Matching Your Bed to Your Decor


Creating the perfect living space is a smart balance of colour and coordinating furniture and the bedroom is no exception. Your bedroom should be the perfect space for relaxing and sleeping and therefore should get something of a priority when it comes to decorating. There is nothing relaxing about trying to sleep in a mishmash of colour and clutter, so it is time to take control and get your bedroom up to scratch. Bed SOS has some great ideas for making sure your bedroom is the perfect space.

Decide on a Theme

There are lots of great themes for the bedroom but remember that colour can change the mood. Bright and acidic colours are perfect for living spaces but as a bedroom can make it hard to switch off and relax. Softer, muted colours work well in a bedroom with perhaps a splash of brightness on a feature wall. So, your first challenge is to pick your colours. Blues, purples, cream and chocolate all work well in a sleeping environment. You could opt for plain walls, and patterned curtains and duvet cover or vice-versa but again there is an argument for keeping it chilled and mellow as loads of patterns and colours can send the brain into overdrive and make it much harder to sleep.

Pick a Bed

In most rooms, the bed will be one of the most significant pieces of furniture. Certainly, in a room with a kingsize bed, you are looking at a large bed that can either make or break the whole look and feel of the room. There is such a wide selection of bed bases on offer that you have scope to really personalise and set the scene. Wooden bed frames tend to be more imposing that metal so if space is a premium you might want to consider opting for the latter. A divan bed is designed for practicality, and often they are not the best looking, but these can be hidden with valance sheets. Bed makers are getting on board with the idea of using the bed to make the internal decor work better, and therefore you will find a range of coloured beds in various finishes. Velvet beds have enjoyed a run of popularity and feature upholstered frames in a variety of colour to give the room an opulent look.

Consider Storage

The other useful features of many bed frames are the storage they offer, so as well as finding the colour and style of bed that best compliments your decor, have a think about storage. Whether you opt for an ottoman bed or one with drawers you can really make a room look bigger by removing clutter into the storage offered by the bed. This gives you space to store clothing or other things that you struggle to accommodate, and the room look is not impeded in any way. With so many different styles and colourways on offer finding the perfect bed to match the colour scheme of your room should prove to be a fun and enjoyable activity.

 

 

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3 Design and Space-Planning Resources to Help You Plan Your Next Home Upgrade


Devising a new room layout is one of those strange design activities which manages to be both creatively rewarding and deceptively tedious. There’s no question that it’s exciting to recreate a living space. With just a few tweaks to furniture layout and color, it’s almost as though you’re living in a brand new space!

On the other hand, let’s be honest here. It’s work. Unless you’re astoundingly lucky and get that perfect aesthetic balance on your first try, chances are you’ll be shifting furniture and swatches around a lot.

You know how it is—the couch might protrude too far into a walkthrough area, the TV might not quite work in that corner, that perfect shade of eggshell wall paint may suddenly look bleak and institutional when combined with your glass coffee table.

Getting it “just so” requires a solid dose of trial and error.

This is where design and space-planning resources make a world of difference. Let’s look at three design and space-planning websites and apps which allow you to enjoy all the experimental playfulness you desire with none of the heavy lifting.

Amikasa - 3D Room Design Without The Frustration

A few years ago, using an app to virtually create a three dimensional room or house layout existed purely in the realms of science fiction. These days, 3D room visualizing apps are thick on the ground.

They all operate on similar principles:

  • Draw up your room layout as accurately as possible.
  • Position shapes roughly approximating your furniture where you think they should go.
  • Check it out in a 3D projected view.
  • Rinse and repeat until satisfied.

They’re pretty good. They do give you the ability to bring your idea into virtual reality before you lift a finger. However, they also come with a downside. Most of these apps are incredibly fiddly to use and require quite a bit of practice to master. Put bluntly, you’re trading grunt work for brain work.

But then, along came Amikasa! This app is arguably the best way to visualize a 3D space on the market right now, and for one simple reason. It’s incredibly easy to use.

