Home Decor Essentials for Your Living Room

Whether you are moving to a new home, remodeling your house, or renting an apartment, there are design elements that are essential for your living room. The right elements will help to make the room feel cozy and complete without overcrowding. In today’s blog, Ellecor Interior Design shares our top-four living room decor must-haves.

Coffee Tables and End Tables

Coffee tables and end tables are perfect for creating extra surface-space without adding bulky furniture. Remotes, books, snacks, and drinks often call the coffee table home while you are relaxing on the couch. End tables are the perfect place for a lamp, a decorative plant, your favorite books, or happy family photos! Need extra space? Stop by Ellecor Interior Design’s custom furniture store to find your newest home decor piece.

Wall Artwork

Wall artwork is an opportunity to bring out your personality. Adding photographs, paintings, or home decor pieces helps brighten up the room and make it feel truly your own. When looking for new wall artwork, find something that matches the color palette of the room and complements the arrangement of furniture.

Pillows

Every couch, loveseat, and chair needs to have at least one pillow to add a touch of color and comfort. If you have a monochromatic piece of furniture, adding a few accent pillows will immediately increase the coziness of your living room. Accent pillows come in all shapes and sizes, so choose pillows that are a comfortable fit for your furniture.

Sentimental Decorations

Your living room should represent your personality! After all, it is one of the best gathering spots in the home for family and friends. Choose decorations that are sentimental to you and then put them in a special place. Whether you want to display family heirlooms, your family photographs, or your favorite books, let your personality shine through!

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Need help designing your living room? Ellecor Interior Design is here to help! Our interior designers are experts in transforming your space to make it the living room of your dreams. Ellecor offers many services to ensure all of your interior design needs are covered. We can help with color selection, custom home furnishing, living room design, and much more, so contact us today to get started!

Must-Haves for Your Bedroom Design

Your bedroom is one of the most important spaces in your home, so it should also be one of the most comfortable. All too often, bedrooms can become a clutter of messy clothes and overstuffed dressers that make the space feel cramped. When designing your bedroom, there are certain things you need to include to create a calming and restful space. Bedroom designs need to express your style and your personal sense of comfort. Read on in Ellecor Interior Design’s blog to discover tips to make your bedroom your own.

Cozy Bedding

Obviously, your bed is the most important design element in your bedroom. It needs to be the locus of comfort in your bedroom, with the right patterns, fabrics, pillows, and more. Properly preparing your bed sheets and comforter makes your bedroom feel structured and comfortable, preventing the cluttered and messy feeling of a disorganized bed. Look for bedding accessories like a fluffy duvet and patterned pillows to add comfort and cohesion with your other design features. 

Warm Rug

Waking up in the morning and starting your day by walking on a soft, plush rug can make all the difference. Your bedroom should be cozy and warm, and with the right rug, you can take comfort to a new level. There are a wide variety of materials, patterns, and colors you can choose from; however, the rug needs to match your desired aesthetic. You will immediately notice a difference when you walk into the bedroom with a perfect rug in your design!

Discrete Storage

Convenient storage is needed to prevent that cluttered feeling. Features like built-in furniture pieces, an open bookshelf, or a large dresser can be practical yet stylish focal points of your bedroom design. Modern features like floating shelves and a bedroom bench help break up space in a large room while also giving you more control over functionality. If you find yourself running out of storage, we’ll help you choose a new desk or dresser for your bedroom design!

Comforting Decor

You will spend about half of your time at home in your bedroom, so the decor needs to create a soothing and homey feeling. Items like wall artwork, lamps, mirrors, and bedside accessories are all must-haves in your bedroom design. These help to make the space your own! After your bedroom is designed how you like, look for home decor pieces that match the rest of your bedroom features!

Find Your Style at Ellecor Interior Design

Whether you are redecorating, remodeling, or starting from scratch, Ellecor Interior Design is here to help you with your bedroom design. Our expert team of interior designers are some of the best in the industry and continuously bring fresh ideas to the table. We know what it means to have a cozy bedroom, and at Ellecor, we can make that happen. You can check out some of our favorite bedroom designs in our gallery. Contact us today for more information!

