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Monday, 26 October 2015 13:36

Decorating with Mixed Materials

There are many elements to a well-designed space, but there are specific elements that give it character. An easy way to instantly add character to a room is with mixed materials. Combinations such as metal and wood make a space more interesting and add dimension. It’s these kinds of details that take a look beyond the ordinary. Check out a few of our favorite looks with mixed materials.

 

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Kincaid

Metal and wood, a popular furniture trend, is often thought of as rustic or industrial. This bedroom proves that this combo has a sleek modern side.  A bold wall color warms up the rich tones of the wood, creating an inviting space.

 

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Kincaid

Even a small detail, like the metal base on this distressed table, can make all the difference in the versatility of a piece. This metal X base makes this a table that would add just as much interest in a modern home as it would in a classic farmhouse.

 

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Flexsteel

There is much to be appreciated in this traditionally styled space. What really gives it distinction though are the tables. Glass wrapped in corrugated metal is unexpected and just a little bit quirky. Yet the simple design works in this classic living room.

 

 

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Riverside

This neutral space is so rich you’ll never notice the lack of color. These tables not only combine wood and metal, but also pattern. Distressed wood in a chevron pattern and shades of grey combine everything we love about today’s neutral trends.

 

 

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Uttermost

In this neutral bedroom, texture is key. This bedroom showcases so many materials, yet it all blends together seamlessly. A headboard that combines wood and linen brings a softness to the space while a vintage-style cabinet with weathered mirrors gives the room a sense of history.

 

Add to your home’s character by incorporating pieces that mix materials. This is a great way to make an impact in a space without making a major commitment to a new color or a complete redesign. Meet with one of our designers to get started on the perfect look for your home. 

Published in Room Design
Monday, 21 September 2015 13:17

Five Living Room Layouts to Try

One of the biggest mistakes people make when arranging living room furniture is pushing everything up against the walls. People end up having to sit so far apart that it’s difficult to have conversations, and the room ends up looking like a dance hall. Well-placed furniture will create zones in the space and ensure that each zone is clearly defined. If you struggle with how to arrange your living room furniture then why not give one of these layouts a try:

 

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Kincaid

A good place to start is by floating the sofa in the center of the room.  This is a great option for a long narrow living room since it will break the space into two areas. Just be sure to balance the room by adding the right pieces in unused space, depending on how you want the room to function.

 

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Flexsteel

Use two sofas opposite one another or two chairs opposite the sofa. This is a great look around a fireplace. It’s pretty and intimate, and lets the fireplace become the focal point of the room and the seating area.

 

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Uttermost

Who says a living room has to have a sofa? A grouping of stylish chairs can be just as functional and as exciting. This works well in a square living room. Place a coffee table in the center that has enough surface area to handle some pretty accessories and can serve as a landing spot for drinks when entertaining.

 

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Flexsteel

If there is truly only one wall that will fit the sofa, then make it interesting. Use a pair of bookcases with some architectural interest on the wall behind the sofa. This gives it more of a designer look, especially when you style the shelves with unique pieces.

 

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Flexsteel

Often times, a sectional is the solution for a room with a tricky layout. Living rooms with many doors and windows can benefit from a sectional placed in the center of the room. This will define the space and center the area. Especially in an open floor plan, since it can feel like there is a vast space to fill.

 

Of course, every living room is different and comes with its own set of restrictions. Just remember: there should always be a focal point; keep walkways open and easy to navigate; and when in doubt, hire a professional. We are always here to help you.

 

Published in Room Design
Monday, 24 August 2015 19:34

Interior Design Classic: Chocolate Brown

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vases / beddinglamp / artwork / dishes / throw

 

Classic interiors often have one thing in common: classic hues. If you want to create a space that’s versatile and easy to update over time, then start with a neutral, like chocolate brown. Chocolate has always been a go-to for decorators due to its rich look and ability to work with any color. This shade of brown can take on so many looks, but it’s often seen in modern spaces and takes on a sophisticated and luxe vibe. Take some inspiration from some of our favorite pieces to work this chic hue into your own home.  

