Rug Placement Guide – Tips for Placing a Rug

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You may not know this, but there are rules for placing rugs in your rooms. If you break the rules, your room may look choppy, out of place, and unfinished. Use the right size and rug placement, and you will be thrilled with your finished look.

The two main rooms for rug placement are the living room and bedroom. Some people also place rugs in the dining room. Follow the rules listed here and choose the right size and shape of rug for your room.

Rug Placement in the Bedroom

Some people opt to forgo carpet and use wood or tile throughout their home. To add a feeling of warmth, they select area rugs. Rug placement on hardwood floors and tile serves a dual purpose – functionality, and appearance. Stepping out of bed onto a cold floor in the middle of the night is not pleasant. Feeling the warmth of a nice rug under your feet keeps you in a state of tranquility. However, you have to know how to place the rug for both design and function.

Using a larger rug helps frame the bed and nightstands and make the room seem bigger. The next best option if you cannot find or afford a large enough rug is to go with two runners – one on either side of the bed.

Rug placement in a bedroom provides a few options:

Do’s:

  • Get a rug that is larger than your bed and nightstands and position it completely under the furniture.
  • Position a large rug two-thirds under the bed from the bottom of the pillow to beyond all three sides of the bed. The headboard and nightstands will not be on the rug.
  • Use two area rugs of rectangular shape (runners) on either side of the bed. Again, the nightstands will not be on the rugs. The runners should be wider than the nightstands, but not longer than the bed.
  • Only use one area rug to the side of the bed if one side of the bed is up against a wall.

Do not’s:

  • Use a circular rug in a bedroom – unless you have a circular bed and the rug is larger than the bed.
  • Place a rug at the foot of the bed. It does not matter if the rug is under the bed – it does not belong there.

You want to have at least 18 to 24 inches of room on each side of the rug. Ideal rug sizes for the bedroom depend on bed size, as follows:

  • King Bed – 9’ x 12’ rug
  • Queen Bed – 8’ x 10’ rug
  • Single or Twin Bed – 5’ x 8’ rug

Rug Placement in the Living Room

When it comes to rug placement, living room strategy is where many people go wrong. First, let us look at furniture placement. If you have an open room, with your furniture “floating” in the middle (not against a wall), then a large rug which sits under all the furniture is the best option. When using this style of area rug placement, living rooms come together with a well-defined seating area.

The next option works well if you have a sofa up against a wall. Here, you still use a square or rectangular rug, just not as large as the one mentioned before. You will place the front legs of all the furniture on the rug for a unified look. You can see two examples of this effect in our blog about living room makeovers.

To use only a small rug under a coffee table, base its size not on the table itself, but on the interior dimensions of the entire seating area. When it comes to how to place a rug in a living room, this is the least popular option. Of course, never use a round rug for a rectangular furniture set-up.

Standard living room rug sizes include:

  • 5’ x 8’
  • 8’ x 10’
  • 9’ x 12’
  • 11’ x 14’

Rug Placement in the Dining Room

If you are looking to place a rug in your dining room, remember this primary fact – the rug should be the same shape as your table. For a circular dining table, get a round rug. If your dining table is rectangular, then your rug should be, as well.

Your entire table and all the chairs should fit comfortably on the rug. Under no circumstances should any of the chair legs hang off the sides of the rug. The rule here is that the rug should extend between 24 and 36 inches beyond the table sides. If you have an extendable table, you need to take into account the size with all the leaves added.

Standard rug sizes for dining rooms are:

  • 8’ x 10’
  • 9’ x 12’
  • 7’ diameter
  • 9’ diameter

For more information about rug placement in your home, contact HK Interiors. Our interior design services can help you transform your home or office into the vision you desire. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your interior design needs.

 

Green Products – Making Your Home a Healthy Place to Live

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In our previous blog about Green vs. Sustainable, we discussed how builders, manufacturers, and designers are making buildings eco-friendly. Today, we will address some of the ways you can improve the indoor “health” of your home by purchasing green products.

What are green products and how do I get them?

Green products are items that can meet either of the following definitions:

  • A product that is less detrimental to the health of the inhabitants than its traditional equivalent
  • A product that has a lower environmental impact than others in its category

It is also important to point out that just because a product says it is “green” does not necessarily make it a fact. The terms “green,” “sustainable,” and “earth friendly” do not always mean the same thing. Labeling can be deceiving.

