Bamboo in Home Décor is Making a Big Comeback

Big in the 60s and 70s, bamboo in home décor is making a major comeback. The role of woody and natural elements in the home is a huge trend right now, and bamboo falls right into place with that. Because of its popularity in past decades, it also creates a retro look that many people love and are jumping on board with. Bamboo is a light and airy material that can be used in virtually any spot in your home if you’re going for this aesthetic.

The most practical use is in flooring and walls. Bamboo flooring is an affordable and sustainable alternative to other hardwoods. Its naturally anti-bacterial and waterproof features make it less susceptible to rotting, warping, and water damage. Affordable, durable, and visually appealing; you really can’t go wrong with bamboo flooring. With walls, adding bamboo will surely make a statement as it brings out the natural beauty and uniqueness of the wood.

If you want to give bamboo a try but aren’t willing to commit a whole room to it, try adding some kitchen ware. Bamboo can be found in utensils, salt shakers, cutting boards, and more.

Accent furniture such as chairs and tables can be a simple and delicate addition to a room. Or you could be more spontaneous and integrate pieces like a bamboo mirror, wall hanging, rug, or shades. All are great options.

And did you know that incorporating bamboo into your home actually saves the environment? Bamboo’s fast growth rate makes it highly abundant and available. The use of this material in place of other hardwoods is a major proponent in protecting our forests from deforestation. What’s not to love? Go green and make the switch to bamboo for a trendy, eco-friendly home.

How will you incorporate bamboo in your home this year?

How to Incorporate Acrylic Furniture In Home Decor

Acrylic furniture is a huge trend in home decor right now – and with good reason! It’s affordable, easy-to-maintain, and can work with an array of interior design styles. From traditional to eclectic and every home design in between, acrylic furniture has a way to infuse a trendy element to any room in your home.

Once considered a cheap alternative, Lucite furniture is now stealing the spotlight in home decor! Acrylic dining chairs are now a stylish way to bridge the gap between a traditional-meets-modern dining room decor, or even tone down an over-the-top eclectic design. Given they are clear; they won’t clash with any patterns, prints or colors in a room. These acrylic and metal chairs do not distract the eye from the traditional hardwood floors and custom built-in shelves, they actually enhance them drawing less attention and letting your guests appreciate the home’s architecture.

The sleek look of acrylic furniture lends itself to any and all home decorating styles. We’ve seen this type of furniture work well in large living spaces, small rooms, and even homes that have a blend of mixed metals, organic woods, and lots of natural light! If you have an open concept, acrylic furniture can serve a specific, functional purpose. Since Lucite side or coffee tables are clear, they are a subtle way to separate a room without vying for attention.

If you don’t have a dedicated room in your house for a home office or homework space, we’re seeing many homeowners utilize the corner of a mud room (or even a kitchen) and simply affix with a washable, stain-resistant countertop that can double as a desk! Pair the counter space with an inexpensive, light-weight acrylic chair that can be moved and cleaned easily when an accident- such a snack or paint bottle – spills!

Finding furniture that fits multiple decor styles can be difficult, but acrylic decor can act like a chameleon transforming its “look” depending on the room it is used in. For example, if you love the look of both a contemporary modern and rustic farmhouse breakfast nook, an acrylic seating area can join them together without the space looking mismatched and unfinished. Acrylic chairs can make it easier for the eyes to transition from modern, mixed metal accents to softer, cozier pillows and raw wicker baskets.

How do you incorporate acrylic furniture into your home?

Coastal Beach House Meet Rustic Farmhouse

A coastal interior design style conjures up thoughts of pale blue hues and lots of bright whites to create a serene setting. Rustic farmhouse decor is all about soft textures and nature-inspired elements, such as wood and stone, to create a warm space that exudes charm. If you love both of these styles, you’re in luck! Derived from nature itself, these two design styles blend beautifully together to create a rustic coastal look that is both calm and cozy.

When it comes to creating a rustic coastal design style, take advantage of as much natural light as possible, which is the key to this overall home decor look. Blending a casual couch and a dining set in varying shades of white – from Ivory to Antique – gives a room dimension without deviating too far from a white color palette. For that added layer of farmhouse chic, accent the room with a hand-painted, distressed kitchen hutch adorned with ceramic pitchers and bowls in sea blues and greens.

When creating a rustic coastal design, we always recommend installing floors with a weathered look. The “scratched and distressed” style mimics a raw farmhouse meets driftwood aesthetic. These wood-look floors as the foundation to a room can give you lots of flexibility in your overall interior design style, and if using luxury vinyl in the kitchen, it adds an extra layer of durability and protection. Open shelving, glass cabinet doors, and ivory cabinets give a modern flair, while rich browns, rattan stools, and wicker baskets add contrast and a cohesive flow to the room.

Shiplap is a simple element you can add to a room that will instantly draw in rustic and coastal aesthetics. This trend is the perfect balance between barnyard and harborside, and will elevate the look of any living room or kitchen space. To complete the look, start off with a sand-toned carpet and add airy white curtains, clean slip-covered couches and chunky wooden tables in darker tones.

Nothing creates a “farmhouse coastal” vibe better than blending hints of pale blue hues with warm earth tones. We recommend using cream-colored accent decor. Soft whites are easy to work with and complement both color palettes while adding a light, airy touch. Anchor the room by installing multi-toned wood-look flooring that is both rustic yet resembles a beachside boardwalk! Maintain texture and comfort by mixing chunky throw blankets and soft pillows, and now you’ve created a charming and chic master bedroom retreat.

