Fall in Love With These Fun Decorating Ideas

I fall in love this season of year with the return of cooler temperatures. Fall colors and nature changing before our eyes is all the evidence we need that autumn is officially here.  Adding autumn touches of decor to your home will help you transition into the new season with excitement of the passing of the year. Here are some fun ideas to help you get started!

fall wall art for your home

Display artwork that depicts fall themes/colors

In your front foyer or located on a predominate wall; fall artwork and accessories can change the mood in your home instantly.  One of my favorite things to do is to take a walk outside and collect things from nature. Finding pine cones, twigs and berry branches and even pumpkins at your local farmer’s market will do wonders as you fall in love with decorating for this season.

fall centerpiece for your table

Dining room table centerpieces/settings can welcome in fall

Whether you want to go formal or casual for your table, choose colors that reflect your home decor and the season.  In addition, consider using red and yellow apples for an informal organic and edible centerpiece. You can also add a beautiful floral arrangement with fall colors.

fall mantle decor

Use your fireplace to showcase seasonal décor

Your fireplace mantel has been waiting for this season! Whether you look in your yard, or you travel to an arts and crafts store, dried leaves and pine cones make great décor. Small pumpkins, gourds or dried leaf vines, and colorful candles will brighten your mantle and spirits too!

fall cozy sitting areas

Cooler temperatures mean cozy sitting areas

As the temperatures begin to fall, its time to bring out the fall colored throw blankets to place on sofas or in adjacent baskets. Complimenting with fall colored throw pillows will complete any cozy nook for you to cuddle up and enjoy a good book. My favorite thing to do!

fall scents with potpourri

Bring the aromas of fall into your home

In addition to fall decor, fall also involves your other senses like smell.  Pumpkin pies, cinnamon apple cider, and first burning of your fireplace are all welcome aromatic ways to make your home feel full of autumn inspiration. Consider using candles, potpourri, or boil a pot of spices – cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg to instantly transport your home into fall mode. Here’s a recipe to try making your own!

fall wreath for your door

Welcome guests with a beautiful autumn wreath at your front door

Simple grapevine wreaths are gorgeous on their own.  If you prefer more adornment, consider adding pine cones, leaves, berries and corn husks to your wreath.  In like manner, if you have a large home with many windows that face the entry of your home, consider placing matching wreaths hung from these windows as well.

fall nature walk

And finally, fall in love with this season by adding fall colors to every room in your house. Change out throw pillows, area rugs, bed and bath linens with fall colors that blend with your décor. Try grouping small pumpkins on a kitchen counter top to add instant color and fall inspiration to an ordinarily boring counter top. And without a doubt, remember to spend some time outdoors walking through the woods or trails. This is also a great time of the year to roast marshmallows over an open fire and spend time with family and friends!

Happy Decorating!

From Classic to Contemporary, and Everything In Between!

Brenda Weber CH Interior Designs

937-545-9171

Spruce Up Your Kitchen Window Treatments!

Kitchen window treatments

Add fresh new kitchen window treatments to instantly brighten up the space and transform the overall feeling of the room. With an updated design, you’ll draw attention to the kitchen’s windows, making them a focal point in the room for a beautiful balance of style, pattern and color.

Choosing the Best Fabric

Fabric content plays an important role when dressing kitchen windows. Depending on the location of your window, you need to be very careful with the fabric you choose. For example, if your window is by the sink or stove, fabrics will soak up spatter and cooking odors, so you’ll need fabric that is easy to clean. In addition, if natural sunlight shines through your windows be sure to have them professionally lined with a good quality lining. This will sustain the life of the kitchen window treatments and the investment will be worth it.

Stick With Symmetry

Many updated kitchens use patterns that promote symmetry, and have clean simple lines or patterns. Sleek lines look great and compliment updated appliances, such as stainless steel and natural stone surfaces. When choosing a pattern, remember that an updated feeling can be a simplistic pattern or a sleek design. Avoid choosing patterns that are too busy, and colors that are too bold or bulky.

