What captures your eye? What makes you stop and clutch your heart? Purples or lilacs and lavender? If you know you already love a certain color then of course your eye will instinctively, automatically be drawn. You will notice what no one else will. Perhaps you love hyacinth and crocuses for their soft color and therefore you have a carpet like this beauty by Odegard. (see two room ideas below)
This gray sofa (above) would be good with the Odegard carpet. Yellow and purple are complimentary so the pillows would play well together. I might not do the wallpaper. I’m giving you broad strokes of how one beautiful color can inspire your room. You might do a pale neutral sofa on the Odegard carpet as below. The creative process is not always easy and takes time.
This eclectic kitchen boasts a dining area. It makes it great for everyone to be in the same room. Guests and hosts can enjoy meal preparation, cocktails and stories. Then sit down altogether and continue the festivities. Clean up can happen in the same convivial fashion. The same can be said when it’s the folks you know, family.
Casual dining in this large open space will be a delight. The sand colored walls and the coral on the floating display cases lead me to believe that the beach is not far away. To have a room exclusively for dining is a great advantage. Large families or entertaining frequently make such a space a necessity.
This is neutral in that there are no ruffles, it’s not entirely masculine because there is softness and a touch of color. There isn’t too much in the way of romantic with candles and flowers. Well there is a bouquet, but it is a spray of tulips not roses or pink carnations. The colors are serious, grays and browns. The lines are clean and mostly straight. The tulips are vital, they add necessary curve to the abundance of straight lines. Well the puppy does a great job as well softening the abundance of vertical and horizontal line.
With the simple color scheme and clean lines this would qualify as masculine. It also would come under the modern and minimal headings. The black and white art on the far wall is strong and therefore not to be interpreted as feminine in any way. We are generalizing with our subject lines of masculine and feminine to give you an idea of the two styles. I’m sure that there can be adjustments if not in our head then in actual room details so all parties are happy. Being a women doesn’t mean we like ruffles, that is what I’m trying to say.
This room is powerful and so are we.
This bedroom certainly is feminine. Soft and lacey. Lots of curves. The footboard is gorgeous. The glittering chandelier and candles. The soft roses. The ruffled pillows. All speak to femininity. A young woman, and older woman for that matter would love this room.
This is a also great example of working with white only. White on white. There is no color to speak of but look how that is offset
by the texture and pattern in the room: the nubby carpet, the smooth patina of the foot and headboard, the delicate ruffles on the pillows, the distress in the chest of drawers, the lampshade and wallpaper have pattern in them as well. We will admit that there is more than one white present in this room. And the soft aquamarine on the dresser and the touch of blue in carpet adds quite a bit. There is lot’s more pattern working beautifully in the room. Can you find it all?
A pergola gives you some shade. The strong lattice framework supported by columns make these
popular for those who don’t want a solid roof. Pergola’s because of the columns and lattice are
also great if you have a green thumb and want to create a vertical garden.
This fireplace is wonderful as well; it’s the focal point for this
outdoor room the same as when we find them inside.
This is outdoor living with no protective covering which is what makes patio’s a think a bit more difficult.
Of course, if you are in a temperate climate and have nothing too hot, too cold or too breezy then
this would work. This might be a second option for a large property as well. It’s smart to make good use
of your green lawn, rather than an expansive property that needs mowing only. When you add seating areas
like this you can enjoy the space from afar and enjoy the actual space. Notice the architectural elements in this
space, despite it being ‘a patio’. The wall with the three arches, the tile pattern adding color, the stone floor,
even the box-like seating makes this space powerful in character. It is softened with the pillows, bouquet and the tall green hedge.
This deck is furnished simply. Enough seating for a nice group of friends.
Beautiful view. This is a good example of how not matching your furniture
pieces can work. The one chair and the settee are the same style, but the
Adirondack chairs and the coffee table do not. What they do have in common that
makes them work, is they are all rustic, they are all wood, they are all soft hues.
The tub here is almost out of sight. But you can tell by the little bit you do see that it is free-standing.
The picture window increases the comfort level in this room. A great view always restores your frame of mind.
The graphic patterns in this room have been done excellently. The chevron patterned tile floor and the backsplash make this neutrally toned room exciting. The sconces and chandelier modern in line but rustic in color. The beamed ceiling comes out of nowhere but fits beautifully.
I hope you have some food for thought. Some graphics as inspiration. Bathrooms are the number two room in your house for importance and the value they add to your home. Why not add some umph! the next time you update your bath?