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Insights from Karen…

Founder, Decor&You

Author, The Styleprint® Design System 

Dear Decor enthusiasts … 

Comfort comes from three things: construction, scale, and personal preference. This month you will find our expert tips on all three, plus how to make the right selection for not just your decorating scheme, but your lifestyle. As far as personal preference, well, that part is up to you - it’s like goldilocks and the three bears - you will know when it’s just right. But, let these other tips guide you as well so that you don’t overlook a key component or fall in love with an impractical piece of furniture

Our goal is to always provide value to you in some way so that you “Love the space you are in!” 

Let me know what you think!  Email me at: kpowell@decorandyou.com   

Enjoy! 

Karen   

Adding Punch With Area Rugs

What’s a major finishing detail in a well-appointed room that often gets short shrift in the planning stages of decorating? Area rugs! Too frequently when we’re pulling together a room, what’s underfoot is seen as a merely practical addition or an afterthought to the overall plan, without much consideration going into either its design or function. But a well-chosen rug–one that complements and ties together the color palette and other elements at work in your room’s decorating plan–can serve a far larger purpose than it’s usually allotted. In fact, it can do as much as a well-chosen piece of art to tie it all together and to bring punch and cohesion to your plan.

 The right rug will serve several purposes:

  • It’s art for the floor Whether it’s a colorful antique Persian style rug, or     a more modern abstract-style composition, a rug chosen with this in mind     draws the eye and makes a powerful statement.
  • It creates a conversation area in a larger space. An area rug creates a visual boundary that visually     ties your furniture grouping together, almost like a room within a room.
  • About that water stain on your hardwood floor… A high-traffic area of your flooring may have lost     some of its finish, or a stain or other damage might need to be hidden. An     area rug solves the problem without potentially expensive refinishing.
  • Does your room feel a bit chilly? A tile floor, for instance, can be beautiful and     durable–but hard on the feet, and cold in the winter months. An area rug     warms it up visually and tactilely.    

Get out of the echo chamber.

A room without an area rug can  sound  like an echo chamber to those in it–and the constant patter of footsteps     on hard surfaces can be irritating to whoever is in the room below. There are a multitude of area rug constructions, patterns, styles, and durability levels to choose from. Some come in standard sizes, and others can be customized. The following factors will contribute to the investment level and longevity of the rug. Consider them when determining your criteria.   Is it in a busy spot in your room’s traffic pattern? Will it get a lot of outdoor/indoor traffic, or is it     in a room less often passed through? More delicate fibers and lighter colors     may soil or show wear if they see a lot of traffic. Make sure you go with     a fiber that withstands dirt and stains. Is there direct sunlight? If so, go with a rug fiber that resists fading. Are there kids?     Plan ahead for spills by choosing an area rug that allows for quick and     easy cleanup. Are there pets?     Even the best-behaved pet may have an accident. Choose a rug that’s     stain-resistant. Other considerations?     If you’re designing a room for elderly or disabled inhabitants, area rugs     can present a dangerous tripping hazard, or can hamper the use of walkers     and wheelchairs. Don’t let your area rug be an afterthought. Plan ahead – for size, construction, and color – to get the most out of this very important design element. 


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Magazine Article: How to Chose the Right Sofa For Your Room and Lifestyle

What’s the most functional piece of furniture in your living room? In most homes, it’s the sofa. A great sofa provides comfortable and intimate seating - or a place to sprawl and read a book.

Click the  below link to download the full PDF article

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Posted 58 weeks ago

Move Over Gray, There’s a New Taupe in Town

We always enjoy following the predictions for color of the year and there are a few
authorities on the subject who start announcing their winners in the fall. For 2017,
Sherwin Williams has selected Poised Taupe as their trend setting shade, a marriage
between an earthy brown and a conservative gray. For years gray has been a staple
in interior decorating, and we still love it, but we are happy to see
something with a warmer tone to use for a rich, neutral backdrop.
Color experts take their cues from a variety of sources before making their choice
including fashion, the economic environment, and architecture. Poised Taupe is
quite a contrast from last year’s selection of Alabaster, a creamy white and Benjamin
Moore’s pick of Simply White, a crisp and clean white. It will remind you of a
beautiful weathered wood, which will create a perfect backdrop or compliment to
pastel, bright or jewel tones, making it an ideal neutral.
Here are a few photos that demonstrate Poised Taupe’s versatility in different
rooms and design aesthetics.
In this In this kitchen, Poised Taupe lends warmth to the modern dining table and chairs and white lacquered cabinetry.

If you need help choosing paint colors, call decor&You today for a color consultation at 203-405-2126 or go to www.decorandyou.com to find a location near you

Posted 61 weeks ago

Wow Décor: The Art of Accessorizing

Accessories play an important role in your overall décor plan. They bring color into a space, insert texture where needed, add shape, depth or height, provide focal points, and last but not least, they reflect your personality and style.  Simply put, a room without accessories can feel generic and uninviting. That being said, there is an art to accessorizing well and it requires a bit of planning.  It’s one of our favorite parts of designing a space because it completes the room and gives it that finishing touch.  

Here are the key elements to artful accessorizing:

1.      Take cues from the existing color palette in the room.  The job of your accessories can either be to enhance the existing shades or to bring color to an otherwise neutral canvas.  

2.      Be aware of access points and make sure your accessories won’t hinder the traffic flow. With that in mind, an accessory can also be a guide in defining an area or directing traffic.

3.      Never overcrowd a tabletop or shelf with too many accessories. Make sure you are able to pick one up without disturbing anything else.

4.      Allow your personality to shine through and don’t be afraid to include personal items that have sentimental value.

5.      Pay attention to the height, weight and shape of your accessories and place them where they will enhance the surrounding décor.

6.      Display accessories in groups.  Odd numbers are more interesting to the eye.

7.      Vary the size and height of accessories in a grouping.

8.      Experiment by moving things around to find the best placement.

So where do you start? It’s good to know all of your options, so here’s a short list of what to consider when accessorizing your space:

·         Framed artwork or photographs

·         Sculptures, figurines or other art objects

·         Vases

·         Candleholders, candles

·         Lanterns

·         Pillows or Cushions

·         Throws

·         Bowls

·         Baskets

·         Floral arrangements

·         Urns

·         Books

·         Clocks

·         Trays

·         Mirrors

Still stumped? Simply call us today to schedule a consultation 203-405-2126. We would love to help you finish your space with accessories!  

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Posted 65 weeks ago

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