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Modern Decorating

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Why is it that this room is so successful in its design, with so little in it to impress? Modern styles always seem to pull of that effortless grace that to someone unsure of how to achieve the look might feel intimidated into giving up. But this room has a lot of those modern touches in it and serves as a map to decorating modern.

To begin with, the room itself has almost no color. It lets different shades and textures of neutrals to do the talking instead. There is a gray rug for some softness, light gray wood flooring with wide planks. It also employs white flowing curtains and a rock wall that adds another layer of color and texture. Color is very important when you are trying to achieve a modern look, it’s just a matter of how you are using color in ways you hadn’t before.

Another important aspect of designing in this style is to juxtapose metals and glass with nature. In this picture, there are minimalist chairs with smooth metal legs. The coffee table repurposed as a side table for the bed has a decidedly unique look.  The vases holding plants are clear and clean. All of this in a room dominated by an entire wall of rock that brings us back to nature. The wall is surely the crowning jewel, it is powerful but not overbearing as the owners chose to use a lighter rock to keep things like in a room that could easily be bogged down by too much use of darker materials.

And finally, using minimalist principles will help you achieve a modern look. Notice how there isn’t much frill and instead it lends itself to a more utilitarian approach. This allows all of the small details, such as the vase on the ground next to the chair be appreciated. It keeps clutter out and keeps the modern in.

These are a few tips to help guide you on your road to modernism in your home. Take the time to chose pieces carefully because you won’t have a lot to work with if you want to keep it modern. Good luck!

Decorating with Warm Colors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Reds, yellows, oranges as well as various combinations of these colors are considered “warm” colors. Yes, the stronger a color is, its intensity increases creating a warming effect. Such a group of colors can influence a range of emotions such as feelings of happiness and excitement. How can you incorporate warm colors into your decorating scheme?

Warm colors can work well together because they are located near each other on the color wheel. When such colors are added to the decor of a room it adds spice or personality to otherwise bland space. Using a warm color in combination with a neutral color can create a balance within a room. While warm colors are stimulating, such colors should be used sparingly. You don’t have to implement such colors in every room in the house. Instead, you can opt to use a warm color as an accent against a neutral colored wall. Using warm color as accessories can add spice to any room without going overboard with the color scheme.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of using warm colors is that it can make a room appear cozier as the color advances. When using such colors, it can make a space more intimate and warmer. Colors such as red and orange can make a space appear smaller and more inviting. Warm colors are great for rooms that are sparsely furnished because it can make the room feel intimate even though it’s lacking.

Warm colors can be energizing therefore you should avoid using a bold warm color as a dominant color in specific rooms. In areas where you desire to avoid stimulation such as in the bedroom and dining area; you should opt not to use warm colors as an accent.

Are you ready to begin adding some warm hues to your home? Start by adding the warmth sparingly so you can determine what works for your home’s decor and what doesn’t. If you decide to use red tones offset, it with a black accent. Tan and off white make great accent colors for orange hues. When decorating with warm colors remember that less is more.

Light Wood in a Contemporary Space

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

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 3.58.05 PMLight hardwood species like ash, alder and beech are popular choices in contemporary furniture design.  We’ve all seen it at a certain Swedish chain known for contemporary and inexpensive design.  The pale wood has a decidedly Scandinavian feel to it. Both ash and beech are popular choices for cabinets.

Pale wood on vertical elements like cabinets and horizontal elements like counters and floors create a nice flow throughout living spaces.  Light wood cabinets will seamlessly blend with the floors. A mix of gray stone, maybe soapstone or concrete, and pale wood on the counters can offer a nice contrast between light and dark, warm and cool.  You can be strategic and contrast certain areas if you want to focus on a specific area of the room, too.

Since we’re talking about light wood and gray accents and they’re both neutrals, pops of color would really stand out in the space. You could use bold artwork or incorporate bright colored décor around the space.  The colors would make for a nice addition but be careful not to take over the simple two-toned color palette created by the pale woods and deep grays we’ve been discussing.

Decorating Your Home for Winter

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Holidays

6543918_SDoes the house seem bare now that the tree and yuletide décor is gone? Yes, the holidays are over but that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate for winter.

Rearrange your furniture. If you have a fireplace, pull furniture towards the hearth to create a cozy gathering spot.

