Bring personality to your dining room by mixing and matching chairs

 

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Who says your dining chairs have to match? While it’s perfectly okay to purchase a dining table and chairs as a set, you could be missing an opportunity to create a unique look for your space. Mixing and matching chairs allows you to add some fun and personality to your dining room, which is especially useful if you don’t have a lot of space to decorate.

Keep in mind as you mix chairs that there still needs to be a unifying element tying them together. Here are four unifying characteristics to consider:

Color

Even if every chair around your table consists of a different design, the overall look will still appear put together and intentional if they all feature the same color. It may be difficult to find chairs that all have the exact same shade, but you can always paint them if the chairs aren’t upholstered.

Mismatched blue dining chairs

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Material 

Just like with color, you can place different chairs in the dining room that are made up of the same material, such as wood, to create a unique, cohesive look. You don’t even have to use just chairs. Consider placing a bench on one or more sides of the table and let guests be impressed by your creativity.

Mismatched wood dining chairs

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Patterns

If you prefer upholstered chairs, look for different chairs that feature the same pattern. For example, if you like stripes, you can surround your table with chairs that all have the same striped pattern. Or you can mix striped chairs with chairs that have no pattern at all to keep the look from appearing too busy overall.

Mismatched upholstered chairs featuring the same pattern

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Style

Every decorating style consists of unique elements, so use those elements to mix and match your dining chairs. For a traditional dining room, you can use the style’s characteristics – such as detailed carvings and dark wood tones – to find unity among your chairs. If you have a modern dining room, seek out chairs that are simple and sleek.

Modern mismatched chairs

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If your dining room is lacking the excitement you would like, have some fun mixing and matching dining chairs to create visual interest. With a quirky setup, you’ll never have to worry about your style being bland or predictable!

By Wendy Weinert

 

The trend that’s here to stay: ombre and interior design

The trend that's here to stay: ombre and interior design

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Ombre became a popular trend on the runway last year and now the look can be seen everywhere, from hair styles to cake designs and even interior design. The word ombre describes when colors gradually fade into each other, usually from light to dark. For example, in fashion you might see an ombre skirt that starts white but gradually shifts shades into bright pink. This popular trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and it’s easy to see why. The look can be casual, sophisticated or simply fun depending on the colors you choose and the shading technique used. Here are some ideas for incorporating ombre into your own home’s interior design.

1. Paint the walls 

If you want to go bold, an ombre wall is the way to go. You may have to hire a professional to get the look just right, or you could also consider hanging up ombre wallpaper. If you like the dip-dye look but would rather make a subtle statement, start with a dark color of your choice on the bottom. Have it gradually change to a lighter shade within that same color family, rather than white.

The trend that's here to stay: ombre and interior design

2. Incorporate ombre with bedding or curtains

You might like ombre now, but if you think you’d only enjoy it for a year or two, try to incorporate the look into accessories that can be switched out easily, such as your curtains or bedspread. Decorating with trendy accessories allows you to keep your home up to date on all of the latest styles.

The trend that's here to stay: ombre and interior design

3. Update your furniture

Even furniture can feature the ombre style. Add a new chair in the living room that features the dip-dye style or give an old dresser new life by following this fun DIY ombre project.

Ombre may be the latest craze, but it doesn’t look like it’s going out of style anytime soon. Use any of these ideas to freshen up your home with ombre and give your space a new look!

By Wendy Weinert

Cozy up your space with a cottage-style interior

During the summer season, people often head to their cottage or cabin to take a break from the ordinary and enjoy a relaxing weekend. With the right interior design, you can enjoy that cottage-like coziness in your home every day. Consider these five decorating tips to get started.

Cozy up your space with a cottage-style interior

1. Bring the outdoors in 

Cottages are typically set up in a quiet, scenic area. Even if you live in a large city, you can use natural elements and decor to enjoy the soothing qualities of the outdoors. Find furniture made from materials such as wicker and decorate your home with fresh flowers to design a space that allows you to feel relaxed.

Cozy up your space with a cottage-style interior

2. Find a few antiques 

The wicker chairs you use in the living room will lend a casual, cozy feel to your interior. You can take the look further with antique furniture or accessories that you’ve received as a family heirloom or found at a local antique store. A few antiques here and there will also add an elegant touch to the cottage look.

