6 Genius Ways To Create Drama With Your Décor – Part 2

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Part 2 – Ceilings and Scale

Look up

If you want the room to astound people you simply cannot skip the ceiling. Drama is impressive in part because it is a little overwhelming, which means that every inch of the room should be considered. Painting the ceiling is an easy fix, but avoid a single, solid color. Explore faux finishes such as those that resemble plaster or leather. To add a fan tastical touch use glimmer paint that reflects light similar to a very fine glitter.

Or, paint the ceiling a solid color, and then use a contrast color to hand paint an elegant design across it. Keep in mind that people will be seeing it from further down than the level at which you’ll be painting. Be sure the design is large enough to be clearly seen by people who are seated in the room. Another fun option for drama is a ceiling medallion around a light fixture in the center of the room. Last, if your ceiling has an apex point and the sides are slanted, do some research on room tenting. It’s a specific art that you will likely need help with, but it is a spectacular result!

Go big or go boring

Furnishings in a dramatic room should most definitely be large scale. Not all of them however! To keep proportion on point it’s best to intermingle smaller, unique pieces with lager items such as a couch or bed. When buying large furniture look for pieces that are not only big, but also well designed. A sizable, plain couch won’t have near as much effect as an oversized antique couch upholstered with velvet. The hand carvings and lines of a large scale antique couch will make it seem even bigger than its true size and will add to the imagination of the space. Don’t forget to consider fixtures too.

An enormous chandelier would be an excellent way to add drama. The same could be accomplished with a statement mirror. Choose a mirror that is exceptionally well designed and watch as it transforms the entire room. Not only with its loveliness, but also because it will reflect all the other beautiful features of the room including light and metallic finishes.

Next read  Part 3 Textiles and Technology


How To Add Texture To Your Home Décor

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Texture is one of the most overlooked aspects of home decor. DIY decorating gals rule the roost when it comes to following advice about color, furniture arrangement, accessorizing, etc. But, most people don’t give the idea of texture enough consideration. Yet, it is very important! Why? Because texture helps influence mood, comfort, and visual interest. It is often the detail that draws you into a room to inspect it a little more closely. You ask yourself, “Is that faux fur bed throw as soft as it looks?” Or, “Are those granite countertops as smooth and glossy as they seem?” Then you move closer to find out. Texture is a very exciting element of décor because it is so detailed and intriguing. 

There are two approaches to texture. One is to work with elements that have permanence and a lasting impact on the room. For example, wood floors, stone tiles, and wallpaper. If you own your home and you have the autonomy to go big, we recommend starting with changes such as these. The second approach is to rely on temporary or intermittent decorative items – things that you can easily remove when it’s time to do so.

If you wish to make large-scale changes, such as new flooring, your next step is to connect with an expert and seek help and design guidance. We are happy to help you start on this path

On the other hand, if you want to make small, easy changes, here are a few simple ways to incorporate texture into your design scheme.

  • Rugs: Incorporate both small functional rugs and large area rugs.
  • Pillows: Don’t just mix colors. Mix fabrics and treatments, such as, tweed, faux fur, sequined, etc.
  • Natural sources: An easy and lovely way to enjoy texture – candles and plants!
  • Paint: Create depth by working with multiple shades of the same color, rather than a hodge-podge of different colors.
  • Wall art: Avoid flat framed items, and try 3D art pieces. For example, box frames that allow space to set thing in them. Rather than hang a framed photo, set it inside a box frame hung on the wall. Same photo, different textural aspect due to depth.
  • Lighting: Add small light sources to the room to enhance light and shadow. So, a boutique mini-lamp or a moody sconce.
  • Accessories: An obvious suggestion. Use plenty of unique and visually interesting pieces such as vases, decorative balls, and so forth.
  • Blankets and throws: The trick here is to be less concerned with function and more concerned with touch. Add more than one. Try a knit blanket, a chenille throw, and a traditional quilt.

