Living Room Design: Common Mistakes
A perfectly designed living room is as beautiful as it is comfortable. As one of the most important and most frequently used rooms in the home, living room design can be a huge challenge. Luckily, consulting with an experienced interior designer can help you avoid costly decorating blunders that impact the look and feel of your home. Here, the designers at Ellecor Interior Design discuss the most common living room design mistakes.
#1. Picking the Wrong Sofa
Your sofa is one of the most important (and expensive) pieces of furniture you will purchase. Buying a sofa on a whim without carefully considering the pros and cons can be a costly mistake. When you a shopping for a sofa, carefully think about the color, size, comfort, and where you will place it in the room. Stick with something comfortable and simple that you can see yourself enjoying for years to come.
#2. Using Too Much Overhead Lighting
Too much overhead lighting is one of the most common living room design mistakes designers notice. Most overhead lighting is bright, harsh, and uncomfortable—the last thing you want in a room dedicated to relaxation. When you are decorating your living room, be sure to incorporate plenty of lamps to create a soft, soothing glow. During the day, try to open up the windows to let in plenty of natural light.
#3. Buying a Small Rug
Understandably, buying a rug is a bit of an intimidating experience. When you see the price tags on large area rugs, you may be tempted to go with a smaller, cheaper one. Unfortunately, buying the small rug can be a huge mistake. Most living rooms need an 8 by 10 or 9 by 12-foot rug, and all of your furniture should fit on it completely. Although area rugs can be expensive, it is an investment you won’t regret.
#4. Not Enough Personality
Interior designers see this scenario time and time again: clients buy all new furniture and accessories, and when they are done decorating, their living room looks like a showroom at a home decor store. The room completely lacks personality and charm, making it feel stiff and uncomfortable.
Living room design is all about comfortability and functionality, so when you are decorating, add plenty of details that reflect your personality and lifestyle: a framed family photo, a quilt your grandmother made, or shelf of your favorite books. When you are shopping, stop by a variety of stores, including contemporary home decor stores, flea markets, and antique shops. This way you can collect plenty of accessories you like, giving your living room an eclectic, vibrant, and livable feel.
Living Room Design at Ellecor Interior Design
At Ellecor Interior Design, our living room design services start with the client in mind. We understand the importance of comfortability and functionality in a living room, so we work with you to create a space that reflects your personality and taste. To get started on your interior design project, contact us at (417)-720-2602.
Home Decor For an Apartment
Decorating an apartment can be a huge challenge. As a renter, you are most likely stuck with existing cabinets, paint colors, and other finishes, which can make the space feel generic and uncomfortable. Luckily, by utilizing a few simple (and affordable) home decor tricks from Ellecor Interior Design, you can turn your apartment into a home.
Nothing feels more generic and unstylish than a whitewashed apartment. Although your landlord may not allow painting, you can certainly add some visual interest to your walls with a few pieces of decor. Simply stop by your local home decor store to shop for framed art, murals, or decals. If you are wanting something a little more personal, consider making your own art or framing old photographs. You may also consider hanging a mirror, which will brighten your apartment and make the room feel larger. When it comes to wall decor, a little goes a long way.
Most apartments come with white plastic blinds that do very little for privacy. Installing new window treatments can be expensive and not worth the effort if you are on a short lease. Instead, purchase some inexpensive curtains to hang over the windows. When you are hanging curtains, place them above the window, closer to the ceiling. This will create the illusion of height, making your apartment feel more spacious.
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of home decor. In most rental properties, you are not allowed to change out your existing fixtures, but that doesn’t mean you can’t brighten up your room with some additional light sources. Layering a room with several levels of lighting is a sure way to make the space feel homier Use floor lamps, table lamps, or accent lights to create a soft glow. Whenever you get the chance, open your shades and let in some natural light, which will make the space feel bright and spacious.
Area and throw rugs are ideal for drab apartments. They add warmth and visual interest while protecting your floors. If you are living in a studio, rugs help create separate spaces and define boundaries.
Your apartment may be a temporary home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t invest in quality furniture. With flea-markets, Craigslist, and inexpensive home decor stores, finding furniture for your apartment is easier than ever. Old, out-of-date furniture can always be painted, stained, or reupholstered to bring it into the 21st century, so take advantage of sales.
Visit Our Home Decor Store
In addition to interior design services, Ellecor Interior Design is also a home decor store, offering a wide selection of decorations, furniture, and gifts. Whether you are searching for wall decor, window treatments, or even holiday decor, you are sure to find something to brighten up your apartment or house. To browse our selection, stop by our home decor store today!
Interior Decorating Tips: Planning a Baby’s Room
Decorating a nursery is an exciting experience, but it can certainly feel overwhelming as well. With so many options for furniture, bedding, and paint, it’s easy to get lost in the details. Luckily, Ellecor Interior Design has worked with several new parents, using our interior decorating knowledge to create functional, beautiful spaces that they can enjoy with their little one. If you are expecting a newborn, follow these interior decorating tips for your nursery.
