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5 Eclectic Home Decor Trends for Your Space

Your home decor should be a direct reflection of you. Whether you are bold or reserved, a minimalist or a collector—your personality and preferences should pepper your home from the floor to the ceiling. The key to unlock a stylish and inviting space while maintaining your individuality is to create a balance. You're in luck—the top design trends for 2014 embrace a balanced mix of traditionally simple and modern, eclectic elements.

Metal Mania

We’ve seen warm metal accents creeping into design trends through the years—this year metal elements are all the rage, especially brass. Bold brass bed frames, dressers and tables can be used as striking focal pieces. In an article from the Houston Chronicle, Cathy Lam, owner of custom design store Lam Bespoke, said brass is an easy metal to incorporate with any high-glam style.

“Some people are standoffish to gold, but brass is warmer,” Lam notes. “Aged brass has a patina that's more inviting and less gaudy and it plays well with other metals.”

Freshome recommends using brass in bathrooms with a bold tub or sink, or in the kitchen for an industrial yet elegant look.


Reclaimed Wood

Distressed styles for furniture have been popular for a while, but using real, reclaimed wood in your decor is not only a stylish option, but a sustainable one. Reclaimed wood. also known as antique flooring, adds character and warmth to your home as well as a sense of vintage style. If you long for real wood floors want to lessen your environmental impact, reclaimed wood is a smart alternative.

Incorporating wood in the home is a popular way to give a natural feel to your design, from butcher blocks to upcycled furniture to unique lamps and decorative accents, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Reclaimed wood flooring and antique flooring from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors.


Mixing Textiles

If you have a distinct monochromatic theme in your home, different materials and textures around the house act as subtle breaks in the fluidity. A colorful throw or exotic patterned rug can be the perfect accent to solid, simple furniture. For neutral rooms, add long, luxurious window dressings in a deep purple or navy for an elegant, rich touch. The best part about incorporating different textile elements in your home is that they can easily be switched out to reflect seasons or color preferences.


Color Trends

This year’s color trends are all about the balance of subtle and flashy. Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid and is accompanied by other bright jewel tones like Cayenne and Dazzling Blue as some of the most popular decorating colors. But other trendy colors include soothing neutral colors like Sand, Hemlock, Paloma Grey and Placid Blue. These muted tones mixed with the glamorous brighter hues create a garden of color that looks natural and unique—like a blend of tropical jungle and desert terrain.

Pantone Color Trends 2014 on Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Blog


Mixing Outdoor With Indoor

Outdoor furniture and fabrics are being integrated in indoor decor to include the best parts of being outside. Natural fibers, materials and plants can make your indoor space look like an outdoor oasis. Freshome features real outdoor-indoor home design trends, such as awe-inspiring outdoor elements that bring the tranquil outdoors inside. Many designers are opening up spaces with large windows and doors—great for natural light and a peaceful garden view.

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August 19, 2014

Shanon Sterrett

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Design Boards: Arts & Crafts Bungalow Living Room

The Arts & Crafts movement of the 19th century sparked a new form of architecture that spread across the country.

Up until the 19th century, homes had an embellished, Victorian feel.  But designers and homeowners alike wanted to create a more casual home environment, so the Arts & Crafts style was born.  It combines handicraft, with a simpler architectural design, and more natural materials.  Today, we'll look at one room that reflects the Arts & Crafts style and review some design tips to help you achieve that look for yourself.

Color Selection

Arts & Crafts architecture embraces the natural beauty of color and texture in the overall home design.

Notice how a majority of the room is designed with natural earth tones from dark chocolate brown and saddle, with a neutral wall color.  


This kind of palette, allows you to add a pop of color in your decorative accents pieces.

Ceilings and trim are painted white – a slight step away from the use of natural wood – but it helps brighten up the room and offset the dark wood floor.

Lighting Selection

This Arts & Crafts rooms combines a variety of lighting styles – both manmade and natural.

Old fashioned wrought iron lights hangs above the dining room table and along the walls in the form of candle stick holders.

Modern Wall Sconces by Chicago Lighting Lightology
But as you transition into the rest of the room you notice a modern touch with brushed steel lighting at the sofa and armchairs.
Contemporary Floor Lamps


The room embraces the natural light that flows into the room from the skylights and oversized windows. Light, white curtains complement the trim and help bring in the natural night.

