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Bedroom Blues

Jan-20-2012 By creatingyourspace

We’re not talking the emotional blues when we say bedroom blues. Blue in the bedroom is a beautiful color that creates a soothing and relaxing space. Blue is typically used for boys’ rooms, but this doesn’t mean it has to be a masculine only color. The range of blue colors means that there is probably a blue out there that will work with your floor color and bedroom furniture color.

This Mediterranean style bedroom uses blue accents to bring a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space. Neutral walls and a stone or concrete floor create a cool feeling in the room. Adding in rich blue accents in the throw on the bed and the mirror on the wall add a bit of energy to the room.  The energy isn’t the same as if the accents were red or orange. The cool tones of the blue color are typically thought to be more soothing than jarring.

Blue color on the walls or bedding would create bigger pops of color in this space. Larger expanses of color, no matter what color, will have a bigger impact on the feeling and energy of a room. Keeping the blue accents in this room to two relatively small elements keeps the room feeling neutral.  Layering different shades of blues can also work to create a more sophisticated color palette. Pale blue on the walls combined with richer accessories intensifies the calming feeling of the color. Lots of white in the room will keep the space from feeling too blue.

Light and Shadow

Nov-23-2011 By creatingyourspace

Are you drawn to light? Would you walk right up to that big window and ignore the darkened space to visit the view? Don’t do that or you would miss a beautiful room that knows how to use its shadows.

Despite the almost complete lack of color, this room has much to keep your interest. Look at the lines of the furniture. The chair with curved arms by the window echoes in the bench by the zebra rug. A candlestick’s spiral, dark against the left side of the window, shows up again in the spindle back of a dining chair.

Two elements make this room shine. One is the amazing wealth of light coming from one direction through the oversized window filling one wall. The second is the flooring that captures and reflects that light into the room with its glossy finish. Despite the floor’s natural dark tone, it serves as another source of light – banishing only some of the shadows.

There is a small surprise of color – the two orange stripes on the sofa’s arm. There may be more but we won’t know about it. Our eyes lose color in darkness thanks to their design. Yet despite the limited color this room has its own fascination. The interplay of light, shadow and line creates a strong design without drawing on color to do it.

Have you thought about how shadows can enrich and add mystery to your home’s design? Don’t be afraid of the dark.

Haunting can Help your Decisions

Oct-19-2011 By creatingyourspace

Do you find it frustrating to make a final choice when confronting numerous options? Sometimes it may seem as though the showroom, or the pumpkin patch, goes on forever and you worry that you may never find the right one to bring home.

If that happens, use the haunting technique to make your final choice. Here’s how to do it.

First, quickly review whatever options you’re considering, then leave the area. You can wander to other parts of the showroom or leave and shop for something completely unrelated. Go to lunch or get yourself a cup of coffee. You can even head home for the day.

As you do this, often one choice stays in your mind. You may find yourself dwelling on a particular tile, or imagining that carpeting in your own bedroom even when you’re focusing on something else. Well, congratulations, you have just been haunted by your actual favorite selection.

When this happens, go back and choose that flooring, or that seasonal vegetable accessory, and bring it home knowing that you found just the right one for you.

And when you stand back and admire how well your purchase fits the look and style of your home, it’s time to appreciate a type of haunting that doesn’t scare you, but helps you make a decision that you will be happy with for years to come, or in the case of your pumpkin, the next week or so.

Charming Beach Décor

Sep-14-2011 By carpeteria_admin

This living room is in a Chatham, MA beach home designed by Anne Selke.  The entire house is a study in elegant beach chic style. Filled with colorful palettes, each room is a uniquely stylish space yet there is a cohesive style throughout the house.  The living room demonstrates how classic beach elements can be transformed into an elegant space.  The sea inspired blue and green colorway is paired with driftwood pale wood tables and accents.

 

Large cream sofas, with slipcovers, give relaxed but tailored feeling to the room.  The pair of sofas provides ample seating for a large group or a place for afternoon naps.  Rolled arm armchairs in deep blue fill the space below the windows and create another seating area for conversation.  Large and low wood tables with glass tops are the perfect place for drinks, snacks and games.  The pale color of the wood recalls driftwood, another seaside staple.

