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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

What shape and size dining table should I get?

Wondering what shape dining table and how to layout the room? Check out these
fabulous designer dining room photos.....with fun ways to update a dining room!
If you are considering a long rectangular dining table, allow 24" for
each person (this will determine the number of chairs, but also
consider the width of each chair). Notice the storage at right, which is
a nice change from the typical dining room layout with a big hutch.
In this Greensboro NC dining room, the homeowner moves 4 chairs
to the living area when they're not needed for formal dining. This allows the dining
 table to multi function as a desk or conference area for home office needs. 
A round dining table allows the best conversation, since
guests can see each other. Also, most of them come with leaves
that either convert the table to a larger round table or oval table.

Most people think a dining table needs to take up the majority of the space, but if the room is very large, try to think
outside the box - perhaps a fireplace? Live greenery such as the trees shown here..... or a separate seating area. 

Pedestal dining tables allow more chairs to be
added than if your dining table has legs. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Do sconces need to match chandeliers? See these Candice Olsen light fixtures.

Your sconce does not have to match your chandelier, or even be the same brand. As a matter of fact, you'll notice famous designer Candice Olsen will mix and match light fixtures for a more interesting eclectic look! That way you can avoid the lighting showroom look (when they're all the same style).

Designer Candice Olsen used two chandeliers with four sconces for sufficient lighting in this room.
The nice clean lines make them work well together.  To determine how many light fixtures,
check the wattage, some chandeliers and sconces are much brighter than others!
An important note - if the chandelier or sconce is too small it will look skimpy, so be sure to think about your room size, your ceiling height, and the scale of your furniture!

Think about unique places for chandeliers
or pendant lights. Perhaps over a nightstand?
Or in a corner of a bedroom over a chair? 

This sconce & chandelier create plenty of light because of the WATTAGE. 
Some sconces only hold 40 watts, while others will hold two 60 watt bulbs.
The silver leaf finish on both light fixtures makes them look good together,
even though the style is different.

Dining Room Before  

This dining room was greatly improved through a chandelier, wall paint, and new chairs. 
Notice we kept the buffet chest and the dining hutch. 

For this Greensboro NC  homeowner, chandeliers for the foyer, kitchen, & dining room are all from different manufacturers. It's fun to find light fixtures from different stores. Also, be sure to observe the room at night. In this room, a sconce on each side of the hutch would create nice ambiance lighting.

Designer before & after photos and tips on how to improve the lighting in my home:

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Should I paint an accent wall?

People often ask if they should paint an accent wall or how to know which wall is best for an accent paint color. An accent wall can look stunning, or it can look odd.

The decision of whether to paint an accent wall should be based on the architecture and the answers to these 4 questions:

  1. Does the room have one wall that is begging to stand out? A wall that just "makes sense"?
    This is an example of when a painted accent wall made good sense.
    The deep gray color adds depth to make the room feel bigger.
  2. Will the accent wall compete with another focal point? 
  3. Is the ceiling shape odd (not appealing)? For example, if it has low ceilings or lots of cut out dormers,  it's best to not draw attention to it. 
  4. Is the room small? If so, adding two different paint colors can create a chopped up look. So it might be best to add color in other ways, such as custom window treatments or huge art. It's rare for a small room to look better with an accent wall. An exception would be if you can create an accent wall with unique style, such as in the niche below, as a surround to the bed. This "accent wall" looks amazing!
The architecture in this bedroom allows a partial section
of the wall to have an accent paint, what an ideal situation!

The deep rich paint on this accent wall works well, due to the art that compliments the
wall color. Also, notice the repeat of the color in the niche. This room is very
large with high ceilings, so a dramatic wall color is a nice addition.

If you would rather not paint an accent wall, consider an accent paint color on
cabinets or bookcases (either the back wall only or the entire bookcase).

In this room, not only does the accent wall have a rich
red paint, but the window frame has the same color as well. This is nice
because it doesn't make it look chopped when you have several different paint colors.
The back wall of this room has beautiful architecture,
an accent paint color would have been a nice touch, to draw attention to the architecture.
Accent walls can be subtle, such as a soft aqua or gray,
it's nice to repeat a color that is in a fabric or rug.
To decide if you should paint an accent wall, discuss the questions above. In just the right room it can add drama, but if it's done in a room where it doesn't belong, it will look odd. Worse yet, it can make the room seem smaller or chopped up. We rarely see a room that is "begging for an accent wall", but when we do, it's an obvious great choice. It draws attention to architecture, gives the room personality, and allows you to enjoy a favorite color!

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Do you need help with an accent wall? If you're in North Carolina, contact us for a quote today.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

What type of window treatment is best for my french door and patio doors?

For window treatment styles to use on french doors or patio doors, we are featuring several before and after photos. There are numerous options available, you can often treat the french door just like you would a regular window, as long as you keep in mind the direction the door opens and closes.

In this Greensboro NC home, we replaced their valance with a functioning drape at the french door.
This window treatment allows room darkening for TV viewing and total privacy. Notice that it
does not interfere with opening and closing the french door.

This client was at a loss on what type window
treatments would make their home feel updated.

In this Grandover residence in Greensboro NC, the homeowner did not need privacy at the french door. Notice the art we added, or a decorative architectural piece could also be placed over a french door, to create the illusion of height.  


If you choose shades instead of drapes on french doors or patio doors,
keep in mind that it's  nearly impossible to keep them level.
 See photo above. This bothers some people, it's personal preference.
Roman shade are a nice contemporary look on doors.

If you choose a roman shade on a door, keep in mind that
when it's raised, it can block your view at eye level. When
the roman shades are lowered, you will have complete privacy.

The choices for french doors & patio doors are not that different than regular windows, just keep in mind
that they need to fit beside your door knob, & ask yourself how much privacy you desire.

Our Greensboro, NC homeowners later stated that they are glad they went with drapes instead of
roman shades or cellular shades, due to the color, texture, and the way it "framed" the room on each side.

To see more window treatment styles and photos, click on this article:

For unique window treatment ideas, read these tips!