Divide the Space
- Removing the wall that separates the family room and kitchen creates one large and open space. The problem is that it doesn’t show you a clear definition between where each room ends and the next room starts. To create two distinct rooms without affecting the open floor plan, you need to find a way to divide the space. Installing a small piece of furniture, such as a kitchen island or bar, in between the two rooms creates a division that leaves the space open. You also have the added advantage of gaining more entertaining and dining space. Add a few bar stools or chairs around the island for dining purposes or to provide additional seating during a party
Use Storage Furniture
- When you open the space between the two rooms, you lose valuable storage space. The wall previously there probably contained space for cabinets in the kitchen and bookshelves or other storage in the family room. Using furniture that doubles as storage allows you to organize things in the great room, as well as provides seating. Look for ottomans and benches that have lift-off tops and can hold miscellaneous items. Likewise, install a kitchen island that has cabinets underneath that are large enough to store pots, pans, dishes, cleaning supplies and other necessary kitchen tools.
Mix Things Up
- Turn the family room and kitchen space into a room that combines the two rooms into one mixed-up space. Instead of separating the rooms, mix and match the components for each one. Add cabinets along one wall to hold kitchen supplies as well as your television and other electronics. Place the dining room table in the center of the room. Use one color scheme that flows through both spaces to tie everything together. Display accessories in a similar color palette, including artwork on the walls and ceramics arranged in small groups. Turn the space into one large room that mixes elements from both spaces.
- Inventory what you have on hand. A fashionista should review her existing wardrobe in great depth. Note the colors of the clothing in your closet as well as the colors of any jewelry, belts, earrings, necklaces and handbags. Aim to buy items that compliment what you have. If you are a merchandiser, review what you have in your store. If you are just starting out, buying wholesale accessories can help you stock your shelves with basic items.
- Make a list of the items you want to buy. Accessories are often seasonal in nature. Many women will not buy white shoes after Labor Day. Wholesale accessory vendors stock both seasonal items and items that can be purchased and used year round. Buy seasonal accessories a month in advance to allow time for shipping. Scarves in fall colors such as red, orange and yellow should be purchased in August or late July.
- Research wholesale accessory vendors. Wholesalers can be found in many cities as well as manufacturing centers. Many wholesalers now have websites that accept purchases from out-of-state and international customers. People seeking to purchase accessories wholesale can find stores that sell specific accessories such as handbags and stockings. They can also find sellers that deal in a large variety of accessories. Accessories can include items such as handbags, shoes, stockings, bracelets, hats and scarves. Look up many different vendors, including those selling clothing, outwear and jewelry. You may have to work with more than one vendor.
- Investigate the types of accessories offered. A wholesale accessory seller should have items for you to look at directly if you are shopping in their store. If you are shopping online, detailed pictures should be provided. The pictures should include descriptions of the materials used, the sizes and colors available and the cost both per unit and in bulk.
- Place an order. If you are buying online, make sure you have a detailed description of how items are shipped. Items of greater value such as semi-precious stones, designer handbags and leather belts should be shipped registered mail to ensure you receive the product. The wholesale accessories seller should tell you in advance approximately how long it will take the item to arrive at your house or store.
- Choosing southwestern decor is not difficult. The American southwest is a pleasant place to live. People have often drawn inspiration from the places that mark the southwest such as deserts. Use the colors of this area to help create the perfect evocative living room filled with southwestern style.
- Paint the walls of the room white. White walls are a hallmark of southwestern decor. White walls add a warm and pleasant touch to any room. Choose a white with a hint of another color. Navaho white is a good choice to use on walls. Navaho white gives any room a feel of warmth yet at the same time does not make the room feel closed in.
- Pick out rugs. Rugs are an essential part of southwestern decor. A good rug should have a multitude of colors in a pleasing pattern. Southwester rugs are noted for taking the colors of the landscape and using them effectively. Look for rugs that have reds, tuquoises and browns in them to call to mind the surrounding area.
- Pick out furniture. Look for furniture that brings to mind the southwest. A good piece of southwestern furniture will have clean lines and solid woods. Mission style furniture items are ideal for this purpose. Choose a sofa that is clean and easy to use. Add cushions in bright colors such as oranges and blues that bring to mind this area.
- Find the right artwork. The southwestern United States has been a notable inspiration for artists for a very long time. Look for items that call to mind the works of artists such as Georgia O’Keef who brought this area to life with images of scenes from the area on large canvases.
Use the right accessories. Look for items that call to mind the southwest. Brass artwork that showcases the feel of the west such as pictures of men rounding up horses or cattle are excellent. Use additional accessories to call to mind the southwest such as pottery and sculptures that have the colors of this area in them.
The American Leather Inspiration Sectional shown
with a table from the Phillips Collection and Creative Accents rug
Nothing is more soothing than a neutral color palette, especially in today’s technologically-driven world where the senses are continually overloaded with images and information. Make your home a relaxing haven by introducing a calming design scheme centered on furniture and accent pieces in neutral tones.
Neutrals go beyond beige, and with the right accents are anything but boring. Neutrals never go out of fashion and are essentially timeless, but there are several ways you can keep your neutrals on-trend while maintaining the classic calm they impart.
For the most up-to-date neutral décor, think neutral AND natural. Introduce accent items made from or inspired by things found in nature. The Phillips Collection, for example, offers a variety of tables and accent pieces created from petrified wood and other materials. Branches, stones, and dried flowers also make excellent touches. Rugs are another great way to add visual interest and an organic feel, even while maintaining the same tones found in your furniture pieces. Creative Accents offers custom-made rugs with designs that call to mind the ripples found on a beach at low tide or the moon reflecting on still water, among other nature-themed motifs.
|The American Leather Nash paired with a Creative Accents rug.|
Mixing different textures in the same color is another way to create visual depth in a neutral palette. Adding accents, like pillows, in darker and lighter shades of the same hue also add dimension and help your avoid a rigidly monotone or overly stark look. You can also combine complementary neutral shades like brown and beige for a warm look or gray and white for a cooler effect.
Not only can you relax in your neutral environment, you can relax about it as well. The best thing about decorating with neutrals? It’s nearly impossible to go wrong.