Decorating 1808 Ideabooks

4 Cool Paint Colors Touted for 2014 — and How to Use Them
Paint and wall covering manufacturer Farrow & Ball has chosen four key colors for 2014, and they are among my new favorites. Cooking Apple Green, Stiffkey Blue, Purbeck Stone and Mole’s Breath are all fairly cool hues that are interesting and attractive...
Fit to be Tiled: Get Some Pattern on the Floor for Excitement Underfoot
Perhaps the oldest patterns that can be found underfoot are tiles. Prized by the Egyptians, exalted by the Romans and Turks, and popular among the Victorians in their conservatories, tile floors can be an exciting alternative to carpets or wood. There...
Downsizing Help: Where to Put Your Overnight Guests
I have seven grandchildren, plus two sons and their wives. When they visit, they bring all the paraphernalia that babies and youngsters and tech-dependent adults need these days. And we live in a 600-square-foot bungalow. Yikes! If your downsizing...
10 Color Combos You Never Thought Would Work
As a budding aesthete, I had the great misfortune of attending a high school whose team colors were blue and orange. It was bad enough seeing this rancid combination on the cheerleaders’ uniforms. But when some color-blind booster decided to paint the...
Get Patterns Down Pat: Working With Patterned Furniture
A little judiciously placed pattern can make all the difference in a room. Whether it’s a chair, an ottoman or a beautifully inlaid chest, patterned furniture can add a spark that totally transforms a space. Pattern doesn’t have to come from...
Room of the Day: Waterside Views Inspire a Soothing Palette
When designing this Marin County, California, living room, Jeff and Tray Schlarb of Green Couch Interior Design looked no further than the view for inspiration. The blues and...
Great New Looks for an Accessory You Already Own
Sometimes the best things are surprisingly simple. A blanket, for example — you probably have one within reach. Besides the fact they keep us warm in winter, blankets are amazingly versatile accessories. I have blankets in almost every room....
Downsizing Help: Color and Scale Ideas for Comfy Compact Spaces
A customer went to one of those pod-storage companies asking to reserve one month of storage for a ReloCube. As everything was being finalized, the customer asked if it would be OK if he and his dog lived in the cube while it was in storage. Now...
20 Wide-Ranging Colors Touted for 2014
Rather than tie itself to one top color of the year for 2014 as Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and Pittsburgh Paints have done, Behr has offered up a whole slew of them. There are 20 colors featured in four collections: Seaside Harmony, a crisp...
17 Gorgeous Ways to Work In a Patterned Area Rug
When it comes to area rugs, we often take the safe route, opting for solid designs and neutral colors. But a patterned rug or two can unify disparate elements in a room and make a sea of plain upholstered pieces suddenly come alive. Our ancestors...
25 Ways to Stay Sane in a Small House
Small houses can be cozy. But sometimes the walls can feel like they’re closing in. That’s why you’ve got to do everything you can to stay sane in your home. We asked you all about your tricks for living...
New Hardware Gives Doors a Turn for the Better
You can upgrade your decor for minimal cost and effort just by installing new knobs, pulls and locks on your interior doors. You’ll also find many new hardware levers, which are easier for many to operate than the traditional knob. If you plan to stay...
Room of the Day: Eclectic Elegance for a Victorian Living Room
“Formal” and “fun” are words that don’t often appear in the same sentence, but both apply to the living room in this San Francisco Victorian. It’s home to a busy family with young children, and the room is the setting for the make-believe...
Great Game Setups for Snowbound Days
I’m going to sound like an old geezer, but as a good deal of the United States faces yet another day of 15- to 25-below temperatures, I find myself thinking of the blizzard of 1978. It hit almost exactly 36 years ago, on February 5, and its hurricane-force...
14 Ways to Bring Bohemian Romance to Rooms
In honor of Valentine’s Day on February 14, here are 14 creative, boho-chic decorating ideas for a dreamy, romantic home. Create an exotic lantern-lit bedroom, add Gothic-chic candle sconces to your piano, decorate a chill living room where sitting...
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