Barn Doors… Inside!

Sliding barn doors are becoming a very popular trend for interior designers. They’re functional, stylish, and easy to use, but some people think they’re only good for a rustic, farm-house look. Keep reading to learn how barn doors can accent all types of interior design styles!

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If the natural wood look of a barn door turns you off, try painting it a solid, neutral shade. With the right handle and metal fixtures, the door can look much more industrial than you might think. The sliding feature gives off more of a minimalist look compared to a traditional swinging door, which feeds in to the industrial vibe of the room.

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Sliding barn doors can be custom-made to match your space! They can easily be painted different colors creating a unique focal point for the room. The hardware can contrast the color and the handle can either match the hardware or add a completely different element, like a crystal doorknob. The small details do a great job of tying a room together.

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All wood elements add a sense of warmth to a room, but sliding barn doors go the extra mile in this category. Different shades of brown that highlight the natural grain of the wood make it feel as though part of the great outdoors has entered your home. Visible nails and “X” or “Z” braced planks add depth, dimension, and character.

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Maybe you are someone who likes the idea of the sliding door, but already has a more traditional theme in your home such as French Country. You can still enjoy a sliding barn door! Try using two thinner doors in place of where you would normally put a French door. You can even add window panes, wrought iron designs, or carve ornamental patterns into the wood.

Overall, a sliding barn door is always going to be a great feature in your home.  And don’t worry, because no matter the style, there is a sliding barn door for you!

 

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4 Rules to Finding the Perfect Rug!

Big, comfy, colorful rugs. They can make an entire room look inviting. However, if the rug isn’t the correct size to fit the room properly, it can become overwhelming, or even underwhelming. Here are some tips on how to make sure that beautiful geometric patterned rug will fill its role in your home!

Stay Away from the Walls
I’m sure you’ve seen rugs that butt right up against walls before, and while you may love the rug and is a family heirloom, it makes it look as though you are hiding unfinished floors or discolored carpet. A good rug is supposed to anchor a room and draw the eye in, not spread it out over every inch of square footage.

Consider the Shape of the Room
The perfect rug for you should mimic the shape of the room it is going in. For example, ou wouldn’t want a long and skinny runner in a small, square space. Luckily, most rooms are rectangular and the same goes for rugs! Making sure the proportions of room-area and rug-area are similar is key for rug placement.

Think About the Rug’s Function
Are you planning on the rug being a focal point in the center of a sitting area, or will furniture pile on top of it like a dining room table set? This is an important question to ask yourself. If the rug is going to be the center of attention, or at least the center of your vision, it should have a pattern and color palette that tie in details of the room. If it is going to be used more for functionality or bring warmth to a room, then a consistent color scheme or soft lines as a pattern will do nicely. By confusing the two functionalities, a room can easily become overwhelming or impractical.

Measure the Furniture You Already Have
A good rule of thumb for area rugs is to keep all the legs of the furniture at least 6 inches away from the edge of the rug. This way, the furniture won’t look like it’s teetering off the edge and will naturally create a more comfortable and spacious look. With that said, make sure the rug isn’t too small where the furniture is cramped and there is no space between the pieces.

With these tips you can easily figure out why your rug might not look quite right in its current space, and what to look for when you go shopping next!

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A Modern Take On Hardwood Floors

Do you love the look of hardwood floors? Of course, because everyone loves the rich charm of hardwood floors in their living room or kitchen! It is a traditional look that brings a depth of character to any space.

Architects and interior designers are starting to take that modest, traditional look and turn it into something a little different. Instead of using long, straight boards, they are creating artistical masterpieces with wood floors. Here are a few ways they are shaking up the business that you could utilize when remodeling your home!

Color
Different colored stains play a big role in making a hardwood floor look one of a kind and modern. You could stain your flooring all one shade of a trendy color, or even to use various colors of stains to create geometric patterns using the same wood. Pine and oak are great natural lighter colored woods that take different colored stains well and can amplify the contrast of the shades!

Pattern
Funky, non-traditional patterns are on the rise. Everything from hexagons to herringbone to basket weave patterns are being seen in all types of spaces! Some designers have been playing with circles and swirl patterns with wood.  Another way to stray from the typical straight boards is to integrate a mixture of tiles and woods to make a statement, which is perfect for an entryway or dining room! A darker stained border around the edge of a room or a detailed design will draw the eye and enhance unique characteristics of the wood.

Finish
A glossy wood finish gives a sleek look that leaves the room virtually level and clean, whereas a matte finish adds character and a chic aesthetic to rooms. A slightly more glossy or satin finish will give your room a classic sheen, but not be too reflective. A matte finish works best on wider floor boards and simple patterns. This finish is great for wire-brushed or hand scrapped hardwood flooring! You can’t go wrong with either finish, it just depends on your own personal style!

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Does Your Home Need A Fall Refresh?

Fall is the perfect time to throw on a comfy, brown sweater, wear that mustard yellow dress, or pull out that one pair of burgundy flats. But, the classic burgundy, brown, tan combination is getting a little old for your home, don’t you think?

