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Looking for some home design ideas to help you layout a room, give it a fresh new look or even to plan a home remodel? Below you’ll find some of our favorite home design ideas. We’ll show you how to work with awkward room layouts, solve common furnishing issues and how to update your room designs.
Flat screen televisions are wonderful addition to our homes, but they are challenge if your room has no wall space. One solution is to get creative with your window layout. In the home design below the lower section of the center window was removed to create the perfect setting for the TV – without sacrificing any natural light or the design of the room.
An open living space can have its benefits – great light and a sense of spaciousness. However, even an open living space needs a little organization to function well. Create a simple lightweight room divider with an open shelving unit. You can use high units or low units, either will create definition, without making your living space feel smaller. It will also provide great storage. Place larger storage items at the bottom of the shelving unit and light weight objects above to keep that open feel.
A kitchen island is an excellent way to create some division between your kitchen and dining areas without closing off your kitchen. This home design idea works great for both eat-in kitchens and kitchens that are open to a living space. You will extend your kitchen and gain extra storage and countertop space too. Extend the countertop on the room side and add some seating to make it an inviting and fun addition to your home.
Make a room lively with colorful accents. A set of fun red pendant lights inspired the color scheme for this cozy eat-in kitchen. When you accessorize with color in a home design, it’s all about proportion. Select one color to create the main color theme. Then add pattern and accent colors in smaller doses. In this design the color theme is red and the accent is the striped fabric on the bench.
Do you have an unused space? A room with an eave or sloped ceiling can be a perfect place to add storage. In this design, we created a walk-in closet by fitting the space with open shelves and low bookcases. Use matching boxes and baskets to organize loose items and add a bench in the middle for some seating and a place to set things down.
Try a dark wall color for a bold room update. Dark walls create an intimate and inviting feeling in a room. They are great for living rooms, libraries, dining rooms and bedrooms. When you use dark color on the walls, keep the floor finish lighter. The deep blue wall color in this entry highlights the patterned tile floor, making it the focus of the room. Use this technique to show off a beautiful floor or carpet. Add a mirror and other reflective accents to bounce light and to extend the space.
Wallpaper is a fantastic way to add interest in a room. However, you want to be careful how you do it – too much pattern or color can be distracting. For bold patterns, consider adding it to just one wall to energize your room without overwhelming it. In this room we used a blue damask pattern and a matching dark wall color to tie it all together.
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