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Mar 04 2012

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Home Decorating Tips: Decorating with Color – The House Plan Shop

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Throw PillowsDo you want to decorate your new home and give it a little pizzazz? One of the easiest ways to bring a room to life is with color. Decorating with color adds a personal touch while making the rooms in your home attractive and inviting. Before you begin take note: There is no such thing as an ugly color, but there are ugly color combinations. Now review the list of tips below to help you get some ideas for adding color and flair to your new home.

 

  • Don’t mix two pure (undiluted) colors in the same room whether it is paint, fabric, flooring, etc. When used together or in close proximity, the primary colors (yellow, red and blue) can make a room seem over-stimulating and visually noisy. Undiluted colors work better with neutral colors. Trying pairing red with brown or gray, blue with beige and yellow with white or cream.
  • Consider using color in unusual places. Paint the inside of a bookcase a unique color. Paint a wooden coffee table, end table or picture frame in an accent color that complements the room. Add throw pillows to the couch or a stylish vase on the mantle in a color that adds a little “pop” to the room.
  • Use white wisely. In the absence of other colors, white loses its stunning power quickly and becomes an overwhelming backdrop or a quality of light. In a white room, anything that is not white will steal the show visually no matter how diluted the color. This also includes artwork, the area rug, tile floor and plants. So, if you are planning to paint a room white, be sure you love all the colored accessories in the room.
  • Complementary colors (those that site opposite each other on the color wheel) can make a room look visually stimulating because they bring out the best in each other when used together correctly. For the best results, use one color in pure form and the other in a diluted, pastel or softened tone. Bright blue pairs nicely with a creamy peach color and bright yellow teams up well with a pastel lilac color.
  • If you decide to combine a few pure colors, be sure to vary the texture and/or sheen to generate visual interest. Some examples of various textures include wood, stone, ceramic, metals, metallic paints, silk and other various fabrics. A varied array of textures will keep the room interesting even when just a few colors are used.

 

These are just a few tips for using color in your new home. The House Plan Shop recommends checking with your interior decorator for more advice about decorating with color.

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May 26 2010

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Quick Decorating Tip: Unify Adjoining Rooms with Color

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Paint SamplesIf you are in the process of building a new home, chances are, you are thinking about how you plan to decorate the interior. Here is a quick decorating tip for you. If you’d like to unify two adjoining rooms, like the living and dining rooms for example, do it with color. Using the same color in different ways within each room will tie them together. They will be cohesive spaces, yet still very distinct. Consider this example:

 

Choose a neutral color for the dining room walls such as Sherwin Williams’ Kilim Beige. Carry this color scheme through the room using another shade of beige for the upholstery of the dining room chairs and perhaps an area rug. In the adjoining living room, select a completely different color for the walls such as Sherwin Williams’ Baize Green or Surprise Amber. Then, accent the living room walls with draperies of beige similar to the wall color in the dining room. Add couple other beige accents in the living room like lampshades or throw pillows on the couch. Finally, finish off both rooms with dark wood furniture further uniting both spaces.

 

From more information about interior decorating, visit The House Plan Shop’s resource page.

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Jan 27 2010

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10 Tips to Make your Home Office Inspiring and Fun

0035H-0040 Home OfficeWhile being a work-at-home professional can be rewarding, sometimes it can be hard to settle in and start working. Without others around you to share ideas, it may be difficult at times to come up with fresh thoughts and notions. And face it, some days we all lack motivation. So, what can you do to ensure you are always productive while working at home? Create an office that you love – one that promotes positive thinking, ingenuity, productivity and a little fun. The tips below will help your decorate and arrange your office in a way that you will feel motivated, creative and fruitful.

 

·         Create a short list of professional goals (two or three) and review it often. Remind yourself often that you WANT to achieve these goals. Keep it in your desk or hang it on the wall where you can see it.

·         Surround your desk with things that inspire you from a favorite quote to a recent project that was a huge success.

·         Bring the room to life by adding a potted plant or vase of flowers to the room.

·         Open the curtains and let the sunshine fill the room.

·         Invest in various organizational bins, baskets and tubs and make a point to keep your files, supplies and other items organized.

·         Add a personal touch. Place a framed family photo on your desk or add an object that was given to you by someone special such as a pretty vase or a handmade pillow.

·         Simulate your senses with rich color and texture. Use colored file folders instead of the typical manila folders. Include a few wicker baskets and wooden crates instead of using all the typical plastic storage bins and tubs. Consider a wooden desk and a comfortable chair covered in your favorite color fabric.

·         Include something with sparkle or shine such as hanging a mirror on the wall or using chrome drawer pulls on your desk.

·         Have fun with a funky patterned lamp shade or area rug.

·         Keep the tools and supplies you use the most close at hand. If you are a writer, keep the thesaurus you grandmother gave you on your desk. If you are an artist keep a sketch book and your favorite pencil nearby.

 

Remember this is your office. It must suit your needs and stimulate productivity delivering positive results at the end of the day.

