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4 Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas That Complement Your Interior Design

The holiday season is upon us and the first holiday where we gather with our friends and family around the dinner table is that of Thanksgiving. This holiday is a great holiday as we give thanks to everyone and everything that we are thankful for in our lives while spending time with our closest family members and friends. The best part of the holidays is getting your home in the holiday spirit with themed decorations that will bring that holiday spirit. If you have interior design in your home that you absolutely love and do not want to alter, then we have some tips for you. Below are four great Thanksgiving decorations that will complement your interior design.

4 Interior Design Complementing Thanksgiving Decorations

 

Warm Throw Pillows and Cozy Linens

Throw pillows are a great accent piece to add to your home as they are an easy way to liven up a space. In addition, throw pillows are great for adding different colors, patterns, and textures to a room’s design so that the overall design is not one dimensional. What is great about these items is that there are tons of different designs of throw pillows for Thanksgiving and any holiday you may have in mind.

To create a comfortable cozy feeling for the holiday, your best bet is to add soft and warm colors and fabrics. Linens are a great way to add texture and dimensions as you can drape throws over a couch, chair, or across a bed. After a big Thanksgiving meal what better thing to do is cozy up with some soft fabrics and take a load off!

Fireplace Usage

If you have a fireplace, the holidays are some of the perfect times to use it. Fireplaces create an instant warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for the holiday setting. They are also a great way to get all of your guests in one area to not only bask in the warmth but also to start family games after the meal.

Mantel Decor

With fireplaces in mind, when decorating for the holidays, you can’t forget about the mantel as it is “prime real estate” for decorations. With homes with fireplaces, the mantel is usually the focal point of the room so it is best to make sure that you have something for your guests to look at when they come over. With Thanksgiving, there are loads of items you could use to decorate including wreaths, pumpkins, gourds, candles, lanterns, flowers, and the list goes on. With Thanksgiving, you need to think warm fall colors so shades of orange, reds, browns, and warm yellows are your best bet for a color wheel.

Tablescapes

The most common type of Thanksgiving decor we could think of is the tablescapes you can add to your dinner table. Adding pumpkins, gourds, candles, foliage, flowers, etc. grouped together in the center of your dinner table is a perfect Thanksgiving feel. To add to your decor and design, match your tablescape with some fine dining dishes that coordinate with the colors.

 

If you are looking for more decorating options for Thanksgiving or any other holiday, be sure to contact American Wallpaper for more information!

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5 Ceiling Wallpaper Ideas

Ceiling wallpaper can add more depth and style to a room. Not many people think of using their ceilings as a way to decorate their homes, but ceiling wallpaper is a great way to do so.

Common Types of Ceiling Wallpaper

There are certain types of ceiling wallpapers to choose from depending on your needs.

Pre-Pasted Wallpaper

Pre-pasted wallpaper has adhesive already on it, so it makes for easy application. You just need to use a sponge to moisten the glue so it sticks.

Paste-The-Wall Wallpaper

For this wallpaper, you place the glue on the wall first before sticking it on. This can make it easier to slide the wallpaper exactly where you want it. This method could be used when you have an intricate pattern on your paper.

Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper (Reusable)

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is great if you want something super temporary, or want to be able to move it around. If you want to test out whether or not you like the look of wallpaper on your ceiling, this could be the best way to figure it out.

 

5 Ceiling Wallpaper Styles

Picking a wallpaper style that fits your space makes the room come together. You want to make sure that you choose one that enhances the room and the room’s interior design, and not making it seem closed in and small.

Floral Design Ceiling Wallpaper

Floral design wallpaper on your ceiling can be very eye-catching. This would be a great style if your space is full of neutral colors, and you’re looking for a way to add some flare. Floral designs are very versatile and can come in many colors, making it easy to find one that will fit your desires.

Fake Rustic Wood

Wooden ceilings can add a rustic look to your home. When you already have a regular ceiling, it
can be hard to transition, and that’s why wallpaper can be your best option. Wooden beams can create a sense of depth and really make a room appear to be taller than it actually is. This is great for smaller rooms in your home that you want to enhance.

Moroccan Print

Intricate Moroccan print can add some culture to your home. Placing it in an entryway ceiling or kitchen can put some color in places you wouldn’t expect. This is a good wallpaper for an area of your home that should be the center of attention. Moroccan art print can range from blue and gold, to green and red.

Combining Wallpapers

If you are looking to add a dramatic look to your home, think about adding two types of ceiling wallpaper to one room. This can drastically change the look of your space and make it eye-catching for everyone who walks in. Using two different wallpapers can make a room stand out and incorporate the colors of your room into the ceiling.