What room would you incorporate this look into?

What is “New Nordic” Interior Design

Scandinavian decor is, without a doubt, one of the top decor styles at the moment. This style originated as a way to make Nordic homes feel bright and clean during dark winter days, but has now gained popularity in regions that see sun all year round. Now, as homeowners and designers begin to shift away from minimalism, a new twist on this design has emerged. Read on to learn how you can incorporate “New Nordic” style in your home.

One element of traditional Scandinavian home decor that is still used frequently in New Nordic design is raw, bleached hardwood or wood-look floors. The effect is bright and clean, and neutral enough for you to experiment with a wide range of colors (and even other decor styles as your preferences evolve).

In an effort to add a more personal touch to their decorating, designers are focused more on decluttering and opening up a space, rather than recreating the typical minimalist look of Scandinavian decor. You can do this in your own home by being selective in the accessories you choose for the room, whether it’s a few thoughtfully placed family heirlooms or trinkets, or a piece of art that you love.

One noticeable difference between “New Nordic” design and traditional Scandinavian design is the frequent use of color. While white is often the dominant color in Scandinavian design – and still heavily featured in this newer twist – bolder hues are also being used to liven up and add personality to a room. Pops of color, like red or blue, add dimension and keep the space from feeling flat.

Bold colors aren’t the only way to add dimension in a New Nordic design. Have fun with your home’s decor by mixing different subtle patterns and textures. Classic hardwood floors alongside more modern materials, like these clear acrylic chairs, gives this kitchen nook a contemporary look and creates the illusion of a more open space.

Comfort is key with New Nordic design. Plush, wall-to-wall carpet is guaranteed to warm up a room where traditional hardwood may have been featured. For extra comfort, consider adding soft textiles, like faux sheepskin or a cozy throw blanket, in unexpected places – like the kitchen or dining room.

Do you prefer New Nordic or Scandinavian design?

Maximalism in Home Decor

Minimalism has been hugely popular in the home when it comes to both design and organization. It’s long been touted that “less is more,” but when it comes to your décor, maximalism is giving minimalism a run for its money.

Maximalism focuses on incorporating unique colors, bold patterns, and all kinds of textures to create an over the top look. You might confuse this with eclectic style; however eclectic involves mixing styles, such as traditional, rustic, and modern all in one room.

When it comes to designing, there are no rules. Go ahead and mix any textures with any fabrics and patterns. However, we find that maximalism looks best if there is color coordination with your pieces. It’s important to connect the dots with your design.

Not sure where to start? Don’t be afraid to start small with this trend by adding unique lamps, colorful cushions and pillows, curated décor, and furniture with different textures. In time you can bring more colors and patterns to your walls, floors, and ceilings.

Maximalism is the perfect storyboard to share your life experiences. Are you known for wearing bright pink? Douse your room in the color. Always wearing cheetah print? Choose artifacts, an ottoman, or wallpaper in this print.

It’s important to note that you don’t need to rely on color in order to maximalize your space. If neutral tones are your style, then place the emphasis on mixing design styles of furniture, texture, patterns, and materials. Think wood with metals, contemporary with mid-century modern, velvet with fringe.

Have fun and personalize your space.

Our Top 2019 Bathroom Trends

This year the bathroom is getting a big makeover, as a handful of trends will be taking over this small, yet powerful room in your home. If your bathroom is in need of a refresh, follow along for the trends that we want to see in your bathroom this year!

Drama in a small space is a look that we love, and statement wallpaper in the bathroom will do just that. To make an impact, think bright, saturated colors and bold wallpapers. Have fun in this space; it’ll make it easier to wake up!

White and grey marble or marble-look quartz and porcelain will also be top materials for bathroom surfaces. This will give your bathroom a timeless look that is great for both a traditional or modern space.

You’ll also see an uptick in open-concept designs in the bathroom, allowing more natural light to shine through and more space to move around while you get ready for the day.

Bathrooms with a spa-like look and feel will also be popular this year, as more people want their bathroom to feel like a retreat so that they can relax and unwind from the day.

What trends are you looking forward to incorporating into your bathroom design?

How to Mix Different Woods and Stains

Now more than ever we are seeing rooms designed with different woods and different stains, as most people collect and purchase furniture at various stages of their lives. Having your floors match your furniture can make your space feel stale and flat, so follow along for our best practices for mixing and matching different woods and finishes.

The first rule of thumb is to make sure that the undertones of the wood finishes match. You will either want your wood to be warm or cool, and it’s important that you do not mix the two in a room. A wood can have a neutral undertone, and in this instance you can mix warm or cool with neutral undertones.

If you have wood floors, make sure to place a rug where wood furniture sits, such as the dining room table. By adding a layer in between larger wood pieces, it will help soften the transition between different stains.

Choose a few different wood finishes to mix and match throughout your room. Your space will feel more balanced if you stick to 2 or 3 stains for a put together space with visual interest. For instance, try lighter floors with a darker coffee table, with a patterned rug in between.

And lastly, choose one dominant wood finish for your room. Usually this will be your largest wood piece, such as the floors or a dining room table.

What are your thoughts on mixed wood finishes?