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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.

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.


 

The Four Seasons of Decorating: Winter

Winter images range from hot chocolate and warm fires to that cold-wet feeling when you’ve had to dig your car out of its parking space again. Winter rooms need to bring warmth inside, along with a nice dose of coziness.

Carpet is the flooring for winter. Find a ‘”dig your toes in” kind that makes your feet happy when the boots come off. Or maybe you’ve fallen in love with sculptured carpeting. Whatever the type, the softness perfectly complements the harsh weather outside.

If you long for a dark accent wall, or even a dark-walled space, your winter room gives you that opportunity. Pull in a rich brown or wine red, or how about a dark sage green? Introduce ivories and creams to lighten the space through furniture and pillows. For windows, velvet curtains that go to the floor keep the warmth in and the chill out – visually and in terms of temperature.

Lighting is particularly important when the sun sets so early. Table lamps in the corners and candles for special occasions create a sense of invitation and comfort in your winter room. Accessories should include a couple of throws to wrap around your legs on chilly evenings.

When it’s cold outside, curl up in your winter room and enjoy the best of the season.

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The Four Seasons of Decorating: Spring

One fun approach to decorating is to think of a room as reflecting one of the four seasons. Design materials, colors and even furniture styles can represent a season. Let’s take a look at what spring is all about.

When you think of spring, look for light bright colors and textures. For flooring, how about a light bamboo or maple floor, with wood shutters painted a bright white. Crown molding and baseboards in white echo the window coverings, and bring a sense of light into the room.

Many colors echo the feeling of spring, but a light green and yellow can really make the space feel like April or May. For fabrics, florals are an easy choice, but think outside the box with a lattice-style pattern or a crisp check in spring tones.

Finish the space with the fresh flowers available only during the spring months – daffodil, tulip and hyacinth plants in pots scattered through the room or – even better – sitting on windowsills, adding the finishing touch. Ready for spring? Your room certainly is!

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