Decorating With Summer’s Best Colors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Summer is the perfect time of year to refresh the colors in your home. You may be looking for new accent pieces in your sitting room, a new paint finish in the kitchen or an easy DIY facelift to your powder room. Consider these clean, gorgeous colors ideal for your home’s summer refresh.

 

Crisp white to brighten any room

A clean, bright white can be so much more than boring. Consider repainting your kitchen white and adding a neutral backsplash to add pop to this room. If you already have white cabinetry, you may want to consider a light, muted grey instead. Add a metal or shiny white backsplash. A neutral kitchen can be adorned with fresh flowers, colorful window treatments or slate grey bar stools.

 

Sunny yellow for the perfect accent

Bright yellow is the most welcoming color in the home. It may seem overwhelming for a larger room, so instead try using the color as an accent focal point. Consider yellow throw pillows for the sitting room, a yellow accent wall in the kids’ bathroom and yellow side tables for the bedroom. A bright yellow is the perfect accent to white, any shades of grey and blue and navy shades.

 

Muted orchid to refresh a small bathroom

Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Color of the Year, and it’s beautiful hue is perfect to refresh areas in your home. Try wide, vertical stripes in a little girl’s bedroom, or paint a powder room and add bright white accents. It can also add the perfect small pop a room needs, try painted vases, frames and lamps.

 

Light sky blue adornments

A faint sky blue is the perfect calming color to decorate several rooms in your home. Paint exposed shelves in your kitchen or replace neutral colored lamps with light sky blue lamps and white lamp shades. Drape a sky blue throw over mustard yellow chairs to add warmth and coziness in the midst of summer. Or paint the dining room this light shade of blue and add a gallery wall of floral and green prints.

Mix and Match Patterns

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

A room with a lack of layers of colors, textures and patterns can give off a feeling of bareness and even coldness. Prints and patterns can provide points that interest visitors. However, mixing and matching different patterns can be particularly tricky.

 

Choosing the Colors

 

A good color palette can coordinate very different designs so that the eyes are drawn to the hues instead of the patterns. Not all the patterns need to have the same colors. Different shades can evoke a sense of varying intensities without being too busy. Neutral colors such as cream, ecru and beige can also look elegant and dramatic despite being simple. Multi-colored fabrics of contrasting colors can also be used.

 

Varying the Size and Scale

 

The size of the patterns is also an important consideration. By varying the scale, a balance look can be achieved. When mixing the patterns, do not put different prints of the same size side by side. With similar sizes, the mind will have a hard time choosing where to focus. Large prints, for example, might work well with knitted fabrics with small patterns.

 

Aside from the size of the prints in relation to the other prints, taking into account the scale in relation to the furniture or item is also crucial. Large prints might be better appreciated on wallpapers or curtains, and small prints might suit throw pillows more.

 

Using Contrasting Shapes

 

Different shapes can provide contrast in the mix of prints. Patterns of similar movement and direction can overwhelm a space. Geometric shapes in a vertical pattern, for example, can work well with random natural patterns and with lines moving in a zigzag or a fluid manner.

 

Looking at the Texture

 

Texture may not be as noticeable as color, size or shape but it is also worth considering. Some textures can cause the patterns to be more visible.

 

Experimenting

 

If you are a bit hesitant to introduce bold patterns in your home, you can start with just small steps. The easiest way is to add some throw pillows that feature different patterns. Even with this simple step, a lot of drama can already be brought into the room. To help you design the whole room, going to the supply store and browsing magazines or the Internet to compare patterns can help.

Designing For Baby

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Are you expecting a new member of the family soon? Decorating the nursery is one of the most exciting parts of preparing for this new bundle! The dreams that expectant parents instill in a child’s nursery seem to add to the enjoyment and anticipation and can be expressed creatively through this design project.  Some of these tips may be helpful!

 

Functionality — Although aesthetics are important, a nursery is devoted to the functional needs of an infant.  The furniture is the place to start with functionality in mind. A safe and comfortable crib is a gift to both the parent and child. Middle-of-the-night changings, feedings  and everyday messes are easier on everyone if the surfaces and materials used for the room are easy to clean.  

 

Layout — The crib, which is usually the centerpiece of the room, should be strategically located near the door where parents can reach it without stumbling or bumping into other furniture, even in the dark. It should also be placed away from the windows where there might be drafts or where the sunlight might hit directly. Check with safety regulations to ensure the crib you select is in keeping with current safety standards.

 

Convenience — Near the crib, having a changing table or nursing station is ideal. Wet accidents are frequent, and having the changing table close to the crib will allow the parents to quickly clean up the mess and change the diapers.

 

Storage — Diapers are a never-ending part of a new parent’s life.  These along with other necessities should be present in the room and within easy reach. Articles and accessories for infants accumulate over time so it is important to plan for additional items.  

