Room by Room Design Ideas

Is your home in need of a makeover?

TIna4homedesign is not just about furniture but about how to use that furniture to create leisurely, airy, non-chaotic, casual or even extravagant interior designs for each room of your home. Our room by room design ideas will feature the bedroom, living room and kitchen. But, before you buy furniture to decorate that particular room, first understand the differences in furniture quality.

It will save you thousands of dollars and years of discomfort and headache.

Learn about the latest bedroom design ideas, plan your bedroom makeover, and find yourself the best mattress with help from Darrin Gleeman of New York, New York. And Kelly Walsh of Santa Fe, New Mexico offers great ideas for living room redesign and discusses the kitchen design trends to pay attention to.

Bedroom Design Ideas Brighten Your Days and Nights

While searching for bedroom design ideas, there are a host of resources to access. Entire TV shows are dedicated to bedroom makeovers, providing us with helpful tips and design trends. Your bedroom design ideas should reflect your style and personality, your unique sleeping and living needs. Most likely, once you makeover your bedroom, your living room or kitchen, you won’t re-do it again for several years. So take your time discovering what you like, and what you can live with, before you start buying furniture.

Popular Bedroom Design Ideas have Distinctive Characteristics

Traditional, contemporary and country furniture are the most popular types of furniture today. Together, they incorporate a host of universal design traditions. Traditional bedroom design ideas use yards of beautiful upholstery fabric draped on everything from the bed to the windows, and usually feature dark wood furniture of classic design. Contemporary bedroom makeovers focus on form, and often have a minimalist feel with punches of bright color. Country furniture often uses beautiful plaid upholstery fabrics for emphasis and furniture that’s sturdy and somewhat chunky in design.

In addition to TV, there are thousands of magazines and books that provide furniture design ideas for bedroom makeovers. Start at your local library, where you can check out decorating books, DVDs and sometimes magazines for free, to start gathering some new ideas.

Visit designer furniture showrooms to see how they arrange their bedroom displays. Put all of your ideas for bedroom makeovers into a journal, taking photos or clipping articles of designs that you love. Give yourself time to make a decision. You’ll live with your redesigned bedroom for a long time, and it should be a harmonious, comfortable and beautiful place to be.

Some popular bedroom design ideas to consider:

  • Bold yet Subtle: Blue bedrooms with blue shades on the wall and tan furniture complements create a bold yet serene sleeping space.
  • Calm havens: tone on tone color schemes with matching furniture.
  • Combining the masculine with the feminine: one light blue wall and one cream colored wall with traditionally dark furniture. Use lamps and lampshades to emphasize both masculine and feminine angles.
  • The Traditional Master Bedroom: eliminate colors that signify chaos and choose colors emphasizing calm, serenity and reconnection. Try cream, fawn, tan and wheat on bed duvet, walls and carpet – all neutral colors that are inviting. Incorporate subtle floral patterned fabrics on the drapes and upholstery. Divide a large bedroom into two areas: one the bedroom, the other a sitting area.
  • Zen thinking: Incorporate taupe and robin’s egg blue on the walls and bedroom furniture to create a soft, high frequency energy. Hanging curtains as a sort of canopy is a smart way to absorb outside noise.

A Note about the Best Bed Mattresses

The best bed mattresses come in a variety of styles, encasing you in comfort while you sleep. Plush top bed mattresses are soft, and provide an added layer of comfort to your sleeping experience. The best pillow top mattresses have even more softness due to the large pillow that rests on top of the mattress. It’s hard to say which mattress is the best, but a Tempur-Pedic® mattress is definitely the ultimate in luxurious comfort. The Tempur-Pedic mattresses adjust to your body weight and temperature, molding to your body’s natural contours for a really good night’s sleep.

It’s best for your sleeping “health,” and your back, to flip your mattress every few months or so to ensure that it wears evenly. And, use a mattress pad on top of your mattress to help protect it from stains and general wear.

You might be wondering why there’s so much fuss about goose down. Down featherbeds, which lie on top of the mattress but under the sheets, and down comforters and duvets used as bedspreads provide extra softness and warmth. They last for ages, and the newest versions have covers which can easily be removed and cleaned. They add an extra layer of comfort to even the best mattress, making them a highly desirable addition to any bedroom.

We thank our contributors:
Darrin Gleeman of New York, New York

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Stuff about Furniture Things to Know Before You Buy Furniture

Stuff about Furniture is your resource for buying furniture. Before you shop for or buy furniture, you have to consider the quality of that furniture piece(s) carefully.

