Design Tips and Tricks

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Whether you are a brand new homeowner or you have lived in your current space for years, designing a home is always a fun and exciting process. The design process offers challenging decisions that you have full control over making. This is your chance to let your creativity run wild and set the tone for your space. Now, there is not a rulebook that designers follow to create the perfect space, but there are some general guidelines that you can use to get some amazing results. Here are our top five design tips and tricks for homeowners:

  1. No one likes a crowd. When designing a room, it is easy to get carried away with decor and furniture, but you want to try and make your space feels open rather than over-crowded. Avoid putting too much furniture or decor in your space at least to start off the process. If you feel you need more, you can always add more later.

  2. Center of attention. Every room will need one “wow” factor that will draw attention to it. Whether you choose a beautiful chandelier or an amazing backsplash, try to create a statement piece in every room you design.

  3. Different sizes. Your decor pieces should all vary in sizes. If you choose to do a large mirror over a side table, choose small decor pieces to sit on top of the side table. This will help balance everything.

  4. Rules of rugs. As experts in flooring, we understand the three basic rules of rugs and we are here to share these design rules with you:

    Rule 1. All of the furniture legs on the rug.
    Rule 2. All of the furniture legs off of the rug.
    Rule 3. The front feet of your furniture on the rug.

    These are the three ways of designing your rug in a room that will make it flow well. You will ideally
    choose which design rule to use by the size of the rug. For large rugs, you will want all of the furniture
    legs on the rug. For smaller rugs, you will want to have the back legs off or only the front legs on the
    rug.

  5. Perfect finish. Choose your paint color last! This tip may be confusing at first, but we will explain. We understand that you are so excited to paint your space, but always choose your room’s paint color at the end of the design process. You can pull colors from pieces in your room and you want to choose a color that ties the whole room together. Trust us, you want to finish the design process off with painting.

We pride ourselves on being flooring experts. Let us help you choose the perfect flooring for your home. We have a wide selection available with a knowledge staff ready to answer all your design questions. Stop in today or give us a call at (888-TileYou (845-3968).

Curb Appeal

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Your home’s curb appeal will be the first thing that anyone will notice about your house. The inside of your home could be breath-taking, but some people will only see the outside of your house in their lifetime. Impress your neighborhood this summer with an updated look of your front yard. Engage any driver that may pass by your home. Impress them by making them slow down their cars and say “I love that house” with these simple tips:

  1. Focus goes towards front doors.
    Front doors are one of the first features that people recognize in a house. The front door helps hold together your home’s style. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to update your front door, paint the door a bold color. Then you can incorporate the bold color throughout your plants and flowers to help tie it in with the home.

  2. Decorate for the season.
    Depending on the time of year, your front porch has a lot of decorating potential. Decorations will help add a warmth and “homeyness” to your outdoor area. Around Christmas time, hang some lights and add a dark green wreath to your front door. During fall, incorporate some potted mums, bails of hay, and pumpkins around your front porch. There are endless ideas to keep your house festive during each season.

  3. Add life to your yard.
    There is nothing more sad than driving past a house that has a great size for a front yard, but the owners are not using it to its fullest potential. Whether your yard is big or small, plants can add an exceptional amount of beauty to your outdoor space. Remember that with great plants comes great responsibility. You will have to water them, pull weeds, plant new ones, etc. Let the greenery of your house speak for itself when people look at your curb appeal.

  4. Update the little things.
    Your house numbers draw several eyes when people are looking for a particular address. Buy some numbers that stand out and are different from the standard design. You can even consider revamping your current house numbers with a fresh coat of paint.
    Invest in some solid outdoor lighting. Make sure that you have the necessary lighting around your home. Keep areas well lit for your guests and family members who may be leaving during nighttime. Motion-detecting lights help with the safety and security of your property.

The aftermath: Your front yard has never looked so good! You have impressed all your neighbors and your house is the talk of the town. Your new curb appeal has added value in other’s eyes and you achieved it at an inexpensive price.

Bringing the Indoors Outside

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We always encourage bringing the outdoors inside your home with plants and succulents, but have you ever thought about bringing the indoors outside? When you are designing your backyard and patio, try incorporating designs that translate into the style of your home’s interior. You may think: how do I do that? We have three tips for creating a continual flow from the inside of your house to the outside of your house.

Tips for Bringing The Indoors Outside:

Understand Your Style.

Before you begin designing your backyard, you need a better understanding of your home’s interior style. Take some time to evaluate your home’s design, patterns, flow and stylistic choices. What are your favorite features of the home? After you have a better understanding, you can begin to plan your exterior’s design. You want to create a continual flow from the home’s interior design to the exterior design without being obvious.

