DS Tip Of The Week: Going Greige

One way to inspire relaxing thoughts is by creating a calming environment in your home.  One way to do that is through color. Let us introduce you to “Greige!”

This week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week comes to us from Aaron Keller, an interior decorator based in our Menomonee Falls store.

Aaron asks, “Do you love gray, but can’t get it to work with the existing elements in your room like?”

Then greige may be an option for you!  

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Aaron explains, “The term greige is a combination of gray and beige. It’s a very popular color trend, and is very versatile! It looks great with almost every accent color, and looks very sophisticated in monochromatic designs as seen in this example of a home I completed. The color on the walls is Sherwin Williams 6073… a perfect Greige. Want a darker color? I would also recommend Spalding gray SW 6074!”

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Go ahead… Go Greige! We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Adding Color With Painted Wood Pieces

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

Our Decorating Solutions Interior Designers are constantly using simple techniques to make dramatic changes that will help your space seem bright and new again.  This week we’re talking wood! Your tip comes from Interior Decorator Jenii Kluver, who is based at our Oak Creek store.  

Jenii suggests, “Instead of using all of the matching pieces in your coffee table collection, try accenting with a painted wood piece such as an accent cabinet, end table, or storage piece. It’s an easy way to make your space feel like it’s not all full of heavy wood pieces, and it also adds color! It’s especially helpful if some of your wood pieces do not come with matching correlates.”

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We’ve said it before, the “matchy-matchy” look is out. Have some fun with your Spring decor! Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Don’t Rush on Picking Paint

Happy May 1st! It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another Tip of the Week.

Sometimes our tips elaborate on common sense design tips most of us already know. But other times, our tips help to dispel common design mistakes.

One of those is paint color. Many people want to pick their paint color first. Believe it or not, you should actually pick your paint color LAST!

This week’s tip comes from Decorating Solutions Interior Designer Dawn Adamec. Dawn works out of our Waukesha Corporate store.

Dawn explains, “It’s a good idea to have a general color scheme, but make life easier for yourself!! Figure out the furniture and/or area rugs and art first. Then you can select your paint colors from the colors you see in your fabrics, art work, and area rugs. It’s harder to match fabrics, a favorite piece of art or an area rug with existing paint colors.”

Here’s one of Dawn’s projects, brought to life by Steinhafels photographer Sarah Utech. Note how the pain color pulls everything together!

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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: Knocking it Outta the Park with Youth Bedrooms!

Baseball season is just around the corner.  Want to knock it outta the park when it comes to your youngster’s oasis?

This week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week comes from one of our Menomonee Falls designers. Beth Kealy has a knack for helping families transform their homes during all life stages. Are you looking to refresh your child’s room, but don’t want to spend thousands on new furniture?

Pictured below are some very fun youth bedrooms using bold colors, frames on a painted wall, unconventional headboard ideas, played up fairy princess designs, decorative lighting, and more.

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Beth explains, “These ideas pictured do not have to cost much, but can have a positive impact on your youngster’s place of fun and rest. Don’t be afraid to be creative and work with colors and themes that your child likes and has interest in. Make them part of the creative revamp of their space. They will have more pride in the space and a sense of ownership, and will likely keep it more tidy if they helped in their space’s creation.  Make sure there’s sufficient storage for needed items in the space.”

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Time to get started on your home run!  Interior design doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

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DS Tip Of The Week: Trade the Paint for Paste!

When it comes to design, we often go with what’s “safe” and easy.  This often applies to our walls and our automatic go-to:  Paint.

Our designer tip:  ”Stop being attached to paint and start considering WALLPAPER!”

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This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Interior Designer Elena Moraru.  Elena works at our Madison Beltline store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.

We love how Elena likes to break some of the typical rules of design!  She suggests, “If you are bored with your Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore in your home, I highly recommend creating accent walls with some beautiful wallpaper.”

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Elena admits it requires a little more work than rolling some paint onto the wall, but as she explains, “The result is 10 times better looking than a boring painted accent wall.  Wallpaper right now comes in spectacular patterns and textures–there are a lot of options that are unbelievably beautiful.  You can create a very dramatic space with wallpaper, visually it can have a huge impact on how you perceive your space.”

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Our designers are hard at work on many more insightful tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week FLASHBACK: Dark and Daring

Here’s a #DSTipOfTheWeek FLASHBACK… just in time for Halloween decorating season!

Are you sick of the typical off-white, beige, and pale blue walls found in most homes?  While these light colors tend to open up a room, some people like to ‘mix it up’ with darker shades like black, deep blue, or red.  There is a way to use dark paint, without giving your room a somber feel.  

It’s time for another Steinhafels’ “Decorating Solutions” Tip of the Week.  This week’s tip comes from Waukesha store based Interior Designer Rhonda Vivoda.

Rhonda assures us, “It’s okay to go dark with paint in a small room, it will give it a very dramatic feel.”

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So maybe it’s not a great idea to transform your living room into a deep blue sea… but go ahead and be a little daring in a bathroom, guest room, or den!

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: Monochromatic Color Schemes, and How to Make Them Work!

