Category — Interior Decorating Ideas
Photo Credit: Robin Stubbert
Fresh white flowers and greenery make a surprisingly wintry effect, minus the chill.
Photo Credit: Frances Janisch
Create a winter wonderland in blue and white with some simple touches.
Photo Credit: Charles Maraia
Matching bunches of flowers punch up the effect.
Above photos via: countryliving
Photography: Stacey Brandford
Bring the outdoors in with glistening white decorations that mimic the snow-covered holiday landscape. Red accents are hot on the 2009 fashion runways, so bring these into your home, as well.
Photography: Stacey Brandford
Products & Services: Shelves, Ikea; Ribbon on gifts, Mokuba; wall colour, Silver Cloud (30YY 63/024) ICI Paints.
The generous Ikea shelving system in this living room keeps things organized while offering plenty of space to display family photos, vases and bowls.
Photography: John Cullen
Products & Services: Christmas tree, Danson Decor.
The look is simple to achieve and drop-dead chic. A Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell continues the mod aesthetic.
Photography: Tracy Shumate
Products & Services: Red chairs, Ikea; artwork: Botanical on Red by Lamont (top left), Small Branch by Ratcliff (top, second from left), Pinhole Nesters 2,3 & 4 by Wood (small red birds); Sarah by Gilmour (top right), The Happy Family by Irvine (bottom left), Art Interiors.
Photography: Tracy Shumate
Products & Services: Rug, Modern Weave; throw, Angus & Company.
Photography: Stacey Brandford
Photography: Ted Yarwood
Products & Services: Amber ornaments, Putti; ribbon, Mokuba; bouquet, Michel Renaud of Toronto’s Horticultural Design.
Arrange the branches in a tall vase with a medium-sized opening, and pour in sand to stabilize the bottom. To keep the look modern, opt for ornaments in a limited palette, such as these silver and amber decorations.
Photography: Michael Graydon
Products & Services: Tassels,Designer Fabrics; chairs, Elte; china, AT Design Group; vases,Trianon.
Simple Christmas decorations can make a big statement. A large evergreen wreath decorated with burlap tassels adds an organic appeal to this holiday table.
Above photos via: houseandhome.
December 4, 2010 3 Comments
Tuscany style is one of simplicity and nature and is a great home decorating idea. Tuscany decorating comes fromthe Tuscany Valley in Italy and is meant to bring the outdoors in. Tuscany style is unique as well as beautiful and cosy.
All those who visit Tuscany and fall in love with its wonderful hills and typical stone-wall farm houses also wish to bring home the very same Tuscan decor and create in their place the very same unique Tuscan country style.
Textures are a big part of the Tuscany theme. It involves the use of stone and primative tile for the flooring but wood orlaminate floors can also be added to the mix. Textured plaster for the walls in a warm color is also another importantingredient in the big picture and here is where you can really be creative and add your personal stamp on a room. If you likebeams, you can add them to a tuscany styled room. They conjure up a warm, cozy and rustic feel.Mosaicing a floor is another way to add charm to a Tuscany theme.
Tuscan artisans developed a great ability to transform natural elements into wonderful decorative objects that can be admired everywhere in Tuscany. An example are the marble floors, the terracotta (earthenware) roof tiles, the stone columns and the wrought-iron gates.
The beauty of the majority of these creations is based on their simplicity. The real Tuscan style is a combination of natural stones, wood and colors. This decor style expresses inner peace, comfort and warmth, so that you and your guests can feel comfortably at ease.
Tuscany home decor alsoutilizes wooden furniture. It needs to look aged and you can accomplish this different colored stains. Although buying antique furniture would really do the trick.Tuscany decorating is based on a cultural heritage. Adding accessories can bring out the Tuscany Italian heritage.Accessories that are homemade are common for this home decorating idea. more: Tuscany Style Home Decorating Guide.
November 22, 2010 No Comments
Paint is the least expensive way to change the look of a room, whether you want to modernize your living room or make your bedroom more serene. A fresh paint job enlivens a ho-hum interior, but picking the right color (or combination of colors) and figuring out where best to put it and how much to use can prove perplexing.
