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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.

How Color Influences a Room’s Emotion

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It is no secret that color can be a powerful tool used in interior and exterior design. Color is used all the time throughout every aspect of styling, fashion, clothing, and marketing. In fact, you probably have your favorite color shirt you love to wear or a color car you may prefer. These color preferences can come down to color psychology and how a color can make you feel.

Room Temperature

Color has a psychological effect on how we gauge temperature. Typically, we associate colors like blue with cooler atmospheres, whereas a color like red may indicate a warmer environment. Many designers believe that you should use your home’s natural climate environment to choose colors inside your home.

For instance, if you live in the desert oasis where it is continuously warm and surrounded by warm sandy tones, you may want to incorporate cooler tones in your home. Likewise, if you live in a winter wonderland, warmer colors in your home can make your home feel like a getaway retreat.

Warm- and Cool-Tone Emotion

Warm tones are associated with colors like red, orange, and yellow. Cool tones are associated with colors like blue, green, and violet. Warm tones are used to make a room feel more stimulating and inviting. Cool tones make the atmosphere feel more refreshing and relaxed. Consider what type of influence you want in each room. This factor can help guide you in color choices.

Dulling or Enriching Color Influences

You also can have power on how much a specific color influences a room. For instance, let us explore blue:

Accent: If you use blue as a subtle accent tone in a room, you can create a calm and passive feeling atmosphere.

Monochromatic: Yet, make that room monochromatic and all blue, then the blue may feel overpowering. Overpowering blue can create a lack of emotion, coldness, and detachment from an atmosphere.

Saturation: That being said, you can also influence color through the saturation. For instance, a pastel blue has less influence than a vibrant, bright blue.

These are all little tricks to investigate when creating your space.

Creating Balance

Ultimately, balance is a vital tool in using color. For instance, using neutral tones can help create balance. If you chose to use colors, create balance to prevent over dominance. You can mix warm and cool tones to help create contrast. Just note whatever color is predominantly used in the room will have the most influence. Different colors can create different psychological influences as well. For instance, think of using red in a room that you want to provoke a warm and cozy atmosphere. Now use green and you may make the space feel revitalized and earthy. Yet, make a room green and red and your mind will quickly associate these colors with festive and seasonal décor.

It is essential to make sure your colors agree with one another. In fact, many designers will create digital or tangible mood boards to see how different colors work with one another. You can utilize this idea to see how colors react in your setting and go from there.

Simple Home Projects

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Have you been saving year after year for a kitchen remodel or similar home renovation project for what seems like forever but never actually doing it? Instead of talking about what you want to do, there are many ways you can actively take charge of your home and bring new light to it on your own. Not everyone is as handy as they would like to be, but that does not mean you have to forgo improving your home altogether. There are many simple ways to spruce up your home without breaking the bank or even needing to hire a handyman!

Outlet Covers

Outlet covers are a quick way to clean up the appearance of your walls or even add a pop of detail to an otherwise plain wall. You can find almost any color or shade of outlet cover at your local hardware store, making it easy to find one that blends with your wall. You can also choose to have them stand out, creating more dimension, by choosing from a variety of fancier options. The most significant part of this project is its simplicity, all you need is a screwdriver, and you can replace your cracked and painted-over outlet covers with new ones and bring a cleaner overall look to your home.

Doorknobs

Replacing your doorknobs is a slightly more involved task than replacing your outlet covers may be, but the tool list is just as simple: a screwdriver. The options for replacing door handles are almost endless and offer a chance to change the appearance of the doors in your home drastically. Whether you have gotten paint on them attempting to repaint your doors or simply want to change the shape or look of your handles, the end result of replacing them is positively noticeable and not much harder a job than replacing your outlet covers will be.

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves can add dimension to any wall and quickly bring life to a room. You may need a drill to complete this project, but it is an endeavor that not only offers drastic change to a room by itself but also opens your wall up to many different decorating options. You can fill them with live plants or succulents that are easy to maintain. Books can also offer great conversation starters and an opportunity to display your interests in your home. Another option is candles to quickly brighten up a wall and add a bit of warmth to your home. No matter what you decide to put on the shelves, adding them to your home is a simple way to bring visual change without too much effort on your part.

and work your way up to the big stuff. You may find that a few small changes can make a big difference. These three DIY projects are a great place to start, but there are plenty of other easy ways to create a big change in your living space. What are some of your DIY project ideas? Let us know below in the comment section and remember to subscribe!

