Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to Redecorate a Room: A Guide For Beginners

Do you ever daydream about redecorating a room or maybe even your whole house? While I love visualizing what a room will look like before I even start redesigning it, I know that it's a skill that some may have trouble with. 

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I've found that newbies hoping to tackle a redecorating project on their own can get tripped up by not “seeing” the big picture prior to decorating. With that in mind, I've compiled a list of things you can do to help you see your design dreams through to completion. 

1.  Do Your Research

  • Go to showrooms and scour interior decorating magazines for ideas before you begin any project. Pay attention to detail such as lines of a room, prints and patterns, varying and complementing fabrics, color schemes, layout and setup.

2.  Write Down Your Goals

  • Create a color and design scheme for your project. Write down your exact goal so as you pick pieces you can be aware of the overall goal and if each piece adds or takes away from that overarching goal.

3.  Focus on the"Big Picture"

  • As you are picking pieces, be sure to keep in mind that if you’re buying one piece of furniture at a time because of budget purposes, you always keep the big picture at the forefront of your mind. If you can, buy multiple pieces at once so you can better realize how they come together.
blue office / guest room
Photo by Ooh_Food

Though all of the pieces in this room appear to have acquired separately, they all match the blue and green color theme.

4.  Avoid Large Furniture Pieces with Loud Patterns

  •  Don’t ever buy a large piece of furniture with a large pattern on it, as the furniture already dominates the room because of its size. If you add any additional eye-catching elements like strong patterns, everything will fade in the background.
red high gloss table and chairs --scott weston
Photo by Ooh_Food

If you want to incorporate a loud pattern, choose smaller pieces (like these vibrant chairs in the photo above). The biggest piece of furniture in the room should be a solid color.

5. Look at the Room with Fresh Eyes

  • Once a room is set up, walk in with fresh eyes and scan it to see if your eyes fully go around the room or if anything stops and jumps out at you that doesn’t fit with your design schema. It may help to take a break after you've staged everything; leave the house for a while and then come back and reexamine everything with a critical eye. 

Got any tips to add?

Janette Mallory

Friday, April 26, 2013

Chandeliers: Why Every Home Should Have At Least One

Classy, elegant, charming and oh-so-trend worthy right now, chandeliers are one of the hottest ways to add a statement piece in your home. Whether classically featured over the dining room table or placed in unexpected hidden nooks for an overall eclectic design, it is the “it” look now.

nanette lapour's living room
I love this unique ship chandelier.  Photo courtesy  Ooh_Food

Begin by defining the style you are trying to embody through the interior design of your home or apartment. Next, if you already have a room in mind, begin by scouring antique shops and try to find a unique chandelier that will truly encompass the essence of your style.
lounge-y couch
This chandelier adds to the vintage feel of this room. Photo courtesy of Ooh_Food.

If you’re unsure of a room, you can also start by searching for a chandelier, but keep in mind, if you do buy an amazing statement chandelier, be sure it will fit the constraints of a room in your home.

Hang a chandelier in your walk-in closet and you'll feel like royalty.

An all-white bathroom with a gold chandelier? Gorgeous.

When designing, consider the forgotten rooms that may just pop with the addition of a small chandelier such as the bathroom, hallway, reading nook, bedroom, or lounge area. Chandeliers are no longer just meant for dining room tables and entryways, think outside the box and you’ll achieve the look you want.

What do you think about chandeliers? Would you ever want to install one in a powder room? What about a walk-in closet?

Janette Mallory

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How to Update a Powder Room on a Budget

If you’re bored with the same old drab decorations in your home, but you struggle with what to do or how to make the most out of your budget, why not start small, pick one room, such as the powder room and make little changes that will result in a big difference.

Delicate Powder Room | Janette Mallory Interior Design
Powder Room

You don't have to do a lot to update a powder room. The bathroom in the photo below could have easily been boring and drab, but the unique and intricate design work in the mirror and table made it seem less like a bathroom and more like an art gallery. 

Start the redecorating process by finding one or two unique pieces (even it's as small as a delicate, hand-painted vase or a gold-framed mirror). Remember darker paints make areas look smaller, so if you're planning on repainting the walls, keep with a light palette and darker accents (like this navy blue rug).

Notice how diamond design on the blue rug matches the shape of the mirror. 

Next, replace old, standard light fixtures (and the sink as well, if you're feeling ambitious) with modern pieces that resemble artistic design rather than functionality. The cascading beaded lamps in the photo below are both unique and elegant. 

Cascading crystal lamps add a unique touch and look great with this tall, slender mirror
Source: houzz.com via Tabitha on Pinterest

Finally, keep fresh flowers in your newly decorated room constantly, not only will it bring a whole new level of class to your home, it will brighten your day each and every time you walk that room.

I love the gray walls and unique light fixture. The wooded counter adds an element of surprise to the room.
Source: houzz.com via Tory on Pinterest

Have you recently redecorated your powder room? What changes did you make?
Janette Mallory

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

3 Creative Room Divider Ideas

Whether a small space needing to be portioned out or a large, oversized room that requires sectioning. It can be boring to set up the same old dividers, or leave a space open and intimidating. Here are a few ideas for those looking for a creative way to section their living spaces.

1. Bookshelves

Create a sense of division by using a bookshelf to break up a large, open space. Go small and extend a partial bookshelf from the wall or go big and create a wall of reading material. Bonus tip: keep bookshelves looking less cluttered by color coordinating bookends.

bookshelf as space divider
Photo courtesy of Ooh_Food

loft - nytimes
Photo courtesy of Ooh_Food

bookshelf room divider
Photo courtesy of Ooh_Food

2. Decorative Hanging Art

Nothing screams unique style like finding that one-of-a-kind hanging art that will create a stylish divider from one space to another as well as offer some artistic eye candy for your guests.

Photo courtesy of Tophomedesign

3. Windows and Doors

Not just for the coziest of cottages anymore, a repurposed door or window can still look classically chic and worn, or give a fresh modern twist for any decorating style. Simply decide which look is right for your home and use these natural dividers, which are all the rage right now. 

A repurposed door or window can look modern as well in a clean, simplistic design

This repurposed white-washed door works well in this lacy, modern country living room

Janette Mallory