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The 4th of July is right around the corner and this is our inspiration to decorate with a red, white and blue color palette!  Although it is a patriotic color palette, the primary colors of red and blue work well together and are pleasing to the eye.  The warm red with the cool blue are complimentary colors and the white seems to break things up a little.  There are many ways to make this patriotic color palette work without having to place stars and stripes everywhere.  However, if stars and stripes is your thing, then let’s not make it tacky, shall we?  Here are some rooms that are tastefully decorated in red, white and blue both traditional and contemporary.

 

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Create a relaxing sanctuary right in your own bedroom!  We think these bedrooms have great style and here’s why!

If you like a calm and neutral palette this might be your style!  Despite the neutral palette, however, this bedroom still screams luxury!  The understated luxurious decor of this room combines affordable antiques with more expensive furniture pieces.  When working with neutrals, incorporate bedding, rugs, throw pillows, paint and accent furniture with colors from the same color family.  Make sure to keep the bed as the focal point.

Love the contrast of the warm chocolate walls against the white!  This design is crisp, clean and fresh!  Once again, the bed is the focal point with the interesting headboard and the white linens.  The drapery adds a sense of drama yet also provides privacy.  The chandelier adds interest and softens the room.

Both of these bedroom are both eclectic and bold!  The use of bright colors and the mix of interesting furniture keeps these rooms fun and interesting.  To keep the room unified, use at least one color that is constant throughout the room.

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Lighting is a crucial design element when it comes to accessorizing and decorating your home.  “Lighting is not simply to eliminate darkness; it is a creative ingredient in successful design,” said Deborah Kreye, ASID, interior designer with Vogue Interiors.  Part of a design plan needs to include how to illuminate a space effectively and not to simply focus on the fixture itself.  Make sure that your rooms are correctly illuminated with just the right amount of light.  Over-lit or under-lit rooms can become uncomfortable rooms to be in.  To know if a room is illuminated correctly take the total number of watts in the room (generally a 4″ can will have a 65 watt lamp) and divide by the square footage of the room.  You want to be as close to .8 as possible.  Here are some examples of different lighting applications. 

Creating A “Path” Of Light 

Use wall sconces to create a subtle “path” of light through the home.  This can create a directional visual element to lead people in a logical progression. 

 

Lighting Artwork 

Highlight artwork in your home with spot lighting or track lighting.  Spot lighting can be focused directly on one piece whereas track lighting can illuminate an entire gallery. 

Track Lighting

Spot Lighting

Lighting For Architectural Details 

Architectual details of a home can be accentuated with lighting.  Highlight a recessed cove with concealed cove lighting. 

 

 

Ambient Lighting  

Ambient lighting can be either direct of indirect.  Ambient lighting can be a hidden light sources that washes a room with a glow.  Temporary ambient effects can be achieved with a dimmer. 

 

 

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