Monday, June 4, 2018

How to Choose the Right Area Rug for Your Space

There are many good reasons to add an area rug to your décor. They provide cushioning, comfort, and warmth on a wood, tile, or concrete floor. You can even layer them over carpeting to add some artistic flair to a room’s design. Some even consider area rugs artwork for the floor. However, adding the right area rug to a space is often a big concern when you are trying to create a well-balanced room.

Some designers say to start with the area rug first, and match the rest of the décor to it. While this method has its benefits – you can select paint colors, throw pillows, and artwork to go with the area rug – it isn’t always practical.

Whether you choose your area rug before or after you choose the rest of your décor, just remember this general rule: your area rug should be at least 6 inches from the wall and no more than 2 feet away from it. Follow the tips below to choose the right area rug for your space.

dining room area rug

Tip 1: Area Rugs for the Dining Room

To choose a rug for your dining room, begin by measuring the width and length of your table. Your rug should extend a approximately 2 feet from the back of the chairs when they are pushed in. This will ensure that there is enough room for your guests’ chairs to rest evenly on the rug.

Tip 2: Area Rugs for the Kitchen

Putting an area rug in front of the stove or sink helps alleviate pain in the lower back, feet, and legs. Depending on the size of your kitchen, you can choose a runner or a full-fledged area rug. Whichever you choose, keep the edges 6 inches away from the base of the cabinets. If you have a kitchen/dining room, you can use an area rug to define the two spaces. Use a rug pad if the area rug doesn’t have slip-resistant backing, to help prevent slips, trips, and falls.

area rug placement in the bedroom

Tip 3: Area Rugs for the Bedroom

An area rug can help make the bed the star of your bedroom. Ideally, the area rug will extend 2 feet from the foot of the bed, and each side. This is a space where you may have to layer your areas rugs, so don’t hesitate to get creative. Another option is to place a runner on each side of the bed so that your feet have a soft, warm place to land in the morning.

Tip 4: Area Rugs for the Entryway

Make a great first impression and welcome your guests with an area rug. Select one that is wider than the doorway, as people tend to linger in this area when arriving and departing.

Tip 5: Area Rugs for Hallways and Passageways

Runners are great for hallways and passageways. Choose one that gives you 6 inches of floor space on either side, or if your hallway doesn’t have enough room for 6 inches on each side, leave the same amount of space on each side and at the ends to create balance. If you place furniture in the hallway, keep it off the runner entirely.

Tip 6: Area Rugs with Shapes

Consider using a shape other than a rectangle. Round rugs are great for defining seating areas, such as in an eat-in kitchen or entrances. Runners, squares, oblongs, and animal hide rugs can be used to add interest and texture to a space.

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Tip 7: Area Rugs with Solid Colors

Follow the 60-30-10 rule to coordinate your area rug with your color palette. About 60% of the room should be your dominant color, such as the walls or the largest piece of furniture. Your secondary color should be 30% of the room, so your area rug should contain this color. And your tertiary color should be 10%, so your lamps and vases should bring this color into the space. Accent color from the rug shouldn’t be dominant or secondary, so the entire room goes together.

Tip 8: Area Rugs with Patterns

If you are looking at area rugs with patterns, first consider your space. Do you have a lot of patterns on your furniture or walls? If you do, you may want to choose a subtly patterned rug, or even a solid color. If your space is filled with solid colors, a bright, bold pattern on the area rug will liven up the space.

Tip 9: Area Rugs in High Traffic Areas

Consider the foot traffic in the area where your rug will be placed. Low pile works well in high traffic areas, since wear and tear doesn’t show as much. A detailed pattern is also good for high-traffic areas, since the pattern can help camouflage stains.

High-pile rugs are good for areas where you want a soft, luxurious surface, so use them in bedroom and sitting areas.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

How to Incorporate International Style into Your Interior Décor

Style may come and go, but classic elements of interior design will never go away. A variety of fabrics, prints, colors, and accessories can be used to create a stunning variety of home designs. And this includes inspiration from international styles that create a well-traveled design style.

asian-inspired dining room

Minimalist Asian-Inspired Design

One of the fundamental principles of Asian-inspired interior décor is simplicity and a connection to nature that creates a feeling of serenity, peace, and harmony. Its minimalist aesthetic has deep roots in the concept of ancient Zen philosophy in keeping with today’s desire for minimalist, uncluttered lives.

