Creating a Unique Home Decor
A room is like clothe. It has to keep us warm and comfortable, but also how we use it says a lot about ourselves. Your home decor has to be comfortable and practical, but there has to be room for style as well. There is a fine line that makes the difference between an impersonal but high in style hotel room and a warm and welcoming stylish
room of you own.
When we choose our clothes, we tend to use bits and pieces from several different fashion looks to suit our moods and express our individual preferences, and we do the same thing in our home decor with furniture, architectural elements, lighting fixtures, accessories and color. Decorating style is not just a question of the overall look, it also depends on quality of the home
furnishings used in the room.
Successfully creating a sophisticated and harmonious home means finding the right balance between style and function, and between fashion and comfort.
Decorating, like cooking, should open up the senses.
Let your room decor radiate your love of living. Regardless of the number of rooms, you want to experience the warmth and intimacy of your love in every room of your home, right down to the laundry room. Some of the greatest refinement in your home decor may be in your bedroom closet where the lines are lacquered smooth and the edges rounded and sensual, although no one ever spends time there but you. Room decor should begin with you and your family. You build from there, room by room, space by space,
bringing refinement and harmony.
When you are in a room that is filled with love, no matter what function it serves, you are uplifted by the harmony and spirit of place. By surrounding yourself with things you love you will create a home decor for endless pleasure and felling of well-been. Always remember that interesting people create interesting rooms. By expressing ourselves, we can break through the limitations imposed by place and circumstance. It is the expression of well-lived lives that creates beautiful spirit and charm in a home. Home decor style really comes down to what makes you feel good. Contour your home decor around yourself. Luxury and elegance can
always be understated.
You can create your own reality. You can have a romantic country home even if you live in a noisy urban area. Your feelings about life, the places you've traveled to, and your favorite things, all give your home decor a personal signature. Inside the rooms were you live you are free to express yourself in unique ways. Let your dreams and fantasies about how you want your home to look and feel create the decor solution. Feel free too create at least one room in your
home that is different from the others.
Choosing Right Furniture
Most people associate comfortable furniture with soft cushions and pillows, but there is another dimension to comfort that involves emotional comfort as well as physical solace.
Look around some beautiful houses. Other than the upholstered furniture—sofas, love seats, chairs, and ottomans—most of the furniture will be direct, firm, softened only by a seat cushion or a pad on a wooden arm.
But the beauty of the wood provides its own kind of comfort, with its appealing silhouettes and gentle links to nature and, if you own antiques, to the past.
You need wood furniture pieces to balance the softness of fabric-covered furniture. Chairs, stools, benches, tables,
desks, chests of drawers,
cabinets, jelly cabinets (two-door hutches or high pieces), or
credenzas, whether painted or stained—these are the pieces that
will give your room personality and character.
One of the reasons a lot of people are so attracted to country furniture is the down-to-earth honesty and charm of wood,
but most of the people are equally comfortable in finely decorated rooms with elegantly proportioned eighteenth-century antiques from England, France, and Italy.
You can love the unpretentiousness of pine with its light, simple appearance, and also appreciate the beauty of delicate marquetry where three or four different fruitwoods are intricately inlaid.
Different woods have different looks as well as feelings. Fruitwood and oak are both medium-colored woods, yet I prefer the character and grain of fruitwood to oak in furniture because fruitwood has a softer, more refined and delicate texture, and tones of yellow, brown, and dark brown that add to its warmth.
Dark woods such as mahogany, valued for its hard reddish-brown character and appearance, tend to look more formal and serious. Cabinetmakers used mahogany when they intended to carve intricate designs in the wood. If you choose dark wood furniture, you should also consider having a dark wood floor. Dark objects on a light floor can be unsettling, though some people like this dramatic contrast.
If your furniture is not ideal, blend wood tones so the eye is not drawn to particular pieces. If you want a light-toned room, be sure to select furniture to enhance your scheme, remembering that dark colors absorb light. There has never been more furniture available to the public than today. If you can't afford an antique, manufacturers give you the flavor of the classical past in
Choosing one of these furniture pieces is a way to really make your room something special. It the time to bring back the value of decorative furniture. We have all gotten caught up in specific furniture that is only used for its purposes and serves no purpose in making the space more attractive. Since each piece that is put inside of the space affects the way the other pieces and the space itself looks, one should really consider the impact that each and every piece can have on
the environment of your home.