Dining Room Refresh
A palette of bold colors and do-it-yourself paint projects give this dining room a fresh look. We choose two shades of blue for the table and chairs and created a two-tone effect to add interest to the furniture. Separate the painted and non-painted portions of the chairs and table with painter’s tape. Semi-gloss paint works best on furniture because of it’s easy-to-clean finish, so apply several coats.
Color a Table
Unfinished wood is the perfect canvas for paint. Sand the surface lightly, remove the sanding dust with a tack cloth, and then spray the piece with one thin coat of primer and several thin coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry before adding the next. Protect the painted surface with two coats of polyurethane.
Craft a Place Setting
Chair backs coated with chalkboard paint provide erasable name “cards” for a dinner party. To take the theme even further, use the paint on a tray to create a menu board.
Update the Furniture
If the wood surface is already painted or varnished, remove dirt or wax buildup with a household cleaner and rinse. Sand rough areas and wipe away dust with a tack cloth. Apply two coats of stain-blocking primer and allow it to dry between coats. Roll or brush on two coats of latex paint in the direction of the wood grain. Use a brush to finish the surface with smooth strokes.
A New Life for Metal
Clean the surface with a stiff wire brush to remove flaking paint or rust. Wipe with a damp cloth and let it dry. Prime with metal primer and let dry, or use a paint specially formulated with rust inhibitors. Apply several thin coats of paint. If using spray paint, hold the can about 10 – 12 inches from the surface as you spray. Shake the can during the application to keep the color mixed. Spray lightly to avoid paint runs. [Read more →]
September 9, 2010 1 Comment
Black storage ottomans and side tables add a sleek silhouette to this red kitchen and living room. Don’t underestimate the power of graphic pillows to pump up a simple color scheme. Here, cherry blossom pillows keep a charcoal-gray sofa looking chic, not drab.
Electric Color Combo
Let your fun, funky spirit come out with an outrageous wall color. Just tame it with touches of black: a sleek picture frame and mismatched black chairs do the trick.
A room as cheery as this country dining room needs a place for the eye to rest — simple black dining chairs fit the bill without calling too much attention to themselves.
If you’re nervous about adding black to a room, start small by coating minor architectural details in black. The inside walls of a built-in and portions of the wall set apart by molding are ideal for these small touches.
Two Shades of Black
Mixing styles in black is a definite can-do. Here, a new-again damask print in black and white sits atop an antique black table. The shared colors pull them together for an elegant look.
September 4, 2010 No Comments
Create a warming orange living room
By painting both the skirting and the walls in Tuscan Terracotta we give the room an increased feeling of height. By doing this the wall looks like it travels all the way to the floor, rather than being chopped off by a pale skirting.
Create a welcoming family hall way
Because life is for living we have used Roasted Red on the walls in Dulux Endurance Matt finish which is ten times tougher than conventional paint. This makes it easy to remove stubborn stains, perfect in a busy hallway like this. We’ve teamed that with Antique Satin on the tongue and Grove and painted the Table with Crazy Cream.
Create a light & airy space
Keep your look simple, crisp and understated like we have here by combining Pacific Breeze on the walls with Absolute White on the window frame and setting the room off beautifully is this ultra-modern chair.
Create a feminine pink bedroom
We have chosen two toning pinks for this exuberant yet feminine bedroom. Sexy Pink on the right creates a feature wall and is complemented beautifully with Sweet Pink on the back wall and Strawberries ‘n’ Cream on the window frames
Create a blue dressing room
For a very contemporary twist on a blue room, combine a soft blue such as First Dawn, with the cool grey quality of Illusion and Blue Chalk. Greys and blues look fabulous and work brilliantly in south facing rooms.
September 4, 2010 2 Comments
Family room is a space where you can gather with your family in daily life – days. Gail Drury family room from the beginning contains a very traditional space. High storage cabinet flanked by large flat panel TV above the frame to create an accent wall. Some interesting paintings can really bring a wave of deftness to your room. Acting as a style to your room. The Windows, shutters and furniture all add to the beauty of a cozy contemporary living room. (via: drurydesigns.com )
The owner made some major changes to a chaotic kids’ playroom to transform it into what she calls a “game room/lounge,” but what we’d describe as a true family room with space and activities for everyone.
August 25, 2010 1 Comment