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Decorating with Pantone’s Color of the Year- Radiant Orchid

Whether you are someone who seeks inspiration from trends or someone who believes in creating their own trends, you cannot miss Pantone’s color of the year- Radiant Orchid.  A gorgeous mix of purple and pink, Radiant Orchid will require you to stretch your creative thinking abilities.  It is a charming color that is packed with energy and luxurious charm.

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Here are a few ideas to introduce Radiant purple in your home decor:

1.  Splashes here and there-

If you are afraid to incorporate the color of the year in your decor, the easiest way is to introduce splashes of the color here and there.  When you “grow into” the color, you can choose to move to the next level or eliminate it all together.  Next time you visit the florist, pick a bunch of purple orchids and voila, you have just added the trending new shade into your home decor.

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2.  Use as a luxurious accent-

Although Radiant orchid is a bright and vivacious color, it will be a bold decision to cover your entire room in this shade of purple.  The color can get boring very easily, therefore it is best to use it as an accent.  Radiant orchid radiates a royal feel and luxurious fabrics like velvets and damasks that incorporate this shade of purple will work well for upholstering ottomans and dining chairs.  You can also drape your armchair with a mohair throw in radiant orchid for a touch of opulence.

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3.  Not so feminine-

A lot of people are afraid of the pink undertones in radiant orchid.  It is being touted as a feminine color for interiors.  But the great thing about Radiant orchid is that is can easily swing between feminine and very masculine.  Use radiant orchid in conjunction with reds, yellows, and oranges to bring out its charming, feminine side.  But the color becomes very masculine and bold when paired with glossy blacks, grays and dark browns.

4.  In the kid’s bedroom-

If there is one room in your home that can pull off a coat of radiant purple from ceiling to floor, it is the kids’ bedroom.  The color is bright and will bring energy to the room.  When painting the entire room in radiant orchid, it is important to keep the other decor muted.  White works best with radiant orchid in the kids’ room.  Remember, too much of color can be disturbing for the child.

5.  Cool off the kitchen-

Radiant orchid is a beautiful mix of blue and red.  The blue hue in the color has a cooling effect, therefore it is very well suited for use in the kitchen.  Consider using cabinets with a glossy Radiant orchid finish paired with black and white.  You can also paint an accent wall in the kitchen in this shade to add a punch.

Interested in learning how to incorporate the 2014 Color of the Year in your home?  Contact us today at interiors@kreativeways.com and we will set up a free 20 minute phone consultation!

An Introduction to Zen Decorating

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Zen decorating is a Japanese style of interior decor that embodies the values of minimalistic and simplistic living.  Does the word Zen transport you to a dreamy land of peaceful Buddahs and stress free living?  Then you are on the right track.  Applying Zen principles can help you break the stress and relax in familiar surroundings like your home or office.

A few basic principles can help convert your home or part of it into a Zen inspired space that feels like a retreat.  Here are four aspects of Zen decorating to get you started:

1) Minimalism- Decorating your home with Zen sensibilities means that you have to clear your surroundings of clutter down to the bare minimum.  Do away with knick knacks sitting on the console table, ornate displays of decorative pieces and even intricate wall papers.  The interiors must be unobstructed and filled with abundant natural light.  Think simplicity and open spaces.  Swap your exotic Victorian style furniture and upholstery with intricate patterns for simple textures and clean, straight lines.  Hide any disturbances in the room like electrical wiring and electronics that can cause stress.  This does not mean that you stop watching TV but simply place the TV in a cabinet with doors that can be shut when not in use.

2) Color Palette- Zen decorating takes its inspiration largely from nature.  Use warm, neutral colors to paint your walls.  Avoid any pops of bright colors as these will clash with the Zen style of design and disturb the balance.  Choose a muted, earthy color scheme for your upholstery, carpets and furniture as well.  Some of the most commonly used colors are creamy whites, coffee browns and shades of green.  Avoid stark colors like white and black, your palette should be warm and subdued.

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3) Nature Inspired Accents- Use minimal accessories to personalize your home.  When choosing accents, look for ones that represent the Zen elements of Feng Shui like earth, water,  fire, wood and metal.   Potted plants like bonsai and bamboo tend to create a tranquil atmosphere in the room and do not need a lot of care.  You can also place an indoor waterfall that creates a soothing trickling sound.  Fabrics made of natural fibers like wool, linen, and jute will ensure that your interiors are comfortable, warm and inviting.  Keep your walls free of intricate paintings and pictures.  If you want to hang a Zen inspired painting, limit it to only one per room.  Remember the rule of thumb- keep only what you really love, and harmonize with nature.

