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Applying the “Rule of Three” to Interior Design

Applying the "Rule of Three" to Interior Design The Rule of Thirds is typically a term used in photography. It refers to the process of identifying and taking well-balanced and interesting shots by splitting a photo into thirds horizontally and vertically. Whereas your photo will be more appealing when the main subject is off-center, the Rule of Three as it applies to interior design is slightly different. The Rule of Three means that odd-numbered groupings look better and more natural than even-numbered groupings. Symmetry has its place in design – two bedside tables holding two matching lamps, for example – but asymmetry is interior design gold and the yin to the yang of even numbers. As with everything in interior design, the idea of a “rule” is quite flexible. But there is a visual appeal to odd-numbered groups, and once the Rule of Three becomes second nature, you’ll find yourself instinctively heading in this direction with your decorating. Your space will just feel right. If a room feels off, ignoring the Rule of Three could be one of the reasons why. Accessorizing Does it feel like some people just have a knack for arranging books, plants, and knick knacks so that they look like art instead of clutter? Here’s their secret: The Rule of Three. Make an effort to select three objects that go together but feel free to choose different finishes, colors, or sizes (as long as they complement the overall décor of the room). Varying the heights of the objects also adds to the visual interest. Display items on a coffee table, bookshelf, or mantel in trios. Furniture Arranging Have you ever noticed that most suites of living room furniture come in sets of three? Couch, love seat, recliner. You’re unlikely to find any furniture store selling four easy chairs together for you to bundle in a little square. It might make for a cozy conversation area in theory, but such symmetry can tighten a room rather than open it up. And who doesn’t want to make their space look bigger? The Rule of Three allows for greater flow and function in a room. Unlike accessorizing, where varying heights is a good idea, it’s wiser to stick with furniture that’s of similar scale and shape when grouped together. Whether you’re setting up a family room or adding miniature ottomans to a bedroom, choose your three items thoughtfully and make sure they’re cohesive to maintain scale. Coloring A room’s color palette is far more dynamic when it includes three colors – and this Rule of Three comes with numbers attached. When selecting colors for a room, go with the 60-30-10 equation – your main color for the space (60%), a secondary color (30%), and an accent color (10%). The combos needn’t be especially bold or vibrant if that isn’t your style. Varying shades of grey or cream can offer the same soothing and pleasing impact – just settle on three different colors of each to create the most balanced look. Texturizing Once you realize how important texture is to a room’s overall design, it can be tempting to get carried away and start adding new and different textures wherever possible. But you want to gently support your space’s palette and design, not overwhelm it with chaos. The Rule of Three in texture is most easily noticed in seemingly one-color rooms. But looking more closely, you’re likely to discover that there are actually textures creating the shading in the room – metal frames and lamps, cashmere blankets and pillow covers, and cork flooring, for example. Whatever your palette, consider the textures that are entering the picture along with their color impact. Other Areas… The Rule of Three applies to plenty of other design elements such as: Lighting: Rooms should have three different styles or sources of lighting, like overhead lighting, table lamps, and accent lighting. Fabrics: Paisley and flowers and stripes? This combo can work when the colors and patterns blend and play up each other’s accents. Walls: If you’re lucky enough to have a trio of windows, highlight them. If you have an empty wall, create a vignette of three similar prints or framed pieces of art. The Rule of Three isn’t married to three – you can group five or seven or nine items and still create that coveted visual interest. The idea is to respect symmetry where it works and otherwise embrace odd numbers and the unique nature they can add to a space. Keep in mind too that while the Rule of Three adds depth, consider scale, proportion, and balance before you put this rule into play. Confused? Or just need inspiration? Consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan.


