Monthly Archives: July 2015

teal and eggplant living room decor

Keep your living room fresh all year round with these 3 colors

With seasons changing, it often brings a different take on colors, styles, and patterns when it comes to designing. But having to redesign your room every two to three months is not only stressful, but expensive as well. The best solution is having a neutral backdrop and add pops of color that can easily be changed each season. However, knowing the right accent colors to choose is crucial when pulling off a look.

Today we show you three colors that guarantee you’ll never be caught off guard. They are considered top colors in the interior design and fashion world and work well all year round.
Purple has been taking over every room in your house, whether it’s used in bathrooms, bedrooms and now living rooms. The different popular shades of purple range from light hues of violet, lavender, and lilac to darker tones such as eggplant and plum. Sophisticated and stunning, eggplant is the color you want in your home.

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Deeper tones of eggplant are ideal for living room accent walls while lighter shades of eggplant are better for bedrooms as it creates a more relaxed atmosphere.

Just like eggplant purples, a vibrant teal blue is an easy transition with many shades to pick from! Teal is a mix of blue and green and with a change in its intensity teal can paint a design from being radiant to reserved.

Closely resembling turquoise, teal and bright pops of orange are perfect for this summer season. It’s easy to add accent colors to, also being able to create a coastal or Mediterranean style design. In the winter, navy blue and teal are a strong duo, always complementing pops of gold and yellow.

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Last is a color that not only works well by itself, but also complements both teal and eggplant beautifully! With bright orange making a comeback in 2014, coral is the perfect color to incorporate! Its cheerful and bubbly combination of orange and pink instantly adds glamor in the form of throw pillows or stylish drapes.

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If you’re once again going for a fresh Mediterranean style, blending aqua with coral is a style perfect for both spring and summer. Even adding shades of deep green or yellow can make a room more exciting. Just swap out these light shades for dark browns and corals look equally appealing once cold winter arrives.

What colors have you found that keep your home “forever chic”?

How you can avoid “Couch Ouch”

I talk with clients all the time who have spent weekend after weekend searching for the perfect couch only to settle for what was close, but not quite it. Either the style was a bit off or the fabric wasn’t exactly what they wanted, so they pop in and make a project out of it. Many of them didn’t even realize custom ordered couches were a readily available choice, but hear me when I say this: It is easily the best way to get exactly what you are looking for in your living room centerpiece.

Not too long ago we explained how a couch should be just as much functional as it is aesthetically pleasing. Today we are going to go further and help you tailor your sofa to your living room design, as well as your body.

Custom Sofa Option Sheet

First, let’s start with fitting the sofa to your body type. The key dimensions here are seat height and depth. For those with long legs, you will need a sofa that sits higher up so that both your thighs lay flat on the seat cushion and your feet are flat on the ground. Likewise, longer legs will require a deeper back so that you can sit upright without being scrunched. For those who are shorter, the opposite is required. The most common size range for seat height for sofas are between 18 -21 inches. Size in this range will be suitable to accommodate the most people.

Traditional Living Room and Tufted Sofa

Seat depth ranges from 20 – 24 inches. The key point here is to choose a depth that when seated, your shoulders are square with your hips. After you’ve solved the ergonomics equation, it is time to get into the fun part – style.

Those in the city may want a more contemporary look to go with their modern lofts and apartments. To achieve this effect you want to incorporate sharp edges while keeping the total build minimal. The arms should be Track-styled, with a box cushion and square back (no ear). Avoid a round or skirted base, as they will clash with the rest of the squared features.

Modern or Contemporary Living Room Sofa

A traditional look will do well for those with homes out in the suburbs. Rounded arms are a staple in traditional sofas, and you can complete a classic look with a tufted back and spindled foot.

blue floral patterned wallpaper ceiling

If you aren’t incoportating your ceiling, you should

With our heads constantly bent down, buried in our phones, it’s no surprise that highest opportunity in the room goes unnoticed in most homes. A wallpapered ceiling can add a unique and outstanding effect to a room when used as an alternative to the more common accent choices. By utilizing dark or lighter colored prints, you can make a rooms smaller or larger. Create texture where was none before or add the perfect back drop to your favorite ceiling fixture. The uses are limitless.

When choosing the right wall covering for a ceiling, my one preference is to go bold. I look to use either bright colors or detailed designs that draw the eye. I want my guests to gaze at my ceiling, mouths agape, as if it were the Sistine Chapel (photos are permitted). If you aren’t looking to break any necks then I would suggest using a neutral pallet and a design that involves simple geometric shapes. Oh, and lots of white space.

wallpaper ceiling light design

Unsure of how the wallpaper will play out? Try the look on the smallest rooms in your house – your closets. After a few days of testing you can choose whether to go fully commit or maybe even test out a different color or pattern.

Yet there is one small caveat. If you aren’t hiring a service to apply the wallpaper for you, the task is a bit difficult. Instead of a one man (or woman) job, you would need at least one partner to help you as you move along the ceiling flattening out the material. But as usual, hard work pays off. After a bit of frustration and a good amount of effort you will have a truly unique feature that will have your guests stunned.

bedroom with wallpaper ceiling

In my opinion, the bed room is the perfect place to apply a covered ceiling. I find that I can appreciate my work more laying face up in my bed then when I am taking the rare nap in my living room (or trying to sip the last drop of wine from my glass in the dining area). It becomes the first image to greet me when I wake up in the morning, and the last to wish me goodnight.