4 Must Haves in Your Open Kitchen Design

Modern open floor plan

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you gather with your family for meals, and it’s where your guests mingle during parties. When you want to redesign your home, the kitchen is an essential part of the plan. From comfortable seating to an open floor plan, there are lots of details that contribute to the perfect kitchen. In today’s blog, Ellecor Interior Design lists four must-haves for your kitchen design.

Large Island

Most open layout kitchens have a large island that serves a variety of uses. If you are looking for more countertop space without overcrowding your cabinets and pantries, an island can provide the perfect storage solution. Kitchen islands are a focal point of the kitchen design, so they quickly turn into a hub for guests. In an open kitchen layout, islands allow for more space and a free-flow of traffic, allowing whoever is cooking in the kitchen to have the space they need without overcrowding.

Open Shelving

One way to immediately make a kitchen feel bigger and more open is to remove the cabinet doors completely! This increases the open feeling in the entire area. However, you need to have clean and organized shelf space, so that means no cluttered dishes and spices. Instead of removing the cabinet doors entirely, you can simply switch to glass cabinet doors. This is perfect for a modern design that creates a surprising amount of extra space! 

In-Wall Appliances

Bulky appliances like your refrigerator and microwave can feel like big blocks in the middle of an otherwise open space. If your refrigerator is always in the way and your microwave is taking up a ton of counter space, it’s time to consider in-wall appliances. You can create a surprising amount of space by mounting your microwave above your range and creating a space for your fridge in custom cabinetry. It may sound like a big project, but the pros at Ellecor Interior Design do it every day! If you want to make more space in your kitchen, we’ll make it easy!

Additional Seating

When you are hosting guests, you will want extra seating so everyone will be comfortable. It can be difficult to accommodate a lot of dinner guests, so the right seating solution is critical. A kitchen island is a perfect place to seat several guests in barstools or tall chairs. If you want to create the feeling of a real restaurant for a big group of guests, we recommend a few high-top tables with tall chairs; you can set them up before the event and take them down afterwards, for simple extra seating you can keep in storage until your next gala!

Transform Your Kitchen Design With Ellecor

Your kitchen is one of the most welcoming places in the house, and a new design allows you to make the most of every detail. Whether you are looking for a complete redesign or just some home decor help, Ellecor Interior Design is just what you need. Check out our galleries to find inspiration for your own home makeover! Contact us today for more information and set up an appointment today!

5 Home Decor Trends That Are Making a Comeback

Retro living room design

There are some elements of interior design that are simply timeless, so they keep coming back into style decade after decade. Design trends from the 70s and 80s are making a major comeback as we move ahead into 2020. When you draw inspiration from classic designs that never go out of style, you can dramatically change the dynamic of your home. In today’s blog, Ellecor Interior Design lists five home decor trends that are a blast from the past.

Textured Wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a resurgence and becoming much more popular in modern interior design. Rather than settling for monochromatic paint, wallpaper allows for fun and intricate designs that can transform a living space. Millennials are the ones to thank for this comeback home decor trend. There are textured wallpapers like bamboo, silk, and linen that will make any room stand out among the rest.

Wood Paneling

Wood paneling gained its popularity in the 50s and wasn’t considered ‘outdated’ until the 80s. At one point, you could find wood paneling in just about every house across America. This 60-year-old trend is back with a new, modern approach. Wood paneling has more of a rustic, farmhouse feel than it did in the past. There are endless options for wood finishes these days — from traditional cherry stains to distressed pastel paints — so you are able to incorporate lots of subtle color in your wood paneling. If you are looking for an interior design utilizing reclaimed wood, look no further than Ellecor Interior Design.

Wicker and Bamboo

Home decor trends come and go, and trending styles in furniture change too! A great example is the renewed popularity of wicker and bamboo in modern trends. From Bohemian bungalows to Minimalist penthouses, bamboo and wicker are making a comeback. From deckchairs to headboards, from bamboo bonsais to wicker storage baskets, these natural elements are making a big comeback!

Retro Appliances

When you are redesigning your home, you want efficient and reliable appliances for your kitchen. If you want the vintage appeal of antique appliances with the reliability of the 21st century, you are in luck! Many mainstream appliance companies are beginning to design products with vintage styles that also offer all the benefits of modern appliances.

Metal Accents

Copper, brass, and stainless-steel are becoming more common in home remodels and home decor. This metal trend can be seen in kitchen cabinets, light fixtures, doorknobs, and even in modern furniture pieces. Out of all of the metals that are regaining popularity, brass is the most intriguing. This clean and bold material can add flair to any design, for a modern style with vintage appeal.

