I run into this question all the time in home redesign consultations, “How do I mix styles?” If you have older furniture or furniture that you inherited and want to add a fresh look to a room, and mix styles, you can! Follow these three tips:
In a home with an open floor plan where one area merges into another, a rug is a fantastic way to separate the rooms by purpose, to add comfort, and to add color. Because the rug anchors the room, you will want to purchase the right size and meet your family’s needs. To learn more about selecting the correct rug material and size, check out How to Buy the Right Rug.
Tips on adding and decorating with an area rug:
- Get the right sized rug. Because a rug creates a conversation area, you won’t want to use a 5’x7’ rug in a room that is 16’x18’ as that would be too small. For example, in a living room, you want the front legs of the large pieces of furniture (couch, big chairs) to all be on the carpet. For sizing tips, click here.
- Layering rugs is a fantastic way to add flair to a room. If you have plain colored wall-to-wall carpet, or perhaps it’s old, and you are unable to replace it, consider a beautiful area rug over the top!
- What wear and tear will the carpet get? If you have kids, pets, the potential for spilling and stains is high, you will want to purchase a rug constructed of a material that is easily spot-cleaned. If you already have a fun rug use it for the inspiration and focal point in your room!
- If you have older furniture and want to modernize the look, find a great modern rug and repeat its theme and colors with accessories and decorative elements.
- Want to create a conversation area on your deck or patio, a rug will accomplish this and add a fresh look to an old deck or old furniture.
Indoor and Outdoor rug retailers:
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz: Leslie Harris-Keane Interior Design.
Periodically I like to do articles on decorating dilemmas; often they are issues that I encounter when helping clients with their redesign. Here are a few I have dealt with recently:
How do I hang things on a curved wall?
There are a couple of ideas that you can use. Instead of a standard picture, think of hanging a structural item that is 3D since it sticks out from the wall it won’t matter that the wall behind it is curved. You can use picture hanging wire and one or two hangers depending on the weight of the item. Another idea is to use a special hanging system that has designed wall track that can adapt to curved walls, click here for information.
How to create privacy when an entrance has sidelights?
You may not like the openness of the windows surrounding your front door. Though there are panel options for privacy, you may not like the traditional style. Another idea is to add a privacy film to the window so that the light can still come in and it doesn’t take away from the décor inside of the house.
How do I decorate an empty or vaulted wall?
Many newer homes have walls that are vaulted, and clients don’t know what to do with them. They like the open feel of the room yet they don’t understand how to tie the artwork with the elements in the room.
I often go into houses where the artwork is hung centered on the wall or is hung too high for the size of the artwork. The “eye level” (hung at 57-60”) rule does not always apply. You have to take into account the furniture that will be arranged by the wall. I find that people don’t use the correct size of artwork or they try to use many small items, and the look does not pull together.
If you are hanging artwork above a side table, buffet, mantle or another element, generally the bottom of the frame should be between 6-8” above the top of the item. If you want to do multiple pictures you need to arrange the items on the floor and consider them as one whole item when thinking about how and where to hang them. When hanging the framed pieces arrange them pleasing to the eye. You do not want to hang everything symmetrically. Be daring and try creating unexpected visual interest to a room.
If you need help with your home decorating project, selecting the perfect furniture, or color palette Redesign Right can help pull your project together for a successful result! Call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz: Collins & DuPont Design Group, Doug Thompson Photography.
Are you an avid reader and you don’t want to read on a tablet or an e-reader? If this is you and you love your books and want to keep them over time, this will pose a storage issue. Where do all the books go? Before we get into this topic, let’s take a fresh look at the books that you own and decide if they are worth keeping on your bookshelves.
It’s that time of year when we think about plants and gardens. I’m not a gardener but enjoy plants and love the colors that they can bring to any space. With that in mind, I wanted to offer a few indoor plant ideas that are easy to care for and anyone can find success:
The first thing I notice when I go into someone’s home is the lighting. The #1 reason why a room may not “feel” right to you can be because of the color and types of light you use in a room. Every kind of light throws a different color, look and feel.
I don’t know about you; I am very ready for spring, warm weather, and outdoor entertaining! As we head into April, it may be a good time to come up with your outdoor decor and decide if there are any outdoor projects you want to consider doing and to take stock of what you have and what you want to change. Continue reading Planning Spring Outdoor Projects
I wanted to end my series on home staging with an article on the top five issues I run into while staging properties and how to correct them. In case you missed my other two articles they are, “Are you selling your home this year?” and “5 Point Checklist for Getting your Home Ready to Sell.” Continue reading Home Staging: Top 5 Issues
Moving is in the top 10 list of life’s most stressful events. As a move may be a result of downsizing, or dealing with challenging life events, managing the transition can be difficult. As a professional stager, I offer a fresh perspective on a home, and I understand the emotions involved in moving. I have personally relocated over fourteen times in my life, trust me I get it. Buyers like a home based on how they feel when they walk into it, they make an instant impression. As a home stager, I understand how to maximize your home’s assets so that you can sell your home quickly and for the most money. Continue reading 5 Point Checklist for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
The start of the best time to sell your home is after the Super Bowl and springtime historically has been an excellent time to put your house on the market. I recently read an article on Zillow that pulled together country-wide statistics, though this varies by area, for home selling that said: Continue reading Are you selling your home this year?