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Blending a Living and Dining Space Effortlessly

Blending a Living and Dining Space EffortlesslyWhile open floor plans deliver a sweeping and airy ambiance that creates a sense of spaciousness, they can present challenges in furnishing schemes. Professionals with interior-design backgrounds have the experience needed to assess a space in order to optimize its presentation and attractiveness in styling. Here are a few ideas for you to consider before consulting your design professional.

Selection of Furniture Styles | Ideally, the furniture selected for both areas (living and dining) of the space should be complementary in styling. If the space is small, choosing pieces with reflective surfaces such as chrome and glass can enhance the potential for keeping the room bright and airy. While making choices, consider the wall and flooring colors and materials. For oversized spaces that require toning down, darker pieces do nicely to add a sense of rich warmth to the area.
You should also consider the height and width of the furniture that you select carefully since these elements break up the openness of the room. For example, you can opt for a loveseat and armchair rather than a long sofa. Not only do you diversify opportunities for placement but the narrower widths help to maintain a sense of capaciousness.

Optimizing Lighting Choices | Your selection of lighting fixtures presents the opportunity to define a space without creating physical borders. For example, an attractive chandelier set above the dining table clearly creates a visual hint that this area of the room has a unique purpose set apart from the other half of the room, which might be interspersed with wall sconces or table lamps. Be sure to discuss task and accent lighting options with your designer to enhance the attractiveness of the layout.

Accessorizing for Maximum Effect | Each decorative accent that is added to an open space can be utilized to enhance whatever element you are trying to create, including a sense of privacy or separation. Selecting different colors in your décor theme and wall coverings provides a distinctive appearance that provides an unmistakable sense of separation. Simply be sure to select colors that deliver a sense of balance between the two living spaces despite the obvious need to delineate a split in purpose.

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Dividing an Open Living and Dining Area without Building a Full-Scale Wall

Dividing an Open Living and Dining Area without Building a Full-Scale WallMany homeowners enjoy the spaciousness delivered through an open floor plan that excludes interior walls in favor of a continuous space unfettered by dividers that simply traverses from one area to the next. Nonetheless, the opportunity to embrace unique elements of design to provide a hint of separation while maintaining the capaciousness of the area is engagingly attractive. Here are a few ideas to discuss with your designer.

Incorporating a Banquette or Sofa as an Attractive Partition | Although banquettes are most often found along one wall of a room or in use as seating for a small table, this style of furniture can be used as a low divider set between two distinct types of living space. It’s important to choose a style and color that blends in with the rest of the furnishings being used in each area of the open space so as not to create too disruptive an interruption.
Banquettes are best suited for living spaces designed in a casual manner rather than a formal one. If you want to make a stronger statement with your partition, choose a full-sized sofa instead of a banquette. The taller height of its back should create a clear divider between the two living spaces.

Building a Half Wall with a Purpose in Mind | Since a full wall defeats the purpose of the open floor plan, why not consider building a half wall designed to act as a partition? You can use the wall to anchor a flat-screen television, stage decorative accents, or hold an array of trophies, books, plants, or photographs. The wall should be at least one-third of the height of the room to minimize the risk of creating an unseen obstacle.

Creating a Distinctive Separation with Columns | If you feel strongly about creating a division between the living and dining space without making either area look smaller, consider adding a full-height column to both ends of the half wall. While the columns create a clear impression that a new living space is being entered once you walk to the other side, the short height of the wall continues to allow illumination to pass from one room to the other.

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Luxurious Bathroom Amenities for Lavish Living

Luxurious Bathroom Amenities for Lavish LivingWhile it might not be a hidden retreat, a carefully designed bathroom can provide sumptuous amenities that readily transform the most intimate room in the home into a spa-worthy sanctuary. Opulence can come from any corner of the room – lighting fixtures, decorative mirrors, the tub, flooring choices, accessorized fixtures, and wall coverings. Grandeur comes in many forms, whether you choose shimmering surfaces for a captivating visual effect or modern silhouettes for a contemporary look.