Which Style is Best

When choosing a style of kitchen window treatments for your kitchen, you want a style that will soften the edges in the room to create a more appealing appearance. For larger windows, such as in a dining room, you can create a dramatic look with long drape panels. For smaller windows, that are directly in the kitchen work space I recommend a valance or roman shades. Valances work well in a kitchen with an outdoor view as well.

Add Natural Texture

In addition to patterns, natural textures and open weaves are common in today’s home decor. These fabric styles give your windows a warm and casual look. They serve as a soft backdrop to windows and do not take center stage. Many soft colors are available in these fabrics as well.

There are a number of ways you can dress up the design of kitchen window treatments to suit your lifestyle. You’ll want them to work for you, not against you when going for an updated look. Since we spend so much time in our kitchens, let’s make them bright and happy and uplifting. Let your windows achieve their full potential to improve the ambiance of your kitchen.

Call us today for an in home evaluation of your kitchen window treatments.

Happy Decorating! Brenda Weber

Spring Tips to Refresh Your Home

It’s going to be warming up here next week, and you know what that means! Time to open the windows, let some fresh air in, and start the spring cleaning and updating you’ve put off during your winter nesting. Here are some spring tips to refresh your home and inspirational ideas to get you started.

Edit Your Space

 Go through your coffee table books, get a new tray and organize your jewelry, rearrange your bookshelf. Clean your windows for each room in your house.  For the kitchen, I love reorganizing my pantry and spices. This time of year, it is also the perfect time to update your fixtures. This is so much easier than switching out large furniture. Fixtures are like the finishing touches of jewelry paired with a nice outfit. Sometimes just getting an updated finish on your chandeliers helps tremendously. If you’re not sure about mixing metals, opt for a champagne finish on the lighting, or a natural material (like shell, resin, or glass).”

Switch things Around

Give your rooms a refreshing spring look by switching your throw pillows out. For instance, choose two sets for your living room or family room – a warm, rust/orange taupe set that is perfect for autumn and winter. When spring comes, change over to a soft teal, purple or other light colors to lighten up your rooms. In addition, start some herb or flower sprouts on a sunny windowsill as a great reminder that spring and summer are on their way! When you live in a colder climate, you don’t really need an excuse to embrace spring whole heartily!

Bedroom Change Up

Spring is such a special time of year. It is filled with light and life and it offers us all a period for reflection and renewal. Likewise, it is always inspiring to freshen up the spaces where you spend a lot of time. Although it’s not always seen by guests, your bedroom is where you kick off your shoes, unwind with a good book, and rest your head, making it a very significant space. You can make a dramatic change by simply changing your bedding based on the season. Change out dark, heavy fabrics for lighter, more airy blends and darker hues for calmer, cooler ones, instantly you’ve just transformed your cozy winter cave into your light and bright spring-time sanctuary. On the topic of light and airy fabrics, you may also want to take a look at your windows too. If they’re framed by a dense, moody fabric you might be missing out on that gorgeous, natural spring light that lends everything it touches a nice, healthy glow. Next, add a drapery in a soft linen blend and your home will feel refreshed in a flash.

Renovate

In addition to spring cleaning, spring is the perfect time to start a renovation project. The first room to consider is the kitchen. With the average person spending up to 80% of their time in the kitchen (and even more during COVID) —cooking, cleaning, entertaining—it’s often the first room I recommend upgrading. In 2021, we expect to see people opting for more serene—yet still happy and uplifting. Soft teal, celedon and oyster white are a few of the colors you will be seeing in homes and kitchens throughout the year. However, we also expect to see some brighter hues such as yellow to compliment the grey tones or choose a shade from the coral family to pop things up a bit. Refresh your cabinets by having them hand-painted on site. To use a professional painter and high-quality paint in a flat/semi-matte eggshell finish.

