Color Palette Decorating with Gold

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Most of us enjoy the glamorous and luxurious appearance that gold evokes. It’s a color that catches the eye which why it’s no surprise that it has become trendy in home decor. Decorating with this metallic color can be challenging because if it’s not executed correctly it can look gaudy and unflattering. If you’re interested in adding some sparkle to your home, we’re going to show you how to decorate with gold.

Make A Statement
When working with gold materials you have the opportunity to create great interest because gold has such a big impact. So if you’re going to use gold in a room you want to be sure that you create your “wow” moment. Whether it’s gold wallpaper, a side table or a gold covered pillow you should make sure that it perks up the room.

Mix Metallics
To truly bring out the beauty of gold in your home’s decor you should try mixing it with other metallics like bronze, rose and champagne gold. Mixing metallics has become increasingly popular because it adds layers of dimensions to a room. When mixing metallics you should also mix up the finishes. Combine matte, glossy and brushed metallic pieces to create a versatile yet harmonious look.

Gold and Natural Materials
Pairing gold accessories with natural materials makes for a great balance. You can use organic touches like floral arrangements and wood materials to break up metallics. Mixing these elements will prevent your gold decor scheme from being too overpowering.

Gold and Bold Colors
Gold is also appealing with paired with other bold colors like purple and blue. You can use various tints of colors like yellow, purple and green. Using such variations softens the theme and adds a sense of depth to the overall design. If you want to further tone down the look incorporate more neutral tones.

Use In Moderation
As glitzy as the gold look you should avoid incorporating too many gold pieces in one space. Doing so will have the opposite effect and will be overwhelming. The sparkly specks in gold materials naturally catch the eye. So you don’t need to use several gold accents to make a statement.

Curating Your Home With Beautiful Artwork

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Home is where the art is. The truth is no home design is complete with quality art pieces. Many people are scared at the thought of curating artwork for their home. However, with some planning and a bit of creative flair, you can create a home that tastefully embraces the arts.

Create A Timeless Collection
When curating your home with beautiful artwork is important to think beyond what artists and pieces are trendy and hot right now. Instead, you want to build a timeless collection of artwork that resonates with you. Art is only a good investment if it can give you some daily inspiration and improve the overall mood of your living space.

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
Get out of your comfort zone and look for pieces that don’t just depict the average things. Try expanding to different styles such as Industrial or Scandinavian pieces. Your collection should add a little surprise to your space. Investing in your average, catalog pieces will create bland and “cookie cutter” look.

Collect Pieces That You Love
All too often, homeowners purchase artwork just to fill up space on their blank walls. However, you should only invest in artwork that you absolutely love. Also, you don’t have to stick to just one style. Mix up the genres and sizes. There are no rules to what kind of pieces you can combine in a space. The only thing that matter is curating a collection that you’re in love with.

Create A Showcase
Do you really want to make a statement with your art collection? Turn an average area like the hallways into a showcase. The hallway is a great area to create your own gallery. Avoid hanging large pieces because they are likely to fall in such narrow spaces. Hang series of small to medium prints to capture your guest’s attention. Select a bold piece to hang at the end of the hallway to add to the look.

Blend Family Pics with Prints
Of course, no space can truly feel like home without hanging up photos of your family or personal mementos. Create a unique experience by blending your original artwork with your favorite prints.

Quality Frames
Protect your pieces will quality frames that not only preserve your prints by also adds to the overall design scheme. Look online and at consignment shops for unique frames that feature intricate designs.

Complimentary vs Analogous Colors

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Are you in the process of designing a space? There’s no doubt, that you’ll have to focus on selecting a color scheme. Color schemes are a combination of colors that best complement each other. Anyone who’s ever decorated a room knows that picking out a color scheme can be challenging. Basic knowledge of palettes and where they are placed on the color wheel can be really helpful during this process.

If you seek to use colors to create different effects and feelings than you’ll need to know the four most common color schemes in the design world which include: Complementary, analogous, triadic and split complementary.

