Monthly Archives: October 2016

Focal Point in a Room

A room will feel much more inviting and offer a more comfortable place to rest if you arrange the furniture or accessories around a focal point. Sometimes a focal point is an architectural feature. At other times, a focal point can be a special picture, mirror, or dramatic piece of furniture. Learn how to find a focal point in your room and how to make the most of it.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Varies

Here’s How:

  1. Look around your room to determine the ‘biggest’ feature. It may be a fireplace, a picture window, or a built-in bookcase. This will generally be your focal point.
  2. If your room has no distinguishing architectural features, identify the largest furniture pieces. These could become your focal point.
  3. A focal point should be something interesting to look at, something colorful or texturally and visually appealing.
  4. You can create a focal point for the room, by focusing on artwork, floral arrangements, paint color, or shelving.
  5. The focal point should be the ‘first thing’ you see when entering a room. If possible, build your furniture arrangement around the focal point.
  6. an outdoor view is the focal point, orient the furniture inside and outside to take advantage of window areas.
  7. You can create a focal point wall by painting one wall a different color from the rest and accessorizing with a wall arrangement, artwork, or display shelves.
  8. Use lighting to enhance your focal point. For example, use a picture light, track light, or wall washer fixture on a painting or wall display.
  9. If you’ve identified a mantle or shelf as the focal point, use plants and accessories to decorate them.
  10. Use contrasting color to make the focal point stand out. For example, use a light wall color behind a dark wood armoire.

How to Make Greatful Color to a Living Room

When it comes to home decorating, not everyone has either the time or the money to do a whole makeover in their living room. But don’t fret! You don’t have to spend a lot of either to get a nice change and pick-up to the look of your room. Read here for our 10 favorite ways to add color to your living room and liven up the décor of your home.

 

1.  Paint One Wall

You will find that you can add a real punch of color by painting just one wall of your living room. This will really change the focal point of the living room without getting into a major decorating project. If your room has a niche, that’s the perfect choice for extra color. You can choose a bold, contrasting color picked from a floral fabric, or a subtle tone darker than the tone of the other walls. Any change in color will add interest and splash!

 

2.  Throw a Few Pillows Around

Nothing adds color like pillows strategically placed on furniture. Whether you choose solids for a floral sofa or chair, or colorful, patterned pillows for a solid color chair or sofa, these simple additions will add comfort and just the right splash of color.
3.  Add a Bit of Mother Nature (even if it means trying to fool her!)
Green plants or flowering ones add color, fragrance, personality, and just good feelings to the living room. If you really don’t have a green thumb, ask your nursery or home center to recommend ones that require little or no care. If you’re gone from home a lot, settle for some of the wonderful artificial ones on the market now. You can find great looking plants, foliage, and flowers that only need to be dusted.
Even if you have a traditional classic living room, you can add a point of interest by selecting a lamp or shade that is colorful or whimsical. How about using an interesting pot or sculpture? You can have the electrical components installed for a reasonable price at a lamp shop. Then select a shade that’s an interesting shape, and glue trim of fringe, beads, or ribbon around the top and bottom to add color.
5.  Put Some Color on the Floor
A colorful throw rug, strategically placed in front of a chair or under a coffee table can add color and texture to a living room. It can be put on top of hardwood flooring, painted floors, or carpet. You can choose a contrast color, chosen from fabric you’re using in the room, or look for one with an interesting pattern that ties into the theme of your room.
6.  Freshen Up a Chair Cushion
If you have a small chair, such as a desk chair or side chair, consider recovering the seat cushion. Fresh color on even this small area will offer interest and bring life to a dreary corner.
7.  Reflecting Color
Try placing a large mirror on a bare, boring wall. Choose an interesting frame or decorate a piece of mirror with cording or braid. If you have an old frame, consider painting it a bright color. The mirror will reflect the color from around the room and add light to the space.
8.  Get Artsy
A colorful piece of art placed in a living room not only adds a decorative touch, but also introduces colors and shapes you might not be able to use in a larger area. Try framing simple photos with colorful mats and bright frames.

Common Decorating Mistakes That You Should Know Before

Decorating is all about the things you do; the colors you pick, the furniture you love, and the accents you choose to finish your space off with that perfect look that you’ve been waiting for. Decorating is also about the things that you don’t do (or more commonly that you do and then undo). An editorial eye is one that’s always looking for things that can go, either because they don’t fit or because it’s just too much of a good thing.

Exercise your editorial eye for long enough and you’ll find yourself running into the same missteps over and over, and not just in your work but in just about every room you walk into. That’s a good thing, because knowing what not to do can be just as useful (sometimes more) as having a firm grasp on what you should do.

And just in case your eye isn’t quite as practiced just yet, here’s a few things to look for the next time you take stock of your decor. And you’ll be surprised how often you see them, even is professionally designed rooms.

