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HOW TO USE PAINT AND WALL COVERINGS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME DECOR


Color is one of the most dynamic and versatile design elements for adding personal style to your home’s decor. It not only sets the mood and tone, but can also bring out a room’s architectural features. Wallpaper is also back in style and can help add depth and interest to any room.

Not sure where to begin when choosing a paint color or wallpaper pattern for your spaces? The following are some tips and creative ideas that we hope will inspire you.

1. Create Your Palette
  • Start by considering your personal color preferences. Which colors do you gravitate towards – jewel tones, pastels, neutral?
  • Collect images and swatches from Pinterest, Houzz, and other decor sources. Even consider your own personal experiences: vacations, nature, artwork, etc. that attract and inspire you.
  • Group the colors and view them together in the room to see how they look with existing furnishings and during different times of the day (colors look different in the morning, afternoon and evening).
2. Define The Mood
  • Narrow down colors based on the vibe they evoke.
  • Decorate with intention by choosing colors that have personal meaning and give you a sense of satisfaction.
  • Hues from nature such as blue, green and tan feel tranquil, soothing and renewing.
  • Bright yellows, oranges and reds enliven a space with warmth and energy.
  • Darker colors convey mystery, drama and formality while lighter colors are lively and optimistic.
3. Accent Your Space

There are many ways to highlight your home’s architectural features with color:

  • Try lightening up a traditional brick fireplace by whitewashing it for a more modern look.
  • Built-in shelving can be treated like furniture by using either the same color paint or a contrast color to the walls. Make a bookshelf pop by painting the back of the shelves a complementary accent color
  • Try using contrasting color on stairway risers and/or spindles for a dramatic entryway.
4. Add Personal Style With Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper can add style and dimension to any space. Consider using wallpaper as an accent wall in a small office or powder room.
  • Keep the style of the wallpaper similar to your home’s decor – traditional, contemporary, rustic, etc.
  • You should feel emotionally attached to the design so you won’t get tired of it quickly.
  • In a room with many doors and windows, avoid large pattern repeats. Instead, choose a textured or solid color.
5. Still Overwhelmed?
  • Consider consulting with an interior designer who can help narrow down paint and paper selections based on your taste and budget.

For more info please contact Patti Stern at 203.640.3762 or email patti@pjstagingdecorating.com.

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Common Myths about Hiring an Interior Decorator

Why are people sometimes hesitant about hiring decorators? In a world where “surprise” remodeling shows on television dominate the visibility of interior decorating, it’s understandable that a few misconceptions about interior decorators have formed. But in reality, whether you’re moving into a new home or updating the house you’ve lived in for the past 20 years, hiring a decorator has many advantages from saving time and money to eliminating unnecessary stress.

The following is a list of common misconceptions about working with a decorator.

Myth: Interior decorators are too expensive.

This is one of the most common assumptions people have about interior decorators– and it keeps many from seeking out the help of a designer in the first place.

Truth: Decorating doesn’t have to break the bank.

Our decorators are committed to finding and creating options that maximize our clients’ resources, style, and budget. As one of our decorating clients, Abbi, stated, “PJ & Company knew I was on a tight budget but was open and very creative at working with me to find things that met my taste and fit into my budget.”

In the long run, hiring a designer can be more budget-friendly than taking on the project yourself. An expert can help you avoid costly mistakes and can suggest design options that will ultimately increase your home’s value for when it comes time to sell.

Myth: The decorator’s style differs from my own, so the design won’t reflect my taste.

People often equate hiring an interior decorator with the loss of creative control. In fact, it’s just the opposite.

Truth: The design process is collaborative.

Instead of infusing his or her own style into a client’s space, a decorator listens to what the client wants and then transforms that vision into a design that is cohesive, forward-thinking, and functional for the client.

We believe communication is essential, which is why we make sure to establish a partnership with our clients every step of the way. The most important part of the process is understanding our clients’ needs, lifestyle, and budget so we can provide them with a decor that they will love.

Myth: I don’t need an interior decorator because I can do everything myself.

While this is an option, there are benefits to hiring an interior decorator.

Truth: Interior decorators can make the decorating process cheaper and stress-free.

A professional can maximize your budget and schedule by utilizing resources only available to interior decorators. For example, our designers have access to showrooms not open to the public and receive discounts that can then be passed on to the client. Our company provides access to reliable vendors and contractors, and manages the project from design to construction so that the decor update or renovation can be a stress-free process for our clients.

While there are many misconceptions surrounding designers, their skills and expertise debunk the myths. At PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating, we pride ourselves on making the decorating process pleasant and easy for our clients. Whether it’s a consultation to select the right paint color or fabric for a room, complete decorating renovations, kitchen and bath cabinet and countertop selections, choosing the best coordinating backsplash, lighting, flooring, or furniture and accessory selections/arrangements, we collaborate with you to fulfill your personal goals and make you happy every step of the way.

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Re-Energize Your Space With Trending Colors That Boost The Spirit

We recently discussed springtime styling tips to wow home buyers, and with the anticipation of warm spring and summer months building, it’s also time to say goodbye to winter decor. An easy way to keep your home seasonally up-to-date is to introduce colors that inspire energy and tranquility.

 It’s no secret that color affects both the atmosphere of a room and overall mood of those inhabiting it. When focusing on re-energizing a space, some of the best colors to incorporate are shades of purple, blue, and green. 

