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How to Decorate with Area Rugs

We often hear from clients: “When it comes to decorating, I have no idea where to start!” The choices of artwork, furniture, colors, fabrics and accessories are so overwhelming that they pitch their paint swatches and vow to never watch another home makeover show again.

However, the answer is right at their feet: begin with an area rug.

Photo: Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries

Photo: Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries

Not only do area rugs provide a practical solution for cushion, comfort and warmth over a concrete, tile or wood floor, but they also create an artistic value to the room’s design. Area rugs should be used as the focal point in a room. Often considered artwork for the floor, the rug acts as the frame to create a well-balanced space.

From the rug’s design and hues, you can choose colors to paint your walls, shop for throw pillows and select paintings to complete the decor. Just make sure to follow this rule of thumb: The area rug should be a minimum of six inches and no more than two feet away from the wall. When you take into consideration the different uses, shapes and design preferences, however, other factors weigh in as well.

Photo: Gallery One

Photo credit: Gallery One

Bold patterns (large flowers, abstract designs, lots of layers or color) on a small rug can make the room look larger. But if you plan to place furniture on it, avoid covering up the design. You want to be able to see the graphic from all angles.

When designing a room with an area rug, you need to keep the room’s function and foot traffic in mind for choosing the right-sized rug and furniture placement.  We’ve included a few guidelines to help you on your magic carpet ride:

Living and Family Rooms

  • Have all of the furniture pieces in their entirety sitting on the area rug.
  • Have some of the furniture in their entirety positioned on the rug and then the couch (or grouping of chairs) sitting with their front legs on only 6” of the area rug so that most of the couch or chairs are not on the rug. This still allows for a nice grouping or conversation area.
  • In large living rooms, you can use two rugs to create two separate living areas.
  • If you prefer the rug be placed in front of the couch, it should run the same width (or a little longer) than the couch.
  • For a more interesting look, try placing the rug at an angle. It should anchor the room but not overpower or underwhelm.

Dining Rooms

Photo: Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries

Photo: Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries

  • All parts of the dining table and chairs should sit on the area rug.
  • Chairs should still sit on the rug when pulled away from the table.

 Foyers and Hallways

  • Less is more in transitional spaces or entrances that open to other rooms or a stairway.
  • The rug’s width should either match the door space or be a few inches less. Not too long, not too short.
  • If you use a round area rug in a large foyer, center it under the light fixture.
  • In a hallway, stretch the length to fill the space, leaving even space on both ends for balance.
  • If you plan to place any furniture in the hallway, keep it off the rug.

 Home Office

  • For the home office, choose a rug that completely fits both the desk and chair to create a warm space where you’ll feel comfortable at work. For practical purposes, this prevents tripping or chair dragging over the edges of the carpet.

Be sure to stay tuned to Design Time for our special e-learning series on area rugs. Coming up, we are tapping into industry insiders for their expert knowledge on everything from choosing the best quality rug to the truth of why they are so expensive.


Special thanks to our friends at Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries and Gallerie One for
sharing their valuable knowledge and imagery. Visit their websites or stop by their
stunning showrooms in the Merchandise Mart.

Organized kid bedrooms: No, it’s not an oxymoron!

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.
You find the fun and snap! — the job’s a game.” 
~Lyrics from A Spoonful of Sugar

Let’s face it: we’ve all envied Mary Poppins’ ability to clean Jane and Michael’s pig sty with the snap of her fingers. The beds magically made! The 765 dollhouse pieces precisely placed! The folded clothes flying into the dresser drawers — that actually close!

If only organizing your child’s bedroom were that easy.

We have a few tips to help empower your kids with the concepts of being organized.  Starting early while they’re young, not only makes your life easier, but it’s the best way to ensure they have the tools in place when they open that umbrella and fly out of the window. Um, nest.

Purchase furniture with built-in storage.

Photo courtesy of:  innatcascade.com

Photo courtesy of: innatcascade.com

The quickest option is to find furniture with great storage options which allows less clutter and less time spent searching for things. Look for pieces that can transition as your child grows or can be moved in to a guest room in later years.

