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Jan-15-2020

Achievable Design

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Dec-16-2019

What Is Art Deco?

Posted by creatingyourspace under Design and Decorating

Interior design has many great styles to choose from when designing your home. From Rustic to Modern and everything in between, there is a style for everyone. Another great style option is Art Deco. This style first came to fruition during the roaring 1920s and was used in many attributes of design, including fashion and marketing. Art Deco merges geometrical patterns, metallic finishes, and bold colors to make something truly glamorous. If you love Art Deco and want to master it in your own home, here are some great tips and tricks:

Geometrical Patterns

A key factor in any great Art Deco design is geometrical patterns. Art Deco will incorporate repetitive patterns in many places. Consider some geometrical-patterned art for your walls or a patterned rug to spruce up the ground. Incorporating geometrical patterns is a must for your Art Deco design.

Adventurous

Be bold and adventurous when designing with Art Deco. While black and white are used a lot in Art Deco, this is used to create contrast. Art Deco does not neglect the power of colors. Art Deco uses bold colors and unique furniture to make a statement. Feel free to be adventurous and daring when designing your home.

Metallic Finishes

This Hollywood design is known for its glamorous, sheen look. To help obtain this look, make sure to include a lot of metallic finishes. Golds, silvers, even reflective chromes are all powerful elements in this retro-looking design theme. Make sure to add these fun, metallic finishes throughout your design.

Art Deco was a futuristic look of the past. It is flexible, allowing many colors and textures to be added to it. If you love this Retro look, make sure to use some of these key elements to help design your space. Art Deco is still used in many works of art and marketing today. Its unique and powerful style can quickly demand attention.

What do you think of Art Deco? Is this design still worthy of being in homes today, or does it belong in the past?

Nov-26-2019

Green Centerpieces

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Nov-18-2019

Decorating and Designing with the Color Grey

Posted by creatingyourspace under Colors, Design and Decorating

Over the years, we have seen more and more shades of grey come into the marketplace. It has been a staple in home design and fashion for several years as a great neutral option while also feeling very sophisticated. Since some homeowners are hesitant that grey may be too dark, the design industry provides a broad spectrum of shades. With a spectrum ranging from black and white (literally), grey is an extremely versatile option to use in your own design. It will not clash with other colors but can feel elegant and timeless. Here are some great ideas to consider when decorating and designing your space with the color grey:

Grey Works Well with Cool Tones

Grey works great with complementing the cool tones throughout your home. It feels very grounded in nature and can help bring out the balance in rooms using cool tones. Use softer cool tones and the color grey to neutralize the space. You can even use black and white to accessorize your space without crossing out of your grey color palette.

Grey Works Well with Warm Tones

Grey can also work very well with warm tones. It can emphasize and balance your warm reds, oranges, and yellows while adding a darker neutral tone to the room. Where beige and tan can sometimes reflect too much into red tones and overwhelm the space, grey can help make the area grounded. It works great at complement to warm wood tones and other wood elements as well. When adding grey in spaces with warm tones, you will not get a dreary environment but a very well-grounded and established design.

Grey Is Sophisticated

Colors can influence moods. Grey is known to be a cool, neutral color that can create balance. It has a broad spectrum of moods, from dull and dingy to formal and sophisticated. It is incredibly diverse and can be used in any room. This is a quiet and reserved color, yet it can also be very influential. It is not very common to get a pure grey from just black and white mixed together. Most greys will have subtle hues of blues, greens, or yellows in them to help spruce up the space.

Empower your living space by incorporating grey. Using it throughout your design is never a bad decision. It works in almost all atmosphere and can be a great addition through flooring, cabinets, wall paint, décor, and more. Knowing when and where to use grey is vital.

What do you think of the grey color craze lately? Is it just a fad, or is grey really the perfect color for design? Let us know your thoughts below in the comment section!

With the seasons changing, your home may become a little more cold than usual. Or perhaps, your home has always been on the cold side. No matter what your circumstance may be, you are cold and do not like it. To help you fight back against the chill, we have created five genius ways to use decor to add warmth to your home. Let’s take a look! 

Décor Ideas for a Cold Home:

1.  Work with Warm Tones.

The colors used within your space can actually make the room feel colder. Be sure to use a warm tone color palette within your space to help create a more comforting and cozy environment. Warm tones consist of colors like tans, browns, beiges, reds, burgundies, oranges, rusts, yellows, and olive-greens. Their warm nature will help add comfort and coziness to a chilly space.

