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How to Pick the Right Curtains for Your Home

Oct 14, 2019

Anytime is the right time for a style upgrade! Installing curtains or drapes in your windows is one of the fastest, easiest, and most affordable ways to radically transform the space. Not only do curtains provide privacy, but they can also offer a pop of colour and add interest to the room thanks to rich or airy fabrics and beautiful, well-chosen styling.

But how do you choose the right kind of curtains for different rooms in your home? This article will teach you everything you need to know about how to choose the right curtains, including tips on how to pick curtain colour, how to choose the right size curtains, and how to match curtains and rugs.

Dining room decorated with modern dining room decor on espresso wood floors and white and grey curtains covering windows.

How to Pick the Right Curtains For Your Home

Do Your Curtains Need to Match Your Rug or Sofa?

“Do curtains and rugs have to match?” That’s probably one of our most frequently asked questions; so if you’ve been wondering, you aren’t alone!

You don’t need to stress over matching your curtains exactly to your walls, sofa, or carpet. In fact, using a different colour can actually add visual interest to the room, breaking up the walls so that the curtains don’t “disappear.”

That being said, it’s a good idea to choose curtains that match your other accent colours — for instance, yellow curtains to go with yellow pillows or artwork. You should also avoid colours that clash too strongly (like green and red).

Living room with white couches on tan carpet accented by yellow curtains and throw pillows.

How to Pick the Right Color Curtains

So, if you don’t need to match your curtains to your sofa or walls, what colour should you choose? In general, it’s a good idea to build rooms around one neutral colour, a handful of base colours, and one or two accents for contrast. As long as you pick a hue you like and stay within your chosen colour palette, you’ll have the “right” colour. Just keep in mind that some fabrics are sheerer than others, which can cause them to look lighter or more transparent than they do in the packaging.

Coastal themed Living room with a hanging chair, surfboard and red floral print curtains on luxury vinyl plank floors.

Choosing the Right Size Curtain Length

Now that you have some ideas about how to choose the right curtain colour, it’s time for Step Two: learning how to pick the right size curtains. For this step, you’ll need a tape measure (and possibly a step-stool).

There are two dimensions you need to measure for curtains: height and width. To get the correct height measurement, measure the distance from the floor to the curtain rod. Keep in mind that hanging equipment can eat up a few inches, so double-check your dimensions before making any purchases.

Also, think about how long you want the curtains to be. Are you picturing something short and cute, like a gauzy half-curtain, or draped and elegant, like a stage curtain? Depending on the look you want, you don’t necessarily need to use every inch of space you have available.

Once you’ve got the length, you’ll need to measure the width. If you want a folded, flowy look, you’ll want to choose curtains that are about three times wider than your actual measurement. If you want curtains that look trim and neatly fitted, you’ll only need about two extra inches of width.

Luxurious bedroom with a chandelier, fireplace, couch, leather chair and gold curtains covering large windows.

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We hope this guide has helped you learn how to find the right curtains. To see visual examples, check out My Design Finder, which has thousands of decor ideas personalized to match your tastes.

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Trending Interior Paint Colours

Oct 07, 2019

Have you ever wondered why bright, vivid colors make us feel more awake and alert? Or why pastel tones have such a calming effect? Colour isn’t just an aesthetic choice; it also has a powerful impact on your mood and energy level. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right colour scheme for your home, using colours that not only look great but feel great.

If your home’s current paint scheme is starting to feel a bit “blah,” maybe it’s time to turn a new design leaf. To help spark your imagination, we’ve put together a list of some of the hottest and most popular paint colours for 2019.

Trending Interior Paint Colours

What Paint Colours Are Trending in 2019?

You might think of colour as something that’s timeless, but, like styles of clothing or furniture, paint colour trends come and go. So what are some trending wall colours right now? The design experts weigh in.

“Night Watch” Green

No, it’s not a Game of Thrones reference. “Night Watch” green is PPG’s official colour of 2019, making dark green this year’s dominant paint trend. Since this hue is so deep and intense, small amounts (like pillows or accent walls) can go a long way.

