Decorating with aqua adds the serenity of the sea to your home.

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Summer is the perfect time to add this delightful color.

What exactly is the color aqua? It’s hard to define because aqua is a combination of blue and green and maybe a little gray or beige. The amounts of each hue can vary, and that’s why aqua comes in so many different – and beautiful – shades, from the softest pale to quite bold. And that’s why there are so many names for aqua, including aquamarine, teal, sea glass, cyan, turquoise and more.

When you add aqua to your decorating mix, the feeling you achieve depends on the shade of aqua you select and the colors that you choose to go with it. Aqua can be casual or formal depending on the other finishes and colors in your rooms. For a beachy vibe, add items you’ve collected at the seashore such as driftwood, shells and natural grasses. For a more formal look, use aqua as you would any other accent color, with the formal, modern or eclectic accessories you like best.

The color and design possibilities are varied for beautiful aqua accents:

  • Combine aqua with soft sand-colored fabric and paint, and add whitewashed
  • Pair aqua with soft brown and tan, then add rustic woods and sea glass.
  • finishes and seashells.
  • Put aqua together with crisp black and white – or softer chocolate brown and white or tailored dark charcoal and white.
  • Team aqua with sage green for a fern garden feel.
  • Mingle aqua with bright tomato red for a lively and energized atmosphere.

Adding round-shaped interior elements can smooth the hard edges in your interior look.

blogphoto2The unexpected circular shapes will energize your design style.

Don’t be a square – or even a rectangle! Rooms that have only sharp edges and straight lines can create a feeling of too much order and lead to a sense of discomfort or inflexibility. Add just a few round elements as an accent to soften and relax a room.

You can be creative in your definition of “round” to include more than perfect circles. Include ovals, egg-shapes, ellipses, arches, curls, cylinders, rings and more. The idea is just that you add a few rounded shapes, in addition to the straight lines and square corners that are everywhere in your home.

Even in the feng shui concept of interior design, round shapes are important. Feng shui is about balancing five elements, one of which is metal. The metal element is expressed as a round shape in decor; and round design elements are believed to bring clarity, precision, freshness and equality into a room.

The possibilities for adding round shapes to your home environment are almost unlimited:

  • Round pillows
  • Curved patterns in wallpaper or upholstery fabric
  • Cylindrical, round or oval accessories – such as vases, bowls and urns
  • Disk-shaped tables – including dining tables, end tables and coffee tables
  • Round light fixtures or lamps
  • A circular sofa sectional
  • Elliptical or round mirrors or artwork
  • Spiral staircases
  • And if you’re remodeling, round windows and arch top doorways or windows – or you can change the shape of a room to have a rounded window bay.
  • Circular or oval rugs

Think outside the box. Round out your interior design with some circular shapes!

Traditional is a style that never grows old.

photoforblog1Decorate in this classic mode for long-lasting beauty, value and comfort.
Traditional is not so much a style as it is an attitude – a feeling of classic ease and grace, the design equivalent of comfort food! It just makes us feel good!

  • Traditional can borrow from French provincial, English regency or American colonial – and it’s okay to mix the styles.
  • Colors can be feminine, floral and pastel with whitewashed wood finishes or can include deep jewel tones with ornate, dark wood furniture.
  • Upholstered furniture and fabric window fashions can include tassels, trim, fringe and frill or can be tailored and clean.

Traditional often has symmetrical furniture placement, but not always. And what’s so fortunate today is that a traditional look can be combined with 21st century conveniences, such as good lighting, easy-to-clean finishes and slip-proof floors. Even such modern rooms as kitchens and baths can look beautiful with a traditional touch. Traditional finishes include:

  • Burnished hardwood floors with plush oriental rugs
  • Elegant marble floors and countertops
  • Beautifully detailed wood bookshelves
  • Brass lamps, urns and statuary
  • Oil paintings of outdoor landscapes
  • Crystal chandeliers
  • Silver candlesticks and vases
  • Luxurious fabric window treatments with all the frills
  • Distressed gold and bronze frames on mirrors and paintings
  • Velvet, brocade and tapestry fabrics or, for a lighter touch, linen, cotton and wool

 

Looking for a comfortable, sophisticated design that never goes out of style, yet is totally up-to date? Think traditional for your home environment.

Shades Offer Protection from the Sun and Heat

Considering my last blog spoke about Spring being just around the corner….I may have been wrong given that we all had a bit of snow yesterday! It has been a long winter and I for one am so looking forward to sunshine and warm weather.

Springtime and summertime sun shining through our windows definitely warms our spirits but also warms our homes. As outside temperatures rise remember that the . sunshine streaming through windows or skylights can also be damaging to your furnishings, rugs and floors. There are so many great products today to cut the damaging UV rays as well as helping to cut the heat from the sun. If you are looking to maintain your view to the outside sunscreen shading systems may be the perfect solution for you. There are many textures, prints and colors available through a variety of fabricators and numerous lifting systems available. Most fabrics are available in widths up to 110 inches wide or can be railroaded for even larger widths. Honeycomb shades remain the constant front runner in keeping both heat and cold out. The variety is vast with a color and texture sure to fit any style or décor. Start exploring the possibilities now and be ready for the sun!

Light Diffusing Shades

Ever have one of those days where the sun peaks in through your windows before your alarm even goes off and you just want to pull the covers up over your head and get even just a treasured few extra minutes of sleep?

It’s not often that we are afforded the luxury of sleeping late with our hectic lives but for those days here are some helpful hints on what is available to help block out the light.

Achieving light blockage similar to what most hotels have created usually requires using more than just one treatment. Every person has different needs and levels of comfort when it comes to darkening a room. Primarily bedrooms are the rooms most often consumers are most concerned with along with home theater rooms.

Light dimming products will provide light diffusion but not darkening. Opaque or room darkening treatments such as the Hunter Douglas Duette or fabric roman shades with opaque lining are great choices for darkening. Shutters and blinds offer dimming and the ability to diffuse the light by tilting of the louvers. We always remind our customers to keep in mind with any room dimming, darkening or opaque treatment there will always be some areas of “light leaks”.  This is where product layering comes into play. By adding fabric side panels or traversing draperies we can usually achieve great room darkening. Stationary panels will cover light leaks sneaking in on the sides but a traversing drapery with opaque lining mounted so that the fabric covers at least 6 inches over on each side and on the top will really make a difference.

If you really want to take it to the next level consider motorizing the treatments. The cost of motorization has come down significantly from a few years ago.  There are so many motorization options to explore…….but that’s another blog subject. 🙂

 

SPRINGTIME!

This year in particular I do not know of anyone who can not wait for spring to arrive. It has certainly been a very long hard winter. Thinking of spring brings back some great memories from my childhood. As soon as spring arrived my grandmother would put me to work in our home. Spring cleaning time as she and so many others called it. I clearly remember her taking down ALL of the curtains in the house to be laundered. How I loved the fresh clean smell while helping her hang them.

Well not many of us have washable curtains any longer, I know I don’t.  I’ve decided though to order some really bright happy fabric and make a fabric roman shade for a little window I have in my laundry room. It will certainly bring a smile to my face and remind me that spring is just around the corner!