 

 

 

Bookcases

Photo courtesy of: kidsbedroomideas.net

Photo courtesy of: kidsbedroomideas.net

  • Ready-made bookcases are great storage options. Look for sturdy construction and adjustable shelves.
  • Shelves deep enough to store oversized picture books, and boxes or bins for toys are best for younger children. Older children may prefer shallower shelves that paperbacks won’t get lost on.
  • Whichever type you choose, take the time to secure the bookcases to the wall with a furniture anchoring system to prevent dangerous toppling.

 

 

Closets

Photo courtesy of: www.csiclosetsandstorage.com/

Photo courtesy of: www.csiclosetsandstorage.com/

  • Hang a second clothes rod from the top rod so children are able to reach clothes and hang them up.
  • Put hooks on the back of the bedroom door at a convenient height for hanging backpacks, jackets and clothes that can be worn again.

 

 

 

 

Get creative with storage space. 

Photo courtesy of HGTV: Tidy Teen Study Center

Photo courtesy of HGTV: Tidy Teen Study Center

  • Raise beds up with lifts and add an extra-long bed skirt to conceal under-bed storage space for seasonal items and growing collections.
  • Get stuffed animals off the bed or floor with a nylon hammock that hangs across one corner of the ceiling. (Make sure your kids can reach it so that they can “clean” their room!)
  • Use wall rails to display artwork, photos, notes, certificates and other special keepsakes. You can also hide smaller items in pouches that hang along the hook rail.

Create zones.

Photo courtesy of: funbedroomideas.com

Photo courtesy of: funbedroomideas.com

  • Create a space in your home that provides an area for your child to hang up their backpacks and coats as well as a place to keep their shoes and boots. This zone can be set up in the laundry area, mud room or a storage bench in your home’s entryway.
  • Provide a desk with storage for homework and school-related items.
  • Keep art projects at a corner table with all supplies organized within arm’s reach.
  • If reading takes place on the bed, keep books on a shelf nearby or in a box under the bed.

Establish limits for how much stuff is in the room.

  • If your child has toys with small parts, only allow one set to be played with at one time. Establish consequences when these rules are broken.
  • Every season, sort through your child’s clothing. Donate what doesn’t fit anymore or save clothing in a storage bin and move that bin in a different area of the home if you are passing them on to another child.
  • Follow the “one toy in, one toy out” rule. Involve your child in passing their toys or books to younger cousins or donating to a charity.

In the end, even the best-executed organizational plan can’t force kids to keep their things neat. But the easier you make it to put things away, the more likely they are to do so.

If you are looking for more inspiration, be sure to follow us on Facebook. For specific questions contact us now!   www.interiortransformation.com; 630-782-0806

Mixing design styles

Photo Credit: New Zealand Design

Photo Credit: New Zealand Design

While some people seek the advice of a therapist when they’re having marital problems, others, well they just call their designer!  I say, how about along with the pre cana marriage prep classes, couples are also required to schedule a consultation with a specialist (of course I’m speaking about an interior aficionado).  That way we can be sure that mounted and signed NFL football jersey doesn’t end up in the dining room!

When you make the big decision to share your space with someone, you tend to blend sofas, personalities, art and style. So how do you pull it off?

Do: Start with a neutral background

Photo Credit: CopyCatChic.com

Photo Credit: CopyCatChic.com

Neutral hues, such as beige, khaki, and rain-cloud gray, generate a calming atmosphere, while the contrast of white walls with black-and –white color scheme can create drama and flair.

Do: Mix modern with traditional

By mixing a modern side table with a classic chair, a room is given a sophisticated new chic look.

Photo Credit: tginteriors.blogspot.com

Photo Credit: tginteriors.blogspot.com

Do: Add contrast with colors and texture

As we discussed in our previous post on creating cohesive looks, using contrasting colors and textures really adds interest to your home.  Group similar items together, like candlesticks or your collection of seashells, for a unified look.