The Walkthrough: Tackling Projects in Your Home

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Today’s design assignment is physically walking through your home to assess every project that needs to be done! No, seriously. Too often, we have a list of things floating in our heads, not cognitively thinking about them when we need to but only during the most inconvenient times. For instance, perhaps, a light bulb burnt out in a room you rarely use. You have gone to the store several times but never bought the lightbulb because it is not on your mind. Next time you go into that room, you realize how many opportunities you have accidentally passed to fix this problem. Well, today you are going to take proactive steps for fixing this from happening again, and here is how:

Physically Walkthrough

Start by grabbing a notepad or opening the notes app on your phone. Next, physically walk through your home room by room. Take a moment to assess everything you want to get done. These tasks can range from dead batteries in a remote to a new shelving unit. Pay attention to every detail. Are there problems you face in the room? Perhaps the furniture layout is too chaotic or too minimal for a space. Maybe you have scuffs on a wall that need to be painted or stains in your carpet. Make sure to take note of everything you see in the rooms. You should also conduct this walkthrough around the outside of your property to assess your yard as well.

Make a Price Sheet and a Prioritize List

Once you have determined everything that you want to get done, it is time to prioritize your list. This can be done in several ways. You can do it room by room or try to get prices for everything you need to accomplish. Make a price list and decide what some of the prices and obstacles you may face are.

Execute

Do not just create this list. Decide how you are best going to go about accomplishing it. Some of these tasks may be able to be achieved simply by making some free time. Decide when is the next day available to tackle your list. Perhaps, this may become part of your weekend projects.

The walkthrough will help keep you goal-oriented. Once you have created your list, simply stick to it. Creating the list in and of itself will allow you to really notice what needs to be done in your home.

What are some goals you need to accomplish? Let us know below in the comment section.

Mixing Metals in Your Interior Design

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When it comes to interior design, traditionally, metals were never supposed to be mixed throughout the design. However, interior design is always changing. New generations want to change the traditional styling of their parents and put their own flair on the design industry. While tradition is great, the new trends can bring forth many significant styling advantages as well.

Does your home have a common metal theme throughout it? Perhaps, you have all stainless-steel appliances in your kitchen. Well, if you are looking to change with the times, consider mixing metals in your home’s design. Here is everything you need to understand about metals in order to properly mix them in your home design:

No More Than Three Metals

When it comes to mixing metals, it is very similar to painting a room. The most effective approach is no more than two or three metal variations. You can have one primary metal and choose an accent metal, or you can choose to have two secondary metals and an accent.

The easier approach is two, but mixing three can be aesthetically pleasing as well. Try to use your primary metal in a plethora of areas throughout your home. Perhaps, your kitchen has stainless steel appliances. This may be your microwave, sink, range, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Now, consider adding your secondary metal to other areas of the room. Maybe copper handles on your cabinets and doors while including a copper chandelier and faucet to the design.

Mixing Different Metals

Different metals can influence the tone of a room. Just like colors, there are cool, warm, and neutral metals. Warm metals consist of brass, copper, and gold. Cold metals are aluminum, stainless steel, and silver. Whereas neutral metals can be black metals or cast iron. When adding your accent to a room, select a different value metal to give it more of a pop to your design. For example, if your room is full gold (warm-tone) picture frames, light fixtures, and bar stools, try adding some silver (cool-tone) accents to the room.

Metal Finishes

Metal finishes can work great in different design styles. There are several different finishes to choose from when selecting metals in your home. Weathered metals can be used to enrich an atmosphere. Hammered metals are great for adding some texture to Rustic or Farmhouse designs. You can even try applying brushes metals to Eclectic homes. Polished metals are used in many Modern-styled designs and can help enhance yours as well. Yet, a satin finish may be more Traditional. Knowing the different metal finishes and how they affect your home may help you select the right finish to tailor to your design theme.

Mixing metals is becoming more common. Adding a variety of metals to your design can help really add character to your design. There are so many ways to incorporate these tricks into your home, even from decor to furniture. How will you end up mixing metals in your design? Let us know below in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

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.

Tips for Creating a Successful Gallery Wall

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Gallery walls are becoming increasingly popular. This technique is best explained as a wall with art and photos, similar to the look of an art gallery. The concept is great for family homes because it gives you a way to display the many family photos that accumulate over the years. It is also ideal for people that have ample art to display. Find out how to successfully pull off this technique!

Groupings of art or photos need to be tied together so that it doesn’t give the appearance of a chaotic mess. There are several ways you can tie the different photos or art together.

Coordinate colors. Group together similar colors together. You can mix art and photos together by grouping subject matter, relative by color scheme. For example group black and white photos with line drawings, pencil and charcoal art. The relative component in the relative component is the colors is black and white. Use the same color frame if possible.

Family photos generally have many different colors within them. Keep the gallery wall in unison by selecting the same color frames or the same frames in different sizes. If you wish to use all different photo frames, consider using the same type of photos, such as organized by age (children’s photos as they grow are a great example). This will keep the gallery wall harmonious while using an eclectic group of frames.

