Category Archive: Interior Design

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5 Tips To Show Your A Thanksgiving Host Expert

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, as shocking as that is, which means you will be surrounded by family around a dining table feasting on delicious food. One of the best parts of the holiday season is that you get to decorate your home to the theme of each holiday. With Thanksgiving, you will be using ideas from your fall decor while also incorporating new ideas just for that special holiday. Below are five different interior design tips to you show your hosting skills for Thanksgiving.

Mix & Match

Thanksgiving is a great holiday to show off the expensive china you show case year round. Dine your feast on delicate and beautiful china and dinnerware but have everyone feel relaxed and comfortable in casual attire. Having fancy china doesn’t have to call for uncomfortable suits and ties or other formal attire. With this, you will have a multi-layered Thanksgiving feast that not only will look and taste amazing but have everyone happy and comfortable.

Add Layers of Height

Nothing is more annoying and uninviting than table decor that will prevent conversation, especially for a Thanksgiving dinner as everyone there is usually there to chat and catch up. To help with this, add layers of height using different table decor, flowers, or even cutting or burning candles in half.

White Lines Are Always A Must

When it comes to fine dining, family dinners, or any time you see fancy dining areas there is usually one thing that comes to mind. That is the fresh white linen table clothes that lay gently across the table. White linens are always a must as they bring a sense of elegance and class to a dining setting. White linens also go great with fine china and crystal and a festive table centerpiece.

All About The Scents

Thanksgiving is all about the different smells that fill the dining room. From the turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing, the amounts of smells that will enter the airwaves are endless. To show that you take hosting seriously, have your guest enter your home to an aroma of fall festive smells. Once great idea is to have a bowl full of clove pierced oranges on the table to get the good Thanksgiving vibes started!

Top It Off With A Pinecone

A reoccurring theme with fall decor is practice incorporating the mother nature into the mix. When it comes to the holiday season, pinecones are seen everywhere. The great thing is that they don’t have to be kept outside, you can use them as accent notes to tie a room together. For Thanksgiving, you can have pine cones scattered across the table for the overall theme of the Thanksgiving dinner or you can top off each guest’s place setting with a pine cone.

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5 Elegant Dining Room Window Treatments

Until you start decorating your first home, you may not realize just how important window treatments actually are. Not only do they provide you and your family with privacy, but they can completely transform the look of a space. For many people, the dining room is the hardest room to choose window treatments for. In some cases, this is because this area is the most formal and nothing seems quite right. In other situations, it’s because the room gets a lot of heavy use and the window treatments need to be both elegant and durable.

No matter why you’re struggling with dining room window design in your home, you are in the right place for some help. As you continue reading, you will learn about the five elegant dining room window treatment options, all of which could work for the upcoming holiday season when your dining room will probably see a lot of traffic! These include hard window treatments and soft window treatments, so no matter what your needs are, you will find ideas here.

  1. Draperies – Traditional draperies are the most commonly used dining room window treatment.  Depending on the length and fabric used to create curtains, they can be ultra-formal or extremely casual, making them ideal for all interior design styles. Draperies can be used alone or layered with other fabrics or blinds, affording you a multitude of ways to express yourself.
  2. Roman shades – Roman shades blur the line between soft window treatments and hard window treatments, making them a great choice for people who want structure without too many sharp angles. These shades can be custom made using just about any fabric. Homeowners who have formal dining spaces tend to gravitate toward raw silk and damask, while those who reside in more casual homes often select linen or cotton styles.
  3. Woven wood shades – Woven wood shades are a non-traditional window treatment option that can work well in nearly any style of home. Even if you’ve never considered these shades before, you might be surprised by how perfectly they fit into your dining room. These are typically made of natural reeds in browns or beiges. This means they blend in well with neutral decor and balance brighter-hued rooms.
  4. Shutters – Homeowners who choose shutters for their dining rooms are usually looking to add value to their houses. Like crown molding and other similar architectural features, shutters are a great way to increase the value of a home. Furthermore, shutters have a classic appearance that will never go out of style. Some historic homeowners even choose to source plantation shutters from the eras in which their homes were built!
  5. A layered look – If you are looking to add texture to your dining room, layering various window treatments is a great way to do so. If you are struggling to figure out what exactly you should layer to get your desired aesthetic, don’t hesitate to seek aid from an interior designer. You are really only limited by your imagination; multiple types of drapes can be layered with each other, Roman shades can be layered underneath of drapes, shutters can be placed over woven wood shades or any other combination that works in your room!