Wallpaper Decals

If you don’t want to commit to having a full sheet of wallpaper on your ceiling, you could use decals. This can let you add a little bit to your ceiling instead of covering the entire thing. Polka dots, stripes, and other small designs are great for kids’ rooms and living rooms. Decals are also good for temporary use. If you need something seasonal, wallpaper decals are the way to go.

If you are looking for new wallpaper ideas for your ceiling or any wall in your home, be sure to contact American Wallpaper as we carry the highest quality brands of any wallpaper design.

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4 Fall Interior Design Trends

Fall interior design services call for a comfortable and warm style. Transitioning from the cool colors of summer to the warm colors of fall can be easy by adding small touches to your home’s decor. This season, incorporating modern but classic touches that can spice up your interior is the way to go. Below are four heavily used fall interior design trends for this year to include in your home.

4 Common Fall Interior Design Trends

Velvet

Velvet can provide both sophisticated style, and comfort. Adding velvet couches or chairs to your living room or bedroom can add a whole new fall look.
Velvet Accessories

A timeless fabric, velvet can enhance your interior design in any room of your home this fall season. Even adding just small touches of this luxurious fabric can make your space cozier. Pillows, throw blankets, and accessories for your home can bring in the fall vibes and make you feel very in-season and trendy.

Plaid

Plaid is associated with outdated clothing or style for some people, but it can be quite trendy during the fall. Plaid rugs, pillows, blankets, and curtains can add some flare to your interior decor. Plaid curtains can bring in the style without overwhelming your space. Usually, when bringing in plaid to your interior design, you only want to add it subtly instead of making it the theme of your space.
Tonal Plaid

Tonal plaid is all the rage, where there are only two colors in the fabric. Picking plaids with fall colors such as neutrals, oranges, reds, and greens can bring out the essence of fall in your fabrics. Tonal plaid is great for a fall fabric without making it overwhelming.

Graphic and Mural-Style Wallpaper

Seasonal temporary wallpaper is great to add some fall flair to your interior decor. Whatever scene or design you desire can be on your walls to make your home festive.
Wallpaper Color Schemes

Color schemes, design, or style of the wallpaper can make it festive for fall. Greens, oranges, reds, and purples can get your walls cozy for fall.

Statement Color

Adding a pop of color to a more neutral-toned room can spice it up and bring out the colors of the season. Switching up decor every few months in a small space can be difficult, so adding color where you can make the space new and refreshing for every time of year.
Accessories

Adding small seasonal accessories such as framed art, ceramics, figurines, and candles can add subtle fall flair to your home. Some people don’t like to go all-out when it comes to switching up their interior style for each season, so accessories are the way to go if that’s your case.
Incorporating these trends into your home this fall season will make your living space more inviting and comforting for the colder weather. Switching up your decor throughout the year can leave your home looking and feeling inviting and refreshed. If you are ready to freshen up your home with these great interior design trends, be sure to contact American Wallpaper & Design to assist you!

white soft window treatment

3 Benefits of Window Treatments

If we want to enhance the beauty and functionality of our windows there are a variety of options to choose from. Soft window treatments like roman shades and curtains or hard window treatments like shutters and blinds offer more than just beauty and aesthetic appeal. Below is a list of how window design goes beyond appearance to function and purpose in numerous ways.

Benefits of Having Window Treatments

Privacy
Hard window treatments and soft window treatments offer refuge away from the outside world that create a private setting for our most important and special life moments. Whether we want to sip coffee quietly in the morning or watch a late-night movie without curious eyes looking in, roman shades and curtains are some options that can prevent prying eyes from watching every move we make. They can provide us with a more secluded environment with which to live our lives, privately.
Sun and UV Protection
The elements of nature, including sunlight, ultraviolet rays, rain, and snow can all be blocked out with proper window design and using window treatments. If we want to protect the furnishings, art, and flooring of our interior from sun damage, we can use hard window treatments or soft window treatments to achieve this. Shutters and blinds from a variety of materials can work to protect the interior of a home from UV light and damage.
Energy Efficiency
Correct window design as well as using window treatments can create a more efficient means of climate control. If we are running the air conditioning during the hot summer months, we can keep heat out and cold inside. During the winter months, they offer the same protection of keeping the cold elements out and the warmth inside. This energy efficiency can create a consistently comfortable interior while saving money on heating and air conditioning costs. Generally, soft window treatments will be better than no window treatments, and hard window treatments will be the best option for this purpose.
In Conclusion
While the need for window treatments may appear to be primarily that of beauty and decorative purposes, we can see that they have functionality that goes way beyond their appearance. No room with proper interior design elements would be complete without proper window design and window treatments. From providing privacy and protection against curious individuals or mother nature to climate control and cost efficiency, hard window treatments and soft window treatments clearly have some very important functions. If you are looking to upgrade your window design, whether hard or soft treatments, be sure to give American Wallpaper & Design a call today!

