Mediums: Marble

Marble has long since been a popular medium to work with. It evokes an elegant, classic look that can be applied to various areas in the home. Marble is a great medium to incorporate in any space. Sophisticated and timeless this medium will look great in any home whether it be traditional, transitional, or modern.

Types

There are various types of marble that exist, what usually separates them is the degree of whiteness and veining. Marble is typically white but depending on the level of gray veining that it possesses in turn changes the type. Since there are variations finding the right one for you and your home is important. Do you want a sleek, polished look? Or do you want the veining to serve as a decorative element? Knowing the difference between the two will help you know what to look for. The most popular types of marble that people usually picture are either carrara or calacatta. If you would like a more polished look carrara is the way to go. This marble is usually grayer with soft veining. If you want bolder, larger veining, calacatta is for you.

Application

Marble is typically seen as counter tops in the kitchen or bathroom. You do not have to limit yourself to only this surface. Marble can be used in a variety of places aside from a counter top. Introducing a marble table in your kitchen can add that extra touch of elegance. Why stop at just the table? You can also add marble to the walls in the kitchen, running just underneath cabinets. Instead of only having marble counter tops in the bathroom, it can also be applied to the floors or the shower. If you decide to opt out of these areas, another option is to use marble as an accent. For example, you can incorporate calacatta as a single wall, the bold grey veining will serve as a decorative element. You can also line marble along a fireplace. This will add high contrast through not only color but texture against a normal wall.

Maintenance

Before you begin covering your entire home in this material the amount of care that is required should be considered. Since marble is a natural material it will age with time. So if you want something that will look as new as the day you received it, marble may not be for you. Marble will naturally age and if it is not regularly taken care of can stain. Depending on where you apply it will effect how rapidly it ages. So you may want to rethink a marble floor if that space regularly has people walking through. On counter tops and tables you will want to frequently clean because spills will stain the surface. Spot treating and sealing will help maintain surfaces, especially areas that are used frequently. Consider polished instead of honed marble, which will be more absorbent.

As tempting as it may be to cover your home in marble finding out how to care and maintain this material is essential. If you do not mind the maintenance or the natural aging the comes with marble then this material is for you.

Versatility of Pattern

Patterns make a huge difference in any room. Aside from colors or shapes, patterns can completely transform the mood in a room. Pattern is typically pictured on pillows, blankets, or even sofas for the more adventurous type. Those are not the only objects that can have a pattern. For those that are more comfortable with pattern being long term, it can also appear on cabinets or doors.

Start Small

If you are not used to patterns,  start off small by incorporating a small piece of furniture. It can be a single piece like an ottoman or bench that will give you a taste as to how it will look in your space. Since it will be the only item that has a pattern, it is sure to match with the rest of your pieces. It can be as simple as plaid or as exciting as zebra stripes. Paired against a neutral base any pattern will complement the space. This way you can start working your way up to incorporate larger pieces and more unique patterns.

An interesting way to display pattern is also through having select items with similar pattern spread around a room. For example the pillows, lamp shade, and ottoman can all share the same pattern. This will add pops of color throughout the room which causes your eyes to move everywhere. It is easier to incorporate pattern with this tip because your only using one type throughout the room and it will not be overwhelming.

Other Options

Pattern is not limited to only upholstered furnishings. It can also be seen in carving, inlaid materials, or metals applied to an object. Adding a carved cabinet or chest also has the same effect as patterned upholstery. The carving may also add that extra element of depth because of the intricate design some items have. The level of intricacy may be all the you need and would make a great focal point for your room. Inlaid wood, for example, is also very versatile in the type of pattern that you would like. This technique can range from simple to ornate designs that even alters perspective. Metals are also a great way to add pattern while also adding variety to the texture in your space. Metal can be used to create designs on an items surface. Depending on the type that is used, it may also add a nice contrast and bring warmth to your space.

If you are new to incorporating pattern into your home the options may seem to much to handle. When you discover which one is suited for your needs and style it will be easier to settle for a certain type. Until then, making small, simple changes is a great way to experiment with pattern. Soon enough you will be comfortable enough to add bold patterns along your doors and walls!