Hopefully, these ideas have given you the inspiration you need to finish your dining room window treatments before the holiday season officially arrives. Your friends and family members are sure to be impressed with whatever you decide to do! Contact American Wallpaper & Design for more information!

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4 Stylish & Creative Halloween Decor Trends

Halloween is one of the most fun holidays to decorate for! There are all sorts of spooky (and not-so-spooky) ideas to turn your home into a black and orange wonderland, at least for the month of October. Every year, brands come-up with new and exciting decor items to take your Halloween interior design to the next level. This guide details some of 2018’s creative Halloween trends.

  1. Pumpkins – Although pumpkins are a tried and true autumn staple, today’s design aficionados are making their pumpkins truly unique. Spray painting orange pumpkins to match your interior design scheme is a major trend this year. Whether you love neutrals or rainbow hues, matching your pumpkins to your overall decorating style is a fun twist on classic fall decor. Gold painted pumpkins are another fun option. These add the perfect amount of glam to Halloween vignettes throughout your home.
  2. Faux greenery –  Greenery isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you think, “Halloween,” but it can actually be the ideal accent to a spooky tablescape. Weaving dark green ivy across your table can have a creepy look, especially if you add spider plants or even a Venus flytrap as a centerpiece. The best part is that you can leave faux greenery out all the way through the holiday season, making things less stressful for you.
  3. Goth accents – Don’t be scared to go to the dark side this Halloween! Gothic accent pieces were made for this time of year and you can’t go wrong with a few of them placed strategically around your house. One great option is to buy stick-on wallpaper with a Gothic pattern; this can be taken down after the Halloween holiday, but will totally change the look of a space during October. Inexpensive plastic skulls painted with black matte paint are another great way to add Gothic appeal this season.
  4. Synthetic spider webs – Decorating with real spider webs is obviously out of the question, but synthetic styles are a great addition to your Halloween decor. There are all sorts of fun things that can be inspired with webs, including attaching them to your window treatments or hanging them from ceiling fans. You can even buy some fake spiders to up the scare factor!

Hopefully, these ideas have gotten your creative juices flowing and you are well on your way to creating a spookily decorated home that will be the talk of the town! Contact us today for some guidance to make your spooky vision a reality!

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10 Popular Interior Design Trends For Fall 2018

The fall season is right around the corner and with season changes, comes the changes of design trends in the interior design and wallpaper world. We have touched upon three wallpaper designs to try for the fall, and compiled a list of ten design trends for interior design in the fall.

Oversized Florals

As mentioned in our last blog, florals are a great way to show your personality and create a bold accent to your living space. Floral designs offer a variety of not only color but textures as well. While the designs are two dimensional, they give a bold three dimensional feel maing guests feel like they are intertwined with the different parts of he floral patterns.

Modern Neutrals

If you tend to the “less is more” mentality and lifestyle, then using neutrals is the path you will definitely want to take. Adding neutrals to your space is a great way to great a beutiful yet simple look. By applying neutral colors to the walls and flooring of your room, you can implement more eye catching and complementary pieces of furntiure. One style of furniture that goes great with neutral colors is natural-looking, or wood, furniture. By adding these two mixes of neutral accents, along with maybe a neutral black textured rug, you can complete a calming feel to your space.

Gold

While gold may be considered a spring or summer color due to its brightness, it can be a great complementary color for autum. The subtle tones of burgundy alligned with gold can make up for a timeless color combination that truly represents the aromas of the fall season.

Jew Black

Welcome the wonderland that winter brings with snow with jet black accessories in your interior design. While winter’s snow offers a light beautiful elegance to the season, use jet black accents to give contrast to your interior design.

Pinks

Autumn offers rusty tones with the types of colors associated with the season. To add to these rustic tones, add dusty and old fashioned shades of pinks in combination with the staple colors of fall. These pink accents will provide warmth and color to your home during this soothing season.

Tactile Kitchens

In recent years kitchens have evolved from just being a place where food is made with no design aspect to them. Now, kitchens are considered as a room that you should add your interior design flair to. When thinking of your kitchen, its best to mix up different colors and textures as it goes great with the purpose of the kitchen. You are always mixing different ingredients to make a meal, now its time to mix different design techniques to have your kitchen be just as delicious as the meals you will making. One example is by adding a sleek quartz work surface with an integrated solid wood cutting board while having a marble backsplash. Not only will it the different styles mix well with each other but will tell a story of your kitchen personality.

