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Using Wallpaper as a Design Element

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Wallpaper is all over the place these days and there are so many fun fresh patterns.  Plus with peel-and-stick, you can easily apply it yourself and not be tied to it for years to come.  Wallpaper is a very easy way to add some personality to your space.

Great spaces to try wallpaper for the first time are:

Powder Bathrooms: A small, safe place to do something different or bold!  This paper is from Rifle Paper Co.

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Primary Bedroom or Kids Bedroom: Less visitors in these rooms, so you can design more specifically to you or your children’s taste.

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Laundry Room: Add some spunk to an ordinarily not-so-fun room.  Maybe you’ll enjoy doing laundry more!

Photo credit: Bria Hammel Interiors

Anywhere with bookshelves or open shelves: Try it just inside some open shelving for a peek of color or texture.

Photo credit: Decorpad.com

Great places to look for wallpaper are:

Good price point — Amazon + Home Depot + Etsy

Some of the prettiest, unique designs — SpoonflowerWallshoppe + Chasing Paper

Happy papering!

 

 

Are the Items in Your Room to Scale?

I see a lot of homes and many times I see rooms where things are not to scale. In design, the principal of scale refers to the relative size of one object compared to another.

As designer Steven Bradley wrote, “A single object has no scale until it’s seen in comparison with something else”.

Let me show by example. There are two common things I see that lack scale in a room. Lamps and Rugs.

I see a lot of lamps that are very small, meant for as an accent light on a counter top or top of a small dresser but most times not meant for an end table in a living room or on a nightstand by a bed.

If you have a large bed, a large headboard or just a large room, you want a lamp next to the bed that fit the scale of all or any of those items. Think big when you are thinking lamps almost anywhere in your home.

Let’s talk about rugs. As a general room you want an area rug to reach the front legs of all your furniture in the room, better yet if it is under the front legs of all the furniture. The rug can go under all the furniture legs however, you want to leave a perimeter of floor to be seen around the room. You don’t want that rug looking like wall to wall carpet.

Not this:

 

But rather this:

 

Always look at scale, play with it a bit as sometimes  you just have to try something and then try something else. Having items to scale will bring interest to a room rather than distract from it.

Look at the size of artwork on large walls, above large pieces of furniture. Look at the size and height of your end tables next to your sofa and side chairs, your coffee table in front of the sofa. Are they to scale?

If  you need help with scale, hire a professional to walk you through the process.

 

 

Continuity and Flow in your Home

Just the words “continuity and flow” makes you want to take a deep breath doesn’t it? To just be calm. And that is what your home should be, a calming place that your shoulders drop down a couple inches when you walk in the door. This calming factor is important to keep in mind when selling your home as well. You want the potential buyer feeling a sense of calm as they walk through your home. Not chaos or a sense of being unsettled.

There are many ways to create that feeling of calm, one way is with a “less is more” approach with your decor and large furniture pieces.

But the single easiest way to create continuity and flow in a home is with color.

To do that, have a touch of the same color running throughout the home, especially in the main living areas. You can have a different accent color mixed with this main color in a small amount, but that main color appears in all the rooms as you walk through them.

The best way to explain this is with pictures. For the home in the photos below, the main color I chose was navy blue and I used it to create a flow throughout the home. This does not mean it has to be strictly navy, it can be different shades such as smokey blue or even a more vibrant shade.

In the living room I used navy blue pillows and accent pieces of blue on the coffee table.

 

I added a touch of blue on the dining room table:

 

 

The mudroom has blue accessories:

 

 

In the primary bedroom I have blue on the bed as well as a blue velvet chair in the corner:

 

 

In the lower level family room I brought in a bold statement of blue to create a focal point with the color.

 

 

Continuity and Flow is about connecting your rooms, that they seem to work together not against each other. There are some exceptions. Kids rooms can be different, fun and full of color. Laundry rooms can also be a bit fun. The goal is for things not to seem random but rather well put together, every piece has a purpose.

P.S. Did you notice in the first photo I used the gal is sitting in a blue chair? Creating continuity and flow can work in many places!