Floral Patterns Make a Comeback in Design!

Floral patterns are back in trend both in fashion industry and interior design. Still, not all floral patterns that bloom wild and vivid are created equal: in fact, very few flowery details on fabrics and wallpapers are ideally suited for indoor use and can be incorporated in just about any decor to a pleasing effect. Instead of experimenting with colors and shapes on your own, take the word of the design experts and opt for vintage floral prints. Sophisticated, homely, and evergreen, a classic blossomy touch can spice up the decor and instill a romantic touch in your home with none of the granny vibes.

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Simple yet charming: Daisy Chain for quaint pillows

A popular floral pattern inherited from the 1960s, Pat Albeck’s Daisy Chain is characterized by a dynamic pattern, breezy, light-hearted vibe, and gentle, soothing hues. You can incorporate the reinvented Daisy Chain pattern by Paul Lewis into your living room as pillow covers, curtains, or settee upholstery to liven up the mood and introduce a whiff of springtime indoors.

A botanical touch in the kitchen: Floral tablecloths and serviettes

Spruce up the kitchen look by adding floral patterned tablecloths and serviettes to the dining table! For a fresh feel in the dining area, use fabrics in neutral hues with miniature floral details or abstract florals in peach, light red, gentle orange, and yellow. Round off the flowery mood with a stack of embroidered linen serviettes with botanical elements, and voila – your kitchen will look as good as new!

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Flowers in the sun: Blossomy prints outdoors

Have you thought about what can make your outdoor makeover truly blossom? Check this out: for a springtime backyard lounging session, tidy up the patio and outfit your garden furniture with quality outdoor fabrics and cushions with bold floral prints. Set against a verdant natural backdrop, bright-hued blossoms on textured fabrics and oilcloths will look perfectly at home.

Sleeping in the lap of nature: Flowery linens for sweet dreams

Bed linens sprinkled with flowers will increase visual interest and uplift bedroom atmosphere. Fabrics with Asian floral prints such as cherry blossoms or lotus flowers will blend well with most decors, especially English country, Provencal, and shabby chic.

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The big don’ts of floral prints: Combinations to avoid

However appealing, florals should not be used in excess, and there are also several limitations to their deployment indoors.

  • Florals and dark background are a no-no. Never pair florals with a dark backdrop as this will produce a kitschy effect. Instead, choose simple floral prints or blossoms evocative of French country and combined them with muted or soft backgrounds.
  • Never use multiple flower designs in a single room. Three is a crowd with florals: a single floral design will look trendy against a monochromatic background, but two floral prints can be used in some cases granted color and shape coordination.

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When decorating your home with floral elements, always bear in mind that this type of pattern has a similar visual effect as animal prints: if combined carelessly or displayed on large surfaces, blossomy fabrics will overtake your space and produce a garish, slapdash impression. Use floral wisely: a touch of spring here and there never hurt any decor, but a touch too much is never a good idea with dynamic prints such as blossoms and leafy branches.

Optimizing A Home Office

When working in an business office environment, you can be limited to the design and styling of your work area. But when you have the freedom to work from home, you can create a home office that is both personal and inspiring. Whether it’s a whole room or a corner, your work space should be an extension of the rest of your home. If you make it feel more homely and less clinical, you’ll see your productivity, creativity and enthusiasm flow through the room. For ideas on how to create an office that’s truly personal to you, read the following suggestions.
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Add personal touches

This may be the place where you carry out your work. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. You could use sites like Canvaspress.com to create canvas prints of your family photographs to hang on the walls. Or you could frame your children’s artwork to display proudly on your desk. Candles and ornaments can add style and color to your office space, making it feel less dull. Even a vase of fresh flowers can make this room more interesting and exciting to be in. Try to include things that make you feel happy and don’t just stick to the bare minimum.

