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Jun 01 2012

Accessories 101: How Choosing the Right Accents Can Change a Room Entirely

Published by under Interior Design & Decorating

One of the most common mistakes that people make when decorating their home is over-accessorizing. For some of us, a hobby or collection can overwhelm a space and can leave it looking more like a museum or an antique store than a living room. While, it is perfectly fine to collect certain items, it takes some real design clout to understand the necessity of the right accents.

First let’s define what an accessory is and what is a collectible. An accessory is chosen to add flair to an unfinished room. A collectible is a personal item that isn’t purchased to add to a room per se, but rather to add to an already established collection. If you truly want to showcase your collection in a main living area it is best to choose one or two of your favorite pieces and use them as inspirational pieces to further accessorize the room.

How to Showcase Your Collectibles Tastefully 

For example, if you collect salt and pepper shakers, choose a few of them (1-3) that have the most personal meaning, are most valuable, or most interesting. If you can’t narrow it down to just a few, then try to rotate through your collection by highlighting a certain set every month of the year. Investing in a few inexpensive floating shelves is a wonderful design-friendly way of highlighting your collectibles without taking over the entire room.

This also makes for a wonderful conversation piece. Whenever you have guests, they will be able to see a new installment of your collection throughout the year. Once you have streamlined your collection, then it is time to choose accessories that will bring class and interest to your collectible wall while adding some outside-of-the-box aesthetic.

How to Accessorize Successfully 

Whether you want to highlight the gorgeous new hutch you’ve purchased, your hand whittled coffee table or your collection of tea cups, choose accessories that will bring the room together instead of drawing attention away from your desired pieces. This can be done very subtly.

Let’s revisit the example of a salt and peppershaker collection. If you are hoping to highlight your collectible wall of shakers, then choose accessories that relate to your collection but aren’t entirely the same. Pick up a vintage photo of a spoon and fork, or a rich oil painting of a cornfield or vegetable garden. These very indirect connections to your salt and pepper collection connect the room on three different design levels: color, theme, and tone.

Design Tip: Accessories should never be bought simply because they look good solo. In fact, accessories should be bought to blend into the room and not create a distraction. If you constantly find that your eye is being drawn to an overly bright and patterned throw pillow, or a busy art piece, then consider toning down the accessories to highlight the real star of the room, whatever you decide that may be.

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May 30 2012

The Top 3 Secrets You Should Know When Decorating a Room

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You know how it feels when you walk into a well-decorated room? Everything flows well; the colors evoke a mood, and you leave feeling inspired to do the same thing in your home. However, when you get home you have no idea where to begin and can become frustrated trying to create the dream room of your own.

The truth is that well designed rooms don’t happen by accident- they are always well thought out. We asked a top designer what her 3 favorite tricks are when creating a room that others will envy.

1. Pick an Inspiration Piece

This can be something as large as your favorite piece of furniture or a fireplace or even something as small as your favorite book on your mantle. Choose something that you love and use that piece to inspire you for paint colors, accent pieces and overall design aesthetics. Without a direction or a focal point, your vision can easily get muddled. Remember, just because you love the color blue doesn’t mean that you would love an entire room decorated in blue.

You need subtleties to create a feeling of “blue”, which usually involves some bold blue accents but softer paint colors, flooring and lighting. Don’t be afraid of to make use of the power of subtlety when designing a room- if you want “pop” all you need is a piece of art or a throw pillow to accomplish that.

Know your space

Far too often, people fall in love with a piece of furniture that can make a bold statement, but if don’t understand the dimensions of their room, easily making a misstep and purchasing something that won’t fit in the space well.  Instead of providing inspiration they overwhelm the room. Take measurements of your room and bring a rough sketch with you to the furniture store on the day of purchase.

Allow a professional to tell you which pieces will fit well, and which ones will overwhelm. This can keep you from buying furniture that you don’t need and that won’t go with your overall vision for the space.

Personalize it 

Any designer knows that the number one urge any homeowner has when decorating their space, is that they want to feel like it is theirs. Creating a unique atmosphere which reflects your style and personality can be accomplished through decorating alone, but it never hurts to add a personalized stamp to the room. This may mean creating a wall of personal photos- a gallery can make any room seem tailored to you.

If you have an artistic streak, why not try your hand at creating an art piece in the color and style of the room. This can be a wonderful conversation piece as well as a way to take a well-decorated room from just chic to distinctly you. Also, don’t be afraid to re-claim pieces from second hand shops or consignment stores. Buying a lamp which you then stencil with your favorite pattern in the right shade or discovering an old chair that you can recover, are all inexpensive ways to put that personal touch on the space.

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Jun 11 2010

Using Color & Fabrics to Transform a Room

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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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Nov 10 2009

How to Add Your Own Personality into Decorating a Room

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Arts & Crafts Living RoomWhen decorating your home, do you tend to get so wrapped up in the latest styles or trends featured in design magazines that you forget to add some of your own personality to the design? You should be able to step into any room in your home and know that it reflects your unique personality and style. If you’re looking for some ways to add your own personality to the rooms in your home, then consider the following tips.

Focus on a Hobby or Collection of Yours
A focus on a favorite hobby or a special collection can be a great way to add a personal touch to your décor. You can decorate a room with collections of such things as dolls, airplanes, specific figurines, and hats. Consider using one of these collections to create a focal point in the room—placing them on a fireplace mantel or even a large shelf on the wall. If you like to knit or sew, consider displaying some of your finished pieces in a room, such as a quilt thrown on the back of the couch or an embroidered picture hung on the wall.