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Oct 15 2009

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Decorating Tips for Any Room

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House Plan 025H-0164Decorating all of the rooms in your new house can be a bit overwhelming. Should you start with a color scheme, a piece of artwork that you love or choose the furniture pieces first? With so many different decorating styles, themes and personal tastes, there really is no specific flow when it comes to decorating an entire room from start to finish. However, these decorating tips and ideas will help get you started.

 

·         If the room has a focal point such as a fireplace, flat screen TV or array of windows with a fantastic backyard view, start with the focal point. Determine the key pieces of furniture you will need and how you will arrange them to complement or take advantage of the focal point.

·         If the room does not have a focal point, you should start with the main furniture pieces you’ll need for the room. Consider each piece’s form and how you need it to function.

·         When picking out furniture, keep in mind that it will be a lot easier and less expensive to freshen up or update the room by swapping out accent pieces rather than buying all new furniture so you may want to choose furniture pieces that can mix and match with various styles.

·         Your furniture will set the style and mood of the room. The fabric, wood finishes and chrome/metal/glass accents will help you determine a color scheme.

·         If you have a particular accessory that you want to include in a room, the accessory may help determine what style of furniture you choose. A modern painting might lend itself to a black leather couch while an antique vase might lend itself to a pair of elegant armchairs with wooden legs. Maybe you have a brightly colored ceramic bowl that you’d like to display in the dining room. Look for a dining set that offers seat covers in a color that complements the bowl.

·         There is an endless supply of paint colors available to complement the fabric and wood finishes of your furniture, so think about your furniture style, colors and finishes when selecting paint.

·         There are no rules about what pieces of furniture should match in a room. This is truly personal preference. If you prefer your end tables match the coffee table and sofa table that is your choice. If you like how a skirted couch looks with a club chair put them in the room together. Often mix matched furniture pieces make a room look lively and inviting.

House Plan 035H-0034·         Be aware of the size of your room and the size of the furniture you choose. If you have a big room or an open floor plan with plenty of walking space, an overstuffed sofa might fit in well. However, is you have a small room, stay away from the stuffed couches and chairs. Instead, try to include a smaller loveseat with a streamlined look that shows off your tastes.

·         Give a room character with windows treatments. If you want a rich, lush and elegant look, long heavy drapes will do the trick. For a light and airy feel, white or pastel color sheers will be just the right touch.

·         Incorporate lighting. How many lamps do you need? Do you need a floor lamp or table lamp? Will track lighting work? Consider recessed lighting or a spotlight to highlight the focal point of the room. Will a ceiling fan with lighting be practical and complement your decorating style?

·         Add accent pieces to the room. Incorporate various textures and patterns. Consider a woven rug and a wooden end table, floral print and solid throw pillows, wicker baskets, pillar candles resting on small round or square mirrors, silk or beaded lampshades, etc.

 

These helpful decorating hints will help get you started decorating your new home. But before you make any purchases, you may want to consult an interior designer or browse some decorating magazines and websites for more ideas.

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May 13 2009

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Not Your Ordinary Home Office

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If you plan to work from home in your new home office, perhaps you’ll want it to a have a look that is a little more personal than your cubical or office at the corporate worksite. All it takes is a little creativity and you’ll have an office that inspires and motivates you while reflecting your personality. Consider these tips as you furnish and decorate your new home office.

 

  • Stray from the humdrum of neutral colors you are used to in a typical office like beiges and grays. Incorporate a couple colors that pop like bright reds, blues and oranges or whatever your favorite colors might be. Include these colors in accent pieces such as the fabric of your office chair, an area rug, curtains or even an artistic pot for your favorite plant.
  • Do away with typical plastic organizational items like bins and tubs. Incorporate more texture by using wooden trays and woven baskets.
  • Opt for wicker baskets that slide into wooden cubbies to store files instead of a standard metal filing cabinet.
  • Add texture and pattern to room painted with solid color walls. Back a bookshelf with patterned wallpaper or a favorite piece of fabric. Cover a coffee can with wrapping paper and use it to hold pencils and pens. A cork board is easily transformed into a functional piece of art by covering it with a fabric sample and adding a frame before hanging it on the wall.
  • Replace ordinary drawer pulls and handles with a fun design or something painted in your favorite hue.
  • Choose office furniture with a rich wood grain instead of that old metal office desk. If wood isn’t your thing, consider a steel framed desk with a glass top for a more retro look.
  • Don’t forget lighting. Lamps and fixture come in such a wide range of styles, colors and sizes that it is easy to let your personality shine through with a carefully selected lamp and shade or mounted fixture. Just make sure the lighting you choose is functional too.

 

If your office is going to be part of your new home it should show off who you are and more importantly, it should feel like it is part of your home instead of just another cubicle in an office building. Following these tips will help make your office part of your home and also provide a place in which you are comfortable, inspired and ready to work.

 

For more information about creating a personalized home office, check out Creating the Perfect Home Office Space. 

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