Bringing The Fall Indoors

Bringing The Fall Indoors

The leaves are changing color and everything is pumpkin spiced; fall is here! A change in seasons can be a great inspiration for refreshing your home décor, both inside and out. Outdoor spaces like an entryway can be refreshed with a seasonal wreath. Speaking of the outdoors, now is also a great time to check on outdoor floodlights and walkway lights, both for your safety with the sun setting earlier and for that of trick-or-treater’s visiting your house!

During the autumn, the morning air is brisk and daylight fades earlier so it is likely that your family will be spending more time indoors. Everything cozy and comfortable is back in season in your wardrobe so bring these same themes into your living spaces. Simple swaps such as adding thicker throw blankets and pillows in warmer tones like burgundy or chocolate can make a chilly room bennett-pic-3more comfortable. Plaid patterns or materials like flannel and fleece are perfect for the season. Fresh flowers like mums and miniature pumpkins or gourds can be added to decorative bowls, side tables, or fireplace mantels bringing the colors of the season inside. Rearranging seating furniture can refresh the room while creating cozy spaces for conversation. Natural afternoon sunlight can be replaced with a well-placed lamp.

You might notice that major updates are needed to your indoor living spaces, such as new flooring or wall color. Flooring with warm tones such as walnut or cherry help to make a room feel cozy in addition to being beautiful; particularly when paired with walls painted with lighter shades. Beige or gray wall tones complement these floor choices well and do not clash with seasonal accent items. Deep red, orange, gold, and brown tones in accent pieces go well with warm-toned flooring and light-colored walls. Accents in these rich fall colors will also add visual interest and texture to a room with neutral toned walls.

Scraped wood floors and faded-looking floors are a big trend we’ve seen in the past couple of years, and still see going strong moving forward. Both of these types of floors are found in hardwood and in luxury vinyl tile. Both types of flooring can really transform the look of the room according to the season. For the fall, pull inspiration from your scraped wood floors and add mustard or warm brick colors to your décor. With the faded-looking floors, you can work off of the gray tones and add deep purple or oxblood to your room to really cozy up the space. As for metals, use bennett-pic-2copper or burnished bronze to bring a bit of richness and depth to your room. Any of these styles can easily and affordably be done with the help of our designers.

 

We’re coming into the holiday season; a great time to have the discussion with one of our designers about the condition of your floors, or the possibility of having them replaced. Give us a call today to get started on your new fall space.

Transforming Your Teen’s Bedroom

Transforming Your Teen’s Bedroom

The time has come for your teen to move away from the princess/dinosaur bedroom they’ve had since they transitioned from a crib to a bed. It’s not as easy of a transition when they want a more grown-up room; for starters, they want to have more of a voice in their design, and why not? Designing a room that reflects their life or personality is their first step towards adulthood. It’s a great bonding time for you and your teen to learn more about what they like, what they don’t, and what their overall vision is.

 

IMG_1475To achieve a room that will be easy on your budget, and fulfill their desire for a more mature look, start by emphasizing storage. A desk with drawers or shelves, a bed with under storage, or floating shelves to both store their items in a more streamlined way, and get what’s on the floor up and out of the way. Not having to think about cleaning their room every other day will be a stress reliever for both you and your teen.

 

Speaking of less stress, teens need nine or more hours of sleep to distress and recharge daily. Create an environment that promotes better sleep, and comfort.  Keep electronics out of their room, and add blackout window treatments if they don’t already have them. If you have a houseful of children, consider a noise machine to give your teen a way to block out and conk out.

 

Flooring is important to a teen’s overall design, and the carpet they’ve had for the past ten years may have seen better days. If you chose a colored carpet to match the childhood theme they onceIMG_22351 had, it’s time to take it out and add a more mature flooring. This teen will likely be out and off to college in a few years, so choose a flooring that either matches the rest of your home, or will work with a future flooring change (meaning, if you plan to add hardwood to all bedrooms, change the teen’s flooring to the hardwood shade you would likely change the rest of the rooms in in the future). Cork flooring is a great option as well, with the soft underfoot feel and easy cleanup.

 

Lastly, add décor to the room to pull the look together. Your teen will want to highlight their style and have fun with their new room. If they are artists, display their art on the walls. Create a gallery wall with thrift store pieces, or, use frames you pick up from the thrift store to place their artwork in. Add other elements like cool vases or vintage cameras-whatever their interests area, and make their room reflect who they are. Many of them are fascinated by the highly designed rooms they see on TV and in magazines. Make their vision come to life!

 

Ask one of our designers to help you and your teen choose the right flooring to fit the theme of their room, and the overall design of your home!