Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Comfort Versus Art

I love the fact that everyone has a talent and I also love when they are able to express their talents and actually earn a good living doing it. While I realize that decorating trends come and go, I am beginning to feel that there are many furniture designers who are so focused on creating a unique piece, that they have forgotten that we actually would like to be able to sit in the chair they designed with some level of comfort. I, for one, would like to be able to sit in a chair for more than a few minutes at a time and feel that my back is supported, my arms can gently rest on an arm of the chair, and the seating area isn't way too deep. I have sat down on a lot of sofas and found that my back is nowhere near the back of the seat and I have to actually lean back to reach the pillows. Are there that many tall people running around these days because, if there are, I haven't noticed them. Even if there are, I'm sure they would be more comfortable with their legs hanging over the edge a bit, then not be able to sit with their backs to the back of the seat. I am all for artistic expression, but I really wish that the art of furniture making would encompass the fine art of comfortable living.

Take a look at these chairs and tell me honestly, how long would you want to sit in them?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Becoming More Confident With Color

If you want to become more confident and skilled at creating better color schemes in your home, you'll want to master the language of color. The key to combining colors with great success is to learn the three characteristics of color-value, temperature, and intensity. I don't want you to be intimidated by the word hue, it's just another name for color. The other skill we'll talk about is combining colors.

So first, let's learn about "value", which is merely the lightness or darkness of a color. Keep in mind that light values expand a space, while dark values contract it. You would do better to use Robin's Egg Blue in a small room as opposed to Navy Blue, for example. There are an infinite number of values in the world of color today, from the lightest lights to the darkest darks. So you are not limited in any way when it comes to color choices.

The second characteristic is "temperature" and can be easily understand by just about everyone. It invokes a feeling of warmth or coolness. You'll find, if you were to draw an imaginary line across a color wheel, the colors ranging from yellow-green to red-violet invoke a feeling of warmth. They are referred to as "advancing" colors because they appear to be closer. They actually draw you into a room. While the opposite colors are considered to be "receding" colors. They appear more distant and create a calm, cool and spacious feel.

The third characteristic of color is intensity, which describes the brightness of a color. There are 12 colors on the basic color wheel and they are all fully intense, or what is referred to as "saturated". You'll find that lower-intensity colors are more muted.

You can become more comfortable with this particular color distinction by picturing two different versions of your favorite color. If we use a yellow-green for example, Lime would be much more intense than something like Willow.

Use the same intensity of colors to unify your space. By choosing colors that have the same intensity, your room will seem more put together than a room with mixed intensity colors.

You may have trouble, as some people do, with deciding the intensity or value of a color. If this is so, simply ask yourself first, if the color you are looking at is light, medium, or dark. That would be the value. Then proceed to distinguish if it is bright or dull. That would be the intensity.

Next, we will explain color combinations. The word "monochromatic" refers to using one color in your room design. Keep in mind that monotony can set in quickly in one-color space, but if done well, and we found if it is mixed with a lot of white or off-white colors such as linen or cream, it can be done quite successfully.

An "analogous" color scheme is achieved by taking colors that are side by side on the color ring, such as yellow, yellow-orange and orange. Using one common color is the key to creating an analogous scheme and adding an array of textures, patterns and finishes will help bring more variety to the look.

"Complimentary" colors schemes will be those that are created by using opposite colors on the wheel, such as blue and orange, or yellow and violet. If you choose to use full-strength colors be sure to repeat them liberally throughout the space. It certainly doesn't hurt to wonder a little into colors that are near compliments to ease up on the sometimes, overpowering look.

Our final color combo is "complex" color schemes. This is created by choosing colors that are evenly spaced around the wheel. You can use a three-color, or " triad" combo, such as yellow, blue, and red. You can also create a four color scheme which is referred to as a tetrad.

Whatever the look you're going for, we hope you have gained a little insight on the use of color. Choosing the right color scheme for your rooms is crucial to the way you will feel in your new space and it should be discussed and decided on by the whole family. The truth is, different personality types should also be considered when choosing a color scheme since colors have a way of making us feel calm or excited, so start with a sample and work your way up from there. Good luck in your endeavors.
This is an example of a triad color scheme, same intensity.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Creating a Feature Wall

With all the many ways we can add appeal and interest to a room, creating a feature wall is probably one of the more attractive options. Simply choose a wall that will hold the heaviest piece of furniture such as your sofa or bed and make it stand out. Browse the Internet or use your great imagination to change the look and feel of your room. If there is already a great feature in the room such as a fireplace, add some drama to that wall, or choose the opposite wall if you wish. A feature wall is usually the wall that visitors will see the moment they enter. It should completely draw their attention.