  • These high contrast vases are striking and can be popped onto a mantel or styled into a bookcase to bring a chic chocolate vibe to any room. Use them as a group of three or use a pair of the tallest vases to flank a piece of artwork.
  • Instantly update your bedroom with new bedding. A creamy colored duvet with a chocolate border is modern and sleek. Mixing it with orange and teal pillows gives it a softer look.
  • This porcelain lamp looks like it’s dripping with chocolate brown paint. It’s a dramatic look and would be a nice touch alone, but would make even more of a statement as a pair.
  • If you have a room that’s just missing something, then consider an abstract. Abstract artwork instantly takes a space to the next level. These canvases would work well over a sofa, in a foyer, or even above a fireplace.
  • Add some style to your kitchen with these chocolate brown marbleized dishes. These are sure to impress your guests at your next dinner party.
  • Bring a luxe feel to any space with this plush, faux fur chocolate throw. Drape it over the sofa, a cocktail ottoman, or over the foot of the bed.

Is it time to give your home some updates or a new look? We’ve done many spaces in many styles using chocolate brown. Let us help you design a space with this classic shade while incorporating your own style and giving your home the look you love.

 

Published in Room Design
Monday, 10 August 2015 17:32

Sofas & Recliners: Blending Styles

Shopping for new living room furniture? If you’re thinking about trying something different, then look beyond the matching set and try blending pieces with different looks. It’s easy to mix and match sofas and recliners when you pair styles with characteristics that blend with one another. Let’s take a look at these pairings and why they work together so well.

 

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sofa / recliner

This sofa and recliner pair work so well together because they both have a sleek and tailored design. Not only do these pieces have similar arms, but they also have similar legs. The mix of fabrics in various shades of black and grey pull it together and give it an edgy masculine vibe.

 

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This pairing is casual and cozy. Notice that both pieces have rolled arms, which are a little softer and sometimes more comfortable than straight arms. The worn looking leather adds an inviting texture to the stark white sofa. This pair works together because both pieces have a casual comfortable vibe.

 

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Another way to pair a recliner with a white sofa is to go for a punch of color. A recliner that looks like a club chair is a fun accent. These pieces share a similar style in the arms and boxy back cushions. They are united by the repeated use of color on the toss pillows.

 

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Incorporate pieces that are designed with classic details and you just can’t go wrong.  A recliner in brown leather is the perfect accent to a sofa with a timeless look such as this one. Design details such as tufting and nailhead trim never go out of style. 

 

 

Tips for blending sofas and recliners.

  • Forget matching. Choose styles that are different, but have one or two similarities.
  • Consider scale. One shouldn’t tower over the other.
  • Pull it together with fabrics. Repeat colors in pillows and accents in the room.
  • Consider arm style, leg style, and era.
  • If you can’t commit to color, then go with a brown leather recliner. You can keep it for years and it will work with practically anything.

Are you ready to mix and match? Let’s get started! We can help you pull it all together. Get more design advice by making an appointment with one of our designers.

 

 

Published in Room Design
Monday, 03 August 2015 14:39

Five Ways to Decorate a Blank Wall

Blank walls can be intimidating. They can also leave a space feeling uninspired and unfinished if left empty. Do your home and yourself a favor and fill in those blank spaces. There are endless ways to add style to a home by filling in those empty walls. Be inspired by some of our favorite ways to give your space some personality.

 

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Paragon

One large statement piece is sometimes all you need. If your preferred look is clean and uncluttered, then hang a large decorative mirror. Mirrors work anywhere. Not only do statement mirrors add a polished look to a space but they also bounce light around the room.

 

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Uttermost

Hang several small prints in a grid for high impact. You can fill an entire wall or just the space over a piece of furniture.  Get a little more personal by filling a grid of frames with a collection of black and white family photos or with travel photography from past vacations.

 

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oil painting / girl / clock / flowers / star / map / abstract / basket / mirror / giclee

A gallery wall is always a great way to work some style and personality into your home. This is similar to a grid but is typically less structured. A gallery wall should showcase favorite artwork, treasured photographs, and even quirky objects.   

 

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sconces / painting

Create a focal point that has symmetry by hanging a decorative mirror or a favorite piece of artwork then flanking it with a pair of sconces. These pieces are unified by the aged silver finish of the frames. Replace the candleholders with sconce lamps in a space the needs more lighting.