Incorporating Color into your Home

For people that may not be used to having bold bright colors in their home introducing color may be overwhelming. It is difficult to make the drastic change from a neutral beige to flaming orange. Instead of jumping right into bold colors gradually making changes is the way to go. You do not have to go from one extreme to another. Your home does not have to be covered completely in searing colors to create a bright environment. It is possible to have your neutral tones while also creating a pop here and there through accents. There are plenty of ways to add depth to your home without having to use an array of tones.

Mix Neutrals

A great way to add dimension to your home is to mix neutral colors. If you do not want to add vivid colors creating a mix of neutral tones is a great way to liven up a room. Having the same hue throughout will make the room blend. Even if the colors are neutral, having a mix will add breaks in the space. Despite being neutral, each color will provide contrast and make each one stand out. Adding a variety of neutrals can be achieved through furniture or through painting the walls. The walls and furniture will create a nice contrast. If you do want to add vivid colors an important thing to keep in mind is to match. Make sure that the colors you introduce all have the same tone. If they have the same level of brightness, glow, or delicateness pair them together. If you do not want to feel overwhelmed make sure to pair colors that have the same amount of richness.

Accents

If completely changing the color of the walls or furniture is too extreme you can still add color in smaller ways. Adding accents here and there to areas in your home will still have the same effect as altering furniture or paint. The best part about this approach is the versatility and customization. For example you can change or add metals in your home. A bronze or brass faucet adds a nice contrast while also bringing warmth. Decorations made from the same metal can also bring warmth into your home while also being easily replaceable if you want another color in the future. Pillows are also very effective in making your home brighter. You can place a couple on your couch and if you want to switch up the color or style just replace the pillows. Glass ornaments or vases bring pops of color. Since they are transparent its adds an airy feeling to any room and the colors will be subtle.

Importance of Textures

When picking out new furniture the usual process is finding the right size, shape, color, and style. It is important that all those factors are just right before incorporating a new piece into your home. Something that often isn’t considered is texture. How do textures work with or against each other? What textures work with your style? Which textures are more comfortable? How a room feels is just as important as how it looks. Texture is often overlooked but should be considered more often to really achieve the mood you want. With the amount and variety of textures it might seem overwhelming but this simple guide should give you a better sense of what to look for.

If having a variety of colors isn’t your style consider using texture to make your rooms interesting. You can have a room composed of similar colors but it does not have to be plain. Introducing different texture between items breaks up the space and gives it personality. Contrasting textures add dimension and personality to a room where furnishings would otherwise blend together. The room will not only look different but feel different through texture. So this way texture improves the room not just visually but also through touch.

Starting Small

Texture does not only have to be included with large pieces of furniture but can be seen with smaller pieces like decoration. If you would like to experiment with texture starting small is a good way to start. Introduce small bits of decoration on a console or coffee table with varying types of texture. Glass, stone, or wood can all be combined and create a seamless piece. You can slowly start seeing which textures work together and how you can apply them on a bigger scale. Create a simple vignette and play with the materials you think suite your style.

Combining Textures

One of the simple ways you can experiment with texture is combining rough and soft. If the walls are a rough material like brick or wood paneling adding furniture that is made from a soft, smooth material creates an interesting dynamic. Of course it does not strictly have to be one type of rough material and one type of smooth material. You can experiment with various types to see which one is your style and works for your room. larus deskThe course texture of a brick or wood wall paired with smooth materials found in some furniture can be really effective. For example you can see the various textures involved in this office setup. The Larus Desk is made of wood but there is some contrast added with the glass section on the right. Although the rug is of a similar tone to the rest of the room, the different texture separates it. The texture of the rug breaks the ongoing wood floor, adding more dimension to it. The leather of the chair also adds a softness to the room. Finally the ornamentation adds another texture while its reflective surface adds depth. This layout shows that a room can have a limited color palette but still be dynamic. Combining various textures elevates the room and gives it personality even if it has the same tone.