Use color and pattern

Most office environments are void of interesting colors with white and beige being popular options. Now you are in control, don’t be afraid to go bold. Color can affect our mood dramatically. So colors that don’t inspire could make this a difficult place to work in each day. Decide what kind of environment you want to create, be it energetic or calm. Choose a suitable color that creates the mood you want while also adding personality. Then start looking for paint or wallpaper online from factorypaint.com and other interiors suppliers. Don’t just limit yourself to using colors on your walls. You can paint your desk, buy a patterned chair or use accents for color instead. Again, the choice is up to you.

Invest in the best

If this is a room that you are going to use frequently, it deserves the best you can afford. Don’t just stick to cheaper, more practical options out of convenience as they could affect the look and feel you are trying to create. Consider the furniture you have in the rest of your home and try to reflect the same style in your office. Invest in a desk, lamp, and chair that you love, rather than choosing something that looks office-like. That way you will be eager to start working every day rather than avoiding it. Just remember to be realistic and make sure the items are of a high quality and fit for purpose.

Whether you use your office every day or just occasionally, you’ll enjoy it far more now that it is more personal to you. So don’t feel like you need to replicate office’s you’ve worked in before. This is your chance for you to unleash your creativity to create a space you love to work in.

Until next time, happy decorating! All About Interiors

April 13, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Eric Von Lehmden - Melanie, Thank you for mentioning us. We can definitely help anyone turn a photo (from a camera or a smartphone) into a unique piece of wall art for an office or anywhere in the home. We are here to help in any way we can.

What You Should Know Before You Start Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom Remodeling is a good investment in your home if you’ve got some spare cash and want to give your bathroom an update. It’s important that you take your time to think the project through. There’s a lot more to updating your bathroom than choosing a new design. When it comes to overhauling a space, there are various factors that need to be considered. From who will do the work to the best way to go about replacing the main features, there’s a lot that you need to think about.

To make it easier for you to improve your bathroom, we’ve put together a list of the most important things you need to consider. Take these into account and you can ensure that your bathroom overhaul goes without a hitch.

Set a realistic budget

 

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Just like with any home update, setting a budget is one of the most important things that you can do. Don’t make the mistake of not thinking about this until after you start your project, else you’ll probably end up overspending. Before you even think of getting your bathroom project started, having a budget and finance plan in place is a must. This should include not only the cost of materials but also the cost of any labor and designer.

Get inspiration

Step two is to get inspiration. You may already have a good idea of the type of space you want to create, but even so, inspiration is important. To ensure that you’re able to overhaul your bathroom, so that it looks how you dreamed it would, hiring an expert designer is imperative. Investing in a a bathroom remodel is not an inexpensive project.  You want to be sure you do it right ONCE.  You will be confident that your vision will be executed correctly and an interior designer can help achieve that.  It is important you figure out what colors you want to use, features, and accessories. That’s why taking the time to find inspiration and discussing your idea with your designer is so important. If you’re stuck for ideas for where to find inspiration, Pinterest and HOUZZ can be good places to start.  Your designer can also come up with a design plan and collaborate their ideas with yours.

Decide who will complete the work

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The next area to focus on is working out who will complete the work. It’s a good idea to take the time to find reputable professionals to complete the remodeling.  When you deal with the wiring and plumbing it is not something you want to do yourself.  That way you can ensure that it’s all done properly and that there are no problems. If your adamant on being a DIY’er to save some money, you can show your DIY skills with painting and if you have experience with tiling, go for it!  

Order the materials

 

Last but not least, you need to order your materials.  If you’re using a contractor, this will be something that you need to discuss with them to ensure you have the right measurements and amount of what you need. When it comes to selecting what you’ll use for your bathroom upgrade, I recommend hiring a good designer with years of experience, to assist you.  This will ensure your bathroom doesn’t have a mish-mosh look when it’s complete. A designer knows where to shop and may be able to get you the best deals available, so that you can make savings wherever possible.

 

There you have it, everything that you need to do before starting your bathroom remodeling project.  For assistance in the Connecticut area, contact us, we’ll be glad to create your dream bathroom with you.

 

Building A Home; Who You Should Call Before Starting

 

Building a home can be a daunting experience.  Before you begin, there are four people you should reach out to.  Put down the blueprints. Take off your hard hat. Get out your mobile phone. Before you start any sort of house construction project, there are four people you need to call first.

