Best of March 2013: Color, Furniture Care, Babies & More

Pretty four-leaf clover -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Pretty four-leaf clover -- EuroLuxAntiques.comIt’s hard to believe March is nearly behind us. That’s one-quarter of the year! Where did it go?

On this blog, the month of March was devoted to color and texture in interior design, how to care for antique furniture, and revisiting clients. Let’s revisit some of our favorite posts from the past month.

 

Lovely hortensia blooms add a pop of color to the decor -- EuroLuxAntiquesFeeling a bit of spring fever, we started the blog with a feature on how to use houseplants as accessories in your decor. There’s just something about bringing nature indoors that calms the soul.

In March, we also continued our five-part series on how to clean and wax antique furniture. This series has been a real hit on our Facebook page, and our videos walk you through the process step-by-step.

Blue and white bowls really pop when displayed on an ebonized table -- EuroLuxAntiques.com
Blue and white rice bowls really pop when displayed on an ebonized table.

Obviously, most antique furniture is made of wood so in keeping with that theme, we offered you a feature on how to add warmth and mood to your interior design by using wood. Both light-colored wood and wood with a dark finish convey a natural warmth when used indoors, but our feature shows how you can create different effects by using wood of all tones.

 

 

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a "wow" piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!
Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a “wow” piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

Again struck by spring fever, we talked about how to create your ideal outdoor room. There’s no reason to keep your antiques indoors when you can enjoy vintage iron garden gates, wrought iron chairs, and other antique iron decor items outside. Our article showcases some superior spaces in the great outdoors.

Finally, we revisited our clients Bruce and Julie, who use antiques to decorate their children’s bedrooms. Yes, we offer you visual proof that children and antiques not only can coexist but can thrive! In fact, we consider Bruce and Julie the experts on this topic since they have a houseful of antiques plus eight children under age 14.

As we bid adieu to March, we look forward to April. We wish everyone better weather in April, and we’ll be on the lookout for the latest design trends and stunning antiques to share with you here!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Add Warmth and Mood to Your Interior Design with Wood

The magnificent paneled sitting room of Bamburgh Castle -- EuroLuxAntiques.com
The magnificent paneled sitting room of Bamburgh Castle -- EuroLuxAntiques.com
Bamburgh Castle exhibits a classic, dark-paneled treatment common to English estates of the day. The dark wood finish confers a real warmth to the room, which is heightened by the red leather sofas.

You may not have the privilege of living in a magnificent castle, a la Downton Abbey, but you can create many home decor effects — from the warmth of a paneled Victorian drawing room to the cool of a mid-century modern lounge — by using wood throughout your interior design. Let’s look at how wood can change the mood of a room.

In general, wood adds warmth to a room. Darker wood finishes feel warmer, while lighter, blonder finishes feel cooler. But all of them help you create an inviting interior.

A recycled wood ceiling adds warmth to this modern kitchen by Jeremy Levine Design -- EuroLuxAntiques.com
Jeremy Levine Design uses recycled wood to add warmth to this modern kitchen.

In this modern kitchen by Jeremy Levine Design, the medium-tone ceiling of recycled wood warms up a space that could otherwise come across cold and industrial. Note also how the wood ceiling draws the eye upward, making the ceiling feel higher. I love the play between the wood tone of the ceiling, the light wood cabinets, and the floor (is it cork?). This kitchen is a great example of balancing hot and cold design elements.

 

Blue and white bowls really pop when displayed on an ebonized table -- EuroLuxAntiques.com
Blue and white rice bowls really pop when displayed on an ebonized table.

Beyond the generally warm feeling wood adds to a room, wooden furniture and other elements also can create a real sense of drama in your decor. Check out this shot of an ebonized table at an Asian restaurant. Doesn’t that black background really make the blue-and-white rice bowls pop? When you use richly colored wood furniture in your design scheme, you can play off that to create stunning color contrasts. Besides an ebonized table like this one, think in terms of painted wood architectural elements hung against a neutral wall, golden oak wood floors with chocolate leather furniture, or brightly painted chairs in a white dining room. When you’re working with wood, you can customize the finish to create the effect you want.

Monochromatic wood tones combine to create a warm, inviting dining area -- EuroLuxAntiques.com
Our client Isabelle creates a warm, inviting space with monochromatic wood tones livened up by the plate display in the sideboard.

Our clients know a thing or two about using wood furniture to warm up a room. Here, Isabelle uses antique furniture to create a monochromatic dining area that’s anything but boring. These pieces all work in harmony (along with her gorgeous wood floor!) to create a calm, inviting dining area. And, really, shouldn’t a dining room be all about peacefulness? For contrast and color, Isabelle displays plates on her sideboard and hangs a richly colored tapestry on the wall.

These homeowners create contrast in their natural wood decor by adding a dark French antique buffet -- EuroLuxAntiques.com
If you love natural wood tones in your decor, add some lighter or darker wood elements for contrast. Here, the dark buffet warms up the cooler blonde beams.

Our clients Jamie and Bill obviously love the look and feel of natural wood in their design. They purchased the beautiful French antique buffet at right from us. The darker tone of the buffet provides a nice counterpoint to the exposed blonde beams. And the red sofa adds color and drama. Well done!

As you can see, incorporating wood furniture, flooring, or paneling into your design scheme can help you create a warm environment that says, “Stay awhile.”

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!