This interior décor style inspires a feeling of tranquility, with stylish houseplants and carefully curated shelves displaying only the items that bring you joy. A pair of Island Fusion Tonga Tiered Bookcases by Tommy Bahama fills your home with natural elements key to Asian-inspired design.

Balance is often the key defining element of Asian design, so you need the right balance of colors, textures, and elements. Even if you are only adding touches of this design style to your space, remember that it works best in a clean, minimalist design.

french-inspired decor in bedroom

Romantic French-Inspired Design

French interior décor can be summed up with two basic elements: crystal chandeliers and fresh-cut flowers. A crystal chandelier adds a touch of Parisian glamour and a bouquet of fresh flowers gives the space a romantic atmosphere. The French certainly know how to create chic spaces, and with a few tips, so can you.

Nothing makes a bedroom more romantic than soft curves and gleaming metallic accents, and this is totally in keeping with French décor. The Miramont Bedroom Group by Bernhardt creates a striking yet sophisticated look that brings French glamour into your home. In addition to muted color palettes, such as creamy white, soft sage green, blush pinks and light blue, French décor always includes a warming touch of silver or gold, since glamour is the foundation of their elegant creations.

English cottage inspired breakfast room

English Cottage Inspired Design

English cottage style is known for the warm, cozy feelings it evokes. It’s more about creating a mood than checking off a list of must-have elements. The look is more casual and developed over time than carefully collected and curated. With the right supporting players, your décor can sprout into signature English cottage style.

A vintage-inspired pedestal table, such as the Paula Deen Home Round Pedestal Table by Universal, offers the perfect setting for brunch or small, intimate gatherings. Everything else – the floral curtains, ladder back chairs, and circular area rug – nods to the table’s vintage appeal without overpowering it.

Floral patterns on upholstery, pillows, and curtains are just one way to bring the glory of a country garden inside, and they last much longer than cut flowers. Painted pieces and bead-board walls or wainscoting are also signature elements of English cottage style.

Whether inspired by your own globe-trotting adventures, or just leafing through design and travel magazines, using these tips, you can incorporate international style into your own home décor.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Add Touches of the Pantone Color of the Year to Your Décor

Each year Pantone predicts a color that they think will trend in home décor. While beautiful, these colors are so unique, and sometimes so far out, that you may wonder how and if you will incorporate them into your home décor.

This year’s color, Ultra Violet, is no different. The color is gorgeous, but it may be impractical to think that everyone will be running out and painting their walls purple or make a statement with a room full of purple furniture.

However, this pretty color can be used to add some color and sophistication to your home without overwhelming it. So, let’s jump right in and discuss how you can use it in your home.


Add Some Accessories

If you are not sure you want to commit to ultra violet, try it out with some accessories. It can be a little less overwhelming and accessories are easy to change. Try artwork, baskets, pillows, throw blankets, art glass, and candles. If you want to go a little bolder, try anchoring a room with an audacious purple rug. The simple shapes and monochromatic tones in luxurious materials of the Criteria dining set by Bernhardt keep the purple from overwhelming the space.

Create an Accent Wall

Whether used on one or all the walls in a room, ultra violet can stop people in their tracks. The color is great for an accent wall or in a small space such as a foyer or hallway. Add some molding for architectural interest and use the color on an accessory or small chair to add dimension.

Add a Statement Piece of Furniture

Try making a statement with ultra violet on a sofa or chair. Use it as the only pop of color in a neutral palette to draw the gaze into the room. It creates a refined and elegant look in a dining room or family room. If you’ve chosen to use it on a sofa, add pillows in the same color on the occasional chairs for a clean, modern look. Silver and metal finishes add a fresh look to the otherwise neutral palette.

Use Ultra Violet in a Guest Room

I often think of my guest room as a place to try out new decorating ideas. This is the perfect space to try out some ultra violet. It adds an air of playful sophistication to a room that can often look like an afterthought. Use it on the linens, comforter, and shams as well as on the artwork and other accessories.

Mix It Up with Some Turquoise or Lime

Mixing ultra violet with a deep turquoise definitely adds sophistication to a room. Either use ultra violet on the furniture and turquoise on the walls, or vice versa. Look for a turquoise that has a little purple in it. Adding a little lime green on a chair or throw pillows adds a little whimsy and fun to a space and keeps the color from becoming overwhelming.

Boldly Go Where Others May Be Afraid To

If you absolutely love this color and also love to take risks, consider using ultra violet in your kitchen cabinetry. This is a great color for a butler’s pantry or as shelving in an office or family room.

