No Fire? No Problem! Brilliant Fireplace Solutions

Fireplaces can be an incredible focal point to any room! If you have a fireplace in your home, get the most out of it by making it a multiple-functional piece in your home.  You may not always be in demand of needing a warm fire in your home, but that does not mean your fireplace needs to be out of commission.  On the contrary, your fireplace can make a powerful statement in your home without ever being lit.  Here are a couple of our team’s favorite decorative uses for a fireplace: 

Garden

A mini garden is a creative way to repurpose your fireplace.  You can put a decorative flower basket in there to create your own personal touch.  Another functional way to use a garden is putting herbs and spices you would like to use in the kitchen. This will give you a place to store your spices while adding to the fireplace’s aesthetic. Additionally, you can create a grand display piece by allowing your garden to be on the mantel, neatly on the outskirts of the fireplace, and inside of it as well.  Just remember to keep the space clean.  You want this to look purposeful, never forced.

Candle Lit

If you are not trying to warm your home, but you still want to use the ambiance of a fire in your home, try adding a candle display.  You can create different tiers, use different types of candles, or even incorporate a fun candle holder.  Candles can create a powerful look to the room as well as help create a fragrance if you desire.  This is an excellent trick for the spring and summer months.

Fitted Entertainment Stand

Feeling crafty? A custom-entertainment stand is perfect for storing electronics, shelving books, and displaying decor pieces.  Tailor the shelving to the demands of your home by making an astonishing entertainment piece in your room. You can keep it there seasonally or all year around! Have fun with it! 

Your fireplace can be the strength and focal point of your room even without a fire. Be creative; have fun with it! The design possibilities are truly endless. 

Have you tried any of these tricks or use your own? We would love to hear your feedback in the comment section. 

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

How to Bring Nature Indoors

When designing or remodeling a room, consider adding some outdoor elements into your space. Nature has a specific energy that we do not always have the pleasure of experiencing inside. Bringing those elements indoors has been a design tip for centuries and can really liven up your space. From ancient Japanese culture to modern American homes, natural decor helps to encapsulate the life found outdoors. 
 
Here are five natural elements you should consider adding to your space: 
 
  • Natural Woods.  Wooden furniture can be a great addition to any room. It provides a rustic, timeless feature that embellishes the space with an intriguing design. Authentic wood pieces can also be an excellent option for wall art. Wooden crates, hardwood floors, and solid wood doors are just some of the many ways to add this great element into your home. 
  • Stones/Bricks. Installing stones or exposed brick is a fun way to bring nature indoors with a modern twist. Bricks can go well with a plethora of different themes from rustic to industrial and even contemporary. Stone backsplashes can be an incredible staple piece for a more modern look and help to tie together a design. 
  • Floral. Flowers and plants can add energy to your room and make it smell great. While some flowers are not permanent fixtures in your home, you can get different kinds and various planters to feature throughout your space without it feeling overwhelming.
  • Metals. Add metals to your home by getting metal end tables or other pieces of furniture. Metal is a durable element that will last the lifespan of your home when taken care of properly. You can even find get wall art and put it up as a display on the wall. Metals are always fun to have throughout your space.
  • Water. Water can take some maintenance depending on how you choose to incorporate it. An excellent way to add water is by investing in a fish tank. This can be a focal point in a room. Water fountains are another great add-on to rooms. Water is a great way to add a peaceful, calm feeling to any room.
Adding these elements to your home can help encapsulate the outdoors. Decide what best suits your desire for your space and what makes you happy. Incorporating these elements into your home is a sure way to liven up your space and add charisma.

Decorating Ideas for the New Year

The new year means a new you, right? Your decor does not have to stay the same either! With six creative ideas, we can help you change up your decor for the new year. Let us get started! 

 

Decorating Ideas for The New Year

  1. Do not “Dare to Dream,” Actually Do it

Many homeowners decorate with neutral tones and get bored of their decor quickly. The new year brings new decor possibilities for your home. Instead of playing it safe, spice things up with different colors and patterns. Before you skip this tip, you can add color and patterns without going overboard. Try subtly adding color to your space by focusing on window treatments, wall art, and furniture. 

