Defining Your Decorating Style

Knowing your decorating style is the key to creating a home that truly reflects it. It’s this understanding that will fuel the decisions you make when it comes time to decorate, resulting in a place you love, or a place that just doesn’t suit you.

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Do you know what your decorating style is?

Several people do have a set style, but it’s not uncommon for others to enjoy a mixture of them. In fact, liking elements from a variety of design styles is the norm! So, how do you go about defining a style? Let’s take a look at how the process to figuring out what it is.

Think outside the box

Your design style doesn’t necessarily get defined by how you decorate your house. A variety of things—clothing you wear, music you enjoy, books you like to read, places you travel—that reflect what style is. Think about those things and let them point you in the direction toward your style.

After that, take a look around your home. Look at your furniture to see what you really like and what you want to replace. Gather your cherished items to see what makes you feel joyful. Keep your eyes open to common colors, shapes, materials, shapes, etc, of things within your space. Doing things like this will help determine if you’re more of a single style type or someone who prefers a blend.

A look at design styles

There are several design styles out there, so we won’t be covering all of them in depth here (see our Design Styles Defined posts). We will however, give a quick overview of 6 popular styles that might appeal to you.

Traditional: A timeless style that embraces detail. Heavier fabrics, intricate moldings, warm wood finishes and rich color palettes are often trademarks of this style.

Modern: Sleek, smooth and polished. Neutral color palettes, geometric shapes and an asymmetrical look are common.

Transitional: A clean and serene blend of traditional and contemporary style. Elements include simple yet sophisticated furniture lines, diverse textures and patterns within fabrics, neutral colors and minimal accessories.

Eclectic: A mix of several styles that work within a space as long as a common color, texture, finish or pattern can be found.

Cottage: Casual and comfortable style full of aged pieces and soft pastels.

Rustic: An informal, yet elegant style focused on natural, unrefined elements such as exposed beams, leather, wood floors, natural fabrics and stone.

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Choosing the Right Rug for Your Space

The right area rug can transform the look of a room. But how do you know what rug will be best for your space? Let’s take a quick look at rugs in general and then move onto things to consider before making an investment.

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Rug Basics

Rugs, whether machine-made or hand-woven, generally come in 5 different weaves: hand-knotted, tufted, hooked, flat-woven and braided.

  • Hand-knotted rugs consist of individual knots tied to the warp yarns that make up the length of the rug, creating a surface known as pile. More knots mean more durability and value. Another perk is that no two hand-knotted rugs are the same.
  • Tufted rugs have loops, rather than knots, which are sheared to give a smooth feel. These rugs are beautiful, but can shed more than others.
  • Hooked rugs have loops that are left un-sheared, which gives them a knobby and embroidered look.
  • Flat-woven rugs are created by weaving vertical yarns through horizontal ones. They are just as the name suggests: flat, with no pile.
  • Braided rugs don’t have pile either. Yarns are braided into one continuous rope sewn into a spiral, making them extremely strong and durable. Many are often reversible as well.

If you have a high-use room, then it might be best to go with a rug of low pile. If comfort is a concern, simply add a cushy rug pad underneath. Bedrooms and formal dining areas a often more suited for high-pile rugs.

When it comes to materials, your options are natural and synthetic. Common natural fibers consist of wool, silk, cotton, sisal, hemp, bamboo and jute. Synthetic fibers are generally polypropylene (olefin), rubber and nylon. All have their pros and cons, and depending on how and where it will be used, as well as what budget allows, will often influence a purchase.

Before You Buy A Rug

A quality rug is an investment—both visually and financially—so it’s important to give it careful thought before you make a purchase. Here are some questions to ask yourself during your quest for the perfect rug:

  • What is your lifestyle like at home?
  • What is your overall design style?
  • How easy is it to keep clean?
  • What feels best under my feet?
  • What will be the purpose of it?
  • Will I be living here a while or moving in the very near future?
  • What can I afford?

Once you have answers to questions such as those, you’ll be able to move forward with your purchase and get the best rug for your space.

