How to Expertly Decorate an Open Floor Plan

How to Expertly Decorate an Open Floor Plan

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Open floor plan living areas are incredibly beneficial to the flow of a house. They’re great for entertaining, they invite conversation, and they allow you to easily transition your décor from one space to the next. They do, however, provide somewhat of a challenge. It’s necessary for an open floor plan to differentiate between two functional spaces, like a kitchen and living room, while at the same time remaining cohesive. Delineate Determine how you’re going to define the two areas. Placement of furniture is key, and it becomes more important the larger the area is. Generally, the easiest way to do this is to float your furniture. This may mean placing a sectional or a sofa facing away from the kitchen, with two upholstered chairs beside it. It could also…
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Cozy Living Room: How to Add Warmth to Your Décor

Cozy Living Room: How to Add Warmth to Your Décor

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Holidays, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
“Hygge”, is, to put it simply, the Danish art of being cozy, and it has traveled overseas and become an American obsession. And with good reason. Most people wouldn’t object to a little extra coziness in the home. When the weather starts to get chillier we layer up with cozy knits, so why not do the same with our décor? We’re giving you all of our best design tips to add warmth to your décor and create a cozy living room fit for the weather. Layering textures Adding warmth to your home décor is best started the same way you add warmth to your clothing, with layering. The easiest way to start is from the ground up. In this case, a rug. Specifically a rug with a higher pile, like…
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How to Decorate a Modern Master Bedroom

How to Decorate a Modern Master Bedroom

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
The master bedroom is an important part of how rested and rejuvenated you feel on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it’s often an area of the home that’s designed and then forgotten, leaving you with the same set-up you had 15 years ago. We’re here to give you simple tips on how to decorate your master bedroom and give it the attention it deserves, whether you’re starting from scratch or updating an older room. First steps Even if you’re not starting from scratch, decorating is often intimidating if you don’t know where to start. We suggest asking yourself a few questions before you begin. First, what are you keeping? Take inventory of everything that’s staying in the room. Next, think about color and mood. What tone do you want to set…
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Dining Room Paint Colors: From Neutral to Bold

Dining Room Paint Colors: From Neutral to Bold

Buzz, Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know
Thanks to our contributor this week, Bruce Irving, who spoke with us about his take on dining room walls. Check out his website and enjoy!  During my years producing This Old House, the show visited many an historic home, and I was surprised by how often we’d see a dining room with red walls. Somewhere along the line, a house docent told us that red was traditionally believed to stimulate the appetite, and she said it as if we should have darn well known it already, being old house types. Fair enough.  According to Psychologist World’s website, “Red increases the pulse and heart rate, and raises your blood pressure. It increases the appetite by increasing your metabolism, which is why red is such a popular color in restaurants.” (As an…
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Choosing Bar Stools: Cost, Height, Style, and More

Choosing Bar Stools: Cost, Height, Style, and More

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
The open-concept dining area is in these days, and therefore so are islands and bar stools. You might be gathering quickly around your island to eat, rather than sitting down for a formal meal. Or, you may bring out the bar stools when you’re hosting a party. Either way, it’s important to choose bar stools that are both comfortable and attractive. Although this seems like a simple task, you may find yourself asking some questions. How many should you get? What height should they be? Should you get a bar stool with a back? We’re here to answer all these questions and more. Read on for our complete guide to choosing the perfect bar stools for you. What's the price range? Before thinking about the number of bar stools you…
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New to Circle Furniture: The Cambridge Collection

New to Circle Furniture: The Cambridge Collection

Circle Furniture News, Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
A new collection is always an excuse to celebrate. And this one even more so, as it’s inspired and named by the city where Circle Furniture began. The Cambridge Collection is exclusive to Circle Furniture and is a modern collection of timeless styles at a great price point. As someone with a newfound love for mid-century modern furniture and an affinity for jewel tones, this collection speaks to my design aesthetic. Peggy Burns describes, “I’m very excited about the collection first and foremost because it’s the most extensive exclusive collection that Circle Furniture has embarked on, available only in our stores.” Heather Chiapperini, the manager at our Cambridge showroom, is also excited about this collection, “The designs are on trend but offer a timeless appeal and customers are already loving the…
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How to Update a Traditional Dining Room

How to Update a Traditional Dining Room

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
The dining room has evolved over the years. Many people are opting for an open concept kitchen and shifting what “dining” means to them. However, the dining room is by no means extinct. The idea of a separate dining room to host family on holidays is still idealized and loved by many. Or perhaps you don’t have the budget for a major renovation. Either way, we’re here to help you design a modern dining room. Whether you’re starting from scratch or updating an older room, everything you need to bring a little contemporary flair into your dining experience can be found here. What is a modern dining room? Where a traditional dining room is defined by formality and rigidity, a modern dining room is defined by flexibility. Forget about the…
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