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 then 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!

Dining in Style

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Whether you are hosting a dinner party or preparing a special dinner, these are the perfect tips and tricks for staging your dining room table.

Ideas for Creating a Fall-Themed Front Entrance

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Have you noticed the days are getting shorter, and the air in the mornings is crisp and cooler? Fall is just around the corner, so what better reason to spruce up your front entrance? There are so many inexpensive, creative ideas for this project; therefore, we encourage you to join the fun with our favorite easy fall design ideas:

Planters

We are sure that you have planters and urns around your home, but if not, be sure to buy some in varying sizes. Remember you can use these year-round for other seasonal decorations. If they need to be painted, think about burgundy, forest green, dark gray, gold or bronze. Planters can be spray painted in no time, making it a quick project.

You may know that now is the time for mum flowers to be in bloom through November. They come in so many beautiful fall colors and are typically inexpensive. When mums have finished blooming in your local area, simply plant them in your yard landscape to enjoy next fall. What a wonderful way to repurpose! Take the mums and place them in the planters and urns for pops of color. 

Planters are also excellent for creating height in your arrangement, especially if you have pumpkins and cornstalks in the design. Reverse this idea and place pumpkins and gourds in the planters then place the mums on the ground around the planters. Try different arrangements until you find your favorite! 

Baskets and More 

Everyone has some baskets laying around the house or in your garden shed. If you like the distressed look of patina or the clean, neat look, spray paint works wonders. Simply pick up an old antique bench or chair from a yard sale and begin spray painting. Again, keep it natural or spray paint according to your preferences. 

Place dried flowers, small pumpkins, live mums, decorative gourds in the baskets and place on the bench or the seat of the chair. Also, large apple or peach baskets are perfect for placing a planter in the center. Or you can turn the basket upside down and use as a table to display your treasures. 

Cornstalks, Tree Limbs, Vines and Willow Branches 

These items are ideal for creating an arch around your front door because they are so beautiful and natural! Plus, these designs can be seen from the street. Everyone should have a supply of zip ties around the house since they are so handy and functional. Attach the limbs and stalks together with zip ties, spraypaint the zip ties if they are visible, and place the stalks in a planter or basket.

 Also, a fishing line is another item with a million uses. Anchor the limbs together by simply wrapping fishing line from the bottom up to the top. You can arrange the limbs once you have the zip ties or fishing line in place. Just attach the fishing line to light sconces or tap in small nails to secure at the top of your door. 

How do you decorate your front entrance for fall? Do you do anything exciting and different? We would love for you to share your thoughts with our other readers in the comment section. Thanks for reading!