All posts for the month April, 2017


Neutral colors have their own distinct personality, even though the word “neutral” means the absence of emotional response, and sometimes they are characterized as boring and bland.


Divided in different ways, the “family” of neutral colors includes the naturals – sand, ivory, stone, browns – and beige and cream. White and black, and also the whole array of greys produce a totally different effect.


Natural and Earthy Colors – Beige, cream, ivory, sand, brown are so popular because they have this property of bouncing back the light, making the room more airy.

neutral paint colors

Real Estate developer Jody Kriss ( ) says that Painted cream walls are a great choice for a dining room or living room, creating a warm and calm ambience.

The white panelling and molding creates a lot of architectural interest.

This color scheme is complete if cream is combined with the natural texture of wood or stone. In this case the softer color is punctuated by the dark wood.

neutral paint colorsNatural light literally bathes this bedroom, making it an ideal candidate for neutral colors.

The sophisticated look and the airy feel is given by pairing all the palest shades of whites with buttermilk color; bed and nightstand are a very light brown as well.


The textures – with the combination of complex carving of the wood frame on the wall and the textile on the pillows – make the room somptuous too. The blend of classic decor elements – chandelier and wall frame – and the modern ones completes this eclectic decor.

Neutrals Plus White and Black – If you want to create a contemporary interior, look no further than neutral paint colors or natural colors.

neutral paint colorsIn this modern living room, the white walls make a beautiful and understated backdrop for the table, couches and accesories.


Pillows offer an excellent opportunity to play with bold accents.


Do not be afraid of black: here it just bring forward the grouping of eight photographs on the wall and the shape of the table.


Jody Kriss suggests that You can change the look of the room easier and with less money, by changing the color of the pillows and window treatments.

neutral paint colorsThe white background gives a relaxing feeling to this living room.

A small amount of black can convey elegance.The soft curves of the black chairs, along with the mix of black and gold in the intricate design of the rug are brought forward, creating a sophisticated look.

Fireplace Design Ideas

“Wow…So many fireplace design ideas I could use!”

Why focus on fireplace designs? There is more than one answer, and all of them important:

  • From ancient times, fireplace was considered the “heart” of the house and it’s still considered that way these days.
    Spending lots of time in living rooms and family rooms entertaining and relaxing, fireplace mantel is the spot to display our favorite collections and pieces of art.
  • Being the focal point of the room, a well designed and well constructed fireplace can increase or decrease the price of a home when buying or selling the house.
  • Ultimately, it reflects the personal style of people living in the house.

Consider These when Planning your Next Fireplace

  • Talk to fireplace designers and retailers and exchange opinions on what you like or dislike. Look on the internet and magazines for photos.
  • To help you choose the right option: wood burning, gas or electric fireplace or even alternative-fuel ones; look at the area you live.
    Decide why do you want one: for heat, heat and decor, just decor.
    Most important: don’t forget your budget and how much money you’re willing to spend on your new fireplace.
  • If your house is decorated already, plan to either match or complement all the other decorative elements existing in the room: furniture, paint, and style.
  • Think beyond conventional: a fireplace can look beautiful in a bathroom, and a “two sided” or a “see through” fireplace can be enjoyed from a living room as well as from a dining room.
    To ensure privacy, avoid installing a double-sided fireplace between a home’s private and public spaces.

Fireplace Design Ideas – Home Energy Savings

Put in practice some or all these ideas to save energy:

  • To reduce as much as possible heat loss, plan to close the damper during summer, or when you don’t use the fireplace; checking the damper periodically to see if works properly will also help.
  • If you plan to use your fireplace for heating, not just as a decor element, look into putting a new insert. Nowadays they are better designed to give better heat with minimal losses.
  • Turn off the pilot light for the warmer months to help conserving energy.
  • Try and switch from a wood burning to a natural gas fireplace heater insert to get bigger bang for your buck.
  • If you inherited an older fireplace, brink a chimney specialist to inspect your chimney and help reducing heat loss.
  • Install a heat exchange system that will blow warm air back in the room, while fireplace is working.
  • Install airtight doors( such as the ones made of tempered glass) to the opening, to reduce air from leaking in or out of the house.



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Getting Fireplace Design Ideas


Fireplaces are the soul of the home and they represent a symbol of coziness and comfort:

  • There is a large availability of materials and forms, suitable to the smaller apartment, up to the rancher and the largest mansions.
  • Choose from different materials available: brick, marble or river rock for a more traditional/ country style, to mosaic and slate for a more modern look.
  • Depending on the style you want to build, choose the appropriate mantel for it.
    They vary from a simple mantel shelf to the ones with legs and freize boards, or built in bookshelves incorporated in it. They can extend to the ceiling, with sleek surfaces or intricate sculptured elements.
    As an added bonus, mantels offer a changeable decorating setting.




“Complementary colors, when used in a color scheme, will emanate energy and optimism.”

Colors are very powerful tools to influence the way we feel: relaxed or unpleasant, or to set up the mood we are in: full of energy, or dreamy!


Using complementary colors for color schemes can be challenging, but nevertheless rewarding in the end!

They are perfect way to create a fresh, contemporary decor!


Decor with Complementary Color Schemes

Complimentary colors are the ones that lay opposite the color chart wheel. The name “complementary” comes from the fact the go together well, they “complement” each other.


Some examples of complimentary colors are: yellow and violet, red and green, orange and blue.
You can notice that one color is warm – yellow, orange, red, while the other is a cold color – violet, green, blue.