Pumpkin spice lattes and dry hay bales are starting to lose their number one spot in people’s favorite things about fall. So, what else is there? How can you decorate your home in a different way that is chic, modern, and festive all at the same time without completely redoing your entire living room?

Try some non-traditional fall colors that are vibrant but part of a cooler family of color. A pop of turquoise on a porch, a deep violet throw pillow, and a cream-colored area rug can take you away from the over used burnt-orange decorations and draw the eye to a new style of fall. These colors are bright but still fit the bill for Autumn.

Add some textures to your décor for the season too. Fall is all about texture, from the breeze of the wind to the crunch of the leaves and the soft blanket you cuddle by the fire with. Find a new piece of 3D art work or get a new plush throw to become a texture master.

With luxe and eclectic home décor becoming so popular, these small color and texture changes in paint, rugs, wall art, and pillows can do a lot for your fall-ready home and be popular for years to come. So throw away that old scary-looking scarecrow pillow and switch it for some textured color!

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Colored Grout Isn’t Just for Looks!

Does your kitchen or bathroom need an update? Color sealing grout, a specially composed sealing substance, is a hot new trend for homeowners. With a multitude of colors to choose from, refreshing your grout is an easy update to any room with tile. Color sealing grout can add a pop of color to a kitchen, an eclectic look to a bathroom, or contrast to an old tile floor. It is great for DIY lovers, people who are thinking about redecorating on a tight budget, or just the perfect addition to a renovation project. But, what benefits does it have other than looking good? The colored sealer offers several positive health, maintenance, and financial benefits.

It Stops Bacteria Growth
Ever think about all the bacteria that is growing between your kitchen and bathroom tiles? Those small between-tile crevices are the perfect nesting ground for bacteria to grow. Luckily, color sealing your grout suppresses the growth of bacteria and mildew. The seal offers health benefits as the agents in the composition stops this growth and make your surfaces more sanitary.

It Eliminates Bad Odors
Color sealed grout is easy to clean, and liquids do not absorb into the seal either. Strange odors from past spills are eliminated from the equation with this benefit. You don’t have to worry about stains from food and beverage spills either as color seals repel both water and oil-based liquids.

It Is Economical
Applying a color seal grout can reduce maintenance costs for years to come. Since the grout is less porous than traditional grout and does not hold stains, you will not have to re-grout often. Your entire tile can look brand new with a pop of color seal and your wallet will thank you.

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So now all you need to decide is what color to choose!

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Which Paint Do You Need In Your Space?

If you’re getting bored with the décor in your home, you’re in luck; paint is a quick and inexpensive way to completely change the look and feel of a room! While choosing a new color for your walls is its own tedious process, have you thought about which type of paint is best for your space? Here are some pros and cons about different finishes that will help you pick out your dream paint!

Gloss
High gloss paint has at least 70% reflectivity, and with current trends it usually is used on cabinets and other furniture instead of walls due to how shiny it is. However, glossy paint is the easiest paint to clean and is great in high traffic areas where children and pets are likely to come in contact with the walls. High gloss paint can magnify imperfections on the walls, so if you have an older home this may not be the right choice.

Matte
A matte finish, also known as a flat finish, tends to be used on most interior surfaces. Wall imperfections are hardly visible with this paint since it does not reflect light. While it is very easy to make small touch ups to matte finishes, it is not washable. A matte finish enhances a rustic or worn look and also works well on ceilings. You should not use matte finishes on the exterior of your home or doors.

Semi-Gloss
Semi-Gloss paint is most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. It is easier to clean than matte paint and does not hold the same high reflectivity as glossy paint. Its subtle shine gives a modern look to walls, cabinets, and built-ins. With semi-gloss paint being the perfect middle point between high gloss and matte, it often is more expensive. This is because it is so durable and has a resistance to dust stains.

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Transform Your Basement Into A Rainy Day Escape

Summer is full of barbeques, backyard sprinklers, ice cream, and beaches. But what do you do when the weather is less than perfect? Here are some easy basement ideas that can transform your space and make it feel like you are outdoors, even when you aren’t!

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A simple pallet wall or wooden ceiling beams can completely transform the look and feel of a basement. Wood not only adds warmth to a space, but it also adds an element of the outdoors that you can easily (and affordably) bring inside. Throw in some cabin-themed decorations and some indoor plants and you’ll feel like you’re in your favorite lake view spot!

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What is a finished basement without a bar area perfect for serving drinks? Consider adding this feature in your basement if you love entertaining guests! To get that outside feeling, decorate it for summer with tiki inspired adornments. You can use a natural raffia table skirt to decorate the front of your bar and create a tropical bar top display with coconut cups, colorful appetizer plates, and some pineapple décor! Hang decorative LED string lights such as lanterns behind and above the bar for a little festive lighting to really set the mood.

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Have a fun indoor picnic theme with family and friends on those rainy summer days! Pick up a large serving bowl and place various summer fruits, such as lemons, oranges, grapes, or watermelon slices, inside of it. Place the bowl alongside a mason jar style drink dispenser and put a classic red and white checkered tablecloth below the two. This will make for an easy and fun serving station or just a seasonal decoration (maybe use plastic fruit as a decoration)! Fill empty table space with fruity scented candles, a napkin display, or a cute picnic basket!

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