Bright Shapes

Another trend that has been huge in 2018, and also mentioned in the last blog, is the use of bright and bold shapes. No matter if they are in the form of stripes, geometrical, spots, or blocks, you will instantly add a pop factor to your room by working with different types of shapes in your space. Shapes not only create a new texture to the room they are incorporated in but also provide an eye catching aspect for your guests, so make sure you are highlighting something you want people to see!

Vintage

The past two years have all been about nostalgia, from social media posts to product relaunches, the theme of nostalgia and remembering the “good old days” has been a popular theme. Why not try this theme out with your interior design ideas? If you have a favorite decade in mind, do some research and see if you an fit different elements into your space. These elements will give a great blast from the past feeling whenever someone steps in the room of questioning.

Blue

When it comes to fall and winter colors, the only shade of blue that comes to mind is navy. Navy full embodies the winter months as it gentle to the eye but provides a moody tone. Using this color in a room will allow you to look for accessories to complement the color. Which is perfect as you get ready for the holiday season.

Artisan

The big trend in home design is having different textures in a room rather than just a simple color change or accent change. Implementing pieces such as tufted rugs, decorative quilts and rattan lampshades are great ways to add something special and something that feels great into a room. These pieces are going to help get you and your house guests through the rough winter months, by not only providing warmth but something that is comfortable.

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6 Interior Design Hacks Experts Swear By

Within the interior design world, trends, styles, and additions change all the time. In order to keep up with the everchanging trends, there are some secrets interior design experts hold to themselves that touch on different aspects of design. We have asked our own interior designer about six different “hacks” that help make the inside of homes look beautiful regardless of trend changes.

Focus On A Focal Wall

When it comes to creating a space that ties itself together and looks beautiful, a good thing to do is to focus on one or two areas of your space. Within these spaces, you can show your personality and creativity. If you are into bright bold color, paint one wall that desired color to make the room pop. If you are more into texture, trying looking into different textured wallpapers to apply to the walls of your space.

Use New Coffee Table Accessories

When trying to show character in a room, or make some updates to your space you do not always have to think on a large scale. Making smaller changes, such as coffee table accessories, can make a big difference and offer a new tone to the room. Use items of different heights and textures to add layers to your space. Examples of accessories to apply are books, a tray to hold smaller items, and decorative pieces.

Slipcovers and Pillows

With trends changing all the time, it would be a real hassle taking out complete furniture sets and heavy couches just to keep up with the fads. A solution to this is to consider purchasing slipcovers that are in the color you are looking to go with your room. Add a bit more to the room and show your creativity by adding colorful and decorative pillows to apply to the furniture. Not only does it help blend the room together, it shows that your design is complex and incorporates different areas of interest.

Create a Professional-Looking Gallery Wall

One of the easiest and most common ways to add personality to a room is by incorporating family photos to your design. Hanging family photos, art pieces of your interest, and hanging plates of art are inexpensive ways to fill up a wall and make a room feel more like home.

Buy A New Rug

A common mistake most people come across is buying a rug for a room that is too small. This will make a room feel and look small and choppy. You should opt for a larger rug where the rug goes at least under the front edges of your room’s furniture.

Shop Your Home

Before you go out and spend your hard-earned money on new decorative pieces, rugs, or furniture for your interior design, look around at what you already have first. You may have forgotten about old belongings that are stored away or in a different room that can work with your next design project. Rearranging old pieces from one room to a new room will make the piece and room feel different and updated, while at the same time saving you money.

If you are interested in more interior design tips or would like to reach out about our interior design services near Providence, Rhode Island, Taunton, and Fall River, Massachusetts call today!

 

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4 Areas To Add Fringe In Your Home This Summer

Fringe, a fashion trend that is mostly associated with music festival crowds, has been making head waves in 2018. Since it appeared on fashion runways in Paris and New York in the fall of 2018, this style has been on the rise in the home decor industry. If you are not a fashionista or totally in love with 70’s design trends to know much about fringe, there are plenty of ways to incorporate fringe into your home. From unique lamp decor ideas to adding fringe to your living room pillow design, the possibilities are endless. Here are four areas of your home or where you can start to add fringe.

In Your Bedroom

While the summer days are bright and warm from the sunlight, the nights can get pretty cool and chilly as the sun sets. Adding a fringe decorative blanket is a great way to incorporate fringe into your bedroom. Not only is this a piece to go with the popular fringe trend, it can also go with the trend of using neutral colors in your design. It is a lightweight blanket that can give you an extra layer at night without being too overbearing and it will look beautiful all season long.

