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Candice Olson Lighting Decorating Ideas 2011

Candice Olson Lighting Designs

Create a Focal Point

The eye is drawn directly to a gorgeous light fixture, like the brilliant, crystal ball chandelier in this room. The giant globe not only gives off light, but picks up on the sparkle, shimmer and shine of everything else in its vicinity. 

Mix It Up

Use a variety of lighting types. In addition to a ceiling full of recessed lights, a conventional chandelier with a contemporary twist helps define the dining room. A table lamp and Moroccan-inspired lanterns also provide a soft ambient glow.

Balance Lighting and Furniture

The dining table is the most dominant piece of furniture in this room so the lighting above has to be just as grand. A pair of classic Riley chandeliers in antique silver creates just the right presence.

Bring in the Sun

Make the most of natural light. Retracting translucent stacking blinds open to reveal a full view of the beautiful garden and allow in tons of sunshine, but when closed, they still bathe the room in a soft, diffused light. Rice-paper and cherry-wood lantern-style fixtures complement the Japanese design of the room.

Think About a Room’s Purpose

This space needed to triple as a home office, art studio and lounge area, so Candice includes moveable track and under-mounted cabinet lighting to provide plenty of task lighting. In the lounge area, a funky helix-shaped fixture in teal and purple crystals adds ambience.

Complement the Style

Enhance a room’s design style. For this living room, Candice chooses classic gold sconces, a crystal chandelier and recessed lighting to reflect the traditional surroundings.

Make a Statement

Create instant wow factor with an eye-catching chandelier. A black crystal chandelier plays against the theatrical backdrop of the banquette in this dining room. Recessed lighting brightens the rest of the space without taking away from the chandelier’s grandeur.

2013 Modern Neutral Living Rooms Decorating Ideas

Modern living room style is all about minimalism and neutrality. Clean lines and simple color schemes are the order of the day for a modern living room. The base colors of the room should all remain neutral, but you can work a few bold, simple colors into accents and accessories. Angular pieces are also standard to the modern  living room style, but round circular pieces may also be found from time to time. Use a

neutral color palette. Modern living room style is fairly minimalist, even down to the color scheme. A base color scheme should consist of neutral colors, including white, beige, and black. This allows the accessories and furnishings to draw the eye more effectively.

 Keep things light. Modern living rooms typically have a lot of light flowing in. Large windows that allow sunlight to stream in at an angle are best, but sources of artificial light are just as important. Choose lights that give off a bright, blue white glow instead of bulbs with a yellow white glow.

Uplighting with a dimmer can create mood when entertaining. We used a shag rug and black wood veneer wallpaper as a wainscot for a masculine and swanky look for a swingin’ single guy in downtown Denver. Photo by Tim Murphy.

This room, though dramatic on the surface, is very simple and cost effective. The walls are painted in wide stripes, which quickly give the room a lot of interest. The furnishings are straight lined, bordering on modern. The textured rug, highly coordinated accessories, glass desk and great chandelier add the finishing touches.

In the grand salon, the ceilings were improved with artful soffits to create soft curves, which are also reflected in the furnishings and rug. The walls were dressed with an unexpected horizontal staggered line tile and wave panel resin material. A beautiful bar was design and built for entertaining. Two conversation areas were laid out in the grand salon. The sofas are a deep chocolate mohair and paired with classic egg chairs and a custom entertainment console dressed with oversized hardware and ostrich leather.Design Tip: Walls don’t have to be painted or papered. Think about tiles, even in a living room.

Earthy tones combine this open space as living room, dining room and kitchen, giving a cozy ambiance.

The ebonized floors and stark white walls provided the perfect backdrop for furnishings in a palette of warm earth tones and various types of wood. The room was divided into two seating areas, with the primary area containing the sofa, chaise and two club chairs surrounding the SPI LINE Blanco Coffee Table whose nickel plated frame…

To enhance the 11-foot ceiling and the flood of natural light from the large windows in the living area, 8-inch oak molding that surrounded all of the windows was removed, as was the ornamental crown and base molding that existed throughout the apartment. SPI opted to divide the living area from the dining area with large cube towe…

The textural elements of the stone fireplace and shaggy rug, along with hints of apple green, keep this modern space from feeling too sterile.

A cozy family room was created by installing a central chandelier to bring down the height of the ceiling. Additionally, the designer added a sleek shelf around the room for the owner to display his own photographs. Custom iron floor lamps, dramatic drapery and woven shades add texture add warmth to the room. Even though.

The way to get maximum impact from an area rug is to use it as the “soul of your room”. The color scheme, furniture placement and accessories should all connect back to it.

2013 Easy and Quick Indoor Halloween Decorating Ideas

Even with just a few days till October 31, it’s not too late to decorate. Pumpkins from the grocery store, leaves from the backyard and a few things around the house can transform a table or mantel into Halloween central.

Family Portrait in Pumpkins Forget carving. 

Forget covering the whole pumpkin with paint. Just add a circle of leftover chalkboard paint to one side of each pumpkin and draw on some funny faces (anyone you know come to mind?). Do the family, a group of friends, your pets or even Mr. Jack-o’-Lantern himself.

To make your own pumpkin family portrait: 

1. Select pumpkins in a variety of shapes. Look for smooth sides without too many blemishes or deep ridges. Wash and dry your pumpkins thoroughly.