Modern Conveniences | For a welcoming touch of relaxing bliss, fill your bathroom with all of the modern conveniences so readily accessible today, including:

  • Heated flooring
  • Steam shower
  • His-and-her vanities
  • Super size walk-in shower
  • Dressing area of to the side
  • Oversized skylights
  • Remote-controlled toilet with a bidet, self-cleaning functionality, and nightlight
  • Deep soaking tubs
  • Stone vessel sinks
  • Zinc tub
  • Posh hardware
  • Glass mosaic tiles
  • Two-person rain showerheads
  • Sound system/television

Luxurious Features | The tactile qualities offered by a variety of traditionally elegant finishes can transform your master bath from sensible to gloriously exciting. If you aren’t quite sure what you want to incorporate into the end product, consult an interior designer for ideas. While inspiration can come from anywhere, a trained professional has the expertise needed to create pure luxury through the following strategies:

  • Adding reflective elements (chrome, brushed nickel, stainless steel, copper, and bronze accents) capable of infusing heightened illumination
  • Creating intrigue with contrasting geometric designs in the textiles chosen for the room
  • Adding drama and intensity with backlighting
  • Encouraging complex designs through the use of striated marble, granite, and copper accents
  • Creating a seamless transition by using the same materials throughout, allowing the bathtub and vanities to flow into the backsplash in a seamless transition
  • Mixing it up a little by combining natural stone elements with the high sheen of marble

Whether you choose the stylish simplicity of singular patterns or the complexity of remarkably diverse designs, each element that you include immediately becomes a part of the sumptuous glamour that you’ve created. With a little thought and guidance, you’ll easily be able to create a sophisticated bath designed for the man of the home or a feminine sanctuary for the woman.

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How to Include Multiple Sideboards for an Attractive Look in the Dining Area

How to Include Multiple Sideboards for an Attractive Look in the Dining AreaAlthough the sideboard first made its appearance as a simple length of board placed across a couple of trestles, it has since evolved into an exceptional piece of furniture filled with character and charm. Panes of glass intersected by lines of glossy strips of wood offer an elegant appearance and provide an additional point of focus for a dining room. If you are enamored of this stylish example of functional furniture and wish to include several of them in your home’s dining room, simply follow a few suggestions to blend your pieces for an attractive presentation.

Optimize Your Arrangement | Blending several different styles, sizes, colors, or shapes is not an easy feat on its own. Ideally, you’ll be able to select sideboards featuring a varied appearance while also offering the opportunity to combine them gracefully. The key is to allow enough space to remain in between your sideboard placements so that you do not hamper the intended use of the room.

Create Contrast | Although you’ll want to arrange the entire contents of the room in an attractive presentation, you should focus on allowing each sideboard to stand out on its own as a unique piece. Mix sizes and shapes, while leaving sufficient space in between each pair of sideboards. An interior designer can assist you in selecting the best arrangement for your collection, but ideally, you’ll want to build a contrast that spotlights each piece without creating discord in the room. For example, a rugged sideboard featuring deep mahogany hues can easily create a positive and welcoming contrast with a painted, spindly sideboard offering tones of eggshell white.

Accessorize Each Piece | While sideboards were originally designed to provide much-needed space, today’s inclusion of them is often chosen for the dual purpose of offering beautiful elements of design in conjunction with purposeful functionality. Accentuate each piece using decorative touches that draw attention to the sideboard. From antique vases to elegant doilies or runners to beautiful sculptures, the available options are just as multifaceted as the sideboards you might arrange throughout the dining space. Consider the wall space in between your arrangement for the placement of artwork.

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Optimizing the Size of a Room with Sloped Walls to Inspire a Sense of Lavish Living

Optimizing the Size of a Room with Sloped Walls to Inspire a Sense of Lavish LivingExperienced interior designers understand the importance of infusing smart ideas and blending multiple elements of a room in order to optimize existing features. This ability is essential in rooms with less-than-desirable features such as the presence of sloped walls. While you might have the option to make structural changes, this isn’t always a feasible idea. What can you do when one of your rooms has a sloped wall that makes it appear small and cramped?

Monochromatic Coloring | Rather than papering the walls, you might want to select a light shade of paint that can be used to create the illusion of spaciousness. You can carry this effect over to the entirety of the room by choosing a lighter hue for the ceiling. Avoid the impulse to choose the same color for the ceiling and walls because doing so makes the room appear smaller since the ceiling now looks lower than it actually is.

Redesign the Sloped Section | Depending on the angle and location of the sloped ceiling, you might be able to redirect the slope in order to create a new element within the room. For example, you might want to build an interior half-wall or two that can be used to create bookshelves or a short closet.

Select Sufficient Lighting | Choosing all three types of lighting (ambient, task, and decorative) can help to make the room well-lit, giving it an illusion of spaciousness. Track lighting, ceiling fixtures, sconces, and floor lamps can all add to the brightness of this space.

