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Vintage Style Home Decor

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Although vintage style may seem costly it’s not all about searching for those one off unique crafted pieces. Vintage can be achieved with carefully selected furniture both large and small along with the right accessories. Be as creative and imaginative as you like when selecting your vintage pieces this will allow you to create a truly unique design in your home. If you’re sold on the idea of a vintage style home read on to check out our simple tips on ways to introduce a vintage theme into your home.

Statement wallpaper

When creating your vintage style its best to create a specific focal point in your room wherever that may be so you don’t overpower the entire space. Wallpaper is a great way to easily create a feature and can create a fun, striking look without being overbearing. Opt for patterned wallpaper such as a shabby chic floral print or a 70’s geo metric style to create the perfect vibe. Geo prints or even tartan are great if you’re after a retro vibe these wallpaper are often the perfect way to inject some colour into your room also. There’s also the option of going for a printed wallpaper such as an animal print instantly adding interest to your wall.

Rustic Furniture

Rustic style furniture is the ultimate in vintage styling. Exposed brickwork and natural wooden beams are a desirable look that many of us wish we had unfortunately we’re not all lucky enough to enjoy the luxury of these natural features. However all is not lost as there are many ways to include rustic pieces with fairly minimal effort. Wooden shelving and plaques or distressed units have a very similar effect without having to make any drastic changes. Allow these pieces to truly stand out by adding subtle accessories around them and position them against a natural wash wall. Ensure the room receives lots of light and instantly you will feel a vintage vibe with the illusion of very minimal effort.

Mirrors

We believe no room is complete without the addition of a mirror. If you’re looking to create a vintage feel a specific kind of mirror should be used. There are 2 specific types of mirrors that can be used to create a charming vintage feel. The first is more of an elegant vintage style; think elaborate frames and lavish ornate detailing. However if this is too overpowering you can always go down the route of a more subtle vintage feel such as wooden distressed frames and natural pale colours. Whichever style you select if you piece with other vintage accessories or even on a quirky wallpapered wall a mirror will increase light and space and complement the overall feel of your living space.

Accessories

Every room requires subtle accessories which help tie the design together. When considering vintage accessories think outside the box. Quirky pieces such as a lamp or even a patterned cushion can all add pops of style to your living space. If you’re into DIY you can even create the accessories yourself. Choose some retro fabric and craft your own cushion, pillow case or throw for your living room or bedroom. Consider everything even down to the smallest items such as your tea cups and lamp shades. Switching up your lamp shade to a striking geo metric print or adding a new retro cup to your dining room table set can all contribute to the vintage vibe. Whatever accessories you choose continuing the theme throughout your room will gradually create the vintage feel you’re after.

Choosing Carpet Colors for Your Room

Monday, October 14th, 2013

When choosing the right carpet color for your room, there are several factors to consider. Fortunately, rugs come in almost as many colors as price ranges today. It is no longer difficult to find the color you want at a price you can afford. Always remember that your carpet choice will become the foundation of your fashion décor for each room you design. The following tips may help you choose the right carpet for the rooms in your home:
 

Level of traffic – The more your carpet will be walked across, the more danger of spills, stains and tracked-in dirt. Lighter carpets can be treated to be more stain resistant, but the less expensive ones will still show wear and tear faster than darker-colored rugs. If you have pets or non-paved outdoor areas, more dirt will be tracked in than if you live on a paved lot. Hallways and all-purpose living areas tend to take the worst beating. Most carpet — of any color — is not recommended for kitchen use.
 

Use of space – Do you want your carpet to brighten up a dark room or tone down a too-light space? Red is a perfect choice for darker family rooms, living rooms and hallways. It wears well and tends not to show stains as badly as some of the lighter colors. For rooms that have excessive sunlight, you will need to also think about fading, a problem that is more obvious with dark carpets.
 

Personality match – Does the rug color match your personality? Casual, more-relaxed people tend to favor the warmer colors and earth tones. Detail-oriented people, on the other hand, often prefer blues, blacks, whites, grays and jewel tones. Do you feel more comfortable walking in rooms whose rugs are in one color family or the other?
 

Design match – Do you want a carpet that blends in to your overall fashion design or one that makes its own fashion statement? Every room needs one main focal point. Your rug can be that point or it can support another object such as a painting or piece of furniture. You just don’t want the carpet competing, or your room will feel too busy and confusing.
 

If all else fails – Choose beige. It is a safe color that goes well with white walls but also works with other colors. A mottled light brown rug will camouflage pet activities and stand up well to daily wear. You really can’t go wrong with beige.