Timeless Designs, What’s Trending In 2020, Part 2


In this session  we continue talking about wallpaper. I want to show you a few more ideas so you have a firm understanding about what’s trending in 2020 and where to use these different types of wallpapers.

The next wallpaper we’ll talk about is

BAMBOO: I am very much into enviromentally friendly elements and this wall paper is definately  enviromentally friendly. Handcrafted from natural bamboo and glued to paper. The only downside to bamboo is that it is delicate so really needs to be used where there isn’t much traffic or moisture and it’s  not washable. Recommend it to be professionally installed.

FLOCK: Flock wallpaperhas been around for 300 years it has a distinct fuzzy three-dimensional pattern usually damask or floral, the texture is a velvet-like fiber which is glued onto a paper backing to create a dramatic printed pattern, this was known as “flocking”. It was known for it’s durability and moth proof better than the fabrics that were used back in the 1500 ‘sand 1600’s. It is expensive and hard to maintain. A luxurrious wallpaper however, is not washable and is hard to remove. I highly recommend using it in the master bedroom, accent walls or guest room, but not a childs room. The hottest trends today are vibrant and bold poka-dots in black or fushia on a metallic background.

MYLAR: This is a printed paper base with a polyester film applied on top with a shiny/wet look that looks like foil wallpaper, the only thing about this paper is it doesnt hide imperfections so a liner paper is recommended underneath and is hard to install, has a tendency to crease. The pros, it is washable and easy to remove when needed. This paper would go well in kitchens or bathrooms.

WALLPAPER LINER: Made of fiberglass or paper it is installed on walls that are too rough or has deep imperfections that can’t be fixed easily. It smooths out the wall surface so you can use wallpaper that would not apply properly or look good showing every imperfection. It is washable, easy to apply and can be used alone or painted. Apply it on badly defective  walls that would take alot to fix, then use your paint colour choice.

For a shabby chic look or to add a bit of whimsy to a room, maybe a sassy pop or romantic air, wallpaper could be what brings those elements to the design. A traditional wallpaper pattern can instantly bring a formal mood to the decor.. A bold  print will bring a sense of the artistic side and make a statement. A tropical leaf pattern can be very calming and be the right pick for a tropical feel, layered with painted walls that compliment the theme of the room.

Measuring and Applying

You have to be so careful when measuring for and buying wallpaper as well as selecting the look and theme you want to finish with. Figuring out how much you need for the surface area to be covered is very important, wallpaper is expensive if you buy too much. Follow this basic formula for buying wallpaper and you should be safe.

  1. Measure your walls and multiply the height by the width of each wall in feet.
  2. Add all wall measurements to get the total square footage.
  3. Subtract all windows and door measurments.
  4. Make sure you read the wallpaper label for the amount of square foot coverage the roll provides and make sure it is more than your total wall square footage taking into consideration the pattern matching measurement.
  5. Buy an extra roll to make sure you have enough. Mistakes can be inevitable  so  it’s better to have an extra roll (that can be returned) then scramble for more that may or may not be available down the line and have the right colour batch. 

Note: if you run out and need to buy more, the batch (dye colour) may not be exactly the same, the hue may be lighter or darker and in certain light would be noticable. So measure right,  buy what you need, 1 roll more at least. Its good to have an extra roll anyway for future repair jobs.

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                                                                                     Galerie Bamboo     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Antonia Vella Shimmering Foil Metallic


Flocked Wallpaper

Ashberry Modern Embossed Flocked Stroud Flocked

Wallpaper Liner


So are you feeling inspired, wanting to add some wallpaper to bring some depth and texture into your room? I’ve inspired myself lol. 


So why would it be more advantages to have an area rug then a carpet? Let’s take a look at both. Carpeting is stationary, fixed, wall to wall. An area rug covers a specific area like under a coffee table  in front of a sofa or to define a conversation area. In my opinion it is much more hygenic to have a flooring like hardwood, laminate flooring, engineered flooring or ceramic tile and use an area rug to cover a portion then cover the whole area with carpeting. When i say hygenic, I am eluding to household traffic, pets (pet dandruff), spills etc. Especially if you or someone in your family has allergies. It’s easier and less expensive to clean laminate and or an area rug.

