How to Use Pastels in Your Home Design

Nothing can influence an atmosphere quite as powerfully as colors. Incorporating warm tones and cool tones can change the whole feel of a room. You can use dark colors to “shrink” a room or light colors to make it feel bright and airy. Yet, colors go deeper than just their tones. Their hues can equally be as effective in a room. Think of a room that is neon green versus a room that is a deep forest green. These hues have a significant influence on the character portrayed. Likewise, pastel colors have a very distinct and purposeful place in design. Here are some of the best ways to incorporate pastel colors throughout your home:

Soft

If you are looking to incorporate color into your home, but do not want to stray from a neutral influence atmosphere, try incorporating pastel colors. These are more muted tones of colors. Instead of using a bold red, try a pastel pink. It can help make a passive atmosphere while using warm and cool tones throughout the design. These dusted shades are perfect for creating the most calming, yet colorful environment.

Spring Décor

All colors can have a psychological influence on an atmosphere. They can be used to influence hunger, passive sales, and even creativity. Marketing companies use this knowledge when creating logos or ads to catch your attention. Pastel colors are most commonly affiliated with spring décor. Hence, spring ads will usually use a wide variety of pastel pinks, yellows, and blues to grab your attention. You can use this trick in your own home. Pastel colors work great for spring décor and Easter decorations as well as catching attention in any design.

Balance

With any color scheme, it is all about balance, and when using pastels, you can create harmony with light, neutral colors like white or tan. These soft colors will help emphasize the light, airiness of the space without taking away from the beauty found in pastel colors.

Like with anything, designing a space takes time. Sometimes it is about waiting to find the perfect pieces to create an effortless masterpiece. For more expert advice, visit our blog hub here.

Five Fabulous Ways to Use Laminate on Your Walls

Homeowners are raving about the wonders of laminate. Not only does laminate work well on your floors, but you can also install it on your walls! With the broadest selection of colors and textures available to consumers, you can create a stylish space on a budget. Let’s take a look at five ways homeowners are using laminate on their walls:

Five Fabulous Ways to Use Laminate on Your Walls:

1. Featured as an Accent Wall.

Laminate can help make a statement in your space by using it to frame your room. It can work exceptionally well in bedrooms that do not feature a headboard. When selecting your laminate, if you already have hardwood floors in the space, you want to choose a laminate in a contrasting/complementary color. You want the wall to stand out as well as accent the space.

2. Displayed inside of Built-In’s/Shelving/Insets.

Installing laminate inside of your home’s built-in’s, shelving, or insets is a unique approach to this classic storage option. The laminate helps to draw attention to the cut-out and frame it as a visually appealing piece. For even more creativity, design experts recommend switching back and forth between vertical and horizontal installment in each different cut-out. 

3. Placed above Your Fireplace.

By lining the top of your fireplace with laminate, you can help elevate your room and make the room look larger. This is an inexpensive way to create a larger space on a budget.

        • Pro-Tip: If you decide to hang your television on top of the laminate, experts recommend adding a sheet of plywood underneath for support with weight-bearing screws. This will help ensure your television is secure and ready for watching. 

4. Installed as a Kitchen Backsplash.

If you are looking for a budget-friendly and rustic backsplash for your kitchen, laminate is the perfect choice for you! It can help add character to your kitchen with its charming wooden look. This design works well in kitchens that have painted cabinetry or open shelving because wood (backsplash) on wood (cabinets) can feel a bit intense.

5. Designed into Bathroom.

Laminate can be an affordable, durable option for homeowners looking to dress up their bathroom walls. It helps to give the bathroom a cozy, cabin feel and creates a breath-taking finished product.

We hope that you feel inspired by all the different possibilities. For more user-friendly tips and tricks, please visit us at From The Floors Up

Weekly Design Topic: Brutalism

When you hear of the style Brutalism, you probably initially think of the word “brutal;” however, the word originated from the French word “beton brut,” meaning raw concrete. Over seventy years ago, an architectural design of raw, bulky concrete structures arose in the European design market.  These massive buildings had an aggressive approach to modern and contemporary styles yet grounded by their simplicity of concrete-only structures. 

The modular concrete structures became a movement which focuses more on functionally and economically friendly builds.  As the structures strayed from abstract and focused more on amplifying the current environment, the interiors became very reflective of their location.  

This interior design style is sometimes associated with styles like Industrialism and Urbanism designs because its focus on the raw constructs of the room being exposed and the style of the outward atmosphere being reflected indoors.  Here are some tips on making this unique design come to fruition in your home today: 

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

With the most unique and robust styles, Brutalism has many mixed reactions with designers.  The raw style approach can be interpreted as a strength just as quickly as some would classify it as a weakness. Glass structured buildings started becoming the norm in cities yet usually were quickly associated with wealth and sometimes arrogance in structure.  

