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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Simplistic Design

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Spring welcomes warmer weather, longer days and more time outdoors. It also invites spring cleaning as we open the windows to let the fresh air into our homes. As you embark on spring cleaning this year, declutter and create a simplistic feel in your home. Simplistic design is easy and doesn’t have to be boring. Pops of color and little points of contrast are all that’s needed to liven up an otherwise drab room. Let Connell’s show you how to keep simple in mind while adding pizazz to your home.

Clear it out. Begin with a clean slate. The only way to truly clean is to clear out your space or at least move half the stuff to the other side of the room while getting your hands dirty. Go through your belongings and decide if you truly love it or if you’ve just had it so long you never dreamed of getting rid of it. Separate items into “keep” and “donate” boxes.

Paint the walls. After a thorough cleaning, you may decide it’s time to paint the walls. Consider white, cream or beige to keep the room neutral. It will give you a soft palette to work from as you re-create your room simplistically.

Replace large, overstuffed sofas, sectionals and loveseats with slim-lined pieces to create a simplistic feel to the room and more space to move around. Comfort does not need to be compromised with more modern looking furniture. “Test drive” your new furniture to ensure comfort and appropriateness for your family’s needs.

Choose one accent color. Instead of going crazy with color, choose one primary accent color to give the room depth while keeping its design simple. Use varying shades and intensities of the color to give the room more depth and draw the eye around.

Add texture and pattern to the room. Using your accent color, add a pattern or two to the room to give it some flavor. Add texture in more neutral tones such as white or off white pillows, throws, rugs and tapestries.

Give the room depth. Nothing adds depth to a room more than a mirror. Choose one large mirror or several smaller ones placed close together in a pattern to reflect light around the room.

Explore, play and have fun! With design it’s all about what feels right and works best for you and your family. And Connell’s is always here to help, listen and provide additional inspiration. What are you waiting for? Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook to share your inspiration with the rest of the world!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Texturizing for Room Appeal

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Don’t let fear paralyze you into leaving a room bare and lifeless. Turn boring into vibrant! Color is important, as is furniture and layout, but you should never rely on these elements alone to liven up your room. Texturizing a room – or adding depth, dimension and pizazz – is the perfect solution to a dull space. Go crazy, have fun and give your room oomph with these fabulous ideas to add texture.

Start with the perimeter. Give your walls a little pick-me-up! Start by vising any home improvement store and picking your favorite paint color. Then choose an applicator that applies texture to your paint, such as a sponge. Try experimenting with paint glaze to add sheen to your walls, or even wallpaper a single wall instead of all of them.

Stonework isn’t just for your garden’s edge! Stone, tile and slate are all excellent choices that add depth, dimension and texture to any room. Create a backdrop behind your kitchen stove or sink from a few colorful tiles and create a pattern. Use slate for a chalkboard wall or select stone tiles for your bathroom floor. Options are only limited by your imagination!

Chenille, silk and flannel, oh my! Fabric is an excellent way to add texture to a room. Mix and match fabrics in coordinating or diverse colors on pillows, blankets and draperies. Don’t forget about furniture. Numerous options are typically available on that beautiful sofa you recently eyed in our showroom!

Speaking of furniture, options abound in finish. Traditional oak, maple and cherry are mainstays in the furniture industry, but more contemporary styles and finishes are also now available. Mix and match traditional and contemporary throughout the room. Choose from matte, rustic, shiny, mirrored and glass pieces.

“Out with the old, in with the new” is cliche, literally. Gone are the days of ridding your home of old to be replaced by new. Keep those family heirlooms and antiques, mixing them with new to create a one-of-a-kind look. When visitors ask where you found it, proudly say it was Aunt Betsy’s writing desk. How cool is that?

“Yum, is that baked apple pie I smell?” Scent in a  home adds appeal of its own. Candles, incense and reed diffusers come in all shapes, sizes and fragrances. Choose lemongrass for your entry, fresh laundry in your bathroom and hazelnut vanilla for your kitchen. Fragrance elicits emotion, so choose scents that make you feel great.

Decorating choices should be an expression of you. Are you bold, colorful and creative; or quiet, soft and contemplative? Let intuition be your guide as you embark on a home design adventure! Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today to get started designing a room – or entire home of your dreams.