Everything You Need To Know About Blind Cleaning

When it comes to cleaning the house one of the most overlooked parts of the home that often doesn’t get touched are the window blinds. These are overlooked as they are small items that most people tend not to put an emphasis on or think that it could get dirty. However, if blinds are left untreated then dust, pet fur, and other skin cells can pile up on them and make a room feel musty. The good thing is that blinds are not that difficult to clean at all, the thing is that you just need to know how to properly clean them depending on what they are made of.

Tools For Cleaning Blinds

For blind cleaning, there is no “best” way to clean them as long as you have the proper tools it will depend on how much dust has accumulated or how soiled the blinds are. For proper tools, you will want to have the following:

  • A vacuum cleaner with an attachment.
  • Microfiber cloths or a microfiber blind duster.

Using a Microfiber Mini Blind Duster

If you have a blind duster then you will want to do the following in order to successfully clean your blinds.

  1. Leave blinds in the open position and run the duster along with them from top to bottom. It is a good idea to start from the top so that way any dust that falls off will be removed as you make your way down to the bottom.
  2. Once you have finished with the duster, look at the floor to make sure there isn’t any dust on the floor underneath the blinds.

Using a Microfiber Cloth

If you rather opt for a microfiber cloth then you should do the following:

  1.  You first want to close the blinds so that the concave side is facing you and wipe away the dust from top to bottom. As mentioned before you will want to start at the top of the blind and work your way down.
  2. Turn the rod until the blinds are closed with the convex side towards you. Dust this with the cloth from top to bottom like with the concave side.
  3. Vacuum any dust that has fallen to the floor after dusting.

How To Clean Blinds That Are Heavily Soiled

Sometimes with blinds, it is not just dust that you have to worry about. Some blinds become heavily soiled and depending on the material they are made from you will need to follow certain steps to ensure proper cleaning.

Cleaning Plastic Blinds

  1. First dust off your blinds.
  2. Fill your bathtub with warm water and take your blinds down from your window.
  3. Soak the blinds for at least one hour.
  4. Remove the blinds from the tub and wipe any remaining dust.
  5. Wipe dry or hang your blinds outside to air dry before putting them back on your window.

Cleaning Wood Blinds

  1. Dust off your blinds to start off first with a cloth then a vacuum if needed.
  2. Using a cleaner or microfiber cloth, start cleaning the wooden blinds. Wipe down one side with the cloth and cleaner then turn the blinds to clean the other side.

If you would rather a professional clean your blinds or need more information on interior design, window design, or wallpapers give American Wallpaper a call today!

nursery wallpaper of cute deer, foxes and bears

Popular Wallpaper Designs For Nurseries & Kids Rooms

Expecting a newborn is always an exciting and wonderful moment in a couple’s lives. You are bringing in a new life to this world that you will share memories and adventures with for years to come. An exciting aspect of having a child is setting up their nursery and room for when they are toddlers. When it comes to these types of rooms, bright, neutral, or soft colors come to mind to provide a welcoming atmosphere for the child. In addition to these colors, having wallpaper with unique patterns and designs helps bring that delightful atmosphere to fruition. Below are a few examples of wallpaper that are perfect for a nursery.

Wildlife Wallpaper

When it comes to decorating a child’s room you can never go wrong with animals and wildlife. Look for designs of cute furry animals and birds such as foxes, doves, sparrows flying in patterns, deer, bunnies, etc. Lulu and Georgia is a great example of a company that specializes in wallpaper designs perfect for nurseries or playrooms. What makes these types of patterns so welcoming is that you can find small animals that represent the youth and fragileness of your young one. Then as your children grow older the wallpaper will still suit them as they are young and could shape their interests.

Floral & Tropical Wallpaper

Another go-to wallpaper type for kids rooms and nurseries is that of floral patterns or tropical wallpapers. Like with animal design, floral and tropical patterns present a soft, warm and inviting aroma to the room that is great for making a room feel like “home” to the child. You can find bunches of different plant types to be the focus of your pattern such as roses, tulips, willow trees, almost any flower! If you would rather bring a “scene” to your child’s room then you can have tropical wallpaper. This way you have a variety of flowers, trees, maybe have animals, that when together they make a whole scene on the wall. Not only will it be different from the rest of the home’s interior design, but it will show character in your home and present a “hot spot” for guests to check out. ‘

If you are interested in wallpaper for a nursery or children’s room then contact American Wallpaper today!

interior design of a small living room

6 Tips For Decorating A Tiny Home

When it comes to decorating our homes and coming up with the perfect interior design, the size of the space you will be working in is something to consider. Depending on whether or not you have a lot of space determines the amount of decor you can get so that nothing looks crowded. You also don’t want to have a situation where you didn’t get enough decor and your space looks too spacious. To make sure that the design you come up with perfectly fits within the confines of your living space and looks amazing, we have mapped out six different tips to use when decorating for a small home.