Hand Made Furniture
When building your furniture collection, you will want to pay special attention to acquiring at least some hand-crafted pieces. Not only do these furniture pieces tend to be beautiful in their artistry, they have soul that turns inanimate objects into living artistic expressions of life's value. Furniture replicated from a quieter, gentler era balances out the high-speed machines of today. If you have a passion for hand-made, try to add one new piece to your collection each year.
Rooms breathe with energy and truth if you give them "gifts" of hand-crafted furniture. Why do hand-crafted bring so much emotional comfort? What is it about an hand-made piece of furniture that energizes a space? The answers to these questions all stem from the rare beauty and craftsmanship that have been treasured by generations. Hand-made reproductions of antiques take you back to an earlier age, a time of handmade artistry long before the dawn of the information age. When an artist puts his heart, hands, and soul into his work, the object is infused with his spirit. Hand-made furniture pieces are more than mere possessions scattered around the house; they are indeed your friends, physically and viscerally adored. As you move these lovable objects from place to place, room to room, or house to house, they bring warmth and continuity wherever you live. They share your life with you. Hand made reproductions of historical designs connect you to the past, reminding you of men and women who lived by the natural rhythms of the day, waking at sunrise and going to bed at sunset, at a time when people took pride in their workmanship. Patience was a necessity in order to accomplish the degree of refinement expected in handmade objects.
making a first impression with console tables
One excellent way to make a dynamic first impression is through strategic use of
Tables can be used alone, or decorated in a way that makes a
dramatic first impression. Consoles can be decorated with a pretty collection of
interesting items placed on top of them, artwork displayed on or above them, or
even by decorative lamps or hurricane sconces. The idea is to create balance,
symmetry and to showcase some personality in the decorations chosen. Console tables come in many design styles.... continue reading on
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selecting occasional chairs
When you select an occasional chairs, take great care in making you decisions. Beautiful chairs, just like clothes,
come in different shapes, styles and sizes. Style of the chairs and carved details affect overall comfort of the room.
The top of the line Italian chairs are the equivalent of tailored couture clothes. We recommend hand-crafted Italian chairs to anyone who can afford them, because this high-end chairs usually last forever.
By selecting graceful chairs with classic shapes, your selections will be suitable in the years ahead. As your taste develops
and your decorating schemes change, your occasional chairs should remain a consistent presence... about
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an occasion for style: picking out an occasional table
Let's talk tables. They're in practically every room. You eat on them. You entertain on them. You decorate with them. So why shouldn't you love the table you own?
Let your accent table be the talk of your home by picking out a gorgeous occasional table to add to your interior decor. When it comes to
occasional tables, there is no rule for one size fits all. There is a whole world of table varieties, each with
their own charm... about
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combining utility and artful expression with hand-painted cabinets
Very few furnishings in our homes are in place for no purpose other than to look good. However, having pieces of furniture that are useful doesn’t mean that they can’t look great, too. Combine the utility of a simple cabinet with a beautiful painting, and you have our large collection of stunning
hand painted cabinets. The craft of hand painting fine furniture dates back to about 3,500 years, with the discovery of resin lacquer found on furniture in China. Marco Polo is believed to have introduced this technique upon his return to Italy in 1283. Since then, artistic expression expanded with the Renaissance...
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mirrored furniture garners attention in a wonderful way
Whenever someone walks into a home that has mirrored furniture prominently displayed, it often makes heads turn in wonder and in admiration. It is normally the most beautiful furniture in the home and always gets attention whether mirrored tables are featured, a mirrored chest or other beautiful mirrored pieces like mirrored credenzas and buffets. Mirrored furniture is one of the newest and most often admired design trends in furniture today.... read more
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accent tables for any occasion
The inherent beauty of occasional tables is that they do not have to be used for any single particular occasion. They are amazingly functional in any room at any time and they add style and elegance to any decor. Often used as a spot to hold a lamp or drinks or even a great book, these charming accent tables... about
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how mirrored folding screens increase light and depth in any room
Pretty mirrored folding screens do all this and more. They are reflective of light in any room they are featured in. Often times they can make a room seem to be bigger. These are excellent qualities that add charm along with functionality to enhance small spaces. Beautiful mirrored qualities make them ideal as dressing screens as well, since there is no need for separate
mirrors for dressing..... read more
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expressing personality with coffee tables
The choice of coffee tables in a living room can be as varied as people's
personalities. The coffee table chosen, along with fascinating items displayed
on it, offer an exceptional way to express individualism and uniqueness. Guests
can tell a lot from the items on display, almost as if those items are quietly
telling them a story. Coffee tables can make a home feel more cozy and relaxed...
