The Carpeteria Blog

Your flooring resource for information and education

Archive for the ‘Design and Decorating’ Category

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.

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.

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!

Small Space Living

Feb-13-2011 By carpeteria_admin

This one room holds a kitchen with island bar, dinette, living area and dining room, yet it feels spacious rather than crowded. What choices create this combination of space and function?

The smartest decision is the flooring. By choosing one versatile porcelain tile in a light tone and setting it on the diagonal, the eye naturally follows the tile lines, making the room appear much larger than it actually is. Picture a flooring transition between the kitchen and living areas or a straight horizontal tile layout and you can see what the flooring choice does for this room.

The second smart choice is furniture selection. By limiting the number of pieces, choosing smaller options such as a loveseat rather than full-size sofa, and selecting a circular dining table, the furniture doesn’t get in the way of the room’s traffic pattern. Rooms feel crowded if you have to constantly avoid hitting furniture as you walk through them. Traffic in this room is smooth and easy. Sticking to one style and wood tone also emphasizes the connections throughout the room, creating a design consistency that makes the space work.

The final positive factor is light. With the light flooring and walls combined with a vaulted ceiling and large windows, the edges of this room seem to disappear. Instead of focusing on its size, visitors will notice the activity areas instead. Altogether this is a very smart way to take full advantage of a space.

Sharing your Heritage

Jan-30-2011 By creatingyourspace

Have you seen any of the shows on television that encourage families to part with family heirlooms or collections only to spend the money on some desired purchase such as a hot tub? It seems strange to discard your heritage in exchange for a temporary luxury item.

On the other hand, having your heirlooms packed away in boxes isn’t much better. Would you like to bring your family’s past into your present? You can do it by building a vignette that tells a story about one or more of your ancestors.

This family decided to celebrate a great grandfather who studied butterflies. Some of his reference books and personal notebooks provide the background to the left on this table, topped with the magnifying glass he used in the field. One of his loveliest specimen boxes leans against a panel and his microscope is in the focal position on the table. Add a few photographs and some of his sketches and you have more than a display of older items; you have a story of part of your family’s past.

Maybe for you, a favorite story may involve some recipes and old kitchen tools from Great Aunt Violet, known as the baker in the family, complete with photos of her around the picnic table behind her house. Or a collection of old tools may be displayed in Uncle Michael’s toolbox, joined with a shot of him working, sitting on one of the bookshelves he made that you inherited.

Why not make your family’s past an integral part of your present, by taking a little time to create a vignette that represents a favorite relative or two from your past and sharing the heritage they gave you with yourself and others.

Room Fix: Piano Problems

Jan-23-2011 By creatingyourspace

Imagine sitting at that beautiful piano to play on a nice afternoon. If you are a pianist, you will discover a problem immediately. This piano faces toward the window, leaving the sheet music in shadow rather than having the outside light fall on it.

Would you rather play at night? None of the lamps are close enough to give enough light to read music. Reading music requires as much light or more than what’s needed to read a book. While lovely, it’s clear that no one in this home plays.

Part two of what’s wrong with this picture comes from the window treatments. At the left, the window covering is a simple drape of fabric with some trim. The bow window, however, seems to have inspired someone to overdo. The same fabric and trim is overwhelmed by the rosettes at the window frames and the doubtful display of fabric in the middle of the window. You get the feeling that someone picked up one of those 101 window treatments books and lost their head.

If you clean up the windows, possibly eliminate that ruffled throw pillow on the sofa to the left and replace the flowered rug with one big enough to encompass the conversation area, you have a lovely room – as long as you don’t expect anyone to play that piano.

Simple Tips To Improve Your Interior

Dec-18-2010 By carpeteria_admin

Does your interior need a lift? Not sure how to improve areas? There are simple tips that can uplift any room. Read along and experiment on your most problematic room or space. You will be surprised how tweaking one thing can lead to incredible results.

Fabrics and upholstery have the power to give the “just re-decorated” look without having to actually redecorate. Buy brightly colored accent pillows, or recover the ones you have. Fresh, plump accent pillows act as a face-lift for any worn sofa or chair. Fabrics also have the power to create warmth, drama, elegance and variety to any room.

Window treatments allow you to control light, give privacy and improve insulation. They can also help alter appearances of a room. Wish you had a higher ceiling? Install full-length panels higher above the top of a window. If you don’t want wall showing in between, you can add a valance that only hangs down an inch or so past the top of a window. Panels and valance combined make a window look higher than it actually is. Treatments made of dressy fabric add elegance. Casual fabric gives a room a comfortable feel. Different types of blinds also have the power to create the mood of your choice. Bamboo shades lend an exotic feel to a space. White plantation shutters add a classic look to any window.

Try out one or all of the tips above! You have the ability to uplift any space!

Simple Tips To Improve Your Interior

Dec-18-2010 By creatingyourspace

Does your interior need a lift? Not sure how to improve areas? There are simple tips that can uplift any room. Read along and experiment on your most problematic room or space. You will be surprised how tweaking one thing can lead to incredible results.

Fabrics and upholstery have the power to give the “just re-decorated” look without having to actually redecorate. Buy brightly colored accent pillows, or recover the ones you have. Fresh, plump accent pillows act as a face-lift for any worn sofa or chair. Fabrics also have the power to create warmth, drama, elegance and variety to any room.

Window treatments allow you to control light, give privacy and improve insulation. They can also help alter appearances of a room. Wish you had a higher ceiling? Install full-length panels higher above the top of a window. If you don’t want wall showing in between, you can add a valance that only hangs down an inch or so past the top of a window. Panels and valance combined make a window look higher than it actually is. Treatments made of dressy fabric add elegance. Casual fabric gives a room a comfortable feel. Different types of blinds also have the power to create the mood of your choice. Bamboo shades lend an exotic feel to a space. White plantation shutters add a classic look to any window.

Try out one or all of the tips above! You have the ability to uplift any space!

Rooms with Light Colored Floors

Sep-24-2010 By carpeteria_admin

A room with light colored flooring offers a broad range of decorating opportunities. Without care, light-colored floors can make a room look drab and boring. It is important to include contrasting colors and accessories to make the room interesting.

Light colored floors are ideal for small rooms with limited natural light.  For homes in warm climates, light floors give rooms a cool appearance.

You can transform a room with light colored flooring by using contrasting tones in either vibrant or sedate colors. Sedate pastel walls and window treatments provide an elegant appearance. Vibrant colors or brightly patterned wallpaper perfectly complements a light-colored floor. You have the flexibility to experiment with a range of colors or paint walls with dark dramatic colors with a light floor.

Light colored flooring provides a good contrast to heavy hardwood furniture. On the other hand, lightweight rattan or wrought iron furniture on a light colored floor will make the room bright and airy and give the appearance of bringing the outdoors indoors. Some bright colors and rugs in rich tones will also enhance the room.

Rooms with light colored flooring allow you to explore your artistic instincts by providing an unobtrusive foundation for a range of decorating options.