Minimize Your Furnishings | Keep the number of furniture pieces in the room to a minimum. This strategy avoids making the room appear even smaller than it is. Place shorter pieces beneath the lowest end of the slope and taller furniture items in the area that is unaffected by any sloping.
Optimizing the Size of a Room with Sloped Walls and/or Ceilings | Don’t allow a sloped ceiling to cut into the spaciousness of a room. Hire an interior designer who can provide you with innovative ideas or use some of the tips presented in this article. Colors, furnishings, and rebuilding can all be used to open up the space!

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Inspiring Ideas to Optimize the Lavishness of Dark Flooring

Inspiring Ideas to Optimize the Lavishness of Dark FlooringWhen you’ve chosen dark cherry hues in hardwood flooring or chocolatey tones in plush carpeting, the richness of the coloring can create a striking appearance that is both luxurious and appealing at the same time. Nonetheless, the end result can actually diminish the room’s appearance by making it look smaller than it actually is. This illusion makes the room’s dimensions look as though they’ve shrunken, particularly if your selection of furnishings enhances that effect.

An experienced interior designer can provide tips to help you to optimize the size of the room without the need to replace the flooring. In the meantime, you can use the following guidelines to counteract the effect of dark floors on the appearance of a room’s size.

Streamline the Room’s Appearance | Reducing clutter opens up the visibility of the floor and walls, adding to the spaciousness of the room. Take out anything that you aren’t using for decorative or functional purposes. If you use area rugs, consider using small ones that don’t take up much space. Choosing area rugs and tables with rounded edges can also make the room seem less cluttered.

Choose Light Colors for the Walls | Brightly colored walls can add an element of lightness to an otherwise “darkened” room. Choosing pale colors can help to create an illusion of expansiveness, while also presenting an opportunity to reflect illumination from light fixtures and make the room appear even brighter. Choosing lightly colored window treatments can also deliver a sense of spaciousness within the room.

Select Sufficient Lighting | For rooms in need of brightening elements, the lighting choices that you make are critical. It is essential that you select ambient (overall illumination), accent (visual interest), and task (for use with activities) lighting.  Combining all three types of light sources optimizes the opportunity to infuse a sense of spaciousness into the room using illumination.

Hire an Interior Designer to Assist in Presentation | Interior designers have the expertise needed to design a room optimally through a complementary selection of colors and patterns for walls, flooring, ceilings, and furnishings. If you’ve already invested in some of these elements of room design, professional assistance can help you to achieve your intended effect.

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Adding Warmth to Oversized Rooms Easily and Successfully

Adding Warmth to Oversized Rooms Easily and SuccessfullyDoes your home have one or more overly large living spaces that just don’t seem to be as inviting and cozy as other rooms within your home? Even if you enjoy having such an expansive area, you might still be wondering if your interior designer can assist you in adding the warmth that this space currently lacks. Fortunately, it is quite simple to do so, particularly if your designer is experienced in designing large rooms.

Choosing Rich, Dark Colors to Create Warmth | Darker colors are known for their ability to infuse an inviting sense of cordiality to any living space, particularly if they are chosen for walls and ceilings. Choosing solid coloring rather than tiny prints or patterns typically works better to minimize a space. Offset the dark tones with lighter hues for crown molding and trim. Furnishings (furniture and carpeting) should also make use of rich, deep tones with large prints that optimize the coziness of the room.

Using Furniture Arrangements to Fill the Space | Choose oversized pieces of furniture to create the illusion that the space is sized normally, enhancing the sense of warmth that you’ve created with your coloring selections. Use tall pieces for rooms with high ceilings and wide pieces for rooms featuring expansive borders. Clustering your furniture to create individualized areas within the room also assists in generating a space that is welcoming in appearance.
Framing an Open Area | If you are trying to add warmth to an open area of the home that serves as the landing zone for a living and dining area or some other combination, speak with your designer about the possibility of framing the dividing line between the two. Adding framework at the ceiling in the form of an arch that separates the two spaces instills the area with a clear sense of demarcation that enhances the existing warmth and coziness that you’ve created.

Rely on Your Instincts as Well as Those of Your Interior Designer | If the room feels cozy to you, then it probably is. Choose accessories that accentuate the primary colors in your design scheme. The key is to include items that invite the eyes to look and the heart to feel.

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Kitchen Remodeling Tips Homeowners Can Use

Kitchen Remodeling Tips Homeowners Can UseThe kitchen is one of the most often remodeled rooms within a home and with good reason. Drawing people in with promises of delicious food, bright lighting, and excellent conversation, the kitchen truly is the place where many families spend time together. So, of course, it’s the space that often undergoes a welcome upgrade in functionality as well as styling. Here are a few tips that can make this process go more smoothly, both for you as well as for your interior designer.

