Posts by Kate
A layered space is a well considered one and if there’s anything that makes for great design in a beautifully furnished room it’s layers of color and texture in cool and warm medleys. The combination of metal sheens and warm woods is an effortless way to introduce an organic meets modern vibe to any space in your home. There are several ways to go about it; here are several examples of the successful combinations of cool metal finishes with the warmth of wood.
When choosing furniture for a family room or gathering space, consider little details like the legs. Instead of skirts, opt for chairs with exposed wood legs and pair them with coffee and end tables with metal bases.
There are other opportunities to introduce layers of warm wood to a space – think of accents such as lamp bases or woven shades. Bamboo blinds and a tall floor lamp contrast nicely with the chrome base on the marble top coffee table in this inviting sitting room.
Gold leaf and brass are warmer metals but still offer chic contrast when placed next to espresso stained legs or wood accent furniture.
Don’t be afraid to mix metals, oil rubbed bronze is welcome in a room with brass accents just as polished nickel mixes well with black iron finishes.
The combination of dark iron or oil rubbed bronze with rustic wood is a centuries old pairing. The look is fresh again in modern times since many seek eco-friendly reclaimed or weathered woods as accents in the home for ceilings, beams, cabinets, and shelving.
You can achieve the desirable textural medley of metal and wood together with one singular piece of furniture. Many retailers now offer coffee and end tables fabricated with iron legs and either salvage or new wood tops. Consider also wood dressers with iron hardware in the bedroom or metal leg barstools with wood seats in the kitchen.
Piece together your own with finds from a salvage yard, or visit a flea market or antique store where you may chance upon a second hand version.
The combination of wood and metal lends a multilayered feel to a room. As an added bonus the medley is an easy way to introduce a masculine touch to a space that leans feminine with its furniture or fabric choices. Time to get busy mixing!
Summer has finally arrived, that favorite time of year when we spend as much time as we can outdoors. Gardens are in bloom and colorful flowers are everywhere we turn. Botanicals have long been a favorite motif for decorating indoors, and layering fabrics with blossoms and branches around the home is an easy way to bring the outdoors in.
Introduce botanicals into a room with furniture dressed up in floral fabrics. Whether upholstered or slipcovered, classic patterns of leaves, branches, and petals are always stylish!
A few scraps of wallpaper and some spray adhesive can reinvent an old wood dresser. Blend together tone on tone motifs against a large scale botanical backdrop in a common colorway.
Create big impact by using floral prints even in small doses such as framing strips of watercolor wallpaper in a triptych, the series makes impactful but inexpensive artwork.
A large scale botanical fabric in vivid color hung like café curtains hides kids’ toys or craft supplies in a cabinet and softens a space more than wood cabinet doors.
An exotic botanical applied to an upholstered headboard adds global flair to a bedroom space, use extra fabric to fashion an accent pillow as a way to repeat the pattern in the room.
Window treatments are long time favorites for use of botanical prints; use florals as roman shades or longer window panels in fabrics from traditional to modern to add colorful pattern to a dining room, bedroom, or kitchen.
Looking for a fresh and fabulous floral? Look no further than these!
Find more floral fabrics from this roundup featuring fabulous sources for fabrics online!
Any decorator will tell you that color can be tricky, but those with experience know it’s all about balance. Basic color theory says that the three colors of yellow, orange, and red on the color wheel are warm tones while on the opposite side, blues, greens, and purples act as cool tones. When decorating, the analogous warm and cool trios will always work together, however incorporating elements of each creates a combination that adds interest to a space and can be accomplished with a few different tricks.
Wood = Warm. Unless wood is whitewashed or possesses a gray stain, wood in its natural state or stained with brown tones will always add warm tones to a room. Choosing textiles or accessories in shades of blue, green, or purple will balance the warmth found in those wood pieces and/or flooring.
Consider Complements. Combining colors that sit across from each other on the color wheel will energize a space, this deep teal pillow paired with burnt orange leather is a perfect example.
Add Metallics. Gray neutral tones can read as cold so bring warmth and contrast with brass and gold leaf metallic finishes. The warm wood tones also help to balance the cool neutral.
Mix It Up. Great patterns found in textiles are always a jumping off point for decorating a space. A hot pink or coral patterned pillow pops against a cool tone mint green wall. Also note how the dark brown sofa is balanced by the pairing with two blue slipper chairs.
Follow Nature. Take a cue from the great outdoors, nature never gets it wrong! The earth tones found in bark and branches are a foundation for the vivid colors found in bright purple blooms. Repeat the technique indoors by using wood and earth tone neutrals in the background and pulling pieces in bright colors into the space as accents.