Use Family Photographs to Decorate
Family photographs are a great way to add that personal touch to any room. If you don’t want to use recent ones, then try displaying old black-and-white photos of some of your ancestors. Or if you want to stay current, choose a few of your favorite photos of your family and friends, and arrange them in frames on the wall. This is a great way to establish a personal touch in a room, plus it also might serve to add some interest to a wall.

Use Your Favorite Colors to Decorate
When decorating a room, you first want to choose what colors you want to use and then go from there. Rather than picking out a fabric or accessory first, look for them in the color you’ve selected.

Do be sure, however, that the color you pick is practical, one you won’t get tired of within a few months. You’ll need to pick colors for the walls, trim, and furniture. You might want to go with different shades of your favorite color or pick out two or three favorites that are complementary.

Create Your Own Art for the Room
No matter how creative you are, you can create a piece of art to include in your décor. This could any of a variety of artistic outlets, such as a painting, collection of items, or photograph you take. Adding your own artwork to a room creates your own sense of style and personality. It’s best if you create using a medium you like and are interested in, rather than just trying to create something to match the existing décor.

When you add your own personality into your décor, what will result is a home that feels entirely your own.

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Nov 09 2009

5 Ways to Change your Décor to Reflect the Different Seasons

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Dining CenterpieceDo you want to be able to change the décor of your home to correspond with the changing seasons? Seasonal decorating doesn’t involve any major changes like painting the walls or getting new furniture. With some smaller decorating changing, you can definitely have your home looking like springtime or winter. Here are some simple ways to change your home’s décor so that it reflects the different seasons throughout the year.

Switch Up the Slipcovers
By switching your slipcovers you can create a décor to go with every season. Dark, rich fabrics such as black velvet or dark green chenille work great for the winter. You want to go with a lighter fabric and color/pattern for the spring and summer. Then you can bring in the colors of the outdoors for fall with a brown or brown-and-orange patterned slipcover.

Change Furniture Accessories
When you change the slipcovers on the furniture, you might also add or remove different seasonal accessories. Heavy throws and blankets slung over the back of couches and chairs are a great addition to any décor in the winter and then can be removed in the warmer months. Decorative pillows can also be switched out according to the seasons. As with the slipcovers, lighter fabrics work best in the warmer months and darker, heavier fabrics fit more with a winter theme.

Change the Window Treatments
Window treatments can be used to either block out the sun or allow more light to come in according to the different seasons, depending on your preferences. In the winter, you might want to consider lightening up the window treatments, which will allow more sunlight to come in and warm the house. Then in the summer, shades or blinds can help block out some of the strongest rays that can make the house too warm.

Rotate Area Rugs
If you have area rugs as part of your home décor, they can also be changed according to the different seasons. A great idea to consider is to remove them altogether in the warmer months, simply leaving a hardwood or tile floor. Then you can bring them out again in the fall and winter. It’s always nice during the colder months to have a warm area rug on the ground to warm up the room.

Change Up the Small Accessories
Small accessories that go with the different seasons are a quick and easy way to create a seasonal décor. For instance, in summer you might want to put out vases of fresh flowers and containers filled with seashells. For the fall, you might change things up with some fake gourds or fall flower arrangements in wicker baskets. While winter is always a time for holiday decorations, you can also choose to decorate for winter in general with things like candles and snowmen. New flower arrangements and some bright knickknacks for the shelves can have your whole house feeling like spring. You might even consider rotating the artwork on the walls according to the different seasons.

With a little research and creativity, you can create an attractive and functional décor for each of the different seasons. With some simple changes here and there, you can transform the look of the room more than you might think.

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Nov 04 2009

5 Things to Consider When Designing a Room

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Mission Style RoomDesigning a room isn’t a quick process but rather takes planning and care. Much planning is needed in order to create a great room that you will love. Following are five important factors to consider when planning and designing your own room for your home.

Colors Used in the Room
An important factor that comes into play when designing a room will be your choice of colors. The colors you choose should always reflect the style or theme of the room. If your décor is country, for example, then you don’t want to use vibrant colors such as bright yellow or orange. Instead, use colors that fit the decorating style, such as blue, cream, red, and brown. If you’re still unsure about your colors, then locate a prominent piece in the room, such as an area rug or furnishing, and then base your color scheme off that.

Space in the Room
You want to take measurements before you purchase any large addition to the room,  like a oak dining table or wood desk, as you want to have enough comfortable space in your décor. When you plan accordingly, taking into consideration the space you have, you will be able to make your interior space more efficient and practical. Unless it’s the style you’re going for, you don’t want your space to look completely empty, nor be crammed with items. A room is inviting and comfortable when the space flows well.

Use of Lines in the Room
An important thing to consider when designing a room is your use of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines. Your room will flow well in all aspects when you take into consideration all the lines involved. This way you end up with the best-looking space possible. When considering the lines in your décor, remember that vertical lines will add height to a room, while horizontal lines work to make a room look wider.

Textures Used in the Room
Texture is a really important aspect of any room’s décor. There are many different sources of texture in a room, from the furniture to accessories. When used correctly, texture can make a room look more appealing both to the eye and to the touch. Texture requires a certain balance. You don’t want too many conflicting textures, nor do you want your textures to be too much of the same. For a great room design, you need to strike a healthy balance.

Lighting in the Room
An important aspect of any room is light. Light can either come from natural sources such as windows and doors, or from artificial sources like light fixtures and lamps. Lighting affects both color, in terms of how colors actually appear, and the overall mood of a room. When designing a room, be sure to consider both sources of light when deciding on window treatments and light fixtures.

Designing a room on your own is never an easy task. This process requires careful planning, and all of these aspects need to be considered for you to come up with the best décor for your home.

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