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General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Decorating with the Five Senses: Sight

Of course the first sense used when walking into a room is sight. People can come alive with the right visual cues; arrangement, light, and colors are the majors elements that draw the eyes.

The art placed in home can affect emotions while looking at it. Hang a cohesive unit of artwork closer together, or use one large dramatic piece. Remember, the center should be at eye level. To draw a certain type of emotion into a room, choose the art that releases what is desired. Hang family photos in chronological order to create an awareness of time. This can help memory and tells the story of life and family. Plus, it’s fun to showcase certain moments that are cherished for everyone to see!

Using different colors in a room impacts mood; blue for calmness, red for excitement, orange for enthusiasm, the list goes on. When weighing options for a paint color, really think about how a whole room of that color feels to be in; if it’s too intense, maybe settle for a focus/accent wall or items. Patterned wall papers can be just as effective too. Playing with them can help you developed a color scheme to invigorate certain empathy.

The right dimness and brightness can impact how everything is seen. Embrace an interesting light fixture that may play with the eye or a smaller simple to create sublty. Be sure to get the right dimness/brightness for the space. Remember, the tone of the lights can also affect the colors scheme. Cool tones will help elaborate a clean and fresh look. Warmer tones cast a homey or romantic feeling.

The bottom line, visual cues transform a person’s mood. Utilizing these techniques can lead to embracing a new outlook everyday. After all, what you see is what you get!

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General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Touching Back on Navy Blue

We spoke about Navy Blue being the new black last week briefly, but we wanted to touch back a bit more on this happening color. Not only is navy blue popping in up in all the clothing stores around this time of year, but it is starting to show up in home décor and design shops as well! While the initial thought may be that navy is too bold for your home, chances are you are overlooking some fun and easy ways to introduce navy into the home. We’ve put a together a list of ways to introduce this hue into your home as well!

  • Navy curtains. Curtains are a fantastic way to bring color into any space, because you are instantly adding a pop to the windows, and as the light shines through the fabric adding a hint of that color throughout the whole space! Navy curtains are available in a variety of fabrics, some heavier some lighter (chose depending on the space), some plain some patterned (again keep in mind the space – the color alone will make a statement).
  • Switching out your neutral colored bedding can quickly make a statement to your bedroom – and transform it into a nautical retreat!
  • An accent chair or end table. Adding a pop of color to your living room tends to be an easy upgrade, as most of us tend to stay with a neutral color palette in this space. Adding the bold color of navy to either an accent chair or end table will quickly make a statement in the space.
  • Add artwork. Artwork generally dresses up any space it is put into – but this season shy away from the neutral canvases and introduce a bold piece with a navy background or design that will make any mundane room look more modern.
  • Get out your paintbrush. This one is a little more of a stretch, but any wood furniture is instantly brought back to life with a fresh coat of navy paint – from your kitchen cabinets, to your bathroom vanity, even your boring wooden headboard. This tends to be a slightly more permanent statement – so make sure you’ll love it before you get to work!

Keep in mind, navy is bold – for the same reason you may accessorize with a scarf, or patterned shirt – but are unlikely to leave the house in head to toe navy – keep the color to an accent in your home as well!

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General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Add a POP of Color

Spring is officially here and with spring brings the bright bold colors of flowers, fresh grass, and blue skies. Which also makes it the perfect time of year to bring some of those bold colors inside. Unfortunately, bringing a bold shade of fuchsia or an electric lime to your home decor can sound easier said that done. The key thing to keep in mind when bringing this pop of color into your room is that it should be just that; a pop. To help you not go overboard, we have put together a list of ideas; some bolder than others to bring the bright colors inside your home.

  • Front door. Depending on the decor in your living room or foyer (they generally tend to err on the side of neutral tones), adding a splash of color to your front door can be a fun way to brighten up the space  it’s a big enough space to make a statement, but it’s small enough that it can handle a bright pink or bold teal.
  • Nightstands are a great piece of furniture to use to bring in some color. For starters, they are usually the smallest (so easiest and least expensive) piece of furniture to switch out in your bedroom, and they are available in a variety of bold colors. Or, if you’re not loving your current night stands, make it a DIY project and refinish them to your color of choice! This same theory/process can be used in the living room with your end tables as well.
  • Inside of a bookshelf. This one seems a little outside of the box, but have a boring white bookshelf in your office? Take out all the books and repaint the back panel with a bright shade of yellow; it instantly adds color but as soon as you add your books back on the shelf it gives you a little subtler of a look!
  • Add an area rug. There are few rooms that can’t handle the addition of an area rug. Even the kitchen or bathroom can use smaller rugs and can instantly be transformed with a bright bold color – even pattern!
  • Accent chair. Clearly, named “accent” chairs for a reason, this is a great way to bring in a bold color to many rooms in your home. Add a chair in your living room, bedroom, or even a corner in your dining room. Decide on the space if you want to find something just decorative or if you would want it to be functional as well and make a statement.

The best part about all these ideas is that, as easily as you make the transformation, you can take it back. You always want to keep in mind when decorating that less really is more, and not to paint/change anything that you could see yourself wanting to undo in the next two years. Happy Spring!

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Inspiration Tips and Advice

Accent Walls

Accent walls are typically defined as a wall whose design differs from the design of other walls in the room. These types of walls can work in many types of spaces; whether small or large! Accent walls can be done in many different ways and can be used to add a little color or even some bold textures. Right now, some of the most popular ways to add texture to a space is by adding it to your walls.

Shiplap is a very trendy and easy to install texture to a wall. Shiplap is reclaimed wood and you can easily mount it to a wall via liquid nail or traditional nails. One of the coolest parts of this unique process is the different lengths of wood you can use. This brings a whole different dimension to the wall and breaks off the uniformity that you normally see in flooring. Tile is another way that you can incorporate texture to a wall. Many people are going back to patterned mosaics or even just decorative tiles to give a space a more organic feel.

Now, while you may think that wallpaper is only a decorating tool you would see in your grandmother’s house, it has actually come a long way and made a huge resurgence.  We aren’t talking about the traditional flora patterns; although manufacturers do make updated patterns of those if that is your thing as well! New wallpaper has bold patterns and colors to really bring notice to a room or wall. These particular bright and bold wallpapers have been showing up in more powder rooms and bedrooms as of late.

Lastly, we’d like to touch on painting a wall. This can be used to tie undertones in the rest of your room together. For instance, say you are using shades of navy in your throw pillows, rug and window treatments; paint a wall that color as well and it will really solidify the theme of the room and make those items pop! Our guess is this year you will walk into at least one room or see it in a magazine with a large Ultra Violet wall that anchors the rest of the décor together!

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Blinds Inspiration

Floral on Wood Blinds: Who Would Have Thought?

By: Nariah K.

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Bring spring floral to your wood blinds by adding some floral like fabric tapes! I can understand how some people may think having a shade or blind full of floral patterns can be overwhelming to the look or theme of your room, however, I have the solution. Adding a touch of floral to your wood blinds might do the trick. We have many fabric tapes for wood blinds to give your room the perfect spring touch. Some really lovely fabric tape ideas, which are my personal favorites, would include the Valencia Green and Valencia Brown. They are so versatile, would look good anywhere, and are perfect for living rooms, family rooms, and kitchens.

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