A New Era in Design: Maximalism

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The turn of a decade is tomorrow, and new trends are coming to fruition as we see old-time classics fading. While design trends come and go all the time, minimalism was extremely popular during the last decade. However, maximalism also had a long run many years ago. Maximalism was used in many European stylings to add more character and exaggerate value in designs. Now we are seeing more and more furnishings and décor being added. Generation Z is getting older and becoming of age to buy homes and decorate. Their influences have different from their parent’s designs and brought a new age: The Era of Maximalism!

Busier Designs

Maximalism is all about being very expressive and adding more designs and patterns to a space than prior designs. Maximalism promotes the use of more than a single pattern in space. Perhaps you add floral patterns through wallpaper while incorporating striped curtains and polka-dotted throw pillows. While these patterns may not complement each other, they give everything in the room their own individuality. This concept can help make a design feel more expressive and help add a dramatic effect.

Extra Details

With maximalism, it is all about flourishing your design with extra details. Everything is helping to take the design to the next level. No wall is left blank. Wallpapers, different colors, pictures, décor, lamps, and everything in the room are all there to add intricate details. The details of these design themes help bring more value to the space and allow them to flourish.

Eclectic Color Palette

It is not uncommon with many of Generation Z’s designs to add more color than ever. We see a more diverse color palette being used every day. Since color has a significant impact on a design, more colors are being used in every detail of design with maximalism. This eclectic style allows for different color chairs, unmatching sofas, or even all different colored walls to be used in a home.

Since maximalism is coming back into style, you can let this eclectic styling create a more expressive design tailored to your home. Plus, we are excited to see what other influences Generation Z brings to interior design.

What do you think of maximalism? Let us know below in the comment section.

Combining Different Decorating Styles Between You and Your Spouse

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Moving in with your new spouse can be a giant milestone in life! You get to spend more time together, learn each other’s habits, and can help each other grow. So, no negatives, right? Of course not, you will constantly be having to learn to give and take and compromise when adapting your different lifestyles. So, what happens when you both disagree on how you want to decorate the house. Perhaps, you both have two very distinct decorating styles and just cannot come to terms on which will work best in the house. Well, here are three excellent options to consider:

Each Choosing Several Rooms to Decorate

Say she loves Shabby Chic, and he loves Contemporary. You both have two distinct design styles you love; however, the two designs do not blend together well. You have both established a fair share of furniture and décor to complement your own design style; however, these two styles clash very hard in your new home. Instead of creating a battle over the two designs, break the house down into different sections. Allow one another to decorate different rooms in the home. Keep in mind that open layout homes can become more challenging. You may need walls or doors to create barriers, where rooms start and end.

Mixing the Two Designs

Perhaps you love Modern, and your spouse loves Rustic. Consider blending the two designs. Many design styles help create guidelines. You may use more earthy tones and raw materials in your Rustic themed home while the Modern home may have more clean-cut lines with a plastic. You now have the privilege of creating a new design. Learn what works with each other. Find a way to help your designs complement each other while decorating your home. This is an excellent way to grow together and learn to work with one another in your new home.

Finding a New Design That You Both Like

Maybe your significant other adores Art Deco, and you choose a more Southwestern Style of living. You just cannot seem to agree on splitting the design, and the two styles do not blend well. Spend some time together exploring Pinterest and the web to find a style you both agree on having in your home. It may not be your favorite or your spouses’ number one choice, but finding a middle ground, you can both appreciate it. Plus, it helps tailor your home to you two as a couple.

Designing with someone else can be challenging. Try not to stress out about it, but be understanding. Learning to work with one another will only strengthen your love. For more great tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe.

Ways to Use Patterns in Your Home

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Many designers use different elements to help create a well-balanced and aesthetically-pleasing space. While the design may seem to be somewhat subjective, these elements can help create some backbone to the science of creating your design. For instance, designers try to incorporate lines, space, forms, light, colors, textures, and patterns. In particular, using patterns in your home is a great way to create a uniformed atmosphere. Patterns are used to visually connect non-similar items and allow them to communicate with one another. Repetition can draw attention and add a dramatic effect; however, there is more to patterns than just buying a polka dot throw pillow. To help, here are some great ways to use the element of patterns in your home:

Herringbone

Traditionally, we install flooring all running the same direction. For example, consider plank flooring systems; they may run all long ways down a hallway. However, some hardwood floors, tiles, and vinyl planks can be installed in a herringbone pattern. This pattern is when every other board is facing a 90-degree angle from its adjacent board. It can help create a very visually-encapsulating design on your floors.

Textiles

Your textiles are another area to add patterns. Think of two striped throw pillows laying on a bed. These two throw pillows can complement one another. However, now envision having curtains with the same striped patterns on them. This now takes two separate areas of the room and allows them to communicate and complement one another. You can go a step further and add a rug to the room with the same stripes to help create a very well-balanced and uniform space.

Curvature of Furniture

With all of that being said, patterns do not need to be just polka dots, stripes, or repetition in geometrical shapes. The curvature of your furniture is another opportunity to create a pattern. If you have very square and boxy furniture, they can complement each other. Likewise, if you put round and curved furniture in a room, you should add more curvature to the design. A room with a circle window, circle table, and curved sectional will visually complement each other.