Introducing Color

Once you feel comfortable with introducing texture you can also play with color. It may sound like it would appear too busy to have so many elements in one space but the trick is making everything balance. That might sound easier said than done but there are a few simple ways to slowly work your way up to introduce color. Starting with a neutral space you can add a piece that stands out from the rest. The color won’t interfere with the neutral tone and the texture will still complement one another. As expected it becomes more difficult if you try to include many colors and textures at once. Work with colors that are classic combinations and the texture will become easier to include.

Sectionals: Guide Before Purchasing

Sectionals are perfect if you are working with limited space. Don’t have room for a sofa and love seat? Sectionals not only provide enough seating but take up less space than two separate living room pieces. If you simply want to break away from the traditional sofa and love seat, sectionals are a fun alternative. Regardless of the size of the room, there are various sizes and styles that you can choose from. While having plenty of options can be a good thing there are also some drawbacks to this. The amount of configurations that they come in can be overwhelming. This guide will help you get familiar with sectionals and which one could potentially be for you!

Pieces

iris sectionals
Ego Italiano Iris

Sectionals come in multiple pieces, usually two or three. There is RAF (right arm facing) and LAF (left arm facing) knowing the difference between the two is essential. Since you will be combining pieces making sure that you have the correct ones is important. You will want the pieces to fit together nicely, to make sure it suits your room. There are various combinations that you can chose from. Ranging from love seats, sofas, chaises, or one seat corners if you want the extra piece. With all of these possibilities it is important to figure out which ones would be best as RAF or LAF. The size that you choose mixed with which side you want the arm all depends of the living room your working with. Those that have smaller living rooms, you can still include a sectional. It’s all about knowing which pieces you need and what to pair them with so that it fits in your space. For smaller rooms pairing a love seat and a chaise is ideal.

Rounded or Corner

porter sectionals
Domus Design Porter Sofa

If you do not want to place a sectional in the corner you can opt to get a rounded one. The upside to a rounded sectional is that it can seat multiple people comfortably. The downside is that these pieces take up more room. So unless you have a large living room that can comfortably house a rounded sectional you may want to stick with angled pieces. Other issues to keep in mind is the square corner seat. Your family members or guests probably won’t be too excited to sit in this corner. Consider a different configuration so that everyone is seated comfortably. Three sided sectionals are also an option, although they do require a little bit more space. Double chaises are also good for accommodating plenty of people. The center can have two, three,  or four seats while being flanked by the chaises.  Of course it also helps to have a sectional that can be adjusted. Each person will be able to sit comfortably without disrupting someone besides them.

I hope this guide makes learning about sectionals and which one is right for you easier. There may be a lot of configurations to choose from but research and planning will make this simpler.

Selecting a Console Table

Console tables add a certain charm to any home. Instead of having an empty hall way, a console table adds personality. They make homes warm and inviting while also being functional. Whether used for storage or to make sure you never misplace your keys, they can have several functions in your home. Decorating your hall or foyer with a console table is sure to have a welcoming feel. Don’t have a hallway or foyer? No  problem! It will still be a great addition to your home, regardless of size.

Style

traditional gold console table
Silik Console with Marble Top & Frame with Mirror

The style that you choose will then effect the mood you have in your home. If you have more traditional furnishings, a traditional style console will be best. This way your style and personality come through even in hallways. This console table by Silik perfectly shows the mood in this space. The traditional style is showcased through the color and shapes. The gold shows elegance while the curves are reminiscent of the Baroque era. To really tie the whole look together, the console table is decorated with items. The chair matches perfectly and continues to show a traditional  look. Adding the mirror and the lights brings the focus to this space. The items placed on the table bring everything together and keeps it simple.

Purpose

transitional colorful console table
Domus Design

For what purpose do you want a console table? Storage, for your keys or mail, or simply to decorate your hallway? Regardless of the reason finding the right one for your needs is simple.  Consider this console table by Domus Design. The space underneath the table offers a place for storage. You can also store some extra seating tucked away for when you need it. If extra storage is not needed, consider it an area that you can decorate. Include some sculptures or some other decorative elements beneath the table. This table has some traditional traits, like the legs, but does not entirely follow a traditional form. The striped, bright colors add a touch of modernity but does not look out of order with the legs. Those who are interested in traditional but want a pop of modernity should consider a table like this.

