how to design with upholstered walls?

Upholstered walls are trending right now, and it’s easy to understand why. Aside from the glam look they add to any room–regardless of style–they are also utilitarian. Check out our post to get some upholstered wall inspiration!

The first upholstered walls appeared in 15th century Europe–designers have used them ever since to added softness and elegance to homes.

Upholstered walls help muffle the sounds of cars and people that keep you up and wake you up. The diamond tufting in this bedroom adds romance.

If you want to add sconces to your space, but haven’t hardwired them in, use upholstered walls to hide the wires! Here our own design with large rectangular grey panels creates a contemporary look.

Don’t have a style bed frame? Add upholstered panels to the wall behind your bed to create a dramatic headboard and a comfy place to lean.

If you have unsightly brick or wood paneled walls, but aren’t ready to call a contractor, use upholstery as an elegant cover up.

Upholstered walls warm up a room without adding clutter–a great solution if your contemporary living room feels cold.

Have a bench in your home, but don’t like to sit there because all there is to rest on is a hard wall? Add an upholstered wall!

Bring a splash of pattern to your room by upholstering your wall with a fun fabric.

In a dining room, upholstered walls add a feeling of intimacy to dinner parties.

Like to watch movies or party late into the night while the rest of your family and neighbors are trying to sleep? Upholster your media room to prevent sound from escaping and to improve acoustics.

You don’t have to go all the way! To get the effect without upholstering your entire room, just add upholstery to the wall directly behind your TV!



how to design a midcentury modern bathroom?

Midcentury modern is at its most popular since the 1960’s. Minimalist decor that showcase organic materials, bold patters, geometric accents, and oranges, yellows, and greens are all central to the style. When renovating a bathroom, or any room of your house, you can add accents of midcentury modern style or go all out. Either way, you want your home to feel like it’s in the 21st–not the 20th–century. In this post we’ll give you tips for bringing this playful and elegant style into your bathroom.

Showcasing wood is a great way to bring a midcentury modern feel to your bathroom. Pick a wood with a prominent grain for your cabinets, mirrors, bathtub, ceiling, or panels.

Doors that are flush with cabinets are a signature of the style and enhance the sleek lines that make midcentury modern design so elegant.

Keep surfaces simple–matted countertops and flat tiles enhance the midcentury modern look.

Bold patterns are often used in the style. In a bathroom, a patterned wallpaper is striking against simple cabinets. Here the designer chose a fun flowery pattern, which makes the space playful. For a more refined look, go with a geometric wallpaper.

Though we may not want to embrace all aspects of this 1960’s style, beautiful craftsmanship is one that is timeless. The delicately constructed wood shades in this bathroom add a midcentury modern feel to this space without overwhelming the decor.

A simple geometric piece is another great way to get a midcentury modern feel. These circular, wire suspended mirrors are a contemporary choice.

A classic midcentury modern spherical lantern can add a feeling of romanticism to your bathroom. Flea markets are a great place to find vintage lighting gems.

A pop of color against an otherwise neutral color scheme brings a midcentury modern aesthetic to your bathroom in a playful way.

For subdued look, pick a subtle color pop, such as the burnt orange tiles used in this shower, which tie in the tangerine so key to the midcentury modern style.

When you choose to go with a midcentury modern aesthetic you have permission to be bold–add a statement art piece, whether it is geometric, sequined, or has a more contemporary feel, such as the piece in this bathroom.

Showcase your high quality fixtures and cabinets with white walls.

Contrast angular and more organic pieces.

Midcentury modern design can fuse seamlessly with other aesthetics. The flush wood cabinets updated with jade green countertops create a bathroom that is both contemporary and midcentury modern.

Here modern style is seamlessly combined with midcentury modern. The glass shower doors add to the look by making the bathroom feel more spacious, as do the clean straightforward hardware.

The iconic cabinetry gives this bathroom its vintage feel while the white wood ceiling evokes a country style.

