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There is no reason at all that a small bedroom – even a really tiny bedroom – can’t be every bit as gorgeous, relaxing, and just plain full of personality as a much larger space. (As proof, check out the elegant bedroom from Laura Stein Interiors shown here.) The trick to creating a lovely bedroom when square footage is limited is to make smart use of the space you do have, keep furnishings scaled to the room, and most of all, not be afraid to show off your decorating chops.
Take a decorating tip from Lisa Teague Studios, and create interest in your small room by placing your bed at a slight diagonal. It’s even better when a pretty folding screen takes the place of a traditional headboard; the screen acts as a focal point for the room, drawing the eye upwards to increase the visual size of the space.
Looking for a sophisticated palette that manages to be both masculine and glamorous at the same time? Then consider the combination of chocolate brown and white. Amp it up further with a small chandelier, a patterned rug and white bedding, and the result is pure splendor.
Most of the time, a small bedroom means an equally small closet. A great solution to this common concern is incorporating built-in storage around the head of the bed, as in this serene space designed by Chris Ebert of Normandy Remodeling.
Think neutral bedrooms have to be boring? Then take a look at this masculine, relaxing, and anything-but-dull bedroom from architect and designer Patrick Brian Jones. When the palette is quiet, clever use of subtle pattern adds interest without overwhelming the small space. A folded throw blanket in a contrasting hue adds extra oomph to the foot of the bed.
Is your furniture looking a little tired? Don’t worry – you don’t need to throw it all away and start fresh. Instead try one of these fun furniture hacks.
Adding nailhead trim to a piece of furniture is one of the easiest ways to quickly get a high-end look. Traditionally nailhead trim was used on upholstered pieces to give them a more tailored look, and while this is still a terrific option, nailhead trim has since been discovered as being a great decorating tool with a wide variety of applications.
One of the most popular is to apply trim to a piece such as a chest of drawers or side table. What’s great is that you can apply it in any pattern you like. It can be a simple border or an intricate pattern, and depending on the complexity and the quality of the piece you can either use traditional tacks or adhesive strips. You an also apply nailhead trim around windows, doors and even area rugs and runners.
New upholstery can liven up a room – even if it’s on a small piece. Imagine switching out a dull pattern for a bold solid, or a tired stripe for a stunning botanical print. The difference can turn a boring piece into a great statement piece. New upholstery can be expensive so unless you’re looking to make a big investment stick with something like a side chair or stool as opposed to a sofa. What’s great about many small pieces also is that if you have some DIY skills you might be able to do it yourself.
A decorating trick that professionals sometimes use on upholstered pieces is contrast piping. What this means is that you use a different fabric to make the piping (or welting) than you’ve used on the rest of the piece. Colored piping on a neutral sofa, or a patterned piping on a plain sofa is a great way to add a “decorator” detail without making a big commitment.
Although this is a seemingly minor detail it can actually make a really big impact. If you have some dull upholstery but you can’t afford to replace it consider adding new contrast piping to give it a little kick.
Gold leaf is a luxurious addition to just about any plain piece of furniture. It can be applied to tables, chairs, accessories, mirrors, photo frames – you name it. And what’s really great is that it’s a relatively simple and inexpensive DIY project. That said, if you’re trying to apply gold leaf for the first time it’s recommended you try in an inconspicuous spot just in case. For a great example of a simple DIY gold leaf project check out this table transformation.
Add Your Own Hardware
The hardware on a piece of furniture is like the jewelry you wear with an outfit. In some cases it enhances what’s already there, and in others it can really make or break it. Certain pieces of furniture come with existing hardware, and sometimes it looks perfect as is. But if you feel like your piece could use a little pick me up try switching out the existing hardware for something new and different.
Some pieces of furniture come with standard hardware so replacing it with something more decorative is a great way to enhance it. Also, if you have a really plain piece that doesn’t have any hardware you can drill holes and add some. This obviously doesn’t work on all pieces, but some builder basic pieces can really benefit from this decorative addition.
We heart companies that make beautiful yet affordable furniture, whether it be from an online retailer or everyone’s favorite Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer. Truthfully though, putting together flat-packed finds can be hard– not to mention time-consuming.
Thankfully, a startup furniture company called Greycork, based in Rhode Island, aims to take the hassle out of assembling furniture. Everything they sell takes minutes to put together, and just as amazing–no tools are required.
And here’s the frosting on the cake: Greycork sells a living room set called Felix, which includes a sofa with a chaise, coffee table, end table and bookshelf, all for less than $2000. You can also purchase each item separately.
Greycork’s co-founder and CEO, John Humphrey worked the assembly line in his family’s furniture factory. His experience helped to inspire his decision to create a collection of living room furniture that was easy to ship, and just as necessary, a cinch to assemble.
Shown here is Greycork’s flat packed sofa. The frame is warp resistant MDF, and the legs and the back frame are ash — that’s the same wood used to make baseball bats.
There’s something truly beautiful about textiles. They are the pieces of fabric that work to give our home an identity. The perfect pillow, a beautiful throw, a handmade blanket. Each of these pieces has a story behind it. Each textile has a history to it, a level of artisanship and thought-provoking design. And each can be used to tell our own individual story at home, highlighting a color, pattern or place that we love. Many times it’s the textiles that truly make a house feel like a home.
