Unique Modern Area Rugs and How to Choose Them

Unique Modern Area Rugs and How to Choose Them

Unique modern area rugs as a focal point

Handwoven Unique Modern Area Rug

Handwoven Area Rug from Etsy

If you have a small home without a lot of wall space, a unique modern rug can stand in as a focal point.

It’s a great way to choose colors for accessories, too, to tie the room together. It’s all about area rugs that complement your design style without overwhelming the room.

Notice in this picture that the coral color in the rug has been carried into the throw pillows on the sectional. Just the right pop of color.



So what are some considerations to think about when choosing area rugs?

#1 Color

Color is a good place to start. Assuming that the floor is a hard surface like hardwood, laminate or tile, you’ll either want to match the color of the floor or contrast it. Continue reading

How to Use Color in Small Spaces

How to Use Color in Small Spaces

Color WheelColor Basics & Theory

Remember when you got your first box of Crayons? I do. It was a box of 24 and I thought it was the best thing ever!

I created colorful clothes for my paper dolls. I drew pictures and colored them to match whatever my mood was at that particular time. Color was freedom to express myself through my art.

It still is.

The Basics 

We learned these color basics in elementary school and found them in our boxes of crayons.  They’re what we still use to add color in our homes.

  • Primary Colors are yellow, red and blue.
  • Secondary Colors are created by mixing the Primary Colors and they are purple, green, and orange.
  • Tertiary Colors are six colors made by mixing Primary Colors and Secondary Colors to create red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet.

This video from Better Homes and Gardens illustrates how to choose colors from the color wheel. It’s short but sweet.

Color Theory

Color theory is a set of principles used to create harmonious color combinations pleasing to the eye and senses. It provides us with a common ground for understanding how colors can be used, arranged, coordinated, blended, and related to one another.

Color theory is about why some colors work together aesthetically, while others do not. Thus, it’s about color mixing and the visual effects of color. (Source: Study.com)

There are warm colors (reds, oranges, and yellows) and cool colors (blues, greens, and purples).  They set the mood for whatever room or space you’re decorating.

What are the rules for using color in small spaces?

There really are no rules, but there are a few guidelines that will help when deciding what colors to paint the walls or to use in your furniture or accessories.

We’re taught that dark or warm colors will make a space appear smaller and light or cool colors will visually expand the space. But that’s not necessarily so! 

Use Color to Create a Focal Point

Remodeling and Home Design

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Feng Shui for Small Spaces 2019

Feng Shui for Small Spaces 2019

What is Feng Shui? 

(Updated 5/03/2019)

The easiest definition I’ve found is in the Cambridge British English Dictionary.

Feng Shui is  “an ancient Chinese belief that the way your house is built or the way that you arrange objects affects your success, health, and happiness.”

Feng Shui FountainThis philosophy is especially important in small spaces.

I know for sure that when I’m disorganized, or my living space or office space is messy, I feel restless and have a difficult time concentrating on whatever task is at hand.

I’ve always been that way and it wasn’t until I started reading about the practice of Feng Shui that I recognized it as a solution to this dilemma!

Sometimes we think that we need more space and that will solve our problem or messiness or disorganization.  That’s simply not the case.

“Less is more” is a valid theme for small space living.

So here are 6 tips that help me and I hope will help you:

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