Cozy up your space with a cottage-style interior

3. Layer with blankets, rugs and pillows

In order for your home to feel like a cottage, it needs to be cozy. Use a combinations of throw blankets, rugs and accent pillows wherever you can to add warmth in the rooms and to create a comfortable space.

Cozy up your space with a cottage-style interior

4. Throw in a splash of color

The cottage style typically consists of neutral, light colors. You can, of course, add a pop of color to liven up a room or make it appear more cheerful. Incorporate a color that makes you happy, such as yellow or blue, into accessories like your pillows or a lamp.

Cozy up your space with a cottage-style interior

5. Add a fireplace

Nothing adds coziness to a home better than a fireplace, and it doesn’t have to be the middle of winter to enjoy one. Install a fireplace in the living room for the whole family to enjoy on a chilly night.

Wish you could get away for a weekend? What if you could rejuvenate right at home? With a cottage-style interior, you can feel cozy and relaxed any day of the wee

By Wendy Weinert

 

How to add style to a temporary space

As a renter, you rarely stay in one place for very long. You consider each new apartment, house or condo to be only temporary and because this is so, you don’t bother spending money on stylish, long-lasting decor. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, to have a few personal touches here and there?

How to add style to a temporary space
It makes sense not to overspend on decor when you’re likely to pick up your life and move again in a few years. You can easily add personality to your space, however, and do it without spending the big bucks! Here are just a few affordable ways to add elements of “you” into the interior design.

How to add style to a temporary space

1. Accessorize

Decorative accessories like pillows, rugs, throws and ottomans add life to a bland environment. They allow you to add color and interesting patterns to your home for a small price. When you’re ready to move again, keep what you can and give away what is left over to family or friends.

How to add style to a temporary space

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2. Paint an accent wall

As a renter, you are sometimes limited when it comes to making improvements to your space. Most landlords will allow you to change the color of your walls, however, as long as you paint them back to their original color before you move out. To reduce the amount of work you have to do when moving in and out, just paint one wall an eye-catching color instead of painting all four.

How to add style to a temporary space

3. Hang up a versatile light fixture

Almost all rented homes and apartments have outdated and unattractive light fixtures. Update your light fixture with one that complements a wide range of styles, such as the Crystorama Solaris chandelier. That way, you can switch the fixtures back when you move out and take yours with you to adorn your next home.

Although temporary, each house or apartment you live in is still your home, and it’s important that you feel good living in it! Use these affordable solutions to create a new home every time you move so you can enjoy living in a space with style.

By Wendy Weinert

9 things you don’t want for a “Home Sweet Home”

9 things you don't want for a "Home Sweet Home"

Turning a house into a home takes time, but the end result is worth the effort. When you feel at home in your space, it becomes a place of refuge. A place where you can go to feel relaxed, happy and refreshed. Allow yourself to enjoy a “Home Sweet Home” by focusing on your interior’s setup and avoiding these nine design problems.

1. Bad lighting: Lighting should always be one of the first elements of the room’s design that you consider. Use multiple light sources in each room to create a space that is well lit without being too harsh.

2. Uncomfortable furniture: With so many designs available today, you should never have to sacrifice comfort for style.

3. Tacky wall art: The wall art you bought in college may have been fine for dorm life, but it just looks cheap and tacky hanging in your nice home. Replace it with a more sophisticated alternative, or use wallpaper to add visual interest.

4. A cluttered interior: A cluttered home will make you feel stressed. Make sure every personal belonging has its place and get rid of unnecessary junk.

5. Cheap furnishings: You might save some money on the initial purchase, but cheap furniture will wear down more quickly, forcing you to replace it more often. Instead, invest in quality pieces you can enjoy for a long time.

9 things you don't want for a "Home Sweet Home"

6. An undecided style: Your home looks traditional, but there are some contemporary elements that stick out. Choose a particular style that you want your home to represent and stick to it when purchasing new furniture or decor.

7. A cramped space: Clutter isn’t the only culprit of feeling cramped in your space. Paint small rooms light colors and use mirrors to make them appear larger.

9 things you don't want for a "Home Sweet Home"

8. An unwelcoming entryway: You want to feel happy every time you walk through your front door. Make sure it is well lit, and add a few decorative pieces to create a cheerful appearance.

9. A catalog design: Instead of setting up your room to match the store’s catalog, use your unique style to guide your purchase decisions. Setting up a home to reflect your personality is the easiest way to turn your house into home sweet home.

