Tips for Monochromatic Decorating

Monochromatic decorating has a certain sophistication level that is perceived as elegant and classic. If you are not careful this style can easily become dull and lackluster. Let’s take a look to find out how to successfully pull off this look.

The most important factor in this style of decor is to create plenty of contrast. Contrast can be created by using light and dark monochromatic colors. An example of this could be contrast created with the help of the dark trellis or geometric pattern on accent pillows and dark fabric used on the drapery. Contrast could be made with a dark tray on a white table. An area rug with thin dark stripes is another example. Espresso brown is a common color of contrast against light colors and white.

Textures and layering are also important when decorating a monochromatic style. Example: Upholstery fabric on the sofa with a nice textured fabric, paired with different fabrics on the accent pillows. If the fabrics in this example not been mixed, the sofa would be washed out and boring. Another example is drapery panels coupled with the sheers. The can create an in-depth layer of texture and contrast.

The accessories in the room can also create the contrast we are looking for. Do this with glass and a little bit of shiny metal. This can add another layer of texture as well as some glitz. Glass items are always helpful when decorating in a monochromatic style.

Make sure to keep some life in the space. Fresh-cut flowers are an easy way to add life to a space. If no greenery appears in a monochromatic space it may feel cold and dull. In fact, all interior spaces benefit from plants, flowers and greenery. It is important to always place plant life within an interior!

Finally, the material of the floor is an important point to factor into the overall decorating scheme.  Be mindful to the contrast running through the remaining space.   

Let us know if you need further advice about your monochrome décor.  If you have an example, post a photo below!

Decorating with Mirrors

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When it comes to decorating with mirrors there are never any rules. Yes, mirrors are a great way to quickly add visual interest to your space. Using mirrors as a decorative element has numerous benefits. It can instantly add depth and bring in natural light. In addition, mirrors can create a special effect when they reflect colors and paintings on adjacent walls. Here’s how you use mirrors to add style and increased light to your home.

Place a floor length mirror between two windows

Implementing a floor length mirror between two windows creates the illusion of a third window. This helps bring in more light to your space. By casually propping a large framed mirror against the wall creates a relaxed feel.

Use mirrors to enhance the room elements

You can use mirrors as an accent to the focal point in a room. For instance, by hanging a mirror over a fireplace mantel that extends to the ceiling, you can create a dramatic look. This is a great way to create emphasis in a neutral living room.

Hang mirrors on adjacent walls

Are you ready to make a powerful statement with your home’s decor? Try lining, two large equally sized mirrors on adjacent walls. This enables light to bounce all around the room. This look will especially complement the dining room area because it expands the area and gives the illusion of a bigger crowd around the dining room table.

Forget the medicine cabinet

Forgo the traditional medicine cabinet hanging over the bathroom sink. Instead, you can use a mirror of any shape to make a statement. A circularly shaped mirror can break up all the sharp straight lines and adds character.

When using mirrors as an accent piece in the home try to select mirrors with interesting shapes and unique frames for further customization!

How to Decorate with Split Complementary Colors

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Looking for ways to transform a blank canvas? A split complementary color scheme will no doubt add great contrast to a room which instantly brings interest and variety to your space. However, the downside is that you can end up with a design that looks busy or messy. If you’re interested in doing something different with your home’s decor, this article will show you how you can pull this off successfully.

What Is A Split Complementary Scheme?

In a split complementary color scheme, you’ll be using three different colors. This decor consists of two complementary colors and then the color that sits opposite from the complementary color on the wheel. For instance, yellow and green are complementary colors. Violet is the split complementary color of yellow. Usually, this palette will consist of two warm colors and a cool tone. However, you can adjust the temperature balance as you see fit. If you want to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere then you should use more of the warmer colors in your decor. Paint your walls and use this color in your furniture upholstery. On the other hand, if you prefer to set a cool mood then you would do the opposite.