The second room to consider updating is the bathroom.  Nothing freshens up a bathroom more than a fresh coat of paint. Have your bathroom cabinets painted as well and add a unique mirror and lighting fixture.  Make it pop with some colorful wall art and plush towels. You’ll be amazed at the transformation!

Let the fresh air and sunshine in as you tackle your spring cleaning and updating this year. Toss out the old and bring in the fresh and the new. These spring tips and inspirational ideas will help you bring new life to your home!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber ~Interior Designer

937-545-9171

CH Interior Designs.com

designer@chinteriordesigns.com

Five Most Common Interior Design Mistakes

Interior design is constantly changing and evolving, and it can be hard to keep up with. In addition, it can be confusing to wade through all the new information and trends that you read and hear about.  When this happens, it’s easy to lose a sense of yourself in your home and become a victim of interior design mistakes.  Read on to discover what I have found to be the five most common interior design mistakes I see, and how you can avoid them.

Window treatments Mistakes

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A common interior design mistake I often come across is seeing the wrong window treatments in a room. Many times, I see dark heavy draperies that are partially closed or completely closed which make a room look dark and dreary. Let in the light! A solution to having the draperies closed often is to layer the window with blinds or opaque shades in addition to the draperies. This allows privacy and lets the light in. A layered window treatment has multiple functions. In addition, use light and airy fabric at the windows to brighten up the room.  If you have a beautiful view to the outdoors, consider placing a valance on the window to add color and style but keeps the view open. Your windows are a backdrop to your room and should be functional as well as complement the furniture and accessories in the room . If you want to see a variety of window styles check out my window treatment page.

Add the Greens

In home greenery is trending right now, but I think it’s a classic interior design staple. Few people have greens in their home though.  While you don’t need to be a complete greenhouse, I recommend finding a sunny space in your home that currently has no houseplants. Add 2-3 (I suggest succulents if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs!), and your space will transform instantly. likewise, a good quality faux plant will work too.  They work well if you don’t want any maintenance or don’t have proper lighting in your home for live plants.

A Welcoming Foyer

A foyer can be one of the most overlooked room in your home.  We get use to using it as a dumping ground for shoes, bags, coats and clutter. Your foyer should be a place you look forward to seeing, and one that makes it hard to leave home. I suggest using a cheerful paint or even a striking wallpaper to welcome everyone into your home. If bright white walls are your preference, you could place a colorful patterned accent rug on the floor and a runner on the stairs. Add a fun focal piece on the wall, as well as some items that give the room function. Another option is to place a table for keys or a basket for grab and go items on your way out the door.

Furniture Placement Mistake

One of the easiest mistakes to make is one of the easiest to fix! The wrong furniture placement in your living or family room can really make the room look choppy and unbalanced. A simple and easy way to make a room look balanced is to relocate, rearrange, or say “good bye” to some of your furniture to make the room flow well and look balanced. “In my opinion,” says interior designer, Brenda Weber, owner of CH Interior Designs, “arranging furniture for great conversation is a good place to start. Another thing to keep in mind, is to create furniture groupings in a large or oversized room.” In addition, look at the traffic patterns in a room to be sure there is nothing blocking them.

Make Yourself Comfortable

To summarize, with so many interior design trends to consider, it is easy to get lost and confused in the world of interior design. My advice is not to forgo comfort to make a space look on trend. I recommend finding furniture and accessories that you love and are comfortable, but also have a great design style. Follow my tips on how to avoid the most common interior design mistakes and your home will be balanced and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Above all, you want to feel that you can kick back and relax in a beautiful and comfortable environment that says “this is me”.