How to Let Your Design Aesthetic Shine Through When You Have a Roommate

How to Let Your Design Aesthetic Shine Through When You Have a Roommate You have finally struck out on your own. You have your own place, whether it’s a dorm room or apartment. Except for your roommate(s) that is. How do you enjoy the pleasure of finally getting to do everything as you please if there’s still one or more people potentially vetoing your decisions? When it comes to interior design, there are ways to get your way, create a complementary interior design, and express your decorating wishes freely (at least, as freely as you can until you live alone). Talk It Over You and your roommate are unlikely to have identical taste in décor and you may envision certain areas differently. Decide what is most important to you when it comes to interior design and what you’re willing to sacrifice to be happy with your shared space and still coexist amicably with your roommate. Find out what you both like and dislike, and be honest. Your roommate may have set up shop in your apartment first, in which case they’ll have already put their stamp on things. They may be willing to adjust décor, look forward to starting over fresh, or they may be stuck in their ways. Ideally, you’re living with someone who is willing to compromise too and you can decide on a color palette and styles that mesh. Utilize Pinterest Starting a joint apartment décor board on Pinterest is a great way to share ideas with your roommate and it allows both of you to digest the other person’s proposals without feeling obligated to say yes or no immediately. You may even come to see through your Pins where your two aesthetics blend seamlessly, creating a fresh interior design you might have otherwise overlooked. Be Ready to Edit Chances are, you’re coming into your new apartment with existing décor, furniture, and accessories. So is your roommate. In bringing two collections of “stuff” together, it can be difficult to create a cohesive look. Don’t attempt to fit everything into one place (there’s no need to keep two couches if you don’t have room for both of them and they don’t make sense together) but do take stock of what’s available and figure out how the décor can be enhanced or combined to work together. Add a new set of throw pillows, keep all your artwork – no matter how different – but purchase matching frames, change knobs or lampshades. And shop together when you’re making joint decorating decisions! Split Things Up If your new place is big enough, and you and your roommate are agreeable to it, divvy up the rooms so that you’re responsible for decorating. Maybe your roommate is quite the amateur chef and wants ownership over that space. Let her have it, and name the bathroom as your square footage to conquer. You’ll still want to talk to the other person about your plans for the space to make sure they have no major objections about how you’re designing shared living space. Be as open-minded as you can and allow the other person their creative freedom. You never know, you may find inspiration from it, and even feel relieved that some major decisions are not yours to make. The good thing about sharing a place is that, presumably, you have your own bedroom. Or, at least, your own bed “area.” And in that space you can go crazy with your personal design aesthetic. It’s in the common areas, however, that some compromise is likely to be needed, whether you’re living with your best friend or a perfect stranger. Sometimes mediation is necessary when it comes to shared space. If so, consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan that will make you and your roommate happy in your new digs.


His-and-Hers Design Themes

His-and-Hers Design Themes In many households, one half of a couple often takes the lead with decorating decisions. But if a woman is the #1 decorator, that doesn’t mean lace and frills are on the horizon. If a man is making design choices, that doesn’t mean leather and animal heads will take center stage. Stereotypes have no place in interior design. A person’s design aesthetic is what it is, whether they’re male or female. But there is a difference between a space of your own and a space shared with someone else. Couples share space. That’s part of the relationship deal. But plenty of couples know how to share areas without stepping on each other’s toes. Whether that means a his-and-hers master bathroom or a “his” bathroom and “hers” bathroom (or closet or bedroom, for that matter). Instead of focusing on what makes a room look overly feminine or overly masculine, let’s look at what design choices make a home accurately reflect a couple and their combined interests and aesthetics. Color your space. Decorating for his-and-hers doesn’t mean you have to go completely neutral. You’re not destined to have a grey, cream, or beige color palette. Pink has its place and so does blue. Guys like purple and ladies like black. Consider the space and what colors will look best based on the room’s use, shape, and lighting, both natural and artificial. The most important thing is that you agree as a couple on what color palette is best for the room. Pick your patterns. Don’t be afraid of floral patterns. (Guys like flowers too!) And don’t be afraid of plaid. It doesn’t always have to scream “club room” and comes in a range of colors to please men and women alike. Interior design isn’t about what’s masculine and what’s feminine, but about balance in general. Feel free to mix and match patterns to give a room visual interest, like oversized flowers and heavy stripes. Embrace texture. Tufted ottomans, velvet wallpaper, a faux animal hide rug – these elements are the lush ingredients that make a room look rich and lush. Women and men alike can appreciate this characteristic. And who says guys don’t like to snuggle? A cozy couch, overstuffed pillows, a cashmere throw – they are all amazing elements for a space, especially a bedroom, family room, or den. Consider heavy metals. Gold isn’t female. Silver isn’t male. Choose the metal that reflects you both best. Steel and chrome are beautiful décor choices and complementary to a great many interior design themes. Bronze can give you that slightly gold, slightly orange sheen that is so trendy right now without going over the top into Donald Trump gold. Modernism and minimalism. Men do not have the monopoly on the “bachelor pad” look. Women like to play pool and have drinks too! Modern furniture doesn’t automatically translate as a solely masculine theme. Exposed beams and stark décor appeals to both sexes. Curvy and streamlined furniture can make both men and women happy about their final interior design scheme. Whether you’re seeking to mesh the male and female aesthetics in your home to create a unified space, or whether you need help separating sections of your home to appeal to different members of your family (or your better half), consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan for men and women, couples or singles.


