Pastels

When it comes to design tones, there are warm, cool, and neutrals tones. These tones originally were used to indicate skin tones.  Warm hues to the skin like red indicate a warmth in the body, whereas a blue tint to the skin could depict a colder body temperature.  Today in design, these tones can set the mood of a room.  Reds, oranges, and yellows are considered warm tones, and they are incorporated in rooms to enhance the energy.   Cool tones like blues, greens, and purples are used to set a more tranquil, relaxed atmosphere.  Neutrals are perfect because they do not favor towards either warm or cool tones and can be used with either or by themselves; however, a neat look that is making a comeback in the design world are pastel-colored accents. Here are three reasons pastel colors are perfect to add to your home:
 
  • Neutral Accents
Pastel colors can act as a neutral accent.  If you want to add reds, greens, blues, and oranges to a Scandinavian or modern design room, it can quickly look disheveled and thoughtless.  Pastel tones allow colors to be used to liven the room yet can stay subtle enough not to influence a warm or cool tone atmosphere. Adding pastel throw pillows, rugs, and curtains can make a room feel more lively and energetic without changing the room’s intended feel.
  • Soothing Approach
Pastel colors are also great for being a subtler approach to strong, harsh bold colors. A bright red wall can quickly become a rooms focal point, but change that wall to a pastel pink, and it transforms into an accent, complimentary wall to your space.  A fun splash of pastel colors in any room can help brighten up the space without seeming overwhelming.
  • Hard Contrast
Pastel colors can also strengthen bolder colors in the room. A pastel robin’s egg blue wall with a bold sapphire stripe will pop very dramatically.  Pastel colors can also allow true whites and blacks to appear as harder contrast. White shelving or a black bookshelf against a pastel wall can make a strong statement in a room.
 
Adding pastel to your rooms color palette is a great way to enhance your design style.  Consider the benefits of applying pastel colors to your home and decide it is right for you. For more tips, visit us at From The Floors Up

Design Styles That Stood The Test of Time

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

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

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 Woods

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.

  • Edison Bulbs

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.

Farmhouse Style

Personalization is one of the best parts of designing your space. You can create your home featuring many different aspects including pieces from contemporary art, eclectic colors, or even a simple rustic design. Letting your living environment influence your design is another creative way of developing your design theme. Urban and industrial designs work great in city lofts and other more city-based areas; however, if you are living in the country, embracing farmhouse decorating is a great way to have your environment blend with your natural surroundings to create a beautiful, welcoming environment. Here are four great ways to add Farmhouse Design in your own home to give it a more natural, countryside appeal:
 
Rustic Design
Rustic design is perfect because of its simplistic design elements and its effortless ability to blend with nature. Adding exposed wooden beams, shiplap, bricks, stones and other features from the outdoors is a great way to add character to your farmhouse decor. Distressed furniture and leathers also can strongly influence the Rustic Style design.
 
Warmth and Hygge
Hygge is the quality of coziness your home portrays. It is not necessarily through just furnishing but a statement of peace and contentment in your home. A rustic design will have a neutral, earthy color palette, but do not limit yourself to bring warm color tones from the earth; consider using your accent pieces as earthy tones and incorporating bright whites to keep the room feeling open and free. Add autumn colors like reds, oranges, and yellows to bring warmth to your space, or capture a more tranquil environment by including forest greens and river blues.
 
Countryside Décor
Encapsulate the beauty of the countryside by adding farm décor. Pitchforks, hay, barn doors, and even pales can add to your home’s theme. Gallery walls are also great add-ons for rooms to make a distinctive focal point. Less is more in most rustic designs, but in farmhouse style, use the appropriate amount of décor to make the space feel lived-in and homey like an actual farm. 
 
Functionality is always critical to any design, but comfort, warmth, and a welcoming environment take precedence in this homey country-style living. Remember to keep your space balance with the right amount of décor and comfort. Smaller elements like candles and home-cooked meals add to this welcoming style. Incorporate aspects of Hygge to create that lovely warm and comfortable styled Farmhouse. 
 
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Tips for Decorating with Kids in Mind

Having children does not have to stop us from owning a stylish home!
We will show you how to achieve a child-friendly, gorgeous home with our top four expert tips and tricks. Let’s take a look!
 
