Archive for the ‘Decorating Ideas’ Category
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!
Monday, July 7th, 2014
If you want to focus on one room in your home to put all your heart and soul into, the living room could be the room that makes a whole lot of sense. It is often that space that is open to anyone that comes into your home and where family as well as friends and guests meet and mingle. Here are some ideas to help you put your living room on display and make it stand out:
Light – lot’s of light
Allow lots of light to enter your room and keep colors and this room light and airy. While packing lots of things into a living room, avoid weighing it down with dark colors.
Touch of Color
Update your living room with a touch of color here and there. A few accessories, a canvas can make a room pop and give it that additional pop to bring it to life.
Use large floral prints on a limited and defined spaces like window shades, accessories ect. You can then use that color and play with it in the rest of the room. Not too much though, you want to avoid getting too busy!
Plus size items
Isn’t a huge sofa great for stretching out and getting comfy? Maybe so, but it can also take up a large space in your living room. To counter balance a large couch, balance it with a large painting or a large ottoman.
Patterns – lots of them
You can use many different patterns in a modern day living room, no problem. The key is to pick one color though! Stick with that green, blue or orange you chose and then follow through on the rest of the items in your room.
Working in pairs
Working with two of the same items (even if they are in different colors) works great in a modern living space. It balances a room and pulls it all together.
Friday, June 13th, 2014
- Window Coverings
Opt for lower priced custom window coverings like faux wood blinds or cellular shades. They are beautiful and won’t break your bank like higher priced Silhouette-like shades might.
- Do it yourself
Many thing can be done by yourself like your window treatments. Measuring and installing them isn’t rocket science. Even though it might take some attention to detail and the basics like hammer & screw, it can easily done by yourself. All things like painting, sewing throw pillows or maybe even tiling can save you a bundle of money.
- Call on Friends and Family
Friends and family are great way to get feedback on your decorating ideas. Instead of having a decorator that will give solid advice, an additional pair of eyes and ears to bounce ideas off can be great before you get a project off the ground. Friends and family might even be there for you to slap on that extra coat of paint of help with other muscle intensive jobs.
- Imperfect Merchandise
Sometimes the savings for furniture that has some scuffs or marks is amazing. With a little touch up marker you might be able to get a furniture or décor piece that has been greatly reduced and will be the perfect match for your home.
- Pre-Owned Pieces
It is fun to browse yard sales, flea markets or even second hand stores. Browsing on a Saturday you might just run into that special piece that didn’t cost that much and you had a nice outing at the same time.
- Reuse old items of yours
Why not take a fresh look at some old items you have and consider refurnishing, camouflaging them or simply reimagining them? Sometimes a fresh layer of paint can turn an outdated item into a jewel again.
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Here are some ideas and things to consider when decorating your living room. Color scheme, focal points and accessories will make the difference. Take a look!
Focal Point – Fireplace
In this living room the fireplace takes center stage. Accentuated with a mirror above and a set of candles that can again be found throughout the room everything is set to promote the center piece, the fireplace. The candles and warm colors create warmth and make it an inviting space.
Focal Point – Window Shades
In this room the windows are the point of interest. The woven wood shades made of natural bamboos pop and stand out while creating relaxed comfort. The rest of the room complements the natural shades by utilizing earthy tones and naturals. A splash of color is added with a few throw pillows to complete the look.
Focal Point – Color
Here the color talks the talk. Using bright strong yellow in several areas like furniture and accent pieces in contrast to the white walls and flooring, an energized, young atmosphere is created. This room comes to live with its vibrancy and is complemented by a soft plush carpet to soften the look. The yellow parts are in balance and frame the room nicely.
Focal Point – Lighting
The detail is in the lighting. While the color scheme is kept neutral and with two tones only, the room comes to live through lighting. Using lot’s of overhead lights and an interesting oversized glowing light stand, the room gets its soft and inviting character. It transforms the walls and sitting area into an piece of art.
The main point of all these living rooms is that somebody took one idea and then worked the rest of the room around that thought. So… what’s your idea?
Friday, June 6th, 2014
Roman shades are gaining in popularity. Panels of fabric lay flat when the shade is lowered. For a dramatic look roman shades can be ordered with “tear drop” style panels which gives the shade dimension and movement. When roman shades are raised the fabric panels softly stack underneath the headrail. Typically roman shades have a 6” fabric valance that attaches to the headrail. However depending on brand the valance can be left off and a fabric insert coordinates with the shades fabric for a modern and sleek look.
The standard lifting system is a pull cord that extends as the shade is being raised. For a more durable clutch operated system the continuous cord can replace the standard lift. It loops itself back into the headrail and stays at a constant length. For a household with children or pets we recommend the cordless lift to eliminate any health hazard all together.