Whether you embrace Ultra Violet or are still skeptical, using these tips will help you add a little bit of it to your spaces this year. And before you know it, you may find that this color brings out your adventurous side.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

How to Add Accent Colors to Your Home Décor

Adding accent colors to your home can be intimidating. How much, which ones, where to put them, are all questions that may run through your head when thinking about accent colors for your home. Or, maybe you worry you will have to redo your entire home if you change one color.

Here're a few ways to liven up your home decor with accent colors that enhance your current decor.

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Paint an Accent Wall

Accent walls are a mainstay for interior decorators, and for good reason. Painting an accent wall is a quick and easy way to add a punch of color to any room. It can change the focal point of a room without getting into a major design project.
Choose a bold, contrasting color featured in your upholstery for a living room or a subtle tone slightly darker than the other walls for a bedroom. For example, the light blue-gray behind the dresser with its wire brushed taupe wood finish creates a casual chic atmosphere that brings calm to a busy home.

Add Some Throw Pillows

Strategically placed pillows can really add color to your space. No matter if you choose patterned pillows for a solid chair or sofa, or solid ones for a floral chair or sofa, these small additions will add just the right amount of color and up the comfort level in your decor.

Bring in Some Greens

Flowers and plants add fragrance, color, personality, and life to your living room, dining room, or kitchen. If you don't have a green thumb, choose ones that require little care. Or choose some of the wonderful artificial plants available. Instead of watering, all you will have to do is dust.

Add Color to the Floor

A colorful throw rug placed under a coffee table or in front of a chair will add both color and texture to a living room. Choose a contrasting color that goes with the upholstery you are using in the room. Or find one with an interesting pattern that highlights the decor of your room.

Add a Mirror

Yep, the old add a mirror trick. It's always mentioned because it always works. Place a large mirror with an interesting frame on a bare, boring wall. The mirror will reflect color from other pieces in the room and add light to the space.

Hang a Colorful Piece of Art

A colorful piece of art placed over the sofa or bed introduces shapes and colors you may not be able to use in a different area. Another option for adding a decorative touch is framing simple photos with bright frames and colorful mats.

Add a Blanket or Throw

A textured woven throw or cozy, colorful blanket will add interest when draped over a sofa, ottoman, or bench. Select a color that accents other pieces in the room. This is a practical touch that will come in handy when watching TV or reading a book.

Adding a few of these small touches will amp up the color in your room. And if you don't like them, you can easily switch them out for something else until you get just what you want.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

5 Creative Ways to Incorporate Collections into Your Interior Design

Whatever you collect, it does you no good if it is hidden away in a box. Finishing a room with a handful – or more – of personal treasures adds a little bit of your personality to the space. However, incorporating collections into your design is as much a science as it is an art.

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Make a Boundary

Choose how you will display your treasures. A wall unit or entertainment center with shelves or doors will create a boundary around your collection that stops the eye and highlights your special pieces. Perfect for showing off collectibles, the Parker House Cosmopolitan 4 Piece Entertainment Wall Unit features built-in LED lighting that won’t interfere when you want to watch a movie in the dark.

Use Your Vertical Space

Gallery walls are making a comeback, so now is the time to make a display out of your art collection. When clustered together, they could make a charming display. A cluster of black and white photographs makes a stunning showpiece. Or choose a theme among your pieces of art and group them together. Use different shapes and sizes but plot them out so that they define the space.

Make Use of Small Spaces

A smaller collection may not get the attention it deserves if it has to compete with your bigger pieces. Give your bathroom some character by grouping a small collection on the wall. Antique hand mirrors, compacts, or small pieces of art all make a statement. Or show off your perfume bottle collection in a display on the vanity.

broyhill furniture apple jack rack

Give Your Display Rustic Appeal

Milk glass, old books, trophies, and terrariums share space on the Putnam Avenue Apple Jack Rack. These items would be overwhelmed by something too fancy, so the rustic appeal of this rack does the trick. The weathered appearance gives the entire display unique character and farmhouse appeal.

Use a Shadow Box

Just because it is a tried-and-true way to display your treasures doesn’t mean you can’t make it creative, especially if you have a large collection of vintage jewelry or mementos from your travels. Unify the collection by displaying your jewelry on black velvet or make a travelogue of each trip and line the shadow boxes up vertically.