Tips for Decorating with Kids in Mind: 
 
  • Coffee & End Tables: 
Are you looking for a new coffee table or end table? Avoid tables with pointy corners and anything made out of chrome or glass. You must think about the little ones learning to walk and cruising around, pulling up and holding on to tables. You will want to think about long-lasting furniture pieces, and tables and storage units that feature soft, round corners and edges. Also, think about surfaces that are easily cleaned like melamine or wood veneers. Furniture finishes like chrome can show your little one’s fingerprints, whereas other materials may be more child-friendly. 
 
  • Functional Pieces:
Be on the lookout for pieces that serve a storage purpose as well as a practical purpose. What about a soft, fabric ottoman type coffee table that the lid lifts off and features extra storage inside? Storage pieces with baskets for shelving and cupboards with many storage doors underneath are excellent choices for families of all sizes. 
 
  • Style and Substance:
You do not have to forget about your style and personality when you have a family. Depending on your style whether it is modern, industrial, contemporary, traditional or transitional, they all can work well with families from small children to teenagers. If your children are babies and toddlers, you can still decorate with ultra-chic stylish pieces; you will just need to be practical for your children.
 
  • Fabrics:
Regarding fabrics and children, you need to choose fabrics that are washable and durable like denim, canvas and leather. Also, you will want to stay away from white and cream sofas and chairs while the children are young. Regarding seating, think about bean bags as a great alternative to an elegant chair when children and teens are in the house. They will love for lounging on, or curling up to watch tv or read a book.
 
We are confident that following our tips and tricks will help you furnish a family-friendly home without lacking style. Thanks for reading! 

Things to Avoid When Decorating Your Bedroom

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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The Minimalistic Approach to a Small Apartment

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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Modern Rustic Design

Rustic design has been around for centuries. It emphasizes on timeworn, craftmanship furniture, distressed décor, natural elements to help highlight a countryside-inspired design, as well as earthy textures and warm tones. Through time, other themes have emerged from this genre of design. Today, Modern Rustic Design has become a highly sought-after theme in many commercial and residential spaces. This subcategory is separated by its overall openness and relaxed style of elegance. Modern Rustic still stresses on incorporating elements of nature but gives a unique contemporary twist. This popular design has quickly grown due to its luxurious feel and influence on accentuating rustic design in a more modern way.
 
Tones
One of the key features that quickly separates the Modern Rustic Design from its predecessor is the value attributes to open, airy tones like soft white and light beige. This allows a space to let light travel easier throughout it and gives an overall more spacious feel. Natural elements like woods and stones are still heavily used throughout the design but are used more as bold accents rather than the primary tone and feel to the room. Rustic rooms may use more warm tones allowing reds and oranges into the theme whereas Modern Rustic will allow the pure colors of nature to take the role as the accent colors to the room.
 
Elegance
Modern Rustic Design has a sheer beauty that is encapsulated throughout the style. With its neutral color palette and pure design, Modern Rustic give a tremendously luxurious feel to the space. Allowing for modern backsplashes and more contemporary flooring designs into the room to help bring this new age style to life. Large windows and exposed beams can help bring in more of the outdoors through the architectural layout. If your blueprint does not allow a lot you these amenities, applying enough soft tones, light colors, and mirrors can fix this. This design should have a very open comfort to it yet also feel homey as well.
 
Modernizing Rustic Elements
Do not fear the modernization of this design. Rustic is still a great style, but this adaptation gives you the freedom to add more contemporary features like a modernized fireplace or using an entertainment system as a focal point to the space. Find the balance in this design is key. This style should highly acknowledge the roots of Rustic Design but accentuate the present and allow for a sharper, more dapper environment.
 
Adding this style to your home is a fantastic choice in modernized style. With a strong passion for highlighting nature, this design will have your space feeling livelier and more energetic. Explore the design style and pick out the element you would like to see in your own home. Having everything picked out prior will help set you on the path to success before beginning to incorporate this beautiful design style in your home.

The Different Types of Doors

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. 

 

 

Fundamentals of Design Part 5

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:

 

Harmony

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.

Fundamentals of Design Part 4

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.  

Emphasis

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.