Archive for the ‘Decorating Ideas’ Category
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Decor and decorating styles are a very subjective matter. What will be rich and beautiful taste to one person can appear heavy and overloaded to another. Luckily we all have different taste. Still I think there are some common mistakes that can be avoided when decorating:
Ready-made blinds and shades
Everyone knows what it looks and feels like to wear an ill fitted pair of pants, too long at the leg, too bulky at the waist, and too tight around the thighs? Whatever the case may be, we do not feel comfortable when our pair of pants doesn’t fit right. It isn’t any different with window shades. Windows are simply not the same size, even if they visually appear to be. Invest in quality and purchase custom window shades to ensure proper fit.
When contemplating on furniture for a room, one should consider the size of the room and furniture that will be in it. Here in Texas we mostly say the bigger the better, but that isn’t always the case when placing furniture. Overcrowding will shrink a room, while the old couch you are bringing from your small house into a large one, might appear lost now. Items should be proportionate to their environment.
A beautiful room will appear dull and grey if there isn’t enough lighting. A nice dinner will seem less cozy with beams burning on the table. Lighting can make all the difference regarding atmosphere. Make sure to have lots of lights and dimming lights for added flexibility.
Not everything has to match
Have been in a home where everything matches? It becomes clinical and the hominess is out the window. The matchy, matchy is outdated. As long as some theme pulls decorating items together, that’s all that is needed. Have a floral print in blue on throw pillows? It’s okay if the ottoman is blue with stripes.
When investing into furniture for one’s home, it often is worth it to wait a little longer, save up the extra cash and then purchase quality. When cheap is means that 2 years later your couch is falling apart and the cushions are caving in, it simply wasn’t worth it. Why not purchase quality on sale, spend that little extra and have items to enjoy for years to come?
Not too close to the walls
People often have the tendency to place furniture up against walls. In a small room, a couch should be brought in a little bit, in a large room even further. This will create an intimate space for people to gather.
Friday, August 1st, 2014
To end this week’s blogs, we are throwing out one more idea for wall décor. Yes, also this blog won’t be about custom window shades, but help you find ideas for interior wall decor. Again, it is a low cost, doesn’t break your bank idea that can be applied in pretty much any room in your home. A kids’ room, hall way and even family room is great to fill out empty wall space. A friendly breakfast area or kitchen will be a great place as well.
What you will need is children’s’ artwork. I am sure, if you have kids, that you have tons of art projects from school or art classes. As a matter of fact, it is always one of my headaches what to do with all the precious art. Pick out some of your favorites and put them into a frame. And there you go! Here is an inexpensive and meaningful way to add wall deco.
A couple of the examples below are actually made by my children. Sara & Dylan were in an art class together, and we had two of a kind that we hung as sets in our hallway. Two of them are hanging on the same wall above each other, the other two are opposite of each other.
These pictures can also easily be changed out as you please. I literally have so many different items they come home with throughout the school year, why not change the picture in your frame a couple of times a year? Christmassy things at Christmas and by spring time a fresh design
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Here it’s Wednesday, so let’s just keep going with wall art ideas. This might be another do-it-yourself inspiration you enjoy; the one we are showing below will be a great example for your kitchen, but can be applied for many other rooms as long as you change the silhouette scheme.
This artwork is very neutral and other decor pieces should not interfere with it. Whether you have cellular shades, silhouette shades or any other window treatment in your kitchen windows, the Silhouette art will complement it perfectly. Here is what you need:
Four crisp frames to contrast the color of your kitchen wall, copies of pages of old cookbooks and cutouts of kitchen appliances or cooking utensils. Now simply take the copies, preferably you made the copies with somewhat aged looking paper. It could be an ivory paper or linen finished paper. Now take the cutouts and cut out the center of the paper, one at a time. In the example below a cutout for cooking utensils, pot, tea pot and one for a blender was used. This keeps everything and tied together, perfect for your kitchen. Now put everything together in your frames and arrange it in a balanced symmetrical composition.
Voila, hope you love it as much as we do.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
I thought we keep going with inexpensive wall decor ideas this week. Yesterday’s topic was the fabric covered canvas and today we are going for plates. Plates don’t have to cost a lot of money and can be arranged in many different ways.
Plates are one of my favorite ways to fill up a large area of wall space. Wall plates go with almost any decorating style, from traditional to Victorian, from contemporary to modern. While the colors can be monochromatic, they can also be full of color and expression. You always want to make sure that there are items in the room that pull things together. It could be the color in the plates and other decor items, matching color in your window shades like cellular shades, or cushions and pillows.
The great thing is that they don’t even have to match. Stacking plates together that are from yard sales or discount stores will work just as well as finding a collection of plates. Plates can even have a message (pictures will follow below), where every plate has a word, adding up to a sentence.
