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Decorating Your Walls

No matter if you own or rent your home, we all seem to have a huge dilemma when is time to decorate the walls. Renting your place it doesn’t mean you can get away with empty walls, before you move out you can always patch the holes and cover them with a little paint, no excuses here!!

Here are a few quick and easy ways to dress up your walls, on a budget!

The most common mistake people make when decorating their walls is to place things around just to fill empty space. -To avoid that mistake, draw an imaginary rectangle on the main focal wall in the room you wish to dress up. Fill that rectangle with a grouping of art, portraits, plates, or clocks. This will make a stronger impact for the room.

-Hang larger scale items to make your rooms seem bigger; like a rug, a pretty tapestry with decorative rod or your favorite quilt.

-Create a dramatic wall hanging with a large piece of plywood, some paint, and one inspirational word in large letters. “Love”, “Laugh” “Believe” or any word that puts a smile on your face. Paint the plywood with the color of your choice, then sketch on your word with pencil, and paint the letters with black, brown or metallic paint.  Paint a background frame for your favorite art or group of paintings. Make the frame at least 4-6 inches larger than the art, tape off with painters tape, and fill in with a darker version of your wall color. Paint a simple border and background in neutral colors.

 -Consider using stencils to add detail and design to your walls. Pick up a simple design to wrap around windows and doors, or to add detail to your painted “frames” around your wall art groupings.

Decorating with Artwork

Wall accessories can have a dramatic impact on room balance. Furniture in a room without accessories looks unfinished. A balance of art, accessories and furniture gives a finished look to the room, even when all of the decorating has not been completed.

– Start with the largest wall. Draw the eye to the wall with art to emphasize the wall space and distribute color at eye level.

– Hang artwork with the center of the picture at eye level. (This may vary according to your client’s height.) For a grouping, be sure that you establish a dominant focal point (usually the largest piece), which should be placed at eye level.

– It is best not to cover every wall with a grouping; likewise, avoid spotting the walls with one picture on each wall. A balance between groupings and single pictures is preferable. Companion pieces hung together can play the role of a grouping or take on the look of a single picture. Odd number groupings are usually the most effective.

– A variety of sizes and shapes add interest. You can mix ovals, horizontals and verticals in various sizes. A sense of unity can be achieved in such a mix by repeating at least one element. Color is usually the easiest.

– Pairs can be hung either vertically or horizontally, creating a sense of line. Do not hang diagonally except on a stairway.

– Balance the light and dark pictures in a grouping so that they are not all in one area. Visual weight should be at the bottom of the group.

– Spacing between pictures in a grouping should be similar and kept to a minimum.

– Pictures should be placed 4 to 12 inches above a piece of furniture to keep the art as part of the whole scheme.

– Mirrors can also be used to add visual weight and brightness. A mirror may also reflect artwork that is in a less visible area. Use mirrors to expand space in foyers, hallways or any small space.

– Texture can be added by incorporating shelves, plants, trees, clocks, shadow boxes, etc., any and all of which help add greater interest to the room design.

Hanging Artwork

The following are general rules that should be considered when hanging art. As always, there may be exceptions to these rules.

  1. Hang artwork with the center of the picture near eye level.
  2. When hanging artwork above furniture, it should be a hand span (8”-12”) from the furniture.
  3. Avoid hanging artwork in direct sunlight. The print and mats will fade if exposed to sunlight over a period of time.
  4. Consider the size of the framed piece to the size of the space/wall on which it will hang. It should proportionately match the space.
  5. Stair-step arrangements are not recommended unless they are used to accent architectural features such as a staircase.
  6. Horizontal arrangements are more soothing while vertical arrangements are more engaging.
  7. Groupings should occupy two-thirds of the length of the furniture over which they hang.
  8. When doing a large gallery wall, the pieces should first be laid out on the floor, or on graph paper. Spacing of 2”-3” are normally recommended.
  9. Begin with a large piece at low-center and build up and out from that point for a large grouping.

Now is time to hang your favorite art and pictures.

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9 Ways to Easy Decorate with Dark Colors

People often shy away from dark colors because they think it’s going to make a room look gloomy or too dingy.

Today at Lux Design Associates, however, we are going to debunk the myth. In fact we are going to show you just how you can completely enhance your home with dark colors, creating a space rich in decor and design.

I love all the colors like black mixed together. This is because black (and other dark shades and tones) are timeless, elegant and sophisticated.

Let’s see how we can translate this into our home decor with these 9 ways to decorate with dark colors!

1.Bathroom

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Dark colors work especially well in the bathroom, Do you see how dark wallpaper in a bathroom can create a very elegant and very sophisticated space, enhanced by the silver and white bathroom features and finishes?

You can also go for white walls and then add dark flooring or a white and black checkered tiled space. It all depends on your style

2. Raw Materials

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You can introduce darker colors into a space in the form of raw materials, such as a dark grey or brown stone. In this design, we can see how the stone wall adds texture and tone to the space, creating a very homely, warm and earthy look and feel. We feel like this living room could be in a cottage in the middle of the mountains!

The stone wall is also offset by the gorgeous fireplace—a great addition to any living room, especially one that features dark colors.

Have a look at how you can make your home roar with raw materials.