In Your Dining Room

Dining rooms are great for hosting dinners and family gatherings during the holidays or special events. However, they aren’t usually updated and forgotten about until they need to be used. Change things up and use the dining room as a perfect place to add fringe. One suggestion is to update the chandelier hanging over the table to a fringe chandelier. Fringe chandeliers are great as they create chic statements without dominating the dining room space so he focus can be on the overall room rather than that one piece.

In Your Living Room

According to a study done by Pinterest, searches for fringe pillows and other fringe styled living room decor has increased by 336% in 2018 alone! If you are interested in diving into this trend, think about adding texture to our sofa with a variety of fringe pillows. To add more personality to your space, add textured pillows with bright colors to brighten the mood of the living room.

In Your Backyard

While it is hard to imagine adding this type of decor to your home’s exterior, it is time to think outside of the box. Make your outdoor furniture setting appear elegant by adding a fringe umbrella. The vintage-looking umbrella is not only functional but also adds beauty to your backyard, especially if you have it placed near a pool!

Are you looking to spice things up in your home this summer? Contact American Wallpaper today for all of the latest trends in wallpaper, window treatments, and interior design trends!

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4 Summer Design Trends

With summer in full effect, trends ranging from fashion to interior design will be changing to cater to the warm weather and feelings that summer brings out. Positive and relaxing vibes do not only have to be at the beach or your favorite getaway as you can transform your home’s design to give off the same aura. Below are four popular summer trends that you will start to see as the summer rolls on.

Woven Hanging Chairs

Incorporating a hanging chair into your home is a great way to get the feeling of relaxing in a hammock without the need for trees to hold up the hammock. Placing this chair near a window is a great area to relax, read a book, enjoy the beauty of nature, or swing away while listening to soothing music. To complete the look of your hanging chair and relaxation area, add a macrame pillow to tie everything together.

Leafy Patterns

As mentioned in a few earlier blogs, adding plant life to your home is becoming a strong interior design trend in 2018. While it is great to add green to your home to switch things up, some people may be too busy to maintain the life of household plants. As an alternative, look for home decor that is of a leafy pattern. For example, you can add tropical or floral print wallpaper to your walls or palm-leaf pillows on your couch to give the illusion of relaxing on a tropical island.

Chintz

For those of you that do not know, chintz is a decor print mainly featuring flowers and other patterns. It is an old-school pattern which you probably have seen at your grandparent’s house. While it may be an older design, it is coming back in a big way as the theme of nostalgia evolves more and more with each passing year. Adding a chintz-upholstered headboard or living room chair will add a good pop of color to any space you add it to!

Statement Rugs

Rugs are great foundations for any room in a home, apartment, or even a business conference room. While they serve as a foundation, they do not necessarily have to blend in with the rest of the room’s color and style. Just like with the bright and pop aura that summer brings, liven up your living area with a head-turning rug! These can add a splash of color and texture that will instantly brighten the mood of those living in the home and those that are visiting!

If you are looking for interior design, window treatments, or wallpaper ideas or help in the Taunton area of Massachusetts or in Rhode Island, contact American Wallpaper today!

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5 Mood-Lifting Spring Trends

It is a new year and a new spring season which means interior design trends will be changing and on the rise this spring. To fully enjoy spring to the fullest while showing your creative side in your home, be sure to be up to date on all the latest trends in the home decorating world. We have put together a list of the top 5 interior design trends to try out this spring to give your home the spring pop it needs.

Fringe

Popularized by the crowds at Coachella, fringe is a fashion trend that is taking over living rooms and other interior design layouts in 2018. From pillows to lamps to throws, adding fringe to your home is an easy way to add a playful twist to your favorite accessories. Not only will fringe make things pop, but it is a trend that is affordable!

Terrazzo

While terrazzo was a popular trend in the 1970s, it seems to be making a comeback within the Pinterest and Etsy community, as well as interior designers alike. Add some flair to your bathroom and kitchen counters, walls, as well as outside spaces and even coasters by using terrazzo. What makes this tile so special is that it includes chips of marble, glass, granite, and quartz that bring a good blend of materials in one piece.

Ultra Violet

Voted Pantone’s color for 2018, ultraviolet is a color that is a must-have if you want to stay trendy in the interior design scene. This shade of purple is bold, powerful, and intense that will instantly add pop to whatever piece you apply it do. Whether you add the color to your walls, sofa pillows or a new rug, you will have a space that is powerful, moody and makes a statement.

Statement Ceilings

A trend that started on Instagram and is something to keep an eye on this season is statement ceilings. This trend is referred to as the fifth wall and there are different ways designers are going about integrating it into their design plan. While most people are using intriguing industrial light fixtures and bold wallpaper patterns, others are using bright hue colors on their ceiling such as mint green. See what method will work best and open your creative mind to get things started!

