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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.
- 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
- Modern, futuristic
- Experimentation, quirky, unexpected
- Nature mixed with science
Shape & Form:
- Asymmetrical, lop-sided, tilted, off balance
- Pattern in the form of 3D shapes
- Tinted glass
- High gloss plastic and acrylic
- Suspension, hanging
- Stacking or interlocking
- 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!
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
- Indoor porch
There are many useful tools on our website that can help you and your family choose the right design options for your home so that when you have made a decision, it is for flooring that you will all cherish for years to come. On our website you can choose our Virtual Room Designer and from there several design tools are available to you to help make your flooring choices more informed.
One of our favorite tools is the “How I Live” tool. With this tool you will answer several questions about yourself such as how many people live in your home, whether or not you own a dog and what types of preferences you have in terms of design scheme and color. With these questions answered and submitted the tool then generates informative content based on the answers you gave.
For example, if you have a dog and indicated this in your answers, this tool produces information regarding what types of flooring will be most beneficial to your dog. It also accounts for flooring that is best for your home, such as installing hard surfaces in front of exterior doors to protect them from the dirt and grime that can be tracked in with animals.
In addition, it takes into account your design preferences such as color themes and explanations about the differences between cool colors and warm colors. This information can be extremely helpful in pinpointing exactly what colors and themes you want to use for your flooring.
And finally, this tool can give more information based on your answers about what types of flooring might be best fit to suit your needs. Some people may need to consider how having three children and a dog means that a certain type of flooring will work best for their family. Others might live alone and because of this their flooring needs will be different as well. This tool helps make sense of all of your different options based on your answers and then provides you with the information necessary to make the right decision for your home.
To use this tool head to our website and choose the “How I Live” tool to find your perfect flooring.
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
- Gray, tan, orange color pallet.
- Just one pop color, orange, rather than a complex color scheme
- Straight lines
- Geometric shapes
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.
For those who love sparkle on all of their clothes it’s challenging to find plenty of options! Even if you enjoy glitz in smaller measures, it’s rare to find something with sophistication. There is always the craft store, where you will find predesigned iron-press designs and large adhesive sheets for making a big design in one shot. However, rhinestones often look prettiest when applied as a smattering, as if a fashionable fairy just stopped by for a quick visit to sprinkle some glimmer. To accomplish this on your own you must simply set aside lots of time and patience because you are going to be applying them one by one! It’s worth it though because the result looks classy and professional, and no two designs are alike. This technique also allows you to put them on delicate fabrics since you can control the application (test it on an inconspicuous area.)
Hot-Fix rhinestones. An absolute must! They will say Hot Fix on the package. Rhinestones are sold by size and they’re referred to as SS. 10ss, 20ss, 30ss, etc. As a general guideline 10ss is tiny and 30ss is great for some obvious glamour without looking oversized.
Rhinestone Setter – Hot Fix Applicator. Looks kind of like a wand and it will have interchangeable tips to accommodate various size rhinestones.
Rhinestone tweezers and triangle tray. These ensure you don’t go crazy chasing stones across the table and trying to flip them over. This tray magically allows you to gently shake stones and flip them over. Tweezers for rhinestones allow you to pick them up individually and maintain a grip until they’re exactly where you want them.
Craft Mat –This is a paper-thin mat that rolls up and it’s heat resistant. (Great for lots of other projects too!)
The tools are the most important part! Now just get to work. Lay the part of the garment you’re going to rhinestone on the mat and hold in place. Pick up a stone with the tweezers and place it. Use hot wand and place the tip on top of the stone. Depending on the thickness of the fabric, hold for 10-20 seconds. Use the top side of the tweezers to press and set it. Rhinestone tweezers even have divot specifically for this purpose. Now move on to the next stone. You might want to put on a movie or video-call a friend because you’re going to be busy for awhile. But result will be gorgeous, handmade, and unique!
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.
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 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 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!
A. Pantries are notorious for being a disorganized mess despite our best efforts to keep them clean. Unlike a bedroom closet or a nightstand drawer, the pantry is used by all members of the family. Husbands and kids can wreak havoc on our best attempts to have a “Martha” looking pantry. That said, here are some tips to help sort out the chaos.
In your kitchen cabinet or pantry, use S hooks to hold an inventory list — so you know what you have, as well as how much you paid per unit, for the sake of future comparison shopping. The hooks can also keep other necessities handy: scissors and a box cutter for opening packages, a funnel for decanting liquids, and a scoop for dry goods.
Retrieving a jar of honey from the back of a crowded pantry can be awkward. For a simple fix, gather the small items you store on the shelf onto a spare baking tray, then treat it like a drawer, carefully sliding it in and out for easy access. The pan will also catch drips, speeding cleanup.
Use canisters to hold dry goods such as flour and sugar, and label them with their contents. Small items, such as teabags, dried fruit or bouillon, should go into small plastic bins or baskets. If you are so inspired you can buy baskets or colored bins, or you can simply find plastic containers.
Put spices on a lazy Susan on a shelf or a wall-mounted rack on the inside of your pantry door.
Group like items together: pastas, rice and lentils on one shelf; canned vegetables on another, keeping all the cans of crushed tomatoes, black beans and so on in a row (newer ones in back).
Put all your dried goods in glass or clear containers. Label them. This will not only get rid of clutter but it will also make your pantry look pretty.
If you follow those few simple guidelines and make an effort to tidy up the pantry on a weekly basis it won’t become a disaster zone.
Have you ever walked into your bathroom and wanted to scream? Are there cosmetics, toothpaste and dirty towels everywhere? You are not alone. Here are a few tips to help “declutter” the most private room in your home.
Most bathrooms don’t have enough towel racks. Stacking towel racks on the back of your bathroom door is one way to solve this problem. Or color code your towels and hang them neatly on pegs.
Use cubbyhole shelves for larger items and surgical jars for smaller items. This will help keep your counter tops uncluttered.
Use uniform bottles for all your shampoo and conditioners. Uniform bottles look better and fit nicely in storage devices.
Add a sheet of galvanized metal to the back of your medicine cabinet. Now you can add magnetic hooks to hang your scissors, mirrors etc…
Use drawer dividers. You don’t want a junk drawer in your bathroom; you already have one of those in your kitchen. Wooden trays and dividers are available to help make your bathroom drawers neat.
On this note, take another clue from your kitchen and use roll out metal trays to store your trashcans in your lower bathroom cabinets.
Store toilet paper in a clear glass vase or an umbrella stand. This looks really modern and cool.
Keep all your cleaning supplies for the bathroom in a caddy since bathrooms require frequent cleaning. Now it’s simple and easy to keep the bathroom spotless, right?
We’re anxious to hear about your ideas for keeping your bathroom decluttered. Please send them to us and we’ll post them on the blog.