If you still need help wading through trends and endless choices, let me help you find a look that is right for you!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

937-545-9171

How to Accessorize Your Home the Easy Way

Do you want your home to look pulled together, but when you look around you notice that it looks disorganized and mismatched?  There are many ways to create flow in your home and the one especially important way to do it is with accessories. Home accessories complete a space, give it character, add vibrancy, and create a sense of cohesiveness. Without these little extras, a room has no soul. As important as they are, many of us throw our hands up in frustration when choosing and arranging accessories.

Accessorizing your home appropriately will create an interior that is pleasing to the eye and the senses. In this blog I’m going to share some simple and easy tips on how to rearrange and decorate with many of the accessories you already have in your home. Many times what you have will work wonders if done in a way that looks appealing. However, it may be necessary to purchase a piece or two to get the look you want. By employing tricks of the trade and following a few basic design principles you’ll be successfully accessorizing your home in no time.

A Clean Slate

Whether you are using your existing home accessories or purchasing new ones, when it’s time to accessorize a room, start with a blank slate. Remove all the small and mid-size items including lamps, decorative items, artwork and pillows. This step helps avoid distractions and allows you to visualize placement of accessories. This also gives you the opportunity to place the furniture in an optimal layout before accessorizing the room.

Integrating your personality into a room involves decorating from the inside out using layers. Take individual elements and place them in an orderly fashion to create a balanced and pleasing look. The last and most fun layer is to add your personality to the room with your favorite things placed in such a way to showcase each one.

Balance, Weight, and Scale are Important

This step is important from the standpoint of making sure your home accessories complement each other with balance, visual weight and color which should be consistent throughout the room. To achieve this step, be sure the item’s mass, color and pattern are balanced. If you want to create balance with an arrangement on a mantel anchor one side with one large object and a grouping of smaller objects on the other.

Home accessories of different shapes and sizes can work together in an asymmetrical arrangement as mentioned above. Asymmetrical refers to visual balance with different objects. On the other hand, symmetrical balance is creating balance using the same or similar objects. For example, in an symmetrical composition, use a tall lamp on either side of a console table and add a smaller accessory such as a candle holder or bowl in the center of the table. This creates a very organized look. Another way to create balance is to choose items from the same color palette to unify the composition.

Remember to choose oversized accessories for grand spaces. This is where many mistakes are made.  A collection of tiny, delicate figurines looks out of place in a spacious room. Conversely, large-scale accessories can easily overwhelm a small area. In addition, allow the eye to travel around a room by adding a tall mirror or piece of wall art. This adds vertical interest and works well with high ceilings. The eye naturally moves up the mirror or artwork, then down to accessories and furnishings.

Have Fun with Color

Accessories are the least expensive way to introduce color. Purchasing new colorful furniture or painting the walls a certain color could result in an expensive mistake. However, incorporating vibrant accessories to a room tends to be much easier to interchange throughout your rooms. This also allows you to switch them out or even discard them if you tire of them.

Choose home accessories that make the most of your room’s color palette. Blend them into the overall color scheme or introduce contrasts of an accent color. Start with accessories in two colors that coordinate with walls and upholstery. Throw in a third to add a jolt of unexpected color to your room. Decorative pillows provide one of the best ways to play with color, pattern and texture when styling a room.

Mass Objects Together

There’s nothing that looks more out of place than a single vase sitting on the shelf of a bookcase. Make a design statement by placing decorative accessories in groups. An easy interior designer tip to remember is to group odd numbers of objects together to provide greater visual impact. Group items together to create continuity by color, theme, or both. In addition, make your vignettes interesting by mixing items of varying heights.

Any type of table or shelf provides space to display a variety of objects such as coffee table books, floral arrangements, and decorative pieces. For a clean uncluttered look, but visually satisfying, use trays to group items such as candles or ceramic figures.

Keep collections neat and tidy. Disorganized collectibles strewn about a room doesn’t allow you to focus on any one item. Simplify your collection by choosing the most interesting pieces and group them by similar size and color. Additionally, mass the items together and display them in one spot to create an orderly grouping.