There are many ways to include a console table in your environment. Whether it be traditional, modern, or something in between it will create a more inviting home. Since it is one of the first things you see when you enter a home, your personality is sure to come through.

Dining Table Guide

Purchasing a dining table is a an important process that requires much consideration before buying. Whether you plan on using your dining table frequently or sparingly, finding a table that lasts for years to come can be made easy with these steps. There are a variety of mediums, styles, and finishes to choose from when deciding on the table that is perfect for your home.

Medium

traditional dining table
Angelo Cappellini

Wood. Glass. Marble. All of these mediums create sturdy, long lasting dining tables that can stand the test of time in both functionality and style. Woods such as mahogany, walnut, or maple are durable and strong. They have the ability to handle many uses and also have a sleek, modern appearance. If you are searching for something more rustic, a less polished wooden table can also work. They can be used multiple times and are extremely durable while adding an industrial charm to it. Glass is not only durable but versatile. It complements any design and color that you may have in the dining room. It can also withstand scratches or hot objects, so you do not have to worry about damaging it. Marble is a medium that is sure to last. Its strong, heavy, and it will never be out of fashion. Although marble can stain or crack being extra careful when in use can keep it in perfect shape.

Shape and Size

circle dining table
Serafino Marelli

The shape of the table is entirely based off of the space of the room you are working with and your style. While wooden tables look great some of them may occupy too much space. In order to save space going with a different shape may solve the issue; a circular table or rounded edges. If you find yourself moving a lot, a heavy wooden table is harder to transport. Go with a lighter material like plywood, your dining table can still look elegant while also being lightweight and as a result make the room feel lighter. Since marble is a heavy material, a circular marble table still retains its elegance while being lighter than rectangular ones. Instead of the traditional rectangular shaped table, circles and oblong shapes can compliment any room and still seat multiple guests.

Color

red and glass dining table
Domus Design

While adding a pop of color to your dining room through the table will certainly make a statement, you have to be careful which color you choose. The shades that are in style today may be out of style tomorrow. Make sure its a color that you won’t get tired of seeing everyday, that will want to make you change your table. If you still want to incorporate a colorful table, sticking to primary colors is your best bet. The simplicity of the colors is sure to match with your surroundings for years to come. Neutral colors also work with various colors and ensure that you will want to keep it for several years.

Get the Most Out of a Small Bedroom

Having a small bedroom can feel a bit confined but the way in which you furnish your room can transform it into a cozy environment. A room can feel uncomfortably small if it lacks storage, based on the positioning of furniture, or even the color of the walls. By following these tips one can vastly improve the appearance of their room, transforming it from cluttered to comfy.

Placement

The bed is the piece that occupies the most space in a bedroom but depending on the size and where you place it will improve the flow of the bedroom. If the room is too small to place your bed in the center of the room, change the angle. Moving your bed so that it is closer to the wall does not mean it will be even more confined. Facing your bed towards a window will make a small bedroom feel larger as the outside world is directly in front of you. Try not to block the window(s) in your room, the natural light will add a light, airy feeling making your space less confined.

Color

Colors play a huge role in capturing or emitting emotions, the same applies to the color in your bedroom. The color that you choose in your bedroom can capture different emotions and also effect how space is perceived. While darker colors can be used in the bedroom, the trick is to use it sparingly so that the color does not completely overtake the room or make it look enclosed. Light colors work well in bedrooms especially if they work with the natural light, creating a light feeling. Sticking to a single color for both the walls and ceilings will also help to mask the size of the bedroom; the space becomes less easily defined if a single color is used.