Carpeting will generally last you 10 years, thats the norm. 

Rugs add artistic appeal and style due to the variety of patterns, textures, and colors to choose from. You can roll it up, store it away, and buy a new style for a design change. You can’t do that with a wall to wall carpeting. I have an area rug for Summer, one for Christmas, and one for the Winter months. You can easily decorate around your area rugs changing the room’s arrangement or appearance simply by changing the area rug, adding complementary throw pillows, a colourful throw blanket over the sofa, and a few new acessories to compliment the new colour palette.One benefit of wall to wall carpeting  is the added  layer of insulation and warmth it provides. As well, carpeting is more safer for the Elderly and Children because there are no edges to trip on. One of the drawbacks to carpeting is it will eventually develop wear patterns in heavy traffic areas.

Types Of Carpets & Rugs

There are a few different types: Some are more durable then others. 

There are four basic types of carpet fiber:

  • Nylon.         Nylon being the most durable and stain resistant carpet available, when treated with stain protection.
  • Polyester.   Polyester is known for its luxurious look, feel and multitude of colours and styles to choose from.
  • Olefin. …     A synthetic fiber made from polyolefin this can be polypropylene or polyethylene. This fiber is both strong,                        colourfast, and comfortable, resists stains, mildew, abd abrasion as well as sunlight. It’s used in both                                wallpaper and carpeting, ropes, and vehicle interiors because of it’s long lasting and strong characteristic.                        Invented in Italy in 1957.
  • Wool. …       A natural animal fiber produced from sheep, it is formed in groups of wavy fibres called staples it has a                            springiness to it and keeps things cool or warm, also is fireresistant and soft. it’s used in many things like                        carpet, clothing and blankets. other wool fibers are mohair, cashmere, angora from rabbits as well as a few                      others we won’t mention here.

The Style Of The Carpeting

Twist Pile.   

Mainly in cut pile carpets, these are tightly twisted fibers, The higher the twist the better the performance                              will be. it is a blend of cut and loop construction twisting cut fibers together this increases strength and                                  durablility. Most residential carpeting have a twist of 3 and 6 per inch While some friezes have up to 8 per                              inch. Twist numbers should be indicated on the manufactures label but not all manufactures do. You can                                determine the twist by taken a strand about 1″ in length and then count the twists.


Density is the thickness or weight in a unit volume epressed in ounces per cubic yarn of the carpet a value                            of 3,000 or higher is ideal for resodential however commercial carpets should have a density of 5,000. This                            density value will be listed on the carpet as well as other manufacturing requirments. also weight is                                        important, a higher face weight means there is more yarn and makes for longer lasting carpeting. A good                              level carpet has a face weight of 40% the best is 68% face weight. In choosing a carpet the important                                    criterias are durability, weight, and style. Quesitons to ask how much traffic is in the room?

Cut Pile.      

Cut pile is the style of carpeting that is sheared and exposing the ends of the carpet fiber, coming in                                  different lengths. these cut pile styles are the most popular because they are much softer on the feet and to                      the touch than loop pile. The one disadvantage of the cut pile is that it wares quicker then loop pile even                          though the carpeting is good quality and doing what it should be doing as far as performance is                                        concerned.This is caused by the long fibers bending and untwisting over top of the shorter looped fibers.                        This carpet does contain twisted fibers which helps it stand up and resist matting and crushing. It is a good                       choice for most homes.