Typically, once we outlay the money for a new bed, for example, we keep it longer than we keep a new house! The average time spent living in a home is seven years; we keep beds on average for at least 10 years- and most people keep their beds (and their mattresses) much longer than that.

Stuff about Furniture educates you on just about everything related to buying furniture in a store or online. So, before you buy, consult our pages for the most up-to-date furniture and how to discern quality furniture from bargain furniture. Learn more about furniture construction, the types of wood used to make furniture, bedroom as well as living room and kitchen design ideas, tips on comparing furniture prices and finding the right retailer for your furniture purchase.

Doug Melvin of Boise, Idaho, who knows a lot of stuff about furniture and a frequent website contributor, gives us a list of things to consider before you buy your new furniture set or piece:

Buying Furniture Tip #1:

Be Aware of Furniture Trends in Home Décor, and then Buy the Furniture That You Love

Styles change. Think back to your parent’s old shag carpeting if you’re not convinced. Furniture styles change also. Buy furniture that you can enjoy, be proud of and that suits your needs for years to come. The newest home design ideas feature simple lines, found on Mission style furniture, and eclecticism, like you’ll find in French Country décor (some variations are lately known as “shabby chic”). These decorating ideas can take you a long way in your quest to find the perfect set of furniture for your home.

Buying Furniture Tip #2:

Home Decorating Ideas That Can Freshen the Look of Your Home

Just like buying clothing, buying pieces of furniture that you can easily mix and match and integrate into your home décor will save you a lot of money in the long run. And, purchasing furniture here and there is more affordable short-term too, allowing you to obtain large pieces without financing. And finally, acquiring furniture piecemeal allows you to continue to freshen the look of your rooms with the newest home design ideas. Gradually implementing furniture design and home decorating ideas like adding an ottoman here, a new side table there, or by hanging a new clock, you’ll have guests convinced you’re a home decorating genius, at little cost to you.

Buying Furniture Tip #3:

Be Sure of Home Design and Decorating Ideas Before Buying New Furniture

Think about future modifications to your living space when you’re buying new furniture. Perhaps you live in an apartment today, but you plan on moving to a bigger apartment or to a home larger than your current space in the near future. You have a couple of options: You can wait until you are settled in your new home before you shop so that the home décor seamlessly matches the color scheme of your furniture and home accessories. Or you can buy your furniture while in your current space. If this is the case and you think you will have more space for home decorating in a newer home, buy your furniture in larger sizes or at least sizes commensurate with the imagined goal of that new space.

Durability and Strength Important Factors in Buying New Furniture

Durability is important when you’re buying new furniture. Look carefully at the underside of the furniture, and on the insides of the wood frame and cushions, too. Shake and move the furniture. Do you feel looseness in the wood frames, are the legs connected to the frame, do you see impressions in the cushions or fraying in the fabric? If you do, walk away from the furniture quickly. Furniture quality determines durability and comfort whether it’s a sofa couch, loveseat, upholstered chair, ottoman or bed.

We thank our contributors:
Doug Melvin, Boise Idaho

 

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Can I just get a bid for blinds in my house?

This particular question opens up a huge can of worms for professionals in the industry and their clients. What many salesman want to say is, “YES! How quickly would you like them installed and will you be paying with Cash or Credit Card?” But, in all honesty, rarely are people ever that upfront about how they view your business. Here is where we often see a huge difference in expectations from the perspectives of the consumer versus the mindset of the retailer or Window Coverings Professional.

The Consumer mindset –

I just moved into my new house. I finally closed the loan, the real estate agent is calling me seven times a day, I have to think about landscaping, remodeling that downstairs bathroom, work is hectic and, realistically, about a hundred other things are pressing down on me. On top of this, I really don’t want to walk around my house and let the neighbors possibly see me naked; I NEED WINDOW COVERINGS.

At least this shouldn’t be a big deal. I’ll check out the “big box” home improvement stores, and maybe a low cost window covering specialty store as well. I want to get a fair price so I’ll call at least two places, and maybe three. I will tell them I need some blinds, and let them take care of it from there. If the installation costs aren’t too much I might even have the store install them for me.

For consumers, the bottom line is often being too busy and unsure of the best way to get window coverings.

The Retailer mindset –

I REALLY NEED TO MAKE SOME SALES. The store has been slow lately and I have mouths to feed, I hope we get calls and the opportunity to get some people a quote. When people call, I know they are usually price shopping so I have to give them the lowest possible price and outbid my competition.