Envision Your Style With Ellecor Interior Design

If you are looking for a home design transformation, Ellecor Interior Design can help. Vintage home decor ideas are making a major comeback, and they offer endless inspiration for amazing designs. So contact Ellecor Interior Design to create something truly special. Our gallery gives a great look at the transformations we have completed, and we want yours to be next!

Interior Design for Laundry Rooms

The areas of your home that you spend the most time in probably include your kitchen, living room, and bedroom. That doesn’t mean that your lesser-used rooms shouldn’t have an attractive and functional interior design too! One of the more overlooked rooms in your house is the laundry room. Often, laundry rooms feel cramped and are purely there for practical purposes. Why not make your laundry room somewhere that you wouldn’t mind doing the laundry? Today in the Ellecor Interior Design blog, we’ll talk about some ideas for laundry room design.

Brighten it Up

A dark and dank laundry room certainly won’t encourage you to step in there to do laundry very often. You want to make your laundry room a more welcoming area. If you’re doing chores, you might as well enjoy the space you’re in! You can make a laundry room much more inviting by including good lighting, brighter colors, and even windows to let natural light pour in if the space allows it.

Plenty of Space

A cramped laundry room isn’t ideal for folding and hanging your clothes. If you have the room, it doesn’t hurt to expand your laundry room out to give you the additional space you need. Plus, if your laundry room is a bit bigger, you can turn it into a multipurpose space, like a mud room.

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Organization

An organized laundry room makes everything much easier. You’ll have all the storage you need by incorporating plenty of shelf space, a counter for folding, racks for hanging, and cabinets.

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Your Washer and Dryer

Of course, the main part of a laundry room is the washer and dryer. You can’t have a laundry room without them. If you have models, it might be time to upgrade. Not only do newer models look better, but they have plenty of wash and dry options. They’re more energy efficient, so can potentially save you money on your utility bill.

By tying in all of these design elements, your laundry room will no longer be a room you dread to enter. You might even start to enjoy doing your laundry!

Choose Ellecor Interior Design

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Interior Design Tips for a Cozier Bedroom

Your bedroom is meant to be a place of rest and respite, so you want it to be as comfortable and as cozy as possible. There are plenty of interior design techniques you can use to turn your bedroom into your own personal retreat. Today in the Ellecor Interior Design blog, we’ll give you some tips for a cozier bedroom.

Use the Right Colors

When it comes to making your bedroom cozier and more peaceful, your color palette will play an important role. You don’t want any loud, statement-making tones. Save that for areas of your house where you plan on hosting a lot of guests.

In your bedroom, you should aim for soft, earthy tones or even pastel tones if you’re looking for something a little brighter. Colors like blues and greens instill a sense of calm. Dark greens and browns also bring out that soothing, earthy feel we mentioned. Pastel colors can give your bedroom a soft, airy feel if you’re looking for something more like that.

Use the Right Lighting

Creating a cozy atmosphere requires the right lighting. If you have overhead lighting, consider changing them to lights with dimming functions. Lights should be soft and low. You can even do away with overhead lights entirely by strategically placing lamps, lanterns, and even candles all around your room.

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Add a Rug

If your bedroom isn’t carpeted already, a rug can add a real sense of warmth. Get a soft rug that you’ll love to step on when you get out of bed in the morning. Even carpeted rooms can benefit from a good rug. It ties the room together and can add some color or complement existing colors in the room.

Decor

One of the most important aspects of making a bedroom feel cozy is making sure it feels like your bedroom. You want to add decor that gives your bedroom a personal touch and makes you feel at home. Just make sure to not go overboard with wall art or other types of decor. Making your walls and shelves too busy can take away from the comfortable atmosphere you’re trying to create.

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Choose Ellecor Interior Design

If you’re looking to redesign your bedroom, or even your entire home, Ellecor Interior Design can help. We specialize in creating custom spaces that are perfectly tailored to your style. Contact us today to get a free estimate and get your new design underway!

