Archive for February, 2017

Determining an Accent Wall for Your Style

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Accent walls are back and they are stronger than ever, when it comes to interior design. There are so many types of accent walls during the present day. It can be difficult deciding on what type of wall will work best for your style.

Rustic interiors will benefit from wood paneling. There are many different levels of wood paneling. For a rough look install a pallet or other rough sawn wood. For a more traditional/rustic style you can install pine or hickory panels on the wall. Choose a stain that will work best with your style. We prefer clear stain with either a high gloss or a matte finish. Letting the wood show it’s organic beauty, really makes an impression on a room.

For a traditional home, there is a wide array of traditionally styled wall papers. The associate that works in a wallpaper showroom can point you in the right direction; if you are able to tell them the style of your interior and furnishings. It is always helpful to bring in photos of the room in which you plan on installing the wallpaper. This way you do not need to shop based on your memory. The sales person will have a better idea of your needs, if they can see the space. For a French country look, consider a toile pattern in the color of your choice. There is a wallpaper for any traditional style, English, French, Greek, Early American etc. make sure you are aware of the color scheme in the room before looking at wall paper patterns.

For a modern or transitional look consider a metal leaf or a metal impression wall paper. Wallpaper that looks like antique gold leaf is really in right now. Some other styles are silver and copper. Installing actual metal on the wall, is showing up in high styled interiors. Metal on an accent wall is a very designer look. Because the metal has the shiny finish, it is important not to go overboard. Stick to one metal accent wall. More than one wall covered in metal, or metal like wall paper, can end up being too much within a space. This is only true if the entire wall is covered. You can certainly apply this look on all four walls when installing wainscoting.

If you are just unsure what style is right for you, start off by painting an accent wall. The color choice can be bold or light, depending on your preference. The best part about this method is that it can be easily painted over later on!

Bedroom Trends for 2017

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2017 is going to be a good year for fresh design styles. If you are considering updating your bedroom, this is the post for you! Get some good ideas that you may want to implement into your own space.

Start with the bed. You do not necessarily need to get a whole new bed. Consider getting a new headboard! This can easily be done if you have a standard metal bedframe. Headboards are easily attached to the frame, as long as the sizes match up. Taller headboards are in style right now. This is great because it will make your ceilings look taller than they actually are. Upholstered headboards are very popular right now, and for good reason. They have a classic look, and are extremely comfortable. It is easy to reupholster a headboard, down the road if you want to update your room.

Hang something interesting in the bedroom. This could be a sculptural item over the bed; or it could be installing an interesting light fixture. Adding a chandelier to this room is a great way to make it feel special and intimate. Adding unexpected items to this room will make it look styled and unique.

Do away with your traditional bedside lamps. Interesting lamps on your night stands can help make your room look fabulous. Opt for a sculptural acrylic base with an interesting barrel shade. Coordinating the shade with the bedding is a great way to pull the style together. By selecting an acrylic base you ca easily switch out the shades whenever you get new bedding. Other interesting styles of lamp bases are brass, chrome, glass or wood. We feel the chunkier the lamp the better. Candle stick style bases tend to get lost in a bedroom. This is especially true if you have a larger sized bed, such as a queen or a king.

Making these few changes to your bedroom will result in a creating a style current for today, as well as giving you the option to update down the road, without having to change everything!

Why the “Less Is More” Strategy Works

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We have all heard it before, “Less is more”. There really is truth to this strategy when used in interior styling. When this strategy is put into play, it accomplishes many ideals. It eliminates clutter, architectural details are highlighted and the space feels clean.

The biggest mistake most home owners have is allowing clutter to take over. Clutter makes a space look un-kept and dingy. Read along to find out how to accomplish the less is more strategy, and why it is important.

Clutter literally causes an interior to become dirty. This is because it attracts dust and dirt from the air. The more stuff in a room, the more time it takes to dust and clean. Having a stream line interior is easy to clean and most importantly it looks tidy!

When starting from scratch everyone has the initial instinct to fill up a room. This instinct leads to purchasing furniture and accessories that may not be right for the space, or are of lesser quality. The end goal is not just to fill in the holes, it is to purchase furnishings that are of good quality and a good fit for the space. When shopping for furnishings, reject the will to make an impulse purchase. Buy items that you truly love and feel a connection to. If the interior is already furnished, start by removing items from each room within your home. Either sell these items to consignment shops, donate them or have a yard sale. Selling items gives you the ability to gain extra money that can be put towards a good quality piece that will last for years, or even decades.

Commonly this strategy can have the effect of creating a stark or cold space. This can be fixed by incorporating nature and lighting. Allowing natural light in will warm up any space. If natural light is scarce, add a floor or table lamp with a warm colored bulb. The use of layering creates warmth as well. Make natural selections for floors such as, stone, terrazzo, cork or wood; then add a textured rug that you love!

All spaces benefit from having greenery. Real plants create cleaner indoor air quality and add life to the interior!

When in doubt take your time. Do not rush simply to fill a space. Get rid of items that you don’t love and make conscious choices when shopping. Quality should always be chosen over quantity. Make these changes in your interior and your quality of life will feel cleaner, controlled and streamlined!