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.

Laminate Flooring

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Are you searching for the perfect kitchen floor for your home? Laminate flooring in the kitchen is an excellent choice for many reasons such as versatility, easy maintenance, reasonable pricing, durability, easy installation, and it is excellent for air quality.

First, laminate is quite versatile; it is available in a wide variety of tile choices, faux wood, different colors, thickness, surface treatments, and plank styles. Do you have a flair for decorating, or do you have a picture in your mind of the perfect design for your kitchen. Laminate flooring’s versatility makes it a great choice for decorating because of the vast amount of choices.

Laminate flooring is also easy to maintain. It can be cleaned with a damp cloth or dust mop. It is also moisture and stain resistant.

Next, laminate flooring is a reasonably priced choice compared to other flooring options. It is more affordable than hardwood, luxury vinyl tile, and other common flooring choices.

It is also very durable. Laminate flooring is scratch resistant, and protected by a resin coating and a tough external layer making it highly durable. It is a great choice for home with pets and children because of the high amount of traffic the floor will take.

Another advantage is that laminate flooring is easy to install. Laminate boards are designed to interlock, making it much easier to install than other flooring. The fact that it can be floated over most existing flooring also makes it a time saver when installing. Other flooring options can take longer to install, and some need to be nailed down, stapled, or glued.

Finally, laminate flooring is a great option for people with allergies. There is no place to trap particles and dust on laminate floors. A moisture barrier that protects the floor from damage and prevents mold from forming is provided by the underlayment.

These are just a few of the reasons laminate flooring is an excellent choice for the kitchen. Please contact us with any further questions or concerns.

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.

How To Use Tiles to Enhance Your Bathroom

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If you’re in the process of remodeling your bathroom, no doubt you’re considering what type of tiles you will be installing. Tiling can create emphasis and it is highly functional for the bathroom environment. Did you know that the tile layout is imperative during this process? To get a perfect finish you’ll have to carefully plan the tile layout in your bathroom.

Ensure That Tile Sizes Are Correct
The biggest mistake that homeowners make is if the tile measurements they order are indeed that exact measurement. For instance, most tiles are sold in European size. That means a 12- by 24-inch tile isn’t not a 12 by 24 inch in U.S sizes. In addition, the size could also factor in the grout joint. To ensure accurate sizing you should purchase sample tiles so that you can lay them against your existing flooring.

Take into Account the Details
It’s important to consider the medicine cabinet and lighting fixtures at the beginning of the project. That way before the electrician, plumbers and any other tradesmen come in, the tiles are already measured in these areas. Tile layout around the windows and doors should be done carefully. You’ll want to make sure that the whole assembly around these specific areas are waterproof. Paying attention to the details when laying out your design can ensure that the whole look is polished.

Mix and Match Tiles
Try mixing and matching your tiles to create a bold and unique look. This is a great way to create a focal point in your bathroom’s design. A solid color should take about 70% of the tile design and you can incorporate 30% of the contrasting design.

Need help deciding what type of tile to use in your bathroom? Contact our showroom consultant today.

Backsplashes that Work Best with a Contemporary Kitchen Design

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While backsplashes are great for protecting the walls of your kitchen, they also play their part in adding variety to the room’s design. When working with a kitchen style, it’s important to choose one that complements its features in the best way possible. This post will discuss what backsplashes work best for a contemporary kitchen design. Not to be confused with “modern” style which is based off early 20th century elements, contemporary design is “of the moment”, with features that are popular now in this period. This type of style is always changing as new trends become more fashionable, making it a rather fluid description as this style will mean something new as time goes on.

Contemporary style focuses on clean, angular lines, stainless steel appliances and granite or quartz countertops. With a style as beautiful and as neat as this, the backsplash creates a great opportunity to implement a focal point that will draw the eye, but allow the kitchen’s fixtures to shine.

Ceramic tile is tried and true for being affordable, durable and available in a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes. Try a unique geometric shape in a bright color to make it stand out. If you want to keep it simple with shapes, try patterned tile that will break up all the solid colors that are characteristic of this kitchen style. If you want to keep going with the clean look, subway tile will always be a smart choice. Try arranging it in a chevron or herringbone pattern to keep it interesting.

For something a bit smaller in scale, try penny-style tile or glass mosaic tiles in long strips or small squares. Choose samples that have the same color with different levels of saturation to add depth while keeping with the clean look of the room. If the glass look is too shiny for your liking, there are matte versions available to soften it up.

For a nice contrast, you can also try brick patterned tile or even a textured natural stone backsplash. It will give the kitchen an earthier feeling and be a unique feature that guests will enjoy. Be sure to have any backsplash you choose properly sealed so that you can enjoy its benefits for years to come.

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!