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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!

Go Rustic with Wide Planks

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

While this room is clearly part of an older house, you can do a number of things to get a similar feel in your own home.

Choosing a wide plank wood floor provides a great starting point. This type of floor sets the tone for the space. It also works better in a long narrow room such as this one. This floor has a matte finish so that it feels like it’s been walked on for decades. A hand-scraped floor – available in a number of finishes – also feels like something from another time.

The wide hand-hewn fireplace would be difficult to reproduce. Think about a natural stone hearth and surround to re-create the feel of a fireplace from yesterday. The extra-large hearth provides room for rustic accessories. Farmhouse tables such as the one shown are available in both new and antique furniture stores.

Accessories such as hand-turned bowls and handmade pottery keep the craft-oriented focus. The braided rug to the left and the open shelving on the back wall also spell out a time when people did things for themselves.

If you are not handy with wood or fabric, you can still have that hand-crafted feel to your home. Take the time to explore antique shops and craft fairs to find handmade accessories and furniture. Use dried grasses and flowers to add features such as the wreath over the fireplace. And consider a warm wide-plank wood floor to help set the tone.