Naturals Materials

Natural materials like wood, leather, and metals are some of the most popular materials for an Arts & Crafts décor.

The couch, and ottoman both feature dark chocolate and saddle colors tones. The furniture adds a slightly eclectic touch with the colorful pillows and microfiber sofa cushions.

Contemporary Ottomans And Cubes
Traditional Sofas by Pembroke Pines Furniture & Accessories ivgStores


You see the continuation of wrought iron detailing on the fireplace cover, glass top living room table and the curtain rods.

Traditional Coffee Tables by San Francisco Furniture & Accessories Fratantoni Lifestyles
Wood floors are one of the most natural products you can choose for an Arts & Crafts style home.  This room features wide plank hickory distressed wood flooring.  The floor was crafted in random widths and a subtle hand distressing has been added to accentuate that handicraft approach.  The warm carmel brown tones are a perfect backdrop to the color scheme in the room.  
Craftsman Living Room by Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

Artwork & Accessories

With an emphasis on handicraft, it is no surprise that hand crafted accessories like glass blown lamps, vases and pitchers adorn this space.
Add to that artwork and a variety of frame styles for photography and you have a tasteful collection of accessories.
This is the fun part of interior decorating, adding in all the little pieces that will help personalize your space.  These items can also be updated from month to month to adjust with the seasons.

Do you like the Arts & Crafts style home? What is your favorite part of decorating?

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3 Great Design Ideas for Great Open Spaces

Every room presents its own design challenges.

Most people might assume small rooms present the largest design dilemma  but open concept rooms can be just as challenging. Today, we’ll provide you with some design ideas to help plan, organize and define your open concept spaces.

Pine Flooring and Dark Wood Flooring from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors


Tip #1: Define Your Spaces

When you walk into an open concept room you can get lost in a space that is not properly designed. You can lay the foundation for a great open concept design by clearly defining spaces within the room. While this might seem a bit contradictory to the term “open-concept”, but if you do it right, you won’t compromise the open concept look and feel.

To define spaces you can use a variety of design solutions. You can install accent rugs on top of your wood flooring, to better define spaces, such as dining or living areas

Contemporary Living Room by Washington Architects & Building Designers Studio Santalla, Inc


Most smart kitchen designs today feature an island. It gives you more function and organizational space. In this case, it also helps define the kitchen area.

Dark Wood Flooring and Hickory Flooring from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

Photo Credit: Hemphill Associates, featuring Carlisle Prefinished Hardwood Flooring – Hickory


Use the architectural details in your home to help define spaces.  Columns and beams are an excellent way to create a “perimeter”.  Your lighting can also help you draw attention to specific areas of the room.  Notice here how the beams were stained a dark color like the heart pine flooring.

Heart Pine Flooring and Dark Wood Flooring from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

You can also use half walls, stair railings or recessed ceilings and paneling to better define your spaces.   This reclaimed wood floor wall paneling is a great design element to this California living room.

Reclaimed Wood Floor and Wood Paneling from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors




When installing your hardwood flooring you can change the direction of the planks to create separation between living and dining areas.

Birch Flooring and Hardwood Flooring from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors


Tip #2: Go Big

Big rooms warrant big design. There are a few ways to add “big design” to match the scale of your room:

Contemporary Living Room by Irvine Interior Designers & Decorators International Custom Designs

Tip #3: Wall & Trim Color

When you get ready to decide on your wall and trim color there are a few tips to keep in mind.

First, your baseboard, trim and ceiling should be the same color. This keep the overall backdrop consistent. It also allows you to follow our second tip, which is decorate 1 accent wall. This should be the largest wall (horizontally or vertically) in your room.

Hickory Wood Flooring from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors


You can also change your wall covering in some areas to better define your spaces. For example, use a different color under your cabinets, or install a backsplash to give some contrast to the rest of the room.

Traditional Kitchen by Arlington Kitchen & Bath Designers Erin Hoopes


Install tile flooring in the small kitchen walkway area, but keep your wood floors running throughout the rest of the room – or consider another wood floor and tile combination to define space.