2. Paint chalkboard circles with a paintbrush an inch or so wide. Apply at least three coats of paint, allowing the paint to dry completely between each coat.

3. Rough up the end of a piece of chalk before drawing on the pumpkin. The square edges of a fresh piece of chalk can scrape off the chalkboard paint. If this happens, just touch up the scuff with more paint.

4. Erase any goofs or smudges with a damp paper towel. You can also completely erase your faces and try different people, hairdos and expressions.

5. Finish off your scene with grocery store mums and a vase of twigs and leaves, and candles if you like. (Don’t leave candles unattended, and be sure to keep wicks well away from leaves.)

Twin Bathroom Pictures : HGTV Dream Home 2013

Colors of sea glass inspire the color palette in this luxe bathroom, where Carerra marble floors and shower stall surround are defining features.

 About the Twin Suite Bathroom

Borrowing the twin suite bedroom’s sea glass inspired color palette, the luxurious spa like bathroom boasts marble tile walls and shower surround and furnishings that lend a lived in elegance. “It’s a little touch of the Caribbean,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. “The blue green walls suggest the beautiful water of the beaches in the islands.”

2011 Bedroom Decorating Ideas With Yellow Color

Warm Color Scheme 

All warm colors have a natural affinity for each other so a color palette of yellow and red makes a cozy combination in this small bedroom. The antique wood bureau brings more warmth to the room and enhances its traditional style. The white ceiling, trim, and bed linens provide neutral visual breaks and keep the palette light .

Cheerful Disposition

Daisy-yellow walls create a happy background for this welcoming bedroom. Softened by white woodwork, beaded-board wainscoting and headboard, and a whitewashed pine floor, the yellow makes a sunny statement reiterated by the charming little footstool. To cool down the sunshine color, baby blue, azure, and apple green complete the color palette in the bedding, cafe curtains, bench, and rug .

Color with Character 

Butterscotch tones add warm brown notes to this charming and traditional bedroom where color and paint create character in a small space. The rich yellow walls are painted to mimic wide wooden boards, while yellow and ivory toile linens, yellow chintz valance, golden sconces, and the bold contrast of an iron bed combine to produce a look that?s simple yet sophisticated . The same model of curtains was used in the decoration of the room allocated for the game in online casino .

Barely There

 This serene bedroom makes judicious use of color and pattern for a nearly neutral color palette that promotes relaxation. Dashes of buttery tints dot the room but the comfy chaise is the only element that is solidly yellow. Cool tones of sage green and sky blue complement the color with cool hues. Window treatments, an upholstered bench, and the eye-catching hooked rug capture all the colors of the scheme in equal measure .

Focal Point 

This cookie-cutter bedroom lacked focus, so an accent wall papered in a pretty yellow-and-white pattern gives it the visual interest it needed. The paint is matched to the wallpaper on the accent wall for a cohesive look. Though the room is vibrant, repeating the same color keeps it calm. Shades of yellow, with hints of ivory and beige, unify multiple patterns. The upholstered bed frame sport solid fabrics as a quiet foundation for patterns. The drapery motif works because it?s of a smaller scale than the other patterns in the room .

Mix Master 

A mix of styles and cultures brings warmth and personality to this streamlined bedroom. The stage is set with pale yellow walls that complement the sunny aspect of the bank of lightly dressed windows opposite the bed. The handcrafted bedstead, too, injects color with bright yellow paint and powder-blue bedding accents. A midcentury reupholstered chair and sleek console bring the sleekness of metal framing. Ethnic collections in dark, rustic wood add both patina and global sensibility .

Traditional Cheer 

In this traditional-style master bedroom, vanilla walls provide the lightness it needs to keep it from appearing too stuffy and heavy. The dark four-post bedstead and nightstands dominate the room, but the bed gets a bit of lighthearted yellow and white toile pattern on the coverlet so it doesn?t take itself too seriously. Glossy white on the trim and ceiling serves as a foil to the deep charcoal carpet.

Firm Foundation 

Canary yellow bedding gives this nearly neutral bedroom something to sing about. Beige walls, walnut flooring, and a patterned brown ottoman provide a neutral foundation that keeps the small space from feeling cramped. White on the angled ceiling visually lifts the height of the room while a nubby white rug lightens the dark flooring and adds sink-into softness. White linens, nightstands, and shades put the spotlight on the yellow quilt and shams. At the window, a cool watery aqua adds a cool contrast .

Tied Together

A Depression-era quilt got the color party started in this lively bedroom. Sunny-yellow figural and striped fabrics dress the bed and windows and tie the sky blue wicker chairs to the other furnishings. A simply striped blue-and-white cotton rug lightens the dark-stained walnut floors. Paneling, window muntins, and ceiling trusses provide a white-on-white series of geometric lines and patterns that add visual depth and interest without intruding on the already active group of fabric patterns .


 Colorful Cocoon

A restful palette, cozy bedding, and the right nightstand make this bedroom a cocoon of color and comfort. The one-color scheme is easy on the eyes and just as easy to pull off. Vary the intensity of the color by keeping walls a couple of shades lighter than the bedding. To keep the palette from veering too far toward a sweet pastel scheme, add plenty of neutrals such as this bordered rug, graphic charger artwork, and the tiered night table. Add texture with a tone-on-tone wallpaper pattern, nubby throw, and crocheted pillow .