Instead of relying on smartphone optics to guesstimate the dimensions of a room, or having you generate blueprint like dimensions from scratch, Amikasa starts with a simple question: what’s the rough shape of your room?

From there, it’s a simple matter of tweaking that shape to more closely resemble your room’s specifications. It’s beautifully intuitive and I found I could do in minutes what took me up to an hour in other 3D design apps.

But that isn’t Amikasa’s most significant selling point. What makes this app perfect for me is that you can then use 3D models of actual furniture shapes. You’re not locked into using abstract representations of your stuff. Instead, you’re working with virtual objects which are close enough to reality to make visualization a breeze.

Another big bonus I found is that you can also easily place your surround sound speakers into the equation, finding ways to maximize their utility and aesthetic appeal just as you would with standard furniture.

It’s a thing of beauty and available both for iOS and Android. Give it a try!

PHOTOCOPA - Creative Color Picking

You’d think there’d be a plethora of decent color visualization resources out there for finding that perfect color palette. But it’s actually surprisingly hard to find something genuinely useful, for a few reasons.

A lot of the apps and websites out there focus on (admittedly pretty cool) augmented reality to virtually “paint” your room with your chosen color. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great idea in theory, but I’ve yet to find one which works flawlessly enough to actually help me visualize a room and make sound color decisions.

More critically, screens won’t display color the same way a paint chip does. Your phone or monitor’s luminance, contrast and brightness settings all subtly alter how a color looks. Without an expensive color calibrated monitor, there’s simply no way to get perfectly accurate color matching on an electronic device.

As an aside, if you are contemplating extensive design projects requiring true color and serious graphics-processing grunt, I’d highly recommend investing in a computer system and color smart monitor which is fit for the purpose. If you’re near Sacramento, check out https://callnerds.com/computer-repair-sacramento/. Nerds On Call can provide solid advice on how to upgrade your computer to accommodate heavy design work.

But back to PHOTOCOPA. The reason this app works so well is that it neatly side-steps these design problems by focusing on what really matters—generating a pleasing palette of complementary and contrasting colors you can use as a starting point. Once I have that winning color combination, calibrating my chosen shades against paint swatches is a breeze.

PHOTOCOPA works by keeping it simple.

I start by taking a picture of a color I want to begin with. It may be on an existing piece of furniture, but just as easily it could be a color I stumble across while I’m out and about.

Most recently it was an unusual leaf I found on the sidewalk. But I digress.

You can then have PHOTOCOPA use this shade as a starting point, generating a beautiful assortment of color combinations which all work in different ways for different reasons.

What I love most about this site is that it refuses to be prescriptive. It doesn’t lead you down a false path of choosing one particular color based on a screen’s false rendering. Instead it focuses on what a design app does best: giving you ideas.

Once my creative eye is bumped in a new direction by a surprising color combination, I find it that much easier to see beyond what’s there to the possibilities lying beneath.

This app works by fixing your sights on all the wonderful color possibilities.

Pinterest - For Flashes of Inspiration and Clues You Can Follow

In every design project, whether large or small, there’s a moment where you might find yourself staring into a void. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve begun a home design upgrade with literally no inkling on the first step I should take.

When these dire, blank moments settle over me, invariably I turn to Pinterest.

Pinterest is to out-of-the-box idea generation as YouTube is to embarrassingly endearing cat videos.

It’s just a vast, eclectic soup of different tastes, styles and disciplines. Every time I delve through its images I find something I hate and something I love—both of which are invaluable in crystallizing where I want to take a design next.

Of course, there are thousands of boards in Pinterest dedicated to interior design, but you’ll be richly rewarded if you gate crash into completely new visual categories you know nothing about.

Try jumping into clothes design boards and look for colors which speak to you. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, try phrases like “scientific art” and “sacred geometry.”

If just one idea in a hundred leaps out of the screen at you, note it down! It’s just one more quirky design possibility. And who knows? It may become the seed of an amazing design path for you to pursue.

The truth is, there’s thousands of tools out there which may bless you with that one golden design idea you’re searching for. Ideas and inspiration come from the oddest of places. However, if you’re going to play it by the numbers, I think these three products represent a fabulous place to begin.

