Casual Drapery Designs – House Photo Tour from Southern Living

Simple Pinstripe fabric in neutral and white is light and airy - stripe adds height to the room;  

Simple, sophisticated panels with clever rope ties makes panel fabrication easy using buttonholes at the top edge.  Elegant oxford style stripe adds classic charm with coastal sand dune beige and white, a warm colorway you will never grow tired of.  Standard 3/4″ or 1″ metal drapery hardware is available from several retail sources at reasonable prices.  Although skimpier than we usually work with it feels right with the simple panel designs illustrated here.

Casual Drapery Design - Front Entranceway
Casual Drapery Design – Front Entranceway
 Beautiful entryway using unlined canvas fabric hung with pinch clips makes for easy panel fabrication with flat band header.  Semi sheer fabric is perfect for the doorway providing privacy with all the glass yet still allowing daylight to pour thru.

Living Room < Idea House Photo Tour – Southern Li

Living Room < Idea House Photo Tour - Southern Living

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Rope tie detail – up close.  Works beautifully for fixed panels – not a good design detail for traversable drapery panels.

Robert Allen – New fabrics from Larry Laslo

 

Beautiful new collections, great colors, harmony and pizzazz to

spice up a dull sofa with comfy throw pillows.

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     Neutral collection has historic pattern elements adding timeless classic patterns to work with for your next

project.  Any one of these fabrics would make an incredible bed spread,

quilt or comfy throw for the Family Room.

 

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Cheerful, colorful patterns to inspire your room redecorating projects.

Let the fabric begin your journey to a new, fresh, clean sophisticated look.

 

Robert Allen

 

Ready-made Area Carpets – Home Design Style and Color Palette Ideas

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Looking for beautiful area rugs to cover hard wood floors in your new home or townhome? Trying to find several carpets that coordinate throughout the main living level areas with wood floors? Today most home owners wish to design the main level of their home with a cohesive color palette that complements existing furnishings and looks great when your eye moves from one area or space to another. Well thought out complementary design concepts make the home appear larger. (Part 2 of 3 part series, issue one dated June 25, 2012)

Start with selecting matching ready-made area carpets for the Living Room, Dining Room, Foyer and adjoining hallways.  Adjacent rooms that flow off the main areas i.e.: Kitchen, Great Room, Sunroom; should have selections that coordinate comfortably for color, pattern and style with the LR, DR carpets. Ready-made selections are available in many standard size options:

10 x14, 9 x 12, 8 x 10, 5 x 7, 4 x 6, 2 x 3 and runners in 4, 6, 8 and 10 foot lengths

Some styles are available in 5 or 6 foot square and round shapes – great for Foyers

Many variation of sizes exist so review carefully if you are looking at the Nominal Size as listed above or the Actual Size. For example a nominal size of 5 x 7 could actually be 4′-8″ x 6′-10″ or a 9′ x 10′ could actually be 8′-9″ x 10′-6″. Carpets with fringe usually will list size with fringe and size without fringe. If not call for clarification should the few inches make a difference in whether the carpet will scale appropriately to the room size.  Carpet sizes vary greatly as the pattern style will dictate that the finished carpet looks best at certain overall size once they center the pattern field.

Ready-made selections work well for small townhomes and smaller scaled rooms. Starting the overall Home Design and Color Palette with the area carpet selections first allows you to build the home’s design concept and colors around the area carpets and enhance your existing furnishings beautifully. Whenever design options are limited this is the first product to begin your design selections. It is much harder to find a beautiful area carpet to bring the furniture, window treatments, fabrics and colors together when it is the last item purchased. Once you select a handsome classic pattern and design style for your main area carpets the rest of the finishes and materials will flow together easily.

Ready-made carpet styles are Persian, Oriental, Tibetan, or contemporary modern designs, with various patterns and color choices. Even with thousands of ready-made carpets you will still be limited by color, design and pattern options when trying to enhance your existing furnishings. With a lot of looking and testing out small samples you will find beautiful area carpets to tie all the main level living areas together. Know what approx. sizes you will need for all areas and eliminate any options that cannot work size wise for all rooms that need to match.  Catalogs and websites make looking a daunting task, search and find several options to choose from.  When buying from pictures either catalog or web, select 100% Wool Carpets.  Wool or silk carpet yarns have a welcoming luster that is hard to achieve with nylon. Great looking nylon selections are available from quality manufacturers yet it is impossible to see a carpet’s luster (sheen) until you have the carpet in your home. Safest to select 100% wool or 80% wool/20% nylon carpet from the start as they have a richer looking appearance. Wool is a natural fiber, easily cleans with hot water (great for pets) and is very comfortable to sit on. Nylon blends can be used in less formal areas of the home just review the sheen does not scream cheap knock off

After making several selections from catalogs or on line, cut them out and paste on a white background to view independently from the other items on the pages. Order test carpets of your favorites in the smallest size (2 x 3) which will work at any door opening or a Powder Room. Do not be surprised if when the test carpets arrive you are not as pleased with the look, color(s), plushness, sheen etc. You may need to order 4-5 of these small carpets to finalize your selections and see how the carpets look side by side before you see your design concept come to life. Keep the test samples as they are a minimal cost and will probably look great somewhere in your home without the hassle of returns. Small test carpets allow you to view the actual product and confirm you are happy with the color, pattern, style, thickness, plushness and luster once you have the real carpet in your home under your lighting. Now you can safely order large area carpets feeling confident you will be happy with the sections and not have to return them unless there are defects in manufacturing.