Complimentary vs. Analogous

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When choosing color schemes it can be useful to help yourself and use a color wheel to determine what will work best for your home. Don’t overwhelm yourself by choosing too many color schemes in the beginning—this will only end up cluttering your final vision and may cause indecision down the road. Stick to two or three color schemes you truly feel best about, and stick with those as a jumping off point.

 

There are two different types of color schemes that you will work with when choosing which is best for your space. What space you are decorating will be very important in deciding which of the two color schemes is going to work for which rooms. Of course, if you feel inspired by one and it is not recommended for the room you imagined it in, feel free to explore your creativity and see where your color scheme takes you! You never know when the unexpected will pleasantly surprise you.

 

The first type of color scheme is the complementary color scheme. Complimentary describes colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel. Color combinations such as blue and orange, purple and yellow or red and green. However, this is only a loose guide—for instance if you choose green and red you do not have to go with the “traditional” hues of green and red.

 

Play with shades of each color such as lighter green accents mixed with red and pink accents. Or you could use a soft coral orange in tandem with a beautiful iris hue. The key is that they are in the same family, not that they are exactly that shade.

 

The second type of color scheme is the analogous color scheme. These are colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel. These color schemes tend to feel more muted because they are colors that will match closely with one another, offering a more soothing environment because of the cohesion the analogous colors provide.

 

Analogous colors bring the room together and don’t make your eye work to understand the color scheme in a complex manner. These colors simply flow to your mind’s eye. This color scheme will work best in rooms where you wish to recharge and rest. Places like bedrooms, family rooms and even kitchens will work well with these types of color schemes.

 

If you have any questions about your decorating, feel free to ask or browse our website for ideas and inspiration!

2015 Decorating Trends At a Glance

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2015 Decorating Trends At a Glance

We’ve are well into the third month of the year so now is the perfect time to explore ways to design and decorate your home according to the hot trends for 2015. Spring will soon make its debut When it comes to home improvement projects, it is the time of year when we are typically most inspired to revamp our digs. If you love to be surrounded by colors and design elements that are very “of the moment” you will love this blog post!

There’s so much to consider when incorporating a new design aesthetic. So, rather than ramble on in endless paragraphs we are giving you the key to unlock the basics through a bullet point list of quick reference guidelines that you can explore on your own. Simply read through the list, extract what intrigues you and run with it by doing an internet search for ideas that elaborate on the theme.

Color:

  • Pantone color of the year – Marsala 18-1438 “naturally robust and earthy wine red”
  • Light: soft, powdery pastels (that happen to look incredibly chic with Marsala) – think muted versions of pinks, lavenders, blues
  • Dark: navy, plum, burgundy, raspberry, midnight blue, teal
  • Nudes and flesh tones as neutrals
  • Pop color: burnt umber, buttery yellow, soft aqua
  • Kelly green plant life

Concepts:

  • Modern, futuristic
  • Minimalism
  • Experimentation, quirky, unexpected
  • Nature mixed with science

Shape & Form:

  • Geometric
  • Angular
  • Asymmetrical, lop-sided, tilted, off balance
  • Pattern in the form of 3D shapes

Raw materials:

  • Bamboo
  • Rattan
  • Wicker
  • Birch
  • Pine
  • Metal
  • Tinted glass
  • Crystal

Synthetic materials:

  • High gloss plastic and acrylic

Arrangement

  • Suspension, hanging
  • Stacking or interlocking

Methods:

  • Dip dying, bleeding, blotting
  • Stark contrast of materials

Hanging on the walls:

  • Large prints of digital art

This list should be plenty to fire up the right side of your brain and get the ideas flowing. Try making your own bullet pointed list. Include the bullets from our list that you like most, and then elaborate on them with your own ideas and what you find during your internet search. Don’t forget to come back and share a comment about what you accomplished!

Color Pallet: Inspired By a Simple Table Setting

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Have you ever considered decorating a room based on inspiration from something other than a photo of a room? It’s a fantastic way to come up with unexpected ideas that will make the rooms in your home unique and innovative. For example, take a look at the photo below. It’s a simple table setting at a restaurant, so your first inclination might be to mimic the table setting at your next dinner party. We suggest using as a reference for color and accessory selection in any room in your house!

