Each week we offer a simple and accessible interior design tip to help homeowners create the homes of their dreams. Usually the tips involve furniture or accessories, but this week we’re going to explore something a little more abstract–lighting.
If you want to change the way a room looks quickly, take note of the lighting in the space. This can be especially helpful this time of year, when you’re having guests over, and want to switch things up a bit, but don’t have time or money for a big change.
This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip Of The Week comes from Interior Designer John Newell, who is based at our Kenosha store. John is one of our newer designers, and has 20 years of experience to draw from to help you make proper color, layout, and furniture selections.
When it comes to lighting, John explains, “Something as simple as replacing daylight bulbs with warmer lights will change colors and the comfort level in any room. Most big box stores have examples in the lighting areas if you want to see the effect. Adding dimmers to the switches are also a great way to warm the lighting in a room, and you can tune it back to bright white light when needed. You set the mood!”
The best part about tinkering with new lighting looks–you can make it as subtle or dramatic as you want…and if you don’t like it, just go back to your old bulbs! Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.
Well Fall, it’s been nice knowing you, but according to weather reports we could be seeing our first flurries this week. That means it’s time to bring out all those throws you’ve been storing for the summer, and cuddle up on the couch with a good book or Netflix, your dog or cat, and a glass of wine.
Just because you are cozy doesn’t mean you have to be sloppy. You can snuggle in style! That’s right.. the cold weather offers a whole array of style options, including faux fur.
That brings us to this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week, from none other than one of our Menomonee Falls-based interior design gurus–Aaron Keller!
Aaron explains, “Faux fur can add a unique and elegant texture to any room. Don’t be afraid to have fun and experiment with faux fur pillows or rugs. These are examples of faux fur in homes I completed for clients. Remember as with any throw blanket it should not be folded, but rather tastefully draped on furniture.”
So go ahead.. drape that throw blanket wherever you like. Like Aaron said, have fun with it! We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.
As you get set to redecorate the living room, you are likely pretty focused on the sofa, and other large statement items. We’re here to remind you–don’t overlook the accessories!
This week’s tip comes from one of our Steinhafels Greenfield designers. Ida Grossman’s been designing for over 20 years, and has worked on hundreds of luxury homes.
Today, she takes that expertise to offer us FIVE simple tips for snazzing up your ottoman trays and cocktail tables:
- Rule of 3’s: Three items work well
- Vary the height of the items
- Consider selecting at least one sculptural accessory
- Contrast color & texture
- Use repetition of form and color
In this first photo, the tall sphere provides architectural interest. The round greenery does triple duty by softening the sharp lines of the tall piece, repeating the sphere shape, and adding texture to the composition. The vase repeats the round shape four times, and adds contrast with texture and color.
The sculptural shape of the lady’s profile creates an interesting focal point. The shiny dark exterior of all three accessories repeat the texture and color of the black pillow and the metal table base. The dark accessories pop against the light gray sofa, and the lady’s profile is a beautiful contrast in texture and color against the white fur pillow. Notice how the vases are staggered, and stair step down to lead your eye toward the lady!
We post thoughtful and practical decor tips every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.
When it comes to interior design, do you feel like you are completely off balance when it comes to what you think looks good? Turns out you may not be wrong if you are trying to mix things up a bit!
In this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week, we look at why it’s good to vary the scale of furniture in your room. This week’s wise words come from Waukesha Interior Decorator Dawn Adamec.
Varying your scale means you have high and low pieces. First, we look at the kitchen. Dawn explains, “If you already have a kitchen counter or snack bar that is bar or counter height, don’t buy a kitchen table that is bar or counter height! Instead, choose a standard height set. This way your seating is at different levels, creating interest in the room.”
Moving over to the living room, Dawn has some advice if you already have a standard sofa and are in the market for a new accent chair. “If the sofa is a standard height, which is pretty typical, consider an accent chair that is taller in height. Wing chairs have come a long way since your grandmother’s old comfy chair. There are so many fun, even modern versions you can use as wing chairs nowadays!”
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.
It’s Monday AND the first day of Spring. Time for some #MondayMotivation!! Here’s your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!
This week we look at furniture arrangement. Samantha Price is an interior decorator based at our beautiful Oak Creek store. Samantha points out that many people have a tendency to think furniture needs to be pushed up against a wall. Instead, she says don’t be so “pushy!”
She explains, “In a lot of spaces, most commonly the long narrow room, furniture against a wall makes for a real awkward space, with no real definitions. An entertaining space should be more cozy and not spread out across a room. An area rug is a great way to help ground and define a specific space. After the main pieces are placed, sometimes the leftover space can be overwhelming and undefined? An accent chair and a table are always a great solution. It can create a visually pleasing area of interest, while offering extra seating when guests come over! Furniture pieces do not always need to create the look of everyday use. Sometimes the definition of a space within a space can be the eye catcher.”
Here’s a Before and After of one of Samantha’s recent projects:
We post a new, quick and easy decor tip each and every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.
When it comes to interior design, many of us don’t want to push the envelope. We may think decorating with neutrals is the “safe” way to go, but the truth is, you can have BIG and BOLD style, all while decorating with neutrals and naturals! Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week asks you to think about neutrals in a new way.
This week’s tip comes from Appleton Interior Decorator Julie Kanugh. Julie says, “Don’t be afraid to go BIG. Neutral doesn’t need to be boring. You can make a neutral room interesting with patterns, textures, and materials. For example, leather is a natural and practical choice, and can have interesting textures. In addition, distressed or reclaimed wood adds texture and style, along with being family friendly (scratches on the coffee table won’t matter)!”
Julie adds, don’t forget to protect your purchase with Guardsman! We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.
You can check out Julie talking about Bold Neutrals on Fox 11’s “Living With Amy” by clicking HERE.
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!”
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.”
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.”
Our designers are hard at work on many more insightful tips for you. Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.