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Family-Friendly Upholstery for Your Busy Home

Is your family room a comfortable place for everyone who lives there? Do you find yourself relaxed or are you constantly fretting over wear and tear? Perhaps you love your current furniture and want to keep it a while longer. Maybe you’re in the market for something new. Whatever your situation is, if you have a busy home life, upholstery that can stand up to it is important. Let’s take a look at what you can do to ensure that your upholstery is tough enough to withstand the abuse a busy family can give it.

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  1. Go for minimal textures. If you want your upholstery to sustain wear and tear better, stick with fabrics that aren’t overly textured. Textures are nice, but with excessive use, they can fray easily. Some flat weaves to consider are sensuede, cotton, and any fabrics that fall into the indoor/outdoor category. Vinyl is another stylish option that offers a bit more texture, while remaining durable.
  2. Lean toward a color in the middle. When you’re sorting through colors, keep this in mind: soil shows easily on light solids and dirt shows more on dark solids. A happy medium would be to find a shade that’s balanced between the two extremes. Even better, find a medium color that has a pattern. It’d be a great way to add depth with color while keeping stains concealed.
  3. Opt for natural fibers of high thread count. Not only are natural fibers more eco-friendly, they absorb stains more quickly and are easier to clean than synthetic ones. Thread count refers to the number of thread per square inch of fabric. The higher the count, the more durable it’s going to be.
  4. Think about a slipcover. Slipcovers aren’t for everyone, but they are definitely worth considering if you have a busy home. If you’re looking for a quick fix until you can either buy new furniture or reupholster what you have, you can easily find a “one-size-fits-all” type of slipcover at just about any department store. If you’d like something better fitted for the long term, have one custom made in a fabric you love.
  5. Keep it clean. Regular maintenance is definitely going to prolong the life of your upholstery no matter what you have. Rotating, vacuuming and wiping down cushions will help your furniture survive the many years your family will spend in that room.

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Tips for Kid-Friendly Home Decorating

If you have an active family, the last thing you need is a home that can’t actually be lived in. And while one might think that style has to be sacrificed for durability, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It is more than possible to have an attractive home that’s both comfortable and tough. Let’s take a look at some tips that will help get that family-friendly design you need.

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Consider how you live. This is probably the most important thing to do before you start making big purchases or redecorating. Who do you live with and what life is life like on a daily basis? What will you need to accommodate them, as well as the activities you like to do as a family? Giving this some serious thought will impact what you purchase and how you decorate the space.

Go for no-fuss and durable. Whatever you want to call it—no-fuss, low-maintenance—doesn’t have to mean bland, boring or ugly. It simply means that keeping it nice won’t consume too much of your time. Clean lines, weathered finishes, exposed-legged furniture, and minimal clutter can cut back on your cleaning efforts.

Durability matters when it comes to walls, floors, fabrics and furniture in a family home. Walls covered in semi-gloss paint tend to withstand more than those covered in flat paint. Floors made of tile, laminate, linoleum or wood will withstand heavy traffic well, as will carpets made of nylon or wool-nylon blends. Family-friendly fabrics include vinyl, denim, velvet, felt, wool, twill, ultra-suede and leather (note: stain-resistant finishes and/or slipcovers are a plus). In regards to furniture, get the best you can afford. It might take time to save up, but higher-quality pieces can withstand abuse for several years and can be reupholstered as needed.

Carve out spaces for the kids. Kids need room for creative play, so be sure to include them in the design. Having space in their room is great, but it’s important to provide additional areas throughout the rest of the home as well. Bean bag chairs for reading or movie watching, chalkboard walls or an easel for creativity, and a large table for games or puzzles are just some of the ways you can make them feel as though the living space belongs to them as well.

Get everyone involved. A great way to have a space you love is to get everyone involved. Even the little ones can give input on things such as paint colors, fabric patterns, storage and furniture, so be sure to include them as well. The more people involved is a surefire way to cover all the bases when it comes to your family-friendly home.