Take Your Bathroom from Simply Functional to Modern Luxury

Take Your Bathroom from Simply Functional to Modern Luxury Your bathroom serves many functions. Many important functions. But modern bathroom trends are upping the ante for a combination of purpose and beauty that is beyond simple utility. Your days of bathing, relaxation and pampering will be full of elegance and style that reflect a comfortable boudoir or inviting living room over a stark bathroom. Let’s take a look at how to create modern luxury in your bathroom: Make space Spacious bathrooms are in style. If you are remodeling and can open up this area, do it. Otherwise there are some techniques you can implement to make your bathroom appear more airy and welcoming. Many designers believe this spacious approach to design promotes both health and mood improvements. Start by embracing white as a way to reflect light throughout the room. Think white walls, white rugs and white accessories. Then, learn to love mirrors and glass. They both reflect light instead of absorbing it. Multiple mirrors in unexpected places such as near the floor help to expand the room. You could even consider a full wall mirror to instantly double the visual space. Installing glass shower, closet and vanity doors will also add to the feeling of openness. For functional accessories, turn to Lucite. This material helps create a simple, uncluttered look unachievable with opaque décor. If you are faced with a bathroom without windows, create the illusion of one. First, add window treatment elements such as curtains and blinds. And yes, I’m referring to hanging them on your empty wall. Since blinds are normally drawn in a bathroom anyways, you don’t have to worry about the view. Complete the faux window with a soft light behind the window treatments for a subtle glow. Another aspect to consider when dealing with limited or no windows, is the lack of horizontal light normally provided. Install wall fixtures to break up the overhead light that shines vertically straight down. You will create a much more flattering appearance and ambiance. Create comfort and grace with attractive furniture Furniture elements create the perfect blend of at-ease luxury. Think elegant chairs and impressive rugs that create a chic style likely to be found in an upscale bedroom. Look for these types of furnishings to create your idyllic yet stunning bathroom setting: A leather ottoman – it will make its best statement in white. A comfy accent chair – a spacious bathroom needs a more voluptuous chair. Include a foot rest and consider making it stand out with a pleasant accent color or unique embellishments. One-of-a-kind style works well here as you are not looking for a matching set. A sophisticated bench – look for a unique piece to add function and beauty. Try wood accents for any of the furniture pieces listed above. For example, wooden chair legs will add warmth and comfort to your bathroom. Pay attention to the details, the gorgeous details From impressive lighting to elegant fixtures, you don’t want to leave your bathroom “unfinished.” Give careful thought to every detail and accent as you are aiming to create a very personal interior. For instance, if you enjoy a water theme in the bathroom due to its calming qualities and symbolism of good health, let it shine through. Choose a color combination of blues and bring in subtle details that reflect continuous flow and movement. Add spa features From a simple bench placed inside your shower to a deluxe shower-sauna combination, a modern bathroom’s spa elements are created with ultimate relaxation in mind. You do not have to have a large space to install a sauna. Many designers have converted closets and utilized shower space to create a sauna of the perfect size and shape. This is also the perfect opportunity to consider where a free-standing bath tub should reside. Embrace your unique style Modern style embraces the personal. You can be creative pulling in oriental décor, bold Art Deco or retro styles and still have a “modern bathroom.” If you know your style preferences, consider using a single design company for all your bathroom updates. Many companies have started providing a collection of products for complete looks. You can find fixtures, furnishings, lighting solutions and wall décor all under one roof and all customizable to reflect your unique needs while adhering to your space requirements. Are you ready to get started? Let the Professionals at Decor & You create you a Personalized 5-Step Décor Plan that will help you design your perfect bathroom today!