Clashing of the Colors

Yes, using a split complementary scheme can be challenging especially if you’re not particularly skillful at using colors. To avoid a harsh clashing of colors, which can make for an aesthetically unpleasing look, make sure you don’t overdo the contrast. For a sophisticated look, you can tone down the hues of the opposite color. You can even use more of the two complementary colors and the third color sparingly.

Example: Blue, Violet, and Orange

Blue and violet are complementary colors. In a split complementary design scheme, blue and violet are the dominant colors. Orange should be used sparingly as an accent color to make your space come alive. For instance, in a bedroom, you could consider painting the walls a pale violet and covering the arches in blue. Perhaps your bedding would also be violet or blue and you can add orange pillows as an accent.

Tips to Free Up Counter Space

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Whether or not you live in a small home, you may find yourself struggling for extra counter space in your home. From the kitchen to the bathrooms, counter space is limited and you are running out of ideas. But there is no need to worry because we have four simple tricks to help you free up counter space. 

Four Tricks to Free up Counter Space

Trick One: Just Look Up. Counter space tends to be limited, but have you ever thought about using your wall space? Installing a shelving system can be just what you need to maximize your home’s storage. Plus, installing a shelf can work in literally any room of your house. From your kitchen’s spices to your bathroom soaps, shelves have you covered from the ceiling to the floors. 

Trick Two: Double-Duty. Doors hold a lot of storage potential and they can help keep your home looking tidy! Install a door organizer to the back of your door to store all different types of items. Your pantry door can hold extra food, your laundry room door can hold detergent, and your garage door can hold cleaning supplies. All you will need to do is group the items into different categories and place them on the appropriate door organizing system. It is a smart idea to keep chemical cleaners outside of the house and in the garage. 

Trick Three: Stack Em’. If you afraid of losing too much counter space, try storing vertically instead of horizontally. Bins and baskets that stack can save you more room than storing them horizontally on top of their countertops. You will want to try and look for stacking systems that can store your household items without sacrificing counter space. 

Trick Four: Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Instead of storing items on top of your valuable counter space, consider stashing them away in hidden places. The area under your beds is a great place to start! Depending on what room you are working on, you will be able to find a lot of nooks and crannies to hide your items. 

We hope you enjoyed these four quick and easy tricks to free up counter space. We are always happy to help.  Check back each week for more posts, updates, and blogs! 

7 Creative & Useful Ways to Use Baskets

Baskets can be one of the most useful and stylish storage pieces that you can use throughout your home. They are versatile and functional items that can work in practically every room of your home. Whether you prefer baskets or bins, we have seven ideas that can transform the way you currently view storage in your home. 

Seven Creative + Useful Ways to Use Baskets

  1. Guest Bedroom Necessities.  

Creating the perfect oasis for your guests begins by establishing a stress-free, relaxing environment for them to enjoy. Let your guest’s minds go to ease in the guest bedroom by having a place for everything. Supply baskets and bins for them to put their belongings and store guest room essentials inside of the baskets. To help their stay feel like a vacation, you can place a soap, razor, towel, lotion, toothbrush, and loofa inside of a basket for them to enjoy. 

  1. Living Room Essentials

Living rooms tend to be an open space where everything is out in the open. To help transform the current organization system in your living room, you can use baskets. Decorative baskets are perfect for storing bulky, unattractive electronics. Plus, they give you easy access whenever you need to pull out something. 

  1. Kitchen Possibilities

Reimagine your kitchen by using baskets and bins to organize your counter space, cabinets, and pantry. Home decor stores sell decorative bins and canisters to hold all of your items in a stylish way. This way you can display your condiments on the counter without worrying about them being an eye-sore. Finish off your pantry with baskets and bins to store and organize all of your food goods. Believe us, searching for an item will never be so easy with this solution! Simply print labels to place on the face of the basket for ease-of-use. 

  1. Child’s Bedroom Maximized

Are you constantly stepping on your children’s toys? Save your feet and time by organizing all of their items inside of playful baskets. Whether your child loves princesses or dinosaurs, there is a themed basket for that! You can instantly make clean-up time fun again with these decorative baskets. 

