Need Design Ideas? Spring Into Action

Whether you’re building a new abode or refreshing an existing one, attending one or more of metro Atlanta’s spring home tours is a great way to soak up some new design ideas for your home. Plus you’ll get to experience the flavor and learn about the history of the various communities.

In addition to the Tour of Homes, the Inman Park Spring Festival, scheduled April 27-29, includes three stages of music all weekend, dance performances and a kids’ play zone. Inman Park is one of Atlanta’s oldest and most scenic neighborhoods. See inside some of the beautiful Victorian homes or check out some of the remodeling jobs neighbors have completed on their houses. Tour of Homes tickets are $20 in advance or $25 starting April 27. Get details at http://inmanparkfestival.org/events/tour-of-homes/.

Scheduled April 20-22, the Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens, a volunteer project of the Druid Hills Civic Association, benefits historic preservation and green space restoration. The weekend includes a plant sale, a history display and the debut of “History Happens Here,” a film about the development of the Druid Hills community. Advance tickets are $25. The price increases to $30 on April 20. Learn more at http://www.DruidHillsTour.org.

Experience what more makes the Kirkwood community special during the 16th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes on May 19. The event includes a 5K, an artist market, live music and food from local vendors. All proceeds go to benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization, a local 501c3 non-profit group dedicated to community improvement. The Tour of Homes takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Go to http://www.kirkwoodfling.com/ for additional information.

Have you been to any of these tours?

Give Your Living Room a Personality of its Own

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

A living room can become a welcoming space to both family and visitors with the simple addition of special details. Much like the distinctive grain of hardwood flooring  it’s the details that give a room a personality of its own.

When a living room is a long rectangle, the shape can be used as an advantage. Arranging the space into two squares, with bookshelves or a sofa table placed as dividers, will break up the area naturally. Using different rugs also divides the floor into distinct sections.

In cases when a formal style works best for a particular room, the room design should be symmetrical. Or, home decorators can try a modified symmetry by having two identical sofas face each other but place different lamps or side tables alongside them.

Good Traffic Flow

The right mix and arrangement of pieces creates a room design that has a comfortable traffic flow between furnishings.

Achieving correct balance is particularly important in a large room where people gather. If there’s too much space between furniture pieces, the room will have a chilly atmosphere. Push furnishings too close and the look may be too cluttered.

A fireplace may serve as a focal point with an equally weighty piece of furniture – such as a large bookcase or hutch – to counteract it across the room. Having two loveseats face each other in front of the fireplace is often more inviting than placing one long sofa along a wall. Or, two easy chairs can face a sofa, with a small table and a lamp for reading set between them.

Scale is also a concern in home design, because large pieces will fill blocks of space better than small furniture, which could become dwarfed by a large area.

Color Coordination

To keep a classic look in a large room, the fabrics on a sofa and a loveseat can be different as long as they coordinate well in colors and patterns. Homeowners may use furniture already in the home by upgrading some pieces with new upholstery or slipcovers that can be changed seasonally.

The answer is to separate the space into several conversation areas, but linked by colors and complementary patterns and solids. The result will be a comfortable place for both everyday use and entertaining guests.

Source: Anderson Floors

 

Select the Right Furniture Arrangement

Buckingham-Oak-color-519fbCreating balance in furniture arrangement is mostly about learning to look at a room design in a new way. When homeowners make the best use of a room’s features, including architectural details and hardwood floors, the right proportions and balance are achieved.

In determining a room’s layout, home decorators should consider the traffic flow of the space by looking at how the doorways are situated. If two doors open onto a room, the traffic pattern should move behind the seating, not through it from one door to another. With a single doorway, the traffic should flow directly to the main seating area.

The size of furniture pieces and where they’re placed in relation to each other can throw off the balance of a room as well. Spread out the largest furnishings throughout the room for horizontal balance. The placement of area rugs on wood floors can also upset the balance of a room, and should be considered in conjunction with furniture placement.

Making a space comfortable

The furniture placement in home design can start with three easy steps – evaluate the space, consider the room’s purpose and determine the best seating arrangement.

In rooms without a fireplace, a good alternative is a line of windows or a TV, if the room is used primarily for family activities. Homeowners can also create their own focal point by hanging a large artwork or arrange a display of collectibles on shelves.

Home decorators continue to make the same mistakes, such as placing a sofa against the room’s longest wall. Rather than give the impression of more space, it may look as though the couch is too distant from other pieces that would otherwise make a comfortable conversation area.

Selecting the right furniture arrangement has the same effect whether it’s in an indoor room or an outdoor living area. It allows people to settle in comfortably in a cavernous space made to feel cozy or in tight quarters that become more open.

Source: Anderson Floors

Why Choose Carpet for Your Home?

Tuftex Carpet PhotoProvides Warmth and Comfort

Carpet provides actual thermal resistance, or R-value. In colder climates or seasons, it retains warm air longer, an energy conservation benefit. Carpet also provides a comfortable place to sit, play or work and gives a room an overall warmer feeling.

Adds Beauty and Style

You can choose from many thousands of carpet styles and colors. That means your ultimate choice will reflect how you want to personalize your living space. Carpet can be a neutral foundation, or it can be a focal point with vibrant colors and stronger bolder patterns and textures.

Softens Slips and Falls

Carpet is ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and falls and minimizing injuries when falls do occur. Carpet provides safety protection for the whole family, but especially for toddlers and older individuals.

Reduces Noise

Big screen TVs, speaker phones, computers and modern sound systems make our homes noisy places. Carpet helps absorb these sounds. Adding a cushion pad beneath your carpet reduces noise even further. Carpet also works as a sound barrier between floors by helping to block sound transmission to rooms below. And carpet on stairs helps mask the sound of constant foot traffic.

Wears Well

Carpet will maintain its life and beauty for many years when properly cleaned and maintained. Learn to keep your carpet looking great over time by following these simple steps:

  • Preventative Maintenance: Protect your investment before problems occur.
  • Vacuuming: Keep your carpet clean through regular vacuuming, the single most effective way to keep carpets clean.
  • Professional Cleaning: Have carpets cleaned professionally, a periodic must.

Source: Tuftex Carpets

 

 

Four Steps to a Successful Paint Job

fbWhen it comes time to spruce up your home design, a fresh coat of paint will do the trick. However, there are many steps that homeowners should take to execute a successful paint job.

Prepare the Walls

Clean your walls before you add another layer of paint. Use a sponge to remove any residue, dust, dirt or grease spots that may have accumulated.

After a good scrubbing, it’s crucial that you apply painter’s tape to windows, trim and door frames. It doesn’t matter when you apply your tape. Many people do it days before they plan on painting to get it out of the way. But it’s essential that you remove it as soon as the new paint dries.

If your ceilings run too high, it may be a good idea to hire a professional painter.

Apply Primer With the Correct Brush

Real Simple magazine suggests that homeowners always use primer before applying paint. No matter how many layers of paint your walls have, primer is important for a uniform finish.

Use the Correct Applicator

Should you use a brush or a roller? Each has a different effect on the look of the paint job. Paint with a brush around the areas with painter’s tape where rollers are too big to reach. Use a two-inch angled brush to ensure you get the precision you’re going for and then use a roller for everywhere else.

Execute the Right Painting Strategy

Many experts suggest using the “W” approach while applying your paint. Start in the corner of the wall and paint a “W’ and then fill it in without lifting the roller. Continue this strategy across the entire length of the wall.

Once the walls are completely dry, move on to the moldings, doors, windows and trim.

What’s your favorite color to paint a room?

Source: Anderson Floors