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Use Architectural Influences to Guide Your Design

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New spaces can be a great time to reset and renovate your design theme. What may have been your old-style choices may have changed over the years. Since design trends come and go, your new home can be a great place to revamp your design style. However, with hundreds of great design themes to explore, it can seem nearly impossible to select the best one for you.

If you are looking to create a new design theme, there is no better place to begin than by using your architectural influences to help guide you. Your architectural influences come down to your home’s layout, blueprint, location, and unique features. These features can be nearly impossible to change and make your home its own individual space. In fact, they are great tools to use to help create your design. Here is how you can use your architecture to create your next design theme:

Layout and Blueprint

Look at your home’s blueprint and layout. What was the intentional design for your home? Is your home Southwestern or Mid-Century Modern? These architectural layouts are designed specifically to complement their partnering interior design style. If you have an open floor plan, look for design styles that work with this. Perhaps your home is more closed sections and cozy-this may be great for design styles like Rustic or Farmhouse.

Location

Your location is also a vital indicator of how to design your home. Where is your home located? Are you in the middle of the woods or deep in the center of a city? Do you have a beach house or reside on the side of a mountain? These can all be specific ways to help target the best design theme. Your location probably attracted you to the home you bought. Why not take more pride in your location by allowing your design theme to complement it as well.

Unique Features

Lastly, does your home have unique features? For instance, consider a circular window in a round room. This feature is not very common and is a unique feature that is specific to your home. This room may be best suited with a radial symmetrical design theme that facilitates round furnishing and décor!

Using these tactics can help you hone a design theme that is best suited for your house. Remember, interior design is a personal expression and can be creative; however, some themes work best in different applications. Pay attention to some of these tactics when designing your home.

Three Pieces of Home Decor That You Need

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Home décor is the best way to make your house feel like home. What you add to your space is a simple way to tailor your taste in the atmosphere and express yourself. For instance, every time you add a picture, a vase, or a piece of furniture to your home, it gives off energy to help design your space. So when creating your home’s theme, there are three key components you must consider. Here are our top picks to add to your space to help create the atmosphere:

Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words. Every photo that you add to your home can help become a focal point in your design. For instance, imagine a room with floral pictures on the walls. These pictures can help revitalize the room and add life to the atmosphere. Now, take the same room and add contemporary art. This artwork can make a room feel more modern and edgy. Pictures are great focal points to reflect on when creating your design. One photograph as a focal point can give you colors, expressions, and meaning to create in the design of your room.

Color

Color is also an incredibly influential factor in an environment. The colors you choose to put in your space can completely transpire different meanings. For instance, adding purple throw pillows and violet curtains can feel completely different than a room with a red couch and warm-hued rug. Colors can impact moods and how we psychologically interpret a space. So make sure you understand how and why you chose each color that you use in your home to see how it can change your space.

Lighting

Lighting is great for bringing life and energy to a space. Plus, there are several types of lights that you can consider adding to each room. It would help if you started with your general or ambient lighting. This lighting should be used to cast or blanket the entirety of the space and provide a function to the atmosphere. Next, consider your accent lighting. This lighting can be used to create more ambiance or mood in the room than your general lighting. You should also consider using task lighting to help provide light more focused in areas you will be performing tasks. For instance, if you need a reading lamp, a light in the kitchen for cutting, or even light provide for sewing – this is considered a task lighting. Task lighting can come in many forms. Make sure to balance your atmosphere by adding all three of these lighting options where needed.

With these three key components, you can master tailoring your space to your design needs. They are all great ways to customize your home and make it feel more expressive of your style. What are some of your favorite ways to customize your own home? We would love to hear from you! Let us know below in the comment section, and for more great tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe!

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.

Trending Prints: Cowhide

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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.

From Shells to Sofa: Use Photo as Design Inspiration

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Are you drawn to certain photos because of their colors? If so, you may be able to develop a design color palette for your home by looking through various photos.

This beach scene provides a close up of small water-washed rocks and shells. Among them are a rich selection of browns and neutral tones. If these colors appeal to you, how about using this photo as the basis for decorating a room in your home?

Take a look at the living room below. The caramels of the two shells in the front and back of the photo reflect the browns of the wood flooring and leather sofa. These shells stand out in part because of the soft neutral tones of the stones below. In the same way, the area rug brings cool and warm tones in a small pattern that allows those caramel browns to stand out in the room.

There are darker shades among the stones and that touch of black adds personality. In the same way, the black touches in the room pull together to keep the colors from becoming one-dimensional.

The stone that surrounds the fireplace along with the throw and pillows across the back of the sofa bring in some of the reds that appear in the shell toward the left of the beach photo. This works well with the caramel shades that make up a strong part of this room’s color palette.

When you’re thinking about what colors you want to bring into your home, take the time to review photos of just about anything. You may be surprised at what you can come up with – a unique look for your home.

Texture Makes this Photo and Your Home, Special

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The house is the first thing to catch your eye in this photo. The roof has different types of tiles set slightly unevenly. The two doors are both wood, but unique in look and shape. Even the walls have both a plaster overlay and spots that show the stones underneath.

It’s not color that makes this photo special, it’s the various textures. There are only three colors here – brown, green and a bit of blue for the sky – but the textural elements draw the eye.

If you were at the location of this photo, you might find yourself walking up to touch the wall, maybe pausing first to put a hand on the bark of one of the trees in front. Texture invites us to interact with our surroundings. Whether soft or rough, our hands just want to reach out and feel what our eyes see.

In your home, do you ever consider your use of texture? Bringing in a variety of touchable elements makes a room feel more inviting. Think in terms of contrast. If your flooring is smooth like wood, add some soft and rougher-surfaced elements such as an overstuffed easy chair or an antique pounded copper bowl. Carpeting looks softer and more inviting when contrasted with a low wood table or bronze candlesticks. Even a simple twill sofa will pop when you add pillows and a throw with strong textures.

Use your imagination. Reach out and touch things in your home and see if more texture might add a special appeal to your space just like it does to this photo.