Thursday, July 28, 2011

Floor and Table Lamps Decorating Ideas 2011

Complement Your Decor

"Think of a lamp as part of the jewelry of a room," interior designer Judith Balis says. "You need to select the right piece to complement the rest of the room." When choosing lamps, consider the style you're going for in your home first. Is it traditional? Modern? Eclectic? In this bedroom, Balis adds a playful touch to a modern design with quirky, coral-base lamps.

Sleek Shades

If you're going for a modern or contemporary look, think simple and streamlined when selecting lamps. Currently in vogue, slim bases and drum-shaped shades can add height and drama to a space without overpowering its other decor. Design by Troy Beasley.

Timeless Appeal

Shades with a tapered shape tend to blend well with traditional decor. Designer Katie Leavy paired an antique ceramic lamp with colorful Indian textiles and a Chinese wall hanging for a look that's both worldly and classic.

Size It Up

"Like anything else in decorating, you want to be mindful of scale," Balis says. Make sure the size of your lamp is appropriate for its location. You don't want to put a massive lamp on a very small table — not only will it look disproportionate, but it might also be bumped into or knocked over. Likewise, a very small lamp will look out of place in a large room. As for the scale of the lamp itself, the shade should be one-half to three-fourths the size of the base and should hide the internal hardware of the lamp, Balis recommends. Design by Erica Islas.

Translucent vs. Opaque

Another important factor to consider when choosing a lamp shade is how much light you need the lamp to cast. If you want the lamp to illuminate an entire room or provide light for reading, a translucent shade is the best choice. However, if the lamp is strictly an accent piece, try an opaque shade for a dramatic look. Design by Joseph Pubillones.

Proper Placement

After selecting the right lamps, deciding where to put them is just as important. Generally, Balis likes to use floor lamps to illuminate corners and reading areas. "If you have a dark corner in a room, the simple addition of a lamp will work wonders for the way the room feels," Balis says. Table lamps are great for filling out the rest of the room, she says.

Up to the Task

In any room, make sure the lighting you choose is sufficient for the tasks and activities you want to accomplish there. Designer Shane Reilley illuminated this reading area with a geometric floor lamp — a great contrast against the wavy lines of the chaise.

Coordinate the Components

When pairing a lamp shade with a base, Balis says a good rule of thumb is to choose a shade that mimics the shape of the lamp itself. If you have a square base, try a square or rectangular shade. A round or drum-shaped shade works well with a round or bulb-shaped base, while a conical shade is a good fit for a tall, thin base. Design by Daniel Bodenmiller.

Choose Shades With Flair

"If you need to add color or texture to a room, an interesting lampshade will add just the boost you are looking for," Balis says. Look for a shade with a bold pattern, an interesting texture or decorative touches like beads or tassels. Design by Erinn Valencich.

The Importance of Lighting

Without proper lighting, even the most stylish space isn't truly complete. Every room needs a combination of general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting to set a mood and provide sufficient illumination. Table and floor lamps, which typically fall under the task lighting category, are especially important because they play both a functional and decorative role in your home. Size, shape and style all need to be taken into account when selecting lamps to suit both your lighting needs and taste in home decor. Design by Lin Lee.

WOW Kitchens

Avram Rusu modern kitchen orange

LOVE this light backspash and the pops of color!!!! Modern kitchens usually have a monochromatic color scheme with a subtle yet bold pop of color. Designer Andreea Avram Rusu incorporated warm orange tones through the island stools and a stainless steel backs. Although, I am not much a fan of orange, Andreea made this design work well.

high end contemporary kitchen is chefs dream

A monochromatic color scheme and stainless steel appliances are fundamentals in a modern kitchen. Designer Philip Guarino placed the kitchen island on legs to create a floating effect, which gives the space an airy, open feel.

LOVE the interest of the accent stone and wood!!!

A stone wall, glass tabletop and wood ceiling light fixture bring various textures to this kitchen designed by Elizabeth Rosensteel. The monochromatic gray tones in the countertops, cabinets, stools and backsplash bring a modern touch to the space.

 chef designed gourmet contemporary kitchen

Moving from one workstation to the other is simple in this bold kitchen. A thin ladder makes the glossy blue upper cabinets easily accessible. Design by Philip Guarino

Not a total fan of this, feels a little cold to me,  I do love the island stove and overhead lightng design.

DeLeon blue kitchen

The high-end appliances in this kitchen make it any cook's dream. The blue under-cabinet lighting allows the tile backsplash to shine, and the neutral tones in the kitchen create a striking contrast against the dark-toned cabinets. Design by Vanessa DeLeon
extraordinary stainless steel kitchen

LOVE the contemporary style, still feels warm and inviting!!! Dark wood base cabinets are paired with metal-and-glass upper cabinets in this kitchen to create a transition from heavy to light. A white 2x2-inch glass-tile backsplash is illuminated to offset the larger squares of the upper cabinets, adding another layer of rhythm and scale to the space.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Living Room - Fabric Sofa Sets Designs 2011

Isn’t it time to refresh your living room? Find living room sets in a variety of styles at Living Room Warehouse. This stylish collection ranges from traditional to contemporary and have the comfort you want. Select contemporary living room sets from Italian and European top designers. Living Room furniture has a good track record of great services and quality of furniture. From unique and individual pieces through a complete living room set that is matched and balance for your space, you can find what you need at Living Room Warehouse. Sure to earn the best living room sets in your house today .

