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How to Design an Office That Feels Like Home

Telecommuting is an opportunity that more companies are offering to their employees, and this can be a win-win situation for all parties involved. New home design trends often feature a home office that is tucked away from distractions, and we wanted to share some inspirational ways to create a home office that is high in function yet still "homey":

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  • While in a more corporate setting, file cabinets and storage areas tend to be a bland white, a home office allows people the opportunity to incorporate their favorite colors. Incorporating personality into the room can help to create a more pleasant working environment, and the employee may even feel more energized as well.
  • Consider adding an accessory or two that are not ordinarily part of an office, such as a chandelier or a cozy window seat.
  • Make the most of the natural light in the space. Not only can this help to make the space feel larger and less crammed, but the additional light can help to keep the employee focused on the task at hand.

For more home design trends, contact us at DesignSourceCT.

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Five Great Interior Design Colors

Homeowners often have a difficult time selecting the ideal paint colors for their home, and rightfully so, considering that they will probably be looking at their chosen colors on a daily basis for years to come. We have talked about some of the most stylish color trends of the year, and to offer further inspiration, here are five more great interior design colors to consider:

  • Gray: Gray has got to be one of the hottest color trends that we have seen throughout 2013, and this without a doubt will continue into 2014. Variations in this shade can either add a sense of drama or relaxation to a room.
  • Orange: While you may be skeptical to paint an entire room orange, this is a great choice for an accent wall to really warm up a space.
  • Yellow: Create a cheerful environment that instantly brightens up a room with yellow. Consider pairing this color with bright blues or grays.
  • Green: Create a smooth transition between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces with green.
  • White: When used correctly with complimentary colors, white can make an incredibly striking statement.

To learn more about interior design color trends, contact us at DesignSourceCT.

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Looking for a Focal Point? Try One of These

Every well-designed room should have a focal point, but with so many possibilities to choose from, this is not always an easy task. For inspiration, here are several interior design trends that could be used as the focal point to build a room around:

  • Fireplace: A fireplace naturally creates a focal point in a room, and the way that you position your furniture can further enhance this point of interest. You may also want to consider incorporating the color of the materials used on the fireplace into other elements used in the room, such as fabrics and paint colors.
  • Artwork: Sometimes all you need is a perfectly positioned painting to create a point of interest in a room. When selecting artwork to serve this purpose, it's important to consider both the size and tone of the piece. For example, bold pieces look good with neutral walls and furniture and vice versa.
  • View: For those that prefer a more minimalist, contemporary design, keep things simple and let the view do all the work. This is especially true for urban condos that feature floor to ceiling glass windows and great city views.

Contact us at DesignSourceCT for more interior design trends.

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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.