When designing your house, it’s important to consider how different elements blend together. You want your floors and walls to match, and you want your furniture to blend in as well. You want a variety of colors and a nice blend of cool and light. You want everything to look balanced and organized, without being too bland. Figuring out what works for your living space is very tough – that’s why interior designers can be very useful. But not everyone can afford an interior designer, nor is one always necessary. You can always learn a few useful tips to make sure your furniture, walls, and floor all work together nicely.
Floor Comes First
One of the first decisions you should make is between your floor and your walls. The first rule is to always start with your floors since that’s the most permanent aspect of the room. Make sure you have a floor you love and can draw a lot of inspiration. Everything else will come from the floor.
Subtle? Or Bold?
One of the first decisions you need to make about your home is whether you want to go subtle or bold. More specifically, do you want colors that stand out? Or would you prefer everything to really blend together? Bold designs involve a lot of contrast, such as dark hardwood with light walls featuring lots of primary colors where subtle designs might be closer to light hardwood and traditional wall colors such as off-white. Talk to your family and see if you can find something where you can all agree on, perhaps you can go bold but not too much, or you’re all enthusiastic about displaying your favorite colors. Usually, these compromises create the best looks.
Find the Right Colors
When looking for the right colors to match, you want to pick one that is present but also hidden. For example, hardwood floors have one or two main colors, but they also have hints of other colors as well. Maybe you can find a hint of yellow, or blue. Look at your floors and see if you can find the most hidden color – that will be the color of your wall.
From there, look at the colors present in both the wall and the floor, and do the same process. Look around for those super hidden colors and use your furniture to bring them out. Based on how bold or subtle you want to be, you can either embrace the most different colors or try to blend them all together.
Designing your room doesn’t have to be a chore. Work out with your family about what designs and colors you want, and see what will work with what you have. Especially when kids are involved, you can make this a lot of fun, and find ways to add everyone’s personality to that room.
Dark hardwood floors are dramatic and elegant, with the deeper tones drawing attention to the natural beauty of the wood floors. They also provide a warm, neutral background for the room. Balancing the effect of dark wood floors is easy when you paint the walls a medium to light tone and the ceiling a very pale tint of the wall color. Having lighter colored walls will emphasize the contrast and make a confident, sophisticated design statement.
You may think of white walls as boring, but when paired with a hardwood floor they look beautiful and elegant. Both cool, bright whites and warmer, creamy tones work well with dark flooring. Silvery gray floors, beige, or warm pink sand tones all can work in the space depending on your tastes. A benefit of lighter colors on the walls is that it will help the space to feel larger and less closed in. Paint the trim white for a nice finish.
A very popular combination currently is pewter gray walls with dark cherry-finished floors. This color combination is very stylish as well as a perfect backdrop for your furniture, allowing you to bring in other neutral pieces as well as pops of color. Gray also has different undertones while still considered a neutral color. Gray with blue undertones is beautiful with dark cherry, while other grays will look beautiful next to black or nearly black flooring.
Jewel tones can also look stunning with the contrast of dark floors. Think of coral pinks or marigold yellows to give the room a more intimate and cozy feel. A bold color may overwhelm the space but choosing a slightly lighter shade can give you the look you desire.
Hopefully when choosing dark hardwoods, you placed them in a room that receives plenty of natural light or the room may feel too dark. Consider the lighting of the room as well as the shade of the flooring to choose a wall color that will look good in this space. Hang paint swatches on the walls in various spots and evaluate the look at different points in the day, so you can get a feel for how the room will look in morning light, at dusk, or on a dreary day. Lighter neutrals will help a room feel brighter and more spacious, as will adding overhead lighting or lamps to the space.
There are so many architectural details to consider when designing or updating your home. You know what you want overall, but how do you pull it all together? There may be some looks you’ve seen and been inspired by that are along the lines of what you want in the end, but have you ever considered using your ceiling as part of your overall design?
These days, people are more creative and personalized than ever before. Even if a person chooses a design piece that is considered mainstream, either the way it is used or the color or some other accent makes it unique to the owner. We’ve listed some inspirational options that will get your creative juices flowing!
Beams: Whether you already have beams or want to add your own, beams made from thick pieces of pine or antique wood give a nice touch for vintage or rustic homes. Note that if you have average height ceilings (8’), you can add beams that are only 2-3” thick and still have a real rustic feel.
Molding: Molding is one of those design accents that can be used in a multitude of ways. Create a coffered like ceiling with thin strips of molding.
Styrofoam Tiles: Not the kind you see in offices across America. There are many elegant designs available to give your space either a luxe or modern feel
Beadboard: You can either nail up white beadboard for a clean look, or paint them in light blue and green for a more beach-y look.
Stencil: Jo-Ann Fabrics and A.C. Moore have many different styles available to help you achieve a stenciled ceiling. You can go with fun and bright, or more sophisticated and contemporary. Use the current style of the room as your focus.
Wallpaper: With wallpaper you can really design the ceiling around the core details of the room. There are also great wallpaper designs that look like stencil (which takes the work (and fun) out of a stenciled ceiling). Determine the style of the room and select the wallpaper that gives it the most wow factor.
Wood Planks: Wood isn’t just for floors! Create a herringbone design with wood planks, or use wide planks of luxury tile that look like wood to give your room a contemporary or rustic look. Wood on the ceiling can be used in a multitude of ways-really, the only limit is your imagination!
We aren’t just a flooring company, meaning, we don’t just do floors. You can use wood and tile in a multitude of ways. Use it to bring interest to your walls or to your ceilings. Our trained designers will help bring your creative touch to life!
We know how you are; you look at your bathrooms and know that there are things you would like to change, but who has the time or the money? What if we told you you could easily upgrade your bathroom in little time, for a very affordable cost, would you do it? Of course you would! Here are our top ideas on how you can upgrade your bathroom with a little elbow grease, imagination, and dedication!
These small-scale projects are quite simple to do on your own. Of course, there are some you will need to schedule a professional for, but they’re quick, painless, and easy on the pocket.
Update the Vanity
You may not be in a position to completely knock out your existing vanity, but you’re not too keen on the look of it now. Try painting it a contrasting color, or spray painting the handles to a modern finish. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could use textured wall paper to really add interest to your bathroom!
Add Interest to Walls
Bead board is a great, classic update to any bathroom, ad super simple to achieve. Wood bead board is easy to install, however, if that feels like too much of a commitment, there’s also bead board-style textured wallpaper that gives you the same look.
If bead board isn’t possible, you could choose to cover your walls with art to change the whole look of the bathroom. If there’s one bare wall you’d like to make a contrasting wall, there are wallpapers available that peel on and off. Easy to do, easy to change your mind in the future!
Don’t be limited to these ideas; you can change the paint color, or add interesting design using paint as well. The possibilities are endless!
Remove Dated Shower Doors
Shower doors are extremely difficult to keep clean; installing a fresh new curtain will open up the space, and save you from all the time you spend scrubbing soap scum.
Maybe your towel bar and other hardware are dated; now is a great time to change them all to a more updated look. You’d be surprised what a difference changing out the hardware can make! You can change out the lights and faucet as well for an updated look, but if you’re not sure of what you’re doing, call an electrician or plumber to help. The job is simple enough that the cost will be minimal.
Since the space is small, the cost of replacing the flooring is budget-friendly. Our designers will help you find the perfect flooring for you bathroom, and will install quickly as well. Choose an updated tile, or hardwood, or go for something bold in your small space.
Is there a project in your home you want to tackle, but just don’t know where to start? Contact us to put together a short timeline, a weekend or just a couple of days, to help you achieve that ‘honey-do’ list you’ve been putting off!