Tuesday, October 29, 2019

7 Elements of Interior Design

A lot of people confuse interior design with interior decor. Although they are related, interior design refers to all the elements that make up the living space, while interior decoration refers to upholstery and furniture in the space. They work together, as the furniture and upholstery are used to bring life to interior design. Here are the seven essential elements of interior design and how to use them.


1. Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Space

Space forms the foundation on which an interior design plan rests. Therefore, it is important to know the space’s dimensions and function. Space is delineated in two ways: two-dimensional space and three-dimensional space. Two-dimensional space refers to the length and width of the floor and three-dimensional space refers to the length, width, and height of the entire living space. Within these divisions are the elements of positive space and negative space. Positive space is filled with furniture and décor items, while negative space is empty. Balancing positive and negative space is essential to creating equilibrium. This means that you want to avoid overcrowding the space with furniture and, conversely, not adding enough furniture and décor. Above, the Criteria Queen Upholstered Bed by Bernhardt grounds the space without overpowering the room. Upholstered in a warm and contemporary light gray fabric with decorative nailhead accents, it adds a touch of drama and elegance to an otherwise sterile-looking space.

2. Lines Provide Grounding, Movement, and Drama

Lines create shapes and forms, and establish a sense of cohesion and contrast in a living space. Lines are defined as three types: horizontal, vertical, and dynamic. Horizontal lines ground the space, while vertical lines create a free and expansive feeling in a space. Horizontal lines define structures such as chairs, tables, beds, and tables. Vertical lines are found on windows, doors, cabinets and armoires.

Angular lines are dynamic, adding a sense of motion and drama to a room. They are found on structures such as vaulted ceilings and archways.

3. Forms Establish Harmony and Balance

Forms in interior design refer to the outline of three-dimensional objects in a room. Forms can be a combination of two or more shapes and are often highlighted by other elements such as patterns, texture, and color. A well-designed room uses forms to bring harmony and balance to the space.

Forms are either geometric (man-made) or natural (organic) and can be closed or open. Closed forms are enclosed while open forms can be looked into. A basic understanding of space and line will help you achieve a good form.

4. Light Highlights Special Pieces

Light is an important yet often overlooked element of interior design. Whether natural or man-made, if there is no light, the other elements such as color, pattern, and texture have no significance. Light helps highlight every design element, including line, space, and form. Beyond this, the right light will set the mood, create ambiance, and make living spaces functional.

Windows and doors are the sources of natural light. Well-placed windows can flood a space with natural light. Artificial or man-made lighting is divided into three categories: mood lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.

Mood lighting, also called ambient lighting, sets the tone of the space. Task lighting includes bed and table lamps that have a specific purpose, such as reading. Accent lighting spotlights a particular feature such as artwork, structures, and sculptures.

5. Color Creates a Connection between Objects

The color palette establishes an aesthetic connection between objects in the space. For example, if you have two pieces of furniture of different styles, you unite them with color. In addition, colors evoke feelings and moods, and you can use that when you choose colors for your rooms.

Each color has three characteristics: hue, value, and intensity. Colors are classified into primary and secondary, with sub-categories of tertiary, complementary, and analogous. These characteristics are used to mix into various color combinations, including monochromatic color schemes.

beautiful modern bed

6. Texture Makes It Interesting

Texture in the broadest sense refers to how a surface looks and feels. It serves to add interest and depth to a living space and also to define the feel and appearance of surfaces. It is classified into two types: visual texture and actual texture. Visual texture is only seen, while actual texture can be both seen and felt.

Textiles such as pillow covers, bedspreads, and drapes as well as wall paint or wallpapers have a texture. The dominant texture defines the mood of the space while adding contrasting texture helps avoid monotony in a space.

In this room featuring the Modern Brando Bed from Universal, the monochromatic color palette comes alive with faux fur upholstery in the end-of-bed bench, a little shimmer from the metal embellishments on the furniture, and visual interest from the stone walls.

7. Patterns Hold the Design Together

Patterns work with colors and texture to liven up interior design. They add continuity in a living space. Patterns can be of almost any shape and feature repetitive and attractive designs.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Mixed Media Furniture Is Trending: Are You Ready?

Compare and contrast. Watermelon and pink sea salt. Honey and Parmesan. Chocolate with chili. If you’ve noticed a theme here, it’s because these unexpected combinations may seem unusual, but they actually work. Each element brings out something in the other that they don’t have on their own.
Unusual combinations can also add interest and personality to our homes. Furniture with contrasting materials such as a wood and glass dining room table or a wood and metal side table can give your home a contemporary vibe.
beautiful mixed-media dining room table and chairs

Add a Mixed Media Table to Your Dining Room

A mixed media piece can add subtle interest to your room. In addition, by incorporating mixed media furniture into your design style, your space will come alive with freshness and personality. And, mixed media pieces go well with any design style.

