Modern Interior Design Ideas For your Living Room

Have you been wanting to update your living room?  Are you looking for modern interior design ideas for your Living Room?  Modern design is based on the philosophy that form follows function, and less is more. So design and decoration was striped of ornamentation and we started to see new materials and colors used.  Clean lines, warm woods, and bold color is the staple of Mid Century Modern Design and it has inspired designers up to present day.

Modern Interior Design Ideas For your Living Room

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5 Home Design Trends That Stand The Test Of Time

With the start of every season, I run to the news stand to pick up my favorite fashion magazine.  I come home and lounge in my favorite spot on the sofa and devour every page of these magazines from cover to cover.  Always looking for the seasons hottest trends in fashion, art, architecture and home decor.  There are many styles that start off as a trend; pieces we like to wear or have in our home for a year or so than toss and move on.  Some trends are short lived, here are 5 home  design trends that stand the test of time.

5 Home Design Trends That Stand The Test Of Time

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Alternative Uses For Area Rugs

Last weekend at the flea market I found the most beautiful vintage kilim.   It was in disrepair from neglect and time, but fortunately the colors were still vibrant and exciting.  I had to have it, so with a little haggling I was able to buy it at a good price; good enough so I would not worry if my plans for it did not pan out as well as I’m hoping.  First order of business was to figure out what I was going to do with it?  There are so many options  so many alternative uses for area rugs.

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How To Decorate With White: Tips And Tricks To White Decor

Timeless designs, tranquil atmosphere and comfy feeling can only come with “White”. You heard it right – White is one of those unique colors that have been universally used in various interior works. Be it is a commercial space or residential, white has always played a vital role in enhancing the decor of the space.
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White Is Not Boring
Pristine, pure, and chic- white decor makes a dramatic impact that seems always right. The perception has changed, the way people used to think of white as a non color. Today white is beyond that, and has proved umpteenth time from classic to contemporary everything revolves around white.  The color provides an ideal setting whether your taste is rustic, urban, contemporary or classic. It not only looks chic but your space appears to be airier and bigger. It acts as the canvas to showcase your other decor elements, creating an inviting look.

White Can Be Cozy
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If you are looking for a space that relaxes you when you come home slogging hard at the office than white is the shade that will do the justice. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a stress free life at home, adding natural texture area rugs along with some contemporary art pieces will liven up your room. White is the dependable shade that gives you that comfy and cozy look. Every day you will look forward to spending time in that room as it provides you with that natural serene atmosphere.

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1.Shadow Leaf Throw Pillow 2.Bone Block Frame by Lazy Susan 3.White Alabaster Vanity Tray by Lazy Susan 4.Silver Cement Frame by Lazy Susan 5.Bone Rod Pattern Rectangular Box by Lazy Susan 6.White Jack 7.Perforated Porcelain Dish by Lazy Susan 8.Greek Key Metallic Silver Embroidered Throw Pillow 9.Basket weave Bone Box Set

White simplifies your space. White decor emphasizes the space instead of the surfaces. Some people try to satisfy the decor of the space with insipid color schemes, it isn’t that it doesn’t work at all, rather why not embrace the space with the color that you will love to see every day.  Accentuating your other accessories with the shades of white will not be difficult, as you will get endless options to match with the element.

Not All  White Match- Make Selection Carefully
Truly said, not all white makes an excellent match since there are lots of different shades in white available. Choose it carefully since a majority of the other decorative selection depends on the primary shade of white you choose. Accessorizing with white might be easy but it does require just as much of careful attention as with any other color scheme.

Texture, Pattern, and Layering With White
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Use texture and pattern to add excitement and warmth to what would otherwise be a boring and cool color pallet.  The use of natural materials like natural fiber area rugs as well as contemporary area rugs really help bring the color white to life.

Is White A Practical Color Choice?
All white palettes might look pristine in an interior decoration magazine, but is it practical?
You probably need to consider every aspects before you choose to decorate your space with white. For instance if you have small kids, and pets or a partner who spills coffee often, how will you make white feasible?  Use a shabby chic style for your interiors, like slip covered sofas and chairs that can be washed. Select area rugs made from natural fibers that are easy to clean, throw pillows and throw blankets can be washed or dry cleaned.

White Can Unify A Space and Soften Architectural Mishaps  
The best part about using the white is you can cover up the decor mistakes easily. Warmer lights and layered lightning will make the clutter look cool. Upholster all your mismatched furniture pieces in white and give your room a unified look. It gives a uniformed, contemporary look that you can have in the most affordable ways.

White is the most refreshing shade of all that can evoke cleanliness and purity. It also provides your space a sophisticated and confident look. Before you decide that your space will never do with the shade of white, think about the above mentioned factors for your interiors.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you decorate your home at Carmel Decor.

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How To Choose An Area Rug For The Living Room

Having an area rug in the living room transforms the space. It adds comfort and style and also creates a distinguished look.

When selecting a Living room area rug keep in mind a few factors like the layout of the furniture and their colors and also the traffic pattern. Apart from these, you should also consider your lifestyle and the general decor of the room.