6 Decorating Tips For A Tiny Home

Think Multipurpose

With limited space, you will need to think smart with the furniture and furnishing you plan on buying with your tiny home. The best route to take is to have every item in your smaller home serve dual functions because you will have multipurpose items that also assist with the overall decor. A great example of a dual-purpose item is buying an adorable small trunk to place on a bookcase that can hold candles, office supplies, medicine, etc. You should also look into benches, beds, or tables that double as a storage container or cabinet.

Be Selective

While there are tons of different kinds of decorations out there, multipurpose or not, you will want to make sure that you are selective when it comes to decorating a small space. Make sure each piece

you choose has the impact you want without adding clutter to your home. The same goes with items you already have; you have to be selective. Keeping items out of guilt is the first step to clutter so make sure you go through all your old items and truly let go of items you no longer need.

Using Versatile Pieces

Just like how you will want to have multipurpose items to add to your decor, finding versatile pieces are perfect to assist with your minimalism living in your tiny home. Start off by finding wall art or tapestries that have a different design on both sides. That way if you feel like changing things up, you don’t have to buy anything new. Some kitchen items you can use that are versatile is switching out tile art in a frame to freshen the look or to change with the seasons. Look into rubber mats with carpet centers that can be swapped out to fully embrace a season change without getting a new mat.

Go Big

The intriguing thing about decorating smaller spaces is the illusion of space. You would think that in a smaller space having several small items, to fix the room size, would be nice. However, you are better off having one large item accompanied by smaller items creates a better look rather than several smaller items grouped together. The look is a much cleaner and chic look and the large item can be a multipurpose item.

Embrace The Light 

The downside to having a smaller living space is that you will not be exposed natural light as you will have fewer windows. For the windows that you do have, make sure that they are not being blocked by furniture or bulky window treatments so the natural light can flow into your home. In addition, you can also counter the dark with light colors in your interior design to brighten your space. Adding soft textures, and sand to white wallpaper is a great way to start. You should also help brighten up your room by adding a good amount of lighting options to your room using LED bulbs as they shine brighter while using lower amounts of energy.

 

Wall Space

The best thing you can do with tiny home decorating and overall interior designing is optimally using your wall space. With less space to work with, you will be looking for ways to hold all of your belongings together while also making your space your own and proper wall space decorating is your best bet. Just like we have been mentioning with every tip, take advantage of these ideas but doing so in a way as to not over clutter your home. Invest in hooks for your shopping bags, umbrellas, and coats, add shelving that holds baskets for items such as gloves and hats and use wall mounts to hang plants to add character in your room. You can use the wall space in your kitchen as well and save space in the cabinets by hanging your pots and pans.

 

There are endless ways you can add your own flair to the decor of your home no matter how big or small of a space you have. If you are interested in our wallpaper, window design, or interior design services, be sure to call us today for more information!

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4 Benefits of Soft Window Treatments

Have you been thinking about soft window treatments for your home? If you are, you’ll be glad to know that they provide unique benefits for your home. They are available in a range of styles and fabrics that can match your current decor. Soft window treatments refer to anything made of soft materials, including drapes, swags, valances, sheers, curtains, roman shades of any style. Soft window treatments have long been an interior design element and can elevate the look of your home’s interior. Let’s look at four benefits that these window treatments provide.

 

4 Benefits To Installing Soft Window Treatments

Customize Your Style

Having a little bit of your personal style or flavor in your home’s decor is always a plus. It adds a personal touch that can make things interesting. Soft window treatments come in a huge variety of fabric selection. Curtains and drapery can be found in any number of fabrics, making it possible to choose a window treatment that can allow you to customize your style and add some flare into your space. There are different colors, patterns, and textures to work with, which makes the possibilities plentiful. You can create interesting finishes and select interesting styles that mimic your unique self, such as being eclectic. You can make your design your own.

 

Minimize Outside Noise

You may not have thought about it, but soft window treatments could reduce outside disturbances from coming into your home. If you live next to a busy street, you may have trouble sleeping because of the noise from vehicles. Noises can also interfere with concentration, especially if you have a home office. Installing thicker, heavier curtains or drapes at your window can reduce noise levels. Today, some manufacturers make soundproof curtains from material such as velvet, satin, and polyester. These curtains work by absorbing echoes. You can rest better and improve concentration with noise blocking curtains.