3. Add a Dark Furniture Piece

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Another way to create a bit of diversity and break up neutral tones and colors in a space is to add a dark piece of furniture to a room.

In this design, we can see how the black sofas works beautifully with a predominantly neutral living room, creating a very classic look and feel. Yet the designers have also added a light ottoman and an electric pattern for the chairs, which converts this classic space into an eclectic palace!

4. Black in The Kitchen

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What better what to introduce a darker color into the kitchen, than by painting a wall completely black so that the residents can use it as a chalk board? This way the family members can write down grocery lists or recipes, add their favorite inspirational quotes to the wall or even draw some pictures.

This kind of design adds a very personal and homely touch to the kitchen space.

Tip: Go for this option if you have a lot of natural light in your kitchen. You don’t want to end up with a very dark and gloomy looking cooking area.

5. Other Dark Colors

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Other dark colors can be introduced into the kitchen space to add personality and charm, especially if they come in the form of patterns!

This kitchen features a gorgeous array of brightly colored tiles, which add so much life to this space. It also works beautifully with the bright red cabinets.

Don’t be afraid to be a bit bold and daring when it comes to darker colors in the kitchen. This is truly the heart of the home, so what could be more fitting than a dark red color for this space?

6. Go Industrial Chic

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Use dark colors for the finishes in your home to create a very industrial chic look, especially if you can get away with retaining some of the original materials in the home like the ceiling beams, the raw bricks of the walls and the steel wall.

The industrial look not only looks really trendy, but it’s not too expensive to put together because you are working with the original materials.

Tip: Add a stylish lamp made from copper or brass to an industrial looking home as the final touch! Interior lighting is key to a home that features dark colors.

7. Cozy Bedroom

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Especially if your bedroom features a lot of natural light, dark colors, shades and tones can create a cozy and warm space that allows the bedroom to feel like a cocoon where you can escape from the rest of the world.

Dark colors can evoke a sense of peacefulness and serenity, soothing you into happy dreams and peaceful sleep.

Tip: Go for dark colors when it comes to your linen and bed, keeping other parts of your room a bit more neutral so that you don’t overwhelm the space. You don’t want to feel like you sleep in a cave.

8. The Cave

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Some people really like to feel like they sleep in a cave however! This allows them to relax and enjoy their sleep, no matter what time of the day it is.

If this is the case for you, then by all means combine dark wooden floors and furniture with dark grey walls and linen.

Just ensure that you add a few softer and lighter elements to break the dark colors up like the designers have done here with the white rug and the silver artwork.

Also invest in some good bedroom lamps and lights, which will create ambiance and a warm, soft glow in this space.

9. The Black Wall

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If you have neutral tones in areas in your house, like your family room/kitchen area, then you can always add a dark wall to the space to add a bit of contrast.
In this design, we can see how the white cabinets and light wooden floors offsets the charcoal black wall in the background. The black wall also matches a few pieces of decor items that enhance this space.

Tip: opt for a bold design by painting one of four walls a dark color such as black or burgundy and the rest a more neutral color or a plain white. The result will be striking!

Have you decorated your home with dark colors? Do you have any tips for our readers? Let us know!

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Do You Have the Right Lighting?

It All Begins With Light

Light is one of the four key elements of design. It’s also one of the trickiest to get right, thanks to the all the different options in lighting available. To assess the lighting in a room, begin by considering these questions:

  • Is the lighting inviting? Or is it too bright, or too dim?
  • Does it work for various the tasks and activities that take place in that room? A kitchen needs brighter light than a bedroom, for instance.
  • Is it energy efficient?
  • Can I vary it according to mood or time of day?

 

You can make big changes in how your room is lit without necessarily getting rid of your current fixtures. Dimmers on light switches or lamps give you the flexibility to change up the mood of a room easily. And switching to a different type or size of bulb changes the kind and color of light they produce. If you’re confused about what kind of light a particular bulb will create, check the label on the package, where you’ll find the facts on its brightness, estimated yearly cost, life expectancy, light appearance, energy used and mercury information. Light color is measured on the Kelvin (K) temperature scale. Lower Kelvin numbers mean more yellow light; the higher the Kelvin number, the whiter or bluer the light. Warm white – 2500K-3000K (the standard color of incandescent bulbs) is ideal for bedrooms, living rooms or dens. Bright white or cool white – 3500K-4100K is good task lighting, and works for kitchens, bathrooms, and workspaces. Daylight – 5000K-6500K – is the best reading light.

  

The most efficient bulbs on the market now are LEDs, which save up to 80% in energy costs over the older incandescent bulbs now being phased out, and last up to 20 years. Unlike the CFLs, which they’re quickly replacing, these bulbs contain no mercury and thus are much easier to dispose of. A 12-watt LED bulb puts out the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent.

New options in light bulbs and ways in which to control them are nothing short of amazing. Your smart phone can now be paired with your home lighting system, allowing you to switch lights off and on remotely. There are LED bulbs on the market that respond to voice commands – and there’s even an LED bulb that includes a Bluetooth speaker, so you can pipe music wirelessly into every room from a central source.

Remember, lighting sets the stage for an entire room, and affects how everything in it is viewed. Your best decorating efforts can be undermined by poor lighting choices – so don’t neglect to include your lighting when you’re creating your personal decorating style.