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Modern Home Office Ideas

When it comes to a home office space, no single design idea will work for everyone –there is a wide range of different needs for a workspace, depending on the work being done there.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t create the perfect home office for you, though!  Here are some universally appealing suggestions to help you create a home office space that’s both functional and attractive.

Specific Task Areas

When envisioning a design for your home office, it’s important to take into consideration all of the activities you’ll complete in a given workday/week.  While a desk is an obvious starting point for most offices, to tackle paperwork or writing, those are likely not your only activities, so creating separate focus areas for tasks can be useful.

While your desk is the likely workhorse in an office space, don’t forget about incorporating a seating area for hosting and meeting with clients, and having a face-to-face discussion.  Additionally, if the office space hosts multiple users who need to share the office, you can help keep things organized and make the space work for everyone by giving each person an individual workstation.    

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Be Careful with Color

Since your office is a place where you need to be able to stay focused, it can be useful to set big punches of color — and the emotional responses they bring — aside. Instead, focus on choosing a largely neutral color palette that will allow you to put the bulk of your attention on the task at hand.  You can add small pops of color to keep the space visually interesting, with easily swapped-out elements like throw pillows or area rugs, but the more permanent parts of the design – furniture and wall color – should be calm and neutral.

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Make your Office Personal

As much as we’ve emphasized that you need to be able to focus within your workspace, it’s also important to create an office where you’ll enjoy working and spending time. So while keeping the workspace décor neutral is key, so is accenting your office with things that highlight your personal taste and make you happy.  Those might be pieces of artwork, or items from favorite travels, for example.

An easy way to add personal elements and keep a cohesive scheme in the home office is to use your personal items as a jump-off point for accent colors in the room.  Draw out a bold color from a favorite painting on the wall and use that hue for pillows or a throw in the seating area, or mimic the pattern on a piece of displayed pottery in your window treatment or area rug.

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A Place for Everything

Staying organized is a perpetual struggle in any office space, yet it’s crucial to efficiency. So for any workspace, and especially if you’re prone to becoming buried under your desk, it’s imperative to work lots of storage solutions into the design.  Ideally, if you have the space for them, built-in cabinetry helps store large items and hides clutter; you can repurpose a sideboard into file and supplies storage.  Bookcases and open shelves are also a great way to keep things organized and provide display space for both functional and decorative elements.

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Bearing in mind just a few important themes – organization, a neutral palette to encourage focus, task areas, and making the space personal – you can carve out a functional workspace in your home that you won’t want to leave.

Creative Design Solutions for Shared Bedrooms

Many of us remember (whether fondly, or not) sharing a bedroom with a sibling during childhood.  Kids can learn a lot of positive lessons from sharing space, like compromise, sharing, and respect for others’ belongings.  And to ensure that your children’s memories of sharing a room with a brother or sister are happy ones, here are some great ideas for room designs that meet kids’ needs and cut down on sibling squabbles.

Division of Space

Whether your children are close in age or there is a large age gap, everyone likes to have their own space.  Carving out separate areas for each sibling can be done more elegantly than a stripe down the middle of the floor (who can forget the childhood refrain of “you’re on my side!”), employing some creative space dividers like bookcases, wardrobes, or drapery.  An open bookcase with multiple compartments allows the space to be divided without a complete visual block, and doubles as storage and display space for children’s things.  A tall wardrobe or armoire helpfully adds closet space.  Individual work- and play-spaces are also key; small coordinating desks or tables allow kids a surface to set up projects or puzzles, and do their homework.  Furniture can also be custom-designed for the room to maximize square footage and give each child a unique space of their own.

Storage Solutions

With children comes stuff.  Toys, clothes, books, schoolbags – in order to keep a shared room from devolving into a cluttered disaster, it’s important to provide useful, child-friendly storage solutions.  Shelving with lots of compartments, desks with drawers, closet build-ins, toy bins and baskets, and dedicated places to hang things all help cut down on clutter and keeps the children’s room functional.  If your space allows it, consider moving most of the toys to another play area in your home, to free up floor space in the shared bedroom.

Cohesive Design

Many parents struggle with whether to let each sibling decorate their section of a shared room to reflect individual tastes, or to choose the same colors, furniture and textiles for a more cohesive scheme.  Most designers will agree that, either way, the room should have some unifying aspects.  This can be achieved using a color palette and furnishings in complementary finishes.  Having walls painted two coordinating colors can add interest.  Each sibling’s bedding doesn’t have to be identical, but layering similar patterns and colors ties the room together while allowing each child to differentiate “their side.”  Giving each child a small area to display their own artwork and treasured items ensures that, even in a room where everything is thoughtfully designed to coordinate, children’s unique personalities can shine.

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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”?

Update Bedroom Decor for 2015

#tbt New Year, New Chapter with a Bedroom Makeover

The New Year started last Thursday but this Thursday we #tbt (Turn Back Time) by revisiting a previous post  to help begin this new chapter in your life.

In the May post entitled “Bedroom Makeover: Subtle Changes that Can Make a Big Difference” we discussed how bedroom redecorating can be cleansing, liberating, and easy to accomplish in a few steps.