Things To Avoid In Your Home Decor

  • Using an area rug that is too small. Postage stamp-size rugs are one of the most common decorating mistakes. All of the furniture should be sitting on the rug. If this simply isn’t possible, the front legs of larger pieces can be on the rug with the back two needn’t be. All four legs of smaller pieces should be on the rug.

 

  • Choosing the paint color first. Paint is available in thousands of colors and can easily be changed. Choose your most expensive pieces first then decorate around them.

 

  • Hanging chandeliers too high. You want to light up the room, not the ceiling.

 

  • Hanging artwork too high. People have a tendency to hang art closer to the ceiling than it should be. Artwork should be hung at about eye-level. Obviously this varies from person to person, so use your judgment. But it’s better to err on the side of lower rather than higher.

You Should Know About Living Room Basics

Whether you live in a cozy apartment or rambling suburban home, a cottage by the sea, or a lodge in the mountains, your living room creates a lasting impression for all who enter. It tells your family and guests if you’re formal and elegant or fun-loving and laid-back. It sets the mood for the home and should be a reflection of the owner’s personal taste.

A living room can be arranged in many ways.

For some, this space is formal and perfect at all times, to be entered and used only when guests come to call. To others, it serves as a comfortable family gathering place for watching TV, doing homework, or visiting. Some have a cozy nook for sipping tea and curling up with a book.

A formal living room, historically referred to as a drawing room or parlor, often showcases the homeowner’s finest possessions.

The décor is often symmetrical—a sofa with painting above, flanked by two end tables topped by lamps. Formal window treatments of luxurious fabrics trimmed with braid and fringe, and perfectly set pairs of occasional chairs and tables follow traditional rules of decorating. Few homes these days have space for such a perfect (and often useless) room that is more to be looked at than used.

What is Your Favorite Decorating Style

Do you have any idea about what decorating style you like? It’s a simple enough question, but the answer isn’t always so easy to come up with. Of all the things that we learn while going through so many years of school, what decorating style we’d like to see in our living room or what era of furniture would best complement the layout of our bedrooms usually isn’t one of them. Go figure. Whether you’ve been to school for design or not, decorating is always a very personal process. That doesn’t change whether you’re doing it for yourself, working with a designer, or designing for someone else. When it’s your home, everything hinges on what you like and in the end only you can say whether the result is something that you’ll be happy living with. It’s always easy to tell whether or not you like something but sometimes it can be very difficult to say for sure what you like or why. That’s one of the reasons why designers emphasize an understanding of different styles when approaching a project.

It’s not that these are hard and fast categories that you have to fit into, but if you can identify the one or two that most strike your fancy, you’ll have a great starting point for filling in the rest of your look. Here’s a short guide from About.com that will steer you to some of the best quizzes and resources to help you determine your favorite decorating style.

Connect to the links here and answer some simple questions. Before you know it, you’ll get information on your decorating style, based on your answers. What could be easier? Use these sources as a guide to creating the interior that reflects your personality.

Then you can really call your house or apartment a home!

  • Better Homes and Gardens has a simple color quiz using attitudes about color to help zero in on your decorating style. You won’t have to wait for results, and you’ll get information about what the answers say about you.
  • Take a Home Decorating Quiz from Houzz to get style hints as you decide on the style that you like best.
  • Check out more Decorating, Design, and Style Quizzes. They are a great way to help you define home furnishings you love so you can create your perfect home.
  • And if you’d like to go a little deeper with a bit more research, check out this list of the Best Design Books of 2016

Take the quizzes and print out any quiz results that best fit your style, and keep them in your decorating file for future reference!

Know When The Time To Hire A Home Designer

We all love decor. We love the furniture, the textiles, the colors and the patterns. We love the rugs, the bookshelves and even the window treatments. We love it all. But most of all we love the way it all fits together. Still, there’s more to being a designer than loving design. Sometimes it’s an innate sense of what looks good and how to put things together. Other times it takes years of education, training and practice.

But sometimes, it means admitting that you need a little help. If you’re thinking it might be time to look for a designer, but you’re not quite sure, here’s a few questions you might want to ask.

 

  1. When you look at fabrics and paint, are there so many choices that you just don’t know where to start? 
  2. Did you start to redecorate your room and buy a few nice pieces, but now just don’t know what to do with them? 
  3. Have you seen pictures in magazines of the look you want but don’t know how to make it happen in your home? 
  4. Are you and your living companion having trouble agreeing on what to do? 
  5. Have you bought pieces through the years but don’t know how to make them work together? 
  6. Do you own a house with character and don’t know how to decorate the home and remain true to its history? 
  7. Are you finally at the stage where you want to coordinate the colors and style of your whole home but don’t know how to do it without having it seem boring? 
  1. Do you want to do some major renovation involving moving walls or lighting fixtures? 
  2. Did you just receive a raise/new job and now you want to design the home of your dreams?