Also, although something may be truly “green,” it will likely still leave some small impact on the environment. Ultimately it is the degree of impact that makes the difference.

What to Look for When Choosing Green Products

Some of the attributes to consider when choosing green products for your home include:

  • Biodegradable or reusable
  • Locally obtained – fewer fossil fuels used for transport
  • Made from recycled materials or sustainable and renewable sources
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance
  • No ozone-depleting chemicals
  • Free of toxic compounds
  • Do not produce toxic by-products

Whether you are looking for green building products, energy-efficient appliances, organic foods, responsibly forested wood, or organic furnishings, there are some seals of certification that you can look for to help you with your selections:

  • Green Seal Certified – This symbol of Green Seal Certification lets you now that the product has met rigorous, science-based standards. Some of the green seal-certified products include household cleaning supplies, food packaging, paper items, sanitary paper products, and printing & writing paper.
  • Energy Star – When you see the Energy Star symbol on a product you know that you are taking a step in the right direction towards sustainable living. Energy Star certified products use less energy and water and help cut annual greenhouse gas emissions. You can find the energy star symbol on a wide variety of products, including computers, light bulbs, ceiling fans, refrigerators, washers and dryers, phones, air conditions, televisions, and more.
  • USDA Organic Product – This symbol lets you know when food is grown without genetic engineering, irradiation, synthetic fertilizer, pesticides, and other dangerous chemicals. Produce, dairy, meat, poultry, and packaged foods may be labeled USDA organic.
  • Forest Stewardship Council – When you see the FSC symbol, you know the wood products you are looking at came from environmentally managed forests. Since 1993, the Forest Stewardship Council has worked to promote responsible forest management.
  • Global Organic Textile Standard – Products that are GOTS Certified contain organic fibers. More importantly, the certification looks at the entire textile supply chain to meet the proper tracking and management of organic
  • Global Organic Latex Standard – GOLS certification also ensures the proper tracking and management of organic materials and finished goods.
  • Greenguard Certification – The Greenguard Certification mark lets you now that the products meet strict chemical emissions limits to back up sustainability claims. You will find this certification on interior furnishings, furniture, cleaning products, electronic equipment, and other products.

These are only some of the many certification programs available for a vast array of green products for your home.

There is an excellent website that you can turn to when purchasing cleaning supplies and consumer products for your home. www.ewg.org is the Environmental Working Group that tests many of the items you buy every day. For their website that tests personal care products, visit www.ewg.org/skindeep to see if the makeup, shampoo, and other products you use are safe or toxic.

Next month, we will highlight some of the many wonderful products you can buy that are green and eco-friendly.

Contact HK Interiors to discover how to incorporate green products into your next interior design project. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your interior design needs.

 

Decadent Interior Design

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Luxury – as a noun, it means sumptuous, opulent, lavish, magnificent, splendid. For some, luxury is synonymous with decadent, and when it comes to interior design, nothing is too much. Decadent interior design is a whole world away from everyday comfort and functionality. That is not to say that luxurious furnishings cannot also be comfortable and functional – it is just that those are not the primary quality.

When most people think about decadent interior design, they envision massive crystal chandeliers, marble countertops, gold fixtures, rich fabrics, and expensive price tags. You also expect the finest quality from luxurious home furnishings.

Perhaps you are looking for that one-of-a-kind piece that will make a statement in your home. Or, maybe you want to redo a room that will be a showstopper. Whatever your desires for interior design, it is out there – or it can be custom made to your specifications.

Some Options for Decadent Interior Design

Everyone has their likes and dislikes for styles and furnishings. The photos below offer a vast array of decadent interior design pieces that may compliment your lifestyle. Perhaps you want to add them to your wish list for your next remodeling job.

In this photo, we have a pair of Swedish Modernist Winged Back Spider Web Armchairs, circa 1940, valued at $7,900. The chairs are both functional and comfortable, offering a unique design.

Pair of Swedish Modernist Winged Back Spider Web Armchairs

 

When you think opulent chandeliers, the one below probably does not come to mind. The Bocci 28.19 Cluster Chandelier below features 19 color globes with a round ceiling canopy. 64 assorted color options are available. You can choose spheres that are transparent in color, opaque, or only have color on the “satellites.” Both Xenon lamps and LED are available for a price tag of $17,100.

