Thursday, September 18, 2014

Choosing Paint Colors for Rooms in Your Home

A mix of different wall colors in your home adds interest and variety; a good antidote for the dulling effect of the same monotone neutral color repeated through every room. However, to avoid a jarring, choppy effect, you need a simple palette of colors that flow smoothly from one room to the next.  If you have an existing color in a room that you want to keep, such as gray-blue walls in the kitchen, then build your color scheme from this hue.

Color Family and Undertones

For a seamless look between the kitchen and dining room, consider a hue in the same color family as gray or blue. Gray is a neutral color with one of three undertones, blue, green or purple. Blue, green and purple are analogous colors, meaning they fit within the same color family. So you could use a similar shade of green or purple with gray undertones. Conversely, a similar shade of gray with green or purple undertones would also work. 
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This lovely sage hue would flow nicely with a gray-blue kitchen.

Monochromatic Options

Another way to create unity and color flow throughout the home is to use lighter and darker shades of the same color. This is called a monochromatic color scheme and it is what you find on paint chip samples that show varying tints and shades of the same color. One option is to go much lighter with the gray, such as an off white with a blue undertone or go darker with a deep slate gray or charcoal hue. 
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Choose a darker shade off the same paint chip to take the guess work out of mixing colors.

Complementary Choices

If the gray-blue color in the kitchen has a strong blue undertone, you may want to consider a complementary shade of orange in the dining room. The key to making this work is to keep the saturation of the orange consistent with the gray-blue in the kitchen, meaning you need to use a muted tone of orange.  Complementary color schemes take a little more courage to use but they can have stunning effects. In the following photo,

Not a dining room but a great example of a complementary mix. Notice the muted green showing in the adjoining room.

Building a Palette

Now that you have an idea of the types of colors that coordinate with a gray-blue kitchen, you’ll need to decide on a method for using them. A color palette typically consists of 3 to 5 colors. Once you’ve chosen these colors, alternate the primary, secondary and accent colors. This means you can repeat the same gray-blue in the kitchen as a secondary or accent color in the dining room, such as using it on the trim, on the ceiling or in the décor such as table linens. Mixing in a neutral such as white or brown helps you achieve a balanced flow from room to room.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Decorating a Bedroom with Blue & Red

Decorating with colors that seem unrelated can be tricky. Blue and red are not part of the same color family, nor are they complementary opposites. However, if you pay attention to the undertones and the saturation or intensity of each color, a successful combination in a color scheme becomes much easier to pull off. Using colors in a decorating theme can also help you discover other ways in which they relate to each other.

Nautical & Coastal Colors

Combine blue and red in a nautical color scheme. Images such as anchors, coral, boats, life preservers and light houses may contain bright accents of red. Blue and white striped patterns create a crisp contrast on an area rug or upholstered chair. Paint a bright blue accent wall behind the bed. Brightly colored nautical flags in red white and blue can be represented in framed art or on accent pillows. Include a few neutral hues in white, beige, brown and tan. Add organic texture with elements such as a wooden navigation wheel, rope or wooden paddles.

The combination of blue and red mixed with white also brings to mind a coastal color scheme. Bright red fishing nets, red blooms in window boxes and red roof tops on cottages contrast brightly against the blue of sea and sky. Paint wood furniture in bold hues of blue. Use a light shade of blue on walls for a light, summery feel. Include bright red pin striping or a red floral print on accent pillows. Add a small, rustic touch with a bright red kerosene lantern.

Patriotic and Traditional

The Americana and patriotic feelings associated with red and blue, as the primary colors on the American flag, are deep-seated in tradition and American culture. These bold, primary colors are also commonly found in country style quilting fabric, area rugs and plaid or checked fabric patterns used on upholstery, linens and accent pillows. Decorate a country style bedroom with quilts or bedspreads featuring red, white and blue patterns.  Add a patriotic feel with accent pillows featuring rustic flag fabric or hang a rustic flag tapestry on the wall.

Boys Bedrooms

Blue and red are a common color scheme for boys’ bedrooms. Many teams in Major League Baseball feature red and blue jerseys. These colors are also often associated with airplanes, boats and race cars; classic motifs for a boy’s bedroom. Superman and Spiderman, popular comic book heroes, both wear suits of blue and red. Use these colors on bedding, whether mixed together in a plaid print or solid blocks of red and blue on a comforter or quilt. Blue walls are befitting of a boy’s bedroom, which can be accented with a bright red cabinet or bedframe.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Decorating Ideas With Tulle & Wall Drapes

Decorating a bedroom with inexpensive materials such as tulle and fabric or drapery panels allows you to get creative without spending a fortune. Tulle is a versatile, sheer material that can be used in a number of ways to enhance bedroom décor, from curtains to bed canopies. Add drama and style with floor to ceiling wall drapes in colors or patterns that complement the room’s décor.

Embellish Windows with Tulle Accents

Tulle makes a great accent for windows, as light filters through this sheer material. Tulle comes in a variety of sizes, from thin, 6 inch wide ribbons to large, 108 inch wide fabric bolts. Short strips of tulle material tied to a curtain rod make an easy valance or use longer strips for a tulle curtain. Use long lengths of tulle in two colors wrapped around a curtain rod swag-style to create a window scarf valance. Tulle can also be fashioned into rod pocket style curtains by sewing a simple casing along the folded end of a tulle fabric panel.

