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. 

How to decorate with T-shirts

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It seems like every time you turn around, a new t-shirt is in your closet or laundry. Perhaps you purchase them regularly, or maybe you’re the just the unassuming recipient of wearable promotional giveaways. No matter the source, t-shirts are part of the American way of life. They are worn frequently, and some are even treated with the greatest of care.  Yet, all t-shirts reach a point at which they need to be retired. But what if you absolutely love the shirt and don’t want to throw it away? It might have sentimental value, or monetary value as a collectable. If so, don’t stash it away in a dark drawer where you can’t enjoy it. Use it as part of your home décor! Here  is a list of some shirts that you might have lying around:

  • High school and/or College teams
  • Professional sports teams
  • Concerts and shows
  • Luxury labels or popular brands
  • Promotional swag handed out by vendors
  •  Themed or graphic tees
  • Vacation souvenirs

Hopefully our list motivated you to dig through the drawers, and we bet you found more shirts than you thought. Now, what to do with them:

  • Cut them at them to size, sew three seams, insert a throw pillow, and sew up the fourth seam
  • Purchase a glass-encased memorabilia frame and permanently mount the shirt and hang it on the wall
  • Gather as many of them as necessary and sew an amazing memory quilt
  • For something avant-garde, buy a torso-up clothes mannequin and put a different shirt on it every week or month (you can add accessories too!)
  • Use photographs related to the t-shirt to create a multi-media collage. For instance, if you have a souvenir shirt from your summer vacation, cut off the arms and collar, stretch it over foam board, and pin your vacation photos to the board.

There are numerous options for repurposing your t-shirts, and we’re pretty sure we only mentioned of few. If none of our ideas quite fit your vision, use them as inspiration to think outside of the box and come up with something innovative on your own. If you do, please return to our blog and tell us what you devised!

Components of a Tuscan Kitchen

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Tuscan style kitchens are beautiful and comfortable, evoking the hills, colors and style of Tuscany. No matter where you live, you can bring some of that beauty and style to your kitchen by using a few of these decorating ideas.

Tuscan Colors

The rich colors of Tuscany are the inspiration for the Tuscan kitchen theme. The colors of the hills, sky, plants, and buildings are what show up again and again throughout the Tuscan kitchen.

When choosing your palette, look for sun-kissed colors such as:

  • Apricot
  • Gold
  • Ochre
  • Olive green
  • Sky blue
  • Pumpkin

You can also choose materials that embody these colors as well, such as terracotta tiles for the floor or limestone for the backsplash. This helps ensure that the entire room stays cohesive. Remember to use the contrasting cool colors – blue and green – as accents to make them pop out against the warm background.

Tuscan Materials

Using natural materials whenever possible will help pull your Tuscan kitchen together. In addition to terracotta and limestone, consider incorporating the following into your kitchen design:

  • Natural wood for the cabinets, ceiling beams, soffit, table or floors
  • Wrought iron
  • Marble, granite, or soapstone for the countertops
  • Glass either as cabinet inserts or accents
  • Clay pottery for display
  • Linen, burlap, and cotton for curtains, dish towels and other fabrics in the room
  • Copper as a farmhouse sink, cabinet pulls, or faucet finish

Tuscan Accents

While the colors and materials that you use will primarily envoke the Tuscan theme, if you want to take it a step further, use accents scattered throughout the kitchen such as:

  • Wine, grape, vineyard, or olive themed tiles, backsplash, or decorations
  • Terracotta pots
  • Fresh mediterranean herbs growing on the window sills
  • Wall art that displays scenes from the hills and homes of Tuscany

Warm Up Your Kitchen

The end result of your Tuscan kitchen will be a warm and inviting space that makes visitors feel cozy and right at home. Decorate your kitchen in the Tuscan style and create a welcoming environment there.

Selecting the Perfect Coffee Table

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Coffee tables get a lot of use, making them an important part of any living or family room design. They also take up a prominent position within the room itself, which makes their shape and size as important as their use. When you select a new coffee table for your home, take the time to consider these different factors to find the best fit for the room.

Size

Coffee tables can come in a many different sizes. It’s important that you measure your sofa carefully from end to end when it’s time to start shopping for the coffee table. Ideally, the table should take up about 3/4 of the length of the couch. Any larger than this and it becomes harder to navigate around it to sit down. Any smaller and it makes it more difficult for people sitting on either end of the couch to reach it.

When considering the width or depth of the coffee table, pay attention to the overall size of the room. Large, square coffee tables work well in big, open floor plan spaces that have a lot of room to walk around in, but that same coffee table would simply get in the way in a small room.

Take a sheet of cardboard and lay it on the floor as if it were the coffee table and try walking to all the areas of the room around it. When it begins to get in the way, scale back a bit; this is the largest size coffee table you should purchase for your space.

Style

The shape and style of your coffee table should be consistent with the overall interior design you have in the room. If the rest of your furnishings have very clean lines, an ornate table would look out of place, for example. Therefore, try to follow the look of the other furnishings; curves go with curves and straight lines with straight lines. This way even if the coffee table isn’t a perfect match for the rest of the room, it still blends well.

Put some thought into your coffee table purchase. The right piece will make the rest of your room flow better and add an extra spark to your space.