 

Comfort — To help make feeding and holding the baby as pleasant as possible, you can place a rocking chair or a recliner by the window. A night table or a side table can also be a nice addition to the room. As the baby grows, tables and other furniture should be secured to the wall or to the floor using nylon straps or L brackets.

 

Safety — Safety is another crucial concern when designing the room for such a young child. Electrical outlets should be covered and cables should be securely tucked away. Choking hazards and harmful products should be stored out of the baby’s reach.

 

Designing a nursery can be challenging, but when carefully considering not only the needs of the new baby but also the joy that the room will bring, it can also be an exciting part of getting ready for baby.

Room Accessories

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Have you ever been at a loss on redecorating in your home?  This process doesn’t need a large amount of money nor a large reconstruction in the home.  By paying close attention to the accessories in your home, you can give a lift to every room instantly! You can add many wonderful accents and accessories in a sensible and economical way using a little ingenuity.

Good Suggestions for Home Decor Accessories

Every room needs some sort of window coverings. Blinds and curtains are a very important addition, and can set the mood for the home. Accessories may be functional such as a stool, mirror or clock.Artwork is a great room changer and a wonderful way to display a different side of yourself. Lamps and side tables can also add to both the functionality and décor of your home.

  • Living Room: In addition to the above tips there are other accessories you should consider. Sculptures, paintings, and coffee tables add a definite statement as fantastic living room accessories.
  • Dining room: The dining room could have lighter shades and blinds or go a different route with rich drapes. Good accessories include a focal point of a major lighting piece, and possibly wall sconces. Be sure to keep in with your decorating scheme.
  • Den: The den should be more relaxed and laid back.  This room is the place to show hobbies, interests or the inner child!  It deserves fun accessories. Decide what your family would enjoy!  Novelty pieces can make a great statement here.
  • Kitchen: Again, accessories here can be functional or decorative.  Copper bottomed pots are beautiful when displayed in the kitchen.  Utensils or bowls can be displayed and stored in the same locations. Keep with in your decorating style and try not to create a cluttered look. Lighting plays a big role as an accessory in the kitchen, altering the mood, look of food and the ease of preparing meals.  Don’t make the mistake of placing low lighting in the kitchen – you’ll need to watch where you are cutting!
  • Bedroom: The bedroom is your special place, and deserves your special accessories. The main focus in a bedroom is typically the bed covering.  Start here and let your own personality shine.

Use your Imagination in Decorating

Let yourself be creative when you are adding your home decor accessories. These are the finishing touches on your home painting. You don’t need to be a decorator – just keep everything tastefully placed for a total decorating package.

Blank Slate

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints, Tips and Advice, Tips and Advice

2408982_SStarting from scratch with a blank slate is a luxury many of us don’t have unless we’ve recently moved or are building a new house. Some people might have an extra room that isn’t being used, but most likely an extra space is spoken for in our homes. But imagine if you did have an empty room in your home—a blank slate. What would you do?

Imagine having an empty room with just wood floors and neutral walls. Would you turn this space into a playroom for the kids? A home office? Home theater? Gym? In-law suite? It can be fun to imagine starting from scratch and designing a space from the floor up. Or, it can be daunting.

Sometimes in decorating and interior design we get too caught up in the possibilities and the what-ifs that we fail to move forward. Decisions can be scary. This is why new builders often present design packages where flooring, cabinets, counters, knobs and pulls are all grouped together so you don’t have to make too many decisions and be overwhelmed.

If you do have a blank slate in your home, first decide how you will use the space. Then build from there. You might want to replace the carpet with hardwood or add carpet. You might want to add built-ins for storage or extra ceiling lighting for tasks. Wall color and window treatments can be inspired by the activities that will go on in the room or an area rug or object. Start slow, but keep moving forward. Once you know how you’ll use the room, design decisions should start falling into place.

Create a Jewel Box Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Bathroom, Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath, Tile and Natural Stone

DSC_0067Every room in your home deserves your design attention. One often ignored space is the small guest bath. It’s time to open your eyes to the possibilities this room offers.

To begin, consider this room as an opportunity to experiment with a look, color or style that seems too daring for one of the other rooms in your home. This room also gives you a chance to spend more per square foot than other rooms – the space is so small that the overall cost of a more expensive choice won’t break your budget.

How about stepping over to the specialty tile section? Trim tile and backsplashes can really liven up a small bath. For flooring, even a high-end option will only cost a few hundred dollars. Consider a pedestal sink – the extra visible floor makes the room feel larger.

Choose a unique and coordinating mirror and light fixture. If your taste is modern, find something avant garde to catch the eye. For a more traditional look, don’t be afraid to use a small crystal chandelier in this room – maybe something with a light that will create a pattern on the walls.