Update Your Hardwood Floors

Update Your Hardwood Floors Hardwood floors are always trending. They are naturally beautiful and create classic looks while new finishes and colors keep them fresh and up-to-date. If it is time to update your floors, let’s take a look at some questions you should be asking yourself as well as some tips to choosing your perfect hardwood. High-traffic/low-traffic What are your current and foreseeable routines at home? Do you have kids? Pets? Do you host large gatherings? Answering these questions will help you determine how much abuse your floors will be taking. Notably, high-traffic areas are going to require a harder wood for increased durability. Consult the Janka hardness scale for help determining a particular wood’s resistance to denting and wear. Next, consider grain patterns, stains and finishes. Certain wood selections will mask scratches and dents much better than others. An on trend finish is “matte.” This low-gloss finish is an expert at not only disguising scuffs and stains, but resisting them as well. Complement your home’s design elements Take inventory of your current furnishings, décor and structural components. Will you be keeping these items or will they be updated with your floors? You must consider these features as to not choose a wood that will clash with the rest of your space. Take in everything from cabinets and door casings to trim and wall color. A particularly important element is your source of natural light. If your space contains ample natural light from many windows and skylights you will have the ability to select a darker floor color. But if your room is dim with little light, a lighter floor choice is optimal to create balance. Continue by observing your style. If you gravitate towards a more old-fashioned look, try wide boards that contain knots as well as a mix of light and dark pieces. The uneven appearance blends well with traditional décor. If you have a modern style, try embracing a clean finish with little variation in the wood such as natural maple. Gray colors are also at the top of the hardwood trends for modern spaces. It is popular due to its sleek look in varying color selections that go from soft neutral to big and bold. Go against the grain While it’s important to be familiar with the rules listed above, it is also okay to break them sometimes. Today, designers can be very creative with their looks while still creating a cohesive and livable space.  Play with stains and grain patterns to yield a variety of stimulating effects or choose to strategically implement a certain wood where it normally would be considered inappropriate. Designers can also recommend exotic and daring selections that you may not have even considered to create your distinctive look. For example, bamboo is an attractive choice that is strong, durable and available in many shades and grains for extreme versatility. It is also considered an eco-friendly option because of its rapid regenerative properties. An additional benefit of bamboo is that it comes in inexpensive options for people on a budget, but unlike other economical flooring bamboo never looks cheap. Ultimately, when selecting your hardwood floors, keep in mind what is important to you. Is budget a factor? Do you simply care about appearance? What about maintenance? And when you need some guidance, consult the experts at Decor & You serving Denver, Colorado for help choosing the best hardwood floor for your home and lifestyle.


Best Paint Colors for Windowless Rooms

Best Paint Colors for Windowless Rooms A landlocked room? It happens. Basements, powder rooms, offices, guest rooms – they are often windowless, and can suffer for it. But paint (and a few other tricks like light, furniture and accessories – think mirrors) can invigorate an entire space so that it looks bigger, more open, and is free of that claustrophobic feeling. Color is your biggest ally in opening up a windowless room. Naturally dark rooms have their own special appeal, so you needn’t lament if your home has a space without windows. This offers up a unique design challenge that will be exciting to conquer until you get just the right balance to make anyone forget that a window is absent. Light or Dark Paint for a Windowless Room? Light colors are often used to convey a sense of space while dark colors are known to make rooms seem smaller than they actually are. But just because a room is missing a window doesn’t mean it’s lacking in square footage. So if you’re drawn to darker paint colors, you don’t have to feel pressured to lighten things up to make up for lack of a window. Just don’t have a heavy hand with dark paint – consider an accent wall or a striped wall in dark red or royal purple to spice up a windowless room. Avoid Solid White Stark white is for hospitals, doctor’s offices, and schools. Use white in your windowless room and it will fall flat and appear lifeless in artificial light. If you’re going for a soft color, consider a wide spectrum of shades, from creams to soft yellows, peach to melon shades, or (if you must have it) white tinted with another shade. All of these paint colors can help a windowless space look brighter and more open. Accent the Ceiling Look up. An effective use of paint in a windowless room can happen on the ceiling. Drawing the eye upward with bright trim or a painted ceiling is statement-making and distracting from the lack of a window. Kelly green, hot pink, even wallpaper will make a space original for its design, not its lack of a window. Alternatively, you could choose to paint the ceiling or trim a few shades lighter than your wall paint color to open up the room. Mimic Nature Rooms with windows are automatically accented with the colors of nature. Create the illusion of the outdoors by injecting your windowless room’s color palette with the colors you might expect to find in the nearby landscape. With neutrals like sand, dove gray, ivory, or muted earth tones as a backdrop, accent thoughtfully with natural-looking hues like green, blue, sage, burnt orange, brick, gold, or walnut to create a balanced look. Texture Is Critical The most crucial element that a windowless room is missing is light. Paint colors can support or sabotage your lighting efforts. Consider paint effects – like textured walls – which reflect any lighting sources and help open up a room with its color. Keeping the paint on the glossy side will also benefit your efforts but only use high-gloss paints if your to-be-painted surfaces are completely unmarred. Eggshell or satin paint sheens will still reflect light while masking imperfections. Create a View One big disadvantage to a windowless room is the lack of a view, and lack of a built-in focal point. Don’t be afraid to fake it! If you don’t have an artistic hand, find an expert to paint a window or a nature-themed mural. Or choose a piece of art that’s pretending to be a window. You can even design it to look realistic – accenting it with curtains and a rod. You can visually enlarge and brighten a windowless room with tricks of the trade beyond paint – like replacing a solid wood door with a frosted glass door, adding mirrors behind lights to double illumination, using uplights, avoiding heavy lampshades, and adding glass and metal accents to reflect light. Your windowless rooms don’t have to become abandoned little cells in your home. Make the most of this curious space with the right paint and interior design efforts. Consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan.