While one might prefer the symmetrical look, your wall space can also contour other items and be a-symmetrical. There are simply no rules or what you have to or can’t do. Anything goes, just let the imagination be your guide!
Here are some examples we liked:
Monday, July 28th, 2014
Looking for a low cost wall deco idea to spoof up your room? Here is one we love, along with instructions on how to make it.
Adding a piece of deco or art doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Instead of running to the art gallery or breaking your bank, how about a fabric covered canvas? With a few simple steps you can create a real eye catcher and have the perfect color coordinated decor piece. Here is how you do it:
- First you want to decide what your color(s) should be. Are you picking up on other accents like pillows, custom window shades, or comforter set or are you adding new color?
- Then it is off to the store to get a nice size blank canvas that will fit your wall space. You also want to now find the right piece of fabric that will fit in size and look the canvas. It can have a linen texture, felt texture, sheen or whatever works for you.
- Now you want to cover the canvas. Lay the material right side down and place the canvas according to your pattern or image. Cut off excess fabric and leave about 2” overlap around the canvas.
- Now pull the fabric back tightly and tape it with strong tape or masking tape and put everything in position where it can be stapled down.
- In this step you want to staple the fabric to the wooden frame on back. It is best to staple opposing sides after start, to avoid that the material will get pull out of shape.
- Lastly a hook needs to be nailed or taped to the back of the canvas. And voila! A beautiful, one of a kind deco piece has been created. Hang & Enjoy!!
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
What makes a room the perfectly decorated room? Is it the beautiful furniture or the beautiful Sheer Window Shades? Is it the original artwork or the fireplace that has become the focal point?
We believe there isn’t one recipe to creating the perfectly designed room. Many things depend on personal taste as well as the space you have to work with. The key in a beautiful home isn’t spending a lot of money and having expensive artwork or designer furniture. It is about creating a space where things work together as well as for you. Doing things right and creating harmony doesn’t mean you have to break your bank account, it means to create balance and finding a style that is pleasing to you.
Here are a few rules that can help to get to that point:
Try things first
When possible, it is helpful to live with choices you are going to make first, to get a feel for things before making a final decision. Whether it is wall paint that could be put on part of the wall to try out, move furniture around and sit with it for a while or if it is a picture you hold up numerous times before hanging it permanently. You should ask yourself: Will this be functional in my space? Will I love the way it makes me feel?
Rooms that have a theme, whether it’s a color theme, pattern or kids room theme, can become annoying when every detail is overstated. Going overboard will create a forced look, instead of a fun and relaxing environment.
Consider Your Space
When creating and decorating your living space you want to take into consideration what you have to work with and what is there. Fighting the architecture of a room can get you into trouble. Realizing if you have a square space, tight space, rounded area or whatever it might be, is essential to create an environment of functionality and comfort.
Start With The Big Stuff
When starting to fill out a room, you might want to think of it as a box first. Lay out the big things. Where do I need sitting space, work space, open space and so on? From there you can move to the actual items and smaller items like side stands, coffee table and then the decorational items. How can the décor help to further create balance or symmetry?
Trust Your Instincts
At the end of the day this is your home and you are the one that wants to feel comfortable in it. We have all seen in home décor magazines these beautiful homes on display that we could never feel at home in. While one can live in a home where busy florals and loud colors are the thing, another needs soft whites and calming neutrals. It is about you. Make your home the space that says: This is me!
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Are you thinking about the theme and style you would like to use in your new home? Or have you seen decorated rooms you really liked but aren’t sure what style they are. Here are the basics when it comes to the classifications of styles in interior design:
The Classic Style
This style is refined and it is all in the details. Details are rich and will be found in lighting, the structure of furniture as well as in prints and sets. Furniture becomes pieces of art with their carved or inlaid details. Deco pieces can be scenes drawn from legends, rich florals which can be found in wallpaper, window shades or other pieces. Roman shades, with their rich panels and classic prints lend themselves to be utilized when going for the classic style.
The Modern Style
This style utilizes simplistic lines and forms, clutter or heavy backgrounds are a “no no”. Furniture pieces are often geometric shapes like rectangles, circles or squares. Surfaces are clean, avoiding scenery, detail or anything busy. Colors can be bright or clean, even dull. This style embraces accuracy and an uncluttered look.
The Rustic Style
The rustic style is often found in rural areas, vacation homes, but can be used anywhere. Thick furniture pieces, rough details and nature inspired items are essentials. Lighting and deco pieces can be jute, tree trunks or branches. Colors are mostly neutrals, warm as well as earth tones.
The Contemporary Style
Here less is more. The contemporary style works with smooth finishes and polished pieces instead of ornamentation and colorful prints. Minimal accessories can be found instead of big collections. While this style doesn’t have obvious warmth, it isn’t going to give you the chills either. Loud color or dark woods can easily be found.