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how to use benches and settees in your home
Designing with benches and settees is a sure-fire way to add flair and elegance to your home instantly. Available in a variety of sizes and styles, a well-placed bench or settee can completely transform the look of any room...read
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console tables for any room in your home
Console tables are somewhat misunderstood. Some folks seem to think that they have a limited use in the home. Nothing could be further from the truth! Often found positioned behind a sofa or settee,
console tables are among the most versatile pieces of furniture in the home. Console tables are tall, shallow tables with varying widths. It's easy to see that these tables will fit nearly anywhere a standard occasional table can’t go or isn't practical. Sure, you can put one behind a sofa, but you don't have stop there. Console tables can be located in so many areas – the variations are
endless... continue reading
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why occasional chairs shouldn't be used occasionally
Every room in your home needs a comfortable yet stylish place to rest your weary bones. Here's where
occasional chairs come to the rescue, offering a spot for relaxation while taking up little in the way of floor space. In addition, beautifully-crafted occasional chairs can quickly elevate the level of style in the entire room. Elegant and portable, occasional chairs are probably the ultimate in comfortable yet functional furniture. You see these chairs most often in a dining or living room configuration.... about
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unique desks and home office environment
Working from home is on the rise -- it's a win-win situation for employers and employees. Telecommuting ends the daily grind of commuting, but it also eliminates your company desk and office space. Setting up a functional and aesthetically pleasing home office can be challenging. However, furnishing your new work place with a unique desk can add unparalleled character, as well as organized storage to your home office.... read more on how
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adding gentility and purpose with accent tables
Decorating with exceptional quality glass top and marble top
accent tables showcases exquisite taste in the way one chooses to display decorative home accents. This variety of heirloom quality accent tables with marble and glass table tops offer thoughtful home decorators the opportunity to pass down these extraordinary furnishings to future generations. They are also functional in any home as a place for lamps, books, candles, vases and
other decorative pieces.... about
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Decorative trunk furniture
When you first consider decorative trunk furniture, chances are good that you imagine a weathered but handsome trunk that serves as a table, perhaps in the place of a coffee table, end table, or nightstand. These are all excellent ways to utilize trunk pieces
in home decor, especially if your decorating intent is to add an element of the exotic...read more about
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versatile kitchen islands
It's a given in just about every kitchen, regardless of the existing layout and size: you always need more space for storage and for food preparation. A
kitchen island can solve this problem perfectly, as
kitchen islands are the ideal combination of practicality and beauty. Not only will this versatile addition to your kitchen provide ample space for storing appliances, bowls, plates, and other kitchen tools, but the top of the island allows extra space for food preparation, an ideal place to put groceries away, or even seating for
extra guests at mealtimes..... continue
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adding style with benches
For sheer versatility in serving a number of uses, it's difficult to imagine a more hardworking category of furniture than
benches. For occasional seating, storing an extra blanket, or serving as a perch for guests' items, a bench can fill the job with
style and panache. Benches have such a wide variety of uses; you'll find them to be a helpful and beautiful addition to any room in your home. And they also the advantage of being easily moved, so you can quickly place your bench in a new location as your needs change. In addition, benches can also be graceful and beautiful to look at, so they enhance the overall look
and feel of a room by making a stylistic statement...
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Intelligent decor for a home office.
A home office deserves intelligent decor.