For even more great advice on how to decorate with color, pick up Better Homes & Gardens Color: The Complete Guide for your Home !
My husband and I have been giving the topic of solid surface countertops a lot of thought lately since we’re in the process of buying a fixer upper, and one countertop worthy of consideration that has been rising in popularity among DIY bloggers and remodelers is concrete. Kitchens take a beating with daily use so every homeowner always considers durability as a major factor when choosing countertops. Concrete is both heat and scratch resistant, and its smooth contemporary look is equally appealing.
The benefits of concrete are that properly sealed surfaces clean up with a mild cleanser and cloth, and the natural gray tones in concrete blend beautifully with stainless steel appliances.
Concrete countertops are fabricated much like driveways or walkways but in the shape of your counter space. They can also be colorized just like outdoor concrete surfaces. The concrete material is not expensive, but one con is that the fabrication and installation can drive up the price due to the time intensive nature of the process and the weight of concrete slabs.
Concrete countertops are a natural fit for outdoor kitchens or bars, they blend seamlessly with exterior materials from stone to stucco.
If you want the look of concrete countertops, several do-it-yourselfers have achieved it at a low cost by covering their existing laminate countertops with a product called Ardex Feather Finish. It’s a labor intensive process but the result is fantastic!
Concrete is porous so it does need to be sealed, you can opt for a matte or honed look or get a glossy polished with several layers of carnauba wax. When sealed properly, concrete countertops will withstand spills, and they are both heat and scratch resistant so they’re extremely durable. Concrete countertops are trending, but given the look and ability to withstand wear, it’s for a very good reason!
So many of the images that appear on the pages of magazines have white painted baseboards, door casings, molding, and window trim. There’s nothing wrong with that, white is fresh, bright, and always classic, yet many older homes possess wood trimmed doors and windows. They may be Arts & Crafts style, Victorians, Colonials, or simply older homes where exposed woodwork adds to the architectural appeal.
Many a homeowner gets the itch to paint wood trim white, black, or even a bold color, but others recognize the beauty of wood trim and wish to preserve it in its original state. Bravo! Choosing a paint color to complement isn’t difficult, get inspired by these spaces that show how well both color and neutrals partner with wood trim.
Because of its organic makeup, wood is a warmer tone so pairing it with colors that possess cooler undertones is a smart choice. Blue in its various shades from navy to slate to sky offers a balanced approach and allows the wood trim to be beautiful in its natural state.
Green sits adjacent to blue on the color wheel and is also considered a cool color. Opt for a verdant green or one in a paler or less saturated shade. Just about any green will partner well with wood trim, especially when the casings or baseboards are stained with yellow or red undertones.
A palette reminiscent of warmer climates is always appealing so consider a mid tone or mustard yellow, which brings the feeling of sunshine to a space and is sure to cheer even when skies are gray outside. Also consider a blush pink as a feminine nod to balance the weight of wood.
A no fail approach to choosing paint for rooms trimmed in wood is to opt for a neutral hue. Choose one that has gray undertones (often referred to as greige or taupe) so the brown tones don’t overwhelm.
Finally, add interest to a neutral space trimmed in wood by introducing texture (think silk, lambswool, linen, leather, woven materials) or vibrant and colorful accents in the form of pillows and rugs.
For those of you living in homes with wood window casings and door trim, take a step back and resist the urge to coat them in paint. Preserve their integrity and add color to the walls instead!
Our culture has put the television front and center in our everyday world as we tune in for news, sports, and entertainment. When decorating the home, everyone has to decide where to place their flat screen so that it’s easily visible but doesn’t overwhelm the room. To follow are five different ideas for decorating around a flat screen television at home.
Consider the screen in the room’s architectural design, planning for a recessed niche with state-of-the-art wiring and outlets ready for mounting. Suspending a television above allows both the fireplace and the television to share rather than compete for the focal point and makes furniture arrangement that much easier.
Opt for clever concealment or thoughtful disguises such as an ornate picture frame to surround or an armoire that can be closed when the television is not in use.
A media console grounds the space below the four corners of a screen and patterned window panels layered in contemporary patterns help to not only frame it but detract attention away.
Another clever way to balance the weight of a flat screen is to curate a gallery of artwork or photography around it so the screen doesn’t dominate, rather it plays into the repetition of frames on display.
If you have the wall space, consider an arrangement of furniture that flanks a television with bookcases that possess open display above and media storage below.
How do you incorporate the big black box into your everyday decor, share your solution!