Determine Your Color Scheme.

Your exterior color scheme does not need to be the typical colors found outdoors. You can use a color that you have subtly used throughout your home as your primary color outdoors. If you are having trouble choosing a color, pick a decorative piece to put outside and build a design off of it. For example, if you have a beautiful aqua vase that you want in your exterior design, start with it and begin shaping your designs around it.

Add in Interior Pieces.

There are several features in your home’s interior that will work perfectly in your backyard’s design. Focus on adding items like:

Lighting. String lighting can create a romantic outdoor escape for you and your loved one. Try hanging them from trees in your backyard and connecting them to your house to create an intricate design.

Furniture. A lot of your indoor furniture can translate into your outdoor design. Make sure to choose furniture that can handle your area’s weather like glass or iron.

Decor. Your interior decorative pieces can be used to design your outdoors. Try pulling some items from inside your home to decorate your backyard. Always finish off with fresh flowers to add a nice fragrance.

Did you know you can add flooring outdoors? Porcelain Tile or Outdoor Carpet are great for designing your backyard. If you would like to learn more, call us at 888-TileYou (845-3968) for more information or visit one of our many locations.

Ideas for Decorating around a Fireplace

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A fireplace is a wonderful thing to have in a home. It often serves as a focal point in a room, and provides a warm cozy environment. Here are a few decorating tips for decorating around a fireplace.

The style of the fireplace will influence how you decorate the room. Is your fireplace modern, traditional, or floating? Stone fireplaces have a rustic charm and make the environment cozier. If you have a stone fireplace, you might go for a log cabin type décor. Big leather chairs, and plush rugs over hardwood floors. Wooden side tables are a nice addition to this type of room. Also, consider buying vintage skis and snowshoes and outdoor gear to decorate.

Modern fireplace are made with various materials such as glass or marble. To decorate around this type of fireplace, and depending on the size of the room you might consider a modern couch or sectional that has the same color palette as the fireplace. There are many modern chair options to add to a room such as wing chairs, slipper chairs, luna chairs, or effie chairs. You could continue the modern theme with modern coffee table with a glass or marble top. For more storage space, try an industrial storage coffee table. If you have a floating fireplace, they usually hang from the ceiling and can complement many different decorating styles from traditional to modern.

Another influence in decorating a room with a fireplace is the location of the fireplace. If the fireplace is located centrally, you might choose a large sofa or sectional to surround it. If it serves as a room divider, you could create two different types of rooms from a cozy den to a spacious living room. Fireplaces also are located in the corner at times. In the corner, it can serve as an attractive sidepiece.

Some additional decorating tips are to use the colors of fireplace stones as a color palette for the rest of the room when selecting furniture, art and other decorative pieces. Decorating the mantel with art is also a nice touch, but make sure to hang the art no more than a few inches above the fireplace. Hanging bookshelves frame a fireplace nicely, and can be made from recycled wood for the environmentally friendly, or other material to complement the décor of the room.

Let us know if you have some additional tips for decorating around a fireplace!

How To Avoid Your Decorating Becoming Dated

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Steer Clear of Dated Decor

Furnishing a home is expensive. The last thing you want to happen is to spend money on furnishings that become dated after a few years. Find out how to decorate in a timeless fashion with these easy tips.

When shopping for furnishings, choose classic pieces as opposed to trendy. By classic, we mean choose timeless pieces with clean lines. Elaborate and ornate pieces will become dated after a few years. Clean lines are easier to pair with other pieces.

Select a neutral color palette. Add pops of color with accessories. Doing so will allow you to refresh and renew whenever the mood strikes you. These items can be changed out periodically or seasonally.
Avoid using large and elaborate patterns on upholstery. The larger the pattern, the faster it will become tired and dated. Instead opt for medium sized geometrics or stripes. These kinds of fabrics have a timeless look and can easily be paired with other items.

Do not choose one trendy style. Instead use an eclectic mix of a few styles. This method will prohibit the space from looking stale as time goes by.

When considering rugs and carpeting, also select neutrals. When a person spends a small fortune on a rug with bright colors, they end up being stuck with that color palette for years, or even decades. Choose wisely when buying expensive rugs. It is a much safer choice to choose a neutral palette. If selecting a pattern make sure the color palette is subdued.

Draperies are another selection that cost a lot of money. Custom draperies should also be selected in neutral colors and low key patterns.

It is perfectly fine to buy brightly colored patterns and colors, if they are inexpensive and meant to be replaced after a couple of years. Typically drapes and rugs cost quite a bit. Understand that if you invest a good amount of money on these items; you will be limited by the colors and patterns.

