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BORING FLOORING

BORING FLOORING

When it comes to decorating interiors, some say flooring is boring and is the least exciting part of the design process.  For many years, wall to wall carpet was the solution to all flooring surfaces.  Even kitchens and baths were once popular rooms to carpet.  Today; flooring trends have dramatically changed to hard finish surfaces throughout a home and are the leading product in the flooring industry, over and beyond carpet.  Using hard finish surfaces throughout a home provides a crisp, clean look; sometimes leaving a cold and UN inviting feel.  In addition; there is always the question on how to control the noise with hard flooring surfaces.

-SPLASH IT UP WITH AREA RUGS-  

 Vibrant area rugs in all shapes, sizes and colors provide the solution to both noise control and the look and feel of warmth.  Additionally; area rugs define and frame in a space with in a room, even over carpet.  Regardless of your style and taste, area rugs also provide a great opportunity for a statement piece in the space.  This temporary accessory can easily be changed out to give an updated color or style rather inexpensively without the remodel cost of the entire room.

There are many great advantages to hard surface flooring – the fun of designing with area rugs is just one of them.

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2016 DESIGN TRENDS

2016 DESIGN TRENDS:

The hottest trend in 2016 is the long-known furniture pieces from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. Mid-Century furniture is making a huge come back this year. Bold geometric patterned furniture pieces with colors of green, gray, and orange are flying off the floors of resale and antique shops and flying into family homes and businesses.

Behind the Mid-Century furniture craze, the industrial look continues to be popular with the millenniums. Clean lines and minimal detail to furnishings and accessories make a sheik look in style .

Black metals are no longer sidelined in 2016 as the metal for wrought iron outdoor furniture or bed frames. The unflashy material is appearing on appliance finishes, hardware, bathroom fixtures, and even flatware.  In addition to black metal; copper will be the statement metal for chandeliers in 2016.

Lastly, The color palette for 2016 is filled with shades of pink, red and orange.  Orange dominates the accessory market to include decorative pillows, lamps, candles, wall art and area rugs.  Hues of gray will continue to be the wall color of choice as the neutral.  New Smart phone apps that are very helpful to select wall color options are Color Capture, ColorSmart, and ColorSnap.  All allow you to touch a wall color, tap a photo of the room you would like to paint,   and view various hues to help in your wall color selection.

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FINDING YOUR STYLE

The majority of us know what we like in a room’s décor but do not know how to achieve “the look”.  This simple tip will help you “find your style”.

The first step is to find an item that you LOVE.  For example; a piece of fabric with your favorite colors in it, a piece of wall art that you like the style, or it can even be an accessory that you favor.  From there, you can spring board from that piece by pulling out the colors and style from the selected piece to build your room around.

This design tip will help you find your style and the beginning of a well designed space that you will LOVE.

Living Room with Orange Pillow

HOW TO MAKE A SMALL ROOM APPEAR LARGER

One of the easiest and most effective home staging and design tips to make a small space appear larger is to angle the furniture placement.

Angled lines visually push the walls apart, making the eye zigzag across the room rather than looking straight down a long space.

Be sure all the furniture pieces are angled.  For example; the sofa and the loveseat should meet at a right angle. If there is not room to angle the furniture, consider eliminating a piece as it will also help the room look more spacious. If there is no furniture at all, an area rug put at a slight angle can also make a noticeable difference in the perceived size of the room.

Angling furniture is also great to fill in empty corners for long and narrow spaces or where there is not a lot of furniture and accessories.  There is less need for wall art when furniture placement does not line the walls as the angled furniture itself becomes the focal point.

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FIND YOUR STYLE

ImageInterior Design is a story you tell without saying a word.   Many people don’t have the time to decorate a  space the way that they would like.  The question is; What is your style?  To find your style; start the design of a room by finding an inspiration piece.  An inspiration piece is an item that you love.  For example; a painting, cool accessory, a piece of fabric with vibrant colors or a piece of furniture.  Spring board from this piece by adding a wall color to compliment it.  From there, pull in other pieces that match and meld the color and style of your inspiration.  Not only will this tip help you determine your style, it will also help you move toward a cohesive design that you will love.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEXT INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT?  Julie Stone has 25 plus years in interior design experience and can help transform your home into a personalized space that you will enjoy living in.