Remember to keep everything focused and coordinated. Eclectic is not the best style choice for this small a space. You might want to consider one special accessory to make the bath feel extra special. Turn your boring bath into something special, with the jewel box approach.

Design Inspiration: Glass Accents

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

12421237_SGlass is an amorphous material formed by melting and cooling magma.  It’s usually transparent or translucent.

Glass décor is a great way to add beauty and interest to an entire room.  Use it for inspiration.  Glass décor comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors.

One glass item can stand alone and become a focal point in a room or you can choose to collect a few items.  You can choose to have them all be different or find pieces with a similar theme.  For example, look for glass  décor pieces with the same shape, but in varying sizes.  Find pieces from the same era.  Vintage glass vases or bowls will perk up a room in no time.

Handblown glass look like one of a kind art in a room.  Allow the glass to inspire you and the room design.  The colorful glasses in the image above would be a great, colorful accents on a dining table for a special occasion.  Don’t forget that these glasses like these can be used to decorate a room as well.   Placing them behind a glass cabinet or using them as candle holders creates a colorful and interesting atmosphere.

Use the glass accents to decorate a shelf, create a cohesive vignette, bring sparkle to a room, or dress up the mantle.  Whatever you decide to decorate, keep in mind that all of your home décor should reflect your style and be pieces you truly enjoy

 

Child Proofing Your Living Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Family, Floors, Hints, Tips and Advice, Uncategorized

15896966_SCreating a livable room that can work for both children and adults takes some clever thinking. Sometimes you think it is easier to safety proof the child than it is the living room.  If helmets, bubble wrap and packing peanuts are not your idea of a happy child or a happy room, there are other solutions to make your living room or family room child safe.

If you have both a living room and a family room, you might want to follow the age old tradition of making the living room off limits for little family members.  The formal living room is beginning to disappear from new construction where we are seeing more open living and large family rooms. Combining living rooms and family rooms into one space means you’ll need to figure out a way to coexist in the space with the kids. Find furniture that is durable for the kids yet stylish enough for adults.

Coexisting in a family room with kids doesn’t mean that you abdicate all design to be for the kids. This is your room and your home too.  Look for stylish and durable materials for upholstery and floor that are kid friendly. Washable slipcovers are a mother’s best friend when it comes to decorating a room used by children.  Carpet squares that can be individually swapped out are another great product in kid zones.  Spills and spots can be treated instantly and easily on materials and carpets that are stain resistant. Make sure your upholstery and carpet choices have stain resistant labeling.

Outdoor Fireplaces

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints, Tips and Advice, Outdoor, Uncategorized

1674681_SLiving in Florida is great because outdoor living is a year round option for most of us.  Whether you have a porch, patio, or deck, a key element of outdoor living year round is an outdoor fire feature.  This fire feature can be a fireplace or a fire pit. Fire pits have become extremely popular over the last few years.  While built-in outdoor fireplaces and fire pits become an architectural feature, portable fire pits can be easily moved around.

Outdoor fireplaces can be placed at the end of an open porch to create a wall.  Stone or brick are the most common materials used for outdoor fireplaces and fire pits.  The stone wall and fireplace can turn an open porch into an outdoor room. With the addition of furniture and indoor/outdoor area rugs, these outdoor rooms can be as stylish and comfortable as any other room.  Outdoor fabric has come a long way in the recent past and can now be found in many patterns and colorways to suit many styles.

With the addition of an outdoor fire pit or fireplace, you can use your outdoor living space year round. Don’t forget the cozy throws and s’mores supplies for your outdoor fireplace.

Decorating for Teen Girls

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating, Family, Hints, Tips and Advice, Tips and Advice

13888918_STeen girls can change their style as often as they change their outfits—and that can be a lot. Decorating a room that will keep our teenage daughters happy can be tricky but isn’t mission impossible. Getting input from the teen is important but you have input, too. After all, it is still your house.  Working together on decorating your teenage daughter’s room will make you both happy.

Keeping the major things neutral and timeless will help the room to grow and change as your teenager grows.  If you are investing in new furniture and flooring be sure to select pieces that can work for several different styles.  Wood floors will never go out of style and can be topped with area rugs that suit this year’s color scheme.  Wall color is a great way for your daughter to express herself. Paint is less expensive and can change as she continues to mature and grow up.

Forcing your modern loving daughter into a traditional room won’t work for either of you.  Start by having your daughter pull together images from blogs or magazines of rooms she likes. Create a dialog about what will be possible.  Set a budget and allow her to make some of the design decisions. Bedding and accessories are great for adding a certain style and look.  Keeping furniture to classic forms means you can have more fun in the fabrics and colors of the room.