Dark Wood Flooring from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors


No matter what style room you are going for - modern, rustic, chic, vintage...follow these tups to create a design that suits your personal style, makes your room feel comfortable - not sterile, and maintain open concept architecture.

Have you designed an open concept room recently? What design tips did you use?

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3 Ways to Bring More Natural Light Inside

Summertime provides us with a great reminder of how refreshing the sun is in our lives. 

You get your daily dose of Vitamin D and enjoy the beautiful, bright skies.  Not only is this healthy for us, but it helps brighten our mood.  But unless you live in a glass house, or a house with magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows, you probably don't get to enjoy this as much as you'd like to.

So today, we are going to explore some ways to brighten up your rooms all year round. Light colored paint on walls, adding solar tubes, adding clerestory or transom windows to dark areas, and trimming bushes and trees that are in front of windows will all add to the amount of natural light that enters your indoor living space.

Lighten up with Paint

Make the most of any natural light that does come in with the right colors on the walls. Design experts know that it’s challenging to pick good colors for rooms that get insufficient natural light. Dark, shadowy rooms, hallways, basements, rooms without windows, and rooms that face north all need not just light colors on the walls, they need the right colors that won’t be grayed out by shadowy light.

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Ellen Divers of Divers Color says that it’s true that light colors reflect more light. However, in low-light cases light colors can appear dingy and often don’t work as well to light up the space, because there’s not enough light coming into it to reflect. Divers notes that saturated colors work best in dimly lit rooms.

In addition to modifying your paint colors on your walls, you can also transform your room with a lighter finish on your wood floor.  Even though dark wood floors are very popular, they can make small rooms, or those without a lot of natural light, feel smaller.  Consider a natural finish on your flooring, or use a Whitewash style stain, such as you see here.

Hardwood Floors and Whitewash Stain from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

Add Solar

Add solar lighting by putting in tubular skylights, or solar tubes. They bring light from the top of the roof into the house for a dramatic difference in the amount and quality of natural light. Solar options don’t require extensive installation as regular skylights do, they don’t leak, and you can save money on electricity by reducing the need for interior lights.

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Use tubular skylights to bring light into the dark corners of your home, such as back hallways and internal rooms without windows. Coupled with a mirror to reflect the new natural light, tubular skylights can ensure a more steady flow of light to formerly shadowy areas.

Replace Existing or Add New Windows

If your budget allows and your windows are in poor enough condition to warrant a restoration, replacing windows is an effective way to add more natural light to your interior. Bring more natural light inside with windows by adding shaped or transom windows. Shaped windows are any high windows placed above eye level, used to bring in more light and add a design element to your space. They come in different shapes and sizes. Transoms are windows installed above doors. Both are used to bring in additional natural light.

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Incorporating more natural light into your home saves money on electricity, changes the energy in the space, and allows for a larger variety of design factors. Simple methods to bring more light into your home include trimming trees and bushes blocking windows, thoroughly cleaning windows so they aren’t reducing visibility, and keeping drapes and blinds open. 

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Hang It Up to Dress it Up - Fashionable Tips and Ideas for Your Wall Decor

Wall fashion is so much more than paint color or wallpaper selection. 

There are other components you can use to dress up, dress down, or further personalize your room.  Wall decor can be fun to plan, organize and install.  It's a great do-it-yourself project, although you may want a helper who can assist you with layout and alignment.

Here's a few more tips, ideas and reminders to inspire you and help you plan for your wall decor.

Your Canvas

Next to your wood floors, your walls are the largest canvas of your home. 

Before you select the right wall fashion for your home you need to understand the type of wall you have to work with.

Do you have a traditional sheetrock or plaster wall that you can paint over and nail to? 

This is an easy canvas from which to start. Just make sure you know where your joists are located and/or employ the right installation techniques for your artwork.

Do you have wood paneling made from antique flooring or pine flooring

While you can’t (and don’t want to) paint over this it can be a lovely backdrop for your wall fashions, or stand as a fashion piece all it’s own, especially if you are going for an old-world, eclectic or vintage look. 

Antique Wood Flooring and Hardwood Flooring from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors


Do you have wood bead board?