The best part about roman shades is the fabric selection though. From linen look to plain, from woven materials to soft prints, from loud colors to bold prints. There is so much to chose from that it won’t be hard to make a statement in any room. Room-darkening materials will be a great fit in bedrooms, where most living areas should be dressed with light filtering materials. This allows that light can enter the room even while the shades are lowered. Get some inspiration from some of our images below. Great brands to order custom roman shades from? Right here on our site: Good Housekeeping shades, Bali & Comfortex.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
We used to see some random decor items like shell arrangements, pine cone potpourri or flower arrangement. Not anymore, the emphasis on natural elements has grown steadily. Natural elements feel comfortable, organic and can bring a room to life. Here are some natural decor items to transform your home:
Blinds & Shades
While there are the more traditional wood blinds that are nature inspired, the true newcomer are bamboo shades or woven wood shades. Made of woods, reeds, bamboos and grasses, these natural shades are simplistic yet stunning and a true focal point in any room.
Decorating with bamboo rugs or woven inspired materials can bring nature right into your home. While warm and inviting they are also easy to maintain and beautiful.
There are choices over choices when it comes to wall art made of nature. For wall art with dimension chose a twisty branch spray painted in your choice of color. Candle holders, vases and many more decor items can be found of branches and similar items. They are always unique and interesting to look at.
Woven sea grass furniture is durable and stunningly beautiful. With its tonal variations and relaxed style woven sea grass creates a relaxed look in pretty much any area of a home. A sitting area, bar stools, or sun room will come to live with this piece of nature.
More ways to get the natural look are any decor items that are made of natural elements. Anything that looks like a relic from vacation or past can make a stunning item to liven up your home.
Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Want to spiff up your bedroom? We have put together some items that will complement and enhance your bedroom. Check them out:
We grant our little toddlers a theme, maybe a princess, car or sports theme, but forget to do the same in our bedroom. Even though it doesn’t need to be that specific, we should have something that we work with and follow through on. Working with stripes? Working with floral prints? Let them reappear in different places like bedspreads, window shades or pillows. You get the idea.
Whether you have wooden floors, carpet or tile, you want that area rug to step on to when crawling out of bed in the morning. The more plush the better. It simply says cozy and welcome in this bed at the same time.
- Throw Pillows
Pillows are functional and decor at the same time. While adding a touch of color and fluffiness to your room, they are inviting and convey the message “hang out and lean up against me”. Pillows transform your bed comforter from plain to dressed up with accessories.
- A place to sit
Having an additional chair to read your book or put your shoes on is a nice functional extra to have. Have the chair color complement the colors in your bed spreads and everything ties together beautifully.
Many advice columns advise against electronics in the bedroom! Especially for those that have trouble sleeping. Since I am the type that has no trouble falling asleep, I like to space out every once in a while in front of the TV. For me this is a nice item to have, but we certainly believe the experts that say it is better not to have one in your bedroom.
- Items you love
For all those little knickknacks, pictures and items you treasure you should have shelving space or an area where it can be displayed. Wall shelves or your dresser could be the perfect place for your treasured items.
- Night stand
While nightstands complement the bed furniture they also hold our items that keep our essentials close by. On mine there can always be found the book I currently read, my water, alarm clock and lip balm. I couldn’t do without one!
While there isn’t much to look at here, we know that the right mattress can make all the difference in how we get through the night. Whether you prefer a memory foam mattress, a soft or extra hard one, the right mattress can be an essential piece in our bedroom.
I am mostly talking of pictures that help the theme I was talking about earlier. Serene images that compliment the color scheme and theme of your room.
- Reading Lights
Even if you don’t read often, to have the right reading lamp next to you bed is essential. For a quick lights on lights off in the night or the last things we do before turning lights off, a good reading light gives added flexibility in your bedroom.
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
One of the most enjoyable aspects of decorating is picking out individual furniture pieces and decor items. And then the challenge begins, will the individual pieces you love tie together and seem like a composed arrangement? When trying to coordinate wood tones this can be especially challenging. From dark mahogany or golden oak colors to light birch tones the array seems endless. So here are some things to consider in order to achieve a cohesive and harmonious look:
Main Pieces of Furniture
Large furniture items like tables, armchairs or wood blinds should all be in the same wood tone. Smaller decorating pieces like picture frames and lambs could be in accenting lighter or darker stain.
In adjoining rooms you might not want to have the same color wood in every area. For example your family room could feature cherry furniture while the adjoining dining room has lighter natural wood tone furniture pieces. In this case the smaller decor items should tie the rooms together by featuring the other rooms wood stain color.
Balancing Wood Tones
In case your larger furniture items for a specific room are not in the same wood color, place them strategically and balance them with your décor. When you place all the light items on one side and the dark items on the other it will throw off the balance off that room.
Keep It Simple
In general you don’t want to mix too many different wooden colors on top of a very busy color scheme. The look will be messy and busy. So in case you have lots of colors you are working with in a room, keep the wood tones in furniture and blinds the same. On the other hand in case you have lot of wooden tones you are working with, keep your colors down to a minimum.
Contrast Woods When Necessary
In certain areas you want to contrast wood items so they don’t appear washed out. This is the case with wooden floors. On a beautiful dark wood floor, you don’t want to see a dark table, here a contrasting lighter wooden piece would be ideal.