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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Mounted Textures: 7 Places to Hang a Rug Rugs are not designed solely for the floor. In fact, there are many motivations behind moving your rug to other visually stimulating locations such as draped over a couch or placed across a trunk or hope chest to complement colors, add texture or disguise flaws in the furniture. But today, we are going to focus simply on wall space. Let’s explore 7 places to hang a rug and why they will excel at adding life to your interiors. 1. In the Bedroom A rug may lay flat, but there is nothing two dimensional about it. The texture you can pull into your bedroom for genuine warmth and visual interest is inspiring. And an individual rug captures a designer’s unique creativity and vision for a space much like any piece of wall art. Consider mounting a rug above your bed either in place of the headboard or above it. The rug should be large extending beyond the width of your bead and reaching for the ceiling. This placement can enhance your bed as the focal point of the room or the rug may take on the role of focal point on its own. 2. In the Living Room High ceilings often create wall space that begs for oversized pieces of art complete with colors, patterns and textures. Warm up those cold, bare walls with large rugs. Consider matching tones in your furniture for a cohesive look or take advantage of an opportunity to add an accent color. This is also the perfect opportunity to preserve a rare rug. Since you dare not tread on one of these treasured possessions, treat it as a masterpiece or a member of your rare art collection, because it is! 3. In the Entryway Entryways often contain an odd wall that needs a little styling. A floor-to-ceiling rug is one way to create an accent wall out of this space. It adds color, impact and gives that offbeat wall a design purpose. 4. In the Home Office Home offices are typically not large spaces. Therefore, a small rug is all you need to liven up this room. Try a simple graphic pattern that avoids too much adornment. You will still make a statement, but preserve simplicity and the need for concentration in this functional space. 5. At the End of a Hallway We all have to think of something to do with that often small yet empty wall at the end of the hallway. Similar to the home office selection, choose a rug that is small and not overbearing. Try hanging the rug above a small chest or chair for real impact. 6. In the Dining Room Create sophisticated art for your dining room complete with the look of a framed picture or painting. Some rugs contain a border that already creates the illusion of a frame automatically highlighting the central image. Simply mount these rugs directly to the wall. For other rug designs, try mounting them to a board to create a contrasting background color and frame. 7. Within the Indoor Patio Your patios need a little love for their walls too. If you have an enclosed patio, a rug could be just the décor item you have been searching for. Remember, any wall rug can be chosen to complement your floors whether tiled or covered with another rug to create a unified look. A quick hanging tip: diligently distribute the weight of the rug evenly to avoid warping, sagging and tearing. Consult a rug and textile dealer for the best ways to hang your particular rug. Are you inspired by mounted textures? We are! And the interior design experts at Decor & You serving Denver, Colorado will help you bring your vision to life. They will work with you to create a Personalized 5-Step Décor Plan to accomplish your unique design needs for your home or office.