Kera Thompson, the founder of Interwoven, has a focus on bringing handmade textiles from around the globe to all of our homes. This textile maven’s Salt Lake City home is a nod to her well-traveled life. From room to room you can spot an array of pieces she’s discovered during her travels. Vintage kilims, colorful kantha quilts, and Hmong pillows, are woven seamlessly into the interior. With a focus on highlighting our world’s global connection, through textiles, Thompson hopes to highlight just how interconnected we all truly are.
“From my travels and experiences as a designer, mother, and model, I have realized how interwoven we are as a world community, and cherish the beauty that comes as we become aware and embrace the good around us,” remarks Thompson. “Each piece in my collection is just a small reflection of that beauty.”
Nestled in the Hidden Hills of Los Angeles is the family home of Tyson and Kimberly Chandler. While the family name is immediately recognizable to anyone who follows the NBA Center of the Phoenix Suns, the Chandler’s are also known for their acute sense of style. Kimberly, who can be seen in fashion circles, spotted at New York Fashion Week in coveted front row seats for Suno, Alexander Wang and Valentino, has been described as having a “pitch-perfect” sense of style. And this year, the couple was spotted at Coachella rocking out and having fun in the most fashion-savvy of ways. So, it’s no surprise that when looking to design the family home, they turned to LA-based interior designer Jeff Andrews, whose focus on sophisticated yet livable interiors appealed.
The interior is filled to the brim with classic details in each and every room. From an open and airy living room to a glamorous family dining area, beautiful architectural details and gleaming accessories abound in this polished interior.
The kitchen in this home is a room unto itself. In true California style, this kitchen has been designed with entertaining in mind, with an abundance of space for preparing meals. With three children, the Chandler kitchen does double-duty as an area for dining with an oversized bar and counter space that little ones can eat at.
The family room has a mix of modern and rustic details. An oversized sectional creates a cozy vibe in the space. A hardwood coffee table adds rough-spun texture. For accents, the family room features a variety of stunning textiles. Modern suzani pillows in shades of gray and brown are used to marry the room’s soothing neutral color palette.
A variety of artisan details are featured throughout the interior. From beautiful stoneware vessels to sculptural metal accessories, the mix of textured elements is a trademark of Andrews, who knows how to effortlessly blend various styles and eras.
Idyllic. That’s the perfect word to describe this beautiful 7,000 square foot home, staged by ASH NYC in Southampton. Idyllic, picturesque, and absolutely perfect. Six bedrooms, five-and-half baths, a private master with balcony, a free standing pool house and gym. This new-build home, filled with an exclusive inventory of vintage and contemporary pieces from ASH NYC, is the ideal interior, and the ultimate upstate New York dream home.
The living room is a study in texture. A clean black and white color palette may set the stage, but it’s the variety of tactile items that makes the design of this room stand out. Under foot, a cool jute rug is perfect for a family home upstate. Woven vintage side chairs offer plenty of relaxation. And a mix of metals – on the coffee table, lighting and curtain rods – brings an industrial feel to this contemporary New York home.
In the dining room, it’s all about the architecture. Floor to ceiling windows show off the dramatic scale of this 7,000 square foot home. They are also the perfect bridge between the interior and exterior, letting in tons of light and views of the lush trees that abound on the property. For the dining room furnishings, the large farmhouse table easily seats ten. The scene is completed with a set of white wishbone chairs.
The kitchen continues the home’s color palette of black and white. For a unique way to create contrast, the walls have been painted a bright white, while black subway tile has been brought in as an unexpected backdrop. The effect is beautiful, allowing the white walls and painted window frames to shine in this large family kitchen.
With plenty of seating and storage for all to enjoy, this kitchen is most definitely the heart of the home. Like much of this interior, it features a mix of influences. Above the bar, industrial chrome lighting brings in a little New York-edge. While, on the shelving, hand-hewn olive jars celebrate the rustic environment that surrounds this home.
When both space and money are tight, a headboard is one of those items that stays on your décor wish list. But thanks to the following DIYs, you don’t have to go without this stylish staple. Each of these small space friendly ideas will wake up a tired bedroom with unconventional style without busting your budget.
If you like to read before lights out, a cushy headboard, like the no-sew project shown here makes sitting up in bed super comfy. To make you’ll need two items you can find at many big box stores: a bench cushion with a washable cover and wall-mounted coat rack.
Want to make a bookish statement? One clever do-it-yourselfer upcycled old encyclopedias and atlases into a one-of-kind headboard. See the DIY.
Anyone can fake a headboard with paint. This mountainscape is easy to create with painter’s tape.
Fans of Scandi style love plywood décor for its warm and natural beauty. You’ll need one sheet to make this lovely headboard. Just mount to the wall and attach an IKEA RANARP clip light.
If you think nothing is duller than neutral colors, you can spice up your bedroom with this splashy headboard idea by Five Mile Factory.
To make, just map out your design on a pegboard with painter’s tape before painting.