Gallery walls art or photos are either hung in symmetrical groupings or asymmetrical groupings. If the subject matter is a mixture of art and photos keep the grouping relative by hanging frames in a symmetrical layout. If the grouping of art’s subject matter is relatively simplistic; choose an asymmetrical layout. This will add interest to your gallery wall.

The key to a successful gallery wall is to have a common element throughout the grouping. This can be achieved by coordinating color schemes of the subject matter, frame selections or the layout style of the grouping. Choose one of the above techniques to unite your gallery wall!

Non-Traditional Easter Decorations

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Decorating your home for Easter is fun and fresh. Spring has just begun and winter is officially over! Celebrate the Easter holiday and the season change with a slightly different fashion this year by getting a little closer to nature.  Even if displaying Easter eggs and bunnies doesn’t fit your personality, you can still spruce up your home with seasoned sophistication!

Pastels are the choice color palettes for this time of year. Use pretty pastel accent pillows on your sofa and bedding. These are a great addition to your usual color scheme and are easily stored after the holiday is over.

Buy a few festive dishes in pastel color pallets. These will make your table setting look fresh and clean with a dash of fun. Add some cloth napkins in brighter color selections.

Fill clear containers with colorful Easter candy. Add shredded green paper to the bottom of the containers, to add another breath of spring to the space. Place these containers on your dining table, kitchen counter top and on the cocktail table. These little accents are pretty to look at and welcome visitors with a sweet.

“Spring” for a naturalistic wreath for your door. Finish off with a pretty pastel bow and faux Robin’s eggs (light blue eggs with brown speckles.

Tulips are the perfect flower for this time of year. Used in flower arrangements, they tend to last longer than other flowers. When you are shopping for tulips make sure and get a bouquet composed of closed flowers. They look pretty when they are closed and continue to look good as they bloom.

Enjoy brightening your home and welcoming the seasonal change!

Color Pallet: Lava Living Room – Steel Grey, Cranberry, True Red, Blood Orange

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This goes without saying but let’s do it anyway. This space is not for the faint of heart! It’s daring, stark and edgy. But the beauty of it is that none of those attributes detracts from the fact that it is also very sophisticated. Furthermore, it has exceptionally artistic vibe, much like an art gallery. Not sure what the heck one would do with this sort of idea? It’s an ideal concept for a brooding artist, a serious corporate business executive, a big-city dweller, or someone who loves a clean feeling! You get the idea…

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a modern décor with a sophisticated twist in a city loft. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Steel Grey, Cranberry, Blood Orange, True Red

 

What makes the colors work well together?

  • One dominant shade that is highly saturated – red in its various forms.
  • Gray that feels slightly unharmonious with the red. It gives the red a visual immediacy.
  • White serves as the much needed visual relief – a place for the eye to rest among the strong relationship between the red and gray.

What makes the design sophisticated?

  • Everything!
  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Limited use of pattern
  • Glass and metal
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity
  • Massive piece of bold artwork as the focal point

What makes the room glamorous?

  • The incorporation of white

What makes the room versatile?

  • It works well for both a masculine or feminine aesthetic

Four Interior Decorating Tips

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Keep these four simple interior design tips in mind when you’re planning out your next redesign.  A little bit of guidance can go a long way when it comes to a beautiful room.

Be very careful of current trendy looks. What is here today will likely be gone tomorrow. Simple trendy changes that are easily reversed are not a big deal – if you like a look you should certainly reproduce it.  Beware of difficult or permanent changes that will be a nightmare for someone else in 10 years when it is finally time to pull that dark faux wood paneling down.

Play up on your surroundings, but do not let yourself become gaudy. Just because you live by the seashore does not mean that your decor has to be in sea shells. The same thing applies to the countryside or a farm type residence – you can do rustic, or farm decor with very good taste. Pick up on natural colors from your environment for the color scheme of your walls, and use a contrasting or complimentary color for your trim. Good interior decorators will have lots to say on picking the correct wall colors for your home.

Make art an integral part of your design. Sculptures are beautiful, even in the most modern or quaint of decors. You can go with a very large painting of a nice quality and good frame, with a smaller grouping of art to the side. Make sure your frames either match to a certain degree, or compliment each other. The art of good decorating is made with complimentary items with a bold splash thrown in for emphasis. Paintings also look good without frames depending upon your style, such as paintings on stretched canvas. Do not buy artwork to simply to match your current room style, buy artwork that is beautiful and that speaks to you.  Many rooms have been built around a prized painting, and they can serve as an excellent anchor for a room.

If room permits try to include a sitting area in the master suite, a place where you can relax and have a glass of wine or a good cup of tea. Keep your favorite books at hand and a few good magazines for the ultimate in design and relaxation.

Truly beautiful interior rooms can be achieved no matter what the available budget.  Take your time and give lots of thought to the purpose of your room, your own style and taste, and don’t hesitate to ask others for opinions and insight into your new living space.