4) Lighting- Light is an important aspect to the Zen style of decorating.  Don’t block any natural sources of light like windows and sunroofs.  Avoid using drapes, instead you can opt for translucent screens that fill the room with abundant natural light.  For the evenings after the sun goes down, opt for wall sconces or pendant fixtures.  Instead of using only overhead fixtures that cast dark shadows, enhance the lighting by adding simple but modern wall sconces.  Dimmers can be used to set the mood.  Soft light and the scent from aromatic candles made of soy or beeswax will help you relax after a hard day of work.

In the next few weeks I will be focusing on Zen Decorating through a several videos.

Here is the first on how to accessorize a Zen inspired console:

 

The Clock is Ticking: Remember to Organize Your Home for the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, it is now time to look at organizing your home before you can sit back and soak in the holiday fun. Most people squirm at the thought of spending hours organizing and cleaning but the trick is to create a plan before you set off and tackle one part of your home organization before moving to the next. Organizing now will help ease the stress during the holidays.

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Here is a quick guide to help you organize the most important areas of your home:

1. Organize the pantry – Holidays are all about the joy of baking, cooking and eating. Organizing your pantry will ensure that it is well stocked and sorted. Start by removing everything from the pantry and giving the shelves a good deep clean. Weed through the food stuff and remove anything that is expired or spoilt. Next, divide the pantry into sections like organic foods, baking goods, sauces and spices, etc. and rearrange the groceries. Place your bulk purchases like soda cartons or anything too heavy on the bottom most shelf. Label the jars and canisters clearly. Finally make a list of things you need to re-stock the pantry.

2. Organize the guest room – For most part of the year guest rooms are often treated like extra storage. Organizing the guest room to ensure a comfortable stay for your guests will make them feel welcome. The first step is to clear out the clutter from closets and drawers in the guest bedroom. Make space for them to keep their belongings. Change the linens and place extra blankets in the closet. Take time to clean the guest bathroom and put out some freshly laundered towels and toiletries. On the day of their arrival, make the room feel special with flowers and some small snacks. Don’t forget to leave a jug of water and glasses.

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3. Organize the living room – Your living room will cater to the heaviest traffic during the holidays and is a reflection of your style and personality. Choose a theme for the holidays and decorate accordingly. Put away all the usual, year –round decorative pieces in the living room to make space for the holiday themed ones. Dust and clean the shelves, mantel place and side tables. Clean out your fireplace if you have one and get it professionally serviced if required. Is there enough space for everyone to be seated comfortably? Make arrangements for extra seating to avoid any last minute hassles. Finally vacuum the carpet and change the pillow cases.

4. Rev up the exteriors – The exteriors of your home should be just as beautiful as the interiors. The house should look warm and inviting to the guests coming to visit you. Rake and clean the entry way and if possible give it a good power wash. Re-paint the front door and the fence. Hang decorative planter baskets with perennials on the porch. Make sure that the house is well lit from the outside and replace any fused bulbs or broken fixtures. Decorate the exteriors with ornaments and wreaths close to the holidays.

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Need to declutter before the holidays?  For just $4.50 you can check out some strategies in my new e-book: Declutter Your Life, Space & Prosper

Creating Continuity of Design Through Collections

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Collections Create Continuity Of Design Creating harmony and flow throughout the home can be one of the greater design challenges. Without it, the home can appear to be a patchwork of elements that don’t coordinate, complement or appear as if they belong in the same room or home! Increasingly, interior designers are using collections to create continuity from room to room. What’s a collection you say? A collection consists of design elements that complement each other and when used throughout the home, can tie the whole space together. Below are several tips on designing collections that create continuity.

1. Select elements that coordinate via one common element. Popular common elements include shape, color, finish, use, etc. A collection of art on a wall, with black frames in varying sizes, grouped together is an excellent example of a collection. The common element is the black frames, despite the fact that the sizes vary.

2. Coordinate your design elements from room to room. Not only do you want the design elements to work well together in one room, but you’ll also want to them to coordinate from room to room. While some design elements offer an overall sense of unity, other elements have plenty of “wow” appeal just on their own. Be sure your elements work well when going from from one room to the next.

3. Be specific with architectural designs and finishes. The finishes you select could be anything ranging from distinctive metallic, fashionable wood elements, beautiful paint textures and the perfect color scheme. The absolute best way to create harmony from room to room is by selecting the correct color scheme.

Selecting the perfect color scheme for a home is an art in and of itself. Many factors come in to play that can either make or break the design, harmony and style of a space. This design strategy alone, selecting colors, provides plenty of options for beautifying your home. Today’s homeowners are looking for residential synergy, attempting to coordinate a wide range of products for their homes that blend a single theme.  Fortunately, collections are most helpful when creating the sort of harmony that homeowners desire. For more information and help with adding continuity to your home, or selecting the perfect color scheme, contact Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC at http://www.kreativeways.com.