We find beautiful examples of complimentary colors in nature, or in our life. The two famous colors at Christmas time are green and red, a classic example of colors that complement each other!

complementary color schemes

Complementaries, as colors use for home decor, are strong together; they draw maximum attention so they might be harsh to the eyes; It would be better to choose one of them as a dominant, and the complement to be more subtle, and be used as an accent.
As an example, if you decide to use the complementary color scheme for your decor, and have red as the dominant color, use the green for accents; either a sofa, an armchair or a rug. Avoid using the hue, rather choose a light green.

complimentary colors

Using these two colors: red and green at their maximum saturation, will make a strong statement.
Choose instead their tints and shades. You can see in the picture above, we didn’t use the exact hues. Balance the whole with golds or off white pieces.


Balancing the colors in complementary scheme decor is important: use one dominant color; for example, you can use on the walls a warm terracotta; complement it with a sofa or a lamp in a sage green. That will create a dramatic affect. Use light color accents of a warm cream, or butter for an artwork or a vase.


The same with related color scheme, the complementary one has to be carefully chosen and include some neutrals in it to soften the contrast between the complementary tones. Decide if you want to have an overall light or dark tone, then choose accent colors opposite in tone. For example, a light complementary scheme is created by using a warm peach and enhance it with dark cool blues.


TIP:If you think of this combination as a too strong of a statement, paint one wall in red, and the others using its complementary: green.
This kind of bold scheme works well especially in a foyer, or an entry.

Split Complementary Colors

Split complementary color schemes involve colors to the right and to the left of the complementary color.
We will use as an example blue. Its complementary is orange. To the right and left of the orange, there are yellow-orange and red-orange. So, the split complementary scheme involve three colors.


Even though there is a dramatic statement being made with this color scheme, split complimentary colors won’t have the “harsh” and the tension of the complementary ” sister” color scheme.

Bow Window Treatments


“These tips will help you find the right treatments for bow windows.”

Begin the search for the right bow window treatments by finding and matching the design you have in the room; decide if you want to draw attention to these large window treatments or make them “blend”.

…Whatever you decide or your style preference, don’t let your bow window treatments impede on their functionality.

Bow Window Treatment Ideas


There are 5 factors in selecting bow window treatments for your room:


  • Question 1: Want to Draw Attention to your Casing?If the casing is elegant and attractive enough, make the most of the decorating molding you have: mount the shades inside the windows casement and adorn only the window top with a loosely hung swag or valance.
    It will emphasize the beauty of your bow windows and the quality of your molding.
  • Question 2: Want to Save Energy and Reduce your Heating Costs?If you have floor to ceiling bow windows, use energy efficient window film and then add your “regular” bay window treatments. This, along with the use of blackout curtain for your large window treatments will help reducing heating costs for this winter!
  • Question 3: Do You Want to Add Importance to Your Bay Windows?Add importance to the group of windows that form the bay, by unifing them with a single treatment.For decorative purposes, completely cover the bay window with one pair of draperies instead a pair for each window.
    Roman valances soften the look of the window panes whem the panels are tied back.
  • Question 4: Want to Rather Blend the Bow Window Treatments with the rest of the Room Wall Covering?Blend a valance with the rest of the wallpaper to make the transition from the wall to the bow windows more subtle.
  • Question 5: Want to Emphasize the Gorgeous View?If you have a terrific view, draw attention to it and visually increase the size of the windows themselves and mount vertical striped side panels. What material? Nothing beats the fabric panels when it comes to add instant warmth and style to a room.
    Another solution when outside view is the focal point: Use simple ring mounted decorative stationary panels that extend only half way over the side windows of the window assembly. The fabric softens the whole look and rather enhance, not distract from the view.



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  • Window Treatments for Patio and Sliding Doors
  • Energy Efficient Window Film
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  • For decor that’s sleek and understated choose shutters, blinds(as in the picture above), shades – it will keep things “trimmed and tailored”.
  • For a formal look for your bow window treatments, install framing draperies across the front of the window alcove.
  • For a high curved bay window, use a flexible rod that can follow the curve in one sweep. If decor is contemporary, let the rod be seen.


Select the Right Bow Window Treatments:

  • Pleated styles valances add dimension and they’re elegant in rooms of any style; they offer a tailored sophisticated look, and let’s not forget the economy on fabric; the pleats are formed at the top edge of the treatment, and fabric lays flat between the pleat folds.
  • Consider woven wood shades for texture and light control. First you need to determine if the shades can be mounted inside or outside of the window; see if there is enough space within the frame to accommodate the head rail of the shade.
    For the outside mount they can mounted on the window molding or wall. If there is wall between the windows, you can highlight each individual window by having shades cut the same width as the outside molding measurement.
    To make windows appear wider and to create a more continuous look, mount shades cut wider than the window with their sides almost touching in the angled corners of the bay.
  • Soft cornice style as bay window treatments is perfect for prominent print fabrics, making the group of windows and the whole room larger. If the cornice is mounted inside the window frame, it will showcase not only the molding, but it will expand the bay window dividing it into individual windows.
  • Use shutters for bow window treatments if there is need for privacy and you’re concerned more with functionality of your treatments than looks.
  • Consider roman shades without the rods at the back, to create a more casual effect – the shade crumples up softly at the sides and swags down in the center; for a more formal look use rods at the back – will keep the shades straight and flat.
  • Swags and jabot – swags and cascades wrapped around a custom made pole for bow windows will enhance a traditional decor.