Floor space

Clearing up the floor space can easily give you more space in your room. If your room does not already have closets, separate units will be a necessity. Instead of having multiple storage areas, make use of your vertical space; closets that reach from floor to ceiling. This allows you to use vertical space that often goes untouched and clears up the floor. Wall mounted nights stands or wall shelves can also easily remove any clutter from the floors

Choosing Bar Stools

Bar Stools have become an essential item in the home. They are a perfect addition to the counter top or island that is found in the kitchen. Instead of using the formality of the dining room, bar stools by the kitchen island bring a casual, fun atmosphere between family members and friends alike. Its a great place to do many activities, keep someone company while cooking, and bring an inviting feeling. For this reason choosing the perfect bar stool for your needs is essential in maintaining this fun environment in your home.

There are four considerations to keep in mind when picking the perfect bar stool:

Height

There are three types of bar stools in this category; counter, bar, and spectator stools. Counter is the shortest measuring 24-26 inches and they are meant to be placed by a standard height counter. Bar Stools are slightly taller at 30 inches and are meant to accommodate counters that are around 40 inches in height. Finally, spectator stools are the tallest standing at 34-36 inches and paired with 48 inch tall counters. Depending on the space and counter that you possess will determine which stool height is perfect for your needs

Mobility

bar stools
Domus Design Bongo Bar stool

Now that you have the height of the bar stool in mind, will it be a fixed height? Whether you want to use the stool in other locations or personal comfort, being able to control the height and the mobility of the stool is an important factor. Maybe the new house you move to has a different counter height that doesn’t match up with your current stools. Or maybe the stool is too low or high for people of different statures. Regardless of the reason, being able to adjust the height should be taken into consideration. The amount of mobility it possesses is also important. A swivel can also make it easier to move around the counter and reach for things, opposed to a fixed bar stool.

Finish

bar stools
Domus Desgin John Bar Stool

Now that you’ve determined the height and mobility, picking the finish so that it matches your surroundings and any future surroundings is next. Do you want a more traditional look? Then a wood bar stool with leather or fabrics is right for you. If you are looking for something  more modern, a different medium or the mixture of mediums may be ideal. Stainless steel is perfect if you want a more modern look but adding wood into the design can also make it inviting. Whether it be traditional, modern, rustic, or vintage  there are multiple styles of bar stools that will complement your home.

Comfort

bar stools
Domus Design Marsiglia Bar Stool

Lastly, since you and your family members will often use this furniture while in the kitchen comfort is everything. Your own comfort level, children or the elderly should all be taken into consideration; who will be using the bar stools? A backless stool offers a minimalist approach but can be uncomfortable if your looking for extra support. Some stools are also designed with armrests for added comfort but may also damage the counters if the height isn’t correct. Finally, the most important aspect of comfort: make sure to check if the bar stool you’re considering has a proper foot rest.

With these four factors in mind you’re sure to find the perfect bar stool that meets all your needs while maintaining the style that you want in your home.

Displaying Your Collection

If you like to collect certain items or simply want to add an extra decorative element, setting up a display will be a perfect addition to your home. Including a simple display stand or a much larger display case can add a certain charm to your environment. Besides being able to create an atmosphere and show your personality through your display, display cases also help to better organize your collection. Instead of creating clutter, a display stand helps give your items their own space to better show them off.

display column display caseThis display column by Angelo Cappellini shows simplicity and elegance in its design. The wood and metal accents on the top and bottom work together nicely to create a luxurious feel. This piece allows you to display your artifacts vertically providing you with more room and offers a better flow. By having three tiers, your collection will look more organized and eliminate clutter. Since the display column is not enclosed this allows more breathability and your items can be viewed from various angles.

vitrine display caseThe following display case, Camilla by Domus Design, takes more of a modern approach in showcasing your items. In this case your objects can be placed and further protected within this case. Glass surrounds this case, so your collection will still be visible from various angles but the glass adds extra protection from more fragile pieces. Like the previous display stand, this one also contains various levels to give your display more of an elegant look. The display also has interior lights allowing you to set a tone within your display. The lights not only allow you to shift the tone but also brings out the most of your pieces with proper lighting.

By introducing a display case into your environment it brings more organization to your collection. Instead of creating clutter your items can be placed on a piece specifically meant to showcase them. Your items can be better appreciated and viewed when placed on the proper display case. Show your personality and interests by placing your treasured items in a display case that compliments both your artifacts and home.