 

Decorating Your Home In Style

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Creating a cohesive design for you home isn’t difficult if you know the basics. In fact, decorating your home so that all the various elements combine to create the look you’ve always wanted can be a lot of fun. Following are some proven tips to get you started:

Take the first step

As they say, let’s start at the beginning. Chances are good that your home is a mish mash of furnishings, art, accents and accessories that have been collected over time. To create the perfect designer look, you want to first consider the purpose for each room, how you want it to look, your personal tastes, features that can and can’t be changed, and finally, the budget you have available.

Start with the key elements

The success of a room’s design lies in the balance you create. The basics of good design are proportion, balance, contrast, rhythm, pattern/texture and harmony. Knowing how these elements work together will help you design your space so that it’s not only beautiful, but comfortable and functional as well.

 

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Proportion

Scale is one of the most important things to consider when creating the look of a room. A room that is proportioned correctly will feel welcoming while an incorrectly portioned room will just feel crowded and unfriendly. The trick is to match pieces in terms of their scale. A large overstuffed sofa needs an equally large end table or coffee table; otherwise, these accents simply disappear as the sofa dwarfs them proportionally. When considering scale, look to the other rooms in your home for furniture that may be a better fit with the focal pieces you have in your room.

Balance

When creating balance, there’s two ways to go here. The first is symmetrical design, where everything is perfectly balanced. With symmetrical design, there’s roughly two of everything or items are mirrored in the room. For instance, one chair is placed exactly opposite another one just like it. While this creates balance, it can also make a room look static and lacking any visual interest or energy. Experienced designers use asymmetry to create this interest. Objects balance well because they are judged by their visual weight, not pairings. For instance, you may have a large sofa on one side of the room that is balanced by two large overstuffed chairs with an accent table in the middle and floor lamp behind. These pieces balance the sofa visually, even though they aren’t equal in size or shape. The design works because there is balance in the asymmetrical layout of the furniture.

Contrast

Imagine walking into a white room with white carpet and white furniture. Pretty boring, huh? Contrast helps draw the eye around a room through the intelligent use of color. Bold use of color creates energy while the use of muted shades in complementary tones creates calm. The more contrast you create, the easier it is for the human eye to follow the intended design of the room, moving visually from one space to another, guided by the use of color and contrast.

 

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Rhythm

While creating contrast with the use of light and dark tones can be effective, it can also create boredom. To keep the room connected, you want to use rhythm. This means reusing specific colors, patterns, textures or themes throughout the room. Pick a couple main colors and repeat them in different ways in your paint scheme, fabrics and accents.

Pattern & Texture

As the eye moves about a room, it picks up specific patterns. These are grouped together, so a blue wall is combined with a striped piece of fabric that has the same blue in it. Patterns that don’t fit create conflict in the mind, compromising the appearance of the space. Again, you want to pick one or two primary patterns or textures and vary them within the color palette you’ve already created for the room. Right alongside the elements of contrast and rhythm in home decorating is pattern/texture.

Harmony

If you’ve ever heard three singers sing different parts that sound amazing together, then you already know what harmony is. The same is true for the harmony in your home. Different colors, different designs and different proportions combine to create a new look that was never there before, just as new notes are created by singers singing three different parts. The room is suddenly complete. It has a look that if you remove just one element, won’t have that harmonic feel to it any longer. When you’ve achieved harmony, you’ve achieved your design goals.

If this feels overwhelming or you’d like help with this process, please contact usl.  KWS is experienced in this process and would enjoy working with you. Don’t wait! Call today! – 1-888-280-8318 or interiors@kreativeways.com!

 

KWS Awarded WBENC Certification

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After a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection, KWS, LLC has received national certification by the Women’s President’s Educational Organization in Washington, DC as a Women’s Business Enterprise. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

“By including women-owned businesses among their vendors,” notes KWS CEO,  Sherry B. Ways, “corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.”

About WBENC
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations. It also is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC works with representatives of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier/vendor diversity programs.

SAVE THE DATE! Art, Wine & Design! August 1st

KWS SAVE THE DATE(3)Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC along with our partner, The Artinista Art Advisory will be holding an exciting fundraiser on behalf of Unity Health Care Foundation in Washington, DC.  As you know, KWS has volunteered and worked to create several children’s reading corners through Unity’s Reach Out and Read Program.  We are excited that we will host our first major fundraiser for the organization on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Room & Board in Washington, DC.  The event is also sponsored by Design Bureau Magazine.  Stay tuned for further details!

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