Let your love and enjoyment of your collections be your inspiration. Whether your passion is tiny treasures or oversized artifacts, when you display them in an organized manner they will gather complements instead of dust.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

How to Add the Color Green to Your Interior Décor

Elegant and calming or bright and dynamic, green color schemes always feel fresh and natural. They can be used to create soothing backgrounds or to accentuate existing interior design. Greens are so versatile that they can be used for any room or outdoor space. When combined with yellows, blues, whites, and browns, they can turn your rooms into elegant, tranquil, and harmonious spaces.

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Experiment with Different Greens

Try on a few different greens for size. The best way to do this is to add some green to your accessories. This means some green throw pillows or a small area rug. One fun way to add a little green if you have a neutral bedroom is to use them on your bed linens.

For example, this room's relaxing decor is brightened by the mix of greens and blues on the Seabrooke Queen Panel Bed by Broyhill. The creamy white finish on the bed lets the colors take center stage while the arched headboard and louvered shutter design maintain a soothing look and feel.

Pair Greens with Gray Tones for Natural Softness

While using bright green colors and creamy white gives a space an airy feel, shades of gray also work well with bright greens. From dark grays to platinum and light gray, this color imbues a space with natural softness. Whether you choose green furniture pieces or green on the walls, this color combination adds a serene feel to your interior. Up the ante by adding white accents to create a bold, elegant, and beautiful space.

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Green Mixed with Neutral Browns and White

Green looks gorgeous with browns and white. This color combination gives your rooms an optimistic and happy environment. It’s hard to be depressed surrounded by a beautiful green accent wall that highlights the stylish white leather sofa. The brown throw pillows and dark wood furniture give the room fresh, elegant appeal.

Green palettes that include neutral colors are ideal for small and large rooms. Area rugs, curtains, pillows and accessories can add as little or as much green as you want to the space. A touch of green can bring a natural, fresh feel to your interior design.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

'Tis the Season for Outdoor Fire Pits

Our attraction to fire is almost primal. It keeps us warm, lights the darkness, and cooks our food. And this time of year when the Florida weather has a hint of coolness, what can be more heavenly than cozying up to a fire pit?

A fire pit is a great way to extend the usable space of your patio and a great place to entertain during the cool, or even occasional cold winter nights. Entertaining around your fire pit doesn't have to be complicated or difficult. Just think about relaxing around a crackling fire and toasting marshmallows in your own backyard.

Decide what type of fire pit you want for your outdoor space. Modern fire pits feature a touch-of-a-button fire pit control, allowing you to remotely adjust the fire to three different levels. Another feature to look out for is an ample service area that lets you accommodate your guests.

Choose the Right Fire Pit

Decide what type of fire pit you want for your outdoor space. Modern fire pits feature a touch-of-a-button fire pit control, allowing you to remotely adjust the fire to three different levels. Another feature to look out for is an ample service area that lets you accommodate your guests.

tommy bahama island estate fire pit

The Island Estate Lanai Outdoor Gas Fire Pit is as romantic as fire pits can get. The base consists of all-weather synthetic wicker with an intricate woven pattern that will draw the eye and invite the touch.

The Castelle Round Firepit with Coffee Table Extension gives you plenty of room for entertaining. It turns your patio into the perfect space for parties or romantic tete-a-tetes. It imbues any gathering with a sense of warmth and festivity.

A gorgeous piece with graceful details, the Kingstown Sedona fire pit makes the perfect place for family and friends. It features a Spanish café emperador marble top with a square inlay that reflects the glow of the fire. It creates a warm atmosphere where lasting memories are formed.

Ideas for Entertaining around Your Fire Pit

Once you've chosen the perfect fire pit, it's time to start planning the party. Follow these tips to make your evening around the fire pit a roaring success.

  1. Increase the ambiance by lighting the path to your fire pit with luminaries of lanterns. If your fire pit is on the patio, use the lighting to brighten dark corners. Add some string lights around the space for festive flair. 
  2. If temperature drops on the day of your event (even in Florida it can get pretty chilly sometimes), bring out some cozy throws or blankets for your guests. 
  3. Serve a variety of beverages, some hot and some over ice. Hot drinks could include mulled wine, buttered rum and hot toddies. Hot chocolate or cocoa are good alcohol-free options. If the night is on the warmer side, consider eggnog, winter sangria, or spicy Bloody Marys. 
  4. Offer a variety of food: choose a mix of hot and cold finger foods you can easily throw together. I like to have one or two that are more complex and a few that are easier to prepare. And of course, a selection of cookies and treats to finish the party. 

Now all you need to do is light up the fire pit and enjoy!

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