.