Design for Efficiency | Every kitchen should be designed to optimize the functionality of its space. For example, if you plan to do a lot of cooking, you’ll want to streamline the kitchen’s layout to promote ready access to the fridge, countertop, sink, and stove, enabling easy transitioning between cooking phases. Likewise, if you intend to incorporate the kitchen as a focal point for entertaining, you’ll want to include specific features that enhance your ability to do so.

Embrace an Open Floor Plan | If your kitchen is part of an open design, encourage its inclusion through careful use of colors, textures, and lighting. The flooring that you choose and the furniture utilized as the dividing element make a huge impact on the overall attractiveness of the room. Discuss your intended use of the space with your interior designer as well as your expectations for the ability of the kitchen to stand as a distinct entity as well as a blended component of the open floor plan. Doing so enables your designer to be on point more efficiently throughout the entire remodeling process.

Allow Your Lifestyle to Emerge during the Remodeling Phase | All too often, homeowners forget to consider what it is that they like along with what it is that they do. If you know that the children are going to gravitate to the kitchen for homework, it’s important to incorporate task lighting along with counter space or a work nook. Additionally, you need to consider how your family’s needs will transition over the next couple of years so you can incorporate the appropriate furnishings.

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Creating the Perfect Look for Your Home’s Interior Design

Creating the Perfect Look for Your Home's Interior DesignWhether you are looking for pops of color or focused on the materials utilized in your home’s interior, the idea is to create a flow of style so that your décor and theme transition easily from one room of the house to the next. The key to doing this successfully is to create a plan that encapsulates every aspect of your goals from the very beginning, leaving nothing to chance.

Creating the perfect look for your home’s interior design isn’t just about selecting a contemporary trend that is currently gaining popularity with the heated enthusiasm sparked by YouTube videos or seasonal catalogs. It’s about the feeling that you get when you look at the room, knowing that its appearance embraces your inner spirit and personality in a way that is going to transcend the next five or even ten years with a distinctively stylish look that brings a twinkle to your eye and a lighthearted bounce to your step.

Finding the Heart and Soul of the Room | In order to capture the heart of the room, you need to first look at it objectively so that you can plan not only the layout of the furniture but also the colors, textures, and patterns. Assess the space that you have. Pinpoint problem areas so that you can find ways to optimize their presence.

Select a focal underpinning from which to build out the remaining elements of the room’s design. Choose something large, eye-catching, and distinctive enough to draw the human eye to it upon entrance into the room. Accent its colors, patterns, and textures through your other choices, pulling the room together in a kind of seamless manner that seems easy on the eyes.

Embrace the Room’s Natural Features | Each room in your home has different characteristics, such as flowing beams of sunlight, narrow doorways, high windows, built-in shelves or fireplace, and varying ceiling heights. Rather than attempting to hide what some people might call imperfections, embrace their presence and find ways to optimize them. Create a cozy appearance for darker rooms or a lively one for those basking in sunlight. An interior designer can assist you with any or all of this.

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Inspiring Tips for Visually Dividing a Great Room

Inspiring Tips for Visually Dividing a Great RoomThe immense size of a “great room” provides a welcome opportunity to create zones that meet the individualized needs of your family. Intended to function as the family, dining, and living rooms of your home, this area is essential not only to provide a much-needed space for most family activities but also to serve as a focal point for your home’s floor plan. Breaking the room up successfully allows you to optimize its use while maintaining a comfortable environment throughout the space. Here is a look at several easy options that your interior designer can assist you with in order to accomplish your goal.

Architectural Details | Offering a distinctive appearance that is difficult to miss, architectural details such as cedar beams or decorative pillars can visually define the space of your great room. A fireplace in the living room not only provides warmth but also delivers a distinctive focal point that defines that space, while built-in book shelves assist in separating the family room from the dining area.

Layout Features | It’s important to keep in mind the layout of the home when choosing your zones. For example, you might want to place the dining area of the great room closest to the kitchen, or you could consider placing the family room as far away from the bedrooms as possible to minimize the noise that arises from TV watching, video game playing, and gathering with friends. An experienced interior designer can offer suggestions that have worked well for other clients, providing innovative ideas that might not have occurred to you otherwise.

Colors | Unifying the colors that you choose for each section of the room provides easily recognized zones. Ask your interior designer to assist you in your selection of a color palette for each area, being careful to rely heavily on neutral tones to anchor the remaining assortment of hues. Ideally, you can incorporate certain furnishings into your design to act as an underpinning for each zone. For example, you can select a boldly colored area rug for the family space, an elegantly designed table for the dining area, or uniquely styled sofa and armchair for the living room.

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