Types of Faux Painting

A new coat of paint can really bring life to a room. Sometimes, you want that fresh coat of paint to be something unique and eye-catching. Maybe you don’t even want it to look like paint at all. That’s where faux-painting comes in. Faux painting is a type of finish you can use on your walls to make them look like a different surface entirely. Today in the Ellecor Interior Design blog, we’ll talk about the different kinds of faux paints.

Granite

Granite adds a touch of elegance to a room, but the stone itself can be expensive. Using a granite faux paint technique can give you that unique patterned look of granite that’s so desirable. You can even choose between several different colors for your granite look.

Concrete

You can use the faux painting technique of concreting to give your walls a more modern touch, without feeling too industrial. Whites and grays help to give your walls the appearance of concrete.

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Strie

This technique is used to create streaks of color on a wall that are fabric-like in appearance. This can give your room a softer, more relaxing atmosphere.

Marbleizing

Marble is certainly a luxurious material, but not everyone can afford marble walls. You can create the appearance of marble with the right faux-painting technique. Marbleizing can be difficult, so make sure to follow a guide or video on how to do it.

Stenciling

Stenciling is another popular faux paint technique. Using painter’s tape, you can create the exact patterns on your walls that you want, paint the wall, take off the tape, and voila – you have a patterned wall. This is a great way to add some personality to any room and make it your own.

Distressing

Giving a newer piece of furniture a distressed, antique look is a great way to add a rustic touch to any room. By using a sander and different colors of paint that are similar in shade to the original, you can give your newer piece of furniture a worn-down look that adds a lot of personality to your room design.

Rag Rolling

To make a big impression in a room, you can use the rag rolling technique. You roll your paint using a rag, pulling it off and pushing it on occasionally, to create an effect that adds a dramatic touch to any room.

Choose Ellecor Interior Design

These are just a few of the faux painting techniques out there. There are plenty to check out and try to see what’s best for you and your home. If you’re looking for a professional interior designer, choose Ellecor Interior Design. We do everything from one-room designs to entire homes. We even have a furniture store to browse. Contact us today for more information and to start designing the space of your dreams.

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Custom Furniture and Creating a Timeless Piece

Timeless Living Room Design

Custom furniture offers a great way to bring out your personal sense of style in your home. Creating a custom timeless piece takes into account several design choices. In today’s blog from Ellecor Interior Design, we explain how to achieve a timeless look.

Defining Timeless

Timeless furniture fits into almost any decorating plan. These pieces work well no matter the style of the rest of the room, and they buck trends. Timeless custom furniture doesn’t necessarily mean traditional or vintage items such as Victorian hutches or Georgian-style lazy Susans. Whether it’s a vintage or modern design, timeless furniture will remain stylish and relevant for generations to come.

Sturdy Materials

When you think of timeless pieces, your custom furniture must be made to last. Wood is a common durable material, but metal, stone, brick, wool, and leather also last a long time. You can create timeless furniture with other materials, such as cloth, glass, or plastic. However, you might need to take extra care of them.    

Flexible Design

Interior design trends come and go, and they often have bold colors and different lines. If you go with trendy custom furniture, it may be in vogue for only a couple of years. You could feel remorse a decade from now. Timeless furniture is flexible enough to work today, tomorrow, and a century from now. Consider neutral colors, clean lines, and furniture that blends well into any style of room.

Proportionately Pleasing

When the proportions of things are correct, they are automatically pleasing to the eye and symmetrical. Scientists refer to this as the Golden Ratio, and it was discovered in Ancient Greek times. The Golden Ratio is found in nature, such as conch shells, flower petals, human faces, and even the shape of hurricanes. Timeless custom furniture is the same way. These items feel naturally beautiful, making you smile and relax as you appreciate the timeless style.

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Classic Style

There are already plenty of classic styles that have withstood the test of time. Look to Greek columns, grandfather clocks, Louis mirrors, and botanical patterns, among others. You could have a wooden table with Greek columns for legs and carved leaves as embellishments on custom furniture. A deep, rich stain brings out the natural beauty of the material and protects the wood.

Custom Furniture from Ellecor Interior Design

Our design experts at Ellecor Interior Design relish the opportunity to help you create custom furniture that achieves the look you want. Our team of expert craftsmen builds one-of-a-kind furniture by learning your personal preferences and then completely customizing a piece from scratch. We want you to be perfectly happy with the finished product. Contact us today or give us a call at (417) 720-2602.

