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How long do you expect your sofa to last? Most people will tend to keep their sofa for seven to ten years. So choosing the right sofa is key to its longevity. How will you use your sofa? Will it be a place for kids to kick back watch TV and play video games? Is it for looks and not use? Will mans best friend be sharing your space? With all your requirements in mind, homework done, grab a friend or two it is time to shop for you new sofa. Here are some secrets all you need to know about buying the perfect sofa.

Structure

A sturdy frame made of  kiln-dried oak, ash, or beech, is a more durable hardwood but can pricy. Avoid frames made of particle board, plastic, or metal. These materials may warp and crack over time. Soft wood, such as pine, is cost-effective, but it may warp or wobble after five years. Legs should be part of the frame or held on with screws or dowels (pegs) — not with glue alone.

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Tip: To test frame strength, lift one front corner or leg of the sofa off the floor. By the time you’ve raised it six inches, the other front leg should have risen too. If it’s still touching the floor, the frame is weak.

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Frames should be connected with solid construction such as wooden dowels, double wooden dowels, wooden corner blocks (the tag might read corner blocks glued and screwed), or metal screws and brackets. Staples or nails may be used for extra reinforcement, but never buy a sofa that’s held together solely by staples, nails, or glue.

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Tip: Always ask your salesperson for the furniture specification and joinery information.

After you have looked at the structure and construction it’s time for the fun stuff. Your sofa should reflect your personal style and be suited for your family function.  There is a phrase that I like, “Buy it for looks buy it for life”, meaning make sure you love that pretty sofa because you will have it for 7 to 15 years. Here are some examples of some classic yet traditional sofas that has last the test of time.

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Everyone talks about being riveted by Downtown Abbey. I think part of it is the seductive background, it’s good furniture! You see camelbacks, chesterfields, English roll arm and Knole sofas, and they look as good today as they did in the 19th Century.

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A Chesterfield sofa is a large, often leather, couch with deep tufting, and rolled arms that are the same height as the seat back. This style of seating was typical of England in the 1900s but has seen a surge in popularity in recent years.

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So the next time you are in need for a new sofa remember our tips. Don’t forget to go to our Pinterest page for more inspiration.

Posted by Vanessa M.

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Just put a rug over it

We cover it with rugs, drop food and dishes leaving dings and scratches, and leave muddy footprints on this most used surface of our homes every day.  It is one of the largest surfaces in a house, but seems to get lost in the daily shuffle.  Today however, let’s put it on center stage, and take a look at the options of materials, pattern, and colors of flooring.

A lot people ask what the smartest or best option is for flooring in a home.  It can depend on price, but I think more importantly, homeowners need to think about how they use the spaces in which they are applying their chosen flooring.  Budget is absolutely important, but it’s also important to think about your family and how they use spaces, how much time you want to spend cleaning and maintaining your floors, as well as visual/actual texture, color and aesthetics.  There really isn’t a wrong answer when it comes to what material you should use.  It is really a matter of your family.

One of the first options is tile.  This is probably the most common material used in kitchens and bathrooms, as well as entryways and laundry rooms.  Depending on the style you choose, it is very budget friendly while still giving a great visual impact, and is easy to clean and can stand up to pretty much anything your dog or kids could throw at it.

I will throw in a couple disclaimers and say that some natural material tiles require a little bit more maintenance and upkeep.  Some natural stones are very porous, and will require immediate clean up as well as sealing to avoid stains and liquids from being absorbed.  This is where you really have to think about how you use your space, and what kind of activities will take place in your home.  Also, in terms of budget, typically the more fancy (for lack of a better grammatically correct term) you go, the higher the price tag.  That doesn’t mean you can’t mix and match, or even just change the pattern application to create a beautiful aesthetic.  There are a lot of great options for each price range, and  just because it’s a hard-working floor and budget friendly, doesn’t mean it can’t look like a million bucks:

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 Another great option is wood flooring.  This option is also good for easy cleaning, but is a little bit higher in the budget range.  You can however, choose an option that is lower in price, and use some great stencil or painting techniques to create a very unique solution that is one of a kind.  You can also combine wood flooring with other materials such as tile to create accent spaces.  In a kitchen or bathroom it might be cool to create a “zone” where the sink is or a runner in an entrance.  This is where jumping out of that box is so much fun, and really forces you to look at your materials and find new solutions to an old problem.

