Halloween is over, and we’re now in full holiday mode. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and that dining room that you’ve been using as a place to store things, or for the kids to play in is soon going to be used to host your family. It’s time to start considering an update to the room that brings everyone together.
Start your design plan with the rest of your home in mind. You may currently be on the farmhouse bandwagon, but if the rest of your home is decorated in a contemporary or traditional fashion, the two different styles won’t make sense. Unless you plan to do a full house redux, stick to the same design as in the rest of your home as a starting point for your dining room.
When it comes to color therapy, there are some colors that scintillate the senses, and some that turn them off. Gray for instance, isn’t much of a hunger trigger, but yellow and orange are (hence why all the fast food restaurants of yore would use those colors to subconsciously make you choose and want their food). You can use gray with either tone if you want to inject that in décor or seat covers, just not in your overall look.
Blue is a calming color, so you may want to use it in small doses as well. Green evokes nature and health. This is a great color to pair with blue or yellow. Whatever colors you choose, try to stay within a three-color scheme. Too many colors will make the room look busy and not very appetizing.
It’s time to start thinking flooring! Hardwood floors look elegant and sophisticated in your dining room, whether you choose dark, light, or anything in between. Hardwood is durable and easy to clean.
If hardwood is a little out of your budget, you can choose a lower-cost alternative such as laminate flooring. There are so many different choices and patterns to choose from, you’ll certainly find one that matches your overall design.
Carpeting is warm and inviting, and insulates sound. A patterned carpet looks luxurious and attractive in a dining room. A patterned carpet is also good at hiding stains.
Do yourself a favor and check out all of the different style choices in cork flooring. It’s as durable as hardwood, yet softer underfoot and gives your room the warmth you may want to evoke. Because of its unique look, it may be difficult to blend with the rest of your home, unless you’re going for a distinct and different design.
If you’re not sure where to start, schedule an appointment with one of our designers. We will walk you through step by step in selecting the right look for your room to give your guests over the holidays something to really talk about!
You’re expecting a baby, congratulations! A baby can change so much in your life, most of all, your living area! So much change inspires many couples to create a special area to introduce baby to the world, and for that baby to grow into. Careful space planning is essential for both baby and parents, but the good news is, the baby doesn’t need much space at first (if you’re thinking of a temporary arrangement). Here are our tips on how you can create a beautiful nursery space.
Of course the magazines will lead you to believe you need to have that oversized ottoman, and the large bookcase for all of the books you will enjoy with your child, but don’t go overboard, and keep it realistic. What will you do with that ottoman or glider afterward? Do you have the square footage for all the furniture you think you need? If so, then by all means, go all out; but if you don’t have that much real estate, determine what you actually need (a dresser that doubles as a changer and a crib at the minimum) and consider what more you can put in there without overwhelming the space.
It’s hard to believe, but these little sweethearts seem to multiply their toys and books on a daily basis somehow (we still haven’t figured out how), and making space for all of their things can be a challenge. When floor space is limited, think vertical, and never underestimate the closet. It’s easy to use storage dividers in the closet to make space considering the child doesn’t have an overwhelming wardrobe yet. Take advantage of bookshelves that can store toys, books, and other baby essentials. There are also storage boxes that fit under beds that work well with cribs to store clothing for the coming season or other non-essentials that need to stay in the room.
Time To Design!
This may be our new parent’s favorite part of converting a room or space into a nursery! Choose soft and relaxing wall colors that match your décor or theme, and consider extending wall colors on to the ceiling to make the ceiling look higher. Painting one wall darker than the rest will make it visually recede if you need to make a small space look larger than it really is. Also, floor-length curtains hung a few inches below the crown molding will lift the ceiling, making the room look larger and airier.
Every parent has a different opinion on what type of flooring they want for the newest part of their family; some prefer carpet and some prefer hardwood. Whichever your choice, make sure it complements the rest of your home’s flooring. Talk to one of our designers about the existing flooring to find the right flooring for your baby’s space.
We want you to be as excited and happy about your new baby’s space as you were when you found out your life was going to change forever! Let us help you create the perfect space to welcome him or her home!