Thursday, June 23, 2016

Florals Have Always Been In Style...

While my beautiful Lilacs, Geraniums and Wisteria are in full bloom in my garden , I’d love to bring a bit of the Spring Garden inside too. And there may be no better way to do that than to redo just one room, in a new spring color and with some flowers.
Garden themed rooms have always been popular for the stimulating color and cheery designs. Start with none other than the traditional floral print. Florals offer us a built in blueprint to create a good uplifting color scheme. More over most floral patterns have a range of shades and colors that coordinate effortlessly with a variety of solids, mini prints, plaids and stripes.

Fabric companies such as Robert Allen have made decorating easy by coordinating fabrics in books that mix and match with each other by color groupings.

If you’d love to have a garden room in your home, here are some tips on using floral patterns in the room.

• Pick florals that will coordinate with colors already in the home. If you have green carpeting, for instance a floral with pretty green leaves will do well. If you have tan carpeting or just prefer a more neutral look, some of the tea stained floral designs would be perfect.

• Try to balance your floral print pattern with the plain surfaces, on walls, floors, sheets or curtains. Most florals are beautiful but can be busy and a little can go a long way. Using plain backgrounds on these surfaces will also give you a degree of flexibility in updating your accessories from time to time.

• An easy way to create a color scheme is to choose the background color of the floral pattern for the paint color of the room. Then, look carefully at the floral to decide on the secondary and accent colors. A rule of thumb is the secondary color will be a pleasing mid-tone that may be used for carpeting, bed skirts, pillows, upholstery and trims. The third color is usually a brighter accent color. Use this color in smaller accessories, trims and accents throughout the room, pictures, vases, welting on pillows, tie backs, chair seats and the like.

• Keep the design principle of repetition to balance the look of a floral pattern. Repeat fabrics within the room so the patterns are seen throughout the room.

• A floral area rug can do wonders for that garden feeling you’re after. They add color and pattern, however make certain that their scale won’t clash with the scale of floral fabric used as the predominate one in the room. If the rug is large scale then the fabrics should be a medium or small scale floral pattern.

• Hang artwork that includes floral themes. Select mats and frames that compliment the art’s color palette.

• Replace some of the furniture with real garden furniture. Small accent tables in white iron perhaps. Also, wicker can be very comfortable when cozy floral seat cushions are added.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Toni Talk ~ 9 Ways To Transform The Staircase"!

Q: Dear Toni....I have a staircase that is just calling for some interest! I recently removed all the carpet from it because it was worn and dingy! And now it's so boring. Since it's the first thing you see upon stepping into my home through the front door, well,  it needs something. But what? I don't  need it to be expensive, I just need it to be interesting!

A: Paint it, wallpaper it, tile it, decal it, and have some fun with it! All the staircases below require LITTLE $$$ but the return on investment value is BIG! Add a little elbow grease...boom!

From Apartment Therapy by Jim Lambie
Totally fun and colorful. Love this idea for a white walled entry! Get your brush and painters masking tape and go for it!
From Pinterest
More paint this time each riser is a different gradation of Blue. Adds life to the wood trim!

From Pinterest
Now this is one of my favorites. For those book collectors amongst's how to honor the classics! This may take some time, but you could employ a student artist to get create it for you.
To see the other 6 staircase transformations......Click on over to the June issue of "ON DECORATING" !