  1. Manageable Craft Room

Crafting can be a great hobby for homeowners who just need a break from their stressful life. Do not let the busyness of everyday life affect your craft room’s potential. Stash your items in organizational bins and baskets for an organized, functional craft room. 

  1. Laundry Solutions

No one loves dirty laundry and organizing it does not sound very fun. But with baskets and bins to help you sort, you can rethink the way you currently do laundry. Purchase a basket or bin for each load of wash. Then the next time you go to do laundry, you sort the items in the basket based off of their wash requirements. For example, you can have a basket labeled “Colors” or “Whites.” This will help save you time and minimize on extra loads.

  1. Systemized Mudroom

Keep your mudroom clean this winter with baskets to store shoes, coats, and winter gear. You can either make a basket per item or per family member depending on your preference. 

We hope you enjoyed these tips for staying organized with baskets! The organization does not start there. You can use baskets and bins in nearly every room of your home. Let your creativity take over and create a beautiful organization system to match your home’s decor. 

Tips for Choosing The Perfect Bathroom Mirror

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What does your perfect bathroom look like? Often, when envisioning a chic bathroom we rarely give attention to the mirror. After all, when we look in the mirror we see a reflection of so many things but we rarely pay attention to the mirror itself. Yes, a good mirror is an important component of the overall look of a room especially a bathroom. You can choose from many different styles, shape and colors.

Size Matters

When selecting a vanity mirror you should consider its size. You’ll need to consider both function and proportion. To create a proportionate or balanced look you’ll need to select a mirror that is relative to the size of your vanity. Here are some rules  you should consider:

–       A vanity mirror shouldn’t be wider than the vanity itself

–       You can line up the mirror up perfectly with the vanity which is ideal if you are investing a custom-made mirror

–       If you have a store-bought mirror than you’ll want to take the 70 to 80 approach. The mirror should be 70 to 80 percent as wide as the vanity. The mirror will look smaller but not shrunken.

–       A functional mirror needs to only be a foot above your eye line. However, the taller it is the more viewing angles you’ll have.

Multiple vs. Single

If you have a super wide vanity or a double sink vanity than you’ll have to decide whether you should invest in two vanity mirrors or one with double the width. If you use two, skinny, long mirrors you will emphasize the height of the room. Multiple mirrors also work with vanities with a single sink. On the other hand, using a single mirror with increased width will open up the room.

Wall to Wall Mirror

For a dramatic look, you can completely ignore the size of the vanity and opt for a mirror that covers the entire wall above the vanity. A wall to wall mirror can visually double the size of a small bathroom.

Frames

Frame or a frameless mirror will work in this space. However, frameless mirrors are often used in the bathroom because it creates a modern look.

We hope these tips help!

Simple Tips to Improve Your Interior

Does your interior need a lift? Not sure how to improve certain areas? Below are some simple tips that can uplift any room. You might be surprised how tweaking one or two things can lead to remarkable results.

Fabrics and upholstery have the power to give the “just re-decorated” look without having to actually redecorate. Try brightly colored accent pillows, or recover the ones you have. Pillow slipcovers are easy to find online. Fresh, plump accent pillows act as a face-lift for any worn sofa or chair. Fabrics also have the power to create warmth, drama, elegance and variety to any room.

Window treatments allow you to control light, give privacy and improve insulation. They can also help improve the appearance of a room. Wish you had a higher ceiling? Install full-length panels higher above the top of a window. If you don’t want wall showing in between, you can add a valance that only hangs down an inch or so past the top of a window. Panels and valance combined make a window look higher than it actually is. Treatments made of formal fabric add elegance. Casual fabric gives a room a comfortable feel. Different types of blinds also have the power to create the mood of your choice. White plantation shutters add a classic look to any window.

Try out one or all of the tips above! We would love to hear about your interior transformations!

Common Decorating Mistakes

You’re not alone! Common decorating mistakes are made time and time again. This post may help you by pointing out common mistakes so you can avoid making them!

