January 6, 2017 Easy Decorating Just follow these ideas and you will be ok!
January 1, 2017 Let There Be Light! Know Your Rules Just So You Can Break Them.
December 27 The Art of Hanging Art
December 20 Living Room – Where Do I even Start?
One thing that really helped me when I “officially” made a final family room layout was I thinking about my seating that would be used the most. That is usually your largest/most comfortable sofa. Then I thought about where it would go opposed to the biggest focal point. For our family room it is our tv. For our living room it is the fireplace. In our family room, I positioned our large leather sofa across from the tv and then decorated around that jump off point. It made everything fall into place much easier. (And I didn’t have to run around moving the large sofa everywhere before it would have ended up across from the tv anyway).Below is our family room before and after. I will post a more recent picture with the new rug and updates soon!
Here are some more living room tips for furniture (and more)below by top designers;
- “Float something in the room – a sofa, a lounge chair – to avoid the ‘dance hall’ look. Think of it as an opportunity to show off the back (do something with the back).” – Brad Wessner
- “The ideal height to hang your flat-screen TV is at eye level when you’re in viewing position. The ideal viewing distance is 11/2 times the size of your flat screen.”- Jean Larette
- “Keep a minimum of 15″ between coffee tables and sofas.”- Alexa Hampton
- “If you have a painting that looks too small above your sofa, don’t center it. Offset it a few inches to the left. The negative space-called ‘ma’- becomes part of the image.”-Richard Mishaan
- “Never push furniture up against the walls. By pulling your seating arrangement in (even just a few inches), you instantly warm up a space and create flow.” – Betsy Burnham
- “Every room needs a touch of black, just like it needs at least one antique piece.”- Jan Showers
- “Rugs: the bigger the better. Nothing shrinks a room faster than a tiny ‘postage stamp’ at the seating area. Best rule of thumb: Keep 12″ of wood showing around the perimeter.” – Mary Foley and Michael Cox
And don’t forget about the Property Brothers’ Design Cheat Sheet for furniture spacing.
December 19, Decorating Tip of the Day- Don’t forget the Ceilings!
This bathroom ceiling below is what gave me the inspiration to paint my own bathroom and I love the difference it made!
Above is our bathroom we painted with a gold metallic shimmer. In the top left picture you can see when the ceiling was still white that it just didn’t go well with the darker wallpaper. Our house has retro tile in every bathroom. We didn’t want to take down the tile but this wallpaper and gold ceiling completely took the focus off the green tile.
Below is our son’s room. We did a beautiful wallpaper in the ceiling and closet of his bedroom. The walls are painted Revere Pewter by BM. I absolutely love the way the chandelier reflects off the wallpaper.
A few more tips on painting the ceiling
- Cut the wall color by 50% is a good rule for painting the ceiling
- In small rooms I have painted the ceiling the same color as the wall when it didn’t have trim, it made it feel like the room embraced you.(Trim can sometimes make a ceiling feel lower)
- Decorators white is a safe ceiling color if going with white, but can look purple in a north facing room.
Below are more beautiful ceilings (and rooms) I ran across online.Take a chance it’s only paint!
December 16, Decorating Tip of the Day- Paint Finishes 101
I really found this tutorial by Kylie M. Interiors helpful. It not only gives you a cheat sheet to refer to but it also explains why she prefers certain finishes, including different finishes if your house is old or newer.
Remember, these are just the general rule, but there are always exceptions. I also realized that satin paint costs more than flat or eggshell so take that into consideration when purchasing paint for your walls.
December 15, 2016 Tip of the Day – Any extra ornaments laying around? Click link below to see lots of ideas.
December 14, 2016 Tip of the Day – Dress up your old bi-fold closet doors.
In my bedroom I had old bi-fold doors along one entire wall making up 3 different closets. The tops were a shutter type material. They made the room looked choppy and dated. Ever since we had moved into our house they drove me crazy but I didn’t want to spend the money to replace them. I finally decided to add mirrors to the entire upper half of the doors. It made a huge difference, so try dressing up doors you don’t like before you get rid of them. Below are some before and after pictures of my bedroom as well as a link to more ideas I found.
December 13, 2016 Tip of the Day – The Property Brothers’ Design Cheat Sheet – NO FAIL MEASUREMENTS
I have used this time and time again. It is so useful, I always keep it handy when I am buying a rug, table, art etc. It helps me choose the correct size for the space I have in mind. Thank you Property Brothers! You have saved me a lot of time.
December 12, 2016 Tip of the Day – Perfect navy blue – Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.
Painting in a high gloss was perfect for the bar. High gloss hides scratches and dings much better than other finishes.
I searched for a long time for the perfect navy. I always liked navy but didn’t want a navy that looked too “nautical” or too “uptight”. After much research and many pictures, I went with Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. And it was perfect! Absolutely love how the navy has a bit of gray or smoke in it. It makes it elegant but not overly formal. I painted my bar hale navy and it accented my revere pewter walls absolutely beautifully. Don’t forget, if you have furniture you are painting that is a little dinged up or not the highest quality, try a high gloss finish, it hides things much better than other finishes. Both the chair and bar are in high gloss finishes. The chair was free so I just went for it. Painted the wood in hale navy and recovered the cushion easily with fabric from Hobby Lobby. It went beautifully in my Equestrian Themed Office. Walls in office are Clinton Brown.
December 9, 2016 – The Rule Of Three
Better Homes and Gardens calls it the “rule of three” and suggests using the same color at least three times in a room. I find this especially true when using a brighter or bolder color. Also, disperse it in the room like a triangle. If you use the same color three times only right next to each other, it simply acts as one object and may seem out of balance if you don’t continue the color in other areas around the room. In my son’s room below you can see where I have incorporated red and blue evenly across a neutral backdrop.