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9 Best Ways to Decorate with Rugs

Decorating with Area Rugs

There’s just something about a rug. Sure, the interior of a home can be beautiful without one, but when it comes to a heightened sense of warmth and beauty, an area rug is where it’s at. A rug can do so many things: soften an echo, define a style, fuel inspiration for decorating, offer comfort, and yes, even transform a space. Let’s cover some suggestions for making the most of the rugs in your space.

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  • Use a glass coffee table when you find a rug you really love, rather than an opaque one to really show it off. You might think that glass tables only work with modern interiors, but that’s not the case—traditional and transitional are perfectly acceptable interiors as well.
  • Try pairing a geometric patterned rug in a room with other solid or patterned fabric. There are so many geometric varieties available that go with many different design styles.
  • If you want to expand the space, do so visually with an area rug covered in wide stripes.
  • Use an extra large rug to connect two spaces together. Have an open concept area? An oversized area rug can often serve dual purpose connecting living and dining spaces with style.
  • Don’t shy away from large patterned rugs if they appeal to you. You can always tone it down by keeping your furniture fabrics solid. Having different patterns, in complimentary colors to the rug, on items such as accent pillows, are a great way to tie it all together.
  • If bold colors or patterns aren’t your thing, go with something lighter in color but full in texture.
  • Give your rug custom touches if that’s what it needs to make the space complete. Rugs can be notched around architectural features throughout the home easily. You can even have edges done in a coordinating color.
  • Define traffic lanes with runners. Runners are just longer, more narrow versions of area rugs that can be just as interesting and functional.
  • Add a rug to the wall for a unique focal point. That’s right—rugs aren’t just for floors!

Always remember the importance of size before making a purchase. The size of the space and use for the rug (i.e. what all needs to sit on the rug comfortably) should both be determining factors. While a quality rug isn’t necessarily inexpensive, making an investment in one will be well worth it.

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Mad About Plaid

There’s just something about plaid. This pattern, predominately associated with the beautiful country of Scotland, can evoke a coziness that’s much needed during these cold winter months. Even with its obvious beauty, plaid’s colorful cris-crossing strips are sometimes overlooked, because of its traditional reds and greens. Today however, plaids come in a much wider variety, making it a great addition to any design style or décor.

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If you need some extra dimension in your space, add it through a pattern such as plaid. Because plaid comes in a variety of colors and scale combinations, it’s a wonderful pattern to use. With that said, use it wisely so the space isn’t too overwhelmed with its distinctness.

For those who prefer traditional design style, stick with using plaid sparingly, and in relatively traditional ways. If your space is a bit more eclectic, or even modern, go crazy with it (as long as it still fits within your color scheme). Failing to take colors into consideration can leave the room feeling overwhelming and disconnected, rather than pleasing and harmonious. A mixture of plaids can actually look and feel really cohesive as long as the colors used make sense.

Putting Plaid to Use in Your Home

We know that plaid is a classic, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be used in classic ways. Have fun with it and do something unique and unexpected. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Have a major plaid focal point. As the saying goes, “Go big or go home.” Think about what will make a big statement and make it happen. It could be something obvious like a plaid couch, or something a bit more unexpected, such as a large plaid wall. Want your plaid to pop even more? Surround it with things in white.
  • Layer a variety of scales. Playing with scale can be fun, so take your time and play with different scales until you find a look you love. In many cases, traditional style calls for smaller scales, while modern interiors lean toward over-sized ones, but that doesn’t mean you have to go by the book. Want to show a transitional, or even an eclectic side of yourself? Great! Mixing up the scale of your plaid patterns is the way to do it.
  • Add other patterns to the mix. Plaid is beautiful and versatile, which means you can mix it with other patterns easily. Go for it!
  • Keep it subtle. Big and bold isn’t for everyone and that’s okay. Subtle touches of plaid can be just as beautiful. Pillows, window treatments and throws are just a few of the smaller ways you can use it in your space.

Plaid is anything but stuffy these days, so don’t hesitate to use this great pattern in your décor. Be sure to search “plaid” on our website to see what we have available for you.

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Fabrics & Trim: Give Your Home Personal Polish

When it comes to home decorating, nice furniture and color schemes only go so far. If you want to truly make a house a home, it takes those personal touches. Personal touches are what allow you to put your stamp on a place, making it completely unique to your personality and style. Let’s take a look at some creative ways you can give your home some personal polish.