Designing A Room With A Vaulted Ceiling

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Vaulted ceilings also known as cathedral ceilings are a great architectural feature that instantly makes a space appear spacious and brighter. Designing such spaces can be intimidating because of the extra height and increased wall space. How can you complement your vaulted ceilings in your design?

Select The Best Color

Select a suitable color for your vaulted ceilings. In fact, the color is the first thing people will notice when they enter the room. You want to make sure it blends seamlessly with the rest of the room because you don’t want the ceilings to look like a blank canvas that you forgot all about.

Make Use of Lighting Fixtures

Light fixtures are a must have accessory for your vaulted ceilings. There are all kinds of unique lighting fixtures available on the market. Consider installing a breathtaking chandelier or small wall lighting fixtures all over the ceiling. Lighting accessories will immediately give off that “wow” effect.

Don’t Shy Away From Drapes

Beautiful drapes are always a great addition to any decor. They are especially appreciated in rooms with vaulted ceilings. Most spaces with vaulted spaces have long windows that are bigger than normal. Try finding drapes that can hang close to the high ceilings and accommodate such large windows. This creates a dramatic effect. Long drapes that hang high from the ceilings will bring more attention to the ceilings.

Take Advantage of the Spacious Walls

Dress up the walls with pictures, mirrors and other accessories. There is usually one wall that is higher than the other leaving more real estate for you to decorate. Elegant sconces, wallpaper and unique frames are just a few things you can add to your walls.

Don’t Forget the Fire Place

There is nothing that looks better with vaulted ceilings than a fireplace. If you can’t afford to install a traditional fireplace in the room, you can transform a blank wall with a faux fireplace and a well designed makeshift mantel. A faux fireplace will create ambiance and add warmth.

When designing the interior of a room with a vaulted ceiling, remember that the goal is to highlight this grandeur architectural feature. Be creative and have fun when selecting furnishing and accessories.

Interior Trends for Spring 2017

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This spring there are some bold trends on the horizon. Read along to find out what is trending for the upcoming season!

Navy blue is the ‘it” color right now! This color is being used on accent walls and upholstery. Deep navy blue is showing up on velvet upholstery in all of the design magazines for spring.

A modern version of farmhouse style is still popular. This style has been growing momentum over the last few years, and it seems to be getting stronger. This version of farmhouse uses the deep farmhouse sinks, paired with clean lined faucets and hardware. In the past oil rubbed bronze was the finish for hardware and faucets for this style. Now the brushed or polished nickel is gaining popularity. Shaker style cabinets are the cabinets for this particular style.

Lucite and acrylic furniture are now being used on the legs of furniture. Most commonly they are showing up as short tapered legs on upholstered sofas and chairs. Typically these legs are used on a traditional frame to make the piece transitional. Clear legs on upholstery give it a light and airy look. Furniture pieces that are all lucite or acrylic are great for small spaces because they are not visually obstructive.

Copper is really gaining ground right now. It is showing up in accent pieces and as well as accents on furniture pieces. Bowls, vases and other kinds of accessories are being made in copper. This material has become more popular due to the rose gold craze.

Spring this year is bold and exciting! Enjoy the simplicity of farm house style paired with bold navy blue, acrylic and copper. The contrast between light lucite and acrylic mixed with deep navy blue; are further brightened by the use of copper accents.

Adding Drama to Your Homes Decor – Strong Colors

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Straying away from neutral colored palettes can be difficult. On the other hand, the main purpose of color is to give a space a new look. Yes, it’s a great way to implement your personality into your decor. How can you pull it off successfully?

  1. Using dark colors can add drama to any room. For instance, deep red walls creates a mood that dims down the brightness of your surroundings. In fact, such a color creates a closed in feeling and it also complements neutral colored furniture.

  2. Bright yellow is a bold color to use in your decor. The key to using this color in a stylish manner is to find furniture and upholstery that matches the wall. You can even try a floral print. Adding the color yellow to your decor is also known to add optimism and a positive vibe to your home!

  3. All colors aren’t stimulating. Forest green is a perfect color to use for homeowners who tend to shy away from color because it isn’t loud. Yes, forest green blends great with neutral or mahogany furniture. While the colors may contrast, together they give off a nature type vibe.

  4. Rooms painted a dark color can make a room recede or seem smaller. So if you’re goal is to visually increase the size of a room you should consider lighter shades.

  5. If you’re not sure about committing to painting your wall an intense color you can add color to various furniture pieces.

Just remember to be bold, have fun and enjoy reflecting your personality in your home decor!

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!