  1. Out with The Old. 

The new year is a great time for a fresh start and that new beginning can start with your home. Get rid of clutter and unused items by donating them! A good rule of thumb is “if you have not used it in a year, do you really need it?” By only getting rid of a couple of items, you can begin to start over and feel less cramped in your home. 

  1. Embrace a Fresh Coat of Paint

There is nothing that a fresh coat of paint cannot fix! Try adding new hues to your home for a fresh and new design. 

  1. A Little Taste of Luxury

Add the 5-star treatment to your bathroom with scented bath salts, a cozy robe, and beautiful candles. 

  1. Focus on The Forgotten

While you are redecorating your home, it is a good time to focus on the places you may have forgotten. Areas of your basement or hall closet are less thought about than other rooms in your home. Take time this year to transform these spaces into an organizer’s paradise. Add shelves, bins, and labels to make your forgotten areas come to life. 

  1. Be an Artist

Store-bought artwork is a thing of the past. Embrace your own creativity by displaying your works of art. Whether it is pictures from your last vacation or something you built, your place can be personalized this year with your own items.

 

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Different Ways to Arrange Your Living Room

Your living room can be reimagined into several different designs, styles, and arrangements. The way you arrange your living room says a lot about what you find important. If your furniture is facing the television, you may enjoy spending time relaxing and watching television after a long day. If your furniture is facing the other furniture in your living room, you probably enjoy using your living room for conversing with other people. There is no right way to arrange a living room; it truly depends on personal taste and preferences. If you are interested in rearranging your living room, we have the top six different ways you can rearrange it. 

 

Different Ways to Arrange Your Living Room

Arrangement #1: Inviting Conversation

The most popular seating arrangement is called the “H” or “U” design. In this seating arrangement, you have your couches and chairs set up in either an “H” or “U” shape. These shapes for your furniture will help increase conversation flow amongst your guests. 

Arrangement #2: The Ultimate Divide

Another popular arrangement is using the furniture as a room divider. This works great for open floor plans where your living room and kitchen are in one room. Just place your sofa wherever you want to divide the room and the back of the sofa will act as a mini wall. 

Arrangement #3: The Big Decision

The space above your fireplace can be a big decision. Deciding whether you mount your television, add a mirror, display decor or leave it empty can become a process. If you are blessed with a fireplace and love television, mounting your television can be a functional idea for your family. If your household does not watch a lot of television, you can utilize the space for decorations. This decision will be based on your family’s preferences and habits. 

Arrangement #4: Best Angles

L-angled furniture can help create a unique arrangement in a living room. You can combine dividing a room off with an l-angled couch for an interesting design technique. L-angles are different; therefore, you want to make sure you play with the angles by angling a sofa chair across from the couch. 

Arrangement #5: Looking Outwards

If you love your view or own a picture-window, you may want to have your furniture facing the outdoors. Take advantage of your gorgeous views by drawing attention to it with the furniture’s placement.  

Arrangement #6: Perfect Symmetry

Do you love to have everything match? For this arrangement, you place matching pieces across from one another in an “H” design. This will create perfect symmetry and is pleasing to the eyes. 

 

We hope you enjoyed this article. Let us know what you think in the comment section! We look forward to hearing your feedback.

 

This Year’s Design Trends

Everyone wants in on this year’s trends and who can blame them? Being stylish and fashion-forward has never been a bad thing, right? If you are looking to make your home a trendy masterpiece, stay tuned because we have this year’s hottest design trends!

 

This Year’s Design Trends

  1. Pretty in Pastel. 

From kitchen appliances to cozy sofas, pastels have made their way back into our hearts. Pastels add the perfect amount of color to a room without distracting from the room’s other decorative pieces. Pastels are subtle, but that is why we love them! Try adding pastels into your room’s decor for a new take on color. Pastels pair well with neutrals and may even work with bold colors. 

  1. Metallic Charm.

Metals are all the rage for 2017’s hottest trends and here is why: they are classy, bold and timeless. People may be hesitant towards using silvers with golds but actually, we encourage it! You no longer have to choose which metallic color you prefer more because now you can have both. The key to perfect symmetry is to use the colors equally. Do not favor one metallic over the other because this can begin to look tacky. Just rotate which metallic color you are decorating with each time you go to buy something new. 

  1. Neutral Chill.

Neutral colors are taking the design industry by storm! You will not find neutral colors just on homeowner’s walls nowadays, but you will actually find them embracing it in every aspect of the room. From flooring to bedspreads, the neutral colors are winning. 