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  1. Hang art you love. There are tons of options when it comes to hanging art. Many craft and department stores, as well as online stores, carry art prints at a reasonable price. If you want a painting, but not the high price tag, check out your local art galleries—many carry art painted by students for a small price. Love taking lots of photograph? Have some personal scenery or people shots that mean a lot to you blown up and framed.
  2. Incorporate trim. Tassels, fringe, pom-poms, braided cord and nail heads are great additions to items you already have in the house. Window treatments, tablecloths, pillows, headboards, shower curtains, and so many other things can all benefit for a little extra flair. Get creative and add trim to what you feel can’t live without it.
  3. Upholster a headboard. The bedroom should be your special retreat, so make it one. Custom bedding is a great place to start, but an upholstered headboard can really take the room to the next level. If you can’t afford a custom made headboard, you can always make your own by following one of the many tutorials on websites like Pinterest.
  4. Paint something. Paint is wonderful for so many things, especially for adding definition and character to a space. Painting a stripe in a contrasting color around your walls can really define the space. Adding paint in a richer tone of your wall color, or even in a contrasting color, can bring in warmth and depth. Have a piece of furniture that needs a facelift? Give it a coat of paint in a fun color. Bored with your tired bookshelf or built-ins? Try livening them up by painting the back wall so it peeks through the shelves.
  5. Layer your window treatments. Window treatments of any kind finish off the look of a space, but layering a couple of different kinds of treatments really gives a room that wow factor. Here are a few options for layering windows stylishly:
  • Hang valances over curtains
  • Layer draperies with sheers
  • Hang draperies over Roman shades or blinds

Be sure to take your time as you incorporate yourself into the space. Hastily assembled rooms look too cookie cutter, but rooms assembled with deliberate thought are rooms that come across as true blue to who you are as a person and what you love in life.

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Upholstered Headboards Create the Perfect Focal Point

When it comes to the bedroom, the major focal point tends to be the bed. With the bedroom being a special place for you to rest at the end of each day, it’s important to enhance the look of the bed as much as possible. One way to do that is by splurging on bedding. The other, is by using an upholstered headboard. It doesn’t really matter if you have one custom made, or DIY, an upholstered headboard will help you create the perfect focal point in your space.

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Why an upholstered headboard?

You might be wondering what’s so great about an upholstered headboard. Here’s a quick look at 3 main benefits an upholstered headboard provides:

  • It provides comfort. If you enjoy ending the night by sitting in bed to read a book or watch TV, then you understand how much better it is when you’re comfortable. An upholstered headboard is an excellent way to get the comfort you need for your head and back.
  • It provides protection. Propping ourselves up with a pillow and resting our head against the wall might seem sufficient enough, but over time, the wall can become stained by the oils from our head. An upholstered headboard will protect your wall from getting ruined.
  • It provides style. Nice furniture and bedding go a long way, but an upholstered headboard gives the room a finished look. The headboard can really pull together a design scheme and give the space an extra punch of style.

Some Things to Consider

There are some factors to take into consideration before buying or designing a headboard:

  • Shape
  • Size
  • Style (tufted, nail head trim, etc)
  • Height and width
  • Wall mount or attached to bed frame
  • Border (upholstered frame or edge)
  • Fabric selection, including color, weight, print, etc.

Popular Headboard Shapes & Styles

There are several different headboard shapes—so many in fact, that there’s something to appease everyone. Often times, depending on the company, shapes will go by different names. Simply Googling “headboard shapes” will provide you with several images and names, but for the most part, shapes can be looked upon as scooped, arched, beveled, peaked, inset, and so on. You can browse our selections here.

When it comes to styles, there are two that are the most popular: tufted and framed. To get a tufted look, the entire headboard is covered and buttons are sewn deep into the fabric. To get a framed look, only a portion of the headboard is upholstered, with a wooden or metal frame surrounding the perimeter of it.