It is the space where you do your best thinking and churn out your life's inspiration. A home office is a sacred space. Since your home office is unlike any other room in your home it should be decorated accordingly. Simply put, the room within your home that hosts your inner most thoughts should be decorated with the utmost of style. Selecting home office furniture can be a
fulfilling experience... read more on how to create an intelligent decor for your home office >>
Cabinets for any room in your home
A beautiful cabinet can add vitality and swagger to any room in your home. One of the best things about furniture accents with vintage inspiration is that they are so extremely versatile and able to be mixed and matched into any room of a home without
downgrading their charm...read more about versatile cabinets >>
infusing beauty and function with occasional tables
For sheer versatility in a room,
occasional tables take the cake. This handy piece of furniture can be placed just about anywhere and has a multitude of
different functions. Occasional tables are so named because they are tables with no officially designated use. Unlike
dining tables or coffee tables, occasional tables are equally at home in any room within a home, and they work well on their own or as part of an ensemble of
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Not your average bookcases
As more people shift from working in an office to working at home, the necessity of creating a useful working space without taking away from the comfort of the home becomes more apparent. A home office should not simply be a utilitarian room carved out of the home, it should a comfortable and welcoming space that nourishes the soul, allowing creativity to occur, while fitting seamlessly into the decorating style... read more about bookcases and unique home office furniture >>
Office cabinets for all your needs
In today's digitized world, the lost art of home organization has become something of a novelty. Decorating your home office in drab office furniture can lead to a room with a stifling, uninspiring atmosphere. A constructive space should be a space bursting with creativity. The perfectly picked office cabinets are a beautiful addition to any home office. If you really want your home
office to shine...read more about cabinets for office
creating memories around dining tables
We usually eat our meals three times each day, so there's plenty of opportunity to turn mealtime into something special. Whether a meal is just a simple family event or a more lavish celebration with guests,
dining tables play a crucial role. If you think back to your fondest and funniest childhood memories, chances are good that many of them involve a memorable meal. Maybe it was the
Thanksgiving dinner... continue reading about
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Chairs that make a statement
This is a fact: you need to incorporate
chairs into a well-functioning household, unless you enjoy sitting on the floor. Chairs do so much more than just provide a place to sit, though. The right chairs add ambiance and style to the room, especially if you choose reproduction chairs to meet
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When you invite guests over, you'll want to provide them with a comfortable and functional space in which you can enjoy their company. And it's also important that your entertaining space be attractive, as well. A well-appointed
coffee table adds beauty to an entertaining space at the same time it functions as the perfect place for food, beverages, and decorative items. In the past, formal entertaining was a staple for afternoon activities, with guests coming to call and enjoying coffee or tea along with biscuits and cakes or even cute little
sandwiches... continue reading on
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create your own social network with center tables
Do gatherings at your home have a location where everyone seems to gravitate? Guests tend to orbit like satellites in places that attract and encourage them to gather. In many homes, the kitchen is the place that everyone seems to be found – even when it's not the intended space. If your guests tend to group in places other than the area you set up for them, perhaps creating your own "social network" will do the trick. Nope, we're not talking about breaking out the computer or smart phone; we’re talking about creating a space where your guests just naturally want to be. Our solution: center tables!.. continue reading
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setting your style with settees
Settee, settle, sofa, couch? Some people might have a hard time making the distinction. But not you. You know a settee when you see one and your sense of style calls for it like a siren's song. But, choosing a settee – or finding creative ways to show it off – takes a bit of imagination. We have a few suggestions that might help to give you a few great ideas.
First, consider your overall style. Is it formal or a bit more casual? Classic or more modern? Trendy, eclectic or shabby-chic? Whatever your style, settees can enhance any room decor beautifully. Creating a comfortable sanctuary,
matching your décor to a “T” or defining contrasts is easy when using settees.... about
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adding touches of class and elegance with pedestals
...Use beautifully crafted pedestals to display fine artwork, floral arrangements, family photos or other favorite decorative pieces. The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity in home decorating and pedestals are the perfect way to take full advantage of your personal creativity. They are portable as well. When you've decided to change the look of a room by moving the furniture, they can be moved
along with the other pieces....read more about pedestals >>
setting the dining table
The fabrics in your home do not stand alone, but work with all the other elements of decoration to create a mood and energy, to tell a story... Being emotionally comfortable in your dining room is essential to the art of home. Equally important is the way a table looks and feels. Mealtime or teatime is an opportunity to pause, to appreciate the moment, nourish your body and soul while stimulating your mined in shared conversation. A table should have a varied wardrobe... read more about
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liven up your entertaining with a home bar
Today's homeowners have found that one thing that is an attractive addition to any home – a home bar. Today's models are not only eye catching but functional as well. It is possible to entertain guests or simply enjoy a leisure evening with drinks conveniently at hand. The modern home bar is tastefully decorated to fit in with any décor and adds selling value to the
property as well. Some homes have built-in bars but it is now possible to purchase a pre-constructed one that can easily be moved if the occasion arises. These movable bars can be stocked with alcoholic beverages and mixers so that any drink desired is immediately at hand. In addition, they are designed so that the bottles and other items are attractively displayed
and well organized... read more about
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