HOME STAGING is the very best proven way to help a home sell faster. As an Accredited Staging Professional, Julie Stone can set the scene throughout the house to create immediate buyer interest.  If the house is priced right and looks better than the competition, the house will sell in less time.

For more Design and Home Staging tips; visit my blog at juliestoneInteriors.com or contact me at 616-581-2759 or e-mail juliestone7612@sbcglobal.net for your next design project or home staging needs.

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ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR

ADD a SPLASH of COLOR

To add interest to the look and feel of a room; ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR. The most inexpensive way to add color to your space is by adding pillows and candles. Start with a large neutral item to spring board from. For example; a sofa upholstered in a soft hue of gray will pop with bright yellow pattern pillows. Add bright orange and yellow candles arranged within a tray on a cocktail table in front of the sofa. Vary the height of the candles from small, medium and large and keep the number odd – three to five. Odd numbers provide interest and movement to the eye as does the varying levels. Find an inspiration piece like framed art that will tie in the color scheme. To finish off your room, add a bright color of throw over the back of a side chair. Keep the splashes of color to no more than five. More than five will over power the room and look confusing.
This design tip will create a well designed space that will WOW your guests and provide you with a cozy and relaxing living space.

 

NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEXT INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT? Julie Stone has 25 plus years in interior design experience and can help transform your home into a personalized space that you will enjoy living in.

HOME STAGING is the very best proven way to help a home sell faster. As an Accredited Staging Professional, Julie Stone can set the scene throughout the house to create immediate buyer interest. If the house is priced right and looks better than the competition, the house will sell in less time.

Contact Julie at 616-581-2759 or e-mail juliestone7612@sbcglobal.net for your next design project or home staging needs.

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A Splash of Color Adds Interest.

A Splash of Color Adds Interest.

 

 

HOW TO HANG PICTURES

HOW to HANG PICTURES
Following these five simple tips on “how to hang pictures” will help put the finishing jewelry on a well designed room.
1.Always hang a picture or portrait at EYE LEVEL. Hanging pictures above eye level takes the eye to the wall; creating a disconnection from the rest of the room’s décor’.
2.Group pictures and family portraits, either, on a side table or on the wall. Photos scattered throughout makes a room look cluttered. Groupings of pictures or photos make a larger impact and you can be sure that visitors will look at each one of them in this arrangement.
3.When grouping pictures or photos, the frames should always be in the same color with various patterns and sizes. The same color of matt should also be used in all the pictures. Using the same frame color showcases one large cohesive art gallery.
4.Arrange groupings of pictures or photos on the floor prior to hanging on the wall. Be sure to keep the same distance of wall space around all four sides of the picture – two inches works well. You can make a wall template out of paper as a trial prior to hanging the actual picture. Not only does the template save on filling nail holes, it saves time.
5.When hanging just one picture; make sure the size of the picture fits the size of the wall. For example; a small picture gets swallowed up on a large wall. The same is true for a large picture on a small wall – it will over power the wall and the room. If the wall is 3 feet or under; consider leaving the wall blank. Too many pictures in a room is visually confusing!

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NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEXT INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT? Julie Stone has 25 plus years in interior design experience and can help transform your home into a personalized space that you will enjoy living in.

HOME STAGING is the very best proven way to help a home sell faster. As an Accredited Staging Professional, Julie Stone can set the scene throughout the house to create immediate buyer interest. If the house is priced right and looks better than the competition, the house will sell in less time.

For more Design and Home Staging tips; visit my blog at juliestoneInteriors.com or contact me at 616-581-2759 or e-mail juliestone7612@sbcglobal.net for your next design project or home staging needs.

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