Archive | April, 2015

Lighting Can Make All The Difference

29 Apr

Light – and the light fixtures you select – bring beauty to a room and its elements.Lighting3

At the same time good lighting is essential for functionality. One type of lighting isn’t enough for most rooms; layering lighting and thoughtful placement will make your rooms look beautiful and work optimally.

1. Start with ambient lighting.
Also called general lighting, this type of light washes over a room in a non-focused way – and even includes natural sunlight coming through the windows.
Ambient lighting includes ceiling light fixtures and chandeliers, lights on ceiling fans, track lighting and recessed ceiling lights that are not sharply directed, and torchiere lamps. Continue reading

Using Tile In Decorating

22 Apr

Decorating with tile gives you an almost unlimited range of patterns, colors and materials.Tile2
The most difficult task may be to decide what kind of beautiful tile best suits your lifestyle and decor.
Tile is one of the oldest and most traditional of building materials, but it can also look totally modern, depending on the type of tile you select, the surfaces you use it for, and the way it’s installed. You can even add Southwestern, Asian or African accents with a carefully selected tile.
Tile is so versatile it can be used on almost any surface, including:
Walls                           Floors                                                      Countertops
Fireplaces                  Table tops                                                Even Ceilings!
And what a variety of tile materials is available, including mosaics, marble, porcelain, glass, natural stone, ceramic, slate and terra cotta. There’s even porcelain tile that looks like wood for better stain resistance and moisture proofing!Tile1
One of the challenges of selecting tile is that there are almost too many choices – and they’re all beautiful! That’s why it’s helpful to work with an expert to pick the most fitting tile for your application. For example, bathroom flooring and shower floors need to be slip resistant. And for your kitchen floor, counter top or backsplash, you’ll want to sTile3elect tile that’s stain-resistant and easy-to-clean.
Compared to many other hard surfaces, most tile is reasonably priced, long-lasting, durable and easy to clean without periodic polishing or sealing. Tile is also flexible because it comes in so many shapes and sizes, from tiny one-inch squares to giant 12-inch by 24-inch rectangles.
Tile surfaces can add beauty, style and durability to your home. They are so versatile – and come in so many choices – that you can create almost any look and mood.

 

 

 

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Not Your Granny’s Draperies!

15 Apr

DraperyDesign1Draperies are a design element that has so many looks and so many functions!

The versatility of draperies means that they can enhance the openness of your rooms to make them appear larger – or make your living spaces more intimate and private with a cozy feel.

DraperyDesign2• Tailored, formal panels with clean lines
• Soft and feminine sheers
• Luscious draperies with tassels and fringe
• Side or top treatments that are totally ornamental

The possibilities of decorating with draperies are almost unlimited! You can make draperies the star of a room, adding color and drama – or consider them as a beautiful background to quietly blend with your other home furnishings elements.
Draperies are used primarily to enhance your decor; but they can be functional too, providing privacy and preventing fading. Best of all, add draperies as a decorative accent over shades, blinds or shutters that provide the function you need at the window – improving energy efficiency, preventing fading and keeping a room dark even during the brightest sunny day.
Often draperies don’t just cover the window and window frame, but are sized to optimally fit the wall they hang on and complement your decorating plan. Even a small window can have draperies covering an entire wall from side to side and floor to ceiling!
When purchasing draperies, there are important decisions about the fabric fullness, type of lining, where the DraperyDesign3draperies should draw, what kind of pleats work best, whether you should consider motorization, and more. That’s why getting advice from an expert is best when you order custom draperies!

Add a little softness to your decor with the magic of draperies!

Print, Pattern, Colors All In One Room? Part Two.

8 Apr

Mix It Up Like A Pro (pt. 2)

Still have some questions about mixing prints and patterns?  In the previous blog, we gave some good ideas on how to get started.  Part 2, is about the specifics.

Part 2: Fabric Hacks

Fabric Feel/Balance

            Personality of fabric is something to consider.  What do you want to portray in your room.  Is it formal or casual?  Modern or traditional?   Fabrics will represent these qualities.  Damask is commonly considered formal and traditional and you can pile those types of prints on top of each other.  A plaid can be mixed with any other pattern to tone down a room to give a more casual feel.  Also, make sure to spread pattern throughout the room not just one corner or side.  This balance will help secure what kind of feel the room is supposed to have.

Cheat With Companions

            Many companies have companion fabrics already picked for coordinating.  Even if you don’t find “the” set, you can get a good idea on how to mix.

Neutral Prints

There are some basic prints that you can put with anything.  Polka dots are one of them.  A simple black and white polka dot is a great way to introduce pattern without conflicting with colored patterns.  A few other options would include neutral, simple animal prints, like zebra or leopard, or a chevron or houndstooth.

Don’t Go Matchy-Matchy

Don’t go for all stripes in all the same colors.  Ever heard of too much of a good thing?  Well it applies here too.  Pick one or two of a print, be it stripes or floral or whatever, and find other contrasting prints to complement it.  Also, if you are going with a single color space or a white and color space,as mentioned in our last blog, find an accent color so it’s not so overwhelming.  Looking at the color wheel, pick the complementary color across from your main color to use in accessories like a lamp or vase.

So now you have some tools to mix it up like a pro.  Go out and make your home a snazzy, sophisticated place to be!

Prints, Pattern, Colors All In One Room? Part One.

1 Apr

Mix It Up Like a Pro

“Conjunction junction, what’s your function?”  Remember that from when you were a kid?  You learned about “this and that”, “this or that”, and “not this, but that”.  In design, when we see patterns, we tend to think “this OR that”.  BUT…we are here to tell you it’s “this AND that”.  Mixing prints and patterns isn’t so scary once you understand the basics.

Part 1: Getting Started

Choose 3 or More-Starting With One Big BoldMix It Like a Pro pt1-1

Start with a focal point- it could be an area rug, wallpaper or a large print in upholstery that you love. This will be the base upon which you will build, incorporating color and patterns that coordinate with your focal point. To get depth and create interest, use multiple scales of at least three patterns. Don’t be afraid to bring multiples together, as long as you keep the values close.

Mix It Like a Pro pt1-2Find Inspiration via Theme

Maybe you like the Asian inspiration of chinois fabric, or a modern tropical focus with birds and flowers.  Any theme is a good way to get some ideas for various kinds of prints.

 

Picking ColorsMix It Like a Pro pt1-4

Do you have a favorite color?  Go with it!  Find a bunch of different prints in one color family and keep the same intensity of shades.  For example, if you go pastel, keep all of the shades pastel.

Blend similar to ease into pattern and print coordinating and to soften the look.  If you are unsure about mixing multiple colors, begin with just two.  Blue and green are great choices because they are next to each other on the color wheel.  And you can use a solid of each to tie it all together.  Just be sure to stick to the same intensity as you would for a single color scheme.

Or perhaps a white and a color is more your style.  White is great for filing in negative space when you have a color you are really loving and all the prints you are finding in it.

 

This is where you get excited and rush out to find all the things to make your home brand new.  But wait, there’s more.  Check out the next blog to get detailed hints on where to go from here.

 

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