You also have different species that you can specify for your home.  Bamboo flooring or even cork flooring is a beautiful alternative to the traditional hardwood option.  They are also Earth Friendly, and are harvested from rapidly renewable sources (meaning, the trees grow back really fast).  Take a look at some ideas below:

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Eco Friendly Bamboo flooring option

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Cork flooring with a unique natural pattern

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 One of the newest trends that is becoming more popular is one of my favorite options for flooring.  It is great on budget, easy to clean, and allows for ENDLESS options of pattern, color and texture.  Concrete floors are beautiful, and allow for paint, stains and require little maintenance beyond an initial sealing and simple basic cleaning.  Take a look at a couple of ideas that I am in love with:

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So next time you find yourself looking for a change, before you slap carpet over those older hard wood floors, think about using your floor to make a statement.  Bring it up into the spotlight and let them shine!

If you liked what you saw and would like some more ideas or help creating your own flooring masterpiece, stop by our Pinterest and Website for contact information and some inspiration.

Posted by Amy B.

Let there be Light

So you are looking into your newly designed home, and moving from room to room, you wonder, “there’s something missing…” You are checking off the list in your head: new furniture-check, new paint on the walls-check, new accessories-check, but you can’t seem to figure it out. You feel that you have everything that you love put together from the window treatments down to the votive candle sitting on your end table, but need a final design element to help showcase everything.

Have you thought of lighting? Yes, you have chosen a table lamp here and a torchere there, but that is not what I mean by lighting. Many people confuse lighting as a tangible accessory that you just choose based on what the actual light fixture looks like. But have they really considered how that fixture illuminates the space? A lot of times, you will find the perfect fixture that is just “to die for”, but if that fixture is not properly illuminating the space for its use, than the design has been compromised. Today, I am going to share with you some of my lighting secrets when designing a space.

First, I always ask myself the most important question: What is the room the fixture is going in and how is that space being used?  Lighting is primarily based on the tasks preformed in each space. For instance, a kitchen needs more direct diffuse light over the work areas, such as countertops and next to appliances. On the other hand, media rooms need more dimmable indirect lighting. Imagine using strong direct spotlights in a media room? That definitely would not accomplish the design intent of that space.  Rather, it is not uncommon to see cove lighting, wall sconces, and uplights that are easy to control and dimmable in that specific type of space.

Second, I always ask, is there something I need to focus on or showcase in the space? For example, the priceless oil painting on the wall or the beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace at the end of the room. Lighting is the best way to bring attention to something you want seen in your home. Using a proper light to do this will allow the viewer’s eye to focus on that piece, telling them to come closer to admire.

Finally, I ask is there variety in types of lighting in that space?  I truly believe that a space that uses a variety of sources of lighting, if done properly, is the most unique and lively. Of course, I am not telling you to use every type of light imagined, but mixing up different lighting types can definitely make a space more appealing.  When doing this, I consider the first two questions I asked and apply the light as an art.  I always start with the general ambient light of the space (recessed cans, pendants), than move to indirect lights (table lamps, sconces, uplight pendants, cove lighting), and than finish with task lighting. This scenario allows for the most adjustability so lighting can change as the task or mood changes. Below are some great examples of what I believe are successful lighting design. Note that all of these examples use a variety of lighting types to illuminate the space.

Look at this media room below. Yes, the designer did use spotlights, but they used them as 1-an indirect light to illuminate the space and 2-as a spotlight to showcase the texture on the wall.

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In the kitchen below, notice the diffuse direct light the recessed cans provide.  This is an even illumination that allows whoever working in the kitchen to see clearly while accomplishing the tasks in that space.  Under cabinet lighting and decorative pendants are also provided as well to allow for additional light when needed.

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The dining area below has some accent lighting along the recessed back shelves. Did you notice how that shelf is the first element you noticed? Your eyes first see those bottles on the top shelf which is what the intent of the lights are. The fun hanging pendants and two wall sconces also bring in movement to the space.

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In the intimate sitting area below, the bookcases and walls are accented to bring your attention to the wall texture, books and fireplace.  Notice that all of the lights are indirect lights allowing for a more soft intimate sitting area. I would definitely enjoy relaxing on that sectional with one of those books.

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Still having trouble with your lighting design, please give us a call or send us an email. We would be more than happy to look at your space and see how we can help you with updating your lighting. You can contact us via our website at http://www.vrainteriors.com, or you can find us on Facebook, Linked-in and Pinterest.

Posted by Reem T.