To teach you how to do so, we are going to break down the elements of the design that make it appealing. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning this inspirational technique a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each style aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Jet Black, Dark Brown, Camel Brown, Daisy Yellow, Light Forest Green, Grass Green, Punchy Pink Lemonade

 

What makes the colors work well together?

  • Pink and green are complimentary, and the natural green hues allow the yellow to pop without clashing.
  • The browns are well coordinated, also inspired by nature rather than synthetic colors.
  • The black is unexpected and thus interesting, while also being very sparsely used so as not to cause imbalance in the overall color plan.

What makes the design elegant?

  • Glass and crystal
  • It’s understated
  • Formal white linens

What makes the design approachable?

  • Simple wood furniture with clean lines
  • Plant life

What rooms in the house might best benefit from this design inspiration?

  • Dining room
  • Bathroom
  • Indoor porch
  • Kitchen

Color Pallet: Space Age Sitting Room – Orange and Gray

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Remember when everything on the cartoon The Jetson’s seemed far out and impossible? It’s sure been a wild ride ever since, with the dawn of the technological revolution! Along with that has been a transition into post modern decorating schemes that now look quite normal. Certainly this style existed in the past, as you may recall from the 70’s, but even then it looked rather futuristic. Now it just looks clean, simple, and chic. So if that’s your goal for a room you’re designing, read on!

To teach you how to achieve this sort of aesthetic we are going to break down the elements of the room into sections. It’s usually 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: Light Steel Grey, Light Jade, Black, Camel Tan, Sunset Orange, Dark Taupe

 

 

What makes the room post modern?

  • Glass and metal
  • Very smooth, un-textured surfaces
  • Rounded corners
  • Sparseness
  • Gray, tan, orange color pallet.
  • Just one pop color, orange, rather than a complex color scheme
  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They’re all warm.
  • Orange can be tough. This is simplified by spotlighting it rather than trying to coordinate it. It also packs a punch this way.
  • The green plants break up what could seem monotonous, and it works because it is an eco-green rather than a synthetic.

What makes the room seem comfortable and inviting?

  • The wood floor.

What would we change?

  • If you love this room but feel it lacks some panache, we’d definitely throw down a zebra patterned rug! But, FYI, it would change the vibe and slightly reduce the post modern element.

Living Rooms

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Do you prefer a formal living room? Stately Elegance is all about luxury and refinement, where style and substance are passed down from generation to generation. Colors include, deep reds, blues, rich golds and purples.

Or does your preference move towards a simpler style?  Urban Chic is sophisticated, fresh and contemporary and furniture is streamlined and simple. Black and white, mahogany brown and stainless steel are used in creative combinations.

 

 

Can I Mix Different Prints within the Same Room?

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With all the many different areas where you can use textiles in a room – drapes, rugs, throws, and pillows to name a few – it can be difficult to find perfect matches for everything. From the color to the print, there are times when you may want to try to mix things up, rather than attempting to have everything match. The best part about this, is that depending on what type of design you are aiming for, it can often be more than OK – it can become a way to really enhance and dress up your design.

Interior Design Styles that Work with Mixed Prints

Believe it or not, there are actually several different interior design styles that encourage you to mix your prints. The idea behind the mixing may be different in each one, but if you are reaching for one of these styles in your decorating efforts, you may find that mixing it up is just the thing to do.

Country Style

The idea behind Country style is that the home should be welcoming, comfortable, and inviting. This includes the use of a lot of different prints. Plaids, florals, checks, and stripes can all be used in Country style, as well as prints such as Toile that are specific to the design. Just be sure that your colors are in tune with one another to get the best results.

Eclectic Design

Eclectic design is a newer, more modern type of interior design that also focuses on a lot of mixing of color and pattern in a room. The idea is that the finished design should be bold, eye catching, and purposefully random. So if you want to mix polka dots and chevron prints in one room, go for it, provided that the colors have the same saturation or hue to ensure they blend.

