Pro designer how-to’s for furnishing a beautiful abode: Learn the secrets

The abode is a reflection of who the inhabitants are who reside within its walls. Having a perfectly complemented designed home is what one aspires to having. Unfortunately the pocket book can keep one from thinking that they can achieve the furnished abode of their dreams. With a little design knowledge, planning and fun shopping anyone can easily design their own beautiful living space.

Have fun floor planning and think outside of the box when shopping and dressing up the abode.

Floor plans are all about trial and error and balancing the room. Once the plan is in place it is time to have fun shopping for the furnishings that will become part of the family. Shopping can be a fun activity for the entire household. Let everyone add their own personal touch to the home, just make sure that everything coordinates. Keep the decor unique allowing for everything to blend together and flow gracefully.

Enjoy browsing

Do not be afraid to browse the stores as one does when shopping for a new car. Just as when purchasing any item one needs to remember to be confidant and completely happy in their purchases. Stay firm and do not let a sales person intimidate you into purchasing something that you do not like or you know will not fit in your space. This task can be intimidating and confusing when working within a budget and handed so many stores and choices.

Keep calm and turn the shopping excursion into a fun adventure. Take it slow visiting a few stores before making final decisions. Many stores will have samples of swatches of fabric and finishes available for you to bring home to help make your choices; all you need to do is ask.

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Furniture should never be placed directly against a wall. Even in a small room a sofa pulled just a few inches away from the wall will make the room more inviting; no one wants to feel as if they are put “up against a wall” literally and figuratively.

 

 

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Create an inviting environment

A larger room may become overwhelming with one seating area; do not be afraid to create a couple of seating areas in a bigger room. Design so there is a clear path to an exit without one walking directly through the sitting area. Use a desk and chair instead of a console table behind a sofa for dual purpose. Think outside of the box using items such as an interesting bench as a coffee table in a tight area. Old trunks can be fun for tables too. Ottomans with trays, instead of coffee tables, create coziness and extra seating when having guests. Mix shapes. Add a round coffee table for softness.

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Hide a play area within a designer room

Having young children in the household does not have to equate with a house looking like a daycare center. Furnishings can have multi uses creating areas for play hidden in plain sight. Add a pretty antique painted children’s rocker which can double as pretty accent. Replace an end table with a lovely wood play table and a couple of child chairs around it for craft time or homework.

 

 

 

Coordinating different woods can create a designer touch

If you have a set in maple buy a piece in walnut to contrast. Be aware that more than two different woods in a room can be overkill. The different woods should not appear too close in color or else it will seem like a design mistake. Do not try to buy a piece to match existing furniture finishes. It might seem like it is a match in the showroom only to see the actual wood is pine stained a cherry color when placed next to the natural cherry furnishings in the room, creating a cheapened look.

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Designer rooms do not match, they are coordinated

When buying furniture one does not have to buy the matching sets that appear in groupings in the showroom. A sofa does not need to be identical to a loveseat, just as you do not have to always buy the pants with the matching jacket. Furnishings need to coordinate just as your fashions do. Coordinate fabrics to bring together the seating. Get the touch of a professionally designed room with pieces that are coordinate instead of matching. Purchase one end table and coffee table that match in wood, then find another end table in metal and glass. Use a durable stone coffee table in family rooms removing the threat of wet glass rings as with wood or streaking a glass top. Mix the stone with wood end tables.

Have fun hunting and creating

Shop the bargain stores, thrift shops and consignment shops for unique pieces that will work and add a designer touch to the decor without breaking the bank. Create the look of built in library or china cabinet using units from stores like IKEA. Purchase outdoor furniture after season on sale that can look beautiful used inside; for a kitchen buy a small metal bistro table with two chairs for the breakfast nook. Department store outlets have one of a kind pieces for sale that can become a beautiful bargain when recovered to coordinate with the abode’s decor. Find lovely window treatments shopping online at JC Penney’s clearance section. Target has some amazing buys on upholstered chairs in fun fabrics that look like they were purchased from a much higher end store.

Be open minded and find interesting pieces to dress up the abode with. Enjoy the design adventure and never be afraid to dance.

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Sweet decor for the bungalow sized bedroom in the abode

No matter what size abode you may reside in, the bedroom is the sanctuary to escape away from the daily hustles and bustles of life. The bedroom should be a place to relax and to lock the day’s craziness outside. A large master suite may be your dream but a bungalow sized bedroom can just as easily turn into a special retreat space. The cozier bedroom necessitates the need to be inventive in order to gain the most out of your sleep space. Creativity is the key to decorating a bungalows bedroom.

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The bedroom’s centerpiece is of course the bed but this is also the object that takes up a large chunk of a small space.

