If you are always on the hunt for bold decor ideas or elements that aren't yet a trend, then you'll appreciate this list of eye-popping and heart-stopping design details for any room in your home. Because tiles are so visually appealing, don't feel like you can't use them in another space in your home, like perhaps the living room? The proof is in Liz's bold, tiled living space. Liz turned a ho-hum window into a bold neon color statement. The toy aisle can be a surprisingly great place to find bold, colorful and abstract 'Art' when styled into your home's vignettes. Painting stripes on stairs is not a new idea, but in Liz's Chicago home, the painted stripe is continued on the adjacent wall, drawing the eye up, making the ceilings feel taller and making a plain stairwell look awesome. Liz's bedroom gets a major dose of bold by the appearance of a hanging bed. If the color of your wall paint and room decor palette might benefit from the addition of warm brass metallic accents, consider including brass curtain rods into the mix.
Graham sent in a good question:I recently moved into my first apartment, and since I am now completely on my own with no roommates, I have had to buy all my own furniture. Long story short; I live in a building where I am not permitted to paint, so I am stuck with white walls. I purchased the walnut CB2 Movie Sofa over the weekend and I would like a chair that goes with it.... ...I'm not opposed to Ikea, but I'd rather spend money on something that has a name attached to it for resale value. We're thinking this sounds like a good place to inject some vintage style to the room. The Movie Sofa is a nice choice - a flexible piece that will work with most styles. So we'd hit the Scavengers each day and go for something a bit unusual that really speaks to you. For the price of one new lower-end armchair, you could add two used Bertoia side chairs to the mix, which would definitely retain some value. Readers, what do you suggest? Share your ideas with Graham in the comments.....
We asked you to share DC-themed decor from your homes and are loving your ideas! Last week we showed you the DC historical wall art from an AT Chicago reader. Can you tell what the DC theme is in this bright red kitchen? Find out the answer and see another DC decor idea below the jump.... In the bright red kitchen DC bus passes from 1945 are framed above the stove. On this page, the black and white bathroom is decorated with photos of DC musicians. Thanks, theholidaygirl928 for posting your photos in our 'Apartment Therapy DC' flickr group and sharing your home decor! Thanks also to Joe for inspiring the idea in his house tour.
COLOR INSPIRATION: The artwork I create is an inspiration for my living space. I wanted to create a space that the creatures I draw and paint could feel at home in. GO TO LINDSAY'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!
Q: I've got some dead space across from my TV in my room, and I'd love to fill it with a sofa so when friends come over, they'll have somewhere to sit. The sofa can't be too deep, because if it protrudes out from the wall too much, it'll get in the way of my office chair. So I'm looking for a very small couch for a relatively cheap price. The one from Muji seemed to be a good pick, but since I'm in California, shipping would cost an extra $100 and that kind of kills the deal for me. I also considered this UO one, but I've done some research on it and it seems like the general consensus is that it'll disintegrate in a few years. I included pictures just for size and style reference, because I definitely like them both, but between price and quality, it seems like I can't go with either. I've also already looked into IKEA, but their offerings are either too long or too deep. AT, where can I find a small, cheap couch? Does one even exist? Thanks! Editor: Please help Gordon out with your suggestions for small scale sofa with a small pricetag to match - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
I was wondering if you all knew of a good place to find interesting wallpaper? Include QUESTIONS in subject line: sf apartmenttherapy comLink To All Good Questions. We love any opportunity to point out that we have tons of great archives that may offer ideas and answers to your questions...and this is one of 'em! We've blogged some interesting wallpaper resources here at AT:SF, which can be found here. NY's wallpaper archives are here, Chicago's are here, and LA's are here. To your question directly: here are a few sources and designers we particularly like. Though we haven't checked these guys out thoroughly, they seem to have a large selection at good prices: shop4wallpaper.com.
This article has got us thinking about pink living rooms, and how, when done right, they give off such a pleasingly warm feel. Here are a few we're particularly fond of.... If pink sounds a little scary to you maybe consider a very pale version of the hue. It won't conjure thoughts of Barbie, and you'll still get a nice soft glow and neutral color that's so much more interesting than beige. Va va va voom pink from none other than Betsey Johnson. Combining pink and light green usually results in something too Palm Beach/Lilly Pulitzer for our taste, but we think designer Steven Gambrel got it right here.
We've been thrilled with the response to Art Month. It's been very fun to peek inside readers' homes and see your art. The results of our survey on where you buy your art were revealing, too. After buying two small paintings for virtually nothing at last weekend's San Mateo Antiques and Collectibles Market, we wonder: What's the most you've paid for a piece of art?
We recently came across this graphic black and white kitchen. Our initial reaction was that while it was a fun way to add some character to the space, we'd probably grow tired of it in a year or two. Well, Suki from the fabulous Finnish blog Varpunen is one step ahead of us. Suki wanted to update her basic kitchen, but with a move on the horizon she didn't want to do anything drastic. Inspired by her love of geometric patterns, Suki used tape to create the design. So when her style changes or she makes that move, her kitchen update is easily removable. To see more images of Suki's kitchen, visit Varpunen: Ugh! We think this is a great idea for rental kitchens or those that are commitment phobic. Has anyone used a similar method to update a room in your home?
No, it's not wallpaper we're talking about but tile. Italian ceramic manufacturer Iris does a great job of bringing tile out of its bathroom/backsplash niche into the rest of the home. Although these rooms are beyond the reach of most, we found some inspiring ideas in the mix: patterned kitchen walls, modern-meets-traditional dining rooms, and a few great color combos.... For more inspiration, visit Iris Ceramica.
Black and white and gold is a striking color combination, and nowhere is that more true than in the bathroom. Gold fixtures in the bathroom is a look we're seeing more and more of, and paired with a black and white color scheme, they add a pleasing bit of drama to a humble space. Above: A black ceiling, black door, and encaustic tile floor add delicious drama to a bathroom spotted on Desire to Inspire. We love the look of a traditional bathroom, and in this one, a black tub adds just the right amount of gravitas. A black bathroom with white and gold accents from Godrich Interiors. Here's a stylish bathroom transformation from Curbly with that same cement tile. A traditionally styled bathroom with a black wainscot from Design Sponge. White hex tile, gold fixtures, and black accents come together beautifully in a bathroom spotted on Dustjacket Attic.