Interior room painted with this year’s dominant paint trend, Night Watch Green

Mustard Tones

Mustard combines elements of gold, brown, yellow, orange, red, and even grey. The result, a rich and earthy atmosphere is as much invigorating as is soothing. Simultaneously eye-catching and understated, mustard tones are a stately addition to any room in the home.

Trendy room painted with mustard tones

Earthy Clay

Warm yet vivid, clay tones like caramel or terra cotta make any room feel more inviting and more exciting. Clay tones also make the perfect design complement for a rustic, Tuscan, or country-inspired interior. 

Interior rooms painted with earthy clay tones for an inviting feel

What Interior Paint Trends Are on the Rise?

Dark greens, mustards, and clay tones are definitely “in” right now, but they aren’t the only colour trends to pay attention to in 2019. Here are two more colours that are forecasted to be rising stars of the design world this year.

Mushroom Browns

Mushroom browns are a throwback to the design culture of the 1970s — which just happens to be all the rage right now. These soft, muted browns pair pleasantly with almost every other colour, making them a breeze to incorporate into your home.

Interior room with walls painted Mushroom Brown for a trendy 70’s look

Misty Greys

Greys have stolen the spotlight in recent years. Now, let us introduce you to the newest shade: “Mist.” Soft and subtle as the name suggests, Mist Grey is a classy, elegant twist on neutral wall colour staples like eggshell and off-white.

Interior wall painted Misty Grey for an elegant and trendy twist on neutral wall colours

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As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to something as visual as home design. Now that you’ve read about trending paint colours, see them in action with My Design Finder. From coastal kitchens to barn-style bathrooms, My Design Finder shows you thousands of real-life design examples, with each search customized to match your sense of style. That’s just one of the ways our team makes redesigning your home easier. 

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New Wallpaper Trends in 2019

Sep 30, 2019

If you’re like most people, you probably wouldn’t put the words “wallpaper” and “trendy” together in the same sentence. If we just described you, get ready to have your design ideas challenged. After falling out of the spotlight for decades, wallpaper is finally making a surprise comeback, popping up in homes and apartments everywhere. Could yours be next? After reading about these wallpaper trends, you might change your mind!

Wallpaper Trends in 2019

Is Wallpaper Back in Style?

The short answer to this question; an enthusiastic, “yes!” (Otherwise, this article would be much shorter!)

The long answer, of course, is more complicated. Yes, wallpaper is enjoying a renaissance right now; but, as with any style trend, there are still some design “do’s” and “don’ts” to keep in mind. Otherwise, you could wind up accidentally creating the same outdated, retro look you’re trying to avoid.

New Wallpaper Trends in 2019

Thinking about ditching the paint swatches? Learn how to choose a wallpaper that looks fresh, modern, and contemporary, and not like something out of a time capsule. Let the tips below inspire you, to help bring your vision to life. 

Bold, Funky Wallpaper Designs

Contemporary wallpaper is all about being big, bold, and bright. Expect to see patterns that feature elaborate details, energetic line work, and playful, electric colours. Fruits and flowers are popular motifs, along with abstract, organic shapes. This isn’t your grandmother’s wallpaper.

Contemporary bedroom with bold and elaborate flower motif wallpaper design

Try Wallpaper with Clean, and Minimal Lines

If wild floral patterns aren’t up your design alley, try taking things in the opposite style direction with a dose of cool, clean minimalism. Pared-down patterns, like line grids or geometric shapes, add just a touch of detail while keeping a minimalistic aesthetic.

How Can I Incorporate Wallpaper into My Home?

Like paint, wallpaper can be used in any room of your home. However, you’ll need to be mindful of factors like moisture, heat, and exposure to the sun, all of which can damage wallpaper and cause it to fade or peel prematurely. You’ll also need to think about the size and dimensions of the room you want to be covered so that you can budget appropriately.