The cozier bedroom necessitates the need to be inventive in order to gain the most out of your sleep space. Creativity is the key to decorating a bungalows bedroom. In planning your bedroom’s new decor there are several options to obtain extra bedroom square footage.

  • Yes loft beds are for adults too. A loft bed is a wonderful solution if you have at least eight foot high ceilings. They create a second story to use as your “bedroom”, opening up an area for storage, desk or seating underneath.Elegant-Adult-Loft-Bed-Plan, thisarchitecture
  • The original Murphy bed is a pull down bed designed to fit into the décor upright and can easily be pulled down for a good night’s sleep. Pull down beds now have desks and sofas built into them so when they are stored upright the bedroom virtually turns into another room.queen with desk

Guest rooms allow for more sleeping options.

  • If the bedroom is to be an extra guest room, bungalow guest bedrooms are a good space to double as an office or den. A sofa bed or futon can serve double duty as seating and a bed for the occasional guest.

If you love the look of a traditional bed for your bungalow then play it up.

Small bedrooms will probably accommodate a bed no larger than squeezing in a queen size. Determine what the storage needs are as well as sleeping needs.

  • For a single, the twin bed can be placed against the wall between two bookcases creating a niche. Add pillows along the wall and there is a place to sit and read when not ready to get under the covers.

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  • A cozy twosome can cuddle on a full size bed. This size bed can be placed against a wall into a corner of the room. Keep in mind that for two it mean that someone has to crawl in from the footboard end. Use a storage headboard that also allows for a shelf behind the bed to provide room for bed lamps and music players.
  • Royal couples need a queen size bed. These beds need room to walk around and will create a very cozy place to nest for couples. Although the standard is to have a couple of feet to get along the side of the bed, allowance can be made for small rooms. Add fluffy pillows to cuddle back on when watching TV or reading.

Keep the decor from being overly busy.

Paint the walls and ceiling in a uniformed look.

  • Most folks believe that they must use white walls to make a room appear larger. Medium shades will create a beautiful backdrop and will not cause one to feel closed in. Use a soft purple, blue, or green to promote a happy sleep. Stay away from bright colors and dark jewel colors. Paint all of the walls and ceiling in the same color so that the room is not chopped up. Trim and doors can be painted in a contrasting color to give the room dimension.IMG_1661

Stay away from heavy window decor.

  • Heavy drapery will close a small room in even more. Use roman shades or blinds for the windows. Shutters work well and create a special look for a bungalow bedroom.

Versatile furnishings and accessories are a must for the cozy bungalow bedroom.

  • Think double duty; storage cubes and benches are perfect as foot boards or in front of the twin bed acting as a settee. Bookcases are not just for books; The narrow shelves take up less room than a dresser. Use the shelves for folded sweaters and pants. Place baskets on the shelves that can discretely store more delicate items.

Loud artwork will keep you awake at night.

  • Keep the art on the bedroom wall personal. Hand happy photos of the family or a piece from a favorite artist. A framed mirror will create a more open feeling as well as help you get dressed.

Depending on the bungalow’s location, you might want to decorate in a theme.

If the home is on the beach then add some lovely accessories and scents to bring the seaside inside.

The country bungalow will be cozy in flannels and wools.

Have a great time viewing me as I discuss great decorating tips in all of my videos on eHow.

For the smaller space, closet organization is very important

Depending on your closet space, there are many options to choose from; hanging or over-the-door shoe racks, belt holders, and hanging shelves are all available.

Enjoy the peace that the bedroom gives to you. Relax in your own cozy oasis. Play your favorite tunes and never be afraid to dance!

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Decorating the man cave: An abode fit for a super hero

The super hero of the home needs his décor as much as the abode’s super heroine. For a woman a posh walk-in closet or a huge master suite and spa bathroom of her own is often an ultimate dream décor, but more times than not, when men are questioned about what their fantasy abode is, they wish for a décor that will emulate a masculine appointed secret haven to escape to.  Whether a single’s pad or a garage, basement, attic, outdoor patio or the corner of a room, any space can be imagined into the décor fitting for a man to get in touch with his super hero identity.real cave, modernmancave

The first step to achieving a perfect man cave is to have a plan in place.

Prepare a floor plan of the room(s) or area that will be set aside for the private cave for the male to call home. With a measuring tape, graph paper, and a pencil one can easily measure and place on paper a scaled layout of the space or spaces that are to be allocated for the man cave. Once the walls are in place the decor can be decided upon and furnishings can be chosen to be positioned perfectly to scale into the drawn space.

Decide on a decor theme that will make up a comfortable dream cave.

Favorite hobbies are an ideal theme for designing the ultimate cave decor in which to call home.  The man cave’s décor should encompass the hero of the home’s hidden secret powers to make the cave a showcase of his dreams.