Cut and Loop    

This carpeting is produced by combining looped fibers with cut straight ones. This allows for  geometric and                          abstract designs. This carpet was very popular in the 70’s and 80’s and is used in commercial carpeting like Hotels and Hospitals but in commercial style fibers. Cut and Loop carperting has become trendy once again. Patterns are much simpler and smaller today although some abstracts like wave patterns can be found. The cut and loop style carpeting has a nice appearance to it, nice texture, pleasing to the eye and fits very well in a contemporay theme. One disadvantage to these carpets is they tend to be expensive like berbers, saxonies or friezes, due to the fact patterns are woven into them. Suggested uses for these carpets would be non high traffic areas like stairs and hallways use these in bedrooms, or dens, where there is less traffic flow.


                               You can see in this photo the twist and height of these fibers there is 6 twists.

Styles Of Carpeting:

Berber: These are hand woven carpets by the Berber people. They come from North Africa and Sahara Desert. You can tell the difference by the knotting patterns, dyes and fabric textures.These carpet origins date back 7000 years, hand spun cloth was named after the tribe. They used natural fibers to create cloaks, rugs and other items. The modern day version of these carpets are now much more plain with as solids or having flecks of colour throughout. These carpets are less expensive and popular for areas with high traffic patterns.These carpets are made of a varity of materials like Nylon, Olefin, and Wool. Berber is highly durable and stain resistant and quite affordable. Like other carpets Berber should be cleaned every 6 to 12 Months to prevent permanent traffic wear.


                                                                  A Piece of Berber Tribal Fabric hand woven  

                                                                              Berber Carpet Of Today

Saxonies: This is a cut loop carpet. it is designed to be very dense for a soft feel on the feet. It is highly favoured for bedrooms and livingrooms. These are very plush carpets and so are at times called plush carpets. They have a very luxurious feel with a velvety look this is created by the very tightly twisting the fibers cutting and heating them to stand up straight. Saxony carpets are also made of polyproplene and are more durable and can be used in bedrooms, diningrooms, hallways, livingrooms and stairs.If these carpets are looked after they will last a very long time. However they are hard to tell the quality and show foot prints when walked on. They have a 3 tog rating ,100% bleach-cleanable, Available in 10 colours and has a 7 year warrenty.

                                                                             Saxony Plush carpet

Freize Carpeting: This carpeting is made of choppy long twisted loops that gives a plush look to the surface, creates                                         deminsion and a plush sensation on the feet it has a more formal appearance due to the thickness of                                     it’s construction.
                               This carpeting is trending for 2020 it is typically a modern day shag due to it’s knobby look. It is a                                           unique and very clean crisp look. Comes in muti colours or solid. it is typically a bit more expensive                                       then other types of carpeting and is similar to the Berber carpet having a unique look to it usually does                                   not shed, easily hides the seams as well as is easy to clean of messes and hides footprints. Great for                                     stairways and hallways and is a good carpet if you have pets or children.

                                                                                      Freize Carpeting

You can see the difference between the look of the Plush Saxony Carpet above and this Freize Carpet. Even though they have the same quality that plush, luxuious look the Freize Carpet has much lengthier loops.

As well as the above carpets there is also many Eco-Friendly carpets on the market. These are great for the enviroment. These types of carpets are made from non-synthetic fibers like the Cashmere goat-Hair Carpet by Tretford, that is undyed to eliminate the use of harmful toxins. As well as Econyl which reclaims discarded fishing nets to make Interfaces Net Worth carpets or recycled PET carpets from plastic bottles. There is aslos BREEAM Grade A+ rated by both Tretford and Interface. Its a friendly consumer fadge for floor covering with ticks off all the right boxes for being enviromentally friendly products.

Tretford;s Cashmere Goat-Hair carpeting boasts many neat criterias like: Performs as an air filter, promotes energy savings, reducing airborne dust and allergens, improving indoor air quality, faculitaing excellent indoor acoustics if needed.


                                                      Tetford’s Cashmere Goat-Hair carpeting “Jonquille 568”

These carpets are totally unique. The quality, vibrancy, distinction is unsurpassed and is incrediably soft underfoot. These natural cord fiber carpets come in 48 stunning colours. Mainly for commercial use but would be great in basements or on stairs and in hallways of a home for durability and long lasting traffic performance. Tetford claims these