2.   Add Comfort.

If your floors are cold to the touch, it can be imperative to begin the warming process with proper textiles and insulation. Layers can create the perfect “warming” effect that you desire. Plus, they help to add a stylish touch to the space. Be sure to add plush pillows, soft blankets, and cozy rugs for add softness and warmth.

3.  Genius Hacks.

If you know that insulation is specifically a problem in your home, you may find it helpful to hang wall tapestries. While being extremely stylish additions, they can help warm up your space and add a layer of heat. Plus, they are easy to remove which makes switching up your décor easy than ever.

4.  Focus on Windows.

Windows can, in fact, be a significant source of cold drafts. If you are looking for a stylish way to warm up your windows, you can purchase heavy curtains for your windows. The heavy curtains will help to reduce the chill caused by drafts and keep your room feeling warm and toasty.

5.  Your Getaway.

Our last and final tip for cold homes is to create a cozy, comfortable bed. With a bed that oozes warmth, you will be excited to jump into it after a long day. To help add warmth, we recommend adding extra blankets, pillows, and sheets. Plus, you can even add a heated blanket for chilly nights. Just be sure to shut it off when you are not with it.

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks! Let us know how you stay warm in the comment section

Aug-20-2015

20 Design Hacks For Your Vintage Bathroom

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If you’re in the midst of designing a vintage inspired bathroom you might have recently found yourself short on creative ideas. Typically the easy part of the project is the larger design elements. Fixtures can be figured out by way of the Internet.  Flooring can be designed by visiting one of our locations and talking with our consultants.

But when you get to down to the details it’s sometimes tough to reimagine ways to use things that will look good in bathroom inspired by design from a century ago. Fret not! Here are 20 snazzy ideas for ways to decorate and store common bathroom items!

  1. Old, wooden step stool with 2-3 steps used as a towel rack.
  2. Old, wooden crates to hold magazines.
  3. Vintage wall mirrors hung over the sink.
  4. Small drawers removed from an old wooden desk to store toiletries.
  5. Old-school hard sided suitcase for extra toilet paper and bathroom sundries.
  6. Crystal knobs mounted on the wall to hang towels and clothes.
  7. Chalkboard.
  8. Baskets hung on the wall facing outward, like shelves.
  9. Glass jars with tin lids for Q-tips, cotton balls, etc.
  10. Tin pail to hold a plant or flower arrangement.
  11. Antique laundry washboard hung on the wall as décor.
  12. Bath products with vintage, apothecary style labeling.
  13. Apothecary cabinet for storing and neatly organizing toiletries.
  14. Antique hand held mirror(s) lying on a surface or hung on the wall as décor.
  15. Vintage lace curtains.
  16. Soaking tub rack that fits across your claw foot tub and holds soap, a candle, reading materials.
  17. Antique chandelier.
  18. Old, tall wooden stool for setting things on or for leaning on when needed.
  19. Repurposed vintage door.
  20. Old sink faucet handles mounted on the wall to hang things.
Mar-27-2015

Virtual Room Designer

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One of our favorite tools is our Virtual Room Designer. This tool enables you to visualize a variety of floor designs and materials in many different types of rooms. This can be incredibly helpful when you are just beginning to decide what kinds of flooring you want to use in the room you are redesigning. 

It can feel overwhelming when you first begin exploring the myriad of options there are and you might feel like there is so much to choose from it feels impossible to know where to start. But with this tool, you can easily picture what different flooring looks like from the comfort of your own home before you come in to visit our store.

The first step is to get online and head to http://www.carpetsnmore.com/designcenter/vrd.aspx to get started with our Virtual Room Designer. Below we will walk you through how to use this tool to illustrate how this feature of our website can be helpful to someone who is trying to decide on what flooring will be best for them.  

Once you have pulled up the link above in your web browser the first step is to identify what room it is that you are going to be designing. For example, say you are going to be changing the flooring in your kitchen—you would first click on the kitchen option. Below several options will appear and you can choose from these options which kitchen matches yours the best.

Next the picture you choose will bring up a window where you can try different materials in the room. This is the best part of the tool because it allows you to visually picture what kinds of flooring would look best with what you already have in your room. For example, you have chosen the kitchen that best matches your kitchen. You will then choose from the ‘type’ drop down menu, picking between things such as hardwood or ceramic tile. Once you’ve made your selection you can narrow your search based on brand, product and color group if you need to.