  • Sports centralmultiple tvs, swflcalclosets.wordpress
  • Recording studio.records, game room, tueholm.theblender.dk
  • Artist hideaway.
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  • Game room.basementfininshingohio
  • Master chef de cuisine.
  • Graffiti master.
  • To complete the ideal man abode one should choose the furnishings that will perfectly fit the space.

    Furnishings are meant to add comfort to the abode’s inhabitants. A list of dream decor items should be easy to come by since they have probably been floating in one’s head every time one drifts off into dream land or buys a lottery ticket.

    • A large flat screen TV.
    • The ultimate audio system.
    • A fully stocked bar.
    • Billiard table.
    • Card table.

    In addition to the media surround sound, bar or game tables, other furnishings are necessary to make the space complete for comfort and entertaining the male pals visiting with envy. Furnishings that are easily cleanable should be considered in order to not worry about spillage and instead be able to concentrate on enjoyment.

    Flooring

    • Concrete floors

    Floors in basements and garages can be painted with a fun color or pattern in high gloss enamel and a polyurethane top coat. Consider painting the floor in a design that follows the theme of the decor like a baseball diamond or a race track.

    • Tile floors will work well in any room.

    Tiles come in arrays of sizes, patterns, materials and colors that can fit any decor theme.

    • Laminate floors can look wonderful.

    Make sure laminate flooring is not placed anywhere that moisture may be an issue, such as a basement.

    • Engineered wood.

    The engineered manufactured wood creates a rich look and is hardy to work in most locations.

    • Use an area rug to place in the seating area.

    Rugs can easily be picked up, cleaned, or replaced when needed. For a garage, roll the rug up when you need to move the car in. Rugs made specifically for the outdoor elements can be left outside for the outdoor decorated man escape space.

    Seating and accent pieces. garage, xaxor

    Use imagination to create a wonderful decor with seating and decor centered around a favorite theme. Ultra creative souls may want to build their own furnishings or find unique items that have been crafted specifically for special interests making them not only usable furnishings but also wonderful art statements as well.

    • Skateboarders can design a wall or tabletop crafted from tiles by Art of Board that have been made from recycled skateboards.huntvalley
    • Avid bikers and bicyclists can shop at Bike Furniture Design for amazing chairs and tables built from actual parts of bicycles and motorcycles.loveseat07_52wt
    • Car fanciers can find sofas and chairs that are actually designed and built out of recycled car seats and an automobile’s body. Auto wheels and engines can be used as table bases. Build a table yourself by polishing or painting them first and then use glass for the table top. Vehicles can be used to build an interesting bar as well. Tool cabinets are perfect to be repurposed for storage.blog.ucda.ca car bar, ballerhouse
    • Sports fans will enjoy watching a game sitting in an old rescued stadium seat. Chairs and sofas can be made using baseball bats, hockey sticks, or skis for the surround and adding upholstery for comfortable seating.old theater seats, flickr
    • Studious sorts may enjoy a sofa surround or bar crafted from books with books also repurposed to be used as shelves floating on the wall.book desk, cubeme
    • Hair enthusiasts will find that antique barber chairs can make for comfortable seating and old fashioned male gossip.barber chairs, blog.blinds

    Comfortable seating pieces come together when using the right upholstery fabric choices.

    Leather comes in many colors other than black and also works well when used as a mate with another fabric. Make sure that the leather is not hard and stiff and that you will be able to sink into the seat. Animal skins can be fun for benches or rugs as well. Use an animal hide as a throw on a sofa.

    Crypton fabrics are perfect for super hero abodes being impervious to most spills and will last through almost anything. These fabrics are a great choice and come in many patterns and types of fabric including plush chenille.

    Fashion fabrics make good choices. When deciding on a fabric one can simply choose a fabric that a man commonly wears, such as wools, tweeds and denim.

    Be artistic and think outside of the ordinary by using a Native American woven blanket for upholstery or an interesting rug.

    No room to allocate, then decorate a small corner to call one’s own mini cave.

    Choose a massage chair that will give one soothing personal attention. Add a privacy screen that when in place everyone understands that you are not to be disturbed. Use an end table with built in hidden refrigerator next to the chair and keep a pair of personal earphones close by to plug in and close out the world around to enjoy a moment of man cave peace.

    Whether one lives alone or with a gaggle of family or roommates, most dream of having the perfect decorated space to escape to in their home. Women might tend to opt for the dream shoe closet, but men speak about having their fantasy cave, much like Batman’s cool abode, when questioned about their choice of what their perfectly appointed desired room would be.

    Have fun creating the cave of your dreams and never be afraid to dance!

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