Pop Décor: 5 Best Accent Colors for 2015

Pop Decor: 5 Best Accent Colors for 2015 Pop décor is not to be confused with pop art décor. We’re not talking about Andy Warhol and his Campbell’s Soup cans, but we are talking about delicious color. There is never a wrong time to infuse your décor with enough color to make it pulse with life. If you have a neutral backdrop, any of these five colors will make it, well, pop. And adding these shades to your décor shows that you have daring, and maybe a lingering love affair with the neon trend of the 1980s. Orange It’s natural to be a little frightened of orange. You might love pumpkins, but adding this color to your décor can take some guts. But orange, done right, can be absolutely stunning. You can design your home with a predominantly white or grey palette and add pops of orange throughout – a bedroom accent wall, a backsplash, the back of bookshelves, an area rug, curtains, or the kitchen island. Orange is also a beautiful complement to blue – whether royal or turquoise. Bright Yellow Trying to capture the sunshine, or welcome summer at any time of year? Bright yellow can add happiness or richness depending on its location or color intensity – think high-gloss dining chairs or a yellow ceiling. Ceilings, in fact, are one of the best places to play with color. This upward shading can frame a room beautifully. Kelly Green You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate the vibrancy of Kelly green. One piece of green furniture in an otherwise subdued palette boasts sophistication and a bit of fun – one colorful element can even serve as a room’s focal point. Or venture into a semi-permanent color state by choosing a darker but vibrant paint color for your stair risers (or balusters, or posts, or treads). Green, however you use it, adds freshness and interest. And hey, if green scares you, there’s always the option of trickling this color into your décor by adding house plants first Hot Pink Pink décor is always a surprise, especially when it’s hot pink. This shade isn’t reserved for little girls’ rooms and hair salons. Endow your kitchen with a juicy pink wall, punch up your entryway, or give the overlooked nooks and crannies a supporting role in your décor by painting them pink. Pink can be energizing – and we’re not talking Jane Fonda exercise videos. You can really pump up the drama by combining pink and orange together. Lapis Not quite purple, not quite blue, lapis is seen most often in jewelry, which makes it the ideal accent color for the more metallic décor like mirrors, pictures frames, and wall art. The beauty about pops of color is that they are unexpected and, thus, that much more memorable. A super-bright lapis accent can make you feel like you’re dabbling with danger and infusing your home with a little extra verve. Color in measured doses is possible even for the color-phobic. Need helping getting that spoonful or color into your home without feeling like you plastered a rainbow over your décor? Consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan.