By Wendy Weinert

Ideas for using modern light fixtures in traditional spaces

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Worried your style is becoming too predictable? Do the unexpected and transform your traditional space with a modern light fixture. When used appropriately, modern lights can kick your home’s traditional interior up a notch for a style that is truly unique. Here are three different ideas for making it work.

Ideas for using modern light fixtures in traditional spaces

Add a whimsical touch

Traditional spaces tend to have a serious appearance, but you can change all that with a modern light fixture. Choose a pendant or chandelier that is playful and fun to lighten the mood and help your room feel more relaxed. This will also help you hit that perfect sweet spot between formal and casual.

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Repeat shapes and finishes

The easiest way to find a modern light fixture that will work in your traditional space is to find elements in the room and then repeat them. Identify the various finishes and shapes in a room and find a light fixture to match. If your room has brass accents, for example, then hang up a brass fixture to tie the look together.

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Bring a room into the present

Sometimes a modern light fixture is the only way to keep a room from feeling outdated. If you live in an older home with lots of traditional detailing, help bring it into the present era with modern lighting that both complements your interior and updates the look, too. Be sure to match your fixture to existing elements in the room so it doesn’t look out of place.Ideas for using modern light fixtures in traditional spaces

Who says you have to go all modern or only traditional? Adding a modern light fixture in a traditional space allows you to combine the best characteristics of each style to achieve the exact look you want in your home.

By Wendy Weinert

Buying a ceiling fan part two: matching your preferences

Buying a ceiling fan part two: matching your preferences

In my last post about ceiling fans, you learned how to match a fan to your room’s size and ceiling height. Now it’s time to dive into the fun stuff! Choose a fan that will complement your room’s style and your own personal preferences by considering these three factors.

Buying a ceiling fan part two: matching your preferences

Style

Ceiling fans used to be fairly boring, but all that has changed in recent years. Now there is a wide selection to choose from and you can select a design to be casual, elegant, rustic or modern. Along with newer, creative designs, ceiling fans have also improved due to a larger selection of finishes. From black to bronze, there are an array of options to match your taste and existing décor. While looking at finishes, know that many fans come with reversible blades that allow you to change the look of your fan. Just make sure that both finishes fit in well with your space before making a final decision.

Buying a ceiling fan part two: matching your preferences

Function

Think about what you want and need your fan to do before making a final decision. Do you need your fan to have a light? If so, choose a fan that comes with a light fixture, or at least one that can be modified using a light kit. Would you prefer to have multiple speeds available? Then make sure to have a fan that can be adjusted. If you want to have your fan help distribute even heating during cooler months, find a fan that can run in reverse. It’s important that the ceiling fan you choose will meet your daily needs and preferences.

Buying a ceiling fan part two: matching your preferences

Convenience

Ceiling fans used to be adjusted by pulling a string or cord, but now most fans come with either a wall switch or remote control. Even those that don’t can often be modified if you don’t want to mess with a cord. Wall controls make it easy for you to adjust a ceiling fan upon entering or leaving a room, but remote controls allow you to adjust the fan without getting up from a couch or bed. Decide which convenience you prefer, or choose both options instead.

Overall, choose a ceiling fan to complement your room and taste. The right ceiling fan can do wonders for your home’s style and atmosphere.

By Wendy Weinert

 

Buying a ceiling fan part one: matching the fan to your space

Buying a ceiling fan isn’t just a matter of picking out the design you like best; in fact, that part comes later. In order for ceiling fans to be most effective, it’s essential that you first select a fan to match your space. Before you even start to think about styles and finishes, though, you must determine how your space will be influencing your purchase decision.

Buying a ceiling fan part one: matching the fan to your space

Outdoors or indoors?

Although outdoor and indoor fans look the same, they’re actually built for different environments. Outdoor fans are designed to handle conditions like heat, wind and humidity, while most indoor fans would just rust if installed outside. Some indoor fans, however, are also designed for special conditions, such as humidity. If the fan is going to be installed in a room where there will be moisture, such as a bathroom, look for a UL-Damp rated fan. This rating means the blades will not warp.

Buying a ceiling fan part one: matching the fan to your space

Room size

In order for a ceiling fan to properly circulate air in a room, the blade span has to be large enough to handle the room’s size. Once you know where you’ll be installing the ceiling fan, the next step is to measure that space and determine the appropriate blade span to match.

