Color Schemes

If your interested in color schemes or need a quick review, here is a list that describes the basic schemes used in art and design.   Monochromatic This is the use of one color. In decorating this doesn’t mean that the room and accessories are all one color. Using shades, tints and tones of the single color create a harmonious, yet interesting environment. Read More…       Analogous Analogous is is the use of colors

Design Styles

There are many styles and historically based styles that you can use in your home. Here are a few of the most common that are found in interior decorating. Traditional The traditional style is warm and homey yet has a sense of formality. The room layout is very balanced using a great deal of symmetry. Colors are rich, muted and warm. Classical Inspired by Greek and Roman architecture the classical style embodies a formal layout

Modular Sofa Ideas

If you like to change your furniture around often, a modular sofa is the way to go. It offers the ability to create endless layouts in your room. Perfect for the holidays, to make space for your Christmas tree, or when your entertaining, the modular sofa is ideal. A truly modular sofa is one that has several pieces that you can mix and match for different effects. A good modular sofa will offer a corner

Mid Century Modern Makeover

Mid Century Modern is a style that is trending right now. In fact, there are entire websites devoted to the style. Here we’ll show you how to create your own Mid Century Modern Masterpiece! Let’s start with a blank room with large windows. One of the ideas of Mid Century Modern architecture was bringing the outdoors in with large windows. Here we have a canvas with large windows, natural oak flooring and walnut trim; all

The Classic Tulip Chair is Back

A fifties classic, the tulip chair is back as an option for the modern dining room. Gentle curves, contrast with the white base to form a unified visual experience. The chair was originally designed by Eero Saarinen, one of the pioneers of industrial style, circa 1956. His take on the chair: “The undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world. I wanted to clear up the slum of

Trending Teal and Gray

A new trend we are seeing is the use of teal as an accent color in an all gray color scheme. The gray is used as a base color, the new neutral, and the teal makes a vibrant statement as accents for accessories. It creates a calm inviting look with a subtle sense of vibrancy.

Decorating with Yellow

Yellow is the color of sunshine, smiley faces and cheerfulness. The color is often used in kitchens but is overlooked to use in other rooms in the home. The color yellow can add vibrancy to non-traditional spaces as well. Here are some ideas on how to use yellow throughout your home. With black and white in a modern style room…Rooms done in the modern style use black and white as a base with a bold

Paint that Chair!

What was once heard of as something you would never do, has had a change of heart. A new product, Simply Spray Fabric Paint has changed the landscape. From the manufacturer… Simply Spray Upholstery Fabric Paint is a non-toxic, non-flammable aerosol paint for use on all absorbent materials. Once applied, the paint absorbs in and does not change the feel or stiffen fabrics. Simply Spray Upholstery Fabric Paint comes in a variety of colors so

Starry Night

If your interested in creating a new color scheme for a room, but don’t want to use color wheels or color theory, a great way to choose colors is to use colors from a piece of artwork. Artists spend many hours cultivating the color scheme for a painting. Choosing your colors this way creates an harmonious color scheme and is fun and easy. In this example, Van Gogh’s Starry Night is used as the color

The Design of Everyday Things – Book Review

The classic book, The Design of Everyday Things, is a fantastic look at the psychology of human interaction with the things around us. For everyone interested in design it will help you recognize good design and bad design and encourage you to look at the things around you in a different way. Description from Amazon… The ultimate guide to human-centered design Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out