Create Elegant Tulle Bed Canopies

Use tulle at the head of the bed to create a comfortable reading nook or add it to a wall teester, commonly known as a bed crown. Drape a long length of tulle between two ceiling mounted curtain rods installed at the head of the bed, with enough material to reach the floor on both sides and an elegant dip in the middle. Use two more rods at the foot of the bed to drape a second tulle canopy or drape long tulle panels over a four poster frame. Sew a casing along the top edge of tulle panels to create a custom bed canopy. Tulle comes in many colors so you don't have to stick with just white. With an embroidery hoop and tulle, you can create a hoop style canopy to hang from a ceiling hook.

Wall Drape Accent Wall

The ideal location for an accent wall in a bedroom is the wall behind the bed. The bed acts as a focal point in the room, so embellishing the wall behind it helps draw the eye in that direction. Floor to ceiling drapery panels hung from a wall-to-wall curtain wire or lightweight fabric attached to the wall with hook and loop tape softens the look behind the bed. Use the high sheen of luxury fabrics such as cashmere, satin or silk for a formal style bedroom or add a deep, plush texture with velvet. Use an eye-catching pattern in a modern or eclectic bedroom.

Light up Your Focal Point

Combine tulle with delicate string lights for a romantic bedroom accent or a fun nightlight in a girl’s bedroom.  A headboard fashioned from tulle and string lights makes an unusual yet very attractive accessory for the bed. Use shimmer or sparkling tulle for additional dazzle. Look for curtain style Christmas lights, which hang in long strands from a single wire or loosely loop string lights around a curtain rod. Hang a solid panel of tulle in front of the lights or tie strips of tulle to the rod. String lights can also be intertwined along a four poster canopy frame with tulle draped over the top for an enchanted bed.
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Decorating Ideas for Evening Parties

Decorative table decor and additional accent lighting can do wonders to enhance your home for entertaining. Coordinating your decor with color or a common theme can be a fun way to get creative with your evening festivities. Although dining rooms and patios are the obvious areas to focus on when decorating for a party, don’t forget to spruce up the bathroom and especially the foyer, so that guests feel they are walking in to something special.

Elegant Table Centerpieces

Dress up your dining table or patio table with an elegant centerpiece. Centerpieces can easily be created with materials around your home and clippings from your yard. You can also gather supplies from thrift stores, dollar stores, yard sales or even grocery stores. Look for inexpensive glass vases and bowls. Fill them with whole citrus fruit or a combination of whole fruit and round slices. Citrus fruit can also stabilize tall floral stems in mixed centerpiece arrangements. Fill glass containers with varying levels of water and add floating candles and flower blossoms picked right out of your garden or backyard. Use seasonal produce, such as pumpkins, gourds and squashes in fall or fresh berries in spring in combination with candles and other tabletop décor. Place centerpiece materials along a table runner, on a decorative serving tray or on an inexpensive mirror.


Set the Mood with Accent Lighting

Evening parties are perfect opportunities for decorative accent lighting. Candles provide excellent accent lighting and the light produced by the flame can be further enhanced with candle lanterns or hurricane shades. Use candles on the table, in the bathroom, in wall sconces and wherever there is a dark corner. Use scented candles to enhance the room’s aroma. Display Moroccan lanterns with jewel toned shades or intricately pierced metal shades that cast beautiful shadows along ceilings and walls. Hang the lanterns from tree branches in the yard. Run string lights around the perimeter of a covered porch or patio or hang paper lanterns from the ceiling either indoors or outdoors. Much of accent lighting for parties and entertaining can be illuminated with energy efficient LED bulbs, including candle lanterns. LED lights are safer than candles or incandescent lights because they stay cool.

Don't forget areas such as bathrooms and foyers when adding accent lighting to an evening party.

Color Themed Décor

An easy way to spruce up your party décor is to choose a color theme. A monochromatic scheme in any chosen color is a super simple way to coordinate table linens, tableware, centerpieces and other decorative accents. Food and drink can also included in your color themed décor. Serve cocktails that match the chosen hues or add a little food coloring to something like a piña colada. Submersible colored LED lights can be placed in cocktail glasses for a whimsical way to add color to drinks.

Menu Themed Parties

When trying to come up with decorating ideas for your next adult party, let the menu become the inspiration for decorative décor. Turn a Mexican dinner into a fiesta with brightly colored serveware, sombreros or colorful serapes draped over chair backs and jumbo Margarita glasses filled with colorful tissue paper flowers.

Create an ocean themed table scape for a seafood inspired menu. Scatter seashells among candles along a table runner. A clamshell filled with a small amount of sand and a tealight candle makes an interesting place setting centerpiece guests can keep if they choose to.

Embellish an Asian themed party with folding paper fans placed across each place setting and paper parasol umbrellas propped up on furniture or extra chairs. Arrange miniature Pagoda style lanterns, polished stones, vases of bamboo and small Buddha figurines sitting on decorative boxes as a table centerpiece anchored on bamboo mats. Fill Chinese take-out boxes with take home party favors.

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Wine Themed Parties

Dress up a wine themed party with wine bottle hurricane shades and wine bottle flower vases as table centerpieces. Wine glass candle holders can be made by partially filling the glass with small colored glass beads and inserting a votive candle in the middle or the glass can be turned upside down with a flower placed underneath and a candle placed on the inverted base. Use large serving trays to set out samples of cheese, nuts, grapes and chocolate.
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