Posts Tagged ‘color’

8 Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive Than it Really Is

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Having a high-end home can be challenging if your decorating budget is tight. Fortunately, there are ways–even on a budget–that can help you make your home look the part. Here are some simple solutions that can give your home a luxe look without breaking the bank.

1) Simplify the color palette.

Picking paint color is often a nightmare for homeowners. However, it is one of the most inexpensive ways to improve the look of your home without too much effort. A good rule of thumb to follow: go bold and dramatic OR soft and understated–not both. Remember, you’re aiming for sophistication.

2) Layer in statement lighting.

Even if you feel as though the lighting in your home is adequate, incorporating something that has a bit more visual impact can really make a difference. From table lamps to chandeliers and everything in between, today’s popularity of unique lighting makes it easy to find something that’s elegant in looks yet humble in price. If you are an avid DIYer, seek out interesting fixtures at places like flea markets or secondhand stores, and then give them an update.

3) Hang window treatments.

Window treatments pull a whole design scheme together. Simply put–more often than not–a home without window treatments looks unfinished and well, cheap. Which is the complete opposite of what you’re going for, right? To keep your place looking classy, avoid thin window treatments. You may have to shop around, but there are plenty of options that will provide enough thickness. If you’d like to sink a bit more money into your window treatments, having some made from a fabric you really enjoy is the way to go. If draperies aren’t necessarily your style, opt for something like a fabric Roman shade or a woven shade made of bamboo.

4)  Pull up the carpet.

At one time, carpet in a home was in high demand. Today, however, most homeowners prefer hardwood. Real hardwood is certainly an investment, but a wise one. Laminate is a popular option these days–but only the best laminate on the market will last. If a top-of-the-line laminate isn’t in the budget, it may be better to stick with a plush carpet.  To accent your hardwood floors, be sure to lay down a beautiful area rug.

5) Hang oversized art.

The bigger the canvas or framed art, the more luxe the room in your home will feel. Large pieces of artwork create a gallery look, which comes across as expensive.

6) Use luxurious textiles.

Throws, accent pillows, and upholstery made of luxe textiles are an easy way to elevate the elegance in your home–especially in the living area. Silk, velvet, metallic linen and faux fur are all great options. When it comes to pillows, poly-fill pillows will do, but for a few dollars more, you can opt for a plush down alternative or feather-down insert. Both of which, will enhance comfort.

7) Accessorize.

It won’t take much to glam up your home if you carefully choose the right accessories. Sure, you can add in small accessories made of marble or crystal, but you may be able to do more by looking for accessories finished in glass or metallics–especially gold.

8) Cut the clutter.

A good cleaning and decluttering can easily enhance the look of your home’s interior–and, other than some cleaning products, it doesn’t cost you a thing! Keeping the space tidy, the windows shining, and the furniture and rugs stain-free will allow all the elements within your home really stand out.

7 Hot Decorating Trends of 2017

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With each new year comes new trends for the home. After scouring various design blogs, catalogs, Pinterest boards, and Instagram feeds, these are 5 of the hottest home decorating trends we found for the new year.

Green, In Any Shade

If you haven’t heard, Pantone announced that Greenery is the color of the year for 2017. The color green is lively and organic, often having a dramatic impact on people yearning to reconnect with simpler times. You can expect to see it–and a multitude of other green tones–pop up in rooms everywhere. From emerald to chartreuse, in big ways and small, green is going to be a popular pick this year.

Farmhouse Style

While Farmhouse style isn’t new, it has certainly been revived thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s show Fixer Upper. This country-chic style, with its shiplap, muted tones, and funky textures, is taking the nation by storm and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Texture

Texture plays an essential role in making the interior of a home feel more inviting. With design styles like Farmhouse mentioned above, we are starting to see the importance of textures becoming even more widely recognized.  Textures range from furniture to light fixtures to raw woods and textiles, such as rugs and pillows. This year, the more the better.

Muted Neutrals

Muted neutral colors will be just as popular as shades of green this year. Again, styles like Farmhouse are putting a fresh spin on those colors once considered boring or outdated. Keep your eyes peeled for whites, beiges, soft grays, smoky blues, and even blush pinks. Colors like these will have your interior looking spot on for the months ahead.

Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Nordic mindset of finding more meaningfulness and beauty in the most ordinary of things and/or moments in life. In English, this could be equated with the term, ‘coziness’. To get that cozy feeling the Danes adore in your own home, light some candles, pull out the throws, pour yourself a hot beverage, and hunker down until spring arrives.

Matte Appliances

If you haven’t made the switch to stainless steel appliances just yet, you’re in luck! This year, it’s all about matte finishes. Instead of being distracted by sheen, people are able to truly focus on the design of the room as well as the object itself. GE’s Slate collection has a brushed metal finish that’s actually fingerprint-resistant!

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles have made a big comeback. You’ve probably seen this tile style used quite a bit on HGTV’s Fixer Upper–but because of their versatility, they complement a variety of other design styles. While subway tiles are a classic choice, they don’t necessarily have to be used in a classic way. For example, one popular spin is to use darker grout with simple white. Not only does it make a more prominent focal point, dirt is less likely to show. Subway tiles are affordable and come in a variety of colors and finishes, making them a perfect choice for everyone–even those on a budget.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Chip and Joanna Gaines

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When it comes to home decorating shows, HGTV’s show, Fixer Upper, is one of my favorites. If you aren’t familiar with it, the show stars a funny and talented husband and wife team, Chip and Joanna Gaines, who go around Waco, Texas, turning the most rundown houses into beautiful dream homes. In addition to the show, the Gaines duo has created Magnolia, a multifaceted company that includes Magnolia Homes and the insanely popular Magnolia Market.

Every time I watch an episodeIt seems like I take away something new each time I watch an episode. Between Chip’s skillful handiwork and Joanna’s creative insight, there’s always something to learn. Here are 5 of those lessons I think are familiar to anyone who regularly follows the work of this adorable pair.

1. Your design skills may take some time to develop.

Did you know that Joanna’s degree is in Communications and not Interior Design? It wasn’t until she was interning in New York that design caught her attention. Chip already had experience in flipping houses but Joanna just sort of “fell into” the design side of it. She has admitted that those early days involved a lot of experimenting–but over time, her design style and technique became more refined. Her passion, paired with Chip’s experience, gave birth to a team that produces beautiful results with ease. The bottom line: keep working at it. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of it.

2. If your passion for design runs deep, take the leap!

Everyone has their own personal list of priorities–and sometimes, those priorities may seem to have such a firm grip on us that we’re scared to try something new. I’m not saying to quit your day job or shirk your responsibilities, but if you have the creativity and the passion for design, don’t be afraid to act on it. Even Joanna started struggled with finding her purpose. Her idea for Magnolia Market happened right around the time she and Chip started a family. After a hiatus to spend time embracing motherhood, she reopened the shop. With hard work, she was able to create balance in her life, so she could reap the rewards of both business and family. You probably can, too.

3. Look for the diamond in the rough.

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this one. While watching an episode of Fixer Upper, I shake my head in disbelief, thinking they’re crazy for taking certain projects on. And as always, I find myself shaking my head in disbelief once again, because I was proven wrong. Chip and Joanna have proven time and time again that even the most dilapidated houses can be transformed into a thing of beauty. It takes vision, that’s for sure. Use your imagination and look for the potential. You’d be amazed what results you can turn out.

4. Personal creative passions and family life can be bridged.

Joanna wears a lot of hats. In addition to being a mom, she is constantly busy with projects–but she’s mastered the balance between the two. That has to be your ultimate goal. Don’t choose between the things you love, work hard to bridge the two. When you get the hang of it, you and your family will find happiness.

5. Getting your spouse (or someone close to you) involved can be a great thing.

Chip and Joanna have beautiful chemistry even though they are complete opposites. You can see that they feed off of each other’s strengths to produce beautiful results. Get your spouse (a family member, your kids, or a close friend) involved in your project. It’s almost a guarantee that the end result will be more rewarding because you did the job together. Not only can it be a fun time with your significant other, you’ll end up with a home you can both truly enjoy.

Get started on your modern farmhouse by adding some of Joanna’s pillows and rugs to your home.

5 Secrets for Decorating A Kid’s Room Fit for All Ages and Stages

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It’s no secret that kids grow up fast–and at times, it feels almost impossible to keep up. While you can’t control every aspect of their growth, you can have a hand in designing a room that will easily transition each time they reach a new stage in life. Just as stages come and go, so do trends–and kids are notorious for changing their interests on a whim. While these ever-changing tastes can be fun, when it comes to decorating, they can be exhausting, not to mention expensive. Here we’ll cover some ways you can keep their room flexible for growth without taking away their self-expression.

