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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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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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The Open Floor Plan – Transitioning a Kitchen and Dining Room to Blend Well

The Open Floor Plan - Transitioning a Kitchen and Dining Room to Blend WellWith so many homes featuring an open floor plan today, figuring out how to transition your living space becomes an essential part of creating attractive, functional rooms. In particular, blending a kitchen that freely opens into the dining room without any wall barriers can be a tricky process.

delia kitchenChoosing the Breakfast Bar | The style of breakfast bar you choose often determines how it will be used. Ideally, the bar should offer usability for each room. Plus, it will serve as a divider between the two living spaces.

Blending with the Dining Room | Tying the presence of the breakfast bar with the dining room is as simple as asking your interior designer to assist you in selecting tall chairs that go with the furnishings in that room. You’ll want to stick with the same style, such as traditional or modern, and select colors that are complimentary with the décor in the dining room itself.

Coordinating with the Kitchen | Many built-in breakfast bars are designed to offer two individual heights – one for the kitchen side of it and the other height for the dining room side. Typically, the kitchen side is lower and used for work space. As a result, you don’t need to place any chairs here. Your interior designer might have some ideas regarding the color and style of tile for this work surface. The goal is to match it to the kitchen’s décor.

Blending the Kitchen and Dining Room in an Open Floor Plan | Ideally, your cabinetry, bar stools/chairs, and the base of the breakfast bar will match in coloring and type of materials used. This strategy creates a visual transition that ties the two rooms together while also being easy on the eyes. Another strategy that you can use is to choose accessories, countertop appliances, and wall décor that have similar patterns or colors so that you create a flow from one area of the room to another as well as into the adjoining area. Be sure to ask your interior designer for tips on additional ways to tie the two rooms together.

Written by Virginia Liberato | (908) 665-7997 ext.20 | Send Virgina an Email

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Choosing Your Flooring When the Dining Room Connects to the Living Room

Choosing Your Flooring When the Dining Room Connects to the Living RoomAlthough people often have varying viewpoints when it comes to choosing the type of flooring for each of two rooms that are connected, most of these individuals agree that the task can be a daunting one. Fortunately, the training received by interior designers provides a firm basis from which to build upon when choosing flooring for a dining room that connects to a living room. Naturally, the goal is to create a seamless transition despite the fact that you are working with two separate areas of the house.

Identify a Common Aspect | In order to come up with a unified appearance that is so natural you are barely aware of it, you should create at least one aspect that is found in each room. It might be a color, type of wood, crown molding, or some other detail that you can reflect in your flooring choice.

Select Identical Flooring for Both Rooms | One of the most effective ways of creating a seamless transition between two connected rooms is to choose the same type of flooring for both. Doing so avoids the visual interruption created by using two different materials. One of the added benefits of using identical flooring in two connected spaces is that it provides the illusion of making the area appear larger.

Opt for Similar Coloring Rather Than Materials | If you prefer to have soft carpeting in one room and natural wood in the other, you can still maintain a sense of uniformity by choosing similar colors. The darker the colors are that you choose, the greater the sense of warmth that you create will be. Choosing lighter colors adds brightness to smaller spaces or areas that receive little to no sunshine.

Creating a sense of distinction from one room over the other is easily accomplished by adding a few area rugs in complimentary hues. The rugs will blend in with the overall color theme, while providing an attractive focal point. The idea is to maintain a sense of continuity while also infusing unique touches that make the room’s appearance stand out.

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Creating the Perfect Look for Your Home’s Interior Design

Whether 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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Boost at-Home Romance With These 5 Sophisticated Additions

Some of the most romantic memories are made on luxurious vacations, at the spa and at all-inclusive retreats. Why not enjoy the pampering and luxury of these places at home? Here are five sophisticated decor additions that will bring out the romantic side of your home.

Dim the Lights

Don’t you wish you could dim the lights with the touch of a button when you and your sweetie are having a moment? Not only do dimmed lights save energy, light control systems also create a romantic ambiance within your home.

