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Lessons from a Blue Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The traditional architectural details and décor of this room give it a flavor of the past, but it’s a modern room created by someone with traditional taste who, obviously, loves blue.

If this room is not your style, fine. But you can learn something about designing your own rooms from looking at other spaces that feature any style or taste. Good design tools are universal, and this room demonstrates some excellent design decisions.

To start, while the first impression is that this room is completely blue, with a closer look you can see the other colors that help this room work. The strong white elements in the wainscoting, ceiling and crown molding and the fireplace help balance the blue and keep the room feeling fresh rather than cloying. Pattern curtains also create a few color breaks.

The next good decision is the variety of blue tones. The walls are a light blue-on-blue pattern that is echoed in the upholstery. The drama comes from blue carpet. The floral pattern connects that rug with the rest of the blue in the room.

Patterns are well balanced. Although florals prevail, the variety of pattern color, shape and background allow them to work well together in the room. There are enough solid fabric choices to balance the pattern effectively.

This room also does well in terms of proportion. The high ceiling is supported by the curtains, mirror and artwork, helping the room to feel like an integrated space. Notice the not-to-style choice of a clear coffee table in the middle of the room. It works because it serves a specific purpose, to keep from cutting into the color and line of the area rug.

This is a smart room. If you pay attention there is something to learn from every room you see. Then you can take your own ideas and apply them to your own home with success.

Baseboard Thoughts

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

In most situations people don’t pay attention to their baseboards beyond wiping them down a few times a year. However if you’re changing the look of your home, you may want to determine whether your baseboards should be replaced.

If you want your contemporary home to take on a more old-style look, molding is one way to add architectural character without spending a lot of money. Crown molding, window and door frames and baseboards can be replaced in just a few days. The molding in this photo is common in older homes. It is about twice the height of newer baseboards and has more character along the top.

Painted molding such as this will work with virtually any floor, even wood as you can see from the photo. It’s more important that your molding is consistent throughout the house than that it matches your floors. White painted molding – generally in a glossier finish than the wall paint – has a classic look that sets off a traditional decorating style.

In modern homes, baseboards are better when they’re simpler and less noticeable. Often homes with tile floors will have baseboards actually created from the tile cut into three or four inch strips. That way the baseboard has a natural connection to the look of the floor and doesn’t demand attention. This style works well with the clean lines of modern furniture.

What look do you want your home to have? As you plan, consider details such as baseboards to ensure that your rooms are design-consistent throughout your home.