Workspace In a Living Space

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If your living room is large enough, and you have no room in your house for an office, creating a small workspace in your hang-out room is a great solution. This space, either behind the sofa or in a small area of the room, is ideal to accommodate a writing desk — perfect for laptop use. It’s a great design solution to keep you included in the livelihood that is the main area of the house while still having a designated spot to work. Use it for homework, sorting mail, internet use (like blogging!), and at the same time add another layer of color, pattern, and style in your home by extending the design. For lamps, run cords underneath a large area rug that grounds the entire space, or use floor outlets, if possible!

Styling Shelves

Styling Shelves

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When styling shelves, there are a lot of things to consider, but the first is style. Do you need your shelves to complement a modern interior? French country, shabby chic, steam punk industrial? Or do you have a mix of styles in your home — in which case, eclectic is your go-to. An important aspect of accessorizing is to mix high and low pieces to create an overall high-end look. Even if you just have a few expensive pieces, if mixed well, these pieces can create the feel of a collection of luxury pieces. Remember to vary heights of collections and also to work in odd numbers — they always look better. Shift between textures and include lots of different visual and tactile selections — smooth, shiny, matte, woven. Pretty baskets are great for storing items like remotes, magazines, or work items that aren’t as attractive when placed on a shelf on their own. Take into consideration that the look that is in style these days is a “less is more” approach. Don’t over-accessorize your shelves — choose a small number of accessories that speak to your style and put them to work!

The Offset Television

The Offset Television

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You may think that if you have a fireplace in your home, your television should automatically be mounted above it. There’s nothing wrong with this look, but there is another option that can particularly come into play when creating a design for custom built-ins in a space. Offsetting the television into a side niche allows the focal point of the room to be the fireplace and whatever is hanging above it — a mirror, art, or sculpture piece instantly becomes the star of the room. Varied conversational seating around the room allows for television views throughout the space so that whoever wants to be watching the TV has perfect access to it, and perhaps someone reading a book or magazine has a spot further away where the best view isn’t completely necessary.

Unexpected Trim Colors

Unexpected Trim Colors

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Of course, crisp, white trim in an interior is a detail to be expected, but accenting your trim with a color can be very lovely! When accented with soft colors, like the sage green hue from the photo above, or even bold colors that are used in the decor, it creates a striking contrast. Keep in mind that this detail is best when the walls are left neutral so as not to have the interior read too busy or color-confused. The result of accented trim with neutral walls is a youthful and ethereal vibe that translates itself to any sort of design aesthetic.

Three-Dimensional Sunburst Design

Three-Dimensional Sunburst Design

via Home Adore

We’ve talked about three-dimensional design on the blog before, and this is such a great example of it that we had to share! Remember that three-dimensional design is when we take something from the background and bring it to the foreground. This can be done in virtually any way — think flowers in a painting and a bouquet of flowers on a table in front of it, etc. But this photo shows such a remarkable way that this design tip has been implemented. A simple sunburst mirror hangs above an upholstered headboard in a mountain retreat while sunbursts dance across the ceiling above it. This is such a genius example of ‘bringing it forward’ and creating playful design that resonates with all who encounter it.

Framed Wallpaper Panels

Framed Wallpaper Panels

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Not enough wiggle room in your budget for an entire room or wall covered in wallpaper? We’ve got the solution for you! Framed wallpaper panels create instant artwork in your space and make a huge design impact without a huge expense. Remember to play with scale when sizing your wallpaper panel — pay close attention to the wallpaper repeat to obtain artwork that is most appealing to the eye.

Styling Bar Carts

Styling Bar Carts

via Elle Decor

It seems that the bar cart is the new dining room buffet these days, and no matter what your design style is, there is a bar cart for you. Mid-century, vintage brass, lucite (great for small spaces!) — there really is no end to what sort of bar cart you can find. These carts are perfect places to showcase your design style and vignette-ing skills. Assorted beverages are a given element when styling these pieces, but always remember to include one large piece of decor, whether that be a lamp, sculpture, or other object d’art. Dream up a colorful display of items — fruit, decorative straws, and cocktail napkins, and add an ice bucket for good measure. And don’t be afraid to mix metals, wood finishes, and textures!