Get Started

Accessorizing your rooms can be easy and fun. If you want to create a home that is tastefully done with an organized look remember to start with a clean slate, make sure your items compliment each other with visual weight and balance, whether you prefer asymmetrical or symmetrical groupings. Keep in mind, large rooms require large scale accessories to help balance out the room and smaller objects work well is smaller rooms.

When introducing color in your room use colorful accent pieces so you can change them around or discard them if you tire of them. And finally, keep collections neat and tidy, to showcase the uniqueness of each item. I hope you’ll find that these tried-and-true techniques will bring about a unified look to your home, be pleasing to the eye and fun to experiment with!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber, Interior Designer

CH Interior Designs

10 N. Main St. Suite D

Waynesville, OH  45068

937-545-9171

New Design Trends for 2021!

For many people, 2020 couldn’t be over soon enough. But with hope on the horizon, a better year surely lies ahead. And with it many new design trends and ideas have emerged to make living at home more comfortable and functional. As a matter of fact, the pandemic has changed many things, especially how we think about and use our homes. During this year we were all forced to take another look at how we could bend and conform the spaces to allow us to work from home, teach our children from home, exercise, and do many other things from home that we have never had to do before.
So, let’s explore those home design trends we expect to be seeing more of in 2021.

Start with Color!

Pantone, the leading global color authority, chooses colors and design trends that reflect what we see taking place in our global culture and serves as an expression of mood and attitude. Pantone has chosen two Colors of the Year this time, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. It’s a combination of dull, familiar gray and the bright yellow of lemon skin. Gray is the choice for the past year of quarantine and symbolizes the dull and monotonous. The bright yellow color symbolizes the light at the end of the tunnel, the sun rising over a dark landscape, and the dawning of hope. According to Pantone’s press statement, “Illuminating (yellow) is associated with optimism and vivacity, while Ultimate Gray encourages feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.” This combination speaks to the optimism and hope and positivity that we need, as we reset, renew, re-imagine, and reinvent.

Kitchen Style

When it comes to kitchens, most of us agree that it has been used as a multipurpose room this past year.
That’s a great reason to make it feel cozy and inviting. One kitchen style that is becoming popular is a custom look with a collected-over-time feel. This style usually features a mix of grays, creams and light woods with dark, moody accents for a soothing yet refined palette. A mix of textures, materials, cabinet styles and architectural details makes the style feel as if it was pieced together bit by bit over the years. It’s reflects a desire to want to spend time in it.

Kitchen Cabinets

In a year that felt heavy, with many people sheltering at home, they seemed to yearn for interiors that exude lightness. And many people found that light wood mixed with other neutrals like whites and grays is a great way to create an airy palette with a dash of warmth. This is especially effective in a kitchen, where the white blends beautifully with brass hardware, multi-tone marble countertops and backsplash. Using wood instead of white on some of the cabinets allows for the addition of white in other accents without creating a sterile look.

Larger showers

While most renovating homeowners choose to keep their bathroom size unchanged, a majority are making their showers bigger. And why not?  People who renovated a master bathroom say they rely on their new space for rest and relaxation. While taking long showers helps them relax and rejuvenate, a larger shower also increases the comfort level as well as the aesthetics of a bathroom.

Living Space -Open Floor Plan

Rethinking the open plan. The open plan room was put to the test this year more than any other room. Anyone who had multiple family members attempting to participate in detailed office work and video meetings in an open layout quickly saw the disadvantages to a lack of walls and privacy. The open plan is going to stay, but many people are considering making adjustments like adding sliding doors or partitions that can close off rooms for much-needed privacy.

Laundry Room

Soothing style. The laundry room isn’t a space that people often see.  Except for the on-duty laundry person in the household! For that reason, many homeowners and designers see this space as an opportunity to create something bright, bold and playful. While that option remains, we’re seeing many homeowners gravitating to calmer, more restful laundry spaces. In addition to color, adding extra space is high on the priority list.  There are many ways, other than remodeling, to create more room and make it look larger. Some ways to do this is to organize the space you have with shelves, closets, cabinets, hang racks and baskets to create an organized and clean look to your laundry room.