How to Create the Cozy Library You’ve Always Wanted

How to Create the Cozy Library You've Always Wanted Presumably, if you are seeking to create a cozy library, then you are a bookworm of some sort. And bookworms typically have concrete ideas about where their books should go, how they should be arranged, and the best types of places to sit and devour said books. But it isn’t only books that give a library that coveted coziness. The atmosphere of a library is impacted by light, furniture, color, and accessories. All of these elements will allow bibliophiles to set the ultimate scene for reading, lounging, and daydreaming comfort. What Is Your Focal Point? Cozy libraries can easily be overrun with beautiful chaos, and a focal point can ground a room that might otherwise be filled with stacks and piles. Go for the obvious elements first – a fireplace or a beautiful view. Lacking these, proceed to create a focal point with a strategically placed grandfather clock or extra-large piece of art. Your bookshelves can be the focal point too, packing quite a punch especially if they’re arranged by color. What’s Your Theme? “Cozy” doesn’t automatically mean “eclectic.” A library can be large and bright but still be turned into a cozy spot to snuggle up with a cup of tea. A library can be full of modern, sleek lines or ooze old-school class with plenty of wood and leather. And if eclectic is your aesthetic, then go for it. Enter in all the colors and patterns that you can possible think of to mix and match. Can You Create a Book Nook? Look for opportunities to create a cozy book nook. You may not have a built-in window seat but you can create one with the right furniture, like a cocktail ottoman or chaise positioned strategically in front of your natural light source. Turn a closet into a cozy reading area with shelves, cushions, and lighting. Or position a storage bench snugly in between two bookshelves and cover it with fluffy pillows. Where Else Can You Sit? Libraries have multiple uses, so it’s a good idea to have a few seating options. Individual seats for solo reading or working, a table with chairs for projects or puzzles, two overstuffed seats ideal for conversation and that share a small table with room for a snack and drink or reading glasses. A writing desk is also a nice touch, and if you really want to capture that library feel it shouldn’t be bogged down with technology. Think: a vase of flowers, a place to write a real letter, a desk calendar. Do You Have Adequate Lighting? Readers need good lighting to illuminate the books they’re currently enjoying. If you’re lucky enough to have a library with plenty of natural light, take advantage of it, but also be prepared to properly disguise those windows for the days when you want to hide and read. The right window treatments can create a more subdued mood. And while overhead lights can get the job done, for the ideal level of coziness you’ll want a variety of task lighting in the way of table lamps and freestanding lighting sources. Are Your Accessories Cozy? Adding accessories to your library décor is easy. Cozy enters the room automatically with the addition of extra-large throw pillows, tufted ottomans, warm blankets, an area rug, and art with character. Don’t be afraid to hang art on bookshelves, especially if free wall space is limited. Even instruments (particularly an upright piano stacked with books) add personality, texture, and coziness to a library. Where Do Your Books Live? To be able to christen your space a real “library,” you’ve got to have books! Preferably, walls and walls of books. Don’t be stingy on the bookshelf space. Add as many bookshelves as you can, from floor to ceiling, over windows and doorways. Even if every shelf isn’t completely stuffed with books, extra shelves make it possible for you to shelve your books creatively, in different directions and configurations, and it also means you have room to display art, collections, or sculptures that are meaningful and complement your décor. Cozy means different things to different people. Consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan for that will truly represent your level of bookwormness, and give you a beloved library to treasure and enjoy.


Books in Abundance: 6 Unique (Standout) Bookshelf Ideas

Books in Abundance: 6 Unique (Standout) Bookshelf Ideas We live in a digital age where e-Readers, iPads and Kindles seem to be the chosen means of reading over traditional books. However, bookshelves are still a classic staple furnishing in the home. Even if you don’t pick up a book to read very often there is something comforting about having them around. They are often personal spanning both sentimental and financial value. Additionally, books provide physical comfort and warmth as accessories to your décor. Let’s explore 6 ways to create standout bookshelves for your home: 1. Don’t Fear Color Update your bookcase with a new coat of paint. We suggest painting just the back of the shelves for a unique look. You can extend your wall’s color to the bookcase for a seamless appearance. Or opt for a bright or bold color to add an accent to your space. You may even want to turn to wallpaper for this technique. Textures and patterns provide interest, but we suggest sticking to just wallpapering the back of the shelves or you may clutter the unit. 2. Try Picture Frame-Style Floating Shelves Floating shelves are a great way to efficiently use wall space. What you may not have previously considered are picture frame-style floating shelves. These unique shelves literally look like a picture frame, but are thick enough to hold your books. These shelves are best used for a small number of items and will create the feel of wall art. 3. Part Bookshelf, Part Room Divider Floor to ceiling built-ins are quite popular, but there are also contemporary bookcases of the same scale that work double duty as room dividers. These come in handy with open floor plans. You can find these shelves in an open format as well that allows you to see through to the other side while still maintaining a feeling of space division and intimacy. 4. Install Sliding Panels or Glass Doors Sliding panels can provide privacy when you feel like hiding your books or other collections. It is also a technique used to protect your books from continuous exposure to outside elements. Close the panels on a day-to-day basis and then open them when you have guests over. If you desire protection and visibility, try glass doors instead. It is a beautiful and simple way to keep your books secure while still showing them off! 5. Stained Oak for Cold Spaces Do you need to warm up your room for a cozy reading area? Oak provides instant warmth in any space. And the good news is you can capture this warmth without the traditional wood look, assuming that’s not your style. Using stained oak shelves will create the same inviting atmosphere for your space while creating a perfect home for your books. You will not be able to resist cozying up for a good read. 6. Consider Customized Shelves Whether looking for basic built-ins or simply desiring a one-of-a-kind look, like a book tree, customized shelves will give you exactly what you need and want. Having something specially made is often the best option when you are limited on space as you will have the ability to use every inch effectively. Style Tip: When placing your books on your new, or newly updated, shelves, bring them forward leaving a small amount of shelf showing in front whiling lining the books up in a neat even line. You should not be able to tell that the books are of varying lengths. Instead, create a uniform look that is very pleasing to the eye. How will you show off your books? Consult the interior design experts at Decor & You serving Denver, Colorado for more unique and stylish ideas.


