For an instant home makeover, swap out old pillows for new accent pillows in bright colors and fun patterns!
Homeowners, if you’re ready to play with new prints and colors, then try new designs for your accent pillows. They cost much less than buying new furniture, and they let you showcase stylish patterns without having to reupholster sofas or chairs. Also, as the jewelry of home décor, accent pillows provide a finishing touch that pull together almost any room.
Thinking of adding accent pillows for a home makeover? Take a look at today’s interior design tips and accent pillow ideas.
1. Any Shape, Any Size: Accents pillows come in plenty of shapes and sizes. They can be round, boxed, rectangular, or even beach-ball shaped. Find what best fits you!
2. Don’t Get Even; Get Odd: Don’t settle for traditional pairs. Instead, step up contemporary design styles with an odd number of pillows, like three or five. It all depends on your space!
3. Skip the Paint; Add the Color: Pillows are a great way to add color to a room without the expense of repainting. So see what you like! Also, for homeowners who aren’t sure of their favorite colors, it’s much safer to try new colors on pillows than with paint.
4. Be Fancy: Work within your budget and embrace a luxurious look! Pillows are a great place for interior decorators to include your favorite fabrics that are too expensive to use in large quantities, such as in drapery, but perfect for pillows.
5. Go Custom and Love ‘Em: You can find fun ready-made pillows in lots of stores. But with an interior decorator, you can customize accent pillows for many more choices! Choose your color, your pattern, and even your trim (think brush fringe, beaded tassel fringe or braided trim)!
With accents pillows as the jewelry to your home’s rooms, you’ll enjoy new styles and shades all season long!
Want to partner with a professional interior decorator for accent pillows customized to fit your style? Contact Henderson, Nev. interior decorator Christine Ringenbach at 702-914-3741.
Authors: Christine Ringenbach with Allyson Siwajian © 2013
As the fall season approaches, take time to refresh your home’s interior design. Last week, we took a look at seven DIY decorating tips for creative homeowners. But not all projects need to be do-it-yourself.
Homeowners, if you have bigger budgets this upcoming season, splurge on a few new pieces that will transform your rooms.
Want to know what’s the best investment this season? Take a look at these five ideas, recommended by Decorating Den Interior’s interior decorator Christine Ringenbach.
1. Try Crown Molding and Bigger Baseboards.
Give your traditional living room a custom look. Just add crown molding at the ceiling. Then look at the floor. Swap old baseboards for new, larger baseboards in every main room in your home.
2. Replace Old Carpet.
No matter how much you move your furniture, sometimes it just can’t hide worn carpet. Remove that old, stained carpet for new. Then try wall-to-wall carpet in a new hue to freshen your living room or bedroom.
3. Repaint the Walls.
Cover fingerprints, scuff marks or just outdated wall paint with a new color for your main rooms’ walls. When you choose a new wall paint color, invite a professional decorator to help. Then you won’t make any costly mistakes.
4. Buy a New Piece of Furniture.
Choose one piece of furniture to update in your favorite room. Sure, it could be a sofa or chair. But don’t be afraid to get creative. You might decorate with a new entertainment unit, which would become the new focal point in a room.
5. Add an Area Rug.
Have a room with all hard surfaces for flooring? Go big with a large area rug. Try at least 8’ x 10’ for size, and place it under the front legs of the sofa. Remember: A little cocktail table-sized rug will only look silly in a small space. So go big to ground your furniture, add pattern and lower the noise level in any room.
Homeowners, transform the look of your homes with one or all of these five tips for the new season. As you do, think about hiring a professional interior decorator. Christine Ringenbach offers a complimentary consultation, design inspiration, access to hundreds of custom products, and included installation. To contact her for your interior design needs, call 702-914-3741.
Enjoy the start of the autumn season with your new decorating pieces!
Author: Allyson Siwajian with Christine Ringenbach © 2013
With the coming change of seasons, it’s time to refresh your home’s decorating. But just because you’re changing a few things here and there doesn’t mean you have to break your budget. Instead, try these seven home decorating tips for creative homeowners on a budget.
1. Refinish Your Furniture.
Check Pinterest for refinishing inspiration. Then pull old furniture out of storage or scour garage sales for furniture. Once you find your perfect piece, refinish it with style.
2. Rearrange Your Furniture.
Be brave. If your furniture has been in the same place for twenty years, it’s time to move it. First stop: the sofa. Try to place it at an angle or even float it in the room’s center, anchored by an area rug.
3. Change Your Decorative Pillows.
Swap out old pillows for new. Try a bold, new hue for a splash of color. Oh, and don’t forget about texture or dressmaker details.
4. Update Plumbing Fixtures.
Transform your kitchen and bathrooms. Dated fixtures make a room look old-fashioned. Plus, you might even save money since most new designs are water-efficient.
5. Re-accessorize Your Bookcases.
Tackle that built-up dust. Then once you’ve cleaned the shelves, find a fun way to rearrange bookshelves and pot shelves with all the right accessories.