Bedroom Retreat

Channel-tufted headboards. A headboard offers an opportunity to introduce something interesting in the design of your bedroom. Most walls that beds sit against are flat, plain surfaces, and a headboard brings in texture and color and can serve as a focal point in the room. The channel-tufted option seems to be taking off. The design offers the look of ship lap or wood slats, but its subtle curvature and fabric give it the softness and comfortable look you want for a bedroom.

Moving Forward

2020 was a year of unprecedented situations that compelled change and adaptions in our homes in ways we would have never thought possible.  With those things in mind, design trends for 2021 are looking bright with color and new innovative ways to continue with the changes that we found beneficial in this past year. From dressed up kitchens to functional laundry rooms, I think we can all agree that our homes are a special place and should reflect the elements that bring beauty, functionality and comfort to us and our families.

Have a wonderful New Year and Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber, Interior Designer

CH Interior Designs

10 N. Main St. Suite D

Waynesville, OH  45068

937-545-9171

Create a Polished Style in Any Room

Here are some tips from designer Brenda Weber on how to create a cohesive and polished style in any room.

Choose a Palette

Working with clients over the years, I have found that the best way to start a new design and create a polished style is to choose a color palette and the mood they want the room to convey. We begin by looking at materials samples such as paint color, flooring, countertops, fabrics and textures that will bring their palette to life. This can be a time consuming part of the process but it is well worth it.

Mix it up

Once we establish that choice, we move toward creating interest and balance by mixing soft with hard, dark with light or warm with cool, or in some cases mixing straight with round. Another great combination is using rustic textures with a little bling to create a casual elegance look. This takes some thought and creativity to blend these elements masterfully to create a polished style.

Create Rhythm

How do we create rhythm and flow in a room? The best way to do this is to repeat the same textures, colors, and finishes a few times so that the room looks unified. A random finish or color used by itself, leaves the room looking imbalanced and accidental. For example, repeat the same color in wall art, accent pillows and a piece of pottery or another accessory.

Don’t Toss Everything

Know what to keep when redesigning a room. Not everything has to be replaced even if you don’t like it. In a new context, tired details can look fresh and new. However, don’t cut corners on an important design feature of the room. If it’s something that unifies with the rest of the home it may be worth keeping. Aged wood flooring for example, can complement many different styles and save on the price of the project.

Each project is different and deserves special design attention and planning. The completed project is always worth the time and effort that is given during the process.

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

CH Interior Designs

designer@chinteriordesigns.com

937-545-9171 Call or text Brenda Weber

The Perfect Way to Decorate Your Home During a Pandemic

No need to worry!

For many of us, interior design and redesign projects were halted when shelter-in-place orders went into effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s only natural if you’re among those who want to make improvements to your home to be frustrated by this halt. People want to refresh their homes now more than ever and are aiming to make the most of their homes since we are spending more time at home. There has been an increase in people desiring to make home decor purchases over the past months. And many are asking for professional design assistance with home offices or asking for workstations to be incorporated into other rooms. In addition, there is a general trend of people trying to make their homes feel more comfortable and functional and don’t want to put projects on hold any longer.

It’s hard to find a silver lining, but if there’s one good thing that’s come from being quarantined, it’s the fact that  we are being forced to slow down, reflect and get reacquainted with our homes. In doing this though, we are becoming more aware of the things that need updated or redecorated in our homes! In the past, we would typically spend most of our waking time at school or at work, but since classes and work meetings shifted to a virtual plain, we’re in our homes more now than ever! As a return to normal life seems uncertain, with the help of an interior designer there is still a way to complete your home decor projects and in a timely way. Interior Design Virtual Consultations are now being offered by some interior design companies and it’s a simple and easy way to get started.