Once you’ve thought through the nuts and bolts, it’s time to tackle a bigger question: the question of style. In other words, how have you styled your home, and how can you choose a wallpaper that fits? Here are some tips: 

  • Avoid choosing a wallpaper that clashes too strongly with your current colour scheme. For example, if you have lots of red blankets, pillows, or decorations in your living room, you might want to avoid green wallpaper. 
  • Stay on-theme. For example, if you have a coastal-style beach house, wallpaper that features shells or nautical prints might be perfect.

Living room with modern decor furnishings and contemporary geometric wallpaper in slate tones

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Find the perfect flooring to match your new wallpaper using My Design Finder. There are thousands of style ideas at your fingertips. Simply answer a few questions about your design preferences, and My Design Finder will show you personalized style recommendations for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, basement, and more.

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Tropical Interior Design Ideas & Inspiration

Sep 24, 2019

Summer is over, the kids are back to school and the days are becoming shorter and colder. Don’t despair — with the right design touches, you can keep your home feeling bright and sunny year ‘round, bringing a touch of the tropics straight into your living room.

To help you capture that beachy feeling, we’ve put together five of our favourite tropical interior design ideas. Get out the sunblock and pina coladas, because these modern tropical decor trends will transport you to an island paradise.

Modern Tropical Interior Design Inspiration

Less is More in Modern Tropical Style

Modern tropical room decor isn’t all about cramming the space with every seashell you can find. Contemporary tropical decor takes an understated, “less is more” approach that emphasizes chic and sophisticated design elements. In today’s tropical interiors, you can expect to find features like mellow, calming colours, sleek geometric lines, and strategically-placed greenery. 

Room design inspired by contemporary tropical decor

Tropical Style Potted Plants

It’s impossible to think of the tropics without immediately imagining dense, glossy jungles full of brightly-coloured flowers. Bamboo, orchids, and palm trees evoke tranquil tropical shores, just be careful not to overdo it. In keeping with our first tip, take a minimal approach, strategically placing one or two small potted plants on a shelf or coffee table. Larger plants are ideal for filling up corners and unused crannies.

Room decor with modern tropical style potted plants

Include Soothing Tropical Colours for Home Decor

The vacation mindset is all about letting go of everyday stressors. Choose a soothing, serene colour palette that puts you into the right headspace. Bright tropical colours can be a little bit chaotic in large doses, so stick to colourful accent pieces like pillows, vases, and flowers.

Open floor plan design with home decor in soothing tropical colours

Incorporate Abstract Decor

Bright, splashy, abstract decor is a cheerful counterbalance to those tranquil colours we talked about in our last tip. Plus, paintings, rugs, and décor are easy to move around and replace, so you can choose something bold without having to commit.

Tropical interior design with abstract decor

Incorporate Natural Touches in Your Interior Design

Plants aren’t the only natural elements to incorporate into your tropical style design. Wooden floors, rattan furniture, and simple, undyed fabrics and textiles all give your space a beachier, down-to-earth feel.

Tropical room decor with natural touches

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Resort Style Interior Design Ideas & Inspiration

Sep 16, 2019

From Aspen ski lodges to tropical getaways; resorts come in all different styles and flavors. But all resorts share one feature in common: luxury. We visit resorts to be pampered, recharge, and rejuvenate, indulging ourselves in comfort and style.

But who says the vacation ever has to end? With the right decor and interiors, you can enjoy the resort experience at home without breaking the bank to do it. Ready to learn how? Bring home a touch of class and live the high life year ‘round by incorporating these five resort-style home decor ideas into your house or apartment.

Resort Style Interior Design Inspiration

Go Bold with Accent Pieces in Your Home Decor

No resort-style bedroom or living room would be complete without one bold accent piece to draw the eye. Try hanging a large painting or tapestry in your bedroom to create a dramatic focal point.

With such a striking design centerpiece, the space will exude confidence — and express more of your personality. As an added benefit, paintings are easy to take down and replace, offering freedom and flexibility for a style that’s stress-free.