There are lots of ways to do this. Painting it a bolder, contrasting color than you paint the other walls of the room is just one way to make a bold statement. There are lots of painting techniques that can be used as well, such as ragging, color washing, combing, stamping, sponging on, and sponging off. I used a large stencil design in my bedroom to create this feature wall and I love it.

Wallpaper is another great option and you can find some really beautiful patterns. If you do decide on wall paper make sure you buy strippable paper, it will make things easier if you decide you want to take it down at some point in the future. Always use a wallpaper primer before you apply the paper.  Don't buy a pattern that will make it harder for you to incorporate your existing room colors, furniture, and accessories. You could divide the wall up behind a bed by putting up a wall treatment of some kind directly behind the wall and use wood trim pieces along the edges. This will really add drama and appeal to the room. If you're someone who changes your furniture around, this would not be a good idea.

Wood flooring planks hung horizontally make for an interesting and attractive look as well. You could also find some old door panels and repaint them or use them as is for a rustic look. Shutter doors work great too. Simply hang them side by side. I've also seen people use wood planks that are stained and hung in various heights side by side. You could even finish them in different shades of stain finishes. Bead board and shiplap are some more great wood options for your walls.

Faux brick or rock wall designs are great for bringing in the outdoors. Although they are usually used for the fireplace, they are becoming a wonderful addition for making a statement in any room. Many people use them for bar or recreation areas in their homes but they would make for a really nice rustic feature wall as well in a living room, kitchen, or family room.

If your room is small, use various size mirrors, or one very large mirror to make the room look larger.  These mirrors can be yard sale finds or store bought, and can make for some real fun when you're searching for your ideal pieces. Don't get too hung up on finishes. You can mix and match different frame finishes to make the look a lot more interesting. You could also have mirrors made to fit the entire wall if you wish.  A collage of family photos or art work can add appeal and interest to a large wall as well.

If you're an avid reader and like to actually hold a printed book in your hand and keep it afterward, think about a wall of book cases. They are great for displaying your nick knacks and family pictures and add a great amount of extra space for your collections.

It's all a matter of taste. Just remember that the feature wall should contain colors or items that really stand out and draw the attention of visitors as soon as they enter the room. Have fun with your ideas and you'll find that creating a feature wall in your rooms can be anything from dramatic, to calming, depending on your choices.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Industrial Style Fabrics

When choosing fabrics to incorporate into your industrial style room look for heavy duty type fabrics such as cotton, denim, linen, hessian, ticking and wool. These are some of the fabrics used in the industrial age and will bring more character to your room. Sheepskin, leather and even velvet go great against a rough industrial setting and add a touch of luxury as well.

You can't go wrong with cotton for bedroom, bathroom and kitchen textiles. It's clean, natural, and crisp, and cotton ticking- originally used for mattress covers, is great for covering chairs and sofas.

Linen has been used throughout history because it is strong and durable. It has a stubby, uneven weave and is ideal for curtains and bed linens. In the past it was used in hospitals for uniforms, bedding and even bandages. You could also find it in the unbleached version on some surfaces of airplanes.

Popular choice's for industrial settings are denim, calico, and canvas. While they are associated with workplace uniforms, they have been found to be versatile and wear well over time. This makes them a great choice for the aged and rougher look of some industrial pieces.

If you want to add a touch of class and luxury to your industrial setting, bring in some leather, velvet or sheepskin. They look great surrounded by brick, steel, concrete and aged wood.  For a sense of warmth add some wool, tweed or flannel. These are all natural fiber items that add a sensual feel to the room. You can find military blankets at army surplus outlet's that are heavy weight and hard-wearing. Layer items made of these fabrics on sofas, chairs and beds for warmth and style.

In the end,choose what works best for you and your unique space, and above all have fun with your room setting and the choices you make to create that one of a kind look.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Choosing Industrial Furniture Pieces for Your Home

Many industrial furniture designs today have been greatly influenced by the industrial workplaces of yesterday. Items once produced for factories, hospitals, schools, and commercial units are now being reproduced for our living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and even our bedrooms. They also work great in office's and can add a lot of style to commercial settings. Many bars, restaurants, and even rental venues are using an industrial style to draw customers into a bygone era.

The oversize pieces work well in large open settings. You can easily imagine the pieces in this photo in a hotel lobby, but they have been placed beautifully in this very large living room. Choosing pieces that work well in your environment  is really a matter of taste. Picking items that fit nicely into your home or business setting may take a bit of browsing, but finding items that make you feel good, and that look good in your space, is really what it's all about.

