Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Plan a Perfectly Peaceful Master Bedroom

It seems so simple – buy a bed and some bedside tables and you’re done. But decorating a master bedroom can be as complex as decorating a living room or family room. You need to carefully plan and make a lay out for your furniture precisely because of that one huge feature. The bed.

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Placing the Bed

Figure out where you want to put your bed first, as the biggest piece of furniture in the room it is the natural focal point. Traditionally, the bed should be placed on the wall opposite the bedroom’s main entrance, as does the Criteria Upholstered King Bed pictured above. Don’t’ worry if your headboard is in front of windows, in a climate where the air-conditioned year round, window access is not a huge factor.

Make sure the bed isn’t placed up against the wall, this makes it hard to tuck in sheets. Unless you have plenty of space, avoid placing your bed on a diagonal as this takes up room and can make you room seem smaller.

Consider your bedroom priorities. Do you like a room with a view? Or do you want the bed to face the TV? Your preference is the deciding factor when designing a master bedroom. The master bedroom is your retreat and should be your everyday feel-good space.

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Choosing Nightstands

How do you know what size nightstand you need? Just make a list of what you want to keep on top of it. Do you have a book you are reading, plus one or two on deck? Water bottle and reading lamp to go with all those books? If this describes you, you’ll want to choose a night table with a larger surface. If you’re more of a minimalist, a smaller option such as the Criteria Nightstand might suit your needs better.

If you go with wall-mounted lighting rather than the traditional table lamp route, put off hardwiring the fixture until you know the height of your mattress and headboard.

Traffic Flow and Seating Areas

You may be tempted to go big with your bed, but consider your space to ensure that it doesn’t overwhelm your room. In general, a master suite can handle a king size bed, but measure first and if you have any doubts, go for a queen size bed instead. Arrange your bed and bedside tables so that there is room for other furniture.

You may think you don’t have enough room for a seating area, but you don’t really need a lot of space to create one. You can set up a small table and a single chair in a space as small as 4’ x 4’. Two end tables and a loveseat can fit in a 10’ x 5’ area.

As a general guideline, make sure you have a minimum of two feet of walking space around the perimeter of the bed. This is especially important if you have a seating area nearby. Don't fill the room with excess furniture if you are short on space. Negative space is as important in bedroom design as it is in a painting, your eyes need a break everyone in a while and you don’t want to have to be squeezing around furniture every time you want to move around your bedroom.

If you are designing a master bedroom and need more inspiration, visit the Baer’s Furniture showroom near you to take advantage of the FREE interior design service and speak with one of our design professionals. And check out Baer's Furniture projects on Houzz for more design inspiration.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Take Your Dining Room from Boring to Beautiful

While formal dining rooms may be few and far between, the dining room is still a special place. This is where families gather to for meals and conversations, both as the day begins and as it comes to a close. Dining rooms can be large or small, simple or elaborate, as long as they reflect your style and suit your family's needs, there's no wrong dining room. Whether your style is family friendly or fully formal, casual and rustic or bold and colorful, these tips can help you re-think what it means to create the perfect dining room.

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Create Contemporary Appeal

A contemporary dining room designed to ooze a homey feel provides a perfect place for family bonding and special celebrations. The sculptural base of the Clareton Round Table from the Oyster Bay Collection by Lexington adds contemporary and casual appeal to a space that could easily become too formal. The monochormatic color scheme draws out the sophistication of the table and chairs while taking away some of the starkness. You'll also find a lot of glass, such as a plethora of windows, if possible, as well as tabletops in contemporary dining room decor.

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If rustic is more your style, you can use natural materials to blend traditional and modern styles. Rustic interior design is inspired by nature, so wood, stone, natural fabrics, wrought iron, and other metals can be used. You can easily design an eco-friendly dining room using this design style. The coastal-inspired Montauk Table and Eastport Chairs in the Oyster Bay collection from Lexington brings a rustic element into your dining room.  Although the palette is limited to mainly neutral colors, you can add interest with texture and depth, such as stonework on the walls and wood flooring.