So, Brutalism’s approach was to take the overly ornamented and make a more unpretentious, modest look by staying faithful to raw, rugged material.  This architectural philosophy then quickly poured into the realm of developing the style of interior design Brutalism.  Functionality and simplicity are the key components to this design so prepare for a minimalist approach. This raw style will focus on a more eschewed portrayal of neutral tones.

Dystopian Décor

Certain design styles have made their trademark into distinct Hollywood movie genres. When you think of a Fantasy film, it is usually associated with a Whimsical Design Style, whereas Horror films have the recognized Gothic Styled Design used throughout them. Well, Brutalism has made its trademark in many Dystopian Styled films. Think of films that have a “post-apocalyptic” feel.  Using elements in your design and decor that feel distressed, worn, torn, brushed, and even unfinished strengthen this look.  Handmade or “scrap-like” decor pieces are excellent to enhance this style.

Furnishing

How you furnish your space in brutalism should be simple and functional.  Raw woods and concrete are ideal for capturing this design style.  Adding to this industrial design with jagged mechanical scrapped furniture and asymmetrical rough exposed metals are fantastic additions to help capitate the style of Brutalism.  Furnishing the area with concrete end tables and steel wall sconces are one of many ways designers use raw materials in this design feel.

If you are considering adding a Brutalist Design Style to your space, consider your layout. Having architect that already compliments the industrial feel will help take this style to the next level.  No matter what, remember raw materials like concrete is key to making this space feel complete.  For more tips and tricks, visit us at From The Floors Up

Delightful Door Ideas for Your Home

In the beliefs of Feng Shui, the doorway to your home is a gateway in which energies flow into your space. Doors are essential aspects of entryways from your front door affecting your curb appeal to the style of doors used throughout your home, which help to enhance your interior design. Investing in beautiful doors throughout your home may not be your first investment to change your home, but it can help improve your design when done correctly. We gathered four doors and entryway ideas you should consider adding to your home. Let’s take a look!

Sliding Barn Door

These sliding doors look great with a ton of design styles. They add a stylish element of design to your home that is unique and functional. These sliding doors also can make normal entryways appear grander which can help in a room’s overall aesthetics. Understand that these hanging doors slide; however, and are not meant to be locked. They should not be installed in areas where privacy is desired.

Dutch Doors

Half doors or also known as Dutch doors are a creative way to have the entryway divided in half horizontally. This addition works for people with children or animals who want to create boundaries but also have the availability to keep an eye on them. This is also a classic design for kitchens and backdoors for country-style homes and rustic designs.

Hidden Room Doors

This is a fun classic door trick people have been doing for centuries that never gets old. Secret doors can be installed in many ways: mirrors, drywall, bookshelves, and many other creative tricks can make a door disappear. This does not have to be used just to hide a room but can be a great way to help turn an asymmetrical room more symmetrical.

Glass Doors

Using glass doors is a way to allow another room’s colors to affect the current space’s design. Also, mirrors and glass can allow more light to enter a room and can help small congested areas feeling more opened even with the door closed. Using glass doors inside in smaller rooms is the perfect solution to opening up a space.

Thinking outside of the box is a great way to come up with door solutions. There are so many door options available on the market today that you are guaranteed to find one that you will love. Try to find doors that amplify your interior design style. Colors, size, aesthetics, and even wood species can all come into play when finding the perfect door. Keep an open mind when exploring all the door options. For more great tips and tricks, visit us weekly at From The Floors Up.

Tips for Creating a Calming Oasis

Sometimes, we can bring the hustle and bustle of everyday life into our homes. With busy schedules and overwhelming responsibilities, we tend to let our home become a stressful environment. With the year coming to an end, now can be the perfect time to reset the tone of your house. We have seven simple tips that can transform your home into a more calming oasis. 

 

Tips for Creating a Calming Oasis at Home

Tip # 1: Fully Fuzzy

Textures can influence our senses. By adding fuzzy blankets, pillows, and rugs, we can create a more relaxing environment. 

Tip # 2: Clear Counters

A stress-free home begins with a clutter-free life. To reduce the amount of stress you feel, try clearing off your countertops. There is nothing more relaxing than coming home to a clean house. 

Tip # 3: Neutral Tones

Neutral tones, whether cool or warm, have been shown to create a more relaxing environment. To help create a calming space, try to use more neutral tones in your design. 

