Upholstered beds - Love the look of this fully upholstered bed. Who would not feel like royalty sleeping in a bed like this?
Cubes - I love the extra dimension of seating and layered effect that they add to a space, and they are so practical and can b
This year there was a lot of contrast welt at market. I really enjoyed the extra pop of style that it adds to a piece.
Dark walls and metallic finishes. The majority of people have strayed away from dark walls for fear that it would make their room too dark but it was all the rage at this years High pointe furniture market.
The metallic finishes reflected onto the dark wall and built a beautiful contrast.
Have you ever purchased a ready-made window treatment from a store, catalog, or even online, only to be disappointed with the way it actually looks on your window? If the answer is yes, you're not alone! One reason for the disappointment may be that ready-made window treatments are made to fit "standard" window sizes –whatever that is. If your window is slightly wider or longer, the result can be a disaster. You must also consider the quality of the fabric, the lining, the fullness, and of course, the workmanship. Custom-made window treatments take into consideration all the aforementioned criteria.
It's easy to tell the difference between a custom-made drapery and a ready-made. Custom draperies are made with extra fullness. This means fabric that amounts to two and one-half to three times the width of the window is used to construct the treatment. IF it's a pleated drapery, the pleats are closer together at the top, allowing for the extra fullness to fall gracefully in elegant folds. The pleats of a ready-made drapery are further apart, and since less material is used, the drapery can actually appear rather skimpy.
A custom treatment will use corner weights to allow the fabric to hang straight, and prevent flaring at the hem. Special linings may also be used to avoid sun fading and add additional body to the treatment. Linings contribute to the energy-efficiency of the treatment, providing an insulating layer between the fabric and the window. The lining should be chosen with the type of fiber used in a decorative fabric in mind. There are even black-out linings available to darken the room for daytime or late morning sleepers.
Finally, the extra touches you get from a custom treatment are endless. Detailing, such as ruffling, banding, cording, trims and coordinating colors and fabrics, makes custom treatments truly individual and reflective of your style and taste.
So treat your windows to something really special….call a professional to help you select the best style for your home and family.
Color psychology takes on added significance in the dining room because color, research clearly shows, profoundly influences appetite. Did you know that changing a restaurant’s color scheme has been known to make a failing success restaurant a success, despite their excellent food?
Clear colors have the same stimulating effect on appetites as they do on atmosphere. Blue is particularly restful, encouraging leisurely meals. Full-strength red is exciting and to be used with discretion, but lighter shades, such as rose, or pinkish hues are pleasant to eat by. Yellow is it’s usual gay and sunny self. Neutrals tend to liven up dining rooms with positive and effective color splashes.
In the presence of food, stick to clear lighter shades of green. I also recommend avoiding shades of purple such as lavender and violet, as they tend to be appetite suppressants. Likewise, using drab colors in your dining room décor are rarely successful.
Since most dining is done at night, it’s important to test colors under artificial light. It turns some colors muddy, and would ultimately make food look less appealing.
Lighting should be flexible to allow different levels of light for many activities. A central chandelier can be controlled with a dimmer switch.
DelighOften times, I meet a client who thinks their dining room is the easiest of all rooms to furnish. Once they’ve made the decision on their table and chairs, they tend to think that’s all there is to it! Not so! While that may be one of the biggest decisions to be made, it’s far from all!
I submit that you still need to consider providing for the comfort of guests as well as the convenience of the hostess. I find that there are often problems unique to this room that often make it a design challenge. With that in mind, it does take some considerable planning to create and design a dining room that will take center stage in your home.
Chairs alone are a far from simple choice. Massive ones take up too much space, so it’s important to search for well designed chairs that are comfortable as well. Don’t worry about having enough dining room chair shapes and sizes to pick from - there are so many it’s bewildering, unless of course you have professional help!
Tables, too, come in all shapes and sizes. The size should fit both the room and your family and ideally be designed for easy expansion.
Expandable tables, with drop leaves, built-in extensions, and inserts/leaves are all practical. Today’s table design options can convert from a small cozy table to one that can be instantly enlarged when company is expected.
The lighting above your table should be carefully selected to assure the right wattage and the best light direction for the diners. The height of the chandelier is another important decision.
It’s also more convenient to have silverware, linens, and serving pieces stored right in the room. A sideboard, or chest will help to give you the storage you need, and can also handle the food for a sit down buffet. If you opt for this additional furniture piece, consider its top! It’s best for these pieces to be covered in a moisture and stain resistant material such as marble or tile. Other storage options to consider are cabinets or armoires. A very attractive unit might also become the room’s focal point – an extra added design benefit!
You’ll find it helpful to think through the many uses of your dining room. Because our modes of entertaining are many and ever changing. Ultimately, this means that your dining room design plan should be one that features flexibility. Whether you’re hosting a Sunday brunch for 6 or a midnight snack for 20, versatility and comfort should guide you toward the best furniture and design plan.
Have you ever thought about the impact that an area rug – or even flooring for that matter – can have on your overall design scheme? Light colored floors tend to make your room appear larger, and conversely, darker, richer colors used in flooring will reduce your rooms apparent size. Here are some great ideas you might want to consider when purchasing new flooring or area rugs for your home or office.
Unbroken expanses!: Enlarge your space with a dramatic room-sized area rug.
Create a Focal Point!: Area rugs can make a dramatic room statement!
Call attention to your furniture grouping: Wherever your area rug goes, so does the eye of the beholder.
Form and Function : When placed over tile or hardwood floors, area rugs will warm up your room, and help with sound!
Floors are the second largest and broadest expanse of color in a room—the first being
walls. They are also the most permanent feature, replaced less easily and less often than
wall treatments or even upholstered furniture. Purchase and installation costs are
substantial, so it’s important to select floors with an eye to the future.
For many reasons, it’s best to consider investing in the best quality possible for your
budget. That doesn’t necessarily mean buying the most expensive flooring. In
estimating what you are willing to invest, consider the life span of your floor covering.
This will help give you a truer picture of cost and what is truly the most economical for
you, your budget, and your lifestyle. And by all means, consider using the services of a
professional interior decorator to assist you in this important buying decision.
Modern technology has made flooring more attractive, varied and practical. Such natural
materials as wood, marble, stone, slate, clay tile and wool are still high in initial cost, but
may not be in the long run because of their durability. Man-made flooring materials such
as vinyl and carpets of synthetic fibers come in price ranges able to fit almost any