Connecting the Old with the New Utilizing a mix of décor from past and present time periods can create an interesting, unique and completely authentic style for your home. A style that speaks directly to you as you blend the best of history and the best of now – and where you get to choose what is considered “the best.” While this particular design concept throws out a lot of rules and lets you be incredibly creative, there are a few techniques to keep in mind that will help you create a flawless design. Let’s take a look at 3 of these methods that embrace connecting the old with the new: 1. A Contemporary Backdrop for Traditional Accessories Modern homes often envelop strict clean lines, sleek finishes and stainless steel appliances. You will find that while on their own these modern elements create a rather cold feel. However, when paired with traditional furnishings, older accessories and naturally-focused accents, the space becomes warm and inviting. Think traditional table settings complete with fresh floral centerpieces as they become a source of sincere warmth and kindness for inviting dinners. You are creating genuine interest. Additionally, these modern homes often embrace function so you will find space for the likes of your home office or study conveniently built right in to the floor plan. However, we often neglect this space in lieu of decorating our other rooms. Try to avoid doing this because you will end up with a corner full of last-thought furniture that invites piles of paperwork instead of thoughtful work. Embrace clean modern floors and crisp white walls to create an eye-catching space that is conducive to getting work done. Organic wood furnishings are ideal complements and should be accented with real books and other meaningful collections. If you don’t currently own any older items to balance your modern home, you can scour flea markets and estate sales or you can even find new items that have the look of being historic or rustic. For example, rich wood and woven baskets can appear decades old when they’re not. 2. Old Space, New Purpose As you look around your home, you may find old closets and niche corners that are just begging to have a new purpose. These spaces are often constructed small and have gradually begun to lack any real use as the years have gone by. Turn them into functional spaces with a modern flare. Think new home for the refrigerator out of the old kitchen closet. A built-in bar or a quiet corner to enjoy a morning cup of coffee can be designed out of an odd corner. Modern storage can fit into any small space and you will hardly even know it’s there. The possibilities to create function out of your unused areas is virtually endless. Complete your old space’s new look with contemporary colors. It’s the perfect way to add interest, an unexpected twist or a simple take on what’s fresh and current. 3. Tell a Story As you select your décor, both old and new, remember your space should always reflect who you are. All your furnishings and all your accessories should have a story to tell that complements their purpose. Challenge yourself to find these pieces that will bring meaning to your home. A great way to test if your selected décor is right for you is to ask yourself if you would enjoy telling its story at your next dinner party. If the answer is yes, we say you have chosen wisely. Let the Interior Design Professionals at Decor & You help you tell your home’s story that encompasses the past and present through flawless interior designs that speak to you. Contact us today!
Brighten Up Your Bathrooms Let’s talk lighting - smart, intuitive and engaging lighting. This important feature in your bathroom is not a simple decision. It can make or break this functional space and too often is not given nearly enough thought as there are many fixture styles to choose from, functions to consider and a desired ambiance to select. The good news: light designers have successfully combined style, sustainability and energy-efficiency to enhance any bathroom based on your needs and goals whether big, bright or proficient. Let’s look at 6 lighting trends that will brighten up your bathroom: 1. Pendant Lighting Pendant lighting is forecasted to be quite popular this year. A pendant can be found to complement any style and accomplish numerous lighting goals which has established its value for working in a wide range of rooms, especially the bathroom. The pendant silhouette we will address today is the drum. We like it because it comes in various patterns and materials that bring texture to the space. It also becomes fully functional when put on a dimmer as it provides bright task light for getting ready or soft relaxation light for unwinding at the end of the day. 2. Chandelier Lighting Whether you have a large modern bathroom or a smaller intimate space, there is a chandelier for you. Large bathrooms welcome the dramatic and the extravagant. Think traditional, attention-grabbing crystal. These chandeliers tend to run a pretty penny, but you will be able to find the exact look and quality you desire. For a smaller bathroom, contemporary chandeliers for the more price sensitive consumer are in demand. However, do not be taken aback, these smaller models do not compromise style. 3. Cabinet and Drawer Lighting Even with adequate overhead lighting, searching through the contents of your cabinets and drawers can be straining on the eye. While many people resort to leaving a flashlight under the sink, we recommend investing in a more elegant solution. LED lights are both practical and affordable. Install them on a motion sensor or other trigger to help create instantaneous light when you need it. 4. Shower and Bath Lighting While not a new trend, lighting in the shower and bath area remains ever popular for added pleasure and gusto to your daily routine. Creativity plays a role here. Try colored LED pool lights in red, green and blue to create a combination of colorful or white lights. A shower fixture with the light built right in is impressive. These modern fixtures are often controllable for varying degrees of color and brightness. Keep in mind that any overhead light in the shower should use a dimmer. Besides overhead lighting you can also try lights under benches or in cut outs designed for your daily essentials. Both of these could double as bathroom night lights. 5. Mirror Lighting Mirror lighting is very important. Start by installing general lighting above the mirror that casts even light over the sink and/or countertop. Add lighting to both sides of the mirror as well as below it to help avoid unwanted shadows being cast across your face and under your eyes. Fluorescent lighting is often too harsh around the mirror so try fluorescent lighting for a daylight-like spectrum that is ideal for using the mirror to get ready. Also, keep in mind that a larger mirror requires larger lighting fixtures. 6. Warm Metal Light Fixtures Complete your bathroom’s lighting look with one of the hottest trends of 2015, warm metals. Look for copper-colored fixtures to add warmth and comfort to this important room in your home. Final tip: install your bathroom’s lighting fixtures on separate switches so you can layer the lighting as you see fit for your mood or time of day. Ready to warmly illuminate your bathroom? Let the Professionals at Decor & You help you select bathroom lighting that is not only on trend for 2015, but will fit your family’s style and preferences perfectly.