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Proper Lighting

To create the mood for special dining occasions, you can choose from an array of decorative items such as hanging pendants, wall sconces, matching chandeliers, beautiful shades, and more. Adding two or more light fixtures or track lighting not only creates a stunning visual effect, but also makes sure that light is spread evenly around the room. You can also add recessed lighting to illuminate the corners. When selecting lighting, purchase two or three cohesive fixtures and space them evenly throughout the length of the table. They don't have to be the same fixture as long as they share a common theme. Fixtures with dimmers will help you create an ambiance whether the kids are just finishing up their homework or you are hosting an elegant dinner.

Bring in Some Nature

Bring in some natural color to keep the room fresh and appealing. Natural materials add textures that are hard to recreate – there is often no substitute for what can be found in nature. Wherever you put it, the softness of the fresh flowers or an arrangement of potted plants keeps hard surfaces from becoming overwhelming and making the space feel cold. Keep these tips in mind when you think about sprucing up your dining room, but don't forget to include your personal style. This will give you a dining room that is good enough to eat in.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Create Drama in the Bedroom

Designing a bedroom can be exciting as well as confusing. You have to select patterns and colors that mix and match effortlessly to create an atmosphere of drama and romance. If you miss the mark, your bedroom might demonstrate a messy ambiance that is not exactly the romantic getaway you are expecting. Follow the guidelines below to create a dramatic bedroom that will bring romance into your daily life.





3 Simple Guidelines to Create a Dramatic Bedroom

  1. Get the largest bed you have room for, preferably the king size
  2. Make your bed everyday
  3. Keep gym equipment out of the bedroom

Appeal to the Senses

Sight
Make a haven with harmonious color combinations. Gray-blues are relaxing and crisp or creamy white tones on the window sheers will soften hard surfaces. Another pleasing combination is tans spiced up with oranges and greens. For a more luxurious look, try tone-on-tone fabrics and a neutral palette with touches of silver. Hang a crystal chandelier and add extra throw pillows to create plushness on the bed.

Your bed is the centerpiece of the bedroom, so when you are going for drama, your bed has to be dramatic. The Miramont Upholstered Sleigh Bed from Bernhardt does just that. Designed to be the grand centerpiece of the bedroom, this bed features a winged design, a dark sable finish, and slight button tuft on the dramatic headboard.

Touch
Bedding that looks like a light, fluffy cloud is alluring and inviting. It just makes you want to dive in and relax. Think about a luxury hotel you’ve stayed in and replicate that style using a soft down comforter in a neutral shade. Luxury hotels use neutrals for a reason – in the bedroom they create a calm, serene, romantic space perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. And they create a dramatic contrast against dark wood furniture or other colors that you want to highlight. Keep in mind that patterns that are too loud or too busy can be disruptive and distracting, you are going for drama, not chaos.

Choose sheets made of high quality yarns that have a smoother and durable thread such as Pima, Supima, or Egyptian cotton for a softer feel. Look for combed cotton – a process that eliminates shorter fibers. The best way to determine if a sheet is soft enough is to feel it. Also, take a look to see how they should be laundered.








Smell
A grouping of scented candles can evoke drama and romance. Try this test when choosing candles: close your eyes and imaging your favorite vacation. Which scent brings back cherished vacation memories? Alternatively, place flowers on your bedside table to enhance the drama and romance of the space. The Miramont Round Metal Side Table brings in sophisticated glamour with its touches of art deco design and romantic appeal with its champagne-toned metallic finish. Flowers in a glass vase adds softness and bumps up the romance of the space.

If you want to create a look with dramatic flair and a touch of romance, visit the Baer’s Furniture showroom near you for the best prices – guaranteed – on famous brands such as Bernhardt, Broyhill, Tommy Bahama, Thomasville, and more. Find more inspiration on the Baer’s Furniture profile on Houzz.