 

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Paragon

Artwork doesn’t always mean a painting or a photograph. Consider a large wood or metal piece that will bring some texture to the room. Pieces like these antique tiles that look like they were salvaged from an old building add a sense of history.

Let us help you create one of these looks in your home. We’ll help you choose pieces that are all about your personal style. Let’s turn your house into your dream home. Visit our design center to get started today. 

Published in Room Design
Monday, 27 July 2015 15:25

Decorating Kids' Spaces

Children need a space of their own--a spot in the house that’s all about them. Whether that’s their bedroom or a playroom, their surroundings should reflect their interests and inspire creativity for their growing minds. There are many options in artwork and decor for children’s spaces that will make them happy while adding style to your home.

 

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Paragon

If color boosts creativity, then these prints are perfect for a child’s room. They’re happy and bright and bring to mind sunny days. Hang them horizontally over a bed or vertically near a window. Draw on these colorful hues as inspiration for decorating the rest of the space.

 

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Paragon

 

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Uttermost

These prints are fun and playful and perfect for the child with a four-legged best friend. The larger print is big enough to be used alone, and the trio of smaller prints would be perfect over a dresser or bed. These prints can be enjoyed by animal lovers of all ages.

 

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Paragon

Bring a fun and whimsical feel to a child’s space. This artwork has such a cool vibe and lots of texture. It’s a great piece for a teen’s room, especially if they’re sports-oriented. This piece is heavy on texture and would work well in a space with a modern, rustic look.

 

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Eastern Accents

 

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Eastern Accents

Kids’ bedding can be stylish too. Bold patterns like large stripes and oversized polka dots are so chic when paired with a mix of fun pillows. These coordinated collections take all the guesswork out of pulling together beautiful bedding.

 

Decorate your children’s rooms with as much style as the rest of the house. Their spaces should be well-designed too. Simply use decor that reflects their individual personalities and artwork that will encourage imagination. Because everyone, at every age, should have a beautiful space to call their own.

Published in Room Design
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:50

Add Style with Light Fixtures

Add Style with Light Fixtures

 

Lighting is more than just a necessity. Light fixtures can blend right into the existing decor or they can be pieces that help tell the story of your home. Skip the standards and incorporate light fixtures that not only work with the style of your home but make it unique. Check out some of our favorites for almost every room in the house.

 

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We can’t say enough about first impressions. The entry sets the tone for your entire home. If you could choose only one place to make a statement in your home it should be the entry. Choose a light fixture that will reflect your style and the look of your home but don’t be afraid to try something different. These are both great options because of their size, they’re neutral enough to work with most looks, and they have enough interesting details that will take your space beyond ordinary.

 

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Bring the drama in your dining space. A chandelier over a dining table provides mood lighting while you’re dining but it’s also a chance to add some serious designer style. An oblong chandelier works best over a rectangular shaped table while a round one works well over a square or round table. We love these stylish options because they’re sure to add a dramatic flair to your dining space.

 

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Pendants are perfect for the kitchen. Hang one over a sink by a window or hang them in a row of two or three over an island. Kitchens are often overlooked when it comes to the design in the details. Your beautiful new marble countertops and tile backsplash need accessorizing too. Add interest, not clutter, to the kitchen by accessorizing with stylish light fixtures. These are great options for the kitchen because they have some serious style without being too elaborate.

 

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A bathroom doesn’t always need a vanity light, especially if it has overhead lighting. Wall sconces are great because they take up little space, add architectural interest, and provide soft lighting. Flanking the mirror with a pair of sconces also adds symmetry to the space. These sconces would work well with most existing fixtures while adding a polished look to this hard working room.

 

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There are so many options for the bedroom. Just think about the overall style of the space before you choose. Is your bedroom more traditional with ornate pieces? Go with a crystal chandelier. Is it more rustic with weathered wood pieces? Choose something that combines materials such as metal with wood or rope. Chandeliers are better options than flush mounted fixtures when you want to create a custom look. We love these two options because of their soft shapes and the mix of textures.

Lighting may be a necessity but it can also be beautiful. Just be sure to choose light fixtures that are the right size for the space, work with the style of your home, and reflect your personality. All light fixtures seen here are from Uttermost and are available here at EF Brannon Furniture.

Published in Room Design