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Jun 11 2010

Using Color & Fabrics to Transform a Room

Published by under Interior Design & Decorating

Sometimes, personality and character just seem to be missing from a room and there’s just nothing there to draw your interest, or perhaps they simply are dull or boring in appearance. Does your home look like this? By using color and texture, you can really infuse warmth and personality into a room that was previously nothing special. The best part about it is, you can achieve the look you want without spending a lot of money.

Although there’s nothing wrong with a room that’s entirely beige and cream, often these kinds of rooms can use a little drama. By using various textures and colors, you can create rooms that are either vibrant and energetic or tranquil and relaxing. If you’re looking for ways to transform a room, here are some tips to get you started.

When Tranquility Is What You’re After
With neutral colors, a room feels relaxed and tranquil. You can create an atmosphere that’s totally calm and peaceful with the colors of Earth such as tans, sky blue, and terra cotta. The hues of the sunset accenting cream-colored carpets and walls helps inspire a tranquil setting. The majority of furniture can be light in color, but don’t forget to add artwork, throw pillows, and accent rugs in splashes of terra cotta and sky blue. Pillows, rugs, and wall hangings can add either a nubby or sleek texture to the décor.

Warm Things Up and Welcome Visitors
The vibrant atmosphere created by warm colors is welcoming to anyone who enters your home. To create a welcoming atmosphere for anyone who enters your home, use warm colors that create a vibrant look. You’ll add a spicy appeal to your décor by using all the colors of autumn: oranges, reds, brown, rust, and navy blue. If you’re trying to achieve a warm, comfortable look, choose furnishings with bold patterns tha include the colors of fall. Choose solid-colored throw pillows that don’t compete with the patterns of the furniture. Hang a large print on a single wall painted deep orange for the perfect focal point.

Jazz It Up with Energy!
Jazz up any small room or space that simply looks blah. With bright, vibrant colors, you can make even the plainest of rooms take on a whole new life. For a botanical look, choose shades of bright green, orange, blue, and peach. Be brave and pick a bright, bold color to paint on one or two of the walls.

Find throw pillows with wild, bold patterns. Liven up the floors with a geometric or abstract patterned throw rug or add interest to the walls with some botanical prints or abstract art. Now all you have to add are a few exotic looking plants. When everything comes together, you won’t believe your eyes! Using bright colors and bold prints makes a world of difference when you’re trying to create rooms full of energy and life.

Color has an effect on everyone, which is why people typically can name their favorite color. Not only do colors make you feel calm, relaxed, energetic, sexy, or playful, it does the same for your rooms. If your home is lackluster with no personality, don’t settle. Liven up the look by adding some color and texture into the mix. For only a few dollars, you can completely transform the look of your home, adding character and personality, and making things shine!

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Jun 10 2010

Creating Interesting Spaces by Adding Texture to Your Home!

Published by under Interior Design & Decorating

Let’s face it—a room filled with white walls, brown carpet, lackluster furniture, and few to no accessories is just plain boring. It’s no fun to return from work each day to a home that simple screams DULL! The good news is, there are plenty of ways to make any room more interesting, adding an element of appeal and excitement to the décor. Read on for some great ideas on how to create dazzling rooms in your home that you will love coming home to.

Texture is the secret to creating appealing rooms that are both comfortable and inviting. When you have a good mixture of textures, you achieve a depth to the room that simply isn’t there when all surfaces are smooth. If you’re looking to transform your rooms into amazing works of art, here are a few simple tips to get you started.

Add Texture and Interest to Walls
Boring walls tend to be flat and light-colored. However, there are plenty of ways to dress up those walls. A wallpaper with rich hues in a vertically striped pattern can really liven things up. While this is perfect in homes with a low ceiling, you want to avoid using this design technique in high-ceiling rooms, as those ceilings will look even higher.

There are many other options for those homes with high ceilings. Take full advantage of color, and paint your walls with a textured paint. Paint the baseboards a contrasting color to really set things off. To add even more interest, create stencil patterns on the wall.

Don’t Forget About Scale
When you go to decorate a room, you want to keep things on the same scale for the most part. Thus, if you have a small room, try to keep floral and abstract patterns small as well. Likewise, you can use large patterns in larger rooms. However, if you’re looking to really highlight an area, you can use a very large pattern in a small area or corner of a small room.

Mix It Up!
What really sets off a room is the combination of different textures and patterns. A tapestry or mural on the call will provide a nice focal point. Choose from nubby textures, satin smooth textures, and everything in between to create a beautiful and eye-catching décor. You can really draw out the colors in the room with throw pillows that are striped or checked. A nubby thow casually tossed over a sofa or rocker makes a nice touch. Whether you have carpet, tile, or wood floors, using area rugs will add even more texture and color. Another great option is to place boldly patterned runners over a few tables.

Years ago, colors either had to be complementary or match each other. Things have changed, however, and now contrasting colors abound. These days, practically anything goes when it comes to your décor. You can create a totally unique look using the special pieces and accents you love, thrown together with special little ideas that suit your own personality. Keep in mind that there really are no rules when it comes to home décor. When you incorporate plenty of color and texture, then the finishing touches can come directly from your own creative.

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