Newport Coast Interior Design Interior Design by Christopher James Interiors Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:51:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Tips for Creating Coastal Interiors Sat, 19 Mar 2016 13:14:41 +0000 As Orange County interior designers, we’ve had many opportunities designing homes on the coast. We’re going to give you some simple design tips that you can incorporate into your own coastal interiors.

Blue and White Coastal Interior

Tip #1 – Use a blue and white color palette

Blues and white add a nautical and coastal feel to a room. The striped rug, coral on the coffee table and ship wheel on the right side of the room add the finishing touches.

Burlap and White Beach Interior

Tip #2 – Add a Sisal Rug and Sea Life Throw Pillows

This burlap and white beach cottage is complete with the throw pillows and sisal rug. The rope tied table lamp and star fish in a wooden bowl underneath the coffee table enhance the look.

Seafoam and Coral Beach Vignette

Tip #3 – Find Driftwood on the Beach

This simple tip is great to add an architectural and rustic feel to your coastal interior. Leaning in the corner (as shown above), mounted on the wall or displayed on a console table. The great thing about driftwood is you can go to the beach and find something and it won’t cost you anything.

Rope Stair Railing

Tip #4 – Accent With Rope

The addition of rope to an interior always adds a coastal and nautical flare. We love the way the dock ties are attached to the steps with the rope as the railing. You could also use rope as a table lamp or even a picture frame.

Tip #5 – Add Wainscoting to Walls

Adding wainscoting to your walls will create nice touch to any coastal interior painted in a crisp white. It creates a ledge for the black and white ocean prints. The use of white furniture creates a crisp look and colorful throw pillows will add a pop of color to the room.

Hopefully these simple tips will give you some inspiration for your coastal interiors inspired rooms. We’d love to see your coastal interiors photos. Send us your thoughts and stop by Christopher James Interiors for more interior design inspiration for coastal interiors.

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Black and White Interiors Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:09:32 +0000 What Do You Think of Black and White Interiors?

There is something so crisp and clean about black and white interiors. The simplicity and contrast using both ends of the color spectrum are used over and over in interior decorating and design. It’s a classic look that remains timeless and that’s why we love it so much. Here are some of our favorite interior photos using black and white…

Black and White in the Dining Room

Black and White Interior Design - Transitional Dining Room

Black and White Transitional Dining Room

Typically people are apprehensive when it comes to painting walls black, however, with the contrast of a white ceiling, drapery panels, artwork and furniture, it brightens up the space and makes this dining room feel spacious and dramatic. Don’t be afraid to go dark on the walls, but just remember, you need to contrast the room with lighter colors so that your room doesn’t turn out too dark.

In Kitchen Design

Black and White Modern Kitchen

Black and White Modern Kitchen Design

This modern kitchen also incorporates a bit of gray which softens the stark contrast of black and white interiors. If you want to add a pop of color to your black and white interiors, try adding yellow or red. In this kitchen, a simple bowl of lemons adds a pop of color to the room and gives the room a fresh look.

Black and White in Bedroom Design

Black and White Bedroom Design

Black and White Bedroom Design

This black and white bedroom design adds warmth by using a mid-range taupe wall color. Painting the fireplace accent wall in black creates a focal point in the room. Again, notice the fireplace and art are white so they contrast the black wall. For a lighter feel, a white upholstered bed would lighten the room, but a dark room always creates a cozy and relaxing place to sleep.

In the Living Room

Living Room Design

Black and White Interiors – Living Room Design

The use of black and white in this living room interior creates a light feel since the use of black is used more sparingly. It’s also a room that has a lot of natural light with the large windows. Adding accents of black in the drapery trim and pillows, it keeps the space open and airy. The use of geometric patterns in the pillows and rug also gives the room a bold and interesting look.

Have you just completed a project using black and white? Let us know what you think of black and white interior decorating and if you’d use this color scheme in your home. We’d love to see what you’re working on using this color combination. Please feel free to share your design photos and add any suggestions that you like to use in your black and white interiors.

]]> Behind the Scenes of My Airstream Trailer Renovation Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:59:52 +0000 I love nature and being outdoors. Growing up in Utah I spent many family vacations in the mountains and on my parents boat at Lake Powell. I guess that’s where it all started and now I’m going back to my roots and my love of nature. Don’t get me wrong, I love living at the beach in Newport. The weather in Southern California year round allows me to spend most of the year doing outdoor activities. However, it’s another thing in California to get away from traffic and people to just be alone with nature. Solitude and quiet time restores my spirit and stimulates my mind and creativity. So in my quest to get more of this, I thought an Airstream would allow me to get away and escape the hustle and bustle of my everyday life.