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Custom Furniture Tips: Creating a Piece That’s Unique to You

Drawing a Kitchen Interior

Custom furniture is one way to make your home an extension of your unique personality. You can be proud that your custom piece exists nowhere else on Earth because it was made to your exact specifications and standards. In today’s Ellecor Interior Design blog, we offer tips for creating a piece that’s unique to you.

1. Look Around

Do you feel there’s something missing in your home? Perhaps you see an empty corner, a dark spot, or a wide-open space that needs an object to fill it. Custom furniture can be something as elaborate as an entire set of kitchen cabinets or a 10-seat dining room table. You may just want a simple corner shelf or end table. Either way, custom-made items fill a need in your home’s interior design.

2.  Measure for Measure

Once you determine what type of custom furniture you want, get out your tape measure. Take precise measurements of the space you’re trying to fill. Does your shelf go from floor to ceiling, or just high enough where you can reach? Be sure your custom furniture will leave enough space for people to walk through hallways, stand up behind dining chairs, or move around the living room. Also, account for any accent pieces you may want to make into a set.

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3. Think About Your Lifestyle

Consider your lifestyle when designing custom furniture. Do you have children or pets? You might design furniture that stands up to extra wear and tear. For example, rounded tables rather than sharp corners are safer for children and pets. If you love entertaining friends, family, and guests, invest in furniture that resists stains and spills. If clean lines and simple designs help you feel relaxed at home, choose custom furniture that complements your personal preferences and lifestyle.

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4. Have an Eye for Color

Pieces can complement, match, or contrast your existing decorating scheme. Smaller pieces, such as coffee tables or end tables, are perfect for adding splashes of color. Larger furniture, including sectionals or dining tables, help create a cohesive look. Draw the eye to custom furniture that isn’t in the same style or color as the rest of the room.

Contact Ellecor Interior Design Today

If you are looking for custom furniture, contact Ellecor Interior Design today! Our team of expert designers is always excited to assist any new customers and bring your design ideas to life. To learn how Ellecor can help you with your next interior design project, stop by our home decor store, contact us through a convenient online form, give us a call at (417) 720-2602!

Decor Tips for an Elegant Dining Room

Elegant Dining Room

Your dining room is the heart of the house where you enjoy delicious food with your family and friends during regular meals and special family gatherings. A formal dining room gives you the chance to make your creativity stand out, whether you prefer classic touches, modern amenities, or anything in between. Today in the Ellecor Interior Design blog, we suggest a few options for creating an elegant dining room.

Furniture

The table forms the basis of your dining room’s interior design. A wide range of styles and materials are available, from sturdy wooden harvest tables to smaller lightweight acrylic pieces. Beyond the table, find a matching hutch, buffet, or corner display to fill out the rest of the room. Dining room furniture is both practical and beautiful.

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Table Decor

A seasonal centerpiece combines with a matching tablecloth and place settings to draw the eye. Table decorations can contrast, complement, or match the rest of the room. The point is to make your dining room festive!

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Lighting

Overhead lighting is an obvious choice for a dining room. Chandeliers offer several points of light, from four bulbs up to several dozen. Chandeliers range from ornate traditional designs with carved metal supports, candelabra-style bulbs, and embellishments to modern designs with hundreds of glam crystal pieces. Don’t be afraid to add a matching floor or table lamp in a dark corner. A window represents a great way to let in natural light.  

Windows

A window treatment adds splashes of color. A valance may match your wallpaper border. Stylish blinds or blackout curtains let you control the natural light level in the room. Consider curtains that complement the rug, wallpaper, or walls.

Walls

Walls are more than just paint or wallpaper. Crown molding creates a vintage look. A wallpaper border might add floral or lace patterns, a contrasting color, or some other effect you’re trying to achieve. Wall art, such as paintings or prints, can stand out from other colors while seasonal selections may complement your table decorations.

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Floor

The floor surface should be resilient enough to handle the frequent movement of chairs. Feel free to add an area rug layer to bring a cohesive color scheme to the room. Find a rug with multiple colors that complement the wallpaper, window treatment, and furniture.

Let Ellecor Interior Design Help

At Ellecor Interior Design, we love helping you create the home of your dreams. Our staff can assist you with room planning from start to finish, whether you want an elaborate dining room or a simple, functional style. Contact us today for more information and to get a free estimate.