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Using Sofas to Decorate a Kitchen Eating Area

Using Sofas to Decorate a Kitchen Eating Area

If your kitchen has eating area space that is not used up by the other kitchen furniture, you can turn it into a sitting space for relaxation and comfort. This is by adding a loveseat or a sofa in addition to other decorating pieces such as ottomans and a coffee table. The tips below will help you to turn your space in the kitchen into an area of relaxation.

Plan the layout

Measure the available space and decide the furniture to use. While measuring, consider the electrical outlets, the windows and the ease of movement. It would be easier to create a layout of the space on a graph paper and use furniture cutouts to determine where to place the furniture. Rearrange the cutouts until you achieve the desired arrangement. Consider the empty space on the walls to use it for shelves.

Selecting the furniture

The furniture to use will depend on the space available. If the space is large, you can place a sofa while a smaller space can use a loveseat. You can also use slim line recliners or club chairs in place of a sofa. Use furniture with fabrics that are easy to clean such as ultra suede or leather. Fabrics that are loose woven and have multiple colors can hide stains while vibrant prints will add color the space. Ensure there are tables near the chairs or the sofa, for placing drinks or a lamp. Use coffee tables and side tables for that purpose. Select furniture that may be used for many purposes. For instance, ottomans can be used as footrests or as a table.

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Creating Unity between the Kitchen and the Dining Room

Creating Unity between the Kitchen and the Dining Room

You can decorate your kitchen and the dining room such that they visually become one by using cohesive décor. This works regardless of whether the two areas have an open design without walls, or they have a part or full wall. Create visual oneness by merging the kitchen décor with that of the dining room by using the floor, fabrics, furniture, color and the accessories.

Flooring

Cohesive flooring can help you to create unity between the kitchen and the dining room. You can do this by installing the same flooring material in the kitchen as in the dining room. Some of the materials you can use are ceramic tiles or porcelain because they are suitable for the kitchen as well as the dining room. Hardwood may not be appropriate for the kitchen due to possibilities of spills, but you can use vinyl flooring with wood grain prints. If you are low on budget, you can use matching rugs to bring the two areas together without changing the flooring. Place one rug under the table and the other one in front of the sink.

Using fabrics

You can create cohesiveness décor by use of fabric. For instance, you can use fabric similar to that covering the dining room seats to cover the kitchen stools or the breakfast bench. A print in the dining room drapes can be a window topper in the kitchen.

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Choosing Furniture for the Living Room

Choosing Furniture for the Living Room

The living room is an important place in the house. It is the place where the family spends a lot of their time together and it also where the guests spend most of their time. This means that you should carefully choose its furniture to meet your needs and to match your decorating style. The tips below will help you choose the right furniture for your living room.

Decide on the theme and the use of the furniture

The design theme you will use to decorate your home will determine the kind of furniture to use. Some of the themes are contemporary, modern, casual, old world and traditional.
For a contemporary or modern theme, the furniture is sleek with clean lines and with neutral colors such as beige and white. There is more use of metal, shiny black lacquer and glass materials on the furniture. A casual theme has the furniture decorated in small prints, plaid and with other patterns. It is cozy and friendly. Old world theme has furniture in Italian, Spanish and French designs combined. You can use antique furniture in earthy colors that are deep.The traditional theme has elegant furniture, which looks formal. You will find the furniture with skirted bottoms and rolled arms and in colors ranging from ivory to red among other colors. Having a theme will ensure that you choose furniture that fits your theme.
Aside from the theme, how you use the room will determine the kind of furniture to have. If it is for regular family use, choose stain resistant and strong furniture. For occasional use, you can go for fragile furniture with delicate fabrics. If the room has inbuilt architecture, you may have to choose the furniture that will complement the look. For instance, a rustic fireplace may require the use of cabin décor instead of modern furniture.

Take measurements


Measure your living room using a tape measure and consider the measurements for alcoves and recessed spaces. Use a grid or a plain paper to create the floor plan and to know the space you have for the furniture. Sketch various ways that the furniture can fit in the room and make sure you leave at least one-meter space between furniture. Also, note the width of the doorway to ensure the furniture can fit in. After you have decided on where to place the furniture, mark the floor spaces with a painter’s tape. This will give you an actual feel of how the room will look like.

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Where to Place the Love Seat in the Bedroom

Where to Place the Love Seat in the Bedroom

A love seat is a cozy choice for the bedroom. It can appear integrated into the room if it is placed by using the space well, for decorating and comfort. The seat provides compact seating space, and it is a good seating choice in the bedroom. Loveseats are available for different bedroom décors. You will find styles that range from antiques to future models that can even change shape. Choose the loveseat that is suitable for your bedroom.

Plan the layout

 

To know how to arrange the loveseat, sketch the layout of the bedroom. You should mark where you would position the bed and also note where other features such as doors, alcove, shelves and fireplace are located to guide you on where to arrange the loveseat. Cut out scaled pieces of furniture such as the loveseat, nightstands, bed and other accessories and arrange them on the floor sketch. This will allow you to tryout different arrangements without having to move the furniture around in the room. You only need to move the pieces of cutouts on the paper layout. You can use a scale of 1 inch to 1 foot, which means that a loveseat that is five feet will be five inches on the paper.
Placing the loveseat at the bed’s foot. If the room is longer, you should place the loveseat at the bed’s foot. The seat should face the room. If you have an open floor like that of a studio apartment, the arrangement can also apply. To connect the seat and the bed, you can use an area rug that can fit both under the bed and under the love seat. If you want to define a separate seating area, you can use a rug that fits under the seat and the coffee table.

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Arranging and Furnishing a Hallway

Arranging and Furnishing a Hallway

A hallway’s decoration is limited by the amount of space available, which only allows placement of a few pieces of furniture. Despite that, you can transform it by arranging work of art and collectibles on the walls and keeping it well lit. You may also include the few pieces of furniture that can fit. The tips below will help you to arrange your hallway well.

Leave enough passing space


The main role of a hallway is to allow passage. You should therefore arrange it in such a way that people could pass easily. Clear the areas with sharp turns such as near the bedroom and bathroom door to prevent bumps during the night. In case you decide to place furniture or floor accessories on the hallway, make sure you have enough lighting. Place small items that are not likely to obstruct the passage. You may use wall-hugging items like the demi-lune console that has curved edges. Furthermore, place small items instead of large ones. A hall bench that has compact seating is a nice choice.

Decorate the hallway


Despite having few furnishings, the hallway should also look great. Apply a fresh coat of paint on the walls in lavender or persimmon glossy shades. Use soft vanilla enamel to freshen up the doors, frames and moldings. To create the gallery look on the hallway, you can arrange a few pieces of art that are related and have equal proportions. Use gooseneck lights or wall scones to light large pieces of art as well as enhancing dark hall with no natural light.

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