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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 13:51

Every Room Needs a Touch of Black

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You'll often find that thoughtfully designed rooms are those with easily identifiable decorating rules. One of the most well-known decorating rules is that every room needs a touch of black. While we're all for breaking the rules when it comes to interior design this is one rule that we love to follow. Sometimes a touch of black is all a room needs and sometimes it's more. But one thing is for sure: it's always a good idea to incorporate a little black into every space.

Kincaid black accent piece

Kincaid

Black balances bright pops of color. So if you have a space that's colorful but needs some refining, try introducing something in a black metal or a piece of black and white artwork. The mix results in a colorful yet modern space.

Kincaid dining table

Kincaid

Use black to ground light wood tones. Lighter wood finishes are a stylish alternative to a room full of dark pieces. However, you need something to break it up. This two-toned table with its black painted pedestal base fits the bill. Use one or two more black accents to punctuate the rest of the space.

Riverside bedroom furniture

Riverside

Create a focal point with a dash of black. Abstract artwork brings a welcome chaos to this polished modern furniture. A splash of black is all that was needed to completely change the feel of this space by giving it an edgy vibe.

Kincaid black accent pieces

Kincaid

When black is already present in the space with pieces such as light fixtures and picture frames, you can easily find ways to repeat it. It can be as simple as draping a throw over the back of a chair or even mixing in some black and white pillows.

Uttermost accent pieces

Uttermost

Go bold with more than a touch of black. When you paint a room black it creates a dramatic canvas. Warm the space by layering textures such as supple leather and distressed woods. Add plenty of light with accent lamps and mirrors to keep the space from feeling like a cave.

Decorating with a touch of black in every room is one rule we can get behind. Whether you use a little or a lot is up to you. If you're unsure, don't go it alone. You can always trust our designers to help you get it right.

 

 

Farmhouse style has become a hot topic in interior design. We're all for a trend but how do you go about it without turning your home into a cookie cutter look? The answer is to mix the look with other styles and make it your own. Farmhouse style doesn't have to be one dimensional. We've come up with seven looks that you can incorporate into your home to create eclectic farmhouse style that's anything but ordinary.

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table / art / candle holders / chandelier / pillow / rug / chest

  1. A statement making table. When you incorporate a conversation piece into the mix it adds a new dimension. A combination of washed grey and metal accents let this table blend with many farmhouse styles while shaking up the look.
  2. Unexpected artwork. The American flag is iconic and adds an element of history. Whitewashed and with so much texture it has a fresh look and easily adds character to any space.
  3. Introduce pieces with reflective or polished surfaces. Rustic farmhouse styles can be balanced with glass or metal. These hammered glass candle holders are the perfect accessory for a dining table or dresser.
  4. Use dramatic lighting. If you want your farmhouse style to have an edgy feel, this is how you do it. This chain link chandelier seems to drip from the ceiling. Add depth by repeating the bronze finish throughout the space.
  5. Have fun with pillows! Tassels and texture make these pillows perfect for adding a playful vibe to a farmhouse look.
  6. Add interest with rugs. Opt for a modern pattern or a new style to instantly update a farmhouse style that's just a little too traditional or looks outdated.
  7. Don't overlook small details such as hardware. An ordinary white chest becomes something special with the addition of oversized drawer pulls inspired by industrial style. Replace your bed's matching nightstands with these accent chests for a fresh look.

Want the look? We've got everything you need to create an eclectic farmhouse style and make it uniquely yours. Just visit our showroom, where custom design is what we do.

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 16:09

Trending: Sophisticated Florals

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When creating a sophisticated look in an interior design florals aren't always a first choice. Floral patterns and decor are often thought of as feminine, cute or girly. That is, until now. There's a new look that's trending in florals and it's all about creating something modern and edgy. Forget everything you know about decorating with florals and take another look. Once thought of as traditional, florals are back in a big way and more chic than ever. This is how to get a sophisticated look with florals.

floral interior design ideas

prints / pillow / rug / bedding / print

  • When decorating with florals opt for darker colors. Add some drama to a space with floral prints in deep violets and inky blues. Matted in white they're perfect against a dark wall for a feminine touch that's anything but fussy.
  • Think about florals in a new way. A dose of black adds an edge to watercolor florals. Pop these pillows onto a sofa, a bed or a window seat that needs a sleek touch of color. Mix them pillows in charcoal grey for texture and even more of a sophisticated feel.
  • Make a statement underfoot. Exaggerated florals in rich hues pop against a black background. This is the kind of look that says you love color but in a refined way.
  • Use classic palettes. A mix of patterns in black and white and shades of grey are always sophisticated and chic. Who says florals always have to be colorful? Even with the various mix of patterns there is something very reassuring in the calm that the lack of color creates.
  • Don't forget about metallic accents. Floral silhouettes in black and white almost have a mysterious feel in this polished silver frame. Simple artwork, such as pretty floral prints, can be beautiful and interesting.

