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Friday, May 27, 2016

My spouse wants stained moldings, I prefer white. Which is best?

If you like painted woodwork, and your spouse likes stain - here we'll show you ways to compromise!

And if you're wondering what color stain to use for woodwork and beam ceilings, we'll show a variety of stains, from golden honey to darker stains. 

Perhaps you are considering painting white over your dark woodwork? People often fear they'll hurt resale value, so here we'll share the feedback we hear from clients the majority of the time. 

The vast majority of people tell us they prefer a bright, light look, as opposed to a dark room with extremely dark wood stains. This is especially true for baby boomers, or those whose eyes makes it harder to see in a dark room. The exception is males versus females. Often men prefer stained woodwork. 

If you like painted woodwork, and your spouse likes stain - here's an example of a compromise!

Here are 4 questions we recommend you ask yourself to help with the decision of whether to paint over woodwork and beam ceilings:

1) Is the wood high quality, obviously you'd have to think twice before painting over expensive cherry or mahogany!!

2) Are you going to a lodge look? Or a masculine look? Or for a light look filled with white or color?

3) What rooms do you gravitate toward? When you gather photos on Houzz or Pinterest or designer blogs and Websites?

4) Will it cause a chain reaction? Will you have to paint the wood in adjacent rooms?

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It's personal preference whether to paint beam ceilings and woodwork, you can go three different routes to make your room brighter:

- Paint some of the woodwork, instead of all of it. Perhaps the window trim and mantle but not the beams on the ceiling?
- Use a light bright color or white on the mantle, the walls, and fabrics.
- Refinish the dark stained woodwork in a lighter tone, like the top photo above.

Your home should be a space you enjoy, so whether wood stains or white trim are your preference, if you'll be there awhile it's good to go with what makes you happy!

Friday, May 20, 2016

6 tips for when dining set feels too small!

Does your dining table feel too small for the space? People often bring the dining set from a prior home, and it feels too small in scale for the room. Sometimes doing one of these 3 will solve it:

1) Add a larger host and hostess chair
See our client's home below! Notice the impact this made.

2) Add a large rug.
A rug helps absorb sound, helps to "ground" or settle the space.

3) Add full height window treatments.
They complete the room. Drapes absorb sound and make the space feel cozier. 
AFTER above, BEFORE below
In some situations, when a table is too small and you want to replace it, consider these:

Do not buy a matching "set".
It's much more interesting to mix and match so that no one else will have exactly the same set! Notice what we found for our client below.

Something other than wood.
Perhaps a rustic reclaimed wood? Or stainless steel?

 AFTER above, BEFORE below

If your table feels too small in your room, you may be able to solve it by any of the following:

1) updating the chairs to a fully upholstered chair
They feel more substantial than a wooden chair (see below)

2) Insert the leaf in the table

3) Replace the chandelier with a larger one.

3) Fill the "empty" space with drapes, valances, or a beautiful buffet. This helps fill the void.

Keep in mind ceiling heights when shopping, dining tables and chairs often look much different in your home than they do in a furniture store! 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Should the window treatmenat fabric match the wall color?

Should the window treatments match the wall color? Well, that depends on several factors - Do you like a tone on tone look? Do you love rooms that only have two or three colors? If so, matching the drapes, valances, or roman shades to the wall color may be just the thing for you!

In the below room, the drape color matches the slanted ceiling color.

Bedroom drapes that blend with the wall color create a soothing tone on tone look 

In the above room the drapes are similar in color to the wall color. This creates a soothing tone on tone room which is especially nice in any of these cases:

a) If the room is small
b) When there are lots of windows and drapes
c) For those who prefer a soothing tone on tone look
d) When the drapes will be functioning. Imagine yards and yards of fabric in an intense color or a bold print - it could be overpowering!

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As to whether the drapes should match the wall color - it's personal preference,. Some people prefer a contrast look, other people prefer a tone on tone look.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

How to make a rustic room more contemporary?

It's easier than you'd think to give your home a fresh updated look, one that is less rustic or country.  

If you find yourself drawn to light modern interior, here are a few quick fix ways to transform a dark country style. Best of all, they don't require remodeling or major expenses. 

1) Update a light fixture and/or abstract art. 

Next to the dark rustic beams in the photo below, you wouldn't normally think to put a contemporary white ceiling fan. But the mix of styles is a fresh unique look! It changes the entire mood of the the room!

And check out the abstract contemporary art over the mantle! It's an unexpected twist next to the dark stained woodwork. 

2) Paint the wood work white! See BEFORE and AFTER below.

 If you like, you can go crazy with white. The trim, the windows, the walls, all in white! A room like the one below would feel rustic if the window and door trim was stained brown. It gets a more contemporary feeling with white paint. 

3) Add a contemporary furniture piece or contemporary art! 

  • Notice the concrete contemporary cocktail table? 
  • And the contemporary abstract art over the mantle? 
  • These make the room look more modern, even with rustic wood beams. 

To see additional room photos with colorful art or modern with traditional, see this blog:

To update a rustic home, feel free to mix and match and include your favorite contemporary items. It's amazing how combining styles allows you to achieve the look you love!