DS Tip Of The Week: Balancing It Out With Built-Ins

You know you wait all week for this moment… it’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week.

The great thing about home decor is that most of it is easily changeable.  You get sick of it, change it up!  However, that’s not so easy to do when it comes to built-ins.  Built-ins are permanent decorative or storage items–like cabinets, shelving, or window seats.  Since they are permanent, it’s crucial they are done with as much precision and imagination as possible.

Julie Thompson is a designer at our Corporate store in Waukesha.  She has a simple but important tip when it comes to built-ins.  Julie explains, “Add built-ins on the end of a long narrow room to help square it up.  Often a long narrow room is hard to set up if it isn’t long enough to set up two separate areas, or has a central focal point like a fireplace on the long wall.  A built-in can help even things out.”

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Don’t be scared to try something new!!  Form and function come together with gorgeous built-in shelving… as long as it’s done properly.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

 

DS Tip of the Week: Showcasing Tall Fireplaces

I hate to say it, but yes… it’s already time to think about fireplaces if you plan on making any fireplace-focused design changes for the fall/winter season.  After all, it IS Wisconsin… it could snow tomorrow!!  (Yes, I said the “S” word)

For this week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week we look at Tall Stone Fireplaces.  Our Decorating Solutions Interior Designers are constantly using simple techniques to make dramatic changes that will help your space come to life.  This week’s tip comes from Waukesha-based designer Dawn Adamec.

Dawn is using one of her design projects to illustrate her tip.  She explains, “In this home the focal point is the big stone fireplace in the living room, and the insets surrounding it.  I wanted it to be tone on tone (basically monochromatic, with a lot of neutrals).  Everyone always asks what to do with a big stone fireplace that extends all the way to the ceiling.  I love using metal wall sculptures to break up the stone, but make sure you can still see through the metal to the stone.  People spend a lot of money on these majestic fireplaces, so they want to show them off, but they have to put something on the structure to break up the space a bit and make it interesting.”

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Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek… and hopefully we don’t have to use those fireplaces for another couple months!

DS Tip Of The Week: Sofa Tables–Oh the Possibilities!

As you get set to redecorate the living room, you are likely focused on the sofa, and other large statement items.  We’re here to remind you–don’t overlook the sofa tables!!

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This week’s tip comes from one of our Vernon Hills Decorating Solutions experts.  Brian Mueller is known for his ability to help his clients see the possibilities that they may not be able to envision themselves.

As Brian explains, “A sofa table has endless possibilities.  If your sofa or sectional are just floating in a room, and you’re tired of looking at all the fabric or leather, break it up with a table behind it.  Not only can a table break up the sea of fabric or leather, it also acts as another surface for lamps lamps, or a space to display accessories!  For instance, if your room doesn’t allow for an end table for extra lighting, and you have room for a table behind your sofa or sectional, use that instead.  It doesn’t even necessarily have to be floating to use one either, and you can move it forward off the wall to make for a more intimate seating area as well.”

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Brian adds, “Sofa tables come in all shapes and sizes.  Some even allow for ottomans or stools underneath, which adds extra seating as well when you need it.  Don’t be afraid to even put a chest or cabinet behind it, as long as it doesn’t go higher than the back of the sofa cushion. You can also use open bookshelves to divide a room visually behind a sofa.”

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We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Accent Wall Tones

When it comes to interior design, sometimes it’s best to do exactly the OPPOSITE of what you think you SHOULD do!

For example–accent walls.  When considering an accent wall, think more of a darker tone of the color selected on an appropriate point in the room you would like to accent.

That brings us to this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week.  It comes from Menomonee Falls Interior Decorator Beth Kealy.

Beth will let these pictures do the talking.  She explains, “In this picture the fireplace wall above the mantel protrudes beyond the window portion of the wall.  I went with a darker shade of the wall color to accent the fireplace and make it pop.”

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Meanwhile, this example talks about what NOT to do.  Beth says, “In this photo the accent color is green in a yellow room.  This cabinet is also the main television viewing location.  It does not make sense to have this corner wall be accented.  It is a wall that is constantly being viewed due to the TV, and would be unbalanced and not a good choice.”

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Don’t be ashamed to ask for help with your redesign!  We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Decorating Ideas for Your Wall Niche

A wall niche can be a lovely way to display collectibles, or other unique accessories.  However, if not utilized properly, a niche can also be an eyesore.

Get out the notepad and jot down these pointers.  That’s right… it’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Dawn Adamec.  Dawn works at our Corporate store, and helps customers in the Milwaukee and Waukesha area create the homes of their dreams.

