Decorating Your Living Room

The living room is the first that people see when they usually enter your home. It is also one of the largest rooms in your home. Many of my clients find this room the most difficult to decorate. As in any room, decorating your living room requires that you instill balance and harmony between physical objects such as furniture and art and key structural features such as walls and windows. And while it’s certainly a big task, you will find that once your living room is aesthetically decorated, you will love the results!

Ready to get to work? Keep reading to learn our seven best tips for decorating your living room.

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Choose Color and Style

1.Get Inspired

Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you would like to use as your inspiration piece when decorating your living room? Start with a vision. Have you looked in magazines or on social media sites or on blogs for your ideas? Start thinking about what you really love and how you want the space to feel. Pay attention to spatial layouts, paint colors, and decor. Save the images that really speak to you and try to define what it is that you like so much about them. This provides you with a great point of reference as you start decorating your living room, and once you get started the ideas will continue for what you want to achieve.

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Furniture Placement

2. Plan Your Living Room Layout

One of the most important aspects of decorating your living room is furniture layout. Do this before you get to things like painting and hanging window treatments. You’re going have to consider the size of your furniture and the dimensions of your space to do a proper layout, but this step shouldn’t be overlooked. Start with the largest piece, which in the case of a living room is most likely going to be your sofa . Consider the focal point in the room as well and position the furniture to showcase it. Once you know where the largest piece is going to go, you can start to arrange your other items. Make sure that there’s a flow to the space, including a clear traffic pattern throughout the room.

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Wall Color Changes the Look

3. Choose Your Paint Color

While the paint color that you choose for your living room should depend on your personal preferences, it’s a good idea to stay with neutrals like sage or gray if you want to keep paint color to a minimum. This will keep the room comfortable and relaxing. Bold colors like red or orange will add energy to the room. So, if you want the space to be a relaxing place to wind down, stay with the neutrals.

The living room is also a core space within your home and sets the tone for how your space is perceived. Neutrals ensure it doesn’t come off as too over the top, while also leaving you plenty of opportunity to bring personality and color to the space with art and accents. For help selecting paint colors, look to color theory as well as the visual inspiration that you’ve gathered for your decorating project.

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Any Style and Color

4. Add an Area Rug to Your Living Room

Rugs add color, texture and style to a room as well as acoustic value. Even your carpeted living room may benefit from an area rug. If you have an open floor plan, a rug can also be a great choice for creating a clearly designated living room area. Just be sure to choose your rug wisely, in terms of both size and style. An area rug that is too small will look unbalanced in your living room and will disrupt flow of the space.

Likewise, an area rug that is too large will dwarf the rest of the items in the room and make them appear smaller than they really are. However, as a rule of thumb, go larger rather than smaller for the right look. Measure your space to be sure your rug is the right fit. Area rugs are the perfect choice to complete the look of a room.

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Splashes of Color

5. Experiment with Texture and Color

A living room has so much potential when it come to design. Go for decor items that speak to your personality and vary in texture and color. Start with a live edge console table, or a couple of painted end tables. Another way to add texture and color is to layer these elements on your sofa with colorful pillows and a throw. Continue to add color and texture in your wall art and accessory items that you choose for the room.

In addition, add a few colorful books and some green plants to a shelving unit to draw attention to the space. Just be careful not to overcrowd the it in appearance. The overall look of your living room should be one that is balanced with texture and color.

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Live or Faux-Both Will Work

6. Bring in the Biophilia

Biophilia is the innate tendency to connect with nature. So be sure to bring the outdoors in by adding a floor plant to an empty corner of your living room or a potted plant on the coffee table. Plants add dimension and color and have health benefits, too, such as decreasing stress and helping to purify the air. If live plants are not your thing, don’t worry. Faux greenery and flowers have come a long way and can add the same great look to your living room without requiring any maintenance aside from an occasional dusting.

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Wall Art as a Focal Point

7. Choosing Artwork for Your Living Room

When it comes to artwork, choose what you love. It could be a framed picture, an unusual object that has special meaning, or a colorful canvas. The organization and placement of the artwork is important. Experiment with a collage or massing items together by arranging them on the floor first before hanging them on the wall. Its a good idea to start with a section and work your way out from there. In addition, you can add visual variation through different texture and colors, mixing and matching frames and adding things like shelves or hanging plants to break up the space.

