Posts Tagged ‘Furniture’

Floating the Idea of Floating Furniture

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating

10293098_SFloating furniture might sound like we’re talking about pool floats, but we’re talking about moving furniture away from the walls.  Why is it we like to line up our furniture around the perimeter of a room and leave the middle empty?  Are we hosting Zumba parties in the empty space in the middle of our living rooms?  Probably not.  While floating furniture in the middle of the room might not be new to you, there are ways to do it successfully and not so successfully.  This living room is a good example of a room that almost gets it right.

Elements this living room does successfully include having the furniture focused around the center of the room.  Having the two couches face each other, allows for a great conversational area, but the seating area is also focusing in on the fireplace and television.  Using an area rug to center and ground the furniture is another good thing.  The rug extends beyond the sofa and makes the seating area feel larger.

The two sofas and chairs not seen in the image help to create a balanced room. The larger ottoman that can be used as a coffee table seems similar in size to both sofas.  Using a smaller centerpiece in this room could be beneficial as far as aesthetics go.

One tricky thing with floating seating arrangements is where to put the lighting.  You have to be strategic with lighting sources because you don’t want to have cords running throughout the room.  This particular living room has overhead lighting.

Trending Prints: Cowhide

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

3123354_SAlong with classic animal prints like zebra and leopard, cowhide is a big trend in the design world. You can find cowhide rugs, cowhide being used on furniture and cowhide covered accessories.  This love of cowhide extends beyond lodge and country styles into sleek contemporary spaces as well as traditional rooms.

This chair with its cowhide upholstery is a great example of how cowhide is crossing over from country into a wide range of styles. The more modern styled chair gets a twist with the black and white cowhide on the back and brown leather seat.  Mixing up styles between the form and upholstery is a great way to make a piece of furniture feel more modern and now.

Cowhide rugs are as popular as zebra skin rugs were a few years ago. The classic cowhide rug is typically in the original organic shape. We’ve seen cowhide rugs that are made of squares or patchwork of smaller pieces of hide. These rugs have a quilt or mosaic look to them. Cowhide rugs are durable but are best not used in wet or very high traffic areas because of their organic quality.

The variation in color and pattern in cowhides means it can be a bold pattern or even a solid color. Brown, white, black and cream are common colors for cowhide. This variation allows cowhide to work with so many styles and forms.  Pillows, like the one here, are a great way to add a bit of the cowhide trend to your living room or bedroom.

The Appeal of Handcrafted Furniture

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

14018723_SHandcrafted objects that show the mark of their maker seem to have more soul to them than mass produced furniture, objects and rugs.  Knowing that an individual’s time and effort went into creating a wood table or a hand loomed rug imbues the object with a history and a story.  Decorating with handcrafted furniture and rugs can also give your room character. One or two pieces of handcrafted furniture or a few handcrafted accents will bring charm to any room.

Handcrafted wood furniture is an art form. Whether you purchase custom crafted furniture locally or from an import store, these pieces have a unique quality. Each piece of furniture, each object or each rug is slightly different from any other furniture, object or rug made by the same craftsperson.  These idiosyncrasies are what make handcrafted furniture beautiful.  Some may call them flaws, but perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

When working with a local craftsman or craftswoman, design a piece of custom handcrafted furniture is a collaborative effort.  This is one of the joys of custom furniture: getting to create exactly what you need and want.  Even if you are working with a craftsperson online half a world away, you will still be able to give input and feedback on the design, size, color and patterns of the handcrafted furniture or rug.

Next time you are making a furniture, rug or accessory purchase, consider something handcrafted.  You’ll get a unique piece and support a traditional master craftsman. It’s a win-win situation.

Diagonal adds Drama

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

A hotel lobby that caters to an international clientele has to find a good balance between old and new. This room makes it look easy.

To start, the flooring is a traditional wood, but the diagonal installation and light color gives it a modern look. This light-toned floor is perfect to showcase a selection of antique oriental rugs. The rugs come in a variety of patterns but the consistent colors hold them all together.