They’re practical without being prescriptive. They’re unusual without being obtuse. Most importantly, they’re great fun to use. Happy designing!

 

Mark Lambert is a technology and computing writer for Nerds On Call. He likes to write about technologies which make life easier, more productive and just plain cooler.
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Why You'll Love The Colors of Southwestern Rugs


When it would come to decorating your home or office, it would be quite natural that you would like to add something unique and different. In that case, you could think about going for Southwestern rugs. This is because if you enjoy entertaining guests, you would very well understand the importance of making a good first and lasting impression. Hence, there would be no way that you would be able to keep anything unnecessary or unpleasant in your office or home.

It would be for this reason that the experts recommend to go with Southwestern rugs. Being a completely different and distinct style, it would definitely help in livening up your space and adding more personality to it. The most important thing to consider when decorating in the Southwestern style is to make sure you have the color palette. Southwestern rugs are all about their colors.

Fundamental Colors in Southwestern Rug Designs

Color would also be something which would need to be kept in mind when choosing southwestern area rugs. This decision would depend on the other color elements which have been used throughout the room. To help you out further, you could take a look at the color of your furniture or the walls. The most important colors to consider are:

Turquoise

Native American art is littered with bright turquoise colors. You’ll recognize Navajo jewelry by it’s excessive use of bright turquoise colors. If you’re looking for a bright rug then you’ll do well with turquoise accents in your design.

Earth Tones

Southwestern style is largely influenced by the natural landscape of the American Southwest. The rolling hills and sprawling deserts lead to Southwestern rugs having a lot of browns, dark reds, and copper or rust. These are all colors that can be found in the desert sands, dust or the clay dug up for pottery in the Southwest.

Forest Greens and Sky Blues

Similar to the way Southwestern rugs contain many earth tones motivated by the surrounding landscapes, you will also find hints of bright green from the occasional bit of lush vegetation in the Southwest. And also, bright, sky blues that symbolize the great, open skies of the American Southwest.

Bright Oranges and Reds

Although not as commonly used as turquoise, Southwestern style is all about bright, vibrant colors. You’ll find many rug designs that will feature highly saturated oranges or reds as their accent color. Southwestern style is full of color and life and is the reason that southwestern rugs are almost always the accent piece in a home and not a supporting or subtle piece of furniture.

How To Choose The Perfect Southwestern Rug For You:

When you’re in the market for Southwestern rugs, you need to find the right company. You have to be careful because many companies will say that they sell authentic Southwestern rugs, but will actually sell cheap knock-offs. There are a few online retailers that will work, but our favorite shop for southwestern rugs has to be Southwestern Rugs Depot. They have a great selection of beautiful, authentic designs.

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Home Decor Trends: Moroccan Pattern Stencil Wall Tutorial

Home Decor Trends: Moroccan Pattern Stencil Wall Tutorial


Stenciled walls are becoming quite the trend right now. And for good reason, it adds an awesome pop to the  room.  I have been dying to stencil a wall for a while now, the problem is, the process looks very daunting and frankly, a little tedious. Finally, I decided to go for it and stencil the main wall in my living room to give the rather drab room, a big pop.

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After looking through tons of color palettes and patterns, I set out to find the perfect gray and decided on a Moroccan pattern similar to the bedroom below. I bought the "Wall Stencil Marrakech Trellis" from CuttingEdgeStencils for about $50.

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Happy Thanksgiving: 15 Ways to Show Thanks With Color

Happy Thanksgiving: 15 Ways to Show Thanks With Color


Of all the things to be thankful for, color is at the top of the list. Color is saturated into every fiber of our lives. It gives variety to our days, our moments, our very lives. It is there in our darkest moments and happiest memories. It can influence moods and reactions. It is there for us when we brainstorm inovative ideas, new marketing techniques, or complicated craft projects. Color is simply inspiring. So, on this Thanksgiving Day, remember to take a look around you and notice all the beautiul colors that this season has to offer.

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How are you celebrating color this season?