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Inspiration

Decorating your living room is a big job that requires a lot of thought and organization, and one that’s worth doing right! If you are having difficulty with the vision you’re after go back to the inspirational images that you saved and look for ideas or guidance. You can also get in touch with CH Interior Designs to get a professional opinion on what you should do with your space. When all the painting, hanging, and furniture arranging (and re-arranging) is done, you’ll be endowed with a space that you love to be in and that was worth the thought and effort.

Happy Decorating!

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6 Benefits of Hiring an Interior Designer

Many people think interior designers just spend their day picking out pretty things. But in reality we do so much more! We can help you along your entire interior design journey whether your home needs freshened up or a whole new look, we’re here to help!

In this blog I will take you through 6 benefits of hiring an interior designer. Some obvious and some not-so-obvious advantages to having an interior designer on your team.

1. Depth of Knowledge

Creating great spaces does not happen by accident. Some people have a gift for putting together rooms in a way that is pleasing to the eye, as well being functional. However, many people struggle with this. It seems so easy, but still, they cannot make it happen. When you hire an interior designer, you are not just getting someone who will make your home look good, but are getting someone with a depth of knowledge.

An interior designer has extensive knowledge and training in the industry. They will examine and plan a room design based on the principles and elements of design. In addition, an interior designer will help you solve problems and expand upon your ideas and preferences while keeping them in line with your taste and lifestyle.  We guide you on the best materials and longevity, and the best path to your dream home, when to save and when to splurge!

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We also attend design events and markets to keep ourselves attuned to latest products, styles and up-to-date skills. This experience has taken years of study and experience to accumulate. And when you hire us we put it to use for you.

2. Expert Project Management

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With any renovation comes with its share of unforeseen issues that need guidance and advice. An experienced interior designer will help manage the project and save you time and money. Our sharp and creative eye helps avoid mistakes that could hurt your investment and delay your timeline. In addition, we manage and oversee the project and tradesmen, as well as update you regularly on the project.

3. A Network of Skilled Professionals

Reliable team of tradesmen

When you hire a professional interior designer, you gain access to all of our highly skilled and experienced tradesmen that we’ve gathered into our circle. These are the tradesmen, vendors, and craftsmen that we trust to help make your dream come true.

The best part? You don’t have to spend time and energy searching for them yourself.

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So many choices!

4. Timed Saved and Guidance Every Step of the Way

When you hire an interior designer you can rest assured, with our design knowledge, team of skilled tradesmen and product management that we will save you time. Not only do you not have to research things, like all the different flooring or tile choices, but you don’t have to leave work everyday to receive deliveries and oversee installations, search for the perfect product, or spend weeks or months finding the right people to help with the project..

Our expertise and management skills will ensure peace of mind and the most efficient path to your dream home.

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We focus on your style!

5. We Pay Attention to Your Tastes and Lifestyle

Now that we’ve revealed all the important behind-the-scenes things that interior designers do, let’s look at the design process itself. While you may wish for your home to look just like the ones in a magazine, the truth is that when it comes to designing your own home, you don’t want yours to look just like those. Your own personality and desires need to be expressed in your home.

We’ll help refine your style and aesthetic and learn what’s meaningful to you. We value your priorities and pay attention to what you need and want for your home. In addition, we’ll help you design your home so that it speaks to you and your personality.

6. Living the Dream

When your home is professionally designed to accommodate your lifestyle and help you live the way you’ve always wanted, that’s exactly what it does. Maybe you want your bedroom to have a spa like feel to it with a special space for your yoga stretches. Or your living room to be arranged for entertaining and intimate conversations. Whatever you want from your life we can help get you there so you can live the dream your way!

These 6 benefits of hiring an interior designer will help guide you on your way when designing or decorating your home, whether its one room or the whole house.

Lastly, I want you to know that my passion is helping my clients achieve their interior design goals. I love seeing their happy faces and hearing them say, “I finally feel at home in my own home”. Its a privilege to bring their homes to life that are functional and beautiful and one they want to come home to! I would love the opportunity to help you on your interior design journey!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber -Interior Designer – 937-545-9171
CH Interior Designs

How to Make Your Interior Design Style Say YOU!

