Posts Tagged ‘home decorating’

Floating the Idea of Floating Furniture

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

10293098_SFloating furniture might sound like we’re talking about pool floats, but we’re talking about moving furniture away from the walls.  Why is it we like to line up our furniture around the perimeter of a room and leave the middle empty?  Are we hosting Zumba parties in the empty space in the middle of our living rooms?  Probably not.  While floating furniture in the middle of the room might not be new to you, there are ways to do it successfully and not so successfully.  This living room is a good example of a room that almost gets it right.

Elements this living room does successfully include having the furniture focused around the center of the room.  Having the two couches face each other, allows for a great conversational area, but the seating area is also focusing in on the fireplace and television.  Using an area rug to center and ground the furniture is another good thing.  The rug extends beyond the sofa and makes the seating area feel larger.

The two sofas and chairs not seen in the image help to create a balanced room. The larger ottoman that can be used as a coffee table seems similar in size to both sofas.  Using a smaller centerpiece in this room could be beneficial as far as aesthetics go.

One tricky thing with floating seating arrangements is where to put the lighting.  You have to be strategic with lighting sources because you don’t want to have cords running throughout the room.  This particular living room has overhead lighting.

A Few Design Tips

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

Do you want a home where you can relax and where guests can feel at home? Here are a few tips to make your space personal and inviting.

Make it Personal

  • What color were your walls in your bedroom when you were a child? Why not use the same color scheme now? Use the same color for your bedding.
  • Use a desk to work double duty as a night stand. The extra storage means you have everything from your laptop to jewelry within reach.
  • Save dried flowers, matchbooks, bottle caps or other mementos and use them to fill large glass jars. These are personal reminders of events in your life that are colorful and add whimsey to your room.
  • Stack your own personal coffee table books. Display only the books that mean something to you.

Add color

  • Keep large pieces neutral and accessories bright. For example, a gray couch is a great canvas for fun pillows. Choose a variety of materials like linen and silk with vibrant patterns to create a cheerful palette.
  • On your walls, vintage maps make great artwork. Choose places that mean something to you.
  • Make a table pop with colorful glass vases or teacups collected from your trips around the world.

Cheat a Little

  • Mirrors can make a small space feel larger. Photos can add dimension as well. Remember those bulletin boards from your college dorm room? Same idea here. Display your favorite pictures and rotate them often. Call it wall art.
  • No pricey chandelier. No problem. An oversize floor lamp can easily be transformed into a central light.

Remember – your space is YOUR space so make it uniquely yours.

Use Fall’s Trendy New Colors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

So maybe you don’t want to paint a wall but you want to incorporate the trendy new Fall colors into your home this Autumn.

Paint a chair. If an old chair frame is in good shape, it can easily be repainted, reupholstered and loved like new again. Try peacock blue.

Paint the back of a bookcase for a pop of color. Try a citrusy chartreuse hue.

Keep your kitchen cabinets a neutral color. Instead paint your kitchen island a bright, vibrant Kelly green.

Add an unexpected splash of color to the inside of your vanity, dresser or nightstand drawers by painting them a bright yellow.

Paint your closet doors. Pick up a color from your bedspread or throw pillows. This will make a dramatic difference in your bedroom. Why not also add vibrancy in an unexpected way by not just painting a your headboard but the entire bed frame? If you have a four-poster bed this will be especially striking.

Just like any other piece of furniture — a dresser, bookshelf, headboard or nightstand — a secondhand desk can be given the same custom update. All you have to do is look beyond the scratches and exterior imperfections, because most can be fixed and covered with a few coats of paint.

A freshly painted front door is not only a warm welcoming for guests, but it’s also an easy way to add instant curb appeal to your home. Fiery red, anyone?

Old House New House Home Show

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Century Tile News

Freshen up home surroundings with ideas to renovate, remodel and revitalize with our friends at the Old House New House Home Show® on February 10, 11 and 12 at Pheasant Run Resort, located at 4051 E. Main Street (North Avenue) in St. Charles.

Now in its 27th year, this best-in-class event returns with over 300 award-winning contractors, talented designers, creative craftsmen, skilled carpenters, landscape architects, pond purveyors, flooring specialists, home automation gurus and more.

We at Century Tile will be presenting daily at the Old House New House Home Show all three days! You will not want to miss this event, we look forward to seeing you there.

Visit here for more information: Old House New House Home Show