FOCUS on DESIGN

Join me on a journey down memory lane. This week’s blog is giving tribute to the short film the Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames. For those of you, who like me, loves everything Eames knows how intensely magnificent this film is. The Powers of Ten focuses on the relative size of things in the universe and the effects of adding another zero. Then, rapidly returning back to earth at the picnic scene by the lakeside in Chicago. If you observe this scene closely you will notice that no detail is left out. A simple picnic scene turned into a work of art.

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Beginning scene from their film “Powers of Ten”

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This colorful “Powers of Ten” poster features detailed photos of the powers of ten from the scale of the quark (10-18) to the edge of the known universe (10+25). – Eames Office

Let’s dive in and take a look at the “Power of Ten” video created to demonstrate Charles and Ray Eames’ theory described above.  Click on the link below to view:

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You too, can use these technically ingenious principles of design to your own life. For example if am working on a challenging project I push myself to explore the things that surrounds the project or areas I might be interested in that impacts the design of my project. Or I might take my research a step further and take a closer look at it in more detail by diving in. This is just one example of using the Powers of Ten.  But, this concept can also be applied if you are considering looking for a new home or a new job. Just think about stepping back or diving in. Step back and think about how you want your job to fit your lifestyle. Think Big picture! The future. How will this job or career change impact my life? Then, dive into the experiences you may have had at work that were the most rewarding part of your job. Finally, come up with a plan that result in rewarding and fulfilling experiences. Remember Design is all around us we just need to stop and look.

Here are some clever, unexpected  examples of the Powers of Ten!

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Charles once said…

“Any time one or more things are consciously put together in a way that they can accomplish something better than they could have accomplished individually, this is an act of design”. He must have been talking about his life with Ray, because together they were unstoppable at design.

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See more about the unique story of Charles & Ray Eames in the documentary “Eames: The Architect and The Painter” – definitely worth watching!

If you need some inspiration or some ideas on how you can use the Powers of Ten on your next project, visit our website and send us a message, or check out our Pinterest page.

Posted by Vanessa M.

It’s a Cute Fixer-upper

I love house hunting.  That may be nerdy, but I do…I love it.  Many a weekend has been spent with friends, visiting model homes and open houses, and sneaking into homes through the garage that are being built (I know you’ve done it too!).  I think my favorite part of house hunting is when you’re talking to the realtor and they ask you what you do for a living.  I always smile, and of course say, “I’m an Interior Designer”.  9 times out of 10 the following responses are either, “Well what do you think of the decor?  The builder’s wife did the design” or, “So, what do you think of the layout and decor?  Would you change anything?”  Of course the answer is always no, and that the builder’s wife has done a lovely job with the space, but leeeet’s be real folks.  Whether you’re buying a brand new home, or you’ve decided on that cute 1960’s ranch with a 2 car garage and unfinished basement that will someday be your mancave, there are always obstacles to homeownership.  In general, the main issues that I’ve seen (and heard from friends and family) are:

1. Not enough closet space

2. Kitchens and Bathrooms are outdated

3. 5 different colors of carpet

4. Small Rooms

Reem has previously discussed some great ways to add storage into your home in an earlier post “So Much Stuff, So Little Space!“, so we won’t be looking at the struggles with hoarding.  Click on the link and check it out.  There are a bunch of great ways you can incorporate some extra storage into your home.

And while, having 5 different colors of jewel tone carpet in each room is a problem, this time we’re going to focus on some easy ways that you can update your kitchen without having to completedly tear it down and start over from the studs.  We will look at three different ways you can make a huge impact on your space, and we have some great images as examples.

First, let’s take a look at the backsplash.  As you all know by now (if you’ve been following us each week), I am a HUGE fan of color and pattern.  If you are just joining us, I am a huge fan of color and pattern.  The backsplash in your kitchen is a perfect place to add both.  There are a bunch of ways that you can do this including tiles, slabs of solid surfaces such as marble, and even backpainted colored glass.  Take a look at these great examples below:

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This yellow and white tile is a great way to brighten your space.  It adds a great pattern without being too overwhelming.  The great yellow color is a good contrast to the neutral counter surface and crisp white cabinets.  Make sure when you are using a patterned tile to consider the size of the wall where you will be applying it.  A larger wall works best with a larger pattern, where smaller spaces can work best with a smaller scale pattern or tile size.

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The white marble backsplash is both beautiful and a classic choice.  I like how this traditional material is paired with stainless steel upper cabinets, and clean line base cabinets and pulls.  It is a nice transitional look combining traditional and modern styles perfectly.