Comfortable and stylish, this beautiful sofa set is crafted from hardwood solids and made from high quality materials to last. With plush comfort and elegant design, the Dawson Sofa takes traditional style elements and creates a refreshing feel perfect for any living area. This collection captures a unique style that is as comfortable as it is beautiful. Capture for yourself the sophisticated look of this fabulous furniture for your personal living environment. Add elegance of traditional style to your home with this Dawson Sofa.

The traditional design of the Glory upholstery collection transforms any home environment with unique and fabulous style. The sophisticated beauty of this traditionally patterned nail head accented upholstery comes alive with the comfort of the plush rolled arms and supportive cushions. This Glory Chenille Sofa captures the true essence of grand traditional style. This elegantly crafted sofa is sure to catch your eyes for years to come. This gorgeous Glory upholstery collection will bring classic gentle look and it is sure to light up your living room.

Traditional Living

multi seating chaise lounge

Sheer drapes and a silk chaise work well in this space together. Tip: Look for a uniquely designed lamp, which can add character and style to a room.

colorful artwork in modern office

Dramatic art provides life in this space with its bold colors. Modern furniture and classically designed draperies work well together.

luxuriously modern media room

This home theater has an art deco look fused with a modern touch. Luxurious silk upholstered sofas and chairs against velvet upholstered acoustical wall panels combine well with a unique deco patterned wool rug. Tip: Add wall sconces to give surround lighting that can be dimmed for viewing the movie.

pops of gold sitting room

This is totally my favorite, the room is conversational, comfortable and cozy!!

beautifully designed living room

In this modern living room, furnishings alternately blend and contrast with the darker flooring, and rugs are purposefully unembellished to ensure maximum attention to the cosmopolitan furnishings and rich, textured fabrics. Walls are blank slates to serve as backdrops for bold artwork, which is highlighted with gallery lighting. Another favorite design of mine, they didn't forget to warm things up with plants.

custom builtins flanking fireplace

If you follow my design style and blog you know black is a basic for me and I love this arrangment and the accent pillows.

The family room incorporates traditionally styled furnishings with slightly modern lines for an updated look. The mirror treatment on the wall mimics the design of the ceiling and cleverly hides the flat screen.

retro yet modern living room

You get a warm and comfy feel with this room.

Cool blues and retro styles create a chic retreat in this small living space. The few accessories were selected with care. Designer tip: Modern interiors rely on clean lines and statement pieces to achieve the look.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

luxury living room curtains Ideas 2011

A print on a half panama fabric.   Great value for money. A nice bright horizontal stripe brings a touch of style to your room. This design is fully lined with an eyelet heading. Matching cushion covers are available to give a finishing touch to the look

These timelessly elegant woven jacquard curtains would be a sophisticated finishing touch for any interior. The beautiful trailing tulips gives a traditional feel whilst the woven quality of the fabric adds a subtle touch of texture.

A geometric top border on a hop sack cloth, for an admirable design. The depth and clarity of the contrast colours on the natural hop sack cloth will fulfil anyone’s wish for a modern and exciting feel.

The ultimate in luxury. Traditional yet Modern. This silk inspired jacquard design is an elegant timeless classic. It will give a stunning finish to any room.

A  faux silk embroidered fabric which creates an ambiance of both calm and vibrancy.  An abstact swirl design with a subtle sheen will give a stunning appearance with great value for money.

This self patterned waffle effect curtain will enhance the ambience of any room they are located. They are lined with matching tie backs and cushion covers.

A  faux silk embroidered fabric which creates an ambiance of both calm and vibrancy.  An abstact swirl design with a subtle sheen will give a stunning appearance with great value for money.

Traditional yet Modern. This design can encompass the whole spectrum of window dressing. These curtains with their metallic yarn expertly woven onto a heavy weight textured fabric would give an excellent finish to any room

An effective spray pattern compromising of the most up to date colour pallet to give this design the real WOW factor. It takes its cue from the most modern trends and yet has its own air of originality. 

Contemporary leaf print design giving a warm autumnal feel.  Luxurious woven pencil pleat curtains with a soft sheen. These sophisticated colour palletts will suit any modern interior.

A large modern floral woven design. Inspired by some of the most up to date designs and incorporating modern manufacturing techniques, to give a contrast of a silk effect flower against a more natural base cloth.

A Stunning modern hopsack design with a faux suede appliqué squares running through the curtain. The density of the hopsack cloth and the faux suede appliqué combine exquisitely to provide a curtain that has a real touch of class and is truly value for money.

A stylish and elegant modern large floral print, printed on a cotton jacquard. This flowing design will make any room feel warm and modern

Classically elegant with timeless appeal, Capesbury is a beautiful vintage floral printed on a linen look ground, which adds a real touch of luxury and completes the antique feel.

A traditionally woven heavy weight tapestry design. This design will bring an air of grandeur to any room in the house, making it feel warm and homely.

A funky modern floral print with an eyelet heading set on a contrast border to give the design a luxurious look. With its blend of vibrant colours and unique design this is to make any room feel warm and look modern.

A contemporary cross stripe chenille and taffeta woven eyelet design which is enhanced with a metallic yarn to give a defining contrast yet delicate ambiance. Suitable for any room. This design is fully lined with an eyelet heading.