Transitional Design

Transitional design is something that most people have in their homes. It’s a fluid mix between traditional and contemporary and often have components of both. That means that it’s perfectly fine to have some traditional prints in the room that also contains a few contemporary fabrics at the same time.

No matter what decorating scheme you prefer, mixing different prints in the same room can achieve a beautiful overall design by sticking to a few rules!

How To Design and Make a Custom Headboard Featuring Your Favorite Photography – Part 1

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Part 1: The concept and supply list

This project isn’t necessarily fast or easy, but the outcome is spectacular! A headboard is one of the most impactful focal points in a bedroom. It deserves extra thought and effort, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of extra cost. You can definitely accomplish this project for less than the cost of a designer bed. Once you complete this headboard project all you’ll need for your bed is a basic frame on which to place the mattress and box spring. These are often available second hand in perfect condition.

The quantity, and thus cost, of the supplies necessary to complete this project will depend on the size of your bed. The overall concept entails painting the space above the bed where a headboard would normally be, than framing it with molding. Within the newly framed headboard space will hang an eclectic collection of picture frames featuring your favorite photography. 

Let’s start with your shopping list:

  • Paint – 2 colors that coordinate with your bedroom. Purchase amounts applicable to the size of your project. You need enough paint to paint two coats on the wall within the frame created by the molding. The other paint color will only be used for the molding and some of the picture frames so you won’t need very much.
  • Yard stick or long straight edge for penciling in the lines of the frame.
  • Molding.
  • Miter saw OR small handheld saw.
  • Numerous picture frames of various sizes, dimensions, and designs, in colors that coordinate with your bedroom.
  • Prints of your favorite photos. We’ll explain later how to determine the size.
  • Hammer and small wood nails.
  • Wood glue.
  • Picture hangers or damage-free adhesive tabs.

NEXT READ PART 2: Preparation and Framing the Headboard 

How to Paint an Old Wood Table So It Will Last

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Remodeling a kitchen is a big project, and it’s smart to spend your money on high quality flooring, cabinets and countertops. Anything built into the kitchen for long term use is a worthwhile investment. If you’re like most modern families there’s a good chance that you eat in the kitchen, so it is a good idea to include the kitchen table in the redecorating process as well. Rather than buy something new, though, consider painting an old table. It will be less expensive, have a lot of character, and you can paint it to match your kitchen perfectly.

  1. Sand the table. If you have access to an orbital sander it’s ideal for the job. Hand sanding is an option but plan on a lot of extra time. Sand the table until it’s very smooth. It’s not imperative that you remove every last speck of paint or varnish.
  2. Wipe the table clean and remove any dust. Next, apply primer. It’s important to purchase a primer that is intended to resist stains, so check the label when you buy the primer. Be sure that it is also high-tack. You want it to stick to the table like glue. Use roll on primer – spray primers aren’t strong enough for a heavy use items such as a kitchen table. Use two coats of primer, allowing at least one hour drying time in between. Then, use a spray on primer on any tiny areas that can’t be primed with the roller. When done, let the table dry for a full 24 hours.
  3. Hand sand the primed surface to restore to a smooth and even surface. (No orbital sanding this time. It’s too aggressive.)
  4. Next, use highly durable paint that dries to a hard finish. It has to withstand heavy use. You will likely be doing more than just eating at the table so ensure that it can withstand science projects and game night. Paint the table with two to three thin coats of paint, and allow sufficient drying time between each. (Three coats are necessary for very dark colors.) Allow the paint to cure for three to five days once painting is completed.
  5. Last, protect the table and the paint. It’s important to not skip this step! You have two options. You can use a brush/wipe on product that will dry to a sleek finish. Or, you can use a wax finish. It’s rubbed on with a rag, and then buffed out to create a low gloss matte finish.
  6. Try not to use the table for a few more days after you’ve put the protective coating on it. It will appear to be dry, but two to three more days will ensure that it has definitely cured and is ready for some serious use.