Have fun and try all different types of flooring! You never know what combination might look best and you might even try something you hadn’t thought of before. It could surprise you as your favorite! Once you have a selection of your favorite flooring come in to one of our locations and we will help you decide what flooring works best for your needs and your home.

Nov-13-2014

Urban Chic Design Style

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If you like Urban Chic – then clutter, conformity and the complicated have no place in your home. Low tech, high maintenance and the middle ground aren’t for you. Knickknacks are a no-no, less is more, and form faithfully follows function.

If this sounds like you, then your lifestyle is Urban Chic. It originated in the Bauhaus art movement of the 1920’s and has also been called Contemporary. Its heritage can also be traced to the 1930’s German and Scandinavian design schools.

Urban Chic :

Treats spaces almost as pieces of three-dimensional art, balancing form, shape, color and texture – texture from rough and smooth to glossy and matte.

The spaces are highly functional and well organized with lots of storage to eliminate clutter, celebrate order and meet the demands of your modern life.

Surfaces are simple, colors are clean and pure, shapes are geometric with immaculate detail. The look is linear, pared down and polished.

Your Urban Chic furnishings are sleek and strong but uncomplicated in shape, allowing them to mix effortlessly with other styles of furniture.

It all has the effect of creating a home that is cool and contemporary, urban and fresh, sophisticated and streamlined.

A recent interpretation of this style is a movement called Loft Living.

These are homes of modern architectural shape featuring vaulting ceilings, open, spacious floor plans and a multitude of high, wide windows.

The look is a unique combination of industrial masculinity and refined elegance.

Art Deco, the marriage of art and industry, is another variation of Urban Chic.

Introduced in 1925, this style created geometric and asymmetric furnishings of beautiful, organic simplicity.

A dining table with chrome base and glass top was a classic example.

Variations aside, the classic products for your Urban Chic home include stunning glass mosaic tiles, the widespread application of stainless steel and natural complements like honed limestone.

Your colors are serene and seductive; creative combinations of black and white, mahogany browns and stainless steel.

In your kitchen, slab door style cabinetry in dark walnut with euro rail hardware is the perfect answer. And granite countertops — in black of course — are the ideal complement.

This is the Urban Chic lifestyle.  Is this your way of living? See more design styles here!

May-8-2014

The Power of Red

15285255_SWhat is the first thing you notice about this room scene? Red, right! Red is a bold color that tends to stand out whether in interior design, an accessory to an outfit, or as a car color driving by on the street.  It reminds us of the power of red as a color in decorating.  Red is a great color for the home and can be used as a wall or accent color.

A few years ago red dining rooms were all the rage. This could have stemmed from the study that showed red increases our appetite. Today we are seeing fewer red dining rooms but not less red in interiors.

Red is a powerful color when used in its pure form. Power suits and ties are often red because of the strength of this color.  Having a red wall or red carpet makes a very strong design statement in a room.  For this reason many people prefer to use red as an accent color. Red today is often used as an accent color on area rugs and pillows.

The variation of red hues can run from plums to tomato reds, which allow red to be used in a wide variety of color palette. Terracotta red tile floors are great in the kitchen while deep plum is a cozy color for the walls in a master bedroom.  Red and grey is also a great color combination for the living room.

Reds work with neutrals like grey, other warm colors like orange, or contrast with cool colors like aqua.  Adding a pop of red to your counter top or sofa will bring energy to your room.

Apr-16-2013

Product Spotlight: Area Rugs

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Area rugs are a great addition to your home.  They can become the focal point in your living space and become a colorful finishing touch to complete the room.  They help unite an entire room’s décor to really bring the whole room together.  You can also use area rugs to define a space whether it’s a seating area or dining space.  This is the perfect solution if you have an open concept floor plan.  Area rugs can be used as a way to greet your house guests and welcome them into your home.

Area rugs also offer you other unique capabilities because they are the only flooring product that you can install, then pick up and move.  It’s much easier to change them out from season to season or as your style changes.  Area rugs offer you softness, warmth and sound absorption on hard flooring surfaces such as stone and wood.

They add another layer of design, luxury and warmth when laid on top of wall-to-wall carpeting.

Area rugs have a wide variety of size, design detail, and cost which makes it easy to find one that’s just right for you!

For more about this specific area rug, visit our website here.