  1. Gray Lovers

Not just 50 shades of gray, but literally every shade of gray that you can imagine is being used in houses across America. The key to complimenting your new gray curtains? Pair it with more gray! You heard us right. From dark to light, gray is the hottest color for decor this year and we are pretty sure this trend will stay around for a long time. 

  1. Vibrant Artwork

Let your artwork speak boldly (in color that is). Artwork is the perfect chance to express bold colors in your space without overdoing it. You can incorporate bright vases or beautiful paintings to spruce up the room and add a special hint of boldness. 

 

What design trend can you not live without? Let us know what you think in the comment section. 


Hotel Room – Yea or Nay?

This is a unique hotel room that is attractive yet could be more welcoming.

We love the natural wood and other textural elements, such as the painted brick wall. We also love the shag green area rug, which adds an eye-catching focus point (it also reminds us a bit of grass!). However, this contemporary-styled room is lacking in several ways.  The first addition we would make is to add a few accessories. Not many accessories are needed for the space, but a large piece of artwork hanging over the sofa would dramatically enhance the look here.

A piece of dimensional art would be perfect on top of the kitchen cabinets. As it stands now, the barren space sticks out like a sore thumb. The room completely lacks greenery as well. Draping plants or flowering pots of greenery (even silk would do here) would aid greatly in breaking up the large empty space.  Greenery adds life.

Everything within this room is a solid color. The tasteful addition of patterned accessories here would add dimension to the space. Changing out the light green accent pillows on the sofa to a patterned print would instantly add interest. Even though we love the shag rug, replacing it with a patterned rug could add life to this room. Life which it so desperately needed in the room.

This room feels stark because there is no art, greenery or accessories in sight. Adding these items helps individuals to feel comfortable relaxed. As with any space, the room has to feel complete as well as functional. Since there is a lack of art, accessories and pattern, the room feels cold. All this room needs is a couple finishing touches and any guests will be able to relax and enjoy themselves!

Wall Ideas for Childrens’ Rooms

Once children are old enough to care about the décor in their room, it is important to let them have a part in deciding what selections to make. Give them a creative outlet incorporated into their bedroom décor. There are many different ways to offer a creative outlet that inspires them to create things on their own or with friends and siblings. Utilize the walls, more specifically the lower section so they can reach this area easily.

Apply felt to the lower chair rail section of one wall, or several walls. Felt comes in many colors, therefore you can select the color that best fits the color scheme. You may want to let your child select the color they prefer. You can order felt character kits online. It is suggested to order several different packs; such as numbers and letters, animals, characters and animals. This way they can come up with many different story lines. The numbers and letters will help them learn and can be incorporated into the stories they create. This wall application will keep your child busy for hours and offer them creative play anytime they play in their rooms.

Create a chalk board on the lower section of a wall. This application is similar to the one above. The only difference is using a different media. Like felt, chalk paint is available in any imaginable color. You can purchase the desired color, or mix it yourself; making this application easy to fit into the existing color scheme. Painting the lower section of the wall gives your little ones all access to draw and create without actually harming the wall. Attach a small cup or bucket to the wall to corral pieces of chalk.

Make a border at waist height using your child’s handprints. They can even invite friends over to include their handprints into the pattern. This activity teaches kids about patterns and gives them a chance to create their own pattern in their bedroom décor. Let the kids initial their handprints to give each hand print individuality. Plan out the color pattern and practice making hand prints on paper before putting on the wall.

Utilizing the wall space in your child’s bedroom, allows them to personalize their room. Making an interactive wall, like the felt wall or chalkboard wall gives a creative spin to the room and provides hours of fun for your kids to enjoy every day! If they can fabricate story lines on the felt or chalkboard; the other walls within the house are much safer! 

How To Make A Terrarium

A huge trend in interior home design for 2015 is adding a terrarium to your décor. We love this idea because it is an easy, low maintenance way to incorporate plant life. Some individuals could seemingly grow a rose out of stone, but most of us are a bit challenged when it comes to caring for and maintaining plants. Terrariums are simple and nearly self sufficient. More importantly they get huge points for detail and visual interest because you can get quite creative with the type of glass container you use, and the plant options make for a long list. Want to take it one step further in terms of fun? Throw a party and invite your friends over to spend the afternoon making terrariums together!