The Perfect Way

The perfect way to decorate your home during a Pandemic is to work with an interior designer who offers complete interior design virtual consultations. There is no personal contact involved so they’re safe but comprehensive. They provide you with the tools, knowledge and products you need to proceed with your home decor projects during this new era of social distancing.

How it Works

Interior Design Virtual Consultations are similar to in-home consultations, only everything is done virtually via email, video, text and virtual chats, and in a less time restrictive way. This is especially helpful during the COVID Pandemic where you can accomplish your decorating goals without leaving home and wherever you live in the country! It is also helpful if you have a busy home/work schedule and prefer to work on your design project at the times that best suit you.

Here’s what is typically included in a interior design virtual consultation. Suggestions and ideas on how to improve your rooms with furniture placement, color choices, lighting, accessorizing, window treatments, procurement of products that are needed and editing your existing accessories and furnishings. For more involved projects, 3-D renderings of your space is provided. This is a great way to learn how to update the appearance and functionality of your home. If you’re hoping to get your home decor project under way or if you’re in the middle of one and don’t want to put it on hold any longer, try an Interior Design Virtual Consultation. It’s the perfect way to decorate your home during a pandemic!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs
From Classic to Contemporary and Everything Between!

CH Interior Designs

designer@chinteriordesigns.com

937-545-9171 Call or text Brenda Weber

Modern Design Style

Many people hear “modern” and think cold, stark, and rigid. In truth, this design style is brimming with possibilities. There are many opportunities to use different colors, shapes, materials, and fabrics. If you’re planning on updating a room in your home, it’s important to consider how, when, and why you use the space, too. Check out the following modern living room decor ideas to get you started.

Modern Design Style Room Colors

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Monochromatic Color Scheme

1. Use a Monochromatic color scheme. One of the simplest ways to give your room a modern feel is to use a single color. Crisp ivory or exquisite ebony is a great place to start a room color palette. If you like more color try shades of cool blue or fiery orange. From there, find modern furniture in tints and tones of the same color. Mix up patterns and textures while maintaining the motif for a well designed look.

2. Bold is Better Although black and white decor are a modern design room staple, this style can also feature a vivid and varied palette. Keep the drama contained to some pillows, or proudly display a bright red sofa. To mimic the striking contrast as black and white, try other high-impact pairings like orange and blue.

3. Mixing Materials While classic rooms typically stick to one type of wood or metal, modern style room design offers more freedom. Warm things up and create some visual interest by combining contrasting finishes, such as a cool ash floor and a deep walnut entertainment center. Mix shiny, burnished brass with blackened, matte steel accents or bring together silver and gold for a hint of glam.

Modern Design Style Furniture

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Use bold colorful accessories

4. Comfy but Classy Structural backs and straight arms are defining features of modern furniture, but there is still plenty of room for comfort, too. A linen upholstered sofa with clean lines and soft cushions offers the best of both worlds. Stylish armchairs covered in supple leather are another easy way to incorporate cozy sophistication.

5. Make a Statement Create a focal point by adding a bold, unexpected element to your modern living room. Complement contemporary furniture by mounting a large sculpture or wall art over the sofa. Asymmetrical placement of a bold, geometric coffee table or bookshelf can also produce an eye-catching look that’s undeniably modern.

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Add unique accessories and glass tables

6. Mix and Match Think outside the box by combining natural and unique items.. An eclectic, textured mixture of stone, cotton, glass, and steel keeps your eye moving around the room. Highlight the convergence of different materials by positioning mirror-finished end tables alongside a maple television console.

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Modern Design Style Accessories

7. Keep it Simple During this time of having low-key gathering of friends, people always seem to congregate in the kitchen or living room. A big sectional sofa provides plenty of space to sit and chat. Position a few end tables within arm’s reach for guests to place their drinks. Glass tops and metal frames maintain a streamlined, modern look to the room and they’re easy to clean!