While you might think that freshening up your space is a spring task, winter is actually the ideal time to give your bedroom a fresh look as it helps counter the mind-numbing and body-numbing effects of the season’s icy grasp. Having a project to do inside keeps your mind off what’s going on outside and creates a pleasant sanctuary to ride out any storm.

A good place to start with your bedroom makeover is with color because it has a stronger impact on your mood and the feeling of a space than you may realize.

In with the Color

Your color choices can have a dramatic effect on the mood and spatial sense of your room. For example, warm colors can make large rooms feel more intimate, but they can also make a small room seem even smaller. Reds are stimulating and high-energy but opt for deeper, rich variations that will make the room appear more elegant than overstimulating. Orange promotes energy and excitement, which may hinder your ability to fall asleep so keep it minimal. Yellow is a cheerful hue but is better when used as an accent color as well. Studies show that yellow rooms can cause people to get frustrated and make babies cry more, notes Freshome.

Read the whole post, here.

Update Bedroom Decor for 2015

With the easy changes and additions suggested in the post, you’ve taken the first steps toward redecorating your space to accommodate your New Year’s design resolutions.

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3 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Less Boring: Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Fabric can bring color and comfort to a room, the bedroom being a really fun place to start adding fabric additions. 

And let’s face it, your bedroom is boring you lately, so why not spice things up with these few bedroom decorating ideas?!

1. Add a throw pillow to your boring bed.

photo of a boring bed without any decoration

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Look at that sad bed. Now, close your eyes and imagine it with a couple really pretty throw pillows, like this one:

photo of a floral throw pillow that you can buy in NYC

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Better. I know.

2. Get a fabric-upholstered headboard.

Do you like watching TV in bed? What looks more comfortable to lean against? 

This?

photo of a wooden headboard

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Or this?

photo of a tufted, upholstered headboard you can buy in NYC

via: http://www.homedit.com

Duh. Totes the second one.

3. Consider a valance.

If you store stuff under your bed, you know what looks nice? A valance. And if you match it with your headboard and do it right, it can look smart without looking too frilly. 

photo of a valance that matches the headboard and you can buy one in NYC

via: http://blog.rowleycompany.com

Fabric is a wonderful thing, and it’s just what you need to make your bedroom more cozy AND beautiful. We hope you enjoyed these bedroom decorating ideas. 

From headboards to other bedding options, Beckenstein Fabric and Interiors has you covered!!!

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Bedroom Makeover: Subtle Changes that Can Make a Big Difference

 

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Redecorating your entire living space is a tedious, expensive task that rarely fits into most busy lifestyles. Nonetheless, a decorative overhaul can work wonders for transitioning into a new chapter of your life. Rather than tackling a massive renovation project, start where you begin each day: your bedroom. Redecorating can be cleansing and liberating, and best of all, it can be accomplished with a few easy steps.

Out with the Old

Determine which furniture pieces you want to keep, replace, and which you’re ready to ditch. Mix and match furniture, and don’t be afraid to break up a matched set. Moving furniture around in a room can make everything feel new and different. Get rid of anything that doesn’t inspire you. Determine which pieces might need to be replaced. For example, if your couches are looking worn, replacing them with new couches or futons can enhance the look and feel of a room.

 

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Photo by tree_lit via Flickr

In with the Color

Your color choices can have a dramatic effect on the mood and spatial sense of your room. For example, warm colors can make large rooms feel more intimate, but they can also make a small room seem even smaller. Reds are stimulating and high-energy but opt for deeper, rich variations that will make the room appear more elegant than overstimulating. Orange promotes energy and excitement, which may hinder your ability to fall asleep so keep it minimal. Yellow is a cheerful hue but is better when used as an accent color as well. Studies show that yellow rooms can cause people to get frustrated and make babies cry more, notes Freshome.

 

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Photo by Mirage floors via Flickr

Cool colors have a calming effect and can make rooms feel more spacious. Dark purple can cast a dramatic vibe over the room and if used as an accent color, can create depth. Blues and greens are relaxing and tranquil and can be calming if used as the prevailing color in your room.

You can’t go wrong with neutral colors, such as browns, grays and whites. A neutral-toned room is versatile with any style and can be changed with the season or with your taste.

Up with Your Decor

If you like to stay trendy, metal, especially brass, is a popular decorating trend this season. Bright brass can look dated, so stick with matte finishes. Other trends include pairing brass with wood, using agates as accents, faux animal hide accents, chunky knits and mirrors with decorative frames.

If you want a more classic look, go for muted accents and subtle changes. Window treatments can change the feel of a room. Drapes are best for a classic look while Roman shades add a touch of elegance to a room. For an earthy vibe, considers woven wood shades from the eco-friendly collections.

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If you want to decorate with fabrics and prints, use rugs and throw pillows from around the world. Throw pillows can combine colors and patterns together to get the best representation of your style. When trends change, you can easily swap your pillows to fit. Trendy colors and patterns this year are yellow and purple, especially Radiant Orchid, which was named Pantone’s 2014 color of the year. A popular pattern is ikat, as well as feather prints and animal hide.

 

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Regardless of what is in season, stay true to your own style and remember that what you like today, you might not like next year.

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