 

Fabrics mix it up with patterns and stripes cohabiting in the space. A striped rug captures the colors of the room.  Deeper curtains stand out against pale, ice blue walls. The curtains relate nicely to the deeper blue of the armchairs while also incorporating the greens and whites of the palette.  Vintage table lamps in aqua and green fit in this relaxed space. Throw pillows in blue and white pull the chair color onto the sofas. A striped throw casually thrown over the arm of the sofa adds color and encourages naps.

 

This is a very charming beach inspired living room filled with style and classic seaside colors.

Create Long-ago Mood

Aug-31-2011 By carpeteria_admin

If you’re drawn to this exotic antique shop in Yangon, Myanmar, you can create a comparable mood in your own home by making the right design choices.

To start, notice that the colors in the space stay in the cream and honey brown range. These softer tones allow the rich colors of these antiques to really shine. Pure white walls actually don’t let the color of wood and other finishes show at their best.

This floor is old hand-planked parquet. While recreating this floor would be challenging and impractical, today’s choices of wood flooring can provide the same sense of age through distressing, dark lines between the planks, and variety in plank widths. This warm brown tone can be matched almost exactly thanks to the rich selection of finishes available.

The large Oriental rug in the center of the store sets both tone and color for the space, with red reflected in corners to carry that rich color beyond the rug itself. Antique Oriental rugs are available, but you can also find carpets that recreate this feeling and style from today’s manufacturers in less expensive price points and easy-care materials.

A number of retail operations and online companies specialize in Asian antiques, and the broad choice ensures that you can select some furniture; accessories and artwork that will make your home décor reflect this style and mood. Once again, many interesting elements may be found in contemporary reproductions at a more reasonable price.

Do you love the feeling when you walk into a certain store? Like this choice, you can make design decisions that will allow you to recreate a similar mood in your own home.


 

You Can Exercise at Home

Jul-27-2011 By carpeteria_admin

Would you like to exercise regularly but find it difficult to make time for it? Well, one help is to exercise at home rather than having to run to the gym.

Aerobic exercise is the easiest to fit in. Add a walk to your routine three or more times a week. Once around the neighborhood – with your dog if you have one –will improve your aerobic capability. Add time and speed as you get into better shape.

For strength training, pick up a few free-weights or wrist and ankle weights. Often the package will include some basic exercises. If not, check online or pick up a book or magazine.

Yoga is the best option for improving flexibility. This exercise is manageable for people at any level of fitness. Pick up a DVD or book on the basics to get started. This is one skill where taking an occasional class can improve your form and capability.

Be sure to determine a good location at home for both yoga and strength training. In front of the couch can work well, especially if you can see your TV/DVD from there. Just move the coffee table to the side and you will probably have enough room to stretch out.

If your living or family room has carpeting, just add a beach towel and you are ready to start. If you want more cushioning, or if you have hard surface flooring such as wood or tile, pick up a yoga mat like those shown in the photo. For a small cost you can be comfortable for any floor exercise.

No excuses anymore – start exercising and make a commitment to your health and well-being. You can do it!

Going Casual: Easy Care Carpets

Jun-12-2011 By carpeteria_admin

Choosing a carpet for a casual room means choosing something that is stylish and can stand up to heavy foot traffic. Rooms like family rooms, game rooms, playrooms and finished basements are places to hang out and spend time with friends and family.  You’ll want to find a carpet that looks great but is durable too.

Carpet materials like wool or blends can resist stains and work well in casual rooms. Natural jute or choir rugs add texture while keeping things casual.  A fine textured rug like saxony that shows foot traffic and vacuum marks probably isn’t the best choice for a casual room. Berbers, shags and low pile rugs would be better choices.  Don’t forget the pad when adding carpet to a family room or playroom. If you’ll be playing or sitting on the floor you’ll want the extra cushion from a quality, thick pad.

Floor tiles are a popular option as they can be combined to create custom color palettes and patterns.  A nice feature is if one gets a stain, you can simply remove it and replace it without having to replace the entire carpet.

Colorful and patterned area rugs and carpets are great choices for bringing interest to a casual room.  Add a complementary color from the wall or furniture colors for a strong contrast; pick a similar shade to wall color for a more unified look. Think about patterns, swirls, geometric and stripes, whether in texture or colors to add another design element to the room.