Image Credits: Arhaus / Link to their natural reclaimed kitchen and dining room furnishings.

Purple in the Dining Room

Purple is most commonly associated with:

  • Luxury
  • Creativity
  • Vitality

Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultraviolet, is a great accent color to incorporate into a dining space, to bring forth a chic and modern feel when entertaining family and friends.

Image Credits: Arhaus / Link to their handcrafted bedroom furnishing sets.

Blue in the Bedroom

Blue is most commonly associated with:

  • Relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Inner calm

The bedroom should be a space that invokes tranquility and relaxation. Bedding, curtains, or even a patterned accent wall with different shades of blue, are just a few ways to tie hues of this color into the space.

Image Credits: Arhaus / Link to their neutral colored living room furnishings.

Green in the Family Room

 Green is most commonly associated with:

  • Safety
  • Harmony/Calming
  • Nature

Instilling a sense of nature and harmony, green is a great color to incorporate into the family room. Green hues can be brought in through rugs, accent furnishings, and fresh leafy plants, all organized around a neutral colored sectional with green accent pillows. Or, use a lime green couch as pictured above for a more stylish use of the color.

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Spring Refresh: Budget Friendly Decor Tips For Your Home This Season

As we swap out winter wardrobes in favor of lighter, brighter options for spring and summer, it’s also time to freshen up your home’s decor. Redesigning your existing spaces by bringing in new seasonal accents and decor will give your furnishings a new look and with so many options readily available online and in stores it’s easy to find pieces that match your personal decorating style.

Spring Collage w Border

Rugs and Windows

Swap out rugs and drapes in lighter textures and colors for spring. Natural sisal or jute are a great choice underfoot as are traditional textures in modern geometric patterns including chevron and trellis designs popular this season. Complete a room’s lighter, brighter feel from the floor up with sheer flowing drapes in soft, natural linen on windows.

Repurpose Dated Furniture

Slipcovers are a fun and easy way to experiment with new colors and patterns without investing in a new piece of furniture. Brand name easy fit slipcovers can be found at local home decor stores while more and more online slipcover sources offer custom options. Consider reupohstering a favorite couch or chair. There are wonderful fabrics in all colors, patterns, and textures to update any room.

Accessorize with Pillows

Pillows are one of the easiest most cost effective ways to give a room a whole new look.  Mix and match pillows in the season’s top color and pattern trends such as natural dyed ikat designs, medallions or bright spring florals. Arrange pillows in odd numbered groupings, which are more visually appealing.

Let There Be Light

In recent years, lamps have gotten a makeover. From sparkling crystal and mercury glass to ceramic, clear glass to bold colors, you can find a stylish lamp to add to your home decor. Plain wrought iron lamps with ivory shades can also get a modern makeover with a new shade in one of the seasons top prints and colors.

 

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Is Wallpaper In or Out?

Wallpaper is a top trend but as both an interior decorator and professional home stager I have a varying viewpoint on using it in home décor.  Is it in or out?  I say it’s both.

IN: As an interior decorator I love wallpaper. Interior decorating is focused on creating a space that matches the homeowner’s individual style and vision for their home, making wallpaper an exciting design choice in any room. Added to an accent wall, a beautiful wall covering can offer a stylish décor alternative to paint and creates an eye-catching design feature. Today’s options include modern designs from graphic prints including chevron and ikat patterns, colorful patterns and exquisite botanicals. One of my favorite wallpaper companies is Schumacher. Their design collections offer an array of patterns, colors and textures from hand-woven grass cloths, paper-backed natural linens, silk wovens, embossed vinyls and modern and historical prints to suit any homeowner’s taste and room décor. (Feature Image: Martyn Lawrence Bullard Wallcoverings by Schumacher)

 Schumacher Offers Beautiful Wallcovering Options From Classic Neutrals to Bold Patterns.

Stack_of_Wallpaper

OUT: As a professional home stager, I always recommend removing wallpaper when selling. Wall covering choices in interior decorating are custom picked for a homeowner and very personal; it’s rare a buyer and seller will share the same sense of style for wallpaper. When staging a home to sell quickly and for top dollar, we are neutralizing the property to appeal to a range of buyers. Outdated designs will distract buyers, make a room look smaller and give the home a dated feel. Instead of seeing the room’s features, buyers will be thinking about the time and effort they’ll have to spend or the cost of removing the wallpaper. Hiring a professional who can properly strip and prep the walls and paint a neutral color is a definite cost effective update that will make the home more attractive to buyers.  These following spaces were all transformed into spaces buyers could envision living and demonstrate the importance of neutralizing a space before listing your home.

This bathroom offers tremendous space and storage but buyers would be so distracted by the bold, blue cloud wallpaper they wouldn’t appreciate all the room’s features or envision it as their personal space.

Wallpaper Before After Bathroom copy

The dated wallpaper in this master bedroom makes the room feel smaller and is unappealing for younger buyers.  Replacing the wallpaper with a neutral paint color opens up the space so the room’s size and features, such as beautiful hardwood flooring stand out to buyers.

Wallpaper Before After Master Bedroom

Buyers would be so distracted by the pink wallpaper they wouldn’t even notice the beautiful window seat in this additional bedroom. 

Wallpapaer Before After Small Bedroom copy

 

For more information on PJ & Company Home Styling’s decorating or staging services or to schedule an in-home consultation, please contact Patti Stern at 203-640-3762 or patti@pjstagingdecorating.com.

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