Making the Most of a Small Bedroom

Making the Most of a Small Bedroom While modern bedrooms embrace open floor plans for large airy abodes, many of us are still working with small spaces that don’t speak kindly to the contemporary trends. But this doesn’t mean you can’t create a stylish and livable space. Let’s take a look at how to make the most of your small bedroom for a soothing and comforting atmosphere you long to enjoy every night. Restrict your color palette One of the easiest ways to enhance your small space is through the use of white and off whites. Think plain and simple especially for walls. Also, consider limiting your wall décor. The goal is to draw the eye to a window where it can explore what’s outside instead of being attracted to the wall itself which creates an inward feeling. Now, we understand that an all-white theme is not for everyone. Adding your favorite color to the mix is a welcomed addition to your bedroom we just caution in the use of too many bright or bold colors. Think thoughtful accents against a white backdrop to solidify the openness you crave. Let the light shine in Or at least minimize them. You want to invite natural light into your space which cannot be accomplished with thick, bulky drapes. Instead, opt for flat panels of soft sheer fabric. Roller blinds are also a good option if kept naturally-inspired. While you’re considering your window, think about placing one of your most used pieces of furniture under it. Whether it’s your bed or favorite chair, you can create a great place to enjoy the natural light while turning your focus outward instead of being restricted within the confines of your room. Upgrade your closets Old closets often create drab looks and feelings. Bring a modern edge to your bedroom while maximizing storage and functionality with customized built-ins that replace your closet space. This concept is great for keeping your room organized which is very important in any space-restricted area. You will negate the invitation for clutter to gather on the ground or in other dead zones a closet can create. Complete your look with sleek doors that produce a minimalist finish. Have a customized bed made Multi-tasking furniture is necessary in a small room and this includes your bed. Have a customized bed designed to fit perfectly into a corner or under a window to effectively use every inch of the floor while also providing extra storage above, below or to its sides. There are several ways to turn your bed area into desired book shelves, display cases or clothing storage. Try a customized headboard to create shelves or cupboards out of a typically nonfunctional space. Extend this storage space beyond the boundaries of the bed and it can double as a bedside table for subtle lighting and your favorite book. And never neglect under the bed storage which works fabulously for clothes and other personal items that are better tucked away behind closed doors. Finish with wall mounted and translucent pieces If you still need extra shelving or lighting, consider wall-mounted fixtures to save on floor space and to relieve the chaotic feeling that can occur when you can’t see the floor. Finally, try transparent furnishings for any additional chairs or desk space you still need. You will create the illusion that these furniture pieces aren’t even there. The interior design experts at Decor & You serving Denver, Colorado know how to treat a small bedroom right. Let them create your next small space retreat with a Personalized 5-Step Decor Plan that will leave you smiling and relaxed.


