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Pastel is a pretty tricky color story to work with when decorating a home, don’t you think? Often times a collection of light-colored hues can make a room feel too feminine and childish. Yet with the right tools and know-how, pastel can turn a variety of spaces into a light-filled and beautiful room. Here are a few tips for making it work in your own home!:
Pay special attention to texture when decorating with pastels. Rather than opting for light pink throw pillows or buttercup blankets, try incorporating pastel hues into heavier items with a hard texture, such as wooden coffee tables and metal floor lamps. This keeps the look from feeling too “sweet” and mixes in a bit of toughness for the perfect balance!
Throw in a few angular items to keep the space feeling fresh and modern. The metal desk lamp above adds so much character to this vignette, primarily because of the detailed angles it provides. Other great shapes to try? Prism-inspired end tables, triangular pillows or even geometric-inspired artwork.
Don’t forget to layer the space with plenty of natural materials like wood, wool and metal. Layers add a great deal of detail to any room and is the perfect place to “weight” down all of those lighter shades!
So what do you think, friends – are you excited to give pastel a go in your home? Any tips you have when using pastel to decorate your space? I’d love to hear!
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Too cool for school? Never. With the rise of industrial materials and today’s trendy nod to vintage metal, school lockers are showing up in some of my favorite homes to date. Let’s take a look, shall we?:
Image: House & Garden
Above, a Scandinavian-inspired living space is the perfect backdrop for gray-blue aged lockers, providing both incredible storage and maximum style.
As highly desired as large spaces are, they’re often some of the hardest rooms to decorate. Don’t we all have a den, basement or great room that never feels quite right? Fortunately, many large spaces can be transformed by following a few easy guidelines:
Image: Digs Digs
1. Remember Scale.
Nothing can make a large space feel more out of place than tiny furnishings. From art to furniture, be sure the scale matches the setting. If your ceilings are high, for instance, wingback chairs might be more appropriate than a low chaise lounge.
Designate multiple seating areas throughout the room to maximize conversation and fill empty spaces. Remember to “float” furniture rather than push it against walls – this helps any room feel worlds cozier!
3. Provide Weight.
Try a giant area rug to balance the space and designate each separate seating arrangement. Because extra large area rugs can be pricey, try attaching two large area rugs together for one giant textile!
Don’t be afraid to add end tables, ottomans, floor lamps, throws and credenzas that will keep the room from looking too sparse. After all, design is in the details!
What about you? Any tips for making the most of a supersized space? Share them in the comments below!
The cover of the latest FLOR catalog shows a warm and cozy bedroom outfitted with a beautiful stripe pattern we call Fall In Line – how appropriate for the coming season. How To Get Your Ex Boyfriend Back
Fall In Line is the perfect style if you’re looking for a little diversity in your flooring but aren’t ready to commit to a more opinionated stripe design. Fall In Line blends soothing neutral hues in tidy, organized stripes that give just enough texture to your floor without stealing the show.
Our designers have paired it here with this gorgeous rustic wooden bed but it could just as easily adapt to a sleek modern decor. Whichever you choose, it’s a solid performer with impeccable style … you can’t go wrong.
If you seek other options, check out our full range of pattern designs – there’s one for every aesthetic.
When it comes to decorating, I nearly always start the process with a monochromatic palettes. Perhaps it’s because I’m a girl that likes to play it safe, or maybe I just gravitate toward simplicity. Either way, I’m a big believer in investing in timeless black and white pieces to fill out a room and adding less expensive accessories to keep the look fresh.
But how do you keep the look warm, rather than cold, minimalistic and uninviting?
[Image: Bodie & Fou]
It’s very Scandinavian, yes, but also very classic and easy to transform as your tastes grow and change. After all, wood can be finished, re-finished, painted, re-painted and stripped over and over again. Even better? Wood is a warm tone, so you can count on its texture to create an inviting atmosphere in your otherwise monochromatic room.
White + black + wood = my perfect formula. What’s yours?