Decorate corners thoughtfully to add interest and function to a room.
Attention to corners will fill in your decorating plans beautifully.
Don't think of your corners as wasted space; embellish them to add flair to your home environment and even add function to a room! Most important of all, don’t let corners become spots for clutter to accumulate. Here are some ideas:
- An interesting small table can be topped with a unique art object, striking lamp or beautiful vase.
- A large houseplant or tree can sit on the floor, adding nature and beauty, and even refreshing the indoor air quality.
- An extra-tall vase filled with tall branches or grasses can sit on the floor.
- A small desk can provide an additional work area or computer space.
- An easy chair and good lighting can create a cozy reading space.
- Small wall art on one or both walls of the corner can provide a point of interest to engage visitors.
- Display shelves can hold family photos or treasures collected on adventures around the world.
Don’t cut corners in your home decorating! Make it a point to focus on enhancing these challenging spaces in your house.
It's easy to brighten up your home décor and create a festive atmosphere all year 'round with our quick painting ideas. When special occasions roll around, you are bound to be busy entertaining family and friends with everything from simple hors d'oeuvres and cocktails to a full sit-down extravaganza.
You may have planned the meal you will serve down to the last detail, but you're not so sure of what do to with the little time you have left to create an attractive, welcoming décor. Read More HERE...
You don't necessarily have to remove your old wallpaper to paint your walls a different color.
Removing wallpaper—especially if it's been on the walls for years—can cause unexpected damage to your walls. But if it's in good condition and has no signs of adhesion failure, there's no reason to invest a lot of time and effort in removing it before painting your walls. Also, by leaving the wallpaper in place, your walls will stay in their current condition, and you'll be able to start painting without delay. FIND OUT MORE....
Accent walls are a great way to add color to a space and experiment with smaller doses of brighter, bolder hues.
Whether you'd like to define a living space or spotlight a treasured piece of artwork or architectural feature, an accent wall can create a striking, unique design element.
Accent walls can also help you create color flow. By using the same color in fabrics, finishes, accessories, and furnishings in adjoining rooms, you can create a seamless transition from space to space. See More Here....
The "New" Neutral Palette
This palette is a reaction to all the color cues that we have noticed popping up in the home furnishing industry... textiles, carpets, wallpapers, tabletops and pottery, as well as color schemes that emerge in landscape design, the auto industry, fashion, and graphics.
As color rarely exists in isolation, we have designed a palette of 23 colors that work well together. There is harmony among the colors. There is an art to sequencing color from one room to another—hallways are the arteries of the house, rooms radiate off the hallways and this palette helps the transition because the colors flow seamlessly. Read More Here...
Complementary colors add energy to a room and, at the same time, make us feel comfortable and complete.
We’ve always heard that opposites attract, and nothing could be more true about interior decorating colors. Using opposite colors (also known as complementary colors) adds energy to a room, yet at the same time, makes us feel comfortable and calm.
Complementary colors are the hues that are opposite on a color wheel:
- Red and green
- Orange and blue
- Purple and yellow
For some reason, colors that are opposite on the color wheel look fabulous when they’re used together. We even see these complementary color duos in nature: golden sand next to the blue sky and sea, vibrant red roses with their bright green leaves, and petite pansies with their violet and yellow petals.Read more
Light - and the light fixtures you select - bring beauty to a room and its elements. At the same time good lighting is essential for functionality. One type of lighting isn’t enough for most rooms; layering lighting and thoughtful placement will help your rooms look beautiful and work optimally.
1. Start with ambient lighting.
Also called general lighting, this type of light washes over a room in a non-focused way – and even includes natural sunlight coming through the windows.
Ambient lighting includes ceiling light fixtures and chandeliers, lights on ceiling fans, track lighting and recessed ceiling lights that are not sharply directed, and torchiere lamps.Read more
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It's clear that glass will make your interiors sparkle.November 2013
Glass is a clean, fresh look that adds interest, without too much bling or glitter.
The interesting thing about glass is that it almost disappears into a room to make the room seem more spacious and open, while it adds a beautiful design element that people do notice. Because light shines through most glass interior elements or light reflects back from light fixtures and the sun, they appear almost invisible and don’t seem to take up space. You can see your other interior design elements even more clearly; just think about a glass table sitting atop a beautiful rug. You can see the beauty of the rug much more clearly!Read more
Next time you are looking for new hardwood flooring, consider not looking at hardwood. Seriously! The hardwood flooring industry is getting expensive and rightfully so. With so many forests being logged and the ozone being depleted and blah blah blah. The real reason you should look at mock hardwood flooring is because it's better!
What do we look for in a new floor? Durability, affordability, and natural beauty or to be aesthetically pleasing.
One great option is the Engineered Hardwood category. By laminating multiple ply's of wood in opposite directions, Engineered flooring becomes dimensionally stable (It doesn't expand and contract much). Is it just as good as a solid 3/4 " thick hardwood? Of course it is. Maybe 75 years down the road, someone will have a hard time getting all the scratches sanded out, but really, who sands and refinishes their floor more than once if they do it at all in their lifetime?
The latest and the greatest option out there is Luxury Vinyl Tile. Don't be fooled by the name, Luxury doesn't always mean expensive. These floors are ideal for homeowners that want the least amount of maintenance along with greater durability. How do they look? Awesome! Many times these days, great manufacturers like Karn Dean make extremely real looking planks. There's the advantage of real hardwood, I suppose. You can't find two planks exactly alike in the world.
However, for warmth under your feet, ease of installation, nearly waterproof, easy to clean, 100's of different colors and styles, easy repair and overall affordability, I'll be using an LVT like Karn Dean in every room. Yes, the advantages are even greater when it comes to tile-looks, but we'll save that for another day.
Happy floor hunting and we look forward to seeing you soon!