2015 World Market Trends

2015 World Market Trends The Decor and You team attended the 2015 Las Vegas World Market last month. If you are unfamiliar with this tradeshow, it is a comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market featuring timeless selections as well as contemporary and modern styles. Retailers and designers are presented with a total home experience including an assortment of intelligently designed products from fashion forward brands. During this event we discovered some exciting new trends for 2015. Here are 5 of our favorites ranging from furniture to accessories: 1. Fringe Fringe is a hot fashion trend for 2015. It is appearing in the home as well in a variety of materials and colors. One of our favorite looks includes exotic light fixtures where fringe creates defined interest and romance in an otherwise simple product.  Think glamorous chandeliers complete with fringe made of glass, crystal or metal. 2. Pillows, pillows and more pillows   Pillows are a must-have accessory. A wide range of colors, textures, materials and shapes allow you to complete any desired look in any room quickly and simply. Try a boldly colored pillow as the perfect accent to a neutral chair or sofa. Consider gold for interest and quality. Or a neutral weave can add texture and a natural look. 3. Trending Colors The World Market was a great place to see this year’s trending colors. Make way for Ink Blue, Celadon and Ox Blood Red. Ink Blue is not your ordinary blue, but a deep dark rich blue. Benjamin Moore’s “Gentleman’s Gray” captures ink blue in a striking wall color. It can work for an accent wall or take on an entire room. Ink Blue also shows well with Camel and Copper tones for a delightful color harmony. Try accessories in these complementary tones. Next, we have Celadon and Ox Blood Red which can be implemented as a color combination or as individual standout colors. Celadon embraces an ever so slight hint of green, think nearly mint or a celery tone. While Ox Blood Red is a sharp color in line with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala. It is Celadon’s perfect complement for a balanced space. Throw in a little white and a little silver for a truly unique look. 4. Lacquered Luxury Lacquered objects are highly treasured pieces in the world of décor as any space can be made to feel more elegant with the addition of lacquer. Vendors at World Market displayed a few variations on the theme. Look for the likes of stud embellished consoles and lacquered white bachelor’s chests. We also expect to see deep Mediterranean blues and golds in 2015. 5. Mixed Metals A final noticeable trend at World Market was a brave mix of metals and finishes. The most prominent metal was copper which was reflected in everything from wallpaper and furnishings to accessories. We simply can’t get enough of it! We especially love how it works well with classic gold for an elevated look of luxury. Does your home’s décor need a little freshening? Contact the Professionals at Decor & You to help you implement the 2015 World Market trends you love.


From Baby to Teenager: 5 Items for Your Nursery that Will Last through the Years

From Baby to Teenager: 5 Items for Your Nursery that will Last Through the Years Most expecting mothers enjoy the process of designing the perfect nursery. They create impeccable spaces in which to welcome home their little bundles of joy. But reality soon sets in and they realize, their babies won’t be babies for long. Now, what to do with that perfect design and the furniture that’s doomed to be outgrown within two years? Well, many moms and nursery designers have discovered that you can in fact buy nursery furniture that will last through your baby’s teenage years. You will likely pay a little more upfront for high quality items with the capabilities to transition through a child’s life stages, but the investment will be worth it. Let’s explore these staple furnishings for your nursery that are designed to last. 1. The Convertible Crib Convertible cribs have become a very economical and environmentally friendly solution for the baby’s sleeping place that is outgrown quite quickly. You can choose from a 2-in-1, 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 model depending on your specific needs. For example, perhaps you already have a twin bed lined up for the preschool years, but are lacking a toddler transition from the crib. Look to a 2-in-1 or 3-in-1. However, the 4-in-1 convertible crib has become a family favorite as this trendy item converts from a crib, to a toddler bed, to a day bed and finally into a full size bed. This complete package is a real crowd pleaser as you only have to buy one additional mattress when you convert to a full size bed. 2. The Dresser Your baby has clothes. Your toddler will have clothes. Your preschooler will have clothes. And so on. One dresser can last a lifetime, so most certainly it can last for 18 years. There are many designs and finishes that look great in a nursery and will also transition seamlessly into a more mature theme. You can also often find a dresser that matches the style and finish of your chosen convertible crib for a unified look that pleases both you and your kiddo. Functional tip: There is no need to purchase a small dresser for the early years. Any items your child needs access to can be placed in the bottom drawers or you can select a handy kid’s stool to keep next to the dresser. 3. The Bookcase When will you start reading to your little one? Many parents start within the first weeks of life and acquire a collection of children’s books worth revisiting many, many times. A favorite routine for families includes reading at bedtime making an in-room bookcase a must-have item from day one. Your child will mature beyond some books as he or she gets older, but the bookcase itself is never outgrown. 4. The Toy Chest This simple item provides ample storage in a kid’s room. Its possessions will change from stuffed animals to Legos to a collection of DVDs, but it will always have a use. Simple, classic designs ensure the chest will last and complement your child’s changing style as he or she gets older. Or you may opt for a modern toy chest that is disguised as a bench. Patterns, colors and textures create a beautiful addition to any bedroom with the bonus of additional seating. 5. The Personalized Beanbag Chair This piece of furniture is a kid’s favorite. While not a necessity for a nursery as typically rocking chairs or gliders are more useful, a personalized beanbag chair is a wonderful accent piece. It creates style and can provide color. When baby starts walking there are no harsh corners to run into and it won’t take long before your toddler will love this furnishing for play time and nap time. Are you designing a nursery? The Professionals at Decor & You can help you achieve the look you want while accomplishing your goals for functionality, longevity and style.


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