As long as you stick to quality pieces, you can add a little midcentury modern flair to any bathroom!


closet solutions

Due to a space limitation or a door conflict, many bedroom can’t accomodate closet doors that open out. Rather than dragging your nightstand across the room or locking your partner in the bathroom every time you pick out an outfit, choose bifold or sliding doors over doors with hinges. Don’t fear, there are many options that give you full access to your clothing and are also beautiful additions to your space. Check out our ideas below:

Shoji screen closet doors are a wonderful stylistic centerpiece for your bedroom and can compliment an East Asian inspired decore theme.

There’s no need to limit shoji screes to East Asian themed rooms–they also compliment minimalist design aesthetics.

Barn door style tracking is a great choice if you want to view all of the items in your closet simultaneously. Here the door is creatively set up to hide or reveal a closet, a small work space, and a bathroom. A multi-purpose door installation isn’t only cool, but it also saves money.

Despite the name, barn door style tracking does not need to have a country feel. With the right hardware and door, barn door closets can have a modern feel, traditional feel, or any feel you want.

This lovely silver tracking matches the silver overhead lighting. Metal hardware looks best when it is the same in all parts of the room.

Though this door leads to a bathroom, we just love how the paneling of the door matches the wall so much that we had to share!

Another innovative way to save space is to place barn door closets so they open behind your bed.

For an especially modern look, we recommend combining barn door tracking with glass doors.

These are some of our favorite sliding doors. Unlike traditional sliding closet doors, which always hide a portion of your clothing, because of the recessed art display built-in between closets, when the art is hidden all of the clothing will be visible.

When using wood doors in a room with wood flooring, we recommend picking a similar finish.

These wood framed mirrored doors are a much welcome and much more stylish alternative to the traditional thin metal framing.

This white framing is also classy in this all white room.

Sliding doores that stack an can slide together make picking out clothing even easier.

Don’t be shy! Make a style statement with your closet doors.


How to impact your bedroom by using a fabulous chandelier?

Traditionally chandeliers were reserved for use in dining rooms and foyers, but recently it has become fashionable to hang chandeliers in bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms, and we’re thankful for it! Because of their dramatic shape, chandeliers add romanticism and class to any room, but are put to especially good use in a bedroom. Read on to find out how to pick the perfect chandelier for your bedroom…

Because chandeliers are best used to add mood to your bedroom, we recommend getting a chandelier that’s on a dimmer and is not the room’s main source of light. If you don’t have recessed lighting in your bedroom, as this one does, add floor or table lamps.

The style of your chandelier does not need to match the aesthetic of your bedroom–a well thought out stylistic divergence can make the biggest impact. Here the organic antler chandelier is a great counterpoint and softens the modern feel of the room.

This chandelier not only varies from the decore–it’s modern design is exciting in this grand cabin–but the bedroom’s vaulted ceilings are also perfect for it. When hanging a chandelier in a room with double-height ceilings, hang about 10′ from the floor.

If your chandelier is made from metal, match the other metal accents in your room to your chandelier or visa versa. In this lovely bedroom, the finish on the chandelier and bed match beautifully.

Chandeliers are a classy and fun substitute for a traditional bedside table lamp. This simple Spanish style chandelier adds warmth to the modern space.

In this room, the dramatic black crystal chandeliers adds glamour.

If a chandelier has exposed globes, to prevent overheating, choose bulbs with low wattage.

Because chandeliers are hung far above the reach of small children and klutzy adults, you can choose a piece that is far more ornate and delicate than other items in your home. This is a low risk way to add an elegant feel to your space.

When hanging a chandelier, you must consider the room’s proportions. Chandeliers, other than those used as bedside lights, look best when hung so the bottom of your chandelier is just higher than the tallest piece of furniture in the room. To determine the best sized chandelier for your bedroom, add the length and width of your room and then substitue the foot symbol for inches; if your room is 12′ by 17′, your chandelier should be 29”.

Hanging a chandelier in a small bedroom is a foolproof way to transform the space from mediocre to dazzling.

A large glass or clear crystal chandelier can add drama to a small bedroom without overwhelming the space. To maximize light refraction, choose an unfrosted bulbs.

If people will be walking under your chandelier, make sure to leave a clearance of at least 6’8”. Lastly, to prevent a fire hazard, always have your chandelier installed by a licensed electrician!