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Open floor plans are in demand for today’s active lifestyle. It can be challenging to create the cohesive design to anchor all spaces when there are no walls. Area rugs are a perfect solution for tying everything together by establishing the purpose and function of the room. Here are some helpful tips for choosing an area rug:
• Matching Rugs – The easiest and safest technique is using matching rugs. Matching rugs are conservative, classic and almost fool proof! This choice works well when furniture settings serve the same purpose. If your style is more playful than conservative, try using matching rugs with a bold design and color.
• Mix Solid Color Rugs – If you want to be a little daring, try combining mix-matched solid color rugs. Just make sure the colors complement each other. One easy way to bring some drama in to the room is by using one rug that is a neutral tone, and a colored rug. Using solid color mix-matched rugs is a creative way to distinguish between furniture settings with different functions.
• Similar Color Palette – Try mixing two solid rugs in different colors in the same room. Make sure that you choose rugs in a similar color palette. If you want to add some punch to the design, try using a patterned rug with similar color palette to the solid rug. This will define the spaces as unique from each other, but not disconnected.
• Textured Rugs – Combining textured rugs adds a special design touch to any room. A natural jute rug is a perfect example of a neutral color palette, not to mention the many textures they offer. Raw hide rugs can be included in your design which offers various patterns, color, and they mingle well with neutral colored rugs. This technique defines spaces as unique, but not disconnected.
When shopping for area rugs, do not forget to measure everything in the room and keep your measurements with you. Make a small portfolio to include paint chips, fabric swatches and flooring samples. It never hurts to take a few pictures or a short video of the room, so you can visualize the proposed design of the room.
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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!
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!
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!
There are some big trends coming our way for 2017. Several styles and different color palettes are on the rise. Find out in this read what to look out for!
Earth tones are making a comeback this year. However it is not muted earth tones, but the louder, deeper colors are going to be popular. Mustard yellow, cinnamon, lush greenery and terracotta are in our future. To go along with the naturalistic trend of earth tones tribal art and sculpture will also be on the scene.
Highly textured fabrics will be showing up on chair and sofa upholstery. This means crushed velvet, valor and other thick, luxurious fabrics will be used. Using these types of fabric will give spaces a more luxurious look and feel.
Metallic accents such as silver, copper, gold and brass will be big again this year. As design styles turn into a rustic and organic direction there needs to be bright and shiny accents to offset the naturalistic vibe. These metal accents provide a bright yet bold touch that will only make the earth tones and various textures look more refined. Brass and gold hardware is here to stay for this year. Embrace these finishes, they will dress up any setting. They also work well for traditional and contemporary design styles.
Terrazzo has become more popular over the past few years. It will become even bigger this year. This is a material not just used for floors. It will be seen on walls and countertops as well. It is an extremely durable material that is also eco-friendly.
2017 interiors are going to look more world traveled and multicultural. Antique globes and suitcases will be showing up in the accessory markets. Be on the lookout for custom artisan pieces that will also make it into many designer spaces.
High quality rugs with a thick pile will be seen everywhere. These rugs will mostly be patternless. They will be used for their layering ability and high level of comfort (just like the highly textured upholstery).
2017 will have a more casual and lived in appearance, with several touches of modern comfort and luxury!
Vinyl and linoleum floor tiles are both resilient flooring options that have been available for about the same length of time. For this reason, many people get the two materials confused, thinking that they are interchangeable. Vinyl and linoleum are two completely different products, however, with different looks and characteristics. Learn the differences between them so that you can choose the right one for your home.
Vinyl is a man-made product comprised of chips of polyvinyl chloride or PVC – yes the same material that makes the plastic plumbing pipes that run through your home. The chips are fused together in varying thicknesses using a high degree of heat and pressure.
Vinyl tiles are the same color all the way through the product, which is helpful if they scratch or get nicked, but they cannot be repaired once they get damaged.
Most vinyl tiles are installed with adhesive below them, although some brands are available as floating floors. The adhesive that sticks down a vinyl tile tends to grow stronger over time, which can make these tiles very hard to get back up again.
Some modern forms of vinyl tiles are made to look like stone and other materials, and many can even be grouted to give them a more contemporary look.
Linoleum is largely made of natural materials including linseed oil, pine rosin, cork dust, wood flour, and minerals such as calcium on a natural backing of canvas, burlap, or jute. Like vinyl, the color goes all the way through the product. Unlike vinyl, if a linoleum tile gets a cut or gouge, you can fix this by sanding down a loose tile and mixing the loose particles with wood glue to fill the hole.
Linoleum tiles are also usually installed with an adhesive that grows stronger over time, making them hard to get back up.
Unlike vinyl, however, linoleum does not discolor over time, and while it may have a strong linseed odor soon after installation, this does not last long.
Both types of tile are long lasting, durable resilient flooring materials that are also fairly inexpensive. Both have been making a comeback of late, so take a second look at them both for flooring in your home.
Marble is a beautiful natural stone that many homeowners choose to use in bathrooms, entryways, and other areas of the home. Unfortunately, when marble is used in certain areas of the home, you may begin to notice that the shine or polish on the stone seems to be wearing off unevenly, giving you dull spots. While this can be corrected either temporarily with a shine-enhancing sealer or more permanently with grinding and polishing of the entire floor, the best thing to do is to try to prevent this from happening in the first place. Learn the most common causes of dulling on a marble floor so you can help prevent it from occurring.
What Is Dulling?
The dulling that you see on your floor is known as etching. Etching occurs when some of the weaker particles of the stone are removed, usually because your stone came into contact with another material. Etching can happen to any stone, but is most common with calcium based stones like marble and limestone, because the calcite in the stones is so reactive with other substances.
Acid and Alkaline Contact
One of the causes of etching is the contact of your stone with something highly acidic or highly alkaline in content. Vinegar, urine, wine, lemon juice, and rock salt can all cause etching on a marble floor, which is why marble used in kitchens, entry ways, and bathrooms tends to have the most etching.
Another way that etching can occur is when abrasives continuously come in contact with the stone, wearing down the weaker particles until they are removed. Shoes that have grit on the bottoms from being worn outside, for example, can eventually etch an entry way floor. Scrubbing your floor with abrasive cleaners or cleaning implements can also eventually lead to etching and dulling of the finish on your floor.
To help protect your stone, always use door mats and encourage guests to remove their shoes. Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them, and use an impregnating sealer to help impede the absorption of materials that could etch the stone’s surface.