Fall Leaf Garland from Maureen Cracknell Handmade as a part of Celebrate Color 

Celebrate color this season with a leaf garland made of felt and yarn. Incorporate a gorgeous color palette into your home's decor without the crunchy mess of real leaves.

Project by Triple Play

Dazzling. Do you think these sparkly aqua-blue accents steer a little bit away from traditional fall colors? You have to admit, it adds a nice depth to the overall setting and complements that traditional orange nicely.

Thankful Tree" by Simply Vintage Girl

Elegant. Bring the outdoors in to create thankful bits of autumn pastels and pattern mixtures combined in a "Thankful Tree."

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For the kiddos. Shades of brown add warmth and provide an earthy feel in this Turkey centerpiece. Choose a fun and colorful palette for the thankful feathers.

Tradition, (What Are You) Thankful Four?

What are you thankful...4? A great excuse to use color in so many ways! Write what you're thankful for on colorful number fours cut from scrapbooking or construction paper and share. Turn them in to ornaments to display all weekend. Keep them around as reminders.

"...one year I cut large 4s from paper and placed one on each person's plate. Just before dinner, we wrote the things we were thankful for on our cutouts, then took turns sharing our lists..." - Candice Steelman (reader at Disney Family Fun)

By Holiday Crafts and Creations

There's always room to go classic. Traditional autumn colors make a space warm and inviting. These edible place settings using M&M's to imitate Indian Corn are quite fun!

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Create a three dimensional palette with blocks and display an appropriately thankful message.

Design Sponge - DIY Project Autumn Leaf Bouquet 

What better way to say thank you to the beauty of color than to use fallen leaves to create vibrant autumn roses.

avery & anderson - Fall Decor' Part 4: THANKS be to upcycling wine bottles!

Get funky, use a few recycled wine bottles, a bit of paint and some other odds and ends to create and display a thankful word.

Crafty Katie - Fall Burlap Wreath

What would fall be without a wreath? Burlap offers a very earthy-happy texture, while adding a mix of traditional or non-traditional colors livens it up.

FineCraftGuild.com - Abundance Seed Balls

Blending tradition with innovation - did you look close enough? I took a double-take after realizing those were bean-balls in the cornucopia! How creative and fitting to the season. A gentle reminder of warm soup on chilly fall evenings.

INKspired Creations - Paper Pumpkins | Teresa Collins - Paper Thanksgiving Pumpkins

Autumn wouldn't be autumn without a couple of paper pumpkins leftover from Halloween. Another way to utilize a mix of patterns and palettes.

PLAID - Thankful Art Collage

The paper flower on this thankful journal has a nice whimsical feel to it and reminds me of autumn leaves. Writing down what you are thankful for is always a great way to reflect and come back to on days when you aren't feeling so thankful.

 Kind Over Matter - Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies

This simple, yet unique idea encompasses the idea that being thankful can also remind us of the good things that are yet to come.

Incorporating autumn colors into our homes and Thanksgiving celebrations is a special way to recreate that warm feeling we experience when we start listing all the things that we are thankful for. This reason, above all, is why color should be remembered on Thanksgiving Day.

A big Thank you to all of you COLOURlovers for loving color and making our community flourish with so many beautiful creations! Be safe and colorful on this holiday! - The COLOURlovers Team


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Plywerk - Naturally Display Your Artwork

Plywerk - Naturally Display Your Artwork


Introducing...PLYWERK, an eco-conscious photo mounting and art panel company based in Portland Oregon. They work with professional artists, photographers, interior designers, point and shoot photographers, parents, and everyone in between!

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Art pieces are a made up of your print adhered to a Plywerk Panel to create a beautifully natural piece of wall art. Gorgeous bamboo or maple are offered for the wood options.

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COLOURlovers has recently become a Pro Partner of PLYWERK. Why is this super notable to mention? Because you're going to get the best, most amazing deals ever when you create an account (which is free). These deals are customized to COLOURlovers Members Only under the Prodeal membership (which is also free). Pretty sweet huh?