Airstream Trailer Renovation

Exterior of Airstream

Airstream trailers are a classic and were started by Wally Byam in 1929. I’ve always loved the sleek look of Airstream travel trailers. So I decided to get the 23″ International CCD. The original interior design was ultra modern, sterile and very stark. To me, modern and camping just don’t go together. I wanted to create a rustic interior design for my weekend road trips so I started looking for materials that would warm up the space and make it more like a cabin.

A Little History on Airstreams

In 1931, Airstream history began with Wally Byam’s dream: to build a travel trailer that would move like a stream of air, be light enough to be towed by a car, and create first-class accommodations anywhere.

Every inch of an Airstream has a function. They are the most thoroughly tested brand in trailer history. Its engineering is the culmination of over 80 years of experience plus millions of miles on roads throughout the world.

With Airstream travel trailers, there is no planned obsolescence. Airstreams of the Thirties are still on the road today, sturdy and modern as ever. They are intended as a lifetime investment in happiness.

Let the Renovation Begin

Here are some of the highlights of my renovation that I thought would be fun to share with you all and show you some before and after photos. If you are looking to do your own Airstream renovation, hopefully this will give you some inspiration to start.

I kept the original floor plan due to the expense of rerouting electrical and plumbing. So after tearing everything out, the only thing remaining was the bathroom. I didn’t do any remodel to the inside of the bathroom. Below is the photo of what it looked like after everything was taken out.

Gutted Shell of Trailer

Gutted Interior of Airstream

I knew I wanted reclaimed wood floors and that was where my inspiration began. In the wood that I found, there was a pale blue gray, so I decided to use varying shades of blues in my design.

Below is a photo of the wood and the materials that were inspired from these floors.

Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Materials and Inspiration

Materials and Inspiration


I love the look of cement countertops, but when designing any trailer, I had to be conscious of weight, so rather than use real concrete, I opted for a laminate that looked like concrete. I loved the lighter and darker shades in this laminate and it looked so realistic.

Cabinet Laminate

Concrete Laminate

Concrete Laminate for Countertops

To contrast the lighter countertops I chose a charcoal gray wire brushed oak laminate for the cabinets. The original samples I had selected were too busy with the floors.

Dinette Area

Gray Laminate for Cabinets

Charcoal Gray Laminate on Cabinets in Kitchen Galley

I had the dinette booth made and used a blue gray ultra suede fabric for the seats and seat backs and then contrasted the back with a medium brown leather.

Dining Area Banquette

Dining Area Banquette Transforms into Additional Bed


The bathroom laminate was originally a stark white and it just didn’t complement the warm colors I was using, so I chose a wall covering from Phillip Jeffries to cover it. It created texture and warmth to the space.

Bathroom, Dining and Kitchen Galley

Exterior Bathroom Walls Wrapped in Phillip Jeffries Vinyl Textured Grass Wall Covering

Window Treatments

The original window treatment material that I selected above looked great and had a bit of blue that I liked, however, they were too thick and wouldn’t work as a roller shade, so I had to go with a grass woven material that would roll up tightly in the recessed areas in the overhead cabinets. Be careful when selecting roller shade material to make sure that they will roll up properly in a small space.

Bedroom Area

In the bedroom area I chose a natural linen for the drapery panels. I used my accent blue gray on the sheets and blankets and a decorative pillow with a pattern that encompassed all the colors which added a bit of interest to the bed.

Bedroom Area

Bedroom Area w/ Linen Drapery


The accessories really finished the design by adding pops of color and texture. I purchased rustic melamine dishware from Williams-Sonoma since I didn’t want anything that was breakable. Rustic bark textured silverware, vinyl grass woven placemats, a pale blue ultra suede desk chair and a blue lamp with a natural linen shade. And finally some artificial succulents that added a bit of color and life to the countertops.

Bedroom Nightstand

Bedroom Nighstand

Desk Area

Desk Area, Lamp and Desk Chair

Williams-Sonoma Rustic Melamine Dishware

Rustic Melamine Dishware & Bark Textured Silverware

This airstream renovation took as long as some homes I’ve designed…almost a year! There were many challenges working in a small space with weight specifications and other obstacles, but in the end I’m very happy with the results.