The columns are original to the building, and the whitewash combines a feel of old and new to their texture. New prevails in the rattan furniture. The modern style and simple white cushions helps the pieces work without distracting from the power of the rest of the décor. The dark tone on the rattan anchors the room and complements the rugs.

In spite of the columns, the opening at the back of the room and the layout of the rugs shows a natural path through the space. However, the diagonal wood floor encourages visitors to move from the main path and stop in one of the conversation areas. The diagonal draws the eye away from the lengthwise pattern of every other element in the room.

Would a diagonal floor enhance one of your rooms? Whether you are drawn to the contrast of dark and light or old and new, take a look at this room and see if you can use any of its ideas in your own home.

Multigeneration House: Sharing With Adult Child

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It’s not unusual for an adult child to move back into your home for a short time. They may want to save money for a home of their own, need a place to stay for a few months before moving or getting married, want to go back to school, or just want to retrench and get ahead on debts. All of these are good reasons for the decision, and with a little planning on your part, it can work very well for everyone. Consider these issues:

  1. Negotiate an agreement with your child before the move. It should include a time-frame for the stay, how much money your child will put aside each month to reach their goals, any expenses they will cover, and any responsibilities they will assume. Responsibilities should include their own laundry and taking care of their own dishes and in general cleaning up after themselves. You really don’t want them to fall into any frustrating patterns that occurred when they lived at home before, so address those as part of the agreement. Also negotiate real consequences for not meeting the agreement.
  2. Choose the space that will be given to your child. It does not have to be the same bedroom they had when they were younger. While you don’t want to redecorate a space for this temporary stay, you may want to encourage your child to make the space feel like their own. An area rug can address flooring issues, and will be a nice addition to their new home.
  3. Remember that your child has been on his or her own and you no longer have the authority to parent the way you did when they were in high school. Focus instead on any issues that affect your comfort such as coming in quietly late at night or keeping you informed on whether they plan to be home for a meal.
  4. This is a unique opportunity to spend time with your adult child. With expectations met and understood, you may find yourself enjoying their stay very much.

Careful Use of Color

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice

With its white walls, white flooring and white furniture, why does this room work so well? Let’s take a look at what is happening here.

There are three reasons why this white room works: good architecture, black accents, and a judicious use of color.

To start, white has no forgiveness. Color is a great distracter. You can use it to hide architectural flaws. White, on the other hand, calls attention to any problems. This room is well proportioned with a clearly-defined focal point and inviting architectural details such as the floor to vaulted ceiling windows. Limiting the color lets those elements stand out. With the amazing white carpet and furniture, this room makes a strong and positive design statement.

The second powerful factor is the use of black to accent the room and define the focal point. The fireplace and TV call your attention, and the white helps them stand out. Bringing black into a room adds drama and grounds a space. Without it, the room would feel like it’s about to float away.

Finally, a careful use of color helps a white room look more interesting and feel warmer. Only two colors enter this space. The light green is a fresh tone that can carry the floor-to ceiling curtains. A glass bowl on the coffee table and elements of the throw pillows bring that same green into the room. The second color choice is a light red – strong without being overwhelming. This color appears less than the green, but as a stronger shade it has a similar color impact in the space.

Go for color if you want, but don’t hesitate to limit it as in the design of this room. You can still make a statement.

A Gentlemen’s Living Room Décor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Fun. Carefree. Cool. Classy.

These are just a handful of the adjectives that can describe the life of a bachelor. So no matter whether you are a bachelor decorating your own living room or decorating for the single gentleman in your life keep in mind those four words.

The living room of a bachelor pad is one of the most important rooms of the home as this is a place which gets a lot of use whether it be alone time or with a large group of buddies. Here are some decorating ideas to create the perfect gentlemen’s living room.

