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Wood Adds A Contemporary Twist

When it comes to home decor, wood is in the spotlight this year. Not only is it being used for furniture and cabinetry; designers are incorporating wood details into wall panels, and home interiors. The use of wood creates great accents and textures in the home. Coupled with the eco-friendly movement, the design world has embraced natural wood with much enthusiasm. And it appears consumers are just as enthusiastic about this new trend!

Let’s start with decor: layering wood textures and accents ties the indoors to the outdoors. Additionally it’s an easy (and inexpensive) way to enhance your interiors with nature’s own sculptures. You can add “found” branches to floor vases and driftwood to tabletops. Eco design embraces the beauty that exists in wood and places its character on display in the form of home decor.

wood floor planks as wall paneling

solid wood headboard

refurbished wood doors used as a headboard

wood side tables and trims

twig lighting

We can’t forget about how glamorous wood furniture can look. When I think of furniture, I think of dining tables — but wood can be used to make many amazing pieces beyond the dining room. On top of that, wood furniture can take any shape and can be simple, modern, ornate, or vintage looking. Wood furniture tends to be better on the environment, it is incredibly durable and will outlast furniture made of other materials by years. Looking for some great basic pieces for your home? Try this oak here from the furniture market.

Here are a few favorites found online that will bring the trend of natural wood into your home too.

wood dining tables

knotty wood coffee table

wood wall paneling, light & dresser

twig side table

wood kitchen table

Don’t believe wood furniture and decor is a big movement? It’s listed as one of the Top 10 Furniture Trends of the Decade.


Living Room Decor in 2012

As we continue to spend more time in our homes (as a result of the economy, working from home, entertaining on the cheap side, etc.) it’s important to continuously add more comfort to our home decor while creating luxurious and relaxing living rooms with impressive, personal and interesting decorating concepts. That said, 2012 is all about comfortable design, elegant style, luxurious materials and bright bursts of color.  The best place to start the living room decor transformation is with new luxury sofas.

Once the large furniture pieces are in place it’s time to begin adding glorious accent colors like emerald, amethyst, ruby and sapphire to the room.  Pick bold colors that create the right mood and energy level and fill the space with pillows, throws, rugs, curtains and event wall art in these colors. 2012 home decor is about fewer patterns, and more solid colors – so be sure that the burst of color makes a HUGE statement.

Mixing textures together is also important for interiors in 2012.  Layering light, silky fabrics with thick, luxurious wools and everything in between is big this year. If the room is made of exposed bricks you should add some dramatic velvet in the room. Stainless steel and wood furniture look fantastic together.

Modern wall color is all the range this coming year. Stick to the basic shades of whites and off-white colors for your room. Non-dramatic wallpaper consisting of plant and baroque patterns in light shades are also sure to be a hit.

Here are some examples of great looks for your living room. Find more great ideas on ELLE DECOR’s LookBook.

Let us know what style is your favorite!

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Living Room Decor Refresh In Time For Spring

I’ve worked in Home Decor for a couple of years. When I started I thought four seasons of home furnishings per year was ridiculous. Why would anyone need to refresh their home seasonally? This isn’t clothing worn out in public we’re talking about, it’s the look of our home – and unless we entertain on a regular basis who really cares if our living room textiles are so Fall 2006?

I’ve learned that people do refresh their home decor on a fairly regular basis.

Add some freshness to your apartment by following some on the best Home Decor looks for Spring 2011.
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My eye is automatically drawn to the intense color of the suede sofa and pillows. The designer paired the smaller sized sofa with larger, neutral color side chairs; a safe and smart move. The best part of this room is the artwork. I like how the art doesn’t seem to go together very well, yet looks fantastic. This to me is a bold move that we don’t see people take too often.

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This room itself is fantastic. The color of the walls blends very nicely into the light wood floors. There are so many patterns going on in this room without the furniture. This basic, gray designer sofa is a great piece for the room. Additionally the fact that the colors are extremely limited help focus attention on the important elements (the walls and the floor).

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The furniture and decor in this room work well for the small living space. The coffee table and accent pieces are not to dark, heavy which helps them appear smaller than they actually are. To add some life to the space the designer pulled in some great prints that compliment each other well without created a clutter feel.

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This spacious living room gets it’s personality from prints. The walls have a tan and white motif wallpaper (wallpaper has sure made a comeback). The contrasting print side chair is filled with personality. These pieces, along with the toss pillows bring life to an otherwise sparse and stale living environment.

Which look suites you best? I prefer the blue sofa and mismatched wall art look.

Screw Me Lamps

If you don’t already know, the lamp is very important part of interior (Tyler’s mom can attest to this). Lamps need to be completely suitable for the style of the room it belongs to.

If you are a fan of simple, modern interiors, less is usually more Take Jonathan Rowell’s lamp “Screw Me”, it consists of simple lines and two basic colors.

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You can correct the height of lamp for your need thanks to its construction. It seems it says “Screw Me”!

Jigsaw Puzzle Stool

Jigsaw puzzle piece stools

Buy the Jigsaw Puzzle Sttol as a set of 2. The pieces are precisely cut to fit together as snugly as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. In any arrangement, they provide impromptu seating, a novel surface for plants or magazines, and ample material for jump-starting conversations.

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