In today's market place you can find a plethora of reproduced chairs, desks, tables, and storage units inspired by the industrial  era, but if you truly want an industrial look, try searching for original items that can be found in salvage yards, flea markets and junk shops, and re-purpose them, or use them as is to add a bit of character and drama to a space. Either way, have fun!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Becoming an Urban Pioneer

Urban pioneering is taking the best ex-industrial spaces and products to create unique, distinctive homes that reflect the marrying of the old and new, while protecting and utilizing the integrity of both. An urban pioneer looks for large empty buildings or spaces, to convert for their home or business while keeping the original elements that are safe, visually appealing, useful, and just plain fun. Many people are jumping on the industrial or urban style band wagon and are really enjoying the experience as well as their new space.

With the decline in manufacturing in the 1950's and 60's, empty warehouses, schools, factories, and office and retail spaces opened up the opportunity for cheap rentals. These spaces allowed for the first true urban pioneers to establish an imaginative and trendy style that is still alive and growing. By keeping the exposed brick walls, and wood or concrete floors, as well as the duct work and pipes that were left in the buildings, people began creating useful and inviting spaces. Since many of the building were equipped with large windows and lots of them, there was no shortage of light to flood the rooms, which was just another added bonus, in some cases.

Although renovating an old building can be daunting and expensive nowadays, it can be well worth the effort. Breathing new life into formerly unused buildings is not only good for the building, it brings a sense of uplifting pleasure to those who live and visit the home or business. It renews the neighborhood and the people who live there, adding beauty and style. It allows the owner and designer to keep a bit of historical architecture while using new processes to preserve them. It can even add new revenue to the neighborhood by adding a bar, nightclub, restaurant, or even rental venue for weddings and such. The opportunities are endless for these vacant buildings. Of course, planning and design are an important first step. You should know ahead of time just where any wall or plumbing will have to be placed for kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and you'll want to try and keep as much of the existing details and elements of the original building to stay true to the industrial/urban feel.

The style has led to the manufacturing and reproduction of industrial pieces that were popular in this bygone era. From lighting, to seating, to dining tables and accessories, there are a plethora of products that will look great with almost any decorating style. You can find fun pieces to incorporate into your home by looking for reproductions or shop the salvage and junk yards, garage sales, and flea markets for a special piece. An aged and worn look is what makes these pieces stand out and adds character and charm to any home when placed in just the right spot. Searching is half the fun, but the finished look of the room is what will grab the eye, so search for pieces that speak to you about the industrial times.

In today's internet world, you can find people who will refurbish old finds or create new pieces to match old ones such as wall or ceiling tiles. Metal staircases, doors and pulley systems left in old buildings make a great addition to these spaces. Keeping everyone safe by removing lead paint and asbestos is certainly a priority and you should always have the property checked before making a purchase or renting one out. Needless to say, you will also have to apply for permission to change it to residential use if need be.

We understand that the industrial style is not for everyone. The fact is, most people like the look and feel of something new. Personally, I love holding on to a special aged treasure that reminds me of times gone by. I also really enjoy shopping for creative and imaginative items designed for today's spaces. Whatever your style, I hope you stay open enough to open your home to a bit of the past by seeking out a few urban elements or industrial furniture pieces.

You can search our website for industrial furniture pieces that will look great in your home or business setting  at http://www.dmsindustrialfurniture.com/  We wish you luck with all your decorating and design plans and hope you will visit us often.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Home Decor Help

The popular saying "Home Sweet Home" is so very true! Wherever we are or go in life, no matter what, we love to return home. Why not return home with a feeling of visiting your stress free oasis? All you need to accomplish this is purchasing the right home décor accessory. Finding the right home décor accessory can really entice up your home!

Maybe all you need is one masterpiece to add to the final touches of your exquisite home décor. You can make your home look enchanting by choosing the best home décor idea to suit your room's furnishings. A home décor accessory will make an outstanding statement and express your personality! There are many different types of accessories and collections available one of which is the Designer's Choice Collections. These collections feature superb home décor for every room in your home.

The Swept Away Collection can be added to a foyer to create an appeal of nature. You can demonstrate your appreciation for nature with the ornaments of this collection. The collection consists of a "Tree of Life" mirror, a butterfly Mack tray made out of hand stamped gold leafs, a cylinder vase with meadow pussywillow branches, a large Mother-of-Pearl box, a beautiful decorative headdress made out of hand-cut tins to form spectacular shapes of flowers, birds, and bells, and a marguerite bowl made out of dazzling brass formed in the shape of daisies. These stunning home decor accessories are placed on a mahogany tabletop to complete the Swept Away Collection. If you have an appreciation for nature then make the choice to be swept away with this attractive collection of nature-inspired pieces!

Every home needs an office whether it is for personal or business use. By decorating your home office, you will be more productive, because you will enjoy spending time in it. You will want to decorate your office to appeal to your taste. One way to do this is by adding fine home décor accessories such as lamps, organizers, and desk tools.