Black and Gold nylon selections in pictures are available is many patterns and color choices.  These handsome carpets do look and feel like real wool.  Call 703-425-9050 or send a picture of your room and we will assist with selection.

Or pgolden@goldeninteriors.com with Subject: area carpets request

Next up: Custom Made Area Carpets and Carpet Selections for Pet Owners

Elegant Home Interior Design where to begin? Coordinating Area Carpets for Wood Floors

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Homeowners today choose the richness and warmth of the natural wood floors throughout the main living areas defining a classic, handsome continuous character for the home.  Realtors know homes with wood floors sell faster and if a property is not selling recommend upgrading with hardwood flooring.  Once living with all wood floors you will quickly determine the need to cover the floors for protection, acoustically soften the rooms and provide warmth and comfort underfoot.  Matching area rugs or carpets used throughout the home or townhome’s open floor plan tie the spaces together beautifully allowing the eye to flow comfortably from area to area, and when selected to complement existing furnishings they enhance the overall ambiance of the home.

Where to begin your design scheme or color palette for your new home?  Upon walking into a room your eyes are 1st drawn to the windows and 2nd to the floors.  Windows for their light filtering character and the floors keep the space flowing and the eyes wandering.  The more floor you see the larger the room or home will feel.  When beginning a home design we look at the floor coverings as one of our first inspirations.  Start your color concept and palette with the product that has the least amount of style and design selections to choose from.  Drapery and upholstery fabrics are endless, carpet selections are limited.  As a significant amount of money will be invested in your floor covering decisions it is wisest to select classic, timeless designs and patterns.

The simplest solution is ready-made matching area carpets if you can find a pattern and design style you love and work with standard sizes.  Custom area carpets designed to fit each room, space and hallway coordinate the main living areas of larger residences and provide definition for the Living, Dining and Foyer Areas of townhomes.  Starting with a beautiful patterned field carpet which will hide dirt and set the premise for a transitional, traditional or modern design concept we either work with a coordinating patterned border or pair two solid color accent borders around the field carpet for a professional finished look.

We will explore both  options: A) ready-mades and B) custom carpet options in later posts.  Like what you see – send us a picture(s) and room dimensions and we will provide samples and solutions that enhance your existing furnishings.  Call 703-425-9050 or email directly to pgolden@goldeninteriors.com.

Area Carpets Sized to Fit any Occassion

Area Carpets define Living Areas, Wood Floors

Area Carpets define Living Areas, Wood Floors

Newer homes with hardwood flooring throughout look best when coordinating Area Rugs or Carpets are used to define the living, dining and walkway areas. This is an exceptional floor treatment in townhomes where the definition of spaces is harder to accomplish. Carpets are softer underfoot, absorb foot traffic noise and clean easily.

 Green Faux Suede Painted Walls are the backdrop of the Living and Dining Areas and the Kitchen Family Room have a Ragged Yellow Paint Finish.  The charm resides in the breakfast room where the Tuscan Urns and romantic reds and oranges bring the color wheel full circle.

Sunny Breakfast Room, Tuscan Design Ideas, Rattan Furniture

Sunny Breakfast Room, Tuscan Design Ideas, Rattan Furniture

David Francis Rattan Dining set with Chairs provide charm and comfort for the private breakfast eating area with a beautiful wool area carpet and a matching carpet in the Family Room.  Floor Coverings make the home warmer!  provide protection for your floors and add the right amount of accent for your lifestyle.

Sheer Drapery Designs, Light and Airy to enhance Window Views

Elegant Transitional Townhome, Fairfax, VA
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Sheer Draperies Scaled perfectly for the Window
 
Sheer Draperies with accent fringe

Welcome Home - Elegant Foyer

 
Elegant Transitional Townhome, Fairfax, VA

Exquisite furnishings, window treatments and custom area carpets define living areas

  • Exquisite Sheer Fabric selection – Taupe leaves on a soft white sheer background, elegantly lined with solid white to let the soft pattern unfold with the flow of the drape.  Edge band fringe tassel trimmings accentuates the taupe leaf color wonderfully.
3″ Antique Gold Wood Hardware with Acanthus Leaf Finials for classic styling remaining timeless for years to come.
 
Natural Medium Oak Wood Blind with fabric tapes complete the window finishes.
 
Green Faux Suede Wall Finish, Custom Traditional English Styling Area Carpets shaped perfectly to the room sizes, Upholstered  Yellow Sectional Sofa, lighting and accessories design.  David Francis Lounge Chair with Rattan Frame and Upholstered Cushion Seat & Back – extra comfy with an incredible old world charm.