Keep it Simple
From changing diapers to late night feedings, you will spend a lot of time in your baby’s nursery. When you are decorating, remember the function of the room. Keep your interior decorating choices simple and create a space where you can see yourself taking care of your newborn. Most of all, avoid clutter. Tripping over a misplaced toy in the middle of the night is the last thing you want.
Storage is incredibly important in a nursery. Not only will you have diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and bottles, but you will eventually accumulate clothes, books, and more toys than you can imagine. To avoid clutter, make sure you have a place to store it all away. When you purchase a crib and changing table, try to find something with plenty of drawers and cabinets.
Invest in Thick Curtains
Naptime is important for both babies and parents. If your nursery is too bright during the day, your newborn may not be able to fall asleep. To ensure naptime runs smoothly, invest in some thick curtains that block out plenty of light.
Remember: Safety First
Lost in the details of interior decorating, it’s easy to forget about safety. When it comes to nursery safety, the list goes on and on, but there are a few general rules to keep in mind.
First, keep your crib away from the window. If your baby is too close to the window, they may reach for the chord, which can be a strangulation hazard.
Second, baby-proof all electrical outlets and keep all cords out of your child’s reach.
Third, choose water-based paints with low levels of volatile chemicals. Paint well before your baby arrives to give the room plenty of time to ventilate. If you are using wallpaper, choose something that is paper-based or made from natural fibers. Once again, this will decrease the chances of your newborn breathing in harmful chemicals.
Have Fun with Your Interior Decorating
If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that interior decorating is supposed to be a fun experience. This is your chance to create a home for your child, so let your imagination run wild. Choose a bright paint color and buy the cutesy lamp you saw at the home decor store. Remember that a nursery is only a temporary room that you will soon redecorate as your child grows older, so have some fun with it while you have the opportunity.
Contact Ellecor Interior Design
Ellecor Interior Design works side-by-side with our clients to create beautiful spaces that fit their lifestyle and needs. If you are planning an interior decorating project, contact us today!
Expected Interior Design Trends of 2018
Interior design is an ever-changing industry. Whether it be a groundbreaking innovation or a new twist on a classic idea, each year brings about a new set of trends. At Ellecor Interior Design, we are excited for what the rest of the year has in store. Here are just a few of the design trends you can expect to see in 2018.
After years of neutral, minimalist color palettes, designers are starting to utilize bright, bold colors. Some of 2018’s most popular colors may include navy blue, shades of green, and deep, rich reds. Interior designers will most likely pair bold colors with neutrals, like white and gray, to create a sense of visual balance. Some designers may keep the walls neutral and utilize bold colors in furniture and accents, while others may pair neutral furniture with painted walls.
Bold colors may become especially popular in the kitchen. For years, kitchen cabinets have stuck to a couple basic color palettes: all-white or natural wood. Now, designers are breaking the mold, painting cabinets bright and unexpected colors.
As another response to minimalist interior design, bold patterns are making a huge comeback. In particular, floral prints are gaining popularity. These bright, bold graphics add a pop of color to a room and connect the interior space with the natural world. Whether it be on wallpaper, pillows and throws, or murals and artwork, floral is sure to dominate 2018.
Though it may surprise some homeowners, concrete is becoming a popular building material for interiors. Sure, it may not be the most obvious choice, but polished concrete makes beautiful floors, countertops, fireplaces, and backsplashes. Neutral, simple, and minimalist, incorporating the use of concrete accents is sure to give your home a modern, luxurious feel. As you browse interior design blogs this year, you are sure to see a lot more concrete.
Mixing Metals and Textures
Interior design’s favorite metal seems to change every year. Polished nickel is all the rage one year and matte black becomes the height of sophistication the next. Homeowners are tired of changing out their metal accent pieces only to see them go out of style. In 2018, designers are choosing to mix and match various metals and textures. A brass lamp here, a nickel door handle there, and a copper sink in the kitchen. Using various metals adds visual interest to your home and creates an eclectic, anything-goes atmosphere.
Ellecor Interior Design
At Ellecor Interior Design, we stay on top of the latest home decor trends while finding new, creative ways to break the mold. By working side-by-side with our clients, we design interiors that reflect their personality and lifestyle. To learn more about our services, contact us today!
Interior Design for Small Spaces
Interior design for small spaces is certainly a challenge. With a limited amount of room for furniture and storage, it may seem impossible to make your house or apartment feel stylish and comfortable. Luckily, by utilizing a few simple interior design tricks, you can make the most out of your limited space and transform your house or apartment into the home of your dreams. Today, Ellecor Interior Design discusses some easy tips for decorating small spaces.