Cluster Chandelier from 1stdibs.com

 

If you are in the market for a new sideboard, your head might be turned by the Heritage Sideboard by Boca do Lobo. White and blue hand-painted tiles cover the sideboard which features two bronze and glass shelves. Gold leaf covers the interior door and four drawers. This limited-edition product featuring bronze, ceramic, glass, and gold leaf materials from 2015 is valued at $21,996.21.

Heritage Sideboard by Boca Do Lobo

 

Next up in our quest for unusual and decadent interior design we find this Illuminated Resin Chair by Hally Olivetti. The 1991 signed and dated fiberglass chair features a single light underneath to illuminate the flora and leaves cast into the resign. This chair can be yours for $25,000.

Illuminated Resin Chair by Hally Olivetti

 

Another unique sideboard offering is the Piccadilly Sideboard in Wood and Smoked Glass. This sideboard, also by Boca do Lobo, is made from smoked glass and wood. It is a contemporary new design that blends enchanting fantasy with potent reality. This limited-edition item houses an exquisite mirrored interior with four drawers and two smoked glass shelved. The price to bring this piece from Portugal into your home is $47,550. Of course, as with all designs highlighted here, shipping is extra.

Piccadilly Sideboard in Wood and Smoked Glass by Boca do Lobo

 

Perhaps your taste in decadent interior design sends you on the quest for an opulent place to lay your head at night. If so, you may find this Personalized Classical Italian Canopy Bed Frame right up your alley. This 21st-century masterpiece has been marked down from $206,019.96 to only $167,215.97. If you are looking for a bargain, this might be the bed for you.

 

Personalized Classical Italian Canopy Bed Frame from 1sdibs.com

 

Our final feature today is a magnificent ash armoire created in 1895 for the Winter Palace of Tsar Nicholas II. Towering over eleven feet tall, this masterfully crafted armoire features Corinthian columns, elaborate turrets, stepped arches, and urns. This armoire can be yours for the price of $348,500.

Tsar Nicholas II’s Winter Palace Armoire from 1stdibs.com

Now that we have embarked on a tour of some decadent interior design options, what are you looking for to make your home complete? Contact HK Interiors to discover how our interior design services can help you transform your home or office into the vision you desire. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your interior design needs.

 

Kid’s Room Ideas – Interior Design for Children’s Bedrooms

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No matter your child’s age, you want his or her room to be stylish, functional, and fun. Most of all, you want it to grow along with your child. Of course, the thought of an all blue or pink nursery still appeals to many parents. However, kid’s room ideas don’t end there. Today’s parents often look for broader creativity and a room that will grow with the child.

When looking at room ideas for kids, some parents lean towards a theme – such as Disney, Sesame Street, Superheroes, Nature, Wild West, Space, Under the Sea, or Animals. Of course, these are only a few of the unlimited number of options available for kid’s room design. Once a child is older, he or she may want a say in the room décor you select. Until that time, the kid’s room ideas are all yours to decide.

Nursery Room Design – Short-Term or Long-Lasting Ideas

One of the first things to decide in nursery design is the duration of the décor you select for the baby’s room. Yes, baby Mickey and Minnie are adorable. However, how long do you think your child will last in that room before he or she wants a change? If you select a theme like that, the minute your little one is old enough to fall in love with the next animated movie, a room change may be in order. That could mean swapping our wallpaper, repainting, or a complete overhaul.

Sometimes, starting with baby room ideas that incorporate neutral colors makes it easier as the child grows to simply exchange a few pictures and change the linens.

When you look at room design for kids, that is going to grow with your baby from infancy through the toddler years, and beyond, the best place to start is with the walls. Selecting either warm or cool neutral colors can give you an excellent palette for further creativity. Although contrasting patterns such as black and white are easier for a newborn to distinguish, it will only be a few months before other colors are recognizable. There is no need to focus on creating a whole room to attract an infant’s eyes. A better option may be a black and white mobile to hang over the crib for the first few months of life.

You will likely spend a lot of time in the nursery, especially in the baby’s first few months of life. The overall ambience should provide the setting, mood, and comfort you desire. There will be plenty of time over the next 18 years to incorporate kid room ideas from your child.

When looking at children’s bedroom ideas for a nursery, think about what will foster imaginary play as your little one grows. You want a surrounding that will lend itself towards creativity and fun. The bedroom should be a place your little one will enjoy – not a showplace for your friends.