Complementary
Complementary color schemes sit on opposite ends of the color wheel. Some examples of complementary colors include: orange, green and red. These are known as opposing colors because they are drastically different from one another. Just imagine it. A room painted green with bright red accents with no doubt be bold. Even though complementary colors are different from each other when used correctly they will draw attention and add emphasis to a space.

Analogous
Analogous color combinations are soft on the eyes because they often utilize colors that are situated side by side on the color wheel. Many analogous color schemes simulate the type of colors that we see in the natural world everyday which can provide a serene effect. Yellow, yellow-green and hunter green are some examples of analogous colors. When using an analogous color scheme experts suggest using one color as the dominant color in the room.

Split Complementary Colors
A split complementary color scheme is very similar to the complementary color combo. When using this scheme in a space you’ll have to first select a base color and then use opposite palettes on the color wheel as accents to complement each other. The base color is what brings in the design and makes it less risky.

Triadic
A triadic color scheme will consist of three that are positioned evenly around the color wheel. Orange, green and violet are some examples of a triadic color scheme. A triadic color scheme is best pulled off by using a base color.

Decorating Tips and Tricks

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Decorating can be a fun and exciting way to express your personal style and creativity. Each homeowner has the opportunity to show off their unique taste with their home decor. If you are looking for new ways to decorate, we have four quick tips for decorating this summer.

Decorating Tips & Tricks:

  1. Patterns. Homeowners may be scared of using too many patterns in their home and avoid using them all together. We recommend embracing patterns in your decor by accenting the room with a statement patterned piece. If you are up for a challenge, use two different patterns in one room. You may be surprised with the beautiful outcome. A floral chair can pair well with a polka-dot lamp. If you are nervous, we recommend using the same base color in different pattern pieces to help them go with each other. The same base color will make it easy on the eyes.

  2. Pastel Colors. Pastel colors are back and taking the interior design industry by storm. From appliances to decorations, pastels can make a subtle statement on your room’s design. If you are into neutrals, pastels can provide the pop of color you are looking for in your room. You can even gain inspiration from a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

  3. Mirrors. Mirrors are the perfect decorative piece for any room! From your bedroom to living room, mirrors make quite the impression on your rooms decor. Shop for antique mirrors or your local thrift shop to transform a mirror to fit your unique style.

  4. Walls. Your walls can be so much more than just a simple paint color. From chalkboard paint to stencils, you can recreate your current space into something spectacular. Try adding a chalkboard wall into your kitchen for a unique grocery list. Also, you can try incorporating a beautiful stenciled wall as an accent to any room in your house.

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Blue is for Coastal Interiors

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Blue Color Schemes

Blue is a very popular color used in homes on or near a body of water. This is for good reason. Blue is associated with water.

Color schemes done in blue are very versatile. They can be paired with greens or different shades of blue. Schematics can be kept understated by pairing blues with monochromatic colors like white, cream or gray. The color scheme shown has a very spa-like look and feel.

A calm look can easily be created by using soft blues or subdued blue/greens. This color scheme creates a calming effect. Soft blues are perfect for homes on the water. It creates a way to bring the outdoors in. Homes on the ocean can really benefit from a soft and understated blue color scheme. Add some bright green accents to add a pop of color. Green is the great accent for calm blue schemes. It further reinforces bringing the outdoors in.

Notice in the photo that the color of the outdoors is literally flooding indoors and on to the walls. The white floor and ceiling is paired with white lighting; which mirrors the white clouds. White accent pieces flow perfectly in this interior. Blue paint creates the calm and the white adds a crispness.

Black and white art is framed in black and creates a nice contrast on the wall. The contrast is subtle but effective. The art does not simply get lost in this vast space. It is accentuated and noticeable.

For a more exciting blue color scheme, consider the tips below. There are ways to dress up soft blues, or be more dramatic with bolder shades of blue!

Create an exciting look by using bright royal blues. For a bright room add coral as the accent color. Coral is a complementary color of blue. Other exciting accent colors that work well are green and orange. To create excitement, use complimentary colors with blue, in the accents.