6. Assess Your Artwork.
Take down all your artwork, and rearrange it. Create a new collage from art hanging helter-skelter around the house. Then think carefully about what else you put back on the walls: Do you really need all those family photos?
7. Reupholster Your Chairs.
Update your kitchen and dining room chairs with new fabric. Reupholster chairs for an inexpensive do-it-yourself (DIY) project, or contact a professional upholsterer for relatively affordable work.
For these autumn decorating ideas, you can try each tip yourself or bring in a professional interior decorator who can fit your budget and find new ways to update your home’s style.
Want to see what an interior decorator could do for you? Contact Henderson, Nev. interior decorator Christine Ringenbach at 702-914-3741 for a complimentary consultation.
Check back next week for decorating tips for bigger budgets this fall season.
Authors: Allyson Siwajian and Christine Ringenbach © 2013
What’s not to love about a window seat? Whether you want a chic space to lounge in your master bedroom or a whimsical play place for your little girl’s room, window seats provide comfort, style and a refreshing look at the outdoors.
Many homes already have these special seats built in beneath a well-placed window. In this case, we just have to decorate them to make these areas our own!
But don’t have a window seat? Don’t worry. Houses often have bay windows, and that makes the perfect place for a custom-built window seat. For quality construction and style, it’s easy to invite a carpenter to build your window seat. Then you can enjoy a custom space that fits the space and your home’s style.
While window seats look beautiful, they also serve many more purposes. Window seats are cozy spots for kids to curl up with a book or a few stuffed animals. Pets also love this comfortable spot.
While you can lounge on a window seat, it also provides additional storage. For this, a carpenter can include a lift-top in the seat. Then you can enjoy an extra place to neatly tuck away items you need to store.
Of course, window seats can even become an architectural feature. Then its custom style can bring new life to an otherwise bland room.
To bring more visual interest, you’ll also want to properly decorate your window seat to match the style of the room. It’s almost impossible for homeowners to find bench cushions to fit window seats. But here’s a trick: Find the right fabric to coordinate with the style of the room, and ask a professional upholsterer to make a custom-fit bench cushion.
Since it’s custom, the cushion can include lots of dressmaker details, such as welting, shirred fabric sides, tufted buttons and zipper closures. If the cushion will be used often by children or by pets, then the fabric can also be laminated for easy cleaning.
While the cushion and its details can be custom-made to complement other features in the room (like custom window treatments and bedding), the window seat’s design is best finished with throw pillows. These pillows can add more comfortable seating, and they easily act as accent pieces for the window seat’s décor.
Want your own custom window seat to enjoy? Then contact Henderson, Nev. interior decorator Christine Ringenbach at 702-914-3741 for a complimentary consultation. With her industry contacts (including carpenters and upholsters) and design expertise, you’ll soon enjoy a window seat that fits your home and your lifestyle!
Author: Christine Ringenbach, edited by Allyson Siwajian © 2013
Candles, charges and custom framed photographs make great accessories, but there’s one more accessory that can warm up any room: plants! To bring refreshing calmness, a fresh breath of life, and plenty of lively warmth, include a few plants as the final touch in your home interior design.
Potted or hanging—plants infuse rich color, texture and personality into a room. Homeowners, if you have a green thumb, then aim for real plants that you’ll enjoy caring for. But don’t worry if you don’t care for the daily maintenance.
These days, silk plants provide a beautiful alternative. In recent years, quality has improved so much that it’s difficult to tell the difference between real plants and silk ones. Silk plants, trees and flowers also offer an affordable price point.
But be open to making an investment for quality silk plants too. An 8-foot-tall silk tree in a sturdy, attractive pot can easily cost $1,000, but its high quality also ensures a realistic appearance without much maintenance for years to come.
Whether you choose real or artificial plants, just remember to choose plants that will complement the style of your home interior design. For example, for a traditional style, try ivy or ficus trees. For a contemporary style, consider sculptural orchids or bamboo.
REAL OR SILK: PLACING YOUR PLANTS
As you select your plants, also think of the plant’s placement.
Plants can fit almost anywhere in any room. Try adding a plant on the bathroom counter, on a bedside table, on the fireplace mantel, or even as fillers on bookshelves or on pot shelves in the kitchen, laundry room or living room.
Then decide how you will arrange your plant to coordinate with your décor.
Potted plants work well for accessory groupings. For example, you might have a lamp and a small, framed photo on a side table. Complement this pairing with a plant. Then you can decorate like professional designers, and position your accessories in groups of threes.
While small plants work well for grouping, larger plants do work well in pairs.
For a tall, prominent plant, use two plants. Then you can arrange them for a traditional symmetrical look that brings balance to the whole area.
As you include your plants in your home, keep the plant’s size in mind. You’ll want the plant to be proportionate to the room’s overall size and its additional décor pieces. For example, a 5-foot-tall tree would be undersized in a room with a 10’ ceiling. But a taller tree to match the higher ceiling would be perfect.