Visit us online for many casual flooring options.

Engineered Wood: Beautiful and Workable

Mar-24-2011 By creatingyourspace

Are you ready to upgrade to wood floors but aren’t sure where to start? One important decision is to determine whether solid or engineered wood floors are best for you.

In certain circumstances, engineered wood floors are really the only good option. If you have a concrete subfloor, solid wood is more likely to buckle or warp. Engineered wood is designed to hold up under the changes in temperature and humidity that occur with concrete.

Another important consideration is whether you want to add radiant heat when you move to wood. It’s an energy efficient option and particularly comfortable in cold weather. Once again, engineered floors are the right choice to handle the temperature shifts as radiant heat needs change from season to season.

Another issue to consider is installation. Solid wood floors require more installation time at the home because they are positioned and only then sanded and stained. Engineered wood is already stained and finished, so the only requirement is the actual installation on your floor. This makes engineered wood both faster and cleaner to install.

Choosing engineered floors today really doesn’t limit your options. You can select from a large number of types of wood, wood tones and finishes. As you can see from this photo, engineered wood is also available in wide plank styles.

When it’s time to step up to wood, take a good look at your options. You may find that engineered wood floors are the right choice for you and for your home.

Floor Adds Shine to Basement Room

Mar-19-2011 By creatingyourspace

When you look at this room, its basement origins are hidden behind the daring and sophistication of its design.

Let’s start with the most powerful element in the room – the staircase. The homeowners made the wise choice to allocate the bulk of their redecorating budget to open up the basement stairwell and replace it with this almost sculpted staircase. The dark metal structure and brown wood stairs work together, making the space feel like a destination rather than a basement afterthought.

Notice the power of the floor in this room. This second design decision also defines the space as out of the ordinary. By choosing a surface with an almost commercial feel but adding the rich glossy finish, the floor echoes the staircase in its depths and provides an intriguing contrast to the matte finish of the sofa and loveseat. This flooring is not as expensive as other choices, but works so perfectly that it doesn’t feel like a budget-based decision.

The furniture and art also maintain the sophisticated modern look so effectively presented in this room. The sleek lines of the sofa and loveseat coordinate well with the daring zebra print on the area rug and the simple black and white vases on the coffee table.

The art wall creates the mood of a gallery, but the cost was minimized with the use of simple contemporary prints matted with off-the-shelf matching frames. It’s the number and the layout that creates an upscale image.

These homeowners wanted to turn their basement into a destination for family and visitors alike, and their smart design decisions helped them succeed.

Bed Room Serenity

Mar-10-2011 By carpeteria_admin

Is your current bedroom merely the space you sleep in? The bedroom is a room that is only used by you. Why not turn it into a haven where you can relax and re-charge your batteries? When your bedroom is peaceful, you go to bed at peace and wake up in a peaceful manner. Read along for ways to transform your bedroom into a personal sanctuary.

Walls should provide a soothing calmness, no matter if you are using paint or wallpaper. Lighter colors such as light gray or light sea foam blue, are calming and fresh all at the same time. Adding “freshness” to the walls further enhances the crisp clean feel provided by bed linens.

Bedding should look great and feel great to the touch. Cotton sheets are soft and breathable. Sheets that breathe allow air to pass through and maintain a comfortable temperature.

Incorporate intimate lighting, whether that is bedside lamps or a dimmable chandelier. Low lighting promotes rest and calmness. Low/Dim light can be provided by selecting a lower wattage bulb and a shade that filters light to produce low, intimate light. Natural light is desired in all spaces, the bedroom is no different. Window treatments should provide privacy. Use patterned sheers if you want to let light in the mornings. Use blackout panels if you wish to keep the room dark allowing yourself to sleep in. Allowing light in or keeping light out is a personal preference. No matter your preference, window coverings should provide privacy, making yourself completely comfortable in your private sanctuary.

A fluffy rug is really nice underfoot when you get out of the bed. You can either use a soft cozy area rug, or a smaller accent rug placed precisely where your feet hit the ground when rising out of bed.

When decorating your sanctuary select items that promote comfort, freshness and relaxation. The bedroom is the one room in the house that is strictly used by you and is rarely seen by guest. Make this space your own!