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This tile backsplash is so fun and whimsical!  The use of different circle sizes is a great choice.  It pairs well with the honey cabinets and dark solid surface counter with stainless steel accents.  We’ve seen a lot of white kitchens lately, but this is a great use of natural colors to create a warm and inviting kitchen.  This would be a great space to have a cup of coffee in the morning.

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Not only is this blue backsplash a great pop of bright blue, but it uses a material that you do not see often.  This backpainted colored glass is a wonderful option to tile or solid stone surface.  It is easy to clean, and you can even leave messages for loved ones or write your recipes so that you don’t have to keep worrying about having a cookbook or recipe card near your oven or cooking surface.

The second option for updating your kitchen is lighting.  There are ENDLESS options for adding some light into your space including pendant lighting and uplighting.  Don’t be afraid to find some stand out pieces that show off your great style and taste just like these options below:

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The last way that you can update your kitchen without busting your budget is by refinishing your cabinets and pulls.  Most kitchens, especially that 1960’s ranch, have great solid wood cabinets that you would have to pay top dollar for today.  A great way to reuse those is to either refinish the natural wood stain, or paint them.  Add some fun pulls, and you have a brand new look with half the time and labor.  You can even create different colors for your wall cabinets and your island.  You can do bright colors, or white.  Once again, let’s look at some ideas for colors and finishes:

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So whether you choose to add some color and pattern to your backsplash, brighten your space with some new lighting, or change up the colors of your cabinets, each of these options is a great way for your to completely transform the heart of your home without breaking the bank.  You can go from run-down and outdated to fresh, crisp and beautiful, and only you will really know the truth!  All of your friends will wonder which great designer you used to create your new kitchen. And when they ask you, be sure to tell them you used VRA Interiors!

If you need some inspiration or some ideas on how you can transform your kitchen from Shabby to Shabby Chic, visit our website and send us a message, or check out our Pinterest Page and create a board of your own great ideas.

Posted by Amy B.

Scale and Proportion

Hello class,

Today we are going to have a quick lesson on a topic that is really essential to Interior Design: Proportion and Scale. You think to yourself, what’s the difference? Well, I am here today to tell you the answer to that question and how scale and proportion are both two vital principals of Interior Design that can make or break a design from the second someone walks into the space.

So let us start with Scale.

Say you walk into a large, beautiful space-everything is top of the line from the beautiful two-story crystal chandelier down to the priceless silk Persian rugs. And than your eyes stop in the middle of the space. The centerpiece of the enormous room is a little sofa that can hardly fit two people on it. And next to it are tiny end tables and some miniature accent chairs to match. This, my friends, is what you would call a lack of consideration for scale. And unfortunately, this happens more than you can imagine when it comes to selecting furniture pieces, accessories, patterned fabrics and other design elements.

So, to formally define scale, according to a book I refer to constantly: Interior Design Reference Manual by David Kent Ballast, “scale is the relative size of something as related to another element of known size.”  When you are designing your space, please consider the size of items to go into the room and how it will look in the space. Buying the larger high back sofa may have been a better solution for the example above  because it would be to scale with the rest of the room. Below are some great diagrams from  Interior Design Reference Manual to think about when making design decisions in regards to scale.

The first diagram explains that scale is based on a known object such as human scale or the scale of an object, such as a chair. Say you have an existing chair in your space that you know the size of, take that size and scale your other furniture pieces to match to avoid a piece not being too bulky or a piece looking to small.

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In the image below, the door openings’ size is seen in relationship to another object or space. For the top instance, the openings are smaller  making the space they open into appear larger than in the second instance below.

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While scale relates to the size of an object when compared with the size of the space in which it is located, proportion refers to how the elements within an object relate to the object as a whole. For instance, a large chair’s skinny arms may be seen as not proportional to the rest of the chair.  Below are some great examples where scale and proportion are properly taken into consideration when designing a space.

For this large space below, the designer kept in mind the scale of the furniture pieces to the size of the room.  Larger more substantial sofas and tables are used to fill the space.

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This room below is just lovely. The designer created an intimate seating arrangement and made sure that the proportions of each piece is harmonious with the remaining pieces to allow for a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.

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Finally, this use of proportion and scale is unique in the image below. This seating arrangement is located in a large room with high ceilings and a wall full of windows. In order for the seating and accessories to be scaled to the large space, the designer incorporated a high back wing chair and tall tree to balance the proportion between the space and furniture.