GLASS CONTAINER

Open or Closed: Determines the kind of plants you can use, and how self-sufficient it will be.

  • Closed (or nearly closed, such as with a narrow opening) are lower maintenance because the water condensates and the plants naturally re-filter it. Works best with moisture loving plants, such some of those mentioned below (philodendron, moss, bromeliads, etc.)
  • Open – requires occasional watering, works well with houseplants, succulents, and cacti.

PLANTS

Examples of well suited plants:

  • Bromeliads
  • Succulents
  • Cactus
  • Ferns
  • Baby’s Tears
  • Moisture loving plants
  • Philodendron
  • Most house common house plants

MATERIALS

You will determine amounts to purchase according to the size of the container. Terrarium materials are ALL about layering, so be sure to consider this important technique.

Where to buy: plant, craft, or pet stores

 How it’s done

  • Layer 1 – Rocks, at the bottom for drainage.
  • Layer 2 – Thin layer activated charcoal.
  • Layer 3 – Soil, enough for plants roots.
  • Layer 4 – Plants, be patient and shop as necessary to find the right size. You can trim and split so size allows for growth. Don’t allow them to touch the inside of the glass or they’ll turn brown.
  • Layer 5 – Moss or Pebbles: moss around the sides of the plants for closed (or nearly closed) containers, thin layer of pebbles for open containers. These are used to retain moisture.

LIGHT

Last but in no way least, determine how to best provide the terrarium with crucial sunlight. It will thrive near windows and on window sills in the winter, and then you might have to move it a little further away from the sun in warm months. Remember, glass magnifies heat and it may overheat and dry out.

That’s it! Now enjoy, and mist occasionally according to the needs of the environment you created.

2015 Decorating Trend Examples

If you’ve recently caught up on all of the design and decorating themes for 2015 you might now find yourself at a loss for examples. Themes are useful as overarching guidelines, but executing them stylishly is another thing entirely. So, if you’re ready to dive in, just refer to our newest list regarding trends: Decorating Trend Examples! Enjoy!

Translation of 2015 design themes

  • 3D based pattern – raised, geometric tiles painted in a contrast color; repetitive use of a figurine
  • “Nature meets science” – furniture such as an end table made of both dark wood and metal; full saturation latex paint on raw wood blocks as a accessory decoration; Nambe bowl filled with wood chips; crystal decanter transformed into pendant lighting with raw and apparent wiring
  • Futuristic – acrylic and plastic high gloss furniture such as a coffee table in trend color white
  • Geometric shapes – hexagram shaped accessories such a pendant light fixture
  • tilted or lopsided – floating end tables that appear to be off balance
  • Suspension – pendant lamps, plant life/terraria, modern chandeliers
  • Contrast – bold, form-based, sculptural texture, combined with sleek modern lines; natural surfaces such as wood combined with synthetic acrylic paint
  • Mixed metals – breaking the old adage that only one metal source looks smart – instead, use several such as gold, silver, brass, copper
  • Bleeding, blotting – dip dyed textiles such as pillows and throws; an area rug that mimics a geologic earth feature such as striated rock; oxidized metals
  • Minimalism – clean horizontal lines in furniture and artwork; large scale, unfussy patterns

Plant and animal life

  • Kelly green plant life – ferns, etc.
  • If you’re considering caring for a new pet – tortoise in a well designed glass enclosure that includes real plant life
  • Terraria – macro plant environment in glass, suspended from the ceiling or sitting on table
  • Flowers – orchids, carnations

Color

  • Pantone color of the year – Marsala 18-1438 – earthy and sophisticated wine hue
    • Rooms really well suited to this color  – kitchen, dining room, family/living room
    • Best colors to coordinate with Marsala – deep navy, midnight blue, raspberry red, light plum, soft lavender, powdery pink, flesh tone neutrals, soft aqua
    • Tone and vibe of a room  with Marsala – natural, grounded, earthy, robust, rich, sophisticated, stylish, hearty, glamorous, warm, inviting
  • Pop color – Use something offbeat such as yellow or aqua, and rather than use it on just anything you find, use it emphasize something in the room that you feel is a stand out piece, give it purpose