Easy Ways to keep your Dining Room Seasonal and Fresh

Everyone likes a great ambiance when they sit down to a meal.  Once you have established the basics of the room like furniture, you can keep the look of your dining area fresh by rotating seasonal decorations and room accents.  Here are a few ideas for keeping it fresh.

First, you need to set the baseline of the year round theme of the room.  Make sure that the accouterments of the room like wall art, vases, and statutes are related to the design school on which the furniture is based.  So uniformity will help keep everything look like it was meant to go together, but that does not mean that you cannot get creative and have an antique or two in a mid-modern setting. The occasional piece that is odd, will highlight your main design as long as you have paid attention to the overall scale and proportions of your dining room.

Next, have a color theme to the seasonal decorations.  Match your seat cushions or slipcovers, vases, and wall art with complementary or contrasting colors.  For example, in summer, do a blue and orange theme will create the feel of being outdoors in the fresh air.  Bring the outdoors in with fresh flower of purple and orange or pink and yellow. Pay attention to the colors you have in the room all year and use the color wheel to pick the complimentary colors you want each season.

Keep things easy to change up.  You don’t want to be moving furniture around each season just to change the look.  Having removable upholstery for your hardwood chairs like slipcovers will help keep them in good condition.  You can use them all year round or pull them out for parties and special occasions when the chairs will be getting extra use.  The slipcovers will protect the legs and built in cushions from scratches or falling food. You can have multiple sets to match the color theme for the season.

No matter what holidays you celebrate throughout the year, keep some decorations on hand to brighten up the room.  Centerpieces for the table or ivy for the furniture will add a festive accent to the dining room for friend and family gatherings.  Make sure that the decorations that you choose coordinate with the slip covers and cushions you are using during that season. The last thing you want is for everything to clash.

If you follow these simple tips, you can be the expert interior designer in your own home.  Keep it fun, keep it creative, and keep it simple. If you do, then it will be easy to make the changes every season.  

All About Kitchens: Layout, Storage, and More!

Although it might be fun thinking up all sorts of kitchen design ideas, its important to keep a few key elements in mind before going all out.

For starters, its super important to consider the ideal layout you want along with where those large appliances will go. Those appliances will take up the most space, so pay careful consideration to those. And, if you are super creative, you might even find a way to incorporate one of our best selling futon slipcovers nearby!

Once you’ve done that, pay attention to storage. Most kitchens contain endless amounts of cooking pans & pots, cool gadgets, and of course the essential utensils. Its critically important to have plenty of extra space to store all of these essentials and have them be reachable within seconds.

Finally, and this is probably the funnest part of the whole process, your kitchen should reflect YOU. Its super important to incorporate your personality, taste, and mood into the overall decor. Although functionality is important, the final goal of every kitchen should be to make cooking, eating, and entertaining an awesome experience.

Have fun and send in your favorite kitchen photos!