If you think you can't create a sophisticated look with florals, think again. The rules have changed and floral looks are dark, modern and edgy. We can help you incorporate this look into your home in big or small ways. Call or visit our showroom to get started.

Decorating a home with an open floor plan can be challenging. Without definition of rooms you have to design one area with the rest of the space in mind. It may seem intimidating but it doesn't have to be difficult when you follow a few simple rules. If you want your open floor plan to have designated spaces that work in unison then just follow these guidelines to get started.

Riverside wood furniture

Riverside

When selecting wood pieces one thing you don't want to do is stick to one finish. Repeating two or three different wood finishes in the same tones from one area to the next will make it cohesive and add dimension. This will allow all pieces to blend without it looking like you bought matching sets.

Uttermost light fixtures

Uttermost 

Opt for mix and match chandeliers and lamps. Using statement lighting is a way of giving each space its own personality. Unique light fixtures will give your open floor plan a designer look while highlighting the unique purpose of each area.

Kincaid artwork

Kincaid

Creating focal points helps to ground the space. A gallery wall or a wallpapered accent wall will help each area feel like its own. Pull colors from artwork and fabrics and carry them throughout the space with accessories and accents in order to create an overall cohesive look.

Kincaid room design

Kincaid 

Designate zones with furniture placement. Rather than pushing everything against the wall you can create separation by floating pieces in the center of the space. Use a focal point to anchor it and you'll have an instant conversation area that breaks up all the open space.

You don't have to struggle with decorating your open floor plan! Visit our showroom where we specialize in custom design. It's time to turn your house into the home you've always wanted. Let's get started today.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:00

Decorating with Accent Pieces

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Accent pieces are like eye candy for the home. There is so much style packed into one package. Choosing an accent piece can be one of the most exciting parts of the decorating process. You can be adventurous with an accent piece since it's only one piece of furniture. It won't dominate the space but it will make a statement.

accent furniture Uttermost

Uttermost

Make your foyer worthy of a grand entrance with this modern piece. This edgy look speaks for itself and needs little more than a pretty mirror and chic lighting. Add this to a hallway, dining room or any space that needs a fresh look.

accent furniture Riverside

Riverside 

Pattern can be incorporated with more than just fabrics. Intricate patterns and designs are often what make an accent piece so special. This piece features a traditional take on a contemporary design. While this piece makes a great china cabinet it would also serve as pretty storage in a bathroom.

accent furniture Chattanooga

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A combination of texture and pattern make this piece a showstopper. Linen, distressed wood, and an eye-catching design make this a piece that creates an instant focal point. Forget the standard TV console! This is what your living room wants.

accent furniture Uttermost Chattanooga

Uttermost

Chevron gets sophisticated with dark walnut and clean lines. This will warm up a contemporary design without taking away from the aesthetic. Big enough to serve as a fun alternative to a dresser, it's a quirky and unexpected look for a bedroom.

accent furniture Riverside

Riverside 

Polished mirrored doors are a glam backdrop for the bold pattern featured on this console. Use this in a bedroom or living room to display your television. Perfect for small spaces, this piece packs a major punch of style.

Don't shy away from unique styles when shopping for accent pieces. These are the pieces that can elevate a space to a designer look and create a custom feel in your home. Shop these looks in our showroom where custom designed looks are what we do.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:52

Natural Elements in Interior Design

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One of the biggest trends happening right now in interior design is the natural look of natural. Exposed wood grains, imperfections and organic elements are a stylish reminder of what makes each piece of furniture so special. Natural woods have a way of showcasing the craftsmanship of well-designed furniture. Let's take a look at what makes this style so popular.

wood dining table Kincaid

Kincaid

Rustic gets a fresh look with a “live edge”. This term often refers to a piece that has been preserved in its natural shape. The natural quality makes it feel more unique giving it less of a mass produced feel. The curvy edges allow it to work with softer looks and various styles.

Kincaid headboard

Kincaid 

The soft curves of this live edge headboard give this piece a feminine feel. However the rustic details balance it well. A statement making headboard, this is a piece that creates an instant focal point and can be paired with painted pieces just as well as antiques.

Julen wood cabinet

Julen 

Natural wood isn't necessarily wood that is unfinished or raw. Rather it's finished in such a way that it showcases the grain with barely-there stains. Grey stains applied over heavy grain and knotted wood results in a more modern look. Paired with carefully selected artwork it has a quite elegance.

wood dining table Riverside

Riverside

Another way to showcase the beauty of natural wood is with pieces that are heavily distressed. You can appreciate the raw beauty of a timeless piece of furniture when you can see and feel the ridges and imperfections of the wood. Balance heavy pieces with organic textures such as airy linens and jute rugs.

wood furniture Kincaid

Kincaid

A modern take on traditional oak is white-washed woods. Minimal application allows the grain to be exposed yet removes the warm or orange undertones that often give oak furniture a dated look. Use this style with exposed brick or shiplap for a space that's layered in texture. 