Rooms up to 75 sq. ft. = 29 to 36-inch blade span
Rooms up to 175 sq. ft. = 42 to 48-inch blade span
Rooms up to 350 sq. ft. = 52 to 56-inch blade span
Rooms more than 350 sq. ft. = 60-inch or larger blade span

Ceiling height

It is best to hang up ceiling fans so the fan blades are about 8 feet above the floor. Most fans have more than one mounting option, which allows you to install yours at the proper height.

Buying a ceiling fan part one: matching the fan to your space

Flushmount: These fans have no extra attachments and are designed for low ceilings.
Downrod mount: If you have a ceiling that is higher than eight feet, use a downrod mount.
Angle mount: This type of mount should be used for angled or sloped ceilings.

Now that you’ve factored in space considerations, you can start to think about fun details like design and lighting! Stay tuned for our next article’s tips on buying a ceiling fan to match your preferences.

By Wendy Weinert

5 Lessons you can learn from your cat

You might look to friends, blogs or professionals for advice when setting up a stylish and comfortable home, but what about your cat? Your furry friend is wiser than you know, and he can teach you a thing or two about interior design. For example, cats know to:

5 Lessons you can learn from your cat

1. Take pride in appearances

Your cat knows the importance of keeping his coat glossy, which is why he spends so much time licking his fur to keep it clean. Take pride in not only your own appearance, but your home’s as well. You’ll feel more confident welcoming guests into your home if it’s clean and thoughtfully put together.

5 Lessons you can learn from your cat

2. Take chances, but be aware of comfort zones

You’ve seen your cat take some pretty incredible leaps, but you’ve also seen him lie all day curled up on his favorite sofa. Cats aren’t afraid to take chances now and then, but they are also aware of their comfort zone and use that to stay content. When decorating your home, don’t be afraid to hang up a bold color if it makes you happy. At the same time, don’t feel like you have to always be edgy, when really you prefer a more relaxed style.

5 Lessons you can learn from your cat

3. Trust your instincts!

Your cat trusts his instincts, and you should, too! If you’re uncertain about that chandelier you’ve been looking at, don’t buy it. There are plenty of other designs to look at, and you’ll be less likely to regret your purchase if you go with your gut.

5 Lessons you can learn from your cat

4. Give yourself alone time

Your cat needs peace and quiet from time to time and so do you. Look for an area in your home that you can decorate to make yours. It could be the bedroom, a bathroom or even a little nook by the windowsill.

5 Lessons you can learn from your cat

5. Bask in sunshine

Cats love sitting by windows to enjoy the warmth of the sun, and humans enjoy the benefits of natural sunlight, too. Design your space so the windows let in as much light as possible. A dose of sunshine is sometimes the best medicine when stressed.

When it comes to interior design, let your cat be your guide. A few lessons from him can help you create the space of your dreams!

The pictures you see on this post all came from Bellacor’s Pinterest page.  Come and get inspired!

By Wendy Weinert

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

The dreaded small closet – nobody likes having one, but many homeowners unfortunately do. Small closets can make organizing a bedroom more difficult and you may wind up suffering from a cluttered room as a result. If your small closet space is causing you stress, here are three tips for making it work.

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

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1. Maximize your closet space

Your closet might be small, but there are ways you can maximize your storage space and make it appear bigger. If you don’t have enough room to hang up all of your clothes, install a second rod either below or behind the first one depending on the closet setup. Or use hangers with more than one hook so you can hang up more clothes without taking up as much space.

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

2. Find other ways to store your essentials

The bedroom closet isn’t your only storage option available. Look for creative ways to use your bedroom space and organize the room instead. Buy a storage bed that allows you to sleep and keep the room clean. Add a wardrobe to your space or a decorative bench to hold extra clothes. If your wall could use some visual appeal, a jewelry wall mount makes an excellent storage solution and will also add a unique design element to the room.

3. De-clutter

Peter Walsh, an organization expert says, “When you de-clutter, it’s astounding what will flow into that space to enrich you and your family.” Think of your small closet as an opportunity to get rid of some of the clutter overtaking your room. Go through all of your clothes, jewelry, shoes and personal items to decide what should stay and what can go. Anything that you haven’t worn or used in the last year could probably be donated, sold or thrown out.

A small closet won’t hurt your room’s overall appeal and style if you don’t let it. Look for ways to maximize and de-clutter your space so you can enjoy a more organized, stress-free room.

By Wendy Weinert