Are you looking to start your own renovation? Give us a call and we will advise and help you renovate and create the look you want for your Airstream.

If you’re interested in renting out my Airstream and are in the Southern California area or want to visit and do a road trip up the California coast, follow the link below to book your reservation on Outdoorsy.

Have you just renovated your Airstream? Share your story and post photos in the comments section below. We would love to see what you have been up to and would also like to get your feedback on some of the challenges and advice for others who are just starting their own renovation.

Orange County Brownstone Furniture Dealer Mon, 07 Mar 2016 05:22:06 +0000 Looking for a Brownstone Furniture Dealer in Orange County?

We are proud to announce Christopher James Interiors is now a dealer of Brownstone Furniture in Orange County. We love this collection of furniture and the diverse styles that are offered, from modern and transitional, to rustic and classic. We think you’ll like it too! Here are some of our favorite pieces from the collection…

Treviso Two-Door Accent Chest

Treviso Two Door Accent Chest

Treviso Two Door Accent Chest #TR-002

This chest makes such a great statement! It makes for a beautiful entry piece. This chest looks like it’s painted silver, however, it’s actually crafted out of German silver. This is not a finish, but an actual cladding of metal, meticulously nailed to the surface of the piece.

 Treviso Chest

Treviso Chest and Palmer Canopy Bed

We recently used the Treviso two-door accent chest from Brownstone Furniture in a bedroom design and used them as nightstands along side the Palmer Canopy Bed in the driftwood finish. The pale pink grass wall covering is from Phillip Jeffries.

Atherton Onyx Bed

Atherton Onyx Bed

Atherton Onyx Bed (AT-0050N)

This bed is another one of our favorites. It has a transitional look, allowing you to mix it with modern and traditional furniture. The headboard is upholstered in a washed burlap and also comes in a lighter teak finish. The benches at the foot of the bed are the Atherton Onyx Bench which come in a black and white chevron fabric.

Harrison Bookcase

Harrison Bookcase

Harrison Bookcase (HS-401)

This bookcase has such a clean, modern look. You can use several together to create a larger bookcase if you have a large wall you want to showcase books and accessories on. This bookcase comes in three different colors…chestnut brown (walnut and mahogany wood), driftwood and mink (sandblasted teak wood).

Ibiza Chair

Ibiza Chair

Ibiza Chair (IBD-201)

This chair is streamlined in design, yet remains relaxed and comfortable with a natural khaki linen fabric and solid oak wood frame. It comes in two finishes, driftwood and sepia. The Ibiza chair goes great with the Atherton Teak or Saratoga Dining tables also from Brownstone.

Tangier Herringbone Accent Chest

Tangier Herringbone Chest

Tangier Herringbone Accent Chest (TA-004)

This herringbone chest is hand crafted using buffalo bone and is truly a work of art. Another statement type piece for that special place. The bone is cream and gray and the frame is aged iron.

Marcel Cocktail Table

Marcel Cocktail Table

Marcel Cocktail Table (MR-502)

The Marcel table is made with solid reclaimed elm wood. The intricate pattern of the top further enhances the beauty of the reclaimed wood. This table has a modern yet rustic look and goes great in an industrial style loft or a beach house.

Marcel Chair

Marcel Chair

Marcel Chair (MR-202)

This classic European style slip covered chair is offered in two linen options, natural with a brown bottom border (shown above) or in a solid pewter without a bottom border.

If you are in Orange County, let us know and we can help you with any of these highlighted pieces or any items from the Brownstone collection.

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Five Easy Ways to Update Your Living Room for 2016 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:21:15 +0000 In case a thorough or partial living room makeover is on your list of changes for this year (and it definitely should be), you will have to make quite a few tough choices and decisions soon. But what if you are still uncertain as to what and how to modify your living room to make it more appealing? Fret not – we have five suggestions here on how to spruce up your living room décor and turn your family’s favorite room into a place of relaxation, style and comfort.

1. Define your Living Room with an Area Rug

If your living room floors are bare or you have old, shabby carpeting that has lost its appeal, add an area rug to freshen up the ambiance and organize the space into visually separate units. A carefully selected area rug will freshen up the room far more efficiently than a handful of colorful accessories – and the best thing is, you can use it even if you have wall-to-wall carpeting. Depending on the room color scheme, you can buy a tasteful monochromatic mat in a light tone that will instantly brighten up the atmosphere. If you want to add visual interest and liven up plain décor, however, pick an area rug with a geometrical print with shapes in contrasting tones.