I wish I had better training on all the options available to customers, but my boss keeps pushing these one particular blinds because, as he says, this product provides the customer with a good price and it is one of the best profit margins in the store. OK, I need to review what it is I’m supposed to say…Hmmm, ”I can get you a quote on some blinds right away. Please give me your sizes and I’ll have a quote ready for you in a day or two.” I just have to send the measuring guy over there and he will hopefully get those numbers to me soon so that I will have time to do the bid. It might be nice to actually meet a customer someday.

For retailers, everything is usually sales driven as volume is the key to their pricing (and their business).

The Window Coverings Industry Professional mindset –

“I know the woman who left me a message this morning is very busy but I want to make sure that I help her get exactly what she really needs. I’ll return her phone call and discuss a little about what she’s looking for and set up an appointment to see the areas in which she’s having problems. I know the woman said she wants blinds but so often customers ask for a particular window treatment solution and change their minds when I can explain to them and show them that what they’re asking for won’t do the things that they want.

It’s important for me to give everyone a personal consultation and ensure I help my customers get solutions to their problems, not just a product with the most features or benefits. After all, what good are all those features and benefits if the product doesn’t do what the customer wants? I enjoy helping people, and I hope this woman lets me do what I enjoy. She may feel overwhelmed, but I know I’ve been trained well, I’ve worked in this industry for many years and with just a brief initial visit I will be able to provide her with the perfect solutions for her specific problems. If only people knew that we can provide superior service along with great quality products at very competitive prices they would be shocked!”

For industry professionals, the bottom Line is relationships, and personal service is the key.

Summary –

In a perfect world, we all try to come together with other people and relationships to make sure that we get what we need.

Take a good marriage for example. Both sides need to listen to the others opinion and work hard to satisfy the other’s needs.

Usually when a person feels valued, they are willing to do the same for you. In business, it is no different. A professional should only be thinking about how to make the customer happy. There needs to be a great deal of communication about your specific desires and needs for your home. They will, in turn, find the products and solutions that are best “married” to you. Remember, the industry professional hopes to have you for a client for many years, and hopes that you will refer him or her to your friends. So, think long term and hire a professional to assist you with your project. It may take a little more time but you are sure to have a better experience and your choices will give you the exact solutions you were looking for.

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How do I get my husband to go along with my decorating ideas?

One of the most common challenges that designers face is bringing differing opinions on design together in one space. A good designer will be able to take different opinions and make them come together so that both parties, or more, are satisfied with the solutions. Usually, but not always, couples will come to their positions from different perspectives.

Women:
As a rule, women are most concerned with the aesthetics of a room or home. They want it to have a certain “look” or “feeling”. They are also concerned with the function of the treatments, but the look is usually what is most important to them. They will often spend many hours searching for the “perfect” fabric or style, while other factors that might be more important to a man are usually reserved for the final discussions. These would include price, function, and a million other technical issues.

Men:
Again, as a rule, but not without exception, men are most often concerned with different issues than their spouses. What does it cost? What does it weigh? How long will it last? Are their any other options? Can it be motorized? Did you notice that these questions do not deal with the same type of concerns as their wives? There was not a question about style or color or “feeling”.

I write this not to accentuate stereotypes, but to show that men and women look at design concerns from different standpoints. The good news is that this falls into the “different sides of the same coin” scenario. Even though the man and woman are looking at the same “coin”, or in this case room, they are still looking at the same “coin.” One will see the “heads,” or style concerns, and the other is seeing the “tails,” or technical issues. But in the end, if you ask them if they both want the “coin” in question, the answer will be “Yes,” even if the view of the item is completely different.

The job of the designer is to find the solution, or “coin” that best suits each party’s needs. Usually this is doable. There are so many great options in design that are available these days. The point that you should take from this commentary is that two people looking at the same design issue from different places will have two different opinions. It will seem as though they can’t come to an agreement. It is the role of a good designer to be able to help parties chose a product fits the needs of all concerned.

One final caveat; men, if you don’t feel extraordinarily strongly about a certain idea in your home design project, let your partner have her way!!! Trust me, in time you won’t know the difference, and she will be happy. If you insist on your way, and it comes out wrong for any reason, you will never hear the end of it. Reflect on that before you make your final decision. When you use a designer, it’s their job to see the issue from both sides and make a STRONG recommendation as to which choices will accommodate both opinions.

Of course, if you just blindly accept your designer’s recommendation and you don’t like the way it turns out, then you can both blame the designer. Either way, the designer becomes an aid to your relationship. (Of course I’m kidding here, If your designer lets you do something “wrong” or made “ugly” choices you hired the wrong designer!)

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