8. For the Kids If you have children, you know they factor into every decision, especially home decor. Take the stress out of the inevitable spills and messes with easy-to-clean leather upholstery. Spread out a patterned or plush performance area rug so the kids have a safe place to play. To keep things tidy, use a hidden storage ottoman as a place to stash toys at the end of the day.

9. No Place Like Home If you would rather stay in than go out on the town, a comfy modern living room is perfect. Bring the movie theater home while maintaining the sleek style of your space with a floating TV console. Mount the television over a fireplace for a laid back focal point, and toss some colorful throw pillows onto the contemporary reclining sofa to lounge in luxury.

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Pulling it All Together

The list of Modern Style room design ideas is endless since it’s all about finding what works for you. Begin by applying the basic principles of modern design: clean, not fussy, and open. Then, let the creativity flow. Pick from the vast pool of colors and styles to develop your modern living room.

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!

Happy Decorating

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs, Waynesville, Ohio
937-545-9171

Can a pop of color make you happy?

How color affects us-mind and body benefits

Color has been around forever it seems, but it was the early Egyptians who studied the power of colors and applied it to every aspect of life and their lives. Color art that we practice today, whether it’s adding a pop of color in the paint we choose for our walls, the fabric we choose for fabric for our draperies, or the wall art we add to our living room wall, has its origins dated nearly 2,000 years ago.

There are three components of color. The actual hue or color such as red, blue, or green. Then there is saturation which is how rich and pure a color is and finally, brightness which is how close it is to white. Highly saturated colors are energizing while brightness is calming.

So just how does adding a pop of color affect our lives? The components of color affect our lives by making us feel happy, calm and energized. Add a pop of color with a large, medium and small dose of color in every room. Here are some to tips on how to use your favorite colors when decorating your home.

Warm Up with Yellow

If your house is drafty or the area you live in is chilly or your room is oversized, use yellow touches to warm things up. Using a sunny shade can make you feel warmer which is why using yellow for entryways or mudrooms is a great way to make you feel comfortable as soon as you walk in!

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Warm yellow entry

Create with Green

If you look at nature, you’ll find that the main hue is green, the color of creativity. Green has been known to bump up people’s performance on a creative task. From soft sage to Kelly green, all shades have been linked to creativity and creative thinking.  So, before you start that project, take a walk in nature or paint your craft room a shade of green. And be sure to place your office desk near a window for a brain boost!

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Rich saturated green office

Energize with Red

Red is a very emotionally intense color. It is associated with energy, strength, power and passion. Use red in your home where there is activity such as the family room or in your workout room. You can even paint an accent wall and pair it with neutrals in the bedroom.  Green is a compliment to red so you can use green to balance out red in a room.

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Warm red feature wall in family room

Cool off with Blue

Genius ideas sometime come to you “out of the blue”. The reason is blue has been linked to a sense of openness and problem solving. So, when you’re looking for an answer to a difficult problem or dilemma, look up in the sky on a clear day. The answer may just pop into your mind! Blue is also associated with tranquility because we relate it to the ocean and the sky. In addition, it can influence your body by making you feel cool when you walk into a blue room.  Think about adding blue to your home where you want a relaxing and open feel.

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Blue walls create calm and tranquility

Get excited with Orange

Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, and success. It also promotes emotional energy. This color works well in kitchens and dining room where the energy is usually social and active. Try painting a feature wall in your kitchen or dining rooms to entice the appetite! Orange is also associated with heat as in the summer sun or autumn harvest. If you have an extra-large area that you want to “warm up”, try a rich saturated shade of orange.

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Orange wall creates excitement and warmth, great for dining

A pop of color is wonderful but remember it’s OK to love your white walls! You can always add a splash of color in your accessories. There is no right or wrong color.  It’s what you love that makes for a happy, beautiful and comfortable home.

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Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

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