Tip # 4: Luxurious Lights

The lighting in your space can be one the most important factors of relaxation. To help unwind, be sure to install dimmers on your lights. These can be installed in areas like bedrooms, bathrooms, and dining rooms. 

Tip # 5: Sensational Scents

Nothing says calm quite like a relaxing scent. Try to indulge your senses with calm scents like lavender or chamomile. You can incorporate these scents into your house through the use of candles or even essential oils. 

Tip # 6: Reduced Clutter.

Like we said before, clear counters can give you a clear mind. To begin your clutter-free lifestyle, you will want to go throw your belongings. Try to get rid of things that you have not used in over a month. Once you have reduced the amount of clutter, you may feel more relaxed and less stressed. 

Tip # 7: Relaxing Music

When you get home from a stressful day, you can unwind and relax with soothing music. Whether you are cooking or taking a hot bath, music can relax your mind and put you at ease. 

 

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Breathe Life Into a Neutral Palette

When designing a room, many people tend to stick to the comfort and ease of neutral colors. While an all neutral palette creates a space that is easy on the eyes, warm, and sophisticated, the neutrals can begin to wash out and the end result is a bland space. How can you successfully execute a neutral color scheme? Read on to find out.

  • Use variations of the neutral hue

If you’re afraid to design with color, try using different shades of the neutral color throughout the room. Yes, you’ll want to take a monochromatic approach. Whether the dominant color is green or taupe you can apply several undertones of the color. For example, in an olive green and taupe living room, you use the darkest of the shade on the windows. So might incorporate dark green drapes, a taupe couch with a mix of chocolate and light green pillows.  For a dramatic effect, contrast your couch with your coffee table and accessories by using either the darkest or lighter variation of the specific color.

  • Contrast with textures

Utilizing just one texture in a room of neutrals is guaranteed to make the design fall flat.  If you have a microfiber or suede couch then try adding hints of leather and matte textures. Light absorbs and reflects various textures differently. Try to use a mixture of high and low-quality textures.

  • Create interest with shapes

Since we’ve removed the color element from the design, it’s time to play around with shapes to really catch the attention of your guests. You might use side tables or an ottoman that features a unique shape. Chairs and sofas with details on the arm and legs also work.

  • Play with patterns

Don’t shy away from patterns. A large-scale pattern on the upholstery that features colors from your neutral palette allows you to stick to the theme while creating some visual interest. You can also use pattern pillows and textiles. You’ll notice that many pattern pieces also had different textures. Some have a shine to them while other is matte.

  • Mix up your neutrals

Brown, white, black are some colors that are part of a neutral palette. Try mixing in other neutrals and shades of this color to create a unique look.

We hope this quick tutorial helps with your decorating! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Decorating for Fall

The weather is beginning to cool off and the next thing you know your guests will be knocking on your door for the holidays. Prepare your home for the season with our simple fall decor ideas! 

 

8 Decorating for Fall

  1. Cuddling season. Your weather may have already begun getting cold. A great piece of decor to have out in your home is blankets. You may even want to put some blankets outside if you plan on spending time outdoors. 
  2. Fall finds. Decorating for fall does not mean everything has to be store-bought. You can find a lot of decor pieces in nature and tie them into your design. The items you find can make great centerpieces on your dining room table. 
  3. The metal of fall. When you think of fall, you probably think of warmth and orangey-hues. That is why copper is the perfect metallic color to accent your fall decorations. Copper is warm enough that it will tie in well with all of your other decor pieces. 
  4. Warm on up. It is out with the cold and in with the warm (colors). Fall is the perfect time to incorporate warm hues into your decor. From reds to yellows, your house will instantly feel homier.
  5. Swap it like its hot. Change out the pictures inside of some of your picture frames to match the season. You can even make a family event out of it. Go to a park with your family. Photograph the season then place the pictures you took inside of your frames! 
  6. Take it outside. Do not forget to decorate the outside of your house during this season! For a fun family activity, you can buy some pumpkins to carve and use them as decorations outside. 
  7. Add layers. If you are waiting to turn on your heat, you may want to put plenty of layers on your bed. Load your bedrooms with extra blankets for when the temperature drops. 
  8. Cozy by the fire. Fall is the perfect time to get your fireplace up and ready for the winter months. Plus, firewood can be an amazing fall decor piece. Set up your fireplace for use now and you may find yourself using it during the fall. 

 

Keep warm!

Decorating the Dining Room

Since the dining room is where you share intimate meals with your family during the week and where you host your dinner party is essential for this area to be inviting and full of warmth. Is it time to breathe a new life into your dining room? Then you’ll likely have to consider several factors such as color, style, and function.

 

Below are some tips that can give you inspiration.