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Area Rugs Create Softness and Frame Furniture

2. Add Style with Modern Window Blinds

Another easy trick to revamp your living room look, modern window blinds will add a note of style to your décor while at the same time keeping out intense sunlight and nosy parkers. On top of boosting privacy and creating a snug atmosphere, contemporary shades and blinds are much easier to maintain and they also have a longer lifespan than regular curtains and drapes. In case you are not sure as to which type would go best with your room look (e.g. Venetian blinds, Roman shades, vertical or horizontal blinds), you can find discount blinds online and pick window shades that complement your room in terms of colour, texture and furnishing materials.

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Add Modern Roman Shades or Blinds

3. Add Something Living

A popular 2015 décor trend likely to hang around in the year to come, use of living elements such as potted plants, terrariums, flowers and herbs will add a fresh note to your living room. On top of its stylistic features, plants are also an extremely healthy addition to any indoor area as they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, thus improving the quality of the air you breathe and boosting your focus and mental capacities.

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Add Plants to your Room

4. Use Art to Create a Focal Point in the Room

Transform a plain wall into a focal point in the room by decking it with artistic details such as paintings, vintage mirrors or inspiring photos. Accent walls offer an affordable and easy way to add visual interest to your living room, and they also allow you to be creative and add a personal touch to your space.

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Add Interest to your Walls by Grouping Artwork

5. Improve Lighting

Make the year ahead a time of light and positivity by upgrading your living room lighting. You can do this by adding a chandelier to your shabby chic room, installing dimmer switches or getting a couple of vivid lampshades. When choosing new lamps, go after the ones with sturdy bases and colourful shades that will create a romantic ambiance and add vibrancy to the room.

If you feel like your home could use a change, you are probably right. Do not start the year to come with old décor – the biggest changes start off small. A living room makeover may be the easiest way to kick off 2016 with a fresh attitude to life.

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Different Light Sources for Mood and Functionality

About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne with a lot of different interests in life. She and her husband love DIY projects and design. You can also contact her at her Twitter account.

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Orange County Interior Designer Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016 Sun, 17 Jan 2016 22:09:12 +0000 Orange County Interior Designer Chris Givan of Christopher James Interiors – Best of Houzz 2016

We are so honored to be awarded “Best of Houzz 2016” by Houzz, the leading platform in the world for home remodeling and interior design….thank you!

Orange County Interior Designer - Christopher James Interiors

Orange County Interior Designers – Christopher James Interiors

Press Release for Orange County Interior Designer, Christopher James Interiors

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release


Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World


Orange County, CA, January 14, 2016Orange County Interior Designer of Christopher James Interiors has won “Best of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The award winning design firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Orange County interior designer, Chris Givan of Christopher James Interiors, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Christopher James Interiors

Orange County interior designer, Chris Givan, is the president and senior designer of Christopher James Interiors. The firm is one of the top interior design firms in Orange County. Christopher James Interiors specializes in bathroom design, bedroom design, home staging, kitchen design, media room design, online interior design, space planning and 3D renderings. Commercial interior design services include hospitality design, hotel design, office design, restaurant design and retail design.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit Houzz.

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Guest Post: 5 Great Bathroom Ideas Sat, 19 Dec 2015 04:13:35 +0000 Five of the Latest and Greatest Bathroom Ideas

When it comes to interior design innovations and improvements, bathrooms very often turn out to be places where the owners pay the least attention. There is no justifiable reason for this and, luckily, the manufacturers and designers of bathroom equipment do not think alike. It seems bathrooms are becoming increasingly interesting when it comes to implementing new ideas and this is why every year there are several original and practical bathroom additions. Here are the latest ideas that even the most reserved people will find hard to pass up.

Hexagonal Tiles

According to an Aroma Therapy article hexagonal tiles are one of the most sought after additions to the latest bathroom ideas. These traditional patterns are being perfectly implemented in contemporary design ideas, giving a sort of an old-school feeling. Eclectic interior designers simply adore their classy look and contrasting atmosphere they create. Contemporary interior designers, in general, emphasize the space deepening effect and cleanliness they add to both walls and floors. The multitude of patterns available is a plus by all means.

Hexagon Tile Bathroom Ideas

Hexagon Tile Walls in Bathroom Design

Open Shower Concept

The usual approach to a shower installation is a closed cabin positioned in a corner spot. Understandably, this is done out of practical and space saving reasons, but it takes away all creative design possibilities a differently placed and shaped shower would provide. A different concept is becoming increasingly popular and open showers, with only one wall separating them from the rest of the bathroom, are being more and more implemented. This will open the entire space and provide additional design possibilities, completely changing the atmosphere.