Wellness Spaces

Nothing compares to the relaxation that comes from the spa, but what if you bring that experience in the comfort of your own home? By designing a calming and meditative space where you can escape the drama of life is a great and out of the box addition, you can make to your home. It will make your home stand out from the neighbors and showcases how much you appreciate self-care. With this space, you can add neutral hues and natural pieces to channel good wellness vibes to ensure optimal relaxation.

If you are interested in the latest spring trends and would like to talk without designerscontact us today!

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5 Ways To Personalize Your Space

When it comes to living spaces, they don’t feel like “home” or your personal “refuge” until you personalize the space to make it your own. While many people may think this can be hard for a rented space or that it could cost them a lot of money, there are simple ways to make your space “your space.” With help from an interior designer, you can add quirks and other personality traits to your current living space. Below are five cost-effective and easy ways to do so.

Display Your Memories

In today’s day and age of technology advances, capturing memories on a device can be done at a moments notice. By incorporating these captured moments, you are personalizing your space while showcasing what joys in life that peaks your interest. Pick out your favorite photos, print them, frame them, and display them across your room.

Add A Signature Scent

What better way to enter a room than to smell fragrances that ensure relaxation and comfort? Having a scent for specific rooms can impact the overall feel of the room. In addition to setting a feel for the room, scents from room sprays, oil diffusers, and candles can also showcase your personal tastes to guests.

Make Space For Hobbies

Nothing shows personality more than a specific part of your living space dedicated to your hobbies. Devoting a corner or section of a room for any one of your hobbies is a great way to make a room feel like yours. Not only can you add this for your own personal use, this space can be created in a way to carry on with the flow and theme of your room.

Add Personality Accessories

When thinking of interior design and how a room can represent your personality, think of who you are. Are you bold and vibrant? You can show this without going over the top with decorative wallpaper or other decors, by using accessories of the same vibrant and bold nature to place in your space. Add linens and pillows with bright colors or bold patterns.

Floral Additions

As mentioned in prior blogs, floral additions are a great way to not only add personality but they provide life, oxygen, and warmth. Add plants that represent your interests as well we as those that align with the flow of your room’s design.

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6 Indoor Plants To Liven Up Your Home For Spring

When it comes to interior design we usually think of furniture, bold colored paints on walls, patterned wallpaper, etc. However, your interior design should not be limited to those types of pieces to place in your home. With plants becoming more of a trend in the home, as well with spring being right around the corner, adding indoor plants is a new interior design method that should be tested out. Indoor plants add color, charm, oxygen, and life into space’s interior design. Below are six different indoor plants to add to your room to add character and liven up your space.

Air Plants

If you tend to be forgetful when it comes to maintaining the life of plants then you should strongly consider air plants as your getaway plant. They only required being watered once a week and do not require soil so you do not have to worry about any messes. With this much versatility, you can put them in wireframes to create living art, use them for terrariums, or place them in geometric holders for an interior design two for one special!

Snake Plants

If you are looking for a plant that has little to low maintenance and looks great in about any lighting, then you will want to consider adding snake plants to your design. These plants are great for making statements about their size and sleekness. In addition to looking great in any light setting, they can go a month without water making maintenance very easy.

Cactus

In 2017, cacti were seen everywhere from runways to textiles and it does not seem to be going away anytime soon. Adding a cactus to your space brings a quirky, joyful vibe to any room in your home and they are great for the indoors. They come in all shapes and sizes so you can pick and choose which room will have the cacti effect. From our bedroom to your living room, your home can be filled with this stylish desert plant.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

Are you more on the bold spectrum when it comes to interior design? Then do we have an indoor plant selection for you! The fiddle leaf fig tree is a plant that will add a bunch of green to your space as it grows up to eight feet tall and has large leaves. With watering only required once a week, this plant is the perfect piece to have to add quick boldness to your room.

String Of Pearls

String of pearls is a great addition to your space if you are looking for a different kind of plant to add to your home. They are different than the traditional indoor plant as they have cascading leaves that grow into little balls that gives them the name “string of pearls.” As mentioned in our last blog about letting in the light to your space, these plants need plenty of sunlight but require little water which makes maintenance easy.

Pothos Plants 

The pothos plant has a reputation for being the most unlikable plant to grow indoors because of it just being a vine and that it seems to never stop growing. However, there are many benefits to having this plant aid the design in your room. They are perfect for placing atop a partial wall, bookshelf, and a loft floor. These vines also do not need much light and are one of the best plants to purify the air in your room.