Add the look of natural wood to your home with these versatile and classic styles. With our selection of furniture, and a design staff that is creative and experienced, we can help you seamlessly incorporate this look into your home.

Color is capable of so much more than creating a pretty home. Color can inspire creativity, it can boost your mood and it can even give you a fresh perspective on design. It's a total game changer. When you inject color into a neutral space it comes to life with new energy. If you're craving more color in your home then be adventurous and try something new. Color your world with these fresh looks in interior design.

color in home

prints / chair / bedding / rug / chest

  • Simple prints add a splash of color. They don't have to be over the top to have a dramatic impact. Watercolor florals, when matted in white and framed in black, are sophisticated and charming.
  • For the adventurous, take a classic look and give it a modern twist. Bright coral gives a classic style new life. When using color with vintage or antique styles go bright and bold for a modern look.
  • Wake up surrounded in color with a fearless color combo. Orange and pink come together to create a cheerful vibe, ensuring you will wake with a smile. Let all that color pop against a crisp white duvet.
  • Adding color underfoot will bring personality to the whole space. A rug that is bursting with rich color and a complex pattern is a tasteful way to take on bright hues.
  • Add a single flash of color to a room with a bold hue. A modern chest is far more interesting in rich navy blue. Placed in an entry, it will make an unforgettable impression on your guests.

If you want to incorporate more color and fresh looks into your home then meet with one of our designers. We specialize in creating custom designed spaces with you in mind. Don't shy away from color. Embrace it! Call or visit our showroom to schedule a consultation.

 

One of the easiest ways to update your home is with small pieces that pack a major punch. We're talking about accent tables! A basic end table will serve its purpose but a stylish accent table will do so much more. It's a low-commitment way to introduce a new design element to a space, make a stylish statement and add a modern vibe. Here are five of our favorite modern accent tables to add a designer look to your home.

modern accent tables

pedestal table / end table / drum tables / nesting tables / link table

  • Modern meets farmhouse in this pretty pedestal table with a distressed wood base. The aluminum top makes it heavy-duty and adds a polished look, making it suitable for elegant spaces.
  • Instantly update a space and add some rich color with this sleek accent table. This would pair beautifully with a leather sofa for a dramatic mix of textures.
  • Drum tables are a smart choice in a space with lots of angles and hard lines. Place them in front of a sofa, next to a chair or even in front of a fireplace for a modern update and to soften the space.
  • Nesting tables are always a stylish solution when space is an issue. Stainless steel legs are a sharp contrast to reclaimed wood. This rustic modern look works well as an end table but could also make a unique nightstand.
  • Add a sculptural element with this chain link inspired pedestal base. Sleek gold is modern and chic. It's perfectly sized to hold a drink so it would work well between a pair of chairs or even next to the tub in a bathroom.

Is there a space in your home that needs an update? Try one of these stylish accent tables for a quick fix modern update.

We all want our homes to look great. Yet with busy schedules and ever increasing to-do lists it's not always easy to make home organization a top priority. But it is possible. Your home can look polished and put-together even with minimal effort. It just takes a little strategic planning when decorating. Here are five easy ways to ensure your home always looks put-together.

Uttermost trays

Uttermost

Lose the clutter! Okay, we know that's easier said than done but you can easily manage clutter with pretty trays and decorative bins and boxes. A room always looks more organized when small items are corralled into a pretty container. Place trays on table tops and work decorative boxes into bookshelves.

Kincaid storage ottoman

Kincaid

When possible, choose furniture with built-in storage. Beds with built-in drawers and cocktail ottomans with lift-tops work double duty. When items such as extra blankets and magazines have a home it's easy to store them away quickly and grab them when needed.

Uttermost chair

Uttermost

Opt for sofas and chairs designed with a tight back. This type of upholstered piece is designed without any loose cushions on the back. Which means it never has to be fluffed and always looks nice and neat. Tight-back sofas are well tailored and have a clean design.  

Loloi rugs

Loloi 

Use the appropriate size rug for each space. Rugs are not a one-size-fits-all type of situation. A rug that's too small will make a space feel disjointed and chaotic. In a seating area, a rug should be big enough that all the front legs of the furniture rest on the rug.

Uttermost chair

Uttermost

Unify rooms with paint. Using the same paint color throughout your home will help each room flow seamlessly into the next. When every room is painted a different color it can feel disorderly. Choose a versatile neutral and you'll have the luxury of moving pieces around the house for an instant refresh. 

You can have a home that always looks put-together with these easy-to-implement decorating tricks. Visit our showroom for even more advice on ways to make your home beautiful and functional.

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