New Design Features for Your Kitchen: "Furniture Style" The kitchen is more than a functional space designed to prepare the family meals. It is a room that often serves as the home’s mainstay and is enjoyed by all. We believe a space this special deserves a little extra attention and we’re not the only ones who think so. Design predictions forecast furniture-style features to top the kitchen trends in 2015. These features will in fact celebrate the various elements of a kitchen in stylized beauty and comfort much as you would design any other room in your home. It is not just a workstation, but a warm and inviting space for people to gather and enjoy meals together. Let’s explore some options for bringing furniture style into the kitchen. Custom Cabinetry Let’s start with cabinetry. Special custom features will create an environment that reflects a cozy living room over a stark workspace. For example, muntins. Muntins are often made of wood or metal strips specifically designed to divide glass panes on cabinet doors. We like this look because you can display anything from antique collections to everyday dishware for a more open and friendly vibe that solid cabinet doors restrict. The muntins add a little flare to this look and feel. Customize your cabinets further with embellishments of glass, metal or leather that will really make them feel special. Next, consider valances. They’re as functional as they are decorative. Adding one under your high cabinets not only finishes the look, but serves the purpose of hiding unattractive items that will make your kitchen feel unfinished and cold. Think electrical elements such as exhaust fans and lighting. Finally, if you want to add some style to your lower cabinets, consider adding some decorative feet. Set one cabinet apart with a personal touch or create a unified look by fitting all cabinets with special feet. The Island Your kitchen island is the perfect place to add a touch of furniture style and really make it your own. What do you look for in your living room furniture? What brings you comfort? Apply the same styling in the kitchen. Similar to the cabinet suggestion above, consider raising the entire island onto legs for a truly standout piece. If you do not desire to put the entire island on legs, try adding decorative legs at the corners. This technique works especially well when constructing a bar on one side of the island. Looking for a beautiful way to enhance the island as the focal point? Try corbels at the corners. Corbels are ornate and will dramatically draw your attention to the island’s select features. Don’t forget end panels. Your island is freestanding which means decorative end panels are necessary to create an aesthetically pleasing design. Keep it simple or opt to complement the details of your cabinets with a similar style. If you have opted for a bar or seating area at your island consider adding a toe kick. A detailed furniture toe kick gives the island a real freestanding furniture look plus it makes for a more comfortable seat when working close to the counter. Benches All Around Benches in the kitchen create warmth through a contemporary style that leaves stark medal bar stools and breakfast nook chairs at the door. If you selected a bar for your island try upholstered bench bar stools designed to seat two. They will instantly relax the kitchen space. If you don’t have a bar, but do have an island, consider adding a low or standard bench at the end of the island. Orient the bench away from the island towards another seating area or kitchen table to facilitate conversation. A free standing bench is always welcome to add extra seating whether at a breakfast nook table, a full-sized kitchen table or against a bare wall. It is also a great way to bring in an accent color if desired. Try an antique bench anywhere in the kitchen for an unexpected twist and added personality. Banquettes for Small Spaces Tucking a banquette into a corner of the kitchen immediately adds comfort with an elegant flare. It’s the perfect invitation for a cup of morning coffee or a quick lunch. It also creates a polished look as even a free standing banquette can appear built in. Do you like the idea of cozying up in the kitchen with furniture style? design The interior professionals at Decor & You can assist you in selecting the right features for your kitchen that will leave you longing to spend many days in the comfort of this homey space.