Add style to your living room with an area rug

Selecting area rug for the living is not an easy task as a trip to the market would reveal. With so many choices in materials and shapes and designs, you are bound to get confused. However, if you can decide on the floor plan of the living room the task becomes simpler.


If the sofa is set against the wall, you need a big area rug that would cover the space in between and also fit under the front legs of the sofa and chairs.


On the other hand, if the sofa is set in the middle, you need a much larger rug to cover the living area.


Modern home decors use rugs in an innovative way. You may place several small rugs in the living room thus breaking the monotony of space and also adding pop of colors to the living room decor.


The area rug should gel with the color palette of the living room. If the sofa and the table are of solid colors, go for a patterned rug. The secondary color of the rug should coordinate with the color of the key furniture pieces like the sofa or drapes. Similarly, if your living room already showcases a lot of colors on the wall, drapery and the furniture, choose a neutral colored rug to achieve harmony.


There is a large selection of modern area rugs in animal prints available today that can make a living room look outstanding. A living room which has beige, coffee or brown as the dominating color, will look wonderful with a zebra printed area rug.

While choosing rugs, pay attention to the traffic the room receives. Wool and natural fibers like sisal, jute and sea grass add a soft touch to the decor. Rugs made from these materials are sturdy and can withstand heavy foot traffic.


Take a look at Loloi area rugs for your living room a beautiful choice considering their collection and variety. A handmade Oriental rug is perhaps what you are looking for in a living room area rug to make your home stand apart and make every guest appreciate your choice.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a stylish and comfortable living room at Carmel Decor.

Happy decorating,
by Firoozeh Khorrami
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Get The Look: Beach Cottage Design Ideas

It’s almost August and the temperature is going up. We love to spend the last month of summer by the beach if only for a few days in a chic, comfortable, beach cottage; just like this one from the pages of House Beautiful.

I particularly love this look; it’s not the cottage at the beach I remember. It’s warm and inviting traditional yet contemporary. The industrial style lighting is so cool, the mix and matched furniture has a vintage vibe, and the room over all is modern and fresh. As you know cottages are small and the rooms have to be multifunctional, especially when the fog rolls in and everyone gathers inside. This dining room just off the kitchen is perfect for playing games and having a conversation with a few friends as you lounge on the comfy inviting window seat.
Carmel Decor’s designers have curated this modern beach cottage dining room, please contact us if you would like help to create this look for your home.


1. Large Industrial Pendent Lamp, 2.Cajon Neutral Embroidered Pillow by Trina Turk
3.Chocolate Cross Hatch Embroidered Pillow
4. White Polar Filled Voitive
5.Bujo Np Pillow Brown 6.Round Clay Stool from Cyan
7.Natural Low Rise Baskets
8.Calvin Klein Collection Stripe Design Flat Weave Area Rug

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a warm and comfortable beach cottage at Carmel Decor.

Happy decorating,
Susan

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Give Your Home A Fresh Look With Natural Fiber Rugs


Opting for a natural fiber rug is the best decision for your home in many ways. It can give your home a very relaxing and refreshing look. Be it traditional or modern, natural fiber rugs suit every home decor. They come in many varieties, textiles and styles, are budget friendly and sustainable.

Why choose natural fiber rugs

There are plenty of reasons to choose natural fiber rugs or vegetable rugs for your home. In contrast to synthetic rugs, fewer chemicals are used in their production and hence they are eco-friendly and sustainable. They are kid and pet friendly, highly durable and suitable for all types of life styles.

Area rugs made from natural fiber usually have a subtle texture and come in soft neutral colors that make them fit in any color scheme. They are affordable and so you can invest in a few and change your home decor without straining your budget.

Area rugs made from natural elements are carcinogen free and good for families that have allergies.

How to choose natural fiber rugs for your home

There is a great variety to choose from when it comes to natural fiber rugs: sisal, jute, seagrass, wool, and silk all are popular choices.

Sisal rugs are beautiful, durable and very easy to clean. However, when it comes to absorbing moisture, they may disappoint you. Hence avoid placing sisal rugs in the bathroom or kitchen. Sisal is highly durable and you can pick rugs made from this natural fiber for high traffic areas like entries, bedrooms and dining rooms.

Seagrass area rugs not only look good but can handle daily wear and tear beautifully.

Jute is a vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse strong thread and is softer than sisal. Jute rugs are less durable but lend a natural touch to any home decor. Jute area rugs can be dyed in different hues and are available in colorful designs which increase their appeal.

Wool is soft, rich and creates a cozy feeling. Wool is very durable, is naturally fire retardant and will last for generations. You can place a wool area rug in your bedroom for a luxurious touch.

Silk rugs are costly but very rich in texture and come in beautiful designs. You can have them in your living room to create an elegant look and also extend a warm welcome to your guests.

Natural fiber area rugs have special care and cleaning instructions, with the right care, you natural fiber rug will make your home look fresh for years.

You can find a large selection of natural textured area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create the home you love at Carmel Décor.