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  1. Your Local Authority

Before you begin any home building project, you may need permission from the local authority or planning department. Don’t start any part of the project before you’ve got planning permission if so. And don’t think that you’ll get away with it. Local authorities are legally within their rights to have you dismantle a project to the ground if it does not conform to rules and guidelines. They can also do this even if it does, but you have not asked permission. There could also be penalties, fines and even imprisonment thrust upon you. This is especially true if you are building within a city. You might also need to check zoning permission. However, there are some areas in the USA that if you are building in the countryside, on your own land, you don’t need permission. Just be sure to check beforehand, no matter what your project or location is.

 

  1. Your Neighbors

Once you’ve got the go-ahead, it is important to let the neighbors know. This is common courtesy, above all else. It’s impossible to do house construction in utter silence. They will be disturbed occasionally, and they deserve to know this.

Be friendly and warm, but be firm about the fact that you have permission and that you will be building a new home. If possible, tell them when building will and won’t be taking place. You could set up a deal with them that you can build as much as you want during the day, as long as any noise stops after 7 pm, for example.

Give them as much notice as possible. If they have babies or young children in the house, they will appreciate time to sort this out. They might also have another property that they can stay at. Once you’ve set out your rules of engagement, exchange phone numbers so you can keep in touch. Check in every now and again to let them know how it’s going.

 

  1. House Planning Experts

Before you speak to your architect or building contractor, get an idea in your mind of your ideal home. Decor comes later. For now, you need to think about the layout and the floor plan. Whether you’re downsizing or up sizing, the floor plan is critical to the success of your project. Get it wrong- or try and do it yourself- and it could spell disaster. Get it right, however, and it will make a world of difference. The House Plan shop is one such company who can help you with this element.

 

  1. An Architect and Builder

Once you’ve made the three calls above, you can call in your architect. If possible, find somebody who can be both your architect and your builder. This will make communication much easier, and reduce the risk of crossed wires or mistakes. They’ll appreciate your forward-planning, and you can get to work!

Once you’ve done your basic four steps, the fun part begins… choosing furnishings, finishes and fabrics.  Call All About Interiors now to make sure you do it right only once!~ Melanie

Monochromatic Decor

How to bring monochromatic decor into 2016

Monochrome is a style that has been consistently on trend year after year, whether it is your clothes, your accessories or your home. Black and white are classic colours that suit any style and are a completely timeless pairing. A monochrome kitchen is incredibly sophisticated and can make a big impact in your home. Your kitchen says a lot about you, and a well styled monochrome kitchen can make a very big impression.

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 If you have never used black in your home before it can sometimes seem like an intimidating color. If you think about black clothing, many people wear it to appear slimmer as it is very good at hiding all of your lumps and bumps, and it can do exactly the same thing in your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen, be mindful of using too much black where there is little light, as it will simply absorb it all making your small area feel even smaller. You can easily counteract this by adding more natural light sources. Think about installing skylights or large patio doors if this is a viable option to let as much natural light flood in as possible to balance out the black. 

If you don’t have the budget, or room to add skylights and large patio doors, do not feel put off. Instead of going for a solid, dark black opt for something a little more washed out. This will take away the harshness, and make the whole look less heavy, whilst still achieving the monochrome style. Quartz tiles are particularly good for small kitchens, because they are not only available in a huge range of colours, but they also have a high shine finish and reflective mirrored particles which will make small spaces appear bigger.

If you have the space available though and want to go all out with an entirely black and white scheme, it is very easy to quickly get lost in the trend, and end up with a room that can look a little busy. Try and pick a dominant shade as opposed to giving equal prominence to both colours to avoid this from happening.

Finally, if you are still a little nervous about tackling this trend head on, simply bring monochrome accessories into your kitchen and slowly introduce the trend that way. Monochrome accessories work really well with a number of different colours, particularly pure shades, as well as wooden kitchens. You do not have to go all out immediately, you can introduce certain elements and go from there.

For further assistance with your decor, contact Melanie Langford, All About Interiors, in the Connecticut area.