Dawn explains, “When using niches, use round objects versus square objects, in order to emphasize the curvature of the niche.  A lot of times I see people put angular items inside a rounded niche and it just looks harsh and out of place.  A rounded item placed inside the nook gives a softer look.  On the other hand, if you have a square niche, hang a square object inside.  To put it simply, EMPHASIZE THE NICHE!!”

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As you see in these pictures, the rounded objects compliment the niche perfectly!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: A Room With A View

Do you have a beautiful view that you’re trying to incorporate into your interior design, but have no idea how to utilize it?  Have no fear–Steinhafels is here to help!!

This week’s Decorating Solutions’ #TipOfTheWeek is all about designing to compliment a view.  Aaron Keller is an interior decorator at our Menomonee Falls store.  He has some simple tips to keep in mind when designing a room with a view.

1) The space should reflect what you see outside, without distracting from the view.

2) Keep the color pallet simple.  This lake condo is calm and relaxing like a day at the beach!

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3) Don’t clutter the space.  Add interest with texture, and stylish shapes in accents and furniture versus adding more.

4) Artwork should be a continuation of the view in color and feel.  Don’t use busy or vibrant artwork.  Again, the view is the main focal point!

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5) Don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors in with twigs or other natural elements to help connect with the view.

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6) Use reflective elements to reflect light to add interest.  Like these vases and art, mirrors are also a great way to reflect light.

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7) Finishes and quality are important–like this dining table set from Canadel!  When decorating with fewer items the items you choose to use are more noticeable.

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8) Always take advantage of the view when placing furniture.  The chair in this photo is a swivel, so you can turn to face the view.

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Again, Aaron emphasizes that less is more!!  The worst thing you can do is to clutter the space.  We post quick and practical decor tips every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Starting Points

Everything needs a starting point–even design.  While this sounds obvious, actually CHOOSING that starting point can be tricky, and the point you pick could affect the overall project more than you think!

For this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week we look at ways to make sure you start off on the right foot.  Julie Thompson is an interior designer based in our Waukesha store.  She stresses the importance of choosing a starting point, and then making all of your follow-up decisions based on that item.

She explains, “A starting point can be as small as dishes in a dining room, a piece of artwork in an office, bed linens in a bedroom, or a rug in a living room.  Select that starting point, like a piece of artwork, and build off of that piece.  This helps you figure out the best way to arrange the rest of your wall hangings, or how to set up the furniture in the entire room.”

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We post a new, quick and easy decor tip each and every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Bold Bathrooms

Creating the home of your dreams can be overwhelming.  We often put most of our focus on common areas like the living room, dining room, and kitchen… but don’t overlook the bathroom.  That’s right–the bathroom!  Don’t be afraid to have some fun and give your bathroom a bold new look.

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week focuses on that little room we all use, but don’t always think about at design time.  It comes from interior designer Beth Kealy, who works with the fine customers at our Menomonee Falls store.

When it comes to bathrooms, Beth suggests, “Ditch the wallpaper and create a bold look with a wide stripe paint application.  Update a cozy bathroom into a fun new look that is not concerned with humidity.”

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We know humidity can be a concern during these wet, hot Wisconsin summers!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Fabulous Fabric

One of the keys to design is not skimping on the details.  We often think about things like color and pattern when choosing a piece… but don’t forget to think about the fabric!

Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week asks you to think about fabric in a new way.  Fabric is one of the most important factors when selecting upholstered furniture.  Steinhafels’ custom furniture program gives you the option to select the fabric color, texture, and style that’s right for you.

This week’s tip comes from Appleton Interior Decorator Laurie Hoffman.  Laurie suggests, “When selecting fabric, look at the fiber contents.  Polyester is very strong and has excellent abrasion resistance.  It is also one of the easiest fibers to clean.  Olefin is another strong manufactured fiber.  Cotton is a strong, natural fiber.  In addition, it has a soft hand and takes dye very well, resulting in luxuriously deep colors.”

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Also, don’t forget blends!  They can give you the best qualities of multiple fiber types.  We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Simple Soffits!

When it comes to design, we often want to to be creative, and… we get a little carried away.  Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple.

Get out the notepad and jot down these pointers.  That’s right… it’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Dawn Adamec.  Dawn works at our Waukesha store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.  She has some suggestions when working with kitchen soffits.  Soffits are installed just above kitchen cabinets, and bridge the gap between the cabinets and the ceiling above.

Dawn explains, “The key to attractive-looking soffits above kitchen cabinets is repetition.  A lot of times people struggle with this one.  Instead of using similar items on top of cabinets, they just put any items up there, and they don’t match!  It looks haphazard and not put together.  Repetition makes it more cohesive and clean.  Also, mix up the textures–like a mix of greenery, metal, or glass decor.”

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As you see in these pictures from a recent home redesign… less is more!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.