Utilize Light, Neutral Colors
Color is one of the most important aspects of interior design, and the color palette you choose dramatically affects the feel of a room. Dark, moody colors will make a room feel small and cramped, while light, neutral colors will make a room feel large and open. When you are designing for a small room, stick with a light color palette, utilizing colors such as whites, light grays, and muted blues. These colors help guide the eye throughout the room and make it appear larger.
Hanging a mirror is one of the easiest ways to make a room feel larger. Carefully placing one large mirror or several small ones throughout a small room creates an illusion of depth and space, making your room feel large with little effort. Mirrors are also great decorative items that add more nuance and visual interest to your walls.
Opt Innovative Storage Solutions
In small houses and apartments, storage can be a huge hassle. With limited closet and cabinet space, you may have to try some innovative, non-traditional storage solutions. Try placing baskets under your bed, hanging hooks on your doors and walls, and installing shelving. By thinking outside-of-the-box, you can declutter and make your home feel large and open.
Connect with the Outdoors
The best interior design creates a seamless flow between the outdoors and the inside of the home. Spaces with plenty of natural light and views of the outdoor landscape feel bright, airy, and ultimately larger than enclosed interiors. When you are designing for a small space, find ways to connect your space to the outdoors, draw attention to your windows, and let in plenty of natural light.
Interior Design with Ellecor Interior Design
Designing for a small room is not easy, but working with an experienced interior designer certainly helps. At Ellecor Interior Design, Haden and her team find innovative, creative ways to make your design dreams come to life. Regardless of the size of your space or the size of your budget, we can find a solution that works for you. To learn more about our services, contact Ellecor Interior Design today!
Wood on Display
Brady and Haden Long, the husband-and-wife duo behind Ellecor Design & Gifts, share how to make eye-catching wooden wall displays.
Frame of Mind: To give their bedroom a pop of style, David Wenzel-Arizaga and Jesus Arizaga-Wenzel made this wooden headboard with the help of Brady and Haden Long at Ellecor Design & Gifts.
Decorating an enormous, blank wall is often a challenge for anyone, even designers. Interior designer Haden Long and her husband, Brady, were faced with this challenge—specifically 1,000 square feet of blank drywall—when opening Ellecor Design & Gifts (2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-720-2602, ellecordesign.com), an eclectic design and gift store in Farmers Park. To break up the space, they decided to create several wooden wall features.
The inspiration came from vignette pieces Haden saw while at market in Las Vegas. Vendors had displays on rollers and used them to separate items into 1,520-foot spaces. The Longs took the idea in a different direction by inventing wooden structures designed to distinguish space while making a bold statement on the blank walls of their business.
Haden says the wall features are not only aesthetically appealing, they’re versatile and practical. “The nicest thing about them is they finish off a space without you having to have a bunch of art,” she says. The creation itself can function as a piece of art, or as a one-of-a-kind background to other pieces. One Ellecor client has a recreated form of the display used as a headboard. Another client uses a version to hang a deer mount. It can also be used as a collage wall, a place to hang the television or even a rustic backdrop for wreaths. Depending on the wood and stain used, the look can fit in almost any home. If a rustic look isn’t your thing, add a coat of paint in whatever color suits your taste.
If you love the look and you’re up for creating the piece for your own home, you’re in luck. Brady, who shares step-by-step directions on the following page, says the construction is fairly simple, and a 10-by-9-foot piece can be designed in about eight hours. But probably not if you’re building it all by yourself. The work, while doable, does require an extra set of hands, especially if making a larger piece. The wood is extremely heavy.
1. Choose your wood. Brady used maple and poplar. Choose something that has the look and character you want. You can use equal or varying widths. Buy a little more than you might need.
2. Sand the wood just enough to smooth any roughness that might cause splinters.
3. Lay out pieces to determine exactly how you want them to look on the wall. Stagger the lengths, and the widths if desired.
4. Using a tape measure and saw, cut a couple of small scrap pieces equal to the space you want between the horizontal boards. These will serve as spacers when hanging the wood.
5. Apply finish. Brady used natural Danish oil and wiped it on with a rag. Do this before hanging the wood.
6. Also before hanging the wood, locate the studs in your wall using a stud finder.
7. Secure the 2-by-4s vertically to the studs with construction adhesive. Then, add the 3½-inch screws to the 2-by-4s about every foot. (This thing is heavy, so there needs to be plenty of support to keep it from ripping out of the wall.)
8. Have a partner help you hang your horizontal wood pieces. With one person standing on each end, attach the bottom board to the 2-by-4s using an air nailer. Place the spacers you cut on top of this board. Then get the next board, and rest it on the spacers to ensure a correct width between boards. Continue this process until all of the boards are placed where you want.
9. Drill 2-inch screws into the center of the boards on each side for additional security.
10. You’re finished! You can leave the wooden fixture as is or decorate your new wall feature as desired. Hang art on it, use it as a headboard… there are plenty of options.
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