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Craftsman Style Touches for Your Home

If you take a drive around town to some of the newer developments, you will notice that the Craftsman style architecture is really making a comeback. This era of design dates back to 1901 to 1925 and placed emphasis on function while still using carefully selected materials for construction. We are seeing Craftsman style touches both inside and outside of the home these days, here's how best to incorporate this style:

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  • Simple, clean lines: When selecting accessories or considering the addition of architectural detailing for the home's interior, make a point to steer clear of complicated, ornate pieces.
  • Lighting: The lighting fixtures used during the Craftsman period were very straightforward and designed with function in mind, so select chandeliers and fixtures that are in basic shapes (squares, rectangles, etc) and are made of glass, iron, or bronze.
  • Tiling: Handcrafted tiling is a signature of the Craftsman style, but keep in mind that the authentic tile from this period can cost a pretty penny. A more affordable way to achieve this look is to engage a local craftsman to attempt to replicate the tile.

For more about interior design trends during this era, contact us at DesignSourceCT.

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Home Design Trends to Watch Out For

At DesignSourceCT, we like to keep our clients in the loop with the latest interior design trends. Here is what we have seen a lot of in 2013 and anticipate that these looks and styles will continue into the new year:

  • Antique brass: While in the past people rushed to update their old and outdated brass fixtures in the home, antique brass has certainly made a comeback, most particularly in hardware and embellishments.
  • Bleached floors: In recent years, the stain on hardwood flooring has continued to get darker; however, there has been an uptick this year in the number of people the desire lighter woods for flooring and cabinetry.
  • Stripes and geometrics: Jazz up a more neutral space by introducing some bold patterns like stripes and geometrics, and don't be afraid to limit these patterns to throw pillows.
  • Wrapped furniture: For those on a budget, a great DIY project to give any space a stylish update is to wrap furniture in a linen, grass cloth, or other unique texture.
  • Weathered countertops: Don't be afraid to incorporate some distressed countertops in the kitchen that already appear to have some wear and tear.

Please contact us at DesignSourceCT for more interior design trends.

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Tips for Decorating Smart and Slow

When moving into a new home or making the decision to give an existing space a makeover, one of the biggest mistakes that many people make is rushing to design the space versus taking things slowly to ultimately design a room that they truly love. In addition to allotting plenty of time to find the perfect��pieces that really complete a room's style, taking a slower approach to interior design is often more budget friendly as well.

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Here are several great reasons why it pays off to decorate both smart and slow:

  • Most people have experienced buyer's remorse at one point or another when decorating their homes, and taking the time to pinpoint exactly what you are looking for can save you a lot of time, effort, money, and headaches. Take advantage of free tools like Pinterest and Houzz��to create virtual pin boards of interior design styles that inspire you.
  • Consider multi-functional pieces, such as side tables that could also function as a coffee table, and opt for colors that go well with everything.
  • Instead of buying cheap��disposable furniture, wait until you can afford a quality piece that you really want.

For more interior design tips, contact us at DesignSourceCT.

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Don’t Want to Oversaturate With Color? Just Add it to the Right Spot

We talk a lot about working with neutral colors on our DesignSourceCT blog; however, sometimes incorporating a pop of color is necessary to add some personality and create a focal point. If your client is interested in trying out some the 2013 color trends but doesn't want to oversaturate with color, here are some ways that adding color to the right spot can make an impact without going overboard:
  • Accent colors do not need to be limited to walls. For those that are weary about trying a new bold color, consider accessorizing with an accent color or even creating a focal point in a room by painting the window frame.
  • Another great place to try out an accent color is the kitchen cabinetry. While your client may not necessarily want to paint all of the cabinets in an accent color, painting the cabinetry on an island can provide a nice compromise.
  • In the living room, upholstered furniture provides a great opportunity to introduce color and can help to tie other elements of the room together.
For more ways to incorporate a splash of color into a room or just interior design trends in general, please follow our DesignSourceCT blog!

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Not Sold on Leather? A Few Accents Add a Lot of Cool

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While leather may not be your client's material of choice, it does offer some nice perks such as it being a sturdy and low-maintenance material. Leather also provides a great opportunity to introduce a new texture and some warmth into a room's interior design scheme. For those that don't want to go overboard with this material, here are some unique ways that you can tastefully accessorize with leather:
  • To dress up an upholstered couch, incorporate some leather throw pillows for a sophisticated accent. This is also a great way to pull together other elements in the room as well.
  • Old-fashioned trunks can function as a unique coffee table piece, and for one that may require some restoration, you can give it a little style by adding leather handles. This subtle touch of leather can work well with a wide variety of decorating styles.
  • For those that desire a more eclectic vibe in a room, a leather pouf can provide the perfect opportunity to blend this more contemporary piece with something more traditional. Plus, poufs can function as footrests or provide additional seating.
To learn more about ways to use leather as an accent, please contact us at DesignSourceCT.