Posts Tagged ‘focal point’

Design Element: Animal Print

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating

366606_S“Lions and tigers and bears… oh my.” In the design world this quote is more aptly put “leopards and zebras and cows.”  Animal prints have been longstanding design elements that have become classic patterns. As with any pattern or design, these patterns come in and out of fashion.  Cowhide, zebra and leopard seem to take turns being the “it” pattern when it comes to both fashion and design.

What makes these patterns real classics is that when used in small doses, they can work in both traditional and contemporary spaces. A zebra skin rug, the darling of shelter magazines a few years ago, is a much stronger design statement than a needlepoint pillow in a zebra pattern. Playing with size and scale can make these animal prints feel bold or refined. Where they are used also affects the power of their impact.  A pillow or rug in animal print becomes an accent. A sofa or wall covered in animal print is more of a statement. When working with animal prints it is all a matter of scale.

This black and white living room is centered by a classic zebra skin rug. Unlike many other African animals, zebras are not endangered. The rug’s bold pattern is the only pattern in the room so the eye is drawn to it. Using only black and white furniture creates a strong graphic look to the room that feels very contemporary. If you paired a zebra rug or cowhide rug with more traditional furnishings you would achieve a very different result.

Looking Through an Entryway

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Tile

The view in this photo is inviting, but what makes it special is the archway that we get to look through. It serves as a frame for the street and creates a personal sense to what we see.

Our homes have natural vistas also, and it’s a good idea to stop sometimes and take a look at how things look through our doorways and openings. It may give you new approaches to your décor.

When you look through a door or archway, the most noticeable element is the flooring. As you can see from this photo, the rough street pulls your eye through the space to the doorway at the end. In the same way your floor will draw the eye through your rooms.

Many floors such as wood and tile provide natural lines for our eyes to follow into a room. Take a look along those natural lines to make sure they end at a view you want your guests to see.

In most cases our rooms are not long enough to create the vista this photo provides, but it is important to make sure people’s eyes are drawn to the focal point of your choice in the room. If you haven’t planned a focal point, looking through doorways is a good starting point for creating one.

Finally, find a few interesting elements in the room for the eye to rest on and enjoy. In the photo, we have the painted posts at the end of the street and the bicycle leaning against the right wall. Little touches like this make the view interesting, and can make your rooms special.

Andy Warhol and More: Abstract Area Rugs

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Andy Warhol is known for his bright, bold color combinations in his famous pop art silk screens. These bright and bold colors translate easily to abstract area rugs that are perfect for a contemporary room. We’re not thinking a rug that copies Tomato Soup or his portraits of Liz Taylor– although those certainly would make a statement in your room! Abstract and geometrical designs, bold blocks of color can add interest to not only your floors but your entire room.

Contemporary design is all about form and line. If you furniture has strong lines or geometric forms, an abstract rug can create a nice balance and soften the overall feeling of the space. Keep furniture colors neutral if you want the rug to be the focal point. Or coordinate the rug with an existing bold color palette if you want it to blend. Bright colors will stand out more on a dark floor or against black furniture. A colorful abstract rug paired with white furniture will feel fresh.

Bright colors, anchored by strong black lines, are signatures of pop art by Andy Warhol and his contemporaries. Rugs with abstract patterns in black and white or in contrasting colors can bring the look of pop art to a living room, dining room or hall. Let the pattern be the star of the room. Keep accessories simple.

Be adventurous and chose an abstract rug inspired by Pop Art to complement your contemporary space from our Century Flooring selection. We think you’ll love it for longer than Warhol’s fifteen minutes of fame.

Holiday Home Décor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Christmas, Design and Decorating

The holiday season is filled with different activities that only come around once a year. Decorating for the holidays should be fun, not a chore. Keep the following tips in mind when decorating your home for the festive season!

1. Don’t procrastinate: The longer you wait to get your decorating complete, the less time you have to enjoy your hard work. Don’t spend more time planning and shopping than you actually do decorating. An abundance of planning and shopping makes you tired before the real work even starts. Don’t over think your decorating plan, this type of decorating is temporary. Make your life easy, don’t take it too seriously and have fun! Make putting up and taking down holiday decorations a family affair tradition. Things will get done faster. When families accomplish tasks as a team, it brings them closer.

2. Focus: When decorating, start with a focal point. Rooms naturally have an area that is seen first by viewers due to architectural details and their locations. Larger rooms can have more than one focal point. When you begin, start with decorating the room’s natural focal point (for example: the fire place, windows, and built in bookcases with decorative moldings). Keep in mind that the whole room does not need to be decorated. Focus on what people notice and spend your time on those areas. Don’t create too much work for yourself!

3. Get inspired: Holiday color schemes are not restricted to the typical red, white and green. Use creative color schemes using bright colors in combination with a metallic color such as silver and/or gold (for example: green, purple and silver). Fresh new looks are exciting and notice-worthy. Have some fun and take some risks!