Add some bright pops of color to counteract the blue and silver scene outside.

Just like you bundle up to go outdoors during these cold months, use slipcovers on your dining room chairs for a fun layered look. Layer beds with textured throws and pillows. Add dozens of throw pillows to your couch and chairs in your living room.

Throw a sheepskin rug by the fireplace or better yet put one on each side of your bed. Your footsies will thank you when you get up each morning.

Hang thick velvet curtains. Hang these right over the window treatments you already have. Once the warmer months arrive you can simply take them down.

You can still dress up the mantle of your fireplace. The greens and holly may have gone, but why not create a scene using a white, silver and a pale blue palette? Add glittery snowflakes too.

Hang glass icicles from the chandelier over your dining room table. Glittered branches in glass vases make a beautiful centerpiece.

Add snowflake decals to any mirrors in the house. If you have any snowman décor from the holidays, it is perfectly acceptable to leave those out.

Trending Prints: Cowhide

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

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.

Handcrafted Accents

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

15758412_SCrafting is more than a hobby these days. It is a big trend in interior design. The Do-It-Yourself movement is more popular than ever. Whether crafting is with paper, fabric, yarn, paint or another material, using handcrafted pieces to decorate your home gives your décor a personal touch. If you are not a master crafter or don’t have the time to craft, websites like Etsy give you access to buy beautiful handcrafted objects, accents and furniture for your home.

Including a handcrafted accent, like this pillow, is a lovely way to bring a handmade touch to your decorating. Perhaps you have a quilt your grandmother did or a needlepoint rug from a great aunt stored in your attic. Pull these heirlooms out and enjoy them. If they are in good shape, use them as intended. If they are in a more fragile state, frame them or display them so you can still enjoy them while bringing character to your room. If you don’t have a quilt from grandma, look at flea markets and antique stores for handcrafted vintage and antique pieces.

Other handcrafted accents can be found in import stores. These handcrafted works will give your room a global feeling as well as a handmade touch.  Furniture, accessories and even rugs that are handcrafted can also help support the people who made them. Look for fair trade and information on the cooperative that supports indigenous craftspeople when buying global handcrafts. Not only will you be getting a beautiful object for your home, you can support the livelihood of a traditional craftsperson.

Find the Right Piece of Old Silver for You

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Tips

200319621-001Have you ever found yourself charmed with the look of a piece of older silver? Maybe it’s a jelly spoon with a scalloped bowl and a piece of fruit at the top. Perhaps you noticed a charming rounded sugar and cream set with shapes that you never see in today’s stores.

You may think silver is out of your budget with its price increases today. But if you’re willing to settle for plated instead of sterling, and something simple and small, you may be surprised at the possibilities.

Do you have a lot of old family photos? Pick up a couple of old silver frames at a thrift store or antique shop or fair. They were in style years ago, so there are lots to choose from at reasonable prices.

If you live in a city, chances are you can find a shop that specializes in old silver. Move quickly past the polished things at the front and go to the back where shelves are crowded and everything is tarnished.

These items are generally silver-plated. To check, look for a sterling mark on the back of each piece. The store owner should be able to show you where to look and what to look for easily. You may want to bring a polishing cloth to see how a tarnished piece looks when shined a bit, but don’t use current liquid or paste polishes – you don’t want to lose that old patina.

Whether you live in a modern home with tile or carpeted floors or a more traditional space with wood flooring, a few splashes of silver will add an appealing sparkle to your home and your life.

Eliminate Clutter

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

It’s a never ending problem, isn’t it? You clean out your pantry, your junk drawer, your hall closet and in a few weeks time it looks as though you did nothing. Many of our readers ask us how to eliminate clutter. Today we have some creative and cute ideas about how to repurpose common items and turn them into clever household storage solutions.

Shoe clutter and closet disarray is an all-too-common problem for those of us with shoe addictions. Conquere the dilemma of storing an abundance of shoes by creating a chic shoe bar that puts your favorite pairs on display and offers a vertical space-saving solution. The best part? No hammering or drilling required. To make, use lightweight polyurethane decorative molding cut into 24-inch-long strips. Paint them to match your bedroom’s palette. Attach them to the wall with removable picture-hanging strips. Each bar can hold three or four pairs of heels.