 

Lighting Scheme

Modernize the dining area by updating the lighting scheme. If you’re interested in trying something edgy try installing industrial style lighting. You can then balance the look by using furnishing that embraces natural materials such as a distressed wooden dining table combined with wicker chairs.

 

On the other hand, if you’re set on embracing a more classical look then it’s time to go chandelier shopping. Yes, chandeliers are a great way to create an area of interest. The width of the chandelier should be approximately ½ to ⅔  the width of the table and at least 30 -34 inches above the table.

 

Chairs

If you already have a set of chairs then you can simply freshen them up by applying slipcovers to them. Chair slipcovers allow you to easily change the look of a chair. If you want to get fancy you can custom slipcovers made with monograms on them. You can purchase standard slipcovers in all kinds of styles from popular furniture shops such as Wayfair and Ikea.

 

Add Just A Pop of Pattern

A touch of a pattern is great for brightening up dull spaces. You can add a bit of pattern to the windows with some modern Roman shades that feature a modest pattern. You can also opt to add pattern to the walls with a striped paint treatment. Consider installing a wallpaper. Today’s wallpaper is a far cry from your grandmother’s dull wallpaper. These days they are manufactured in fun graphics and geometric patterns.

 

Colors

Don’t be afraid to use bold colors. In fact, by doing so you can make a big statement. You can use complementary colors such as lime green or pink with your chairs and drapes. Stick with a neutral color table. 

Tabletop Vignettes, Environmentally Friendly

Tabletop vignettes are popular for decorating tabletops and shelves. They add to the ambiance and feel of a room. They are also an excellent way to display your style and values. Here are a few decorating tips for creating a vignette as well as environmentally friendly decorating ideas.

 

There are basic decorating ideas for creating the perfect vignette. Height might not seem important, but pay attention to varying heights in your décor to get a well-balanced display. While varying the height of the objects in the vignette is important, gradually increasing the height can also accomplish this goal. This trick works well with different types of décor such as candlesticks and vases. Also, use similar objects to create a theme for your vignette, and group smaller objects together. Using a tray for the vignette is also popular.

 

 

For the environmentally conscious person, there are many nick knacks and decorating options made from recycled materials. Some examples are wool nesting bowls, woven fiber vases, fabric storage baskets, repurposed cork décor, used wine glasses or bottles, mason jars or other glass bottles or vases, sliced wood centerpieces, and reclaimed wooden picture frames,

To save money and buy used items, shop at resale or thrift stores such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

 

Natural objects like flowers or plants are great additions to a tabletop vignette. They are also many plants that add to the air quality of a home. A few examples are the Garden Mum, they are inexpensive and remove ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air. Another option is the spider plant. They thrive in bright or indirect sunlight and are easy to grow. They remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air. A Dracaena plant is another option. Those are a few options, but there are multiple types of plants that improve the air quality in a home. Some more examples are the Ficus plant, Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Aloe Vera, and Bamboo Palm. You can even use recycled wine bottles or recycled wood as planters.

 

These are a few ideas for creating an environmentally friendly vignette, but there are many more possibilities. Vignettes can match the season, holiday, or they can be designed to match the color scheme or display the trip of a lifetime. The ideas are endless.

 

 

Color in Design

One of the most effective elements in interior design is color.  It is one of the first things a viewer notices when entering a room and different colors evoke different emotions in each space.  While it is the simplest way to recognize a design, it is also a more complicated process than people think.  A room’s function, dimensions, furnishings and lighting all must be examined to pull a color scheme together.  Once you learn the basics of how color influences design, it will help you combine theory with solutions that will reflect your personality and style.

 

Using a color wheel will better help you understand how certain combinations work well together.  Complementary colors are colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel.  These colors accentuate one another for a bolder statement.  Examples of complementary colors are red and green, violet and yellow, orange and blue.  These combinations will automatically draw the eye and add energy to a room. 

 

Be sure to maintain balance in your palette to prevent the space from becoming too overwhelming.  Analogous colors are any three colors to the left or right of the one that you are concentrated on.  Their similarity gives them a natural look when used together and is pleasing to the eye when implemented in a design.  An example of an analogous set of colors is blue, blue-green, green, yellow-green.

 

A good way to spread the color throughout a space is to choose one to be the dominate color and use the remaining three for support.  With analogous color schemes, it is a good idea to incorporate some neutral pieces as well to prevent the space from having too many similar colors taking over the room.  A monochromatic color scheme is also another way to keep a room’s palette simple.  This method uses a single hue and expands on that same color through lightening and darkening with white, gray and black to create tints, shades and tones. To prevent the same color from becoming too plain, use texture and patterns to liven the space up.