PLANTS: THE FINAL TOUCH
Remember that less is more. Plants best bring warmth and life when used as accent pieces. It’s better to include a few well-placed, quality plants than to overuse plants in your décor for a field of green. Know what works, then enjoy the creative placement of your plants in your home!
Want an interior decorator to help with your plant placement and other design decisions? Then call Henderson interior decorator Christine Ringenbach at 702-914-3741 and schedule a complimentary consultation for your home decorating.
Authors: Allyson Siwajian with Christine Ringenbach © 2013
Create a relaxing atmosphere in your home’s bedrooms with custom bedding and personalized bedroom interior design. Whether you’re decorating your master bedroom or a guest room, the best way to create a well-decorated space is to coordinate the major design components. But while they should coordinate, they don’t have to completely match.
Today, take a look at this bedroom interior design to see how to coordinate well while also including some unique touches you won’t find with ready-made pieces.
In this bedroom design, the bed is the eye-catching focal point. It features custom bedding, a style completely personalized for the individual homeowner and only available through a professional interior decorator. Thanks to its custom nature, this bedding provides the perfect fit for this bed size.
Custom bedding also displays custom details. This bedding includes custom contrasting covered buttons as well as welting at the seams and hem’s edges. Then the pillows and shams are created to coordinate. As the jewelry of bedding, custom pillows complement bedding in their colors, patterns, textures and trims. This customization delivers what Henderson interior decorator Christine Ringenbach calls “a wow factor” to complete the room’s focal point.
With a professional decorator, bedding isn’t the only opportunity for customization. In this design (see above), the custom window treatments also reflect the bedding’s theme. The stationery side panels showcase a similar sheen and color scheme to the custom bedding and its pillows, making a complete look for the room.
With these design elements in place, the decorator added architectural details to boost visual intrigue. Crown molding defines the ceiling, and grass cloth adds texture to each wall. Then bold artwork complements the overall design and makes creative use of wall space.
As these elements benefit the overall design, the final piece to this room is the furniture. Just as the bedding and window treatments coordinate well without showcasing the exact same pattern, the furniture blends well but avoids that identical look. “She avoided the matchy-matchy look by using a contrast distressed, rubbed, black bachelor’s chest for a nightstand instead of the matching nightstand that came with the bed frame,” Christine says of the decorator’s choice. With this final touch, the bedroom delivers a sense of coordination but also customized creativity.
Would you like to include custom bedding and customized decorating in your home interior design? Then contact Southern Nevada decorator Christine Ringenbach from Decorating Den Interiors at 702-914-3741. With her professional assistance and access to customizable products, you’ll soon enjoy design that reflects your personal style in a creative, collected way.
Author: Allyson Siwajian, inspired by Christine Ringenbach © 2013
I am often asked by clients what decorators mean when we use the term “custom.” To have custom decorating is to have interior design that is tailored to your style and preferences. But custom decorating doesn’t stop with the overall theme or color scheme for a room.
Even custom furnishings help express the homeowner’s personality. For a husband and wife, custom will blend their tastes; it will bring the wishes of each person into a room that both can enjoy.
Custom decorating can even happen in a design’s details. In Interior Decorator Carol Bugg’s book, Decorating … The Professional Touch, she shares: “Each sofa and love seat you order is upholstered in your personal choice of fabric, the finish of every table and chair has been specified by you, and your draperies are designed to coordinate with the style and colors of the room and fabricated to fit the size of the windows.”
Want to see how custom design can work even in your decorating’s smallest details? Take a look at this custom window treatment, and see how you can personalize your home with a professional interior designer.
1. Rods: The draperies are mounted with 2” fluted rods, which are difficult to find in a do-it-yourself (DIY) store. A decorator, though, has access to all styles through quality distributors.
2. Dressmaker Details: At the base of each goblet pleat, the designer included covered buttons. This attention to detail accents the brick color in the fabric and creates a nice color contrast.
3. Goblet Pleats: You won’t find this robust style among ready-made draperies. But a professional designer can create a custom version of this signature style for traditional homes.
4. Dimension: Beneath the side panel, the professional decorator added an under-mounted shade. This layering adds dimension, similar to layering a vest beneath a jacket.
5. Ruching: To add visual intrigue, the designer included an under-mounted shade with ruching (gathering of fabric). This effect creates an aesthetic scooped edge.
6. Patterns: This window treatment combines a subtle stripe in the shade’s fabric with a floral in the side panel’s fabric. It takes a skilled eye to combine patterns effectively.
7. Installation: The installation process goes beyond placing screws in the wall. A professional decorator can also “dress” the drapery, so it hangs properly, avoids sun fading and won’t fray at the base.
Through a window treatment’s detailing, you can find creative opportunities to customize your home and best showcase your style. Then with a professional decorator to deliver the best product, your home will be unique to you and display a sense of quality too.
Want to hire a professional decorator to bring custom decorating to your home? Contact Henderson interior decorator Christine Ringenbach at 702-914-3741 for a complimentary consultation.
Author: Christine Ringenbach with Allyson Siwajian © 2013