Saturday, April 14, 2018

10 Romantic Home Decorating Ideas

As Spring and Summer approaches, have you ever heard that our thoughts turn to romance? And why not bring romance into your home?

I have gathered decorating ideas from various sources. Although they are romantic, these ideas can become part of your rooms all year long. Ranging from as easy as changing a light fixture to creating an entirely new scheme, these tips will add a spark of romance to your home.

1. A chandelier, with the glow of light reflecting crystal and metal is always romantic.

2. A Venetian mirror above a cabinet or console exudes timeless and elegant romance.

3. Pink is always pretty especially with green and white it's not too feminine for your guy.

4. A romantic dining setting uses white accents on cove molding, a chair rail, seating, fabric and trims.

5. Soft lighting creates a romantic setting by simulating the effect of candlelight,. Always use dimmers.

6. A sensual room uses soft-shaped seating and lush fabrics you can sink into.

7. A loggia is always a perfect way to bring the outside into your home and make a romantic getaway space.

8. A feminine bedroom uses crisp white and draped sheer fabric.

9. A "trip to Paris" themed room setting uses an iron and wood chandelier, tile floor, toile fabric and wood furniture.

10. Romantic headboard in fabric, wood or metal always set the romantic atmosphere of your bedroom.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Top Design Trends To Consider

If you want to keep current with home fashion, its important to be aware of the important design trends.  These are features and looks that most homeowners and homebuyers liked.  I found these current three top trends for you to know.

Its all about light.
Floor to ceiling windows, walls with multiple windows are always a big hit and are a 2018 trend.  Light is essential to create a balanced chi, per Feng Shui. Its believed that energy form the sun stay sin the room all day and brings positive, happy vibes.  When looking for a space to live in, choose windows over walls.

Create a statement with floors and wallcovering.
Statement floors create a base to a room and a great way to make a room pop.  Statement wallpapers, even on just one accent wall, with bold colors, geometric shpaes or large floral designs, are a great way to update a room without changing too much else.

Pastel tones are a theme to go for.
Pastel shades have been the Pantone color of the year the past few years. One advantage of pastels is their neutral tones go with almost every other color and makes it easy to mix and match without getting stuck with any one particular shade.

Most important to remember is you are the one who has to live in your home. So choose a décor that makes you feel joy when you get up in the morning and return home at the end of the day.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Paint: The Right Finish

     When selecting the paint for your room, the first thing you think of is color. However, choosing the right finish is just as important. Sheen levels impact both the aesthetic and functional aspect of a room. They affect the amount of light reflected from the painted surface, hiding or highlighting imperfections and influencing color perception.
     The Benjamin Moore Paint Co. has outlined descriptions of paint finishes to help you to select the right one for the visual look and cleanability of the room you are painting.

Flat is the least reflective finish and provides excellent depth of color. It's a great choice for hiding minor surface imperfections on walls and generally preferred for ceilings.

Matte is more reflective than flat and is also great for minimizing minor surface imperfections while providing a durable finish.

Eggshell imparts a softly polished glow and provides an easy-to-clean surface. It's perfect for busy areas such as kitchens, dining rooms and family rooms.

Satin or pearl is a medium finish ideal for high-traffic areas like hallways when the full sheen of a semi-gloss is not desired.

Semi-gloss creates a smooth, highly reflective finish that is durable and withstands repeated cleaning. It is also used to highlight interior trim, doors and window frames.

Monday, February 19, 2018

What's In And What's Out for 2018

What is out in 2018
 industrial chic
mid century modern
ombre fabric
ombre carpeting
 black & white
 millennial pink
people are over gray and greige

What is in for 2018
dark blue & milky white (is the new black & white)
old fashioned chintzes
florals in colors of turquoise, apple green, shocking pink
sherbert colors of lemon chiffon, pistachio, delphinium blue, lettuce
green especially in live green plants both large and small
return of traditional design elements including antiques
traditional brown furniture
velbet sofas
handmade accessory like ceramic pieces
square-shape tiles are coming back
ceiling pendants grouped together versus one large chandelier


Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Joy of Home: How To Begin

The interest in interior design and putting together the furniture look you like, has lead to the trend to spend lots more time at home.  Furniture alone does not create that warm, comfortable feeling you desire. Filling your rooms with the latest, greatest trend furnishings that look fabulous on slick magazine pages will not make your home your own space.
  