Additionally, more sophisticated light control systems like Lutron’s RadioRA 2 allow users to save their lighting preferences for any room in the house, tailoring the lighting scheme to your very own preference. The advanced system can also be tailored to automatically transition between settings at different times of the day, so you can create that mood lighting any time, on demand.

Soak in Your Spa

Transform your home’s ordinary bathroom into an elegant spa experience. Master bathrooms are often the largest bathroom in the house, which means a lot of space for customizing. From separate showers and soaking tubs to a steam room or walk-in closet, a wide range of potential is hiding in your master bath.

Splurge on the master bathroom with fancy materials and finishes, as the entire family will not be using the space. The Bravo Freestanding Bath by Kohler is both modern and elegant. The simple, clean-line design of the tub can complement almost any interior.

Cuddle on Lush Furniture

A home with lush furnishings, soft blankets and comfy pillows is sure to inspire a feeling of relaxation and love. Kick your feet up and cozy up to your hubby on a plush couch. The Marble Hodan Sofa and Chaise offers a modern look with the traditional comforts of a cozy couch. It comes with two accent pillows, but feel free to add more for the ultimate in comfort.

Be Soothed by a Pool Fountain

Spending an evening outdoors under the stars and romantic string lighting twinkling from tree to tree can set the tone for a night of romance. Enjoying a home-cooked meal poolside and sharing sips of wine with one another certainly helps, too. Up the romance factor with a few new additions to your pool.

Accessories like pool fountains add a decorative touch to your pool in addition to the soothing and romantic sounds of falling water. From a large Grecian-style fountain to a smaller, color-enhanced type, Pool Center offers a wide range of pool fountain styles to fit any budget or decor.

Curl up by the Fireplace

There’s nothing more romantic than cozying up with a blanket, a glass of wine and your loved one next to the fireplace on a chilly night. You’ll be thankful that you added this romantic touch when winter comes along. Whether you add a fireplace to your living space indoors or outside on your patio, it’s sure to warm up both you and your partner. Reading a book, playing a game or simply unwinding by the fire after a long day will ignite that special spark. For a look at some contemporary fireplace designs, visit ArchitectureArtDesigns.com

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Your Dream Home Awaits- Purchasing Pre-Made Plans

Embarking on the process of building your own home can be exciting, but daunting. Enlisting a professional architect to create custom plans and blueprints for your home ensures that you will receive exactly the home you want, but soon becomes expensive. Whether your home budget doesn’t allow for this expense, or if you’re trying to save money to put in some super-luxe features in your home, there are solutions to create a custom home without the extra cost and time.

Unless you have something truly wild and original in mind, any plan of your choosing can most likely be found through one of these online sources. If the plan you find is almost perfect, but missing a few things you want, alterations can be made to the chosen plans to create a home that is still uniquely yours, without the cost and stress of starting completely from scratch.

The process is simple- search around for one of the many companies offering pre-made home plans, with your needs in mind. No matter where you find your plans, the basic premise is the same. Each company has enlisted a roster of architects and designers to provide a variety of blueprints, which are available for purchase for you to use with your builder. On the majority of these websites, you can cater your search to the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and floors you would like, or you can browse plans sorted by architectural style or designer. You can browse by regional-inspired styles, by exterior and interior features. There are plans for high-end luxury homes, or for environmentally-friendly “green” homes.

With purchase of the plans, you get the rights to use those blueprints for your home. Some services limit the number of usable plans you receive, while still others offer the option to receive electronic CAD files or PDF files to communicate your needs to the builder.

Once you’ve chosen your plans, most of these websites also offer resources and tips on building your home, from contact information for your chosen designer/architect, to a directory of suggested builders, to tips for finding the perfect piece of land. They also provide cost estimates for the basic plans and any modifications you’d like to make, and can guide you through the process.

You don’t have to be an expert to start building your own home! These services are designed to help even the most inexperienced of homeowners. There are plenty of resources online to find your perfect house plan, but here are a few to get you started:

House Plans

Home Plans

The House Designers

Dream Home Source

 

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