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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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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.

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