Posts Tagged ‘curtains’

Contemporary Style in the Bedroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

15784248_SThe clean lines of contemporary style work well in a masculine or gender neutral bedroom. Not every master bedroom needs to be a frilly, romantic space with a four poster bed and valances. Sometimes clean lines and a lack of clutter are more relaxing and restorative.  For a guest room, the clean lines of contemporary style can create a space that will suit most guests from parents to college friends.

This contemporary bedroom is filled with style despite the lack of frills and ornate details. The bed has a low profile of a platform bed. The upholstery that covers the bed frame nicely coordinates with the walls and curtains. The hardwood floor gives the room a warm and earthy feeling.

Add a sleek console on the wall opposite the bed to create a focal point to balance the bed. Hanging a mirror above the console will help give interest on the walls. You could hang cubes to provide shelf storage for books or objects.

The patterned curtains give the room a sense of artistry in such a simple bedroom.  The curtains help to frame the window providing natural lighting and the curtains.  The color of the curtains coordinates with the rest of the room and really brings the deep purple color out in the room.  If you have a gorgeous view, be sure to draw attention to it rather than hide it.

Decorating the Formal Dining Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Christmas

10292857_SFor most of us, the holidays are one of the few times in the year when we use our formal dining rooms for family meals. With the trend to dens, home offices and open floor plans, many newer homes do not have a formal dining room. Decorating a formal dining room or a dining area in a traditional style is a lovely way to create a special feeling for family gatherings and holiday meals.

This dining room has many lovely traditional design features that give it a formal feeling. You can capture the formal feeling even if your dining room opens onto your kitchen or entryway. Painting the walls or a focal wall is one way to give your dining room a formal or traditional feeling. Installing molding is an easy DIY project. Embellishing the area below the chair rail with molding or batten and board can bring traditional style to the wall.  Painting the area below the chair rail a lighter color than the wall above would be another very traditional element.

Traditional style dining chairs and table are a must for a formal dining room.  The style of these chairs is a classic choice. Other formal touches could be added in wall sconces or a chandelier above the table.  Curtains to frame the window give the window a finished look.  Even panels flanking the large window would work, too.  An area rug under the table is also traditional element that would add pattern and color to the room.

Room Fix: Piano Problems

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

A baby grand piano adds a beautiful feel to a living space. It provides the impression that the homeowners play fairly well, or their children do. However, any true piano player knows with one look that no player lives here.

What’s the obvious clue? It’s the lighting. Any player would want the piano keys facing the window to get unshadowed light on the sheet music. And at night, a pianist needs a good light source landing on the front of the piano to read the sheet music. In this house, the piano is simply an extravagant piece of furniture.

The rest of the room works well on the basics, but there are a few other iffy decisions. Let’s consider the window treatment behind the piano. The draping and the rosettes are a bit over the top, but the fabric doo-dad that drops from the middle of the window is a true error in judgment. The multiple colors and trims, along with the pink tones, add a bit too much frou-frou to what is otherwise a classic room design. This look is echoed in the throw pillow on the left and the rug. With simpler curtains the room would feel more elegant.