 

Versatility

Window design can give a home a particular look and feel. There are many different styles of windows and there are soft window treatment options that are appropriate for each one. Soft window treatments are versatile and can match even the most unique window design. Whatever look you are going for, be it contemporary or rustic country, there is a soft window treatment out there.

 

Room Temperature Control

In many homes, there is heating and cooling loss through inadequate windows. This can be costly when the energy bills come around. This problem can be addressed by placing window treatments like thick drapes and curtains at the windows to block air from escaping and also block the sun’s rays from coming inside. This can help to minimize heating and cooling costs, which will allow you to keep more money in your pocket.

 

Soft window treatment can afford you comfort, functionality, and style. Visit your local window treatment service provider today and explore your options. After making a selection, if you need interior design services to put it all together and make your space beautiful, the team at American Wallpaper can help so be sure to give us a call!

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What is the Difference Between Home Staging & Interior Design?

Often times when the discussion of home design comes up, there tends to be a misconception between home staging and interior design. While home staging is a type of home design, there is a difference between that and performing interior design. Home staging means to prepare a home for sale while interior design refers to the act of personalizing the design of a space.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging has a lot to do with the real estate industry as stagers try to assist sellers and agents on selling a home. The goal of a home stager is to emphasize the positive features of a house in order to make it a quick and profitable home selling experience. One way they will do this will be by bringing in more natural light to brighten up a room or arranging the furniture in a more inviting way. A lot of the times, home stagers will go with a neutral color palette for a home they are trying to sell so buyers can visualize their own ideas in their head when looking.

How a Home Stager Works with Wallpaper?

As mentioned before, to help potential buyers visualize their ideas, home stagers will probably go for a neutral color palette. What this means is that having bright or uniquely patterned wallpaper is probably something they won’t want to work with. They may opt to put a fresh coat of paint of the neutral color they have in mind.

What is Interior Design?

While a home stager makes a home presentable, an interior designer is responsible for making sure the owner’s personal style and aesthetic are applied within the functionality of everyday life. What this means is to basically add an owner’s personal touch and style to the decor of a room. They can customize furniture, tile, window treatments, and flooring to reflect the homeowner’s personal style.

How Does an Interior Designer Work With Wallpaper?

While a home stager will opt for paint over wallpaper, an interior designer will do the opposite. Designers encourage unique patterns and bold colors, so they will suggest a personalization with fun patterned wallpaper which incorporates well into an overall scheme.

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5 Reasons To Get Motorized Shades For Your Home

You know what they say: creative minds creative blinds. It may not be the most universal quote, but by the end of this article, you will have an entirely different outlook on your blinds. Everyday living is
becoming simplified with modern technology, and this includes the use of motorized window shades.
There is an extraordinary amount of benefits to implementing these window treatments; whether it be
safety concerns for children, mobility advantages, or even just interior design revises. Take a look at
these fives convincing reasons to get motorized shades for your home:

Ease of Use

Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to stand up on our tippy-toes through-out the day to adjust the
blinds? Unfortunately, a lot of us just don’t have the height to lean up to that hard to reach
kitchen window. Motorized window treatments allow us the convenience of remote use.

Save on Energy

One very neat benefit of investing in motorized shades is that they can help save on your
energy bill. The perk is they tend to keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the
summer by insulating the windows more efficiently.

Rescue Your Couch from Sunspots

You’re just about to leave for a weekend trip with the family; you’ve turned off the lights,
grabbed the bags, and locked up. As your weekend rolls on you realize that you’ve left your
blinds open- exposing your furniture to the sun. Wouldn’t it be a lifesaver to be able to close
them remotely? With motorized shades, you will be able to control your home’s shades from anywhere!
It’s a sad day when you realize your furniture has been discolored by the sun-which cannot
easily be fixed without recovering upholstery or re-staining wood. Selecting motorized shades
can better motivate you to keep the sun off your furniture!

Safety First

Not only are these motorized window covers safer for your children by eliminating dangerous
cords, but they are also a good way to keep intruders away. When potential intruders see that
someone is home, they are much less likely to attempt a break-in. With this said, these shades
can be controlled remotely, even when you are not at home.

Design and Taste

Whether you are deciding on hard window treatments or soft window treatments, you can bet that
motor shades will furnish your space with modern charm and class. If you want to focus on modern and simple interior design, this is the way to go.

These neat and tidy window design options are completely customizable in shape, size, and color. You have the choice to implement various choices of textures and material.