For a sleek, contemporary dining room, try adding a clean-lined mixed-media table such as the MacArthur Park Beverly Place Rectangular Dining Table by Lexington Furniture. With its elegantly simple metal base and wood top, this table is refreshingly unexpected and surprisingly versatile. The gorgeous diamond-patterned veneer top, eclectic steel base, and crisp stainless steel inlay bring beauty and function together.

seaglass and metal coffee table

Make an Impact with Mixed Media Accessories

Wood and metal are popular materials for mixed media décor and furniture items. This classic pairing works just as easily in family rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. When using a well-known pairing such as this one, look for new interpretations and treatments to level up your room’s style quota. Try a dramatic combination of glistening stainless steel and dark polished oak lamp for a modern look.

The Island Fusion Hermes Reef Glass Cocktail Table by Tommy Bahama combines a fused glass top and open, metal Pan Asian fretwork base for a Zen-inspired look. The glass top mimics the look of ocean glass washed ashore on a tropical beach, contrasting nicely with soft sofa upholstery.

Mixed Media Goes Glam

If your style leans more towards Hollywood Glam than mid-century minimalism, you can still use mixed media to get that look. By adding hand-applied silver leaf and a mirrored top, you get a cocktail table that is on-trend with thoughtful sophistication. The Ariana Rochelle Octagonal Cocktail Table by Lexington Furniture is reminiscent of a Moroccan silver jewelry box with artisanal touches and a weathered patina.

Make the Design Your Own

Not only is the mixed media look wonderfully modern, but it is also easier than ever to achieve. The look is bold but also pleasingly mellow. Ultimately, you can put together your own spaces any way you wish. Go with what you are drawn to, but keep in mind the purpose of each space. Using one statement piece with different materials is a great way to make what could be an ordinary room feel special. By thoughtfully mixing various types of materials, you will be able to tap into different textures, colors, and visual interest to create a space that pleases all facets of your personality.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Baer’s Furniture Reviews: Honest Reviews from Real People

No doubt about it, it’s hard to find the best furniture store without putting in a lot of legwork. It’s scary investing in something as important as furniture sight unseen. So, putting the online legwork in is often the deciding factor when looking for furniture. That way you can avoid stores that don’t have what you need. That’s where honest, online reviews from real people come in.

Customer Reviews You Can Trust

“My sofa is beautiful and looks perfect in my family room. My delivery was also perfect, the guys were careful and professional. … They certainly earned my repeat business.”
-Debra Sizemore
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“The delivery guys were wonderful. Very courteous and made sure the doors were closed after they entered so no pets escaped! … From going to the store and dealing with my Baer’s Rep to delivery, a very nice experience.”
-Alexa B.

"Super accommodating and nice. … Delivery was on time and very efficient. Happy camper.”
-Susie Tucker

“Sales experience was enjoyable and not pressured. The delivery was within the time frame provided … and the delivery guys were the best … Have bought other items from Baer’s and will do so again.”
-Daryl Lyon
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“I have been shopping Baer’s for years now. … great selection, fair prices and quality products along with very courteous knowledgeable service. … Thank you for continuing to keep up the standard of great service and products! … Definitely appreciated!“
-Pamela Sweet
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“My furniture is absolutely fantastic! High-quality and looks spectacular! … I highly recommend using Baer’s. They are definitely my first choice from now on.”
-Maile Machen
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Expert Advice from Trusted In-House Designers

“… great selection … I've always found what I was looking for there. … Lana was my last rep who guided me … She was terrific. Delivery service was excellent …”.
-Marion Vandersteel
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“Great furniture. Excellent delivery. From the initial sale by Sarah Kendall until delivery by Will, we were extremely impressed and pleased. … I would highly recommend Baer's furniture and delivery. Well done.”
-Graigue Cullen
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“Troy & the other gentleman were fantastic! They were so professional & did a wonderful job! … They couldn’t have done better!”
-Sandy Stone
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“Buying experience was quick & easy thanks to Taryn. Found all three items I was looking for... styles and prices on target … Everything looks great and we are delighted.”
-Kathleen Bogner
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“… beautiful selection of high-quality furniture that you don't find in most of the box stores these days. Todd our salesman was very patient and knowledgeable … my two leather recliners were delivered yesterday with care and they're amazing. … the quality is well worth it!!”
-Cynthia Potenza
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“… I walked in the door at Baer’s and was greeted by Dawn Siders. She has been absolutely amazing. … Her patience is endless and her suggestions have been so on point … I truly don’t think I could have accomplished as much without her. … Can’t thank her enough. I’ll be back for the next phase."
-Vicki Singer
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“It was a pleasure working with Deborah Mehler … She was knowledgeable, made many suggestions, and answered all my questions. … men were courteous, efficient… I am delighted with all my selections. Thank you”
-Julia Soistman
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Checking out online reviews can give you a sense of what to expect when you enter a furniture store near you. Your best furniture stores are usually local, family-owned businesses that have a trusted reputation in the community. Find a company that is known for design, quality, and superior delivery experience. Read the reviews to find out which one that is.

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