The Elegant Country Style
The country style uses elements from French, English and Scandinavian elements. Lots of floral prints, swirls and light colors as well as pastels are encompassed. Surfaces are often painted and while detail is welcome, clutter should be avoided.
Thursday, July 17th, 2014
We are back to colors
When you are in the process of deciding how to design or decorate a room, one of the first questions you want to ask yourself is how you want the room to feel? Great descriptive words could be cozy, dramatic, inviting, warm, sophisticated. Once you have made a decision on what your statement is supposed to be, you can start the process. Working with black and white can create a sophisticated, bold, edgy or modern look. Then it is time to find inspiration in magazines, look at fabrics or blogs like ours. Here are some ideas when decorating with black and white color:
Black and White Accent
An easy way to bring some black and white into a room is to work with accents. In the image below are Good Housekeeping cellular shades that create a splash with the black floral design on the white background. Here the shades become center of attention.
The almost black wooden floor gives a contemporary feel to the kitchen. The otherwise feminine white feel of the kitchen is in stark contrast to the more masculine black floors.
This kitchen with the checkerboard tile lends classic personality. The otherwise modern white kitchen allows for a splash of colors to bring the look to live. Here the splash is in form of flowers, but it could be a window shade or top treatment, a plant, tea pot or even small furniture piece. This kitchen pops!
In this kitchen black and white wallpaper with a floral design is used to add to the traditional flair. Soft off whites on the floor and rest of the wall softens the room. A splash of color in the middle of the island helps to avoid a dull look.
When working with black and white you generally stick to few colors. And when working with few colors you can mix patterns! Look at this room with striped curtains, lines on the comforter and traditional wallpaper. A little bright color on a pillow and a small accent wall make it all work.
In this bedroom the black on the bedspread and walls is delicate and inspired by fine lines. The fine lines create a soft, feminine look.
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Are you getting ready to redesign or decorate your child’s bedroom? The question will come up, how can the window shades work with your theme? What are your options in regards to window treatments finding something a bit more playful and suitable for your child’s room?
When decorating with blinds and shades a neutral product never interferes with a general decorating idea. For example white or off-white wood blinds or cellular shades or any other shade for that matter matching the trim will be neutral and work well in any room without distracting from the overall theme. When working with neutral window treatments the décor to bring out the theme could be top treatments pillows, boarders, wall etc.
However, when trying to utilize the shade to add to a theme, a bolder choice would be available. Generally the more decorative products can be found in the window shade lines like honeycomb shades and roller shades. Looking for a dark navy blues or playful red for your boy’s room? Cellular shades would be your go to product. When trying to decorate a nursery, soft pastel colors again can be found cellular or roller shade products. In case you are very specific as to what you would like your shade to look like, one can design it. Roller shades are totally customizable in regards to print and look. Comfortex Persona shades offer the mail in of a print, photo image and colors. Whether you have a cartoon character, image or certain pattern in mind, it can be made. All you need is a high quality digital image to mail in to the manufacturer and voila… Sponge Bob or Princess Aurora can come to live.
All in all you want to have fun with a kid’s bedroom. This is a great room to take some risks and be playful. After all, in a few years you can chuck the theme and do it all again
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
You have the beautiful master suite with grand open windows followed by the French Doors that lead to your patio. Or the row of windows in your Family room is center stage accompanied by the French Doors to the outdoors. The question always follows, should I follow through on my window treatments or will they be too bulky on the doors?
The answer is, stay uniform! It doesn’t matter what kind of window treatment you have. Cellular shades, roman shades, even the bigger 2” wood blinds or sheer horizontal shades can all be a great window treatment for French doors. They will compliment your windows much more compared to breaking away from your current window treatment and switching to sheers. Or some people also think if they have 2” wood blinds, they should switch to the smaller 1” wood blinds on the doors. Please don’t. By switching you break the flow and things will appear busy and as if they just don’t quite fit. Balance and flow is created by sticking with the same product.
At this point a quick reminder on how to measure for French doors:
For doors custom window treatments are order as outside mounts. On an outside mount the factory doesn’t take a deduction of the ordered width or anything to the ordered length either. Therefore all calculations have to be made by the person that is measuring. First it needs to be determined what size headrail the product has to add appropriate mounting surface above the glass to trim that surrounds the glass. So for a wood blind that might be close to 2 ½” for a cellular shade around 1”. The same should be done for the bottom rail, since the rail is fastened with hold down brackets below the glass or trim.
In the width the main consideration is how wide you would like the fabric to be. Most people decide for it to cover from trim to trim. Since some products that roll up have a deduction in the width taken, these shades have to be ordered a bit wider to accommodate for this deduction.
That pretty much sums up French doors. Keep it flowing!