I recommend that if you want to get that heart-filled feeling of home in your own interior, a little bit of homework will go along way to get you in the correct direction. If you want to save yourself lots of time and budget mistakes, take a minute to sit and think about the rooms you have been in your life that had made you feel the best being in them. What homes did you look forward to going back to again and again because of the way you felt there? Think about the colors, placement of furnishings, fabrics, textures, light, fragrance and style.  Further, compare these various homes and what is the commonality to the room décor?

If you spend this time you will begin to get a theme for what you love to be surrounded by in your home.  Your goal is to create your home interior to be what gives you the most joy when you see it the first thing in the morning. And at the end of the day when you open the door to your home, the space should make you feel like it's your retreat and relaxing refuge.

This is the first in a series of The Joy Of Home---to create your own home of joy.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Faux Finish Paints Trend for Home

Are you looking for more glamour in your home interior? Do you want what's new in décor with an elegant splash? Is your room painted a great color but needs more "wow"? If you answered "yes", then I'd recommend going with the revived trend for faux painted texture for your walls.

There are new patterns and techniques.  And the paint companies have developed new products for a new look to the wall finishes. These are not like the faux finishes of the past.  Think of this a liquid wallcovering.

Lots of metallic for richness. Tone-on-tone effects with color, shine and matte finish.  There are smooth or brushed finishes with multi-layer.  The look is luxury, sophistication, richness and glamour.  The idea is to create fashionable, classic interiors with drama.

An ideal area for this is the entry which is the first impression of your home so make a statement.  A powder room is a smaller space and faux finishes made the room special.  I always like dining rooms to have a feeling of romance and a wall with dimension, pattern and shine helps to create this mood.

Unless you are a great DIYer, I'd recommend a professional painter who has a specialty with faux finishes to do this work for you. However, if you give it a try yourself, you or a painter can always paint over it successfully.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Interior Design Basics: Style

To begin any interior decorating project you need to decide what style to create your home interior so it is a space that feels good for you to live in. Here are a few of most popular styles.

Modern Minimalist: Style of extreme accuracy with nothing to much and no heavy backgrounds. The emphasis is on simplicity. Colors are dull or bright but flashing. Pieces are geometric shapes of square, rectangular and round. Surfaces are clean and no details. Minimalist modern style illustrates the simplified form.

Classic: Refined style, rich in details that are found in the structure of furniture, lighting, etc., as well as in fabric prints. The furniture is the art. Carved or inlaid and applied details. Decorated with floral elements, vegetable, leaf motifs or scenes drawn from legends.

Classic Updated:  Refined and elegant. Classic form details are found in a new approach. The forms preserve the structure of old forms or parts in general updating them sometimes or some elements of a furniture style combined with modern elements, creating the fusion between old and new. Finishing parts are in a new approach: painted and varnished with different and innovative colors, surface gold or silver finished with patina or serigraphic.

Rustic:  style structure is crude with rough details. Structure elements of furniture and lighting can be in tree trunks, logs, branches, jute. Style is found in mountain vacation homes and rural areas.

Elegant Country: Rural style is elegant with influences from English, French or Scandinavian classic pure style. Rural chic. Finishes are bright colors with white and pastel. Forms are traditional. Surfaces are painted and sometimes have a slight patina.

Retro: Refers to 50's, 60's or 70's. In that period it is anticipated design of pieces to come. A playful approach with a funny structure of form, the play of colors and prints. New approaches in design forms, yet within classic design lines. Prints with geometric shapes, lines, plaid or printed with illustrations of the Pop Art style.

Contemporary: Modern, new and cool. Colors are balanced and warm.. Finishes are warm and wood. Appearance to look more polished. Textile use of leather, velvet, plush, printed. Scandinavian modern style can be defined as a contemporary style.

High-Tech: An innovative modern style and the emphasis on detail that is not random but part of the structure. Details of screws, rivets, wheels, rough metal are specific to this style. The finishes are often metal, glass, plastic, wood and leather. The colors are often dull gray, white and small amounts of black.

Eclectic: A combination of various styles of furniture, such as, traditional with modern, rustic with high-tech.  The look is brought together through the use of color, texture, shape and finish.