  • To create a relaxing and entertaining atmosphere, a high definition TV is a must. Imagine a big flat screen mounted on the wall where favourite shows and sports games can be watched from a super comfy chair or sofa. It will really make the living room the ultimate hang out place.
  • For furniture, darker and richer colors such as on a leather sofa can help create a classy and masculine look. This is true of any style decor from modern to traditional.
  • Since the living room will double as an entertainment room, a mini-bar stacked with all kinds of drinks from wine, to beer and soda will be a nice addition too.
  • As for the wall decors, anything masculine will be a perfect choice depending on taste and style it can be anything from framed sports posters to abstract prints.
  • A display cabinet or shelves can also be a nice living room décor to display trophies, sports memorabilia collection, liquor collection or to showcase the hobbies and interest of the bachelor living in the pad.

So who says single gentlemen can’t make a classy home? With the help of some of these tips, decorating an ultimate living room for a bachelor is fun and carefree.

Romantic Bedroom

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Warm and inviting, this room immediately creates a romantic mood. The flowers, the antique linens and painted furniture combine with the art and accessories to take you to another part of the world and even another time.

Whether for your bedroom or a guest room, the simple handmade feel of this room makes for a unique and even exotic space. What can you do to create this type of mood in your own home?

Start with the floor. The terra cotta color of the textured tile is reminiscent of old unglazed flooring common in Latin America. It sets the stage for a simple yet dramatic space. This room has a small area rug by the bed, but a larger rug or two in soft tones would work well, adding warmth and a sense of softness.

The bed is beautiful, clearly hand carved and painted. While it would be difficult and expensive to find or reproduce, any four-poster adds this sense of old world style. Finding a used bed frame and painting it would bring you close to the same look.

The linens are also unique, but comparable options are available in some linen stores. Antique and thrift shops can also carry this sort of thing. Don’t limit your search to bed linens. Both the canopy and bed cover could be created with handcrafted tablecloths.

This room’s architecture has plenty of personality. If your room is more standard, consider paint and art to add character. This may be the space to show off accessories acquired on your travels. With a little effort and thought, you can turn a typical bedroom into something more exotic and unique.

Small Space Living

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

You can live big in a small space if you make smart design choices. This condo provides a great example of steps you can take to make your living area functional and interesting. Let’s take a look at why this works so well.

Step 1: flooring. Small spaces seem bigger when you use only one type of flooring. This light porcelain tile works perfectly. Setting it on the diagonal moves your eyes through the space, increasing the perceived size. Rugs such as the one in front of the fireplace allow you to define specific functional areas in this great room without closing off any space.

Step 2: furniture choice. By choosing one wood tone and style, all the furniture connects even though functionality varies. This room manages to have a kitchen, dinette, bar area at the island, dining room and living room while still feeling roomy. Other furniture choices such as using a love seat rather than a full sofa in the living area and selecting a circular table in the dining area keep the space clear with a natural traffic flow. If you constantly have to move to avoid furniture a space quickly feels too small. There is plenty of space to maneuver here.

Step 3: light. By selecting a light tile for the floor and coupling it with white walls and sheers on the windows, the space feels open and inviting. The dark furniture anchors the room and keeps it interesting. With all the light tones, the room itself almost disappears and the focus is on each living area.

Picture each area enclosed in walls and you will understand how much living has been tucked into this room. Are you letting a small space feel smaller by your flooring and design choices? Maybe it’s time to open things up!

The Intimacy of Deep Colors

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Many people are hesitant to paint a room in dark colors, especially smaller rooms. But that choice can work in the right circumstances, creating intimacy in a space.

This room works well for a number of reasons. At first glance it seems that the whole room is dark, but there are bright elements. The ceiling is white, while dark wood beams link it to the table and wood floors. The window frames are also white, but the brown roman shades connect them with the rest of the space. The dark bronze chandelier is lit by its electric globes, and in every case the contrast between dark and light supports the room’s intimate impression.

Another important element is the furniture choice. The only furniture in the room is the table and seating. By choosing benches instead of chairs, the lines of the side seating flow along the table’s line with minimal breaks. This creates a strong set of verticals: the table, benches and the rich dark wood floor all echo the same lines. This helps keep the room connected and strengthens it from a design standpoint.

Imagine a congenial gathering of friends and family, joined together over a good meal, lingering at the table long after dessert, comfortable in the dark and intimate quarters provided by this well-designed room.