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The image below is a great example of how proportion is taken into consideration when selecting patterns. If the pattern was larger, it would not look visually stable. The size of the pattern is proportional to the size of the console. The same applies for the fabric pattern selected for the chair below.

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So, before you decide on buying that sofa or chair that you have been eyeing for the past six months, really consider all aspects of the piece. How will it fit in the space? Is it to scale with the size of the room it will be going in? Will it be proportional to the rest of the items already in that space? And if you are still having trouble with making sure everything is to scale or proportion, give us a call or send us an email. You can contact us via our website at http://www.vrainteriors.com, or you can find us on Facebook, Linked-in and Pinterest.

Posted by Reem T.

SIZE doesn’t Matter

Think about it…how much of your living space is in continuous use? When are we eating, cooking, and sleeping all at the same time? The reality is, we rarely do any of these activities all together. So why not live smaller and smarter. Here are a few clever ways to live SMALLER. image

Green prefabricated tiny homes are the way to go. You can get all the modern amenities within your small space. It’s smart, efficient and well designed. They can also be customized to your living style, are affordable, and well constructed. Method Homes is a custom prefabricated modular home manufacturer that has as series of green prefab structures named Balance S-M-L. The Balance S-M-L Series is a series of small, smartly designed, prefabricated homes that make it quick and affordable to create a personal retreat without sacrificing style. Designed to arrive 95 percent complete within 2-3 months of purchase.

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Want that beach house? How about downsizing to 200 square feet?

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Below you will find a barn-like tiny house that uses salvaged lumber, salvaged copper roof, natural plaster walls, and a wood stove. If you are looking for salvaged barn wood, go to  Barnwood Naturals. This is a great resource that sells reclaimed vintage wood.

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I love this cozy little cottage! No detail was spared.

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So, you don’t have to have that sprawling 5,000 sq. ft. home to meet your needs. If you just want the necessities, think Tiny Home Design. Cause bigger is not always better… but smaller is smarter.

Want more ideas? Visit our Pinterest page.

Posted by Vanessa M.

This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Wallpaper

WALLPAPER.  That’s right!  Wallcoverings in general have a bad wrap these days, and it’s partially due to the horrific stereotype that I’m sure pretty much every family in America grew up with:

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That flowery wallpaper that covered every surface of your house.  It had matching borders for each room, paint colors and matching window valences…AHHHHH!!!  I think we can all agree that when we think of THAT type of wallpaper, this is how we feel:

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Well today I’m here to change your opinion of Wallcoverings with some great options on how to use them throughout your space.  There are TONS of ways that you can apply wallpaper around your home, but for this post we’re going to focus on the traditional application, using paper as an accent, and then some unconventional places that we see wallpapers being used to add additional color and pattern in some unexpected places.

Our first option is probably what we are all mot familiar with.  Picking out a nice pattern with lots of color and applying it on the walls of a room.  While this seems like somewhat of a boring option, it can actually completely change the look of your space, and can add some much-needed beauty.  Check out some great finds below:

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This paper offers a traditional base with the blue flowers while combing a retro modern feel with the furniture.  It’s always fun to mix eras and styles within a room to create something unique and new.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the natural wallpaper used in this space.  Just by using neutral grass style paper and combining two separate patterns, it creates a unique application and adds so much to this powder room!

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This paper is one of my favorite finds!  Besides the cute pup, this example showcases glitz and glam without bold patterns or combinations of bright colors.  It’s GLITTER!!  What a great option that will brighten your space on its own, but will also reflect any natural and artificial light in your room, bringing that “homey” quality that only light can.

The second option mentioned above is to use wallcoverings as an accent.  This can be a wall or as the first image below shows, a ceiling:

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By using a solid wall color and placing the pop of patterned wallpaper on the ceiling, it draws your eyes upward, and makes your space feel brighter and your ceilings  seem taller.

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Creating an accent wall like the four images above is also another great way to add some interest to your space whether you want to highlight your main cooking space, some beautiful family photos, or an entryway with a great serving table to hold your daily mail and keys.

The last option that we are going to entertain today is using wallpaper in some unconventional or unexpected places such as the interior of a bookcase or drawer, framing your favorite bold patterns, or using a frame to help define a space for furniture placement.  This allows you to add a pop of color pattern without having to commit to a more permanent place in your space such as the walls or ceiling.  It also allows you to switch out your paper more often as the cost and labor is a lot less than buying enough for a whole room.