Invest in Timeless Furniture

There’s no simple way of putting this: baby stores suck you in. Just walk into a store like Babies R Us and you’ll find yourself oohing and aahing over all the baby-sized furniture. There’s no denying that it’s cute, but most of what they carry lacks a very important thing: longevity. Instead of getting something specifically designed for a nursery, opt for a piece that can be used for several years to come. For example, skip the child-sized dresser and buy one that can carry them at least into their teen, if not young adult, years. If your child is moving into a twin bed, consider a double bed instead, if there’s room. Not only will it give your child more room, it will accommodate more sleeping arrangements for visiting guests.

When Possible, Choose Multifunctional Furniture

Multifunctional furniture can be your friend–especially if you have young children. Instead of a standard changing table, consider putting a changing pad on top of a desk or dresser. Once they’re out of diapers, they have a ready-made workspace or a place with ample clothes storage. If you’re bed shopping, consider one that comes with built-in storage underneath. This will come in handy for toys, books, clothes, or anything else that threatens to take up much-needed space within the room.

Go Neutral With Items that Cost More

There are certain areas that need to withstand the test of time–no matter what part of the house you’re decorating. Floor coverings, furniture, and paint colors are three biggies to focus on. While there’s nothing wrong with color, tread carefully. If you’re incorporating color based on a trend, you may consider it a mistake sooner than you’d like. If your child claims a particular color as their favorite, that’s great–just opt for a subdued version of it if it verges on too bold or bright.

Use Accessories for Self-Expression

This is a child’s room, so it’s highly important that it looks as though a child inhabits the space. An easy way to do this is with accessories. This is where their personality can really shine through. Rugs, throw pillows, knickknacks, wall art–this is their time to express who they are. Accessories are a much easier, and less expensive way, to keep up with their ever-changing interests.

Get Your Child Involved

Your child will be in this space for a very long time, so it’s critical that he or she feel completely at home in the space. Ask for their input and assure them that their opinion is valued–even when it comes to other areas of the house (within reason, of course). The more they are involved, the more likely they are to care for their room throughout the years. Keep an open mind but remind them that big changes aren’t necessarily in the budget. Hopefully, these tips will help save your family time, money, and frustration, so you can have a lot more fun.

 

Decorating 101: Choosing Your Colors

 

Color. We see it every day at every turn we take. We know what we like and what we don’t like, yet choosing colors for our home seems nearly impossible at times. Understandably so, considering there are a number of factors to keep in mind when making a decision. Let’s take a look at what some of those factors are and try to simplify the process of choosing your colors.

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Keep in mind that the colors you love aren’t necessarily ideal for your decorating project. Ultimately, your goal is to create a certain mood. If your favorite colors don’t convey that mood you should save them for another space or use them in small doses.

Find inspiration in everything around you

For inspiration, look around you. Does the landscape outside your window inspire you? How about the colors on the clothes in your closet? Do you have a favorite vacation spot you really enjoy the beauty of? Is there something you already own, such as a rug, that can serve as a jumping off point? If you have a binder of magazine clippings or a Pinterest board of decorating ideas, is there a common color scheme? Observe your surroundings and take note of what speaks to you most.

Use trends wisely

Once you have chosen some colors, it’s time to start thinking about where to use them. In this stage of the process, you need to take your comfort level, as well as your budget, into consideration. Beware of trends.  If you really like the color and have no qualms about it going out of style, go for it. Or if you don’t care for a trendy color, it’s okay to go with something classic because it won’t go out of style (and there are plenty of classic color options).  A safe move is keeping those trendy colors reserved for small items like accent pillows, throws, and other accessories that are less costly to replace when a new trendy color comes along.

Be creative but smart with your color selection

Don’t limit yourself to a single color palette for the whole house. There’s no harm in changing colors from room to room as long as you maintain a consistent feeling throughout the home.

When it comes to paint, save it for last. It is much easier to mix up some paint to match your fabrics and rugs than it is to decorate around a paint color.

If all else fails, ask for help.  Picking colors can be an exciting and invigorating experience.  There are so many “right” ways to pick colors.  As long as you start with a plan and find a fabric store near you, like Cutting Corners (shameless plug!), you’ll find what you’re looking for.