The best interior design style is the one that says “YOU”! Whether you love classic, traditional, transitional, modern, farmhouse chic or eclectic, the most important thing to remember is to make your home comfortable and reflect the things you love.

Here are 4 ways to feel at home in your home.

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Be Authentic

Be Authentic

Let your home interior design style evolve day-to-day, season-to-season. Be authentic and practice letting others in by entertaining and offering hospitality no matter what the state or style of your home is.  It’s time to let go of the pressure and expectations you’ve always felt so you can fully discover and embrace the beauty of the space where you are right now.  Learn to live with imperfection because contentment is far more important. Your guests will feel at ease and comfortable too!

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Dark walls create a moody feel

Create the Mood with Your Interior Design Style

Know what mood you want to go for. Do you want a bright and cheery space, dark and moody, cozy and warm, or fresh and airy? Think about the textures you love, and how you like your furniture arranged. Consider the colors that ‘speak’ to you. In addition, lighting adds ambiance to a room so choose it wisely.  Look at inspirational photos and discover what you like about them. These things will guide you to your own special interior design style of how you want your home to look and feel.

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De-clutter

While you may not always realize it when you’re in the midst of it, clutter can have a really negative impact on your life. It can often cause you to feel discontent and generally unhappy with your home. Decluttering can become an important way to practice self-care because it helps you take control of your home, your life, and your “stuff” to improve your overall well-being and contentment in your home. Creating a home that can give you the time, space, energy, and clarity to improve your health and happiness is well worth the effort it takes to de-clutter.

Using the right scale and size of furniture for the room will create thoughtful use of space. Near Springboro

Create Thoughtful Use of Space

Shaping your home to fit the daily rhythm of your lifestyle can sometimes prove to be daunting.  At the heart of it, we see design as an opportunity to be resourceful and believe the rewards far outweigh the challenges.  While each home is unique, here is a brief list of how to create thoughtful use of space in your home.

  1. Start with natural light, try to let in as much of it as possible to keep the room feeling spacious and open.
  2.  Next, think vertically.  Maximize wall space by using vertical storage such as shelving or cabinets. In addition, consider wall hooks instead of a coat rack.
  3.  Leave space in the room for the eye to rest. Give your furniture space to breathe and be thoughtful about the items you incorporate. This will keep the room from looking chaotic. Use the right scale and size of furniture for the room. Using too large or too small of furniture will make your room feel uncomfortable.
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Be You!

When deciding on an interior design style for your home remember to let it reflect you and your tastes! Learn to be comfortable in your home by being authentic to yourself and your style. Create the mood you want so it fits your lifestyle.

In addition, de-clutter to create a tranquil and peaceful environment for you and your guests. This is the ultimate in self-care. And lastly, design a style that fits you by creating thoughtful use of your space. One that will bring balance and harmony and will make you feel ‘at home’ in your home!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

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Begin your interior design journey today. Contact us here or text/call 937-545-9171 today to get the process started. Proudly serving South Dayton and surrounding areas.

Very Peri -Introducing Pantone’s Color of the Year 2022

Very Peri is the Color of the Year 2022. Near Springboro

Is it Blue Or Is It Purple?

It’s Both! This striking color includes the qualities of the blues, but also the rich hues of a violet-red undertone. The color of the year 2022, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri exudes a spirituous and cheerful attitude and dynamic presence that encourages us to be courageous and creative!

This is a new color for the first time in the history of Pantone Color of the Year program and reflects the global innovation and transformation taking place in our world today.

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Get Creative With Very Peri

In addition, it displays a confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit. As we rewrite our lives this intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace our new trajectory with countless possibilities and opens our minds up to a new vision. It places the future ahead in a new light and gives us hope to welcome the new experiences and choices.

As we emerge from an intense period of isolation, our home decor tastes and standards are changing, this exciting new color brings surprises that were not thought of before.

Very Peri living room wall color. Near Centerville
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How to Invite Very Peri Into Your Home!

There are many ways to bring this color into your home. For instance, a feature wall painted with this color will add a dynamic feel to a room. Or try it on a fun accent piece of furniture. Similarly, incorporating it in your design color palette with a colorful rug and some fun accessories will complete the look!

To sum it up, this color combination of both blue and purple make it a color that will be exciting to use in our homes. Get your creative juices going and experiment with this brand new Color of the Year!