Artwork

Your artwork can also create patterns in unique ways. While placing a patterned picture on the wall is the easy way to create this, you can go a more advanced route. Consider their image in the picture. Perhaps, you have artwork or a garden. Now, if you add floral print pillows and curtains to your room, your picture will still flow with the pattern.

There are thousands of ways to explore patterns. Think outside the box and do not neglect this powerful tool when creating your home design. What are some of your favorite patterns to use? Let us know below in the comment section.

How to Hang a Mirror in Your Kitchen

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When used creatively, mirrors can add a tremendous decorative edge to a space. We are so used to seeing mirrors suspended in many different areas of the home, but what about the kitchen? The kitchen is probably the last place you thought about placing a mirror. However, a well-chosen mirror can be the right accessory to inject loads of glamour into this space.

Why Hang A Mirror in the Kitchen?

Of course, hanging a mirror in the kitchen is a non-traditional decorating idea. Some people are totally against it because the kitchen is almost always a messy workspace. From helping the kids complete a project to trying out a new recipe, all kinds of experiments take place in this area; a mirror could just be a reflection of the mess. On the other hand, mirrors can open up a space and add decorative detail to the room.

So why would you hang a mirror in the kitchen? According to the experts, whenever there is an opportunity to add dimension, we should take advantage of it. Incorporating a mirror into the kitchen can instantly boost the brightness and double the depth of the room. Depending on where in the kitchen you choose to suspend a mirror, it can visually improve your cooking and countertop space.

Depending on the style and materials, mirrors are inexpensive. There are many imaginative ways to incorporate mirrors in space. From framed oversized mirrors to medium ones with metal hardware, nothing is off-limits.

Where Should I Hang a Mirror in the Kitchen?

If you are sold on the idea, you are probably wondering where is the best to place up hang up a mirror in the kitchen. Remember, clever positioning is everything, so you will want to make sure you pick the perfect location. Here are some places you might want to suspend a mirror in this area:

Behind the Stove

A mirrored backsplash behind the stove provides a backsplash effect that will allow you to keep your eye on the kids while preparing a meal. A mirrored backsplash will also visually double the space behind it. Depending on how tall the backsplash is, it can even make the ceiling appear higher. Mirrored backsplashes are something we often see in kitchen designs, so get creative.

Behind the Sink

Do you not have a small window above the kitchen sink? Well, you can always create the effect of one with a mirror. As previously mentioned, mirrors reflect light, which makes them ideal for small or dark spaces. By installing a mirrored backsplash behind the sink, in lieu of a window, your kitchen is guaranteed to feel spacious and comfortable for socializing and cooking.

What are your thoughts on incorporating mirrors into your kitchen design? Let us know below in the comment section.

Three Unexpected Wall Coverings Returning to Design

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There are two easy factors that can quickly transform a room: flooring and paint. However, it would be safe to say that there are four walls in most rooms with only one floor, so walls have an extreme influence on the room’s overall design. While painting walls is always a great option, there are many other ways you can influence your design with your wall coverings. Like many trends, some have come and went; however, we are seeing the return of some very unexpected wall covering recently. Here are three wall covering options that are coming back into style, surprisingly!

Wallpaper

If you asked someone a few years back their opinion on wallpaper, they would have probably said it is outdated and out of style. Yet we are seeing many gorgeous wallpaper options being put up in homes and businesses today. With advancements in technology, we have very highly-detailed wallpapers that can transform your room however you like. Plus, wallpaper gives you the option to even add texture to your walls, making it a surefire way to create a statement in your design.

Carpet

When is the last time you have seen carpet on walls or ceilings? It has probably been a while. Yet, many interior designers have been putting carpet in unique places. Carpet offers a gentler touch, which can add warmth to an atmosphere. We are starting to see carpet slowly coming back into design by being placed on walls, bars, and even ceilings; who would have thought!?

Imitation Brick

Brick was once considered an incomplete interior wall, then we slowly saw design styles, like industrial design, introduce the idea of exposing some of the architecture to create beauty in the atmosphere. This slowly transitioned over into other design themes, as well. Designs started allowing a more authentic style to be showcased through rawer materials like brick, concrete, and stones. Now we are even seeing imitation brick being added drywall to give the raw, aesthetic look!

It is crazy to watch designs come and go. The interior design industry is always evolving. Maybe these styles will become the norm someday? What are your thoughts on some of these wall coverings? Would you use them in your own design, or have you already? Let us know below in the comment section.

Fall Décor Essentials

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Fall is here, and it is time to start spending more time inside with your family. As the days grow shorter and colder, we tend to have much more time inside our homes than during summer. Making your home fall-ready is a fun way to celebrate the season. By adding some fall décor to your space, you can take pride in the change of the season and make your home feel more welcoming and inviting. Here are three easy décor ideas to add to your home this season:

Flannel Blankets

Flannel is a distinctive pattern associated with fall. You can add warm or cool tone flannel blankets to your home for a festive look. In fact, it can even be a great addition to swap out your summer sheets with flannel fall sheets. You can even get flannel throw pillows and blankets to add to your living room for a fall look.

