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Relaxing Companions – Decorating for Comfort

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Back in the old days, when my sister and I were young children, the living room was intended for the adults; then as we grew older, it was still intended for the adults, but on holidays and birthdays, we could have our friends over. Truthfully though, it was a little difficult to have fun in such a formal atmosphere. Today, living room furniture ideas and trends put equal emphasis on style and comfort, even if you do have a passion for traditional style. 

Eclectic Style

Part of the evolution of the living room from yesterday’s formal to today’s stylishly comfortable can be attributed to living spaces being more multifunctional. The living room is no longer a place solely reserved for entertaining guests, but is somewhere to hang out with the family, watch TV, have a movie or game night or just put your feet up and do nothing at all.

An eclectic living room brings together design aspects or styles from different time periods together in one space. This will allow you to express your love of individual furniture pieces and accents regardless of whether or not they are from the same era. Decorating eclectically doesn’t force you to choose between style and comfort. But you might point out, the whole reason behind choosing a style in the first place is to have a cohesive room that is thematically connected. True; however the overall look for an eclectic styled room is seamlessly integrated by the judicial use of color, shape and texture.

Decorating for Comfort

The first rule for decorating for comfort is that there are no rules. Design the room to reflect your personality and lifestyle.

Like the idea of a leather sofa with those classic rolled arms and nailhead trim, but know that it’s going to also be inhabited by little mermaids singing “Under the Sea” along with the family dog? Keep the rolled arms and go for a couch upholstered in an easy-care fabric.

Choose furnishings that aren’t trendy, but rather have lasting power and will endure from nest to empty nest. To keep clear of that more formal look, purchase your sofa, armchair, occasional chairs and tables separately; not in sets that tend lend the room a regimented atmosphere.

Comfort in eclectic style interior design is typically created through textures and how they are layered throughout the space. Use throws, accent cushions, furniture pieces with different finishes and a number of diverse construction materials such as glass, wood and stone.

One, Two, Three, Three Rooms in One!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Fairmont Designs Caprice Boca Wood Sofa Table DeskWhether you live in a two-story home or an apartment, finding extra space to make room for guests can pose a decorating challenge. Do you decorate a room dedicated just for guests that will be largely unused throughout the majority of the year? Or do you make do with the convertible sofa in the family for whenever someone plans to stay over? Or do you sacrifice your home office/den in order to have guest bedroom? What if there is a way have a den, home office and guest bedroom all in one? The trick to designing a functional, multipurpose room that serves all of your needs is to plan ahead; with some creative furniture ideas such as using pieces that can do double duty, like a filing cabinet that can stand in as a night table or a day bed or sofa bed that serves as a couch, you can make room for guests without having to “waste” space.

Start with a Computer Armoire

A den is typically a “nesting” room – the nature of a den is relaxation, downtime, kicking back. Today many people opt for a home office instead of a den because in terms of space it is more practical. While a home office is for working and a den or a bedroom are for relaxing, the nature of these two rooms appear diametrically opposed. When blending a bedroom, den and home office together, a computer armoire is key. Computer armoires are designed as an all-in-one work station, which will allow you to work at your computer, file away important papers and then shut the doors on your work area. When used as a guest room or a den, once the armoire doors are closed, the room’s ambiance reverts back to a place to relax.

Pick a Bed that’s not a Bed

Of course, the main purpose of a guest room is to have somewhere for your visitors to sleep. Include some type of sofa in your multipurpose room interior design. There are several types of dual-purpose sofas available, such as the futon, the sleeper sofa and the convertible sofa. A futon with storage drawers or some other kind of hidden storage will be ideal for a home office/guest bedroom/den that is on the small size.

Adding those Extras

Bookshelves are an excellent choice when decorating a multipurpose room. When guests are over, shelves can be converted to personalized storage by placing baskets or storage trays in a section of the bookcase or shelving unit to use for items they would like to keep close at hand.

If your computer armoire doesn’t include file drawers, select a filing cabinet that is stylish enough to be used as a nightstand or end table.

A multipurpose living space is a great way to get the most mileage out of rooms that might not otherwise be used regularly year-round. Careful planning will help you create a room that is an ideal work environment as well as being a comfortable place for both you to relax and for guests whenever they come to stay.

Eclectically Speaking – The Bedroom Room Eclectic Style

Friday, September 10th, 2010

An eclectic style bedroom contrasts new with old; trendy with classic; distressed finishes with highly polished surfaces. It has the feeling and appearance of being transitional in nature. Eclectic style has the added advantage of being totally unique to you; the embodiment of your tastes and experiences. It’s also about layering and the use of different textures for maximum effect, which is perfect for decorating a bedroom, because it’s such a personal space.

When decorating a bedroom eclectic style, the spotlight is on you, the person doing the decorating. Since it’s all about mixing and matching different design and style elements, start with furniture ideas you like or plan to buy two or three new pieces of furniture in different interior design styles you enjoy, like a transitional style platform bed, a contemporary chandelier or floor lamp or a traditional nightstand. In addition to grouping furniture pieces of different styles together, an eclectic décor also gives you the freedom to use accent furnishings in surprising ways. Putting an accent chest like the Butler Specialty Artists’ Originals Console Cabinet in Tiger Stripe Finish in the bedroom is bold and dramatic.

While an eclectic style bedroom should look mixed and matched, it shouldn’t look cramped, cluttered or jumbled. Ultimately all elements – walls, furniture and accessories – should be balanced to make your interior design individualistic yet warm and comfortable. An easy way to accomplish this is to pair each element with its opposite. For example, each antique or reproduction piece in the room should be matched with something contemporary or retro. If you would like to create a really dramatic mood in your bedroom, use contrasting elements instead of furniture pieces and accessories that complement one another.

Carefully combining traditional, transitional and contemporary styles together will create an eclectic look and feel that is sophisticated and trendy, while being totally unique to you at the same time. Don’t forget that this is the one room of your home that should be a sanctuary; while it should be visually interesting, it should also be designed to relax and refresh. When decorating a room, but especially when decorating a bedroom, a particular mood is largely due to the delicate blending of soothing neutral and earth tone palettes with splashes of bold or unexpected color. Because of its diverse nature – a less formal approach to the use of color and shape – eclectic style possesses a casual elegance that is ideal when decorating a bedroom.

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