If you don’t love it, Leave it!: Do not use something that you don’t love. Just because something has been inherited or gifted and you feel it needs to be used, doesn’t mean you have to use it. If you don’t love something, donate it!

Define your own personal style: Don’t decorate according to the latest trend. Decorate around your personal style. You will enjoy your décor much longer than you would if you used a trendy style. Decorating around your personal style gives unique character to your interior.  If you’re sick of the white tile in the kitchen, replace it with a bright warming color.

Clear the clutter, Go chunky: Small accessories tend to make a space look cluttered and unorganized; not to mention the dust they collect. Simplify your accessories by replacing many small items with a few chunkier pieces. Chunky accessories make a space look clean because few are needed to replace many small items.

Research Color: Avoid making the wrong choice with color. Different colors spark different moods on a subconscious level. Research what colors you are considering for carpet, tile, paint, etc. in order to ensure the right color choice for the appropriate room and its use. (or ask our designers for help!)

The most important advice we can give you is “Done is beautiful”. Incomplete spaces look uninviting and affect the people that live there as well as guests. Try not to get caught up in deciding the perfect look for a particular space. Find a way to complete spaces; they can always be modified down the road.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your BFF

Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. It is a day where love is celebrated. Show your BFF how much she means to you. These gifts can be given to your mom or favorite aunt as well. Remember this holiday may not be the same for a single person or someone who has lost a love. Show the people who you love the most, how much you really care!

Give the gift of color. Buy your special person their favorite shade of lip gloss or lip stick. If unsure what their favorite is, give them Valentine’s Day inspired chap sticks. They can be found in any drug store.

A gift certificate for a manicure, pedicure or facial is appreciated by any woman. Most women love to be pampered. Being pampered on someone else’s dollar makes that treat so much more special! She can be worry free and truly enjoy a luxurious treatment if she is not spending her own money. A less expensive idea is to give her a favorite nail polish or a Valentine’s Day inspired nail polish. Tie some red, pink, or a combination of thin ribbon around the top of the nail polish.

Give the gift of sweet treats. Get a compartmentalized box and fill each box with different candies and treats. This is a gift that can be kept in her desk at work and accessed on stressful days. Each time your BFF reaches for the candy box, she will be reminded how much she is loved and appreciated by you!

Buy your BFF a small bottle of her favorite perfume! If she loves using one of your perfumes when she comes over, buy her a small bottle of her own. Little bottles of perfume are the perfect gift for a special friend in your life. If she doesn’t enjoy perfume give her a luxurious Valentines inspired bath balm. These two gifts can be enjoyed, because they are not something one typically buys themselves!

Understanding Color: Warm vs Cool Neutrals

Warm vs. cool neutrals – which choice works best for your home.

Neutrals are wonderful tools when decorating. A completely neutral room can be both restful and sophisticated, while showing off different textures. A neutral room can also look like the person decorating it was afraid to take a chance with colors. One of the differences between the two rooms is an understanding that neutrals are not just a “safe” choice, but actually as powerful as colors.

A good place to start when analyzing neutrals is determining whether they are cool or warm. Just like colors, neutrals fall into these two categories. Warm neutrals include black, gold and tans, as well as beige. Cool neutrals feature white, gray, ivory and silver. Like colors, neutrals run on a continuum between cool and warm. If you’re not sure where a specific neutral falls, look for color undertones. If you see blue, it’s in the cool spectrum. Yellow or orange undertones take a neutral into the warm direction. Comparing neutrals can also help you decide the relative cool/warm nature of the tones.

Neutrals provide an effective background to a color-filled room and allow two challenging colors to live in the same space without competing. Many people choose neutrals for flooring for the flexibility they provide with the rest of the space.

When bringing a new neutral into an existing room or a new space, consider the neutral or neutrals in combination with the colors you will be introducing. Pull all of your samples together when shopping, or bring store samples home to see how they work in the designated space before making your final choice. Take time to evaluate everything to give you the opportunity to make the right selections. Neutrals can be remarkable – providing the glue that pulls a room together.