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I’m going to be using this in my own space!  If you can’t decide on just one paper to use, why not pick all your favorites (you can even use the techniques from our first post about pattern genius), and hang them as an accent on a wall or above your bed with some great antique frames.

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So whether you’re looking to change the look of an entire room, or just wanted a punch of pattern and color for the back of a bookcase or as a secret in your dresser drawer, there are unlimited options when it comes to styles and ways that we can use wallpaper in our homes today.  So as I always say, don’t be afraid, jump out of that box, and go bold – You won’t regret it!

If you would like some help with some ideas, please contact us on our website http://www.vrainteriors.com, or check out our Pinterest page.

Posted by Amy B.

Painting 101

Look around the room you’re sitting in right now. Do you feel that it is in need of change or can use a boost of color to energize the space?  Well, put your smocks on and get your paint brushes out, because nothing will solve your problem better than some fresh paint on your walls! Of course, you can paint the whole room the same color on all of the walls, but where’s the fun in that?! Instead, you can be creative and incorporate accent colors, stenciling and an array of new products that will bring life into your space. Thankfully, nowadays, different stores have a wide variety of options in paint colors and tools that will more than satisfy your painting needs in an easy and affordable way. That being said, here are some great ideas that I just love that may work out with your space and personality!

First, let’s take a look at keeping it simple and just painting one accent wall color. Not only is this fast to do and budget friendly, but it also brings in a new visual focal point to your space. I should warn you though, with accent walls, always consider what furniture piece or artwork is going against that wall. You don’t want that piece to blend in with the wall or clash with it. The two photos below definitely take contrast into consideration, making sure whatever is hanging or sitting on that wall is a focal point in that space.

Black accent Wall

Red Accent Wall

Another beautiful idea that requires a little more time and handy work is stenciling. If done carefully, it almost appears to be wallpaper. This is a beautiful way to add color and incorporate pattern onto the wall like the two examples below.

Stencilled accent Wall

Chevron Pattern Stencilling

Who said you only have to paint the walls? How about accenting the molding, door and ceilings like in the first photo below?

Ceiling with accent color

I am in love with this idea! Stripes on the ceiling and painting the backs of shelves. The options are limitless!

Finally, my all time favorite paint product that I had to share with you: Chalk Paint! This would be the perfect product in my house with my three year old daughter’s tendency of drawing all over my white walls!

This office is very fun and creative. Chalk paint is used on the ceiling and walls and what is really neat about the photo is the textured appearance from erasing chalk off of the wall.

Chalboard paint Room

This application on the door is fun for leaving notes for someone else in your family or just for expressing your creativity with quotes and sayings that inspire you. And the great thing about it is you are the artist. You can change what is on the wall anytime you want.

Chalkboard paint 1

So feel free to let loose and express yourself with the hundreds of options you can consider when it comes to painting! And if you feel like you are too scared to be bold  or to think out of the box, feel free to contact us and we would be more than happy to sit with you and play with some ideas. Please contact us on our website at http://www.vrainteriors.com, or you can find us on Facebook, Linked-in and Pinterest.

Posted by Reem T.

A Nice Pop

A nice pop.  No, not soda pop (although who doesn’t love a nice ice-cold soda pop every now and then!) but a pop of color.  This bright and fun idea is a great way to liven up any space in your home as well as allow you to switch out and update your space as much or as little as you want.  There are MANY ways that you can add an accent to your room, and if you are following us on Pinterest (insert shameless plug), you already have some great ways of adding that nice pop.  For those of you who aren’t (yet) following our page, I thought we could have a little fun and look at some ways of adding color to your room.

Our first option is a great accent wall using paint, fabric or a great graphic wall covering:

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Another great way to pop some color into your space is using fabric:

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One of the simplest ways of adding a little brightness into your room is with accessories.  These can easily be changed out as colors phase out of season, or if you just need a change of color.  You can always also keep the same great pieces and have your local refurbish company to finish your furniture pieces or accessories in a new color.

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So whether you are using fabric, paint, wall coverings or beautiful flowers or other accessories, color is an inexpensive and easy way to add character and a bold accent in any space.  So pick your favorite color, and find a space that needs a little POP!

If you would like help in finding the right pop for your home, please contact us on our website at http://www.vrainteriors.com, or you can find us on Facebook, Linked-in and Pinterest.

Posted by Amy B.