Beadboard is similar to paneling, but smaller in width, typically with a decorative bevel on either side. If you are using an antique wood floor for your beadboard, you should consider finishing it naturally.  If you are considering staining or painting the beadboard, you should consider Select Grade wood that will be mostly free of knots.  Often times beadboard only goes half way up, still giving you plenty of room at the top for a traditional wall.

There are other materials you can use to build your walls, or which may already be in place when it is time to decorate.  This includes clay, brick or limestone.   You may also have a combination of wall styles which is decorative all on it’s own.  In this case, your installation of wall decor may vary from a traditional stick built wall, but your options should be just as versatile.

Find Your Style

The style of your wall decor is completely up to you.

To start with you need to determine if your decor will be modern, eclectic, french country, shabby chic - there are dozens of styles to choose from.  This will help you choose the right textures, fabrics, and items. 

Your wall decor doesn't necessarily have to match the room, unless you want it to, but it should complement the overall style.

Wall Decor Ideas on Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Blog

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It may not be easy to move around furniture, cabinetry, lighting and other larger design elements in your home, but it is easy to move around most of your wall decor!  Even most stencils and murals can be easily removed with the right supplies.

Wall Mural Ideas from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Blog

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This should take the pressure off and help you just have fun.

Your style may also be dictated by the type of room you are decorating.

Contemporary Kids by Saugus Interior Designers & Decorators Alicia Ventura Interior Design

Types of Wall Fashion

Wall fashion goes beyond paint color and wallpaper.

There are an almost unlimited number of possible styles for your wall adornments.

Wall Decor Ideas from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors


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If you are an avid traveler or collector you may pick up plates, pottery, artwork and other artifacts. 

You might have a giant wall in your mudroom or kitchen that screams "blackboard" for daily menu's or reminder notes.

You might want to dress up an office with motivational quotes.

You may want to give your entryway a little zing, or add a little decor to your infants new nursury.

When thinking about your wall decor you can organize it in themes or keep everything eclectic and anything goes.


There are many decorative accents that you can add to a room, and your home to give it more color.  Your wall decor is no exception. 

Neutral and light toned walls benefit from a little splash of color in the wall decor.  Add shelves for books, or colorful picture frames. 

Transitional Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Chango & Co.

Even your photographs and artwork themselves will bring color into a room - unless of course you go with the black and white theme, which case you may want to use colorful frames.

If you want to add some color, but don't want to paint, your wall decor can provide the best solution, and you know it is not permanant.

Size and Scale

The size and scale is an important consideration as you select wall fashions for your room.

If you have large oversized windows or high ceilings your room can accommodate much larger displays of artwork, be it entire wall size murals or a scattered motif. Use long artwork or stacks of wall decor on high, narrow walls.

Contemporary Living Room by Kamloops Interior Designers & Decorators Emily Hagerman Design

Choose wider, longer walls to adorn your murals and larger photo displays.

Contemporary Living Room by Laguna Hills Interior Designers & Decorators Peg Berens Interior Design LLC

If you are installing wall fashion above a piece of furniture, it should be slightly smaller, except if you are trying to pull the eye away from the furniture. For example, a flat screen TV can lose it’s importance under a strategically placed collage of artwork.

Layout and Shape

The layout and shapes of your wall decor should look like a natural fit in your room.

To start with, position your wall fashion about 60” off the ground, which is at average eye level. Then build your décor around it (or above it – whichever the case may be). 

Then determine, whether your layout will be symmetrical or asymmetrical. This may depend on the style room that you are working with and whether you want your room to look more sophisticated or eclectic.


Mirrors are an excellent accent to the wall décor of a room.

If your room is small, strategically place your mirrors in areas that will reflect a lot of light, or an adjacent room.  This can give the illusion that the room is larger.  If you have a large space, match the scale of your mirror to your room so it doesn’t get lost in the dimensions.

If you have a long gallery hallway, hang multiple mirrors down the entire length for a dramatic effect, or add a simple vanity mirror to check yourself on the way out the door. Or combine mirrors as part of a larger motif.


Eclectic Hall by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators Michael Abrams Limited

If you need some tips on HOW to hang your artwork, we found this helpful article from Elle Décor just for you.

Share your ideas for fashionable wall decor!

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