To keep your bracelets and necklaces nice and tidy, look no further than the garage. You would be surprised at how well a vintage rake head keeps necklaces untangled and hanging beautifully on the wall.

As babies transition to toddler beds, the cribs inevitably make their way to the attic or garage to take up space and collect dust.A new use for a child’s crib railing that is functional, space-saving and stylish, too: a clean-looking vertical magazine rack. Not only can you use the rail for magazines, but also for quilts, towels and wet laundry.

We can never have too many ideas when it comes to organizing and displaying jewelry. If you’re not short on storage space, reserve a vanity or dresser drawer just for holding bracelets, necklaces and rings. Use antique china teacups and soup bowls in lined drawers. Each dish serves as a perfect way to separate small pieces like rings, earrings and brooches.

If you’re not sure what to do with those tiny nooks around your house or apartment, then we have a solution to ensure they get used to their full potential. By using a tension rod from an old window treatment and some simple shower curtain rings, you can turn those once “dead” spaces into prime real estate for storing handbags, kitchen utensils, accessories and more.

Cute ideas, right? If you have any other brilliant storage solutions please share them with us on our Facebook page.

A “Century” of Tile

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Tile

Yes, you want to add ceramic tile to your home. Easy, right? Have you ever stopped to consider that ceramic tile has been around for centuries. Since we are keen on history, here is a condensed historical account of tile.

The word tile come from the latin word ‘tegula’ and its french derivative ‘tuile’ which means “a roof tile of baked clay”. The english word ‘tile’ is less precise, for it can be used to describe any kind of earthenware slab applied to any surface of a building. The word ‘ceramic’ comes from the greek word ‘keramos’ meaning pottery. It is also related to an old sanskrit root meaning ‘to burn’.

Historically, man has always wanted to add beauty to living spaces. To that end, tile has been in existence for over 4,000 years. Beautiful tiled floors have been found in Egyptian pyramids, the ruins of Babylon and ancient Greek cities.

Decorative tile work was invented in the near east, where it has enjoyed a longer popularity and assumed a greater variety of design than anywhere else in the world. In Europe decorative tile work did not come into general use, outside of Moorish Spain, until the second half of the twelfth century. But when it did artists created tile mosaics in Spain and Portugal, maiolica floors during the rennaisance in Italy and tile iconography in England and the Netherlands. (Iconography means visual images, symbols, or modes of representation collectively associated with a person, cult, or movement – we had to look it up too).

In the beginning given that there was not much technology people used what nature could offer them: clay and water, baked in a furnace or simply dried in the sun. This is called “terracotta”, which literally means “baked earth”.  As technology improved the technique of tile and its secrets of trade were safely guarded and orally handed from father to son and master to student. Each tile was hand-formed and hand-painted, so one can say that each tile was an individual work of art.

Today there are several types of tile – glazed, unglazed, mosaic, carved and modelled, sgraffito, glass and lustre painted. There are tile pictures and tile patterns. Tile can literally be used on any surface in your home.

If you interested in adding this type of art work to your kitchen, your bathroom or your floors, please let us help. After all, where else would one go other than Century Tile, when looking for a century of tile?

Let’s Hang Out Poolside

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Outdoor Living

What makes a splash? Are you lucky enough to have a pool at your home, or are you thinking of installing a pool this summer. Should you have this project on your to do list, here are few examples of designer pools to inspire you.

This poolside defines the essence of tranquility. The illusion of concrete slabs floating effortlessly in the still pool mimics characteristics of a Japanese garden. At the rear of the pool, a 14-foot arc of fire highlights a curved stucco wall painted a rich green.

This tranquil space is highlighted by the interplay of light towers and water features, creating the perfect ambiance for entertaining or a serene retreat for solo relaxing. Light emitted from the towers is diffused by horizontal striations on the sides and a cascading waterfall down the front.

A glass-wall system seamlessly merges interior and exterior spaces, allowing the homeowners to enjoy both environments simultaneously.

Built-in stools surround a swim-up bar. Notice the hammock — the ultimate poolside accessory. The use of natural stone adds texture, contrast and a beautiful look to this pool.

Check out this use of refreshing colors and unique materials to accentuate this contemporary poolside. The pool is lined with blue and black iridescent 3M Quartz that pops against the white interior of the pool.

Don’t you suddenly feel like having a margarita and hanging out poolside?