It’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week we are talking color, and how to make a single color scheme visually appealing and robust.

Elena Moraru is new to our Madison store, and we’re excited to have her on board.  She loves to incorporate a client’s personality into her design projects.  Color is a great way to show personality, and Elena has an interesting tip for us!

She explains, “A way to bring interest and fun to your space is by going monochromatic with your decor.  I am not talking about a boring monochromatic scheme. You can use a color but in 3 different shades of it, like the green in this particular space. The trick is to use it in different textures. Every shade of this particular color should be in a different element with a different texture.”

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“As you see, there’s green paint on the walls, green pillow fabric, and the green tone of the plant is  used as an accessory in the tray over the ottoman. In order to accomplish success with such a concept it’s also necessary to support it with neutral textures surrounding space.  Don’t be afraid to use texture!  Most of the time texture screams louder than color, and creates a more visually interesting space–plus it softens and warms it up more than any other element.”

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Tune 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: Back to Black

Are you design-illiterate?  Do you feel like any time you try to improve the look of your room, you make it look worse?  You’re not alone!  Most of us don’t have a true eye for decor.  But there are some simple things you can do to make it a little easier on yourself.

One of the aspects of design where people falter most is color.  It sounds simple, but color truly can make or break a room.  Here’s a recent article on The Power of Color featuring one of our buyers.

Many of us want to incorporate as much color as possible in a room.  We often think of bold, bright colors like blue and red.  However, as designer Andrea Odishoo explains, don’t be afraid of the color black.  Andrea is part of our Decorating Solutions program, and is based in our Vernon Hills store.

Black is a mysterious color, often associated with fear and the unknown.  It also conjures up feelings of power, elegance, and authority.  If used correctly, and in conjunction with the proper colors, it can be very effective–but you don’t want to overdo it!

As Andrea explains, “Every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth.  Black intermingles with almost any color–gives a space a sense of elegance, and commands attention in a room.”

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So don’t be afraid to get back to basics… and go back to black!  Our award-winning designers are constantly coming up with quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Decorating on a Dime

Since 1934, Steinhafels Furniture has been a family-owned business providing quality home furnishings to southeastern Wisconsin.  But did you know that Steinhafels also has a team of designers at most stores, who are ready to help you create that perfect space?  The program is called “Decorating Solutions,” and it offers a fully customizable experience for the shopper!

Let’s face it, most of us would love to snazz up our house a bit, but we don’t have the cash to shell out for a full makeover.  The good news is, it doesn’t have to be as expensive or time-intensive as you may think.  Since I am not a design expert by any means, I am employing some help from one of our resident experts!  For this blog entry I am using the Top 5 “Decorating on a Dime” tips from Decorating Solutions designer Dawn Adamec.

First, let’s start with a simple can of paint.  It’s probably the most inexpensive thing you can buy, and it goes a long way.  You can paint a whole room the same color, or have a focal point wall (three walls the same color, and one wall a different, complementary color).  Don’t be scared to have fun with paint!  If you are interested in a rich, deep color, try some tester pieces first.  Slap a little color on the wall and live with it for a week or two and see how you like it.

Accessories are a another option.  Pillows or throws can spark new life into existing furniture.  Area rugs are another easy trick.  Even on top of carpeting, an area rug can add color and pattern to a space.  It’s like Art on the floor!  It’s also a quick, affordable way to hide imperfections, or make an old floor look like new. Check out the Before and Afters below:

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Dawn’s third tip–clean up that greenery!  Fake plants get dusty and dated.  Trade out those large atrocities for simple grasses and twigs.  Also, multiples of one type of greenery, rather than a bunch of random plants, makes for a cleaner look.  You can also totally change it up for the season–leaves in the Fall, pine and bells for Christmas, and branches with bright flowers for Spring and Summer.  And here’s a designer insider tip for you–use a hair dryer to blow the dust off those grasses!

Next, wall decor is a simple option that can really make a room truly your own. Either take existing wall decor and rearrange it, or trade it out for one big focal point wall item.   These days the trend is not so much to have wall art spaced sporadically all over the walls, but to combine all of those pieces into one grouping on one wall–similar to a collage.  It’s OK not to have something on each wall!  This also applies to family pictures.  Instead of pictures all over the place, make a picture grouping.  You can also hang a family monogram on the wall.

Finally, roll up your sleeves and rearrange that furniture!  This also may sound simple enough, but you won’t believe what a difference a little rearranging can make.  Instead of having all of your furniture against the wall (which we tend to do), and having a big empty space in the middle, try angling the furniture off the wall to create multiple settings or vignettes.  It makes your room cozier and more inviting.  At Steinhafels, we make it easy to get ideas for sprucing up your space by having different vignettes on display.  These groupings show which accessories go with each other, and many of the displays are grouped by color.

So go ahead and have some fun, and most importantly stay true to your style.  We can all be a “designer”… you just have to push aside your inhibitions and let your imagination run free!

Check out Dawn’s appearance on Fox 6 Studio A, where she teaches Mary and Brian how to Decorate on a Dime.