Metallics such as chrome, nickel or gold look wonderful with blue color schemes. Metals dress up the blue; adding class and glamour to the look.

Five Ways You Can Bring The Outdoors Inside

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Decorating with natural elements by bringing a hint of the outdoors into your home can bring the nature inside. If you are nature-starved what are some easy ways you can implement nature into your home’s decor?

  1. Faux Fireplace
    Love looking at a campfire? Well, you can get the same look anytime you desire by purchasing a faux fireplace. Faux indoor fireplaces look so realistic and they even sound similar to the flapping sound of a campfire.

  2. Decorate with “greenery”
    Of course, the most obvious way to bring nature indoors is to bring in some plants. Plants can brighten any space. When incorporating greenery into your design scheme look for ways to steer clear of the traditional flower in the vase thing. Mix it up by using a variety of pots in your plant area. You can even opt out of using flower pots and instead of hanging them on the wall using plant hangers.

  3. Natural Wood Furnishing
    Decorating with natural wood furnishing is a great way to create a rustic feel. Wood furniture is super durable and with great craftsmanship, it can be formed into all kinds of beautiful design. You can add wood furniture sparingly. Perhaps a wood finished rocking chair in the living room or a wooden coffee table. A sleek, wood finished headboard adds a bit of outdoors to your bedroom.

  4. Buy a grass rug
    You can easily purchase an artificial rug that simulates the look of grass from popular furniture companies. It can serve as a focal point for your living room or the man cave. The grass can withstand foot traffic. It’s available in a variety of sizes.

  5. Constellation Projection Lamp
    Enjoy staring up at the stars at night? Well, you can do so right from the comfort of your bed. A constellation projector lamp allows you to easily project the beautiful heavens on your walls and ceilings.

Be imaginative when searching for ways you can make your home reflect your love for nature. Use a different colors, textures, and patterns that are inspired by nature to energize a space.

Creating a Coastal Inspired Home

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Most people love being near water simply for the calming effect it creates. The stress of the day can melt away when you let go and allow yourself to listen to the natural water sounds around you. While some people are lucky enough to live near a body of water, others need to create a little ambience in able to achieve the same effect.

When envisioning coastal living, think about what you would enjoy the most about it. This is how you get started on creating your dream living space. Life can feel cluttered and heavy from the weight of daily responsibilities. Coastal locations makes you think about how relaxing a getaway would make you feel. So use that for your inspiration when decorating.

Keep colors neutral and relaxing. Soft blues and khakis, clean whites and natural woods. Textures should be kept light and airy. A little thickness provides warmth without becoming too heavy. Natural light will also be a huge factor as you recreate a coastal look. Allowing light to reflect on your interior will give it a refreshing feeling but keep window treatments light and easy to keep open with tie-backs during the day.

Keep furniture style simple to maintain the theme of removing the weight of your day when you arrive home. Let the lake, sea or ocean provide you with inspiration in your decor. Touches of nautical theme or artwork depicting a beautiful pier or traveling sailboat can carry you away. Wicker pieces can give any space that quaint cottage look you may enjoy. If you have souvenirs from a vacation you enjoyed on the water, feel free to sprinkle them in where appropriate.

No matter where you reside, creating a coastal paradise in your home is possible. Take your time and choose pieces thoughtfully. This process is meant to create a relaxing environment, not more stress. In no time, it will all come together and you will be able to relax and turn on an ocean sounds soundtrack to set the mood. Now close your eyes, and it’s like you’re right there on the shore!

Decorating Around A Theme

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Developing a design scheme requires much effort. With decisions and dollar signs constantly filling your mind it’s easy to forget how fun decorating can be! Organizing your decor around a specific theme is a good way to enjoy decorating. It also allows you to create a space that’s unique and a reflection of your personal style.

When centering your decorating around a theme can help with making decisions on color selection, furnishing and accessories. This type of design scheme can work for an entire house, or for a designated room. Below are some tips to keep in mind when decorating around a theme:

  • When designing a room around a theme be careful not to overdo it. Too many accessories can make the space appear tacky and cluttered.