Happy decorating,
Susan


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The World of Modern Area Rugs


If the bare floor makes your living room look boring, it is time to go for an area rug. Why only your living room? Your dining room or you bedroom could also do with a modern area rug that adds warmth and softness to the decor. An area rug is an interesting item that defines space and gives a finishing touch to your home decor. It can complement the color scheme of the room and also enhance the atmosphere.


Modern area rug – a great option to decorate a room
Today’s rugs are available in a wide range of materials – wool, cotton, jute, silk and even sisal and grass. A wool area rug is costly but a good investment as it can stand all the wear and tear and still retain its good looks for years. Not to mention the softness and warmth it exudes.


Jute and sisal rugs cost less but are difficult to clean. However, their casual style fit in very well with modern home decor and interesting designs and color schemes make them irresistible.

Buying an area rug – things that matter


An area rug unifies groups of furniture and can help in designating different zones in a room. The size of the rug plays a vital role as larger rugs make rooms look larger. So, when buying a modern area rug the first thing you should consider is the size.


In the living room consider placing the area rug in such a way so as the front legs of the seating pieces rest on it; making the living room feel larger.


While buying a decorative area rug, coordinate the color with the rest of the furnishings of the room.


Patterned rugs are a great option as they enhance the look of the room.

To achieve the best result, mix the patterns. If the furnishings are in floral prints, go for striped area rug. When choosing rugs with designs, make sure that the patterns of the rug and that of the furnishings are of different scale.

Modern area rugs are hot. You can buy a discount area rug that will suit your budget and fit your style. Take advantage of Carmel Decor’s clearance center that offers beautiful rugs at throwaway prices.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a great room at Carmel Decor.

Happy decorating,
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Home Decor Trends Spring 2014: Bold Graphic Floral Prints

Its spring, time for some sunshine and smiles. It is the perfect time to redo your home to spread warmth and love. Like the flowers blooming in your garden, maybe your home can also do with some floral prints. Are you nervous to use floral prints or think that your home would look too girly? Don’t worry; here are some tips to use flower power in your home decor.

Floral prints seem to dominate this spring. As you look around, you will find designers splashing homes with bold graphic floral prints. Using floral designs requires you to grasp the concepts of style, color and proportion. Large floral prints are the design trend of this spring. However, small prints lend a modern look to any home decor. The success of using floral patterns lies in proper mixing of colors and design against a common background.

Make your furniture stand out with floral prints. Simple pieces of furniture like sofas and armchairs can get a fresh look with the right use of floral prints.

Throw pillows with graphic floral prints will add life an otherwise dull beige colored sectional. Choose the pillows with beige prints on a vibrant background. To help the flower patterns stand out, place a few pillows in solid colors on the sofa.

If you are ready to experiment, you can even get floral upholstery or throw covers for your sofas in the living room. To create harmony in your home decor, go for drapes in a single color that will match the colors of the upholstery.

Use area rugs to add a splash of color

using area rugs is a simple idea to brighten up a room. Contemporary area rugs come in beautiful designs that can be used in dining room, bedroom and living room. Floral designs in rugs look very good with upholstery from the same color palette.

Go off the track with unusual colors

If you think floral prints only come in pinks, yellows and blues, you need to check out the spring trends this year. Floral designs in neutral colors like black and white can create powerful home decor statements.

Even use of primary colors in large prints will make your home stand apart.

When it comes to floral designs, you need to mix and match hues and print sizes to create an effect. It is time to go bold with flowers and make your home bloom.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a great room at Carmel Décor.

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Create A Cozy Home Decorating With Fall Colors And Textures

Get Cozy This Fall With The Season’s Colors and Textures

Ever since I finished school, Fall has been my favorite time of the year. During my childhood years of course I didn’t want to go back to school, and the shorter days were very depressing. As I grew older, wiser, and more sophisticated I fell in love with Fall. The change in the season, the way light reflects differently, the beautiful fall landscape is so romantic, so rich in color, and the colder climate is welcoming after the summer heat.

Fall 2013 color is Mykonos Blue, and we can see plenty of it in fashion as well as home decor.  Soft, silky velvets in beautiful jewel tones. 

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Mykonos blue is just the right color to compliment the warm oranges and reds of the changing leaves on the trees. Like these rugs by Surya available at Carmel Decor

We also love the 2013 color of the year Emerald Green, another warm rich sexy hue inspired by natures color palette.

Gold & bronze, warm metals that glitter and gleam, like the sun as it reflects on the changing colors of the trees. These golden colors are the perfect accent to the saturated colors of fall.

Use gold tones in accessories, the little sparkle adds warmth to the fall ambiance.

There are so many different ways to celebrate the Autumn months, and welcome the change with colors and textures all inspired by nature.
Remember shorter days mean longer nights by candle light.

However you celebrate Autumn, I hope you have been inspired.

You can find beautiful mirrors, poufs and ottomans, decorative pillows,
wall decor, area rugs and home accents  to help you bring some self reflection into your home at Carmel Decor.

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