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Deck the Hall Decorating 101

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It’s that time of year again and thoughts are getting warm, fuzzy and festive and you want your home to share those feelings. The goal is to create an inviting place for friends and family to enjoy the holidays. Sit back, relax and think before adorning that hall, wall, window or whatever. If a professional holiday decorator is not an option, here’s an opportunity to show off your decorating talents. Think about two things before randomly setting out any holiday stuff: your décor and color schemes. First of all, consider your home décor. Is it sleek, modern and minimalistic? You may want to restrain your decorating frenzy and keep that minimal as well. A few strategically placed pieces may be all you need. Large wood block letters that spell a one word holiday greeting on a mantel or shelf accompanied by a grouping of candles might be enough. Decorate a small, skinny artificial tree with simple ornaments. Hang a pine…

Mixing Color and Texture for a Delicious Design Recipe

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One of the easiest and least expensive ways to change the feeling of a room is to add texture. There’s nothing quite like sinking into a luxurious velvet couch stacked with silk pillows. Texture is a key factor in setting up a room that’s both interesting and inviting. Using high contrast, eye-catching textures and unique accents can make bringing a room together simple. A room is a sum of its parts, and mixing decorative elements the right way will result in a balanced, pleasant aesthetic. Contrasting Textures Better Homes & Gardens design experts suggest using contrasting textures to add richness and interest to a room. For example, pair ultra-modern furnishings with a sumptuous and tactile shag rug. The deep, furry pile is a cozy contrast to the clean lines and geometric shapes of modern couches and chairs. A faux fur area rug or a nubby, thick knitted throw would complement a lush leather sofa nicely. Other general tips include: Pair…

Setting the Mood in Your Rooms—Not With Candles, But Color

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When choosing to redecorate a home or decorating a new space for the first time, one of the first decisions to make is the paint color. Often décor is a reflection of one’s personality and tastes, but color choices can also communicate moods and ambience. Many believe in color psychology, which explains that certain colors create or align with different moods and feelings; for example, reds can be stimulating and blues can be calming. When choosing colors for a room, it’s important to consider the room’s use and what colors create the ideal setting for that purpose. Bedrooms should feel warm and cozy in order to calm the mind after long days and create optimum sleeping conditions. Home offices should establish a setting of productivity. Kitchens should feel inviting and clean. Just choosing the right colors can convey all of those feelings and foster a welcoming environment. Color Theory While there is a basic rubric in color psychology that can…

Home Decor Trends for 2014

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If you set a New Year’s goal to spruce up your home in 2014, or you just feel like it’s time for a change, the beginning of the year is a good time to look at new trends for home decor and to start planning the changes you want to make in your home this year. Here’s a rundown of some of the up-and-coming design trends for 2014. Fresh New Color White or pale walls are moving out for the New Year to make way for the dark and dramatic. Black, navy blue, or other dark shades for walls act as a new backdrop to the current trend of metallic accessories, adding drama and panache to many rooms. White with black graphic designs or accents is also anticipated to be a trend in 2014. Blue has been a popular recent choice for home decor, and many shades have been continuing the trend, including shades of turquoise. Another color trend is…

“Live Lovely” with Kristan Cunningham’s Custom Window Shades and Blinds

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Fans of HGTV’s Design on a Dime will remember former host Kristan Cunningham. She has come a long way over the years, evolving from giving others advice on how to make their homes beautiful to starting her own design company, Hammer and Spear, with her husband, Scott Jarrell. Her products range from furniture to decor, and she recently launched a line of window treatments through Blindsaver.com. Kristan is passionate about windows because she feels that they are a perfect place to begin design efforts. She says, “The best place to start is with windows because it is the most visual thing in a space.” Her window treatments are all reasonably priced because she thinks “it shouldn’t be exclusive to those who are able to spend the most to be able to live a beautiful life; it is my mission is to show everyone how to live a beautiful life.” And Kristan wants you to “live a little bit more lovely by living…

(Window) Shades of Gray: How to Decorate with this Cool Hue

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You’ve seen it everywhere: The color gray is making its name in home design. Magazines are raving about it, stores are featuring it, and your friends’ houses are starting to showcase it. Gray is taking over the design scene, and you want in. The thought of going gray, however, might make you a little nervous. Don’t worry. Gray in design has none of the connotations that gray hair does. A gray accent in your home will rejuvenate your entire design scheme and create an atmosphere of youth, affluence, and refined taste. There Isn’t Just One Gray If you aren’t too familiar with the world of gray, then you might be astonished by how many variations there are for each shade. There are dark, light, warm, cool, metallic, matte, industrial, colonial, and many more shades of gray beyond that. Each shade and hue has specific colors that bring out its individual essence. Warm grays bring out the best of earthy tones,…

Tips to Add and Coordinate Texture in Any Room

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You probably feel like you already have more than enough to deal with when decorating your home. There’s lighting, furniture, accessories, flooring, window treatments, color coordination — the list seems endless. But texture coordination is worth the effort because it adds a completely new dimension to your design scheme. Using a variety of textures makes the room interesting to look at and comfortable to be in. There are many ways to add texture to a room, and following these tips can set you on the right track in creating your design. Approaching Texture If this is your first time considering texture, you may not know how much texture is too much to incorporate into a room. Do you remember your grandmother’s shag-carpeted, clutter-filled den? That’s too much texture. The key, just like with color, is to create textural focal points. You can still go with shag if that’s your thing but try to confine it to an area rug in…

Color-Coordinate Your Room — Without Going Crazy

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Color coordinating a room can be a very intimidating process. The color scheme you choose for your room dictates the mood, atmosphere, and the personal statement you create in your design. With that in mind, choosing palette may seem to be a huge task. By keeping a few tips in mind, you will see that putting together a color-coordinated room is not so difficult after all, and you will love seeing your favorite shades come together in a perfectly designed room. Choose a Base The best place to start is with your base color. The easiest way to pick the color around which you will design the rest of your room is to choose the objects that will stand out most in the room. Perhaps a painting on the wall, an expensive rug, or a bold vase will be the focus of the space. Once you choose your base color, remember that you don’t need to make everything match that…