  • Utilize colors. Don’t be afraid to try different paint colors. Whether it’s brushed or rolled on bright colors can be a good way to add emphasis to your theme.

  • Choose a theme that has personal meaning.

For an example, we’re going to discuss the beauty of Miami and how you can incorporate this in your decor. If you enjoy bold and bright colors than this just may be the perfect style for you.

How can you implement Miami’s style into your decor?
Colors
Colors that represent Miami are:
– Neon purple
– Neon green
– Neon Orange
– Yellow
– White

Lighting
When selecting a lighting scheme, you should utilize lots of natural sunlight.

Furnishing
Try organizing furniture in a way that allows for spaciousness. You want to make it as airy as possible. When selecting furnishings, don’t be afraid to implement a pop of color. For instance, a pink desk with a white chair can create a unique look.

And remember to have fun while you are doing it!

Traditional to Transitional

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This dining room is traditionally decorated with a modernized twist; which is the very definition of Transitional. Traditional elements of this room can be found in the casework, moldings, windows and lighting. It is the other elements in this room that make it a transitional styled room.

For starters this dining room is painted a warm, yet bold color; which is very dining room appropriate. No matter the interior style, feel free to paint the walls with a deep and inviting color.

Ditch the traditional wooden dining chairs and use a traditionally styled, fully upholstered chair. The frame of these chairs can be considered modern, with their clean lines and tapered legs. However the fabric selected is a traditional textile with traditional brass nail head accents. Just make sure to select a chair fabric that is durable and stain resistant. If the fabric is not already stain resistant, you can have it treated to be. Using a fully upholstered chair for all seating adds actual comfort and a visually pleasing look!

The large traditional mirror that is leaning against the wall adds beauty and opens up the room. Placement of the mirror lends a transitional effect to the whole room. Being so large in scale, it really reflects the natural light and makes the room feel very open and spacious.

Having the bamboo shades behind the traditional drapery give the windows a transitional look. Mixing these two types of window coverings changes the overall look of the large windows.

This dining room shows an equal mix of traditional elements with a modern flair. Decorating any room in your home can be made to look transitional. This is a wonderful interior design style that allows people to live in traditionally styled homes, with an updated look. Just remember to try and achieve a healthy balance of both traditional and modern. Feel free to use traditional pieces that have been refinished in a modern style!

Avoid Making Crucial Design Mistakes

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There are many common design mistakes that people are making without realizing it. Find out what you may be doing wrong and easily make the corrections; which will instantly improve your interior!

Hanging artwork too high is probably the most common design mistake. Hang art at eye level. We understand that everyone has a different eye level, given height differences. Average eye level is between 58”-60” above the floor. The center of the art work should be between 58 to 60 inches off the floor. Raise the art up about five inches for ceilings ten feet or higher.

Pushing furniture up to the wall is a mistake. It seems logical in one’s brain to push the furniture right up to the wall, because you think it will give your space more room. However the trick to furniture groupings is to create an intimate space that is somewhat pulled together. Leave at least one to three inches between a furniture piece and the wall. Think about this, if all the surrounding pieces are pushed right up to the wall, the space plan is too vast and disconnected. Use area rugs to unite furniture groupings in larger rooms.

Placing a small rug in a large space happens more often than not. This will result in a disproportional look. If you have a rug that you are dying to use, place it on top a larger monochromatic rug. This will stretch the proportions out and still allow you to use the rug that you love.

Using worn out or flat accent pillows. Accent pillows can become flat after some time. Typically accent pillow’s outer fabric has a zipper. This allows you to replace the filling when the core has become flat. Down filled pillows need to be fluffed after each use. You may also want to add some extra down filling, if you have had the pillows for a while. Flat pillows make a room look tired. This is a common mistake that can easily be rectified.

Take a look around your interior to check for any of the above mistakes. The mistakes in this read can easily be corrected yourself!