Open Shower Bathroom Ideas

Open Shower Bathroom Design

Tub and Shower Combination Bathroom Ideas

All those people who simply cannot decide whether they prefer showers or tubs and wish to have both options should definitely look into these bathroom ideas. The essence is to have a shower space right next to the bathtub. A wall to wall approach would be the best and most convenient. A single glass wall separating it from the rest of the bathroom will additionally enhance the effect. This approach makes installation of both shower and tub easier and in fact saves space, making it possible for small spaces to fit both bathing solutions. Maintenance advantages are pretty obvious.

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Bathtub and Shower Bathroom Design

Wood…But not Wood

Wooden floors are at the top of choices for most renowned interior designers due to the elegance and warmth it provides. Unfortunately, using wood floors in a bathroom setting is highly impractical due to humid bathroom environment. Luckily, ceramic tile technology makes it possible to create a wood look with tiles made entirely of ceramics, perfectly combining aesthetics and durability. This is one of the most prominent new design bathroom ideas.

Bathroom Ideas for Small Bathrooms

Wood Tile Bathroom Design

Black, White and Gold

Color combinations play an important role in any design approach and these three colors are what is at the center of attention when it comes to the latest bathroom ideas. Black and white mixture is a well-known design combination that provides both elegance and intrigue. Enhanced by golden fixtures, mirror frames and faucets, the overall atmosphere becomes more spacious and dynamic. Classy, but different, is another way of describing this color combination and interior designers are recommending it to anyone with an artistic sensibility.

Black, White and Gold Bathroom Design

White, Black and Gold Bathroom Design

Which Idea Would You Go For?

If you have any concerns about whether your bathroom space is suitable for a particular idea or which of them would be the most appropriate design-wise, research bathroom renovators for rough works and the best interior designers on the market and feel free to ask for advice. It is always suggested to consult an expert interior designer to minimize any potential risk.

Bathroom renovation is a great opportunity to make the change for the better. Consider these bathroom ideas and you will surely find a way to implement some of them and enrich your bathroom design.

Surprising Home Office Designs | Home Office Design Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:00:46 +0000 Tips for Creating a Great Home Office Design

Nothing beats being your own boss and avoiding a long commute to work. This is exactly what working from home enables you to do. However, spending hours on end in a tedious environment tends to impact productivity in quite a negative manner, which is exactly what having a home office offers escape from. By doing some research and following these home office design ideas, anyone can turn a murky, sterile space into an inspiring, creative room.

Add Lighting to Your Home Office Design

Nothing is better than to infuse some life into a potentially boring world of business than some vivid lights. Working in a lively atmosphere is a well-known mood and productivity booster. Furthermore, colorful lights work benefits with regards to focus and concentration. Just make sure that there’s enough light around, so that you see clearly what you’re doing, in order to avoid potential damage to your eyesight.

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Tools and Gadgets to Add to Your Home Office Design

What better way to break the tedium of a workday than making sure you have something to occupy your attention. Luckily, there is a ton of cheap gadgets available out there at your convenience. Those most popular come in forms of USB-oriented ones:

USB desk lamp – Even though functional, this tool can turn quite interesting to use, and the sheer fact that it is powered by your own computer is a fun fact to begin with.

USB lava lamp –Why not take your break in an ambient of a smooth, relaxing light to calm your mind?

USB cup warmer/cooler – Ever had to power through a cold coffee, or a warm coke during winter on account of being too busy working? Make sure you never go through this nightmare again by opting for an affordable cup warmer/cooler.

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Neutral Home Office Design


When in doubt, always go IKEA. Quite affordable and awesome-looking, having IKEA appliances might be a great way to improve the general vibe of your home working space. Something as basic as an IKEA desk tends not only to make your home office space look classy, but also turns it functional, while paying compliments to your pocket.

Home Office Design

Under Stairs Home Office Design

Monitors Overview

Desk clutter nowadays seldom comes in the form of actual, physical clutter, but rather a virtual one. There is no better way to avoid unfortunate situations like these than opting for six side-by-side monitors instead of the mere one. Furthermore, if the cool look of a panoramic wallpaper isn’t a reason enough for you to opt for this technological miracle, the fact that it provides a significant improvement to your productivity should be more than enough. Impressive, isn’t it?