Bedroom with pallet style bed frame and stone wall

Set the Tone with Resort Style Colours

Even if you don’t always realize it, colour has a huge impact on your mood. To make your space feel more like a resort, choose a colour scheme that helps put you into that vacation getaway mind-set.

For example, if you’re trying to recreate more of an ocean or Mediterranean resort feel, opt for plenty of crisp, bright whites and blues rounded out by warm clay tones. For more of an upscale or modern feel, experiment with classy, elegant hues like taupe, espresso, and pewter.

Living room decorated with white, blue and clay tones for a Mediterranean look

Get Luxury Lighting for that Resort-Like Feel

Even the world’s most opulent styling can look less-than-stellar beneath fluorescent lighting. If you put in the effort to make your home beautiful, be sure to find lighting that flatters all your hard work!

Many hotels and resorts feature sleek recessed lighting, skylight features, and abundant sources of natural light. Modern wall sconces double as gorgeous decorations and sources of gentle illumination.

Luxury resort spa themed bathroom with blue tile floor and freestanding soaking tub

Use Plants to Add Colour in Decor

Floor plants add a pop of colour to any room while making good use of corners and awkward, underutilized spaces. Plants can also make your home feel more like a hotel or resort, adding an exotic, jungle-inspired touch to your space.

 Bedroom with floor plant and leaf themed bedspread and painting

Clean up the Clutter in Your Home

Luxury and clutter go together like peanut butter and bologna: they don’t. Before you start any home redesign project, take an afternoon (or three) and give your house a deep clean, so that you can set the stage for style success. 

 

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Beach House Decor & Interior Design Ideas

Jul 10, 2019

For families all across America, summertime means a trip to the shore for an unforgettable week at the beach. Get the absolute most out of your vacation time by decorating your beach house (or your everyday house) with cozy coastal elements the whole family is sure to love. If it’s time to spruce up your summer getaway, these striking beach house design ideas are sure to inspire you.

Beach House Decor and Interior Design Ideas

Pair Natural and Nautical Decor

Redecorating an entire cottage can be a major task, but if you ever get stuck and aren’t sure where to start, just remember that “nautical” and “natural” always make a perfect pairing. Some popular nautical design elements include anchors, netting, surfboards, buoys, and combinations of white and navy blue. 

Mix and match nautical decorations with natural design touches to complete the effect. Examples of natural, ocean-inspired decor include driftwood, coral, seashells, sand dollars, stone, and beach glass.

Coastal house decorations in a large living room

Incorporate Rustic Wood Floors and Accents

Chrome, copper, and steel look sleek — but they don’t exactly scream “beachy.” Instead of using materials that are associated with modern or industrial styles, try old-fashioned, rustic touches instead to create that lived-in, cozy atmosphere.

Weathered wooden seating or dressers can bring a room together, add a dash of personality, and create space to store items (or display decor). Hardwood flooring is durable, holds up well against moisture, and looks great with any furniture or color palette.

Coastal décor and furniture in a bedroom

Use Bright, Fresh Colors in your Beach House Decor

Deep, dramatic colors like scarlet are right at home in an elegant mansion, but they can feel a bit out of place at the beach. Shouldn’t the same design principles apply to your vacation home? Instead of opting for intense colors, focus on soft and refreshing tones that remind you of the ocean, like sandy beiges, cool blues, and sunny pastel yellows.

Coastal design style in a kitchen 

Feature Palms and Bamboo Plants

Live plants instantly make any space feel brighter, fresher, and more vital. Reminiscent of tropical islands, palm trees and bamboo plants make the perfect accent for any beach home. Plus, both are low-maintenance, which means you don’t need a green thumb to keep them looking great. Other beachy plant ideas include hibiscus flowers, succulents, and of course, beach grass!

Coastal design style in a bedroom

Make Space for a Nook

A sunny, light-filled breakfast nook is a quintessential feature of almost any beach house. Don’t have a nook built in? Make one yourself by arranging the seating and furniture strategically, using an accent rug to bring everything closer together. Make sure to choose the side of the house that gets the best light in the morning.

 Coastal inspired design style in large kitchen

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