Scented Candles

Nothing makes a home more inviting than a sweet aroma. Fall is full of many wonderful scents to add to your space. Look into apple cinnamon or pumpkin spice for festive scent. Plus, there are hundreds of other great scents to choose from that can make your home feel like an autumn oasis.

Seasonal Centerpiece

Make any table feel more seasonal by adding a festive centerpiece. Use holiday-influenced décor like cornucopias or jack o’ lanterns. You even can use a leaf display or candlelit mason jars. Adding a centerpiece can be more than just your dining room display. Consider adding centerpieces to your coffee tables or even over your fireplace mantel to make your room feel even more complete.

Place Mats

You can also make your table feel autumn-inspired by adding decorative placemats. These can be a seasonal addition that you put out each season. Look for placemat sets that are fall influenced, and add a plaid table runner as well to really make the atmosphere feel complete.

Decorating for the seasons is always fun and exciting. Be creative and explore different ways to make your home feel even warmer and more inviting this year. What are some of your favorite fall décor options? Let us know in the comment section, and for more tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe.

Remember This When Decorating with Dark Colors

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It does not take a design expert to know that color plays a significant role in your interior. The hue that you select can have a drastic effect on the tone or mood that you are trying to set in a space. It can enhance or ruin the mood. In addition, the wrong color decision can make or break the architectural details of a room, creating an uneven balance.

In this article, we are going to focus on how to use dark colors. Rich colors such as dark brown, navy, charcoal, and black are hues that many people shy away from in their design schemes. To help you feel more comfortable using them, we are going to show you how you can use dark colors appropriately. Let’s take a look!

Picking the Right Room

Can you not decide whether you should splash the dark color in a specific space? When picking the right room, you should consider the size of the room and the mood that you desire to set. Darker colors instantly create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. For room such as the living room, bedroom, or foyer, this is the desired effect; therefore, you should use rich hues in these spaces.

That being said, dark colors have the tendency to make a room appear smaller. Avoid using rich hues in rooms that you want to have an open and airy feel (i.e., the bathroom).

Highlighting Architectural Features

Common architectural features such as crown molding, shutter-style windows, and window trim work well with darker tones. You can create contrast with these features by choosing your favorite dark, rich hue and using it as a paint color on the walls around it.

Accent Wall Color

If you are interested in creating an accent wall in a specific room, you can drench the walls in a dark hue. For instance, painting a wall charcoal gray and leaving the opposite walls off-white will make the room feel a bit bigger.

Highlight Other Design Elements

You can also use darker tones to highlight design elements such as the cabinetry in your kitchen. Painting your kitchen walls with a charcoal gray or navy blue will enhance your white cabinetry and marble counters. You can also use a darker wood variation on your floors to complete the look.

As always, for more design inspiration, be sure to visit our blog hub weekly.

Tips for Choosing the Right Paintbrush

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Have you found yourself standing in the paint store trying to figure out which paintbrush you need to buy? Well, welcome to the world of paintbrushes! The main goal is to choose a paintbrush or roller that will give you the smoothest finish possible. Below, we have put together a few tips that should be helpful for choosing which type of paintbrush you need to get the smoothest paint finish possible. Let’s take a look!

Standard Paintbrushes

A standard paintbrush is used for interior surfaces. 

  • One-Inch Paintbrush – Best used for detail work like window frames and small cans of paint or sample paint. 
  • One and One Half-Inch Paintbrush – This size paintbrush is ideal when painting doors, frames, and baseboards. 
  • Two-Inch Paintbrush – Two-inch paintbrushes are perfect when painting small walls, doors, and radiators. 
  • Three-Inch Paintbrush – Three-inch paintbrushes are used when painting walls, ceilings, and large areas. 
  • Four-Inch Paintbrush – Four-inch paintbrushes are used when painting walls, ceilings, and large areas. 

Specialist Paintbrushes

  • Four-Inch Masonry Brush – Four-inch masonry brushes are used when painting smooth or rough outdoor masonry surfaces. 

Angled Paintbrushes

  • One-Inch Angled Brush – This paintbrush is designed for indoor use when cutting in window frames and other detail molding work. 
  • One- and One-Half-Inch Angled Brush – One- and one-half-inch angled paintbrushes are used when cutting doors, frames, and trim work. 
  • Two-Inch Angled Brush – Two-inch angled paintbrushes are ideal for cutting in doors, trim work, and painting radiators. 

Paint Roller & Accessories  

  • Nine-Inch Paint Roller – A nine-inch paint roller sleeve with a medium pile that is woven polyester is best used for walls and ceilings. Keep in mind that paint rollers come in various widths according to the job. Buy a small width roller for furniture, cabinets, small walls, and trim work. 
  • Extension Poles – When you are painting an area with a high ceiling or if the staircase is exposed and the height gets higher with increased steps, consider buying an extension pole to complete the jobs. Extension poles are perfect for interior and exterior paint jobs and come in a variety of lengths. 

We wish you the best of luck with your paint job and would love to hear how it turns out!