Need Help Pulling It All Together?

Feel free to reach out. I’ll be happy to guide you through the process of choosing just the right colors for your home!

Happy Decorating!

937-545-9171

CH Interior Designs

Brenda Weber, Interior Designer – proudly serves South Dayton, Centerville, OH, Springboro, OH, Mason, OH, Waynesville, OH, West Chester, OH, Kettering, OH, Lebanon, OH, Maineville, OH, and Beavercreek, OH

Christmas Inspiration for Your Home

Ring the bells and spread the cheer. Christmas is a special time of the year for gathering and inviting family and friends over for the annual holiday. Decorating your home for Christmas is a wonderful way to begin the winter season and add the holiday spirit throughout the house. So, with the season nearly here, I want to bring you exciting Christmas inspiration and decorating ideas to help you prepare your home for this special holiday.

Christmas inspiration for your front door and porch. Near Hamiliton

Start With Your Front Porch

Christmas inspiration begins at your doorstep! Nothing is more inviting than a beautifully decorated entrance to your home. Use green garland, lights and other fun or attractive items to showcase this special space.

Christmas inspiration for your foyer.

Next, Make Your Foyer Pop

Welcome your guests into this first area of your home with warm lighting, cozy pillows, and bright and colorful seasonal colors. Make them glad they came!

Dark green walls in living room or family room. Near Centerville.

Nothing Says Christmas Like the Color Green! 

Whether you use pine green, blue green, bright green or hunter green, this inspiring color will surely be a perfect complement to the other Christmas colors you’ll be using throughout your home. In addition, it will add a touch of nature and tranquility at this time of year.

Christmas inspiration for your fireplace.

Focus On the Focal Point In The Room

There’s no better focal point in a room than the fireplace at Christmas time. Stockings hung in a row, fresh green garland and lights make the perfect look for a warm and cozy fireplace. It’s a great place to sip on hot cider and enjoy great conversations.

Christmas inspiration for your mantle.

Dress Up the Mantle

In addition to the fireplace, remember to deck out the mantle! This is where you can get creative and show your unique holiday accessories. Gather your family photos, nostalgic keepsakes from grandma, or rustic handmade Christmas trees, to create the perfect theme. Create a balanced look by starting at each end and work your way to the center.

Hallway trimmed with Christmas lights. Near Lebanon.

Light Up Your Home for Christmas

Finally, add ambience with lights throughout your home for the Christmas Holidays. Decorating with lights can also improve your mood. Psychologists say Christmas decorations are nostalgic and bring people back to simpler and happier times, at least mentally. They also help boost dopamine, the feel-good hormone. So, if you’re feeling like a Grinch this season, consider putting up your Christmas tree and lights early.

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to decorate your home and showcase the things that have special meaning to you. To add Christmas inspiration for your home, start with a welcoming front porch and continue into the foyer and the rest of your home.  Add special touches to your fireplace and mantle and don’t forget the lights!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Season!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

Begin your interior design journey today. Contact us here or call/text 937-545-9171 today to get the process started. Proudly serving South Dayton and surrounding areas.

Last Minute-How to Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is a special time of year when families gather and enjoy delicious food and conversation together. This year especially, with people reuniting, is even more reason to spruce up your Thanksgiving table.

Here are some simple last-minute ideas to really make yours unique and welcoming!

  1. Less is better. When in doubt, leave it off – a busy Thanksgiving table setting tends to be overwhelming.
  2. Opt for low but add height. Décor and candles must be short enough for guests to see and interact with the person sitting across them. Additionally, you can add height with thin, tall candlesticks or delicate twigs from outside.
  3. Limit your color palette. To create a chic table setting, stick to two or three colors, as well as an accent hue. You can also use the outdoors or even your menu ingredients as inspiration.
  4. Seasonal ingredients can double as décor. Fresh squashes, star anise, and whatever is fresh from the harvest can double as Thanksgiving table décor. One or two can be very impactful on a dining table.
  5. Mix crockery, glassware, and cutlery. Mix differently shaped and textured plates, juxtapose copper and silver and add unique glassware – have fun with the essentials.
  6. Add vintage. Dig into the attic and find aged pieces, like vases, or cutlery, that add instant personality to a table.

Here are some of my favorite setting styles:

Thanksgiving table dinner setting style. Near Kettering.