Interior Design for Toddlerhood and Beyond

Once your baby moves up the ladder and graduates to a big girl or boy bed, he or she will likely begin to express certain interests. However, before running to the store to incorporate your kid’s room ideas with new wallpaper, pictures, and linens, try to figure out if this is nothing more than a passing fad.

Investing in well-made furniture early on that can last throughout the 18 years your child lives under your roof can save you quite a bit of money. Some furniture manufacturers make furniture that can “grow” with your child. By avoiding a theme that can go out of style, the furnishings can last until you no longer need them.

Neutral colors lend themselves to most any décor. Adding a splash of color in your kid’s room décor also makes it easy to make changes whenever the mood strikes. Rich woods and earthy shades lend themselves well to a hint of color in lamps, accent pillows, and rugs. By mixing textiles, patterns, and textures, you can even get creative with kid’s bedroom ideas on a budget.

The Modern Bedroom – a Teenage Hangout

It is not surprising to see a variety of kid’s wall art through the years. Superhero posters in a boy’s room and flowers in a girl’s room may give way to rock groups or sports teams. Your teenager’s bedroom should be a fun and comfortable hangout for your child and his or her friends. Modern lighting, versatile furnishings, and a plentiful supply of pillows for reclining and tossing are a must.

No matter your child’s age, a kid’s room makeover can be a fun, bonding experience for parent and child. Decide on a budget and stick to it. The services of a professional interior designer can help you create a wonderful paradise that can take your child from infancy through high school graduation.

HK Interiors provides interior design services to families throughout South Florida. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your home and office interior design needs.

 

Green vs. Sustainable: Understanding the Difference

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You have likely heard of “smart” buildings, where everything is automated, including air conditioning, security, lighting, and more. However, do you know the difference between green vs. sustainable buildings? Perhaps you have heard of eco-friendly environments. That automatically leads you to believe that the materials used were sourced in an ecologically sound manner. You think safety and reduced toxicity and that is why it is time to understand the difference between these terms.

When comparing green vs. sustainable, it is vital to know that these terms do not mean the same thing:

  • Green building definition – a building that reduces or eliminates a negative impact on the environment. One that creates positive influence on the environment and climate. Green buildings may include any of the following features:
    • Solar or another form of renewable energy
    • Healthy indoor air quality
    • Efficient energy and water resources
    • Adaptable design to changing environment
    • Utilization of green roofs and rain gardens
    • Use of non-toxic, sustainable, low-impact, and ethical materials
    • Reduction of waste and pollution
    • Recycling and re-use abilities
    • Design and construction that considers the quality of life of occupants
    • Consideration of environments needs in design, construction, and operation

A green building may vary in definition from one city to another. Culture, environment, climate, economics, and resources are some of the issues that may impact green architecture. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) provides the rating systems for green building design, construction, operation, and maintenance. The U.S. Green Building Council developed the LEED system.

  • Sustainable design definition – here, the goal is to eliminate a negative impact on the environment through skillful, sensitive design. Through a minimalistic approach to impacting the environment, sustainable design utilizes renewable resources. The focus is on creating a healthy, productive environment for the building’s inhabitants. Principles of sustainable design include:
    • Use of environmentally friendly products
    • Optimize building site potential
    • Enhancement of indoor environmental quality
    • Protection and conservation of resources, such as water
    • Optimize renewable energy
    • Enhance operational and maintenance procedures

What Is the Primary Difference between Green vs. Sustainable?

When comparing green vs. sustainable, the primary difference is that sustainability design is a broad ideology that takes into consideration social, environmental, performance, and financial implications. Green design focuses more on the environmental aspects.

While many green products are environmentally friendly, looking at them from the sustainability aspect involves digging deeper. How are they sourced, where did they come from, what resources went into the production?

For example, if you were to look at purchasing wood planking for your floors, a green definition might be that the wood contains no measurable volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) or urea formaldehyde. Taking it a step further, sustainability would mean that the company adheres to highly selective processes where a new tree is planted for every one that is cut down. If a company uses only mature timbers, it minimizes the impact on the environment.

How does knowing the difference between green vs. sustainable help you make decisions in your home’s interior design?

While we will delve more deeply into this topic in a future blog, for right now it can help you be aware of products that you are purchasing, and the impact they have on both your health and the environment.

HK Interiors can help you discover new ways to improve your home or office using green or sustainable products. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your interior design needs.

 

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