Transitional Home Office Design in Orange County

Transitional Home Office Design

Space Management

On the note of clutter, working a desk job is impossible if you don’t utilize your space well. First of all, don’t even think about not having a dedicated room for your work. Second of all (on a much brighter note) you should know that fitting your home office into rooms as small as your closet is entirely doable. By making sure that you use the most out of your walls, you’re providing your future self with a ton of relief. Think shelves, writing implements, whatever comes to your mind – there’s more than plenty of office furniture options out there. Additionally, some decoration certainly won’t hurt.

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Modern White Home Office Design

Cable Management

These simple office appliances can turn into quite a nightmare. Trust me, you do not want to own a bundle of cables, so firmly tangled-up, you can shoot hoops with them. Follow these couple of tips and in this way make sure you keep them at bay:

First of all, keep the cables identified and separated.

Always overestimate the length – a couple of extra meters haven’t hurt anyone.

Keep an Eye out for Distractions

Sure, a certain amount of distractions can help during breaks, but you do not want trivial things giving you a reason to procrastinate. Keep things basic and in that way make sure you stay productive.

Although basic, these few home office design tips might turn out to be more than helpful. Make sure you maintain a healthy level of distractions, the furniture and appliances basic and functional and space carefully thought-through. In this way, you can rest assured that you are productive, while in the comfortable confines of your home.

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6 Important Things to Consider When Choosing Window Treatments Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:21:15 +0000 Consider These Ideas When Choosing Window Treatments

Every home needs something to cover the window; no matter where your home is located you may need to look into choosing window treatments for privacy, warmth or simply aesthetics. However, there are a great many different styles available to choose from and this can make it difficult to choose the right covering. The following tips will help you decide on the right balance of function, style and affordability:

Choosing Window Treatments

1. Function

The window treatments for each room should be based upon the use of that room. Family areas and entertainment areas will require as much light as possible. This means the window treatments should be light, semi-transparent and kept as far back from the window as possible. Some spaces may also be used to watch films or play computer games; these rooms will want less light as you do not want reflections on the TV. If this is the case then you should use a layered approach; this will mean you can adjust the light in the room depending upon what the room is used for.

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2. Location, Location, Location

Choosing window treatments may not seem as important if you are in a remote location without a neighbor for several miles. However, if your home looks onto someone else’s, then the first priority when choosing window treatments in these locations is privacy. You will need a heavier, easy to open and close style window treatment to ensure you are safe from prying eyes.

Location also plays a part in the amount of sun you receive through a window. Windows which face the sun all day will likely heat up the room, light color window treatments can be used to maximize the light in the room while keeping some of the heat out. Blinds can also be good in this scenario.

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3. Privacy and Style

This is an important element of any home, you will wish to enjoy a shower or change your clothes without being concerned about who is watching. Bedrooms and nurseries can benefit from heavy, black out coverings to aid with sleep and privacy. Bathrooms, however, need light coverings which will allow plenty of light into the room, without compromising your privacy.

Neutral Living Room Design

4. Fabric

The material used when choosing window treatments makes a big difference to the amount of light or privacy which your room will receive. Thinner fabrics will allow more light in, but will also decrease the amount of privacy you have. The fabric should be chosen based upon the function of the room and how much light you require. The lighter fabrics will ensure any space feels light and airy while darker fabrics can create a more dramatic environment. Coverings with linings are also useful as they protect the furniture from harmful UV rays while adding an extra layer of insulation to a room.

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5. Size

The type and size of window treatment you choose also makes a difference to the feel of the room. Curtains hung above the window and dropping to the floor will create a feeling of height in a room. However, many people now opt to keep the curtain from sitting on the floor; this avoids dust and dirt gathering on the curtain. More dramatic looks can be achieved by bunching the material in front of the window; this means ensuring your curtain is two or three times the width of your window.

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6. Color

The color of a window treatment is down to your personal preference. It should match the color scheme in the room, although this does not have to be the same across the whole house. Brighter colors have been shown to assist in brightening the mood of any room; darker colors have the opposite effect…the choice is yours!

Before deciding on window treatments for your home, you should assess your options. First analyze the space you have available, measure the height and length, and go for a color combo that goes with the rest of the décor. Invest in quality materials and your home will have an appeal that you and your guests will absolutely adore. Be original and let your imagination run wild. Don’t hesitate to think outside the box and just enjoy the end result!

Transitional Living Room Design Window Treatments

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