Minimalist-The simplicity of a singular blade of wheat or rosemary makes such a stunning statement – these tables sing “less is more!”

Rustic Thanksgiving table setting using pumpkins. Near Mason.

Rustic-The blend of orange and cream décor provides just the right amount of color and texture. Uniquely, the pinecones give a hint of the transition into the Christmas season which soon follows.

Romantic style decor for Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece.

Romantic-The complimentary neutrals with a romantic floral centerpiece set the tone for this table. In addition, Romantic accents of gold flatware and candlesticks finish the look of this elegant style.

Vintage table setting for Thanksgiving. Near West Chester.

Vintage– This Thanksgiving table setting reaches back to years gone by with its nostalgic decor. Take a peek in your attic or closet to discover just the right piece to showcase on your table. Chances are some of your family members will remember it!

A centerpiece is where Thanksgiving table decorating ideas truly come to life. Showstopper or not, a Thanksgiving table setting is where family and friends meet, so it’s a time to give it a special touch with the style you love!

Here are some simple Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind as you decorate Your Thanksgiving table with a centerpiece.

1. DO keep the Thanksgiving centerpiece small, especially if you want to serve your dishes in the middle of the table.

2. DON’T use overly fragrant flowers that can cause an allergic reaction in guests.

3. DO work in multiples. Candles, flowers, and other décor work well in pairs or groups of three, five, or seven.

4.DON’T forget to layer. You can arrange a beautiful table just by layering two or more textures, like bushy foliage and glossy candles set against burlap.

5. DO add objects of various heights, even if the pieces are only 2”, 4” and 6” tall.

6.DON’T over complicate. Simple flowers and Thanksgiving table décor will create a timeless look.

7. DO balance the arrangement by using different shaped and sized decorations and flowers.

8. DON’T make use of elements that are too bulky or high. You want your guests to be able to see over décor to interact with one another.

9. DO display dishes on a separate buffet table if you want more space on the dining table. This extra can also double as a place to showcase an elaborate Thanksgiving centerpiece that won’t be in the way.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to decorate! Without a doubt, your dining table is the best place to start. Use your creativity and try these ideas to help you create the table that will reflect your style and your personality.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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CH Interior Design

Brenda Weber, Interior Designer – proudly serves South Dayton, Centerville, OH, Springboro, OH, Mason, OH, Waynesville, OH, West Chester, OH, Kettering, OH, Lebanon, OH, Maineville, OH, and Beavercreek, OH

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 with warm colors. Near Beavercreek.

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.

Centerpiece for your dining room table. Near Centerville.

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.

Fireplace mantle with fall 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!

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!

Potpourri with pumpkin and cinnamon scents. Near Kettering.

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 front 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. Near Lebanon.

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!

Brenda Weber, CH Interior Designs

Begin your interior design journey today. Contact us here or text/call 937-545-9171 today to get the process started. Proudly serving South Dayton and surrounding areas.

Spruce Up Your Kitchen Window Treatments!

Kitchen window treatments. Near Hamilton.

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.

Yellow valance style window treatment. Near Centerville.

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.

White curtains with navy stripes.

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.

Long drape panels in dining room. Near Kettering.

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.

Kitchen window treatment that is warm and casual.

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. Click here for more details on our window treatment services.

CH Interior Design – Brenda Weber, Interior Designer – proudly serves South Dayton, Centerville, OH, Springboro, OH, Mason, OH, Waynesville, OH, West Chester, OH, Kettering, OH, Lebanon, OH, Maineville, OH, and Beavercreek, OH

Refresh Your Home – Spring Tips

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

Organized bookshelf and side chair. In Centerville.

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

Refresh your space with new throw pillows. Near Lebanon.

Refresh rooms in your home this spring 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 bedding with calm, cool tones. Near Springboro.

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

White kitchen. Refresh cabinets with white paint.

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!

Wooden decorative mirror. Near Beavercreek.

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 refresh your home and bring new life to it!

Happy Decorating!

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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 Treatment Mistakes

Hand crafted custom draperies. Near Beavercreek.

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

Plants are an interior design staple. Near Hamilton.

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

Foyer table with mirror. Near Mason.

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

An easy interior design mistake is placing furniture incorrectly.

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

Interior design mistakes

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!

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