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Interior Design Trends: Yellow (Spring)

Interior Design Trends: Yellow (Spring)


Although it is now Spring, it still feels as if Winter is among us. Winter this year has been odd and different than the several winters prior. It seemed as though a snow storm would pop up every Tuesday, right on schedule. But, enough about Winter and on to Spring!

Spring is light, airy and refreshing. It is a time when you feel as though you can start over, a feeling and sense of new beginnings (that's how I always feel around Spring instead of New Year's.)  Relief is near as we enjoy warmer weather and get ready for those outdoor soiree's. There is also that thing we all know as Spring cleaning, I guess it all makes sense now, right?

Everyone views Spring differently,  if you ask one person what they associate Spring with, they may tell you that they think of daffodils, another may tell you barbecue's and if you ask me... I will simply tell you that yellow, tulips and light showers remind me of Spring. This is why I chose the color yellow for this Spring post.

What color do you associate Spring with?

fabric, bowls, flowers, pillow, candle, butterflies, pendant

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Interior Design Trends: Green and Gray

Interior Design Trends: Green and Gray


In honor of Saint Patrick's Day green is the color chosen for today's round up. Though originally the color that was associated with This holiday was blue, which I found to be very fascinating. As time went on the color green just grew and here we are. I don't know about you, but I enjoy decorating for holidays as well as celebrating holidays, which gives me an excuse to have fun and enjoy the company of friends and family. I know that emerald green seems to be the tone that comes to mind to most individuals, but all shades of green could be used if you are not fond of that type of green. I chose several fun green accessories and added a little bit of gray for some contrast. What will you be doing for  Saint Patrick's Day and have you decorated your home with touches of green?

Some Great Finds on Etsy...


header: fine art photography on Etsy.com and palette, Thatchery...
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Ditherm by Luboš Sekal - Office Interiors

Ditherm by Luboš Sekal - Office Interiors


Corporate Interiors. The name lends itself to a labyrinth of workstations, bland color palettes and an environment that you can’t wait to get out of as soon as the clock strikes that magical hour. You get to breathe fresh air and spend some of that hard earned cash on drinks with colleagues discussing how much you loathe working in that god-for-saken office. But, did you ever consider that it could possibly be the design of the office that you loathe more than your job?!

I myself being from a corporate interior design background am all too familiar with just how miserable some office interiors can be with their muddy color palettes of maroon, beige, “healthcare blue” and hunter green. Luckily for me, my job was to make it better.

That is one reason that I enjoyed corporate interiors- to see how people reacted in a space before renovation/relocation and after. It’s amazing to see how much color, spacial layout, graphics, way-finding and for god’s sake "views to the outdoors" can completely change people’s demeanor, work ethic and even attendance to work.

I recently had the pleasure of walking into the small, but dynamic corporate office of Ditherm- a refractory engineering firm located in Prague, Czech Republic. The space was designed by Czech architect Luboš Sekal (of A.A.L.S ateliér Architektonický) and makes use of color and graphic pattern in a unique and refreshing way. It didn’t blatantly say “corporate office” with the palette of tonal grays and a pop of orange. As opposed to the typical private office set up with a solitary colored accent wall, desk and two guest chairs- Sekal chose to create a painted graphic pattern accent wall and a posh "in office" meeting area equipped with designer furnishings and a unique light fixture. The painted wall graphic is featured on most accent walls throughout the space, but I also really enjoyed how the workstations and storage units became features in the back office area with their intersecting planes of color, and also the sliver of orange glass accent in the bathroom doors with the cute gender graphic.

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Interior Design Trends: Black, Gray and White

Interior Design Trends: Black, Gray and White


You could say that I am on a bit of a gray and black kick. This could possibly be influenced by the weather we have been having, but as of  right now I love gray and black and honestly I can not get enough of it. A trio of color that are on my radar as of now are black, gray and white. There have  been a good amount of homes that have been featured online with this trio and they were all done tastefully. The color added such a sophisticated feel. So, taking from that inspiration, here are some black, gray and white accessories that I have  selected.

pendant · vases · pillow · tumbler · octopus · throws


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