If a custom made headboard is out of your budget, there are several online tutorials that will help you create your own. Whichever you choose to do, your bedroom will look even more beautiful and pulled together than it did before.

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Nailhead Trim for Eye-Catching Definition

There’s just something about nailhead trim that makes a piece complete. The versatility of it is suitable for any design style whether it be modern, old world, or something in between. When it comes to looks, nail heads can be chic and classy or edgy with a touch of masculinity (note: silver nails are more feminine; gold, more masculine)—and, because it can be used on a variety of fabrics and items, there really isn’t much you can’t do. Let’s take a look at some fun and unique ways to incorporate nailhead trim into your décor.

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Nailhead Trim on Furniture

If there’s a part of your home in need of some extra definition, then adding nailhead trim to furniture is the way to do it! Couches and chairs that reside in the living room are a given, but there are more ways to put it to use.

For example, consider adding some trim to the upholstered chairs in your dining room to dress up the area. Even if your dining seats aren’t upholstered, nailhead trim looks just as nice around the edges of the seat or down the legs.

Another way is to use nailhead trim on pieces like coffee, end or entryway tables. You could even add it to an armoire or a piece of cabinetry. Trim would look nice on bigger tables but sometimes it’s the subtle touches on smaller pieces that make an even greater impact on a space.

Nailhead Trim on Accents

Don’t let furniture have all the fun—use nail heads on accents too. Have a headboard in your room that could use some extra flair? Deck it out with some trim! Doing so can make it an amazing focal point in the bedroom. Window treatments are also a stylish place to incorporate nail heads. Roman shades, drapes and valances are all prime places to get a taste of trim. Some people have been known to really break out of the box by outlining doorways and windows with nailhead trim.

Getting It Done

Adding nailhead trim can be tricky and very time consuming. Simply stated, it’s not the best job for amateurs—but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. If you have the determination and the time, there are plenty of DIY tutorials that can be found online. Keep in mind that each nail needs to be hammered in individually and perfectly spaced, which is why hiring a professional becomes the better option, especially if it’s a very nice piece you can’t afford to mess up. Whichever route you choose to go, you just can’t go wrong with beautiful nailhead trim.

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Keeping it Simple: Mixing Black and White

One might think that colorful palettes are more intriguing and exciting than neutrals, but when the neutrals involve a mixture of black and white, a space is anything but boring. The varying shades of each color are quite stunning and leave you with more options than you may realize.

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There really is no limit with this combination, which makes it perfect for beginners who want to start with subtle changes, all the way up to the experts that thrive on making big statements in big ways. With black and white you can add depth, glamour and style like no other color combo can.

Some good things to remember about a black and white combo:

  • It never goes out of style
  • It goes with everything
  • Makes a great backdrop so other colors pop
  • Adds depth and texture no matter what the design scheme

So, now that you know a little bit more about how versatile these colors are, let’s take a look at how you can use them in simple and some slightly more complex ways…

  • Start with one or two pieces to anchor a look.

    If you’re just starting out, go small—ottomans, baskets, accents, lamps, etc.—rather than jumping head first into big items. As you become comfortable with using the colors, build upon it incorporating them onto bigger items like walls, floors and sofas, until you get the look you’re going for.

  • Add a simple black accent wall in a room of white.

    One big, black accent wall is a great way to amp up the drama and sophistication without having to much work.

  • Pull black and white into the kitchen and bathroom.

    The living room or dining room is a great place for black and white, but these colors are just as perfect for other rooms in the house such as the kitchen and bathroom. White is lovely for cabinets or vanities, but if you want a little extra punch, go with black and then display light-colored items on them. The inversed look will be quite eye-catching.

  • Gradually bring in other colors to reflect your personality.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with an entire black and white space, but fun pops of color bring out your personality and style. Some great colors that look amazing with black and white are pink, red, teals, yellow and jewel tones.

Decorating in black and white really can be a beautiful thing. The first step is to decide on how you want the room to feel—calm, classic, dramatic, chic, etc—and then find inspiration to make it come to life in your space. Just keep in mind that even the subtlest of statements still need to make a statement, otherwise it can fall flat.

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