You’ll find macramé wall hangings similar to this beauty by Macrame Forrest over many guest beds at the swanky Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon.
Color has the power to envelop a room and the people in it (in a good way!). Take this bold blue paint color for example. It doesn’t just fill the wall with color, it engulfs the entire space and gives it an electric jolt. Different shades of blue have different meanings, but this particular shade is often associated with wisdom intelligence, success, and confidence, and there’s no doubt that confidence plays a part in choosing a shade this powerful. This kind of dramatic treatment is not for the faint of heart, but for those who crave intense color the effect is irresistible.
Sometimes color can create a bridge between styles. In this case of this living room from HGTV’s Income Property, a colorful Persian-style rug adds a little traditional flair to an otherwise modern (or transitional) room. The warm shade of rusty red plays against the deep brown of the sofa and helps to make the room more inviting. The red and orange pillows enhance the overall effect. Had the rug been neutral it would not have had the same impact and would not have provided the traditional hit this room needed to feel complete.
Decorating with unexpected colors can update a traditional room, making it fun and playful. Take this example from Ethan Allen. The style of the furniture is most definitely traditional, but the combination of kelly green and lime brings it into the present day in a fun and fresh way. Using color in such a way reminds us that there is no reason to get stuck in old definitions of decorating styles. Use color to turn those old styles on their heads!
When pulled into patterns, different shades of the same color can be part of a fun and eclectic mix. In 99% of living rooms you’ll find a sofa, coffee table, side tables, and a couple of chairs, but a coloful collection like this takes that predictable formula and turns into into something totally unique. Anytime you’re using a lot of patterns full of similar colors remember to contrast it with a different, but complimentary, color. In this case the coffee table base adds just enough contrast to ground all the activity and give it a sense of order.
Spring is the season of renewal, manifestation, and celebration. Now is the time to take those bold steps and manifest your dreams. A good spring cleaning of your home can do wonders for your personal energy; it will nourish and strengthen you. Feng shui, as always, can help with a variety of easy, powerful tips for spring cleaning your home.
If you still feel sluggish and low-energy after a long and maybe challenging winter, here are some proven-and-true feng shui steps to lift your energy up.
Spring cleaning will help you make space for new, fresh feng shui energy to come into your life.
- Declutter your kitchen: If you are looking to improve your health, get rid of all the items that are cluttering and blocking the energy flow in your kitchen (especially your cupboards and the freezer.) The state of your kitchen is the state of your health, so do yourself a favor and thoroughly clean that kitchen!De-clutter the refrigerator; clean the stove and all the pots and pans. Let go of all harsh chemical kitchen cleaners and go for natural ones. Clean out all the drawers, surfaces, light fixtures, etc – create a fresh pathway for strong vibrant Chi to flow and nourish your energy.
- Decorate with plants: Bring three new pots with vibrant feng shui green plantsto refresh the energy of your space and symbolize, as well as ground, the energy of new beginnings. If you plan to place them in the kitchen, go for lush and aromatic herbs, such as basil, rosemary or mint. Focus on your front entrance, as well as your kitchen, as both are strongly connected to your health.
- Clean your bedroom and bathroom: Thoroughly clean your bedroom and your bathroom, get rid of anything that you haven’t used in the past 6 months. Clear the space under the bed, clear the windows, refresh and redecorate for spring both your bedroom and your bathroom.
- Make space in your closets: If you would like to welcome a new love relationship into your life, make space, and I mean actual, physical space, for this new person to be in your home. Clear out your closets for a better flow and more space. You literally have to create an open flow of energy in your home to be able to attract and manifest more of what you are looking for. Spring cleaning time gives you great opportunity to do just that!
- Clear your space: Last but not least, be sure you understand the importance of space clearing and are comfortable with at least a simple feng shui space clearing session for your home. Better yet, find the time to do a major space clearing session; as spring is the best time for clearing stagnant energy in your home.
Clarify, purify and let go this spring season. Renew your home and renew your body. Step into a new way of being, and fill it with a happy and healthy energy of excitement.
Add a spa-like feeling to your bathroom by building a beautiful cedar bath mat to place outside of your shower or tub for a luxurious bathroom update.
After a long day at work, soaking in the tub is an easy way to relax your tired muscles, but an easy way to make your time in the bath more relaxing is to have a tray to place lit candles and a good book to read while you soak.
Discover how to build your own DIY bathtub tray for your home at Snippets Of Design.
Replace your old standard toilet paper holder using a small length of pipe, a door pull and a short piece of rope or leather cord to craft your own chic toilet paper holder.
Learn how to make this DIY toilet paper holder, or see how to take the same design to make a Palm Springs, Scandinavian and natural themed toilet paper holder at Design Love Fest.
Painting your bathroom cabinet doors and drawers is simply a matter of a bit of prep work and some paint and you can easily make a big impact in your bathroom with just one can of paint.
Find out how to affordably refinish your bathroom cabinets to update them with a fresh new look with the tutorial at Stephanie White.
Hide those ugly cardboard tissue boxes by making a tissue box cover for $3 using Birch plywood. Once completed the tissue box can be left natural, stained or even painted to match your bathroom decor.