Don’t: Treat all styles equally

If you live in a more casual space, a formal antique table will look like a pair of Manolo Blahniks in a Payless. Opt for a more casual vintage piece. If you’re a couple who appreciates the finer things in life, the opposite rings true for you.

 Don’t: Panic

You don’t have to decorate your entire home overnight — in fact, it would look too matchy-matchy if you do. Mixing pieces and styles you both agree on is a process, so make it fun — a travel piece here, a birthday gift there. If you wind up with an eclectic mix of stuff, all the better!

If you are looking for more inspiration, be sure to follow us on Facebook. For specific questions contact us now!   www.interiortransformation.com; 630-782-0806

 

Keep Cozy This Winter

Photo: Wonderful Home Blog

Photo: Wonderful Home Blog

With a variety of holidays to celebrate, the early part of winter tends to be the most uplifting but as the season wears on and holiday décor packed away, your home may be looking a little naked as the new year kicks off.  “As winter bears down, I always like to throw a party to continue the great feelings of the holidays,” says Linda, our principal designer. Here are a few ideas for creating a warm and cozy haven in the middle of the winter chill that you will love sharing with friends and family.

Blankets and Pillows

The quickest way to spruce-up your home is with strategically placed blankets and pillows. A blanket folded over the arm of a sofa is a great way to add warmth on the coldest winter day. Add a few cable-knit throw pillows and you have a perfect spot to cozy up with a good book and cup of coffee.

Photo courtesy of Poshhome.info

Photo courtesy of Poshhome.info

Candles and Scents

A log fire in the fireplace is the epitome of winter warmth. Don’t have a fireplace? Candles are a great way to give your home a warm and peaceful feel.  Scented candles or a light air freshener will add a sense of comfort throughout your home.

Lighting

With the longer nights, additional lighting is a must during the winter. By keeping the lights soft and low with a variety of lamps, you’re able to keep it romantic and relaxing. Consider adding a new statement piece with a new light fixture this winter. Contact us to explore your best options.

Bring the Outdoors In! 

Photo: Home & Garden blog

Photo: Home & Garden blog

Feel free to take a few of your decorating cues from nature. A few sprigs of greenery on the mantle in the living room, an apothecary jar filled with acorns or a batch of pomegranates in a decorative bowl on the dining room table all maintain a cozy home design no matter the time of year.

For more ideas on how to bring a cozy warmth to your home, follow us on Facebook. For specific questions contact us now!   www.interiortransformation.com; 630-782-0806

 

A New Year – A New Look

As we begin our 2015 journey many of us look at the New Year as time for change. Interested in giving a room a new look? Embrace your eclectic side by mixing patterns! Don’t be afraid to bring different patterns and finishes into your space; you can create a cohesive patterned look for any room in your home.

Mixing Patterns

Mixing Patterns

Photo Credit:  Better Homes and Gardens

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/basics/mixing-patterns/

 

Color

If you are wanting to start small, a great way is to start by mixing patterns with a palette of two or three complementary colors.  As you can see in the photo above, blue and green and white are combined to create a mix of neutrality and vibrancy while still complimenting each other for an inviting space.

Size

The size of the pattern is also something to consider. Feel free to mix and match small and large patterns, but stay away from too many patterns that are the same size and scale. While you may think a smaller pattern is the way to go, oftentimes it can make a room feel claustrophobic or to kitsch if you combine too many. The large scale bold pattern of the wallpaper defines this space.  If you have muted walls, adding select items with larger, bold patterns makes a statement and sets the tone of the space.

Color

Color

Photo: HGTV – Mix Patterns like a Pro

http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/bedrooms/mix-patterns-like-a-pro-pictures

Texture

 Mixing texture and patterns is another way to add depth to a room. One of the best places to add texture is on the walls.   Wallpaper today is coming back strong – let the paper inspire your design.

Wallpaper Texture

Wallpaper Texture

Photo:  DL Couch Wallpaper – Insignia

 

For more ideas on combining patterns and textures, follow us on Facebook. For specific questions about combining patterns in your home or other spaces, contact us now!   www.interiortransformation.com; 630-782-0806