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!

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!

Design Trends for 2017

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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!

Decorating Items to Splurge On

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When it comes to decorating your interior, there are a few key items you should splurge on. Find out what high quality items you should spend your hard earned cash on.

A sofa should be well made and comfortable. This piece of furniture is the statement piece in the room it is placed in, meaning it should look good, feel good and last for years. A well-made sofa can be reupholstered for decades to come. It is a good investment as long as the sofa style is classic with clean lines. Choosing this style will prevent out from being stuck with an out of date styled sofa, especially when the time comes for reupholstering.

Built in cabinets are appealing for any family home. Investing in quality cabinets will be something you will be thankful for every day. These too can be refinished down the road. Again make sure to select a timeless style with classic moldings and enjoy this feature as long as you own the house. Adding glass doors, glass shelves and lighting will always prove an attractive way to showcase any type of accessory, dish ware or collection.

Good quality rugs are a must have. Poor quality rugs have to be replaced all too often. The difference between a good quality and poor quality rug is recognizable at first sight. A good quality rug will also last for decades as long as it is cleaned once a season. When making a selection, choose a rug that is relatively neutral.

Lamps are an important part of any room’s lighting design. Good quality lamps can last for years. You can update their look by simply changing out the shades. With that said, springing for good quality shades also. Good quality shades put off a more appealing light within the space. Too often, lesser quality shades can be transparent, too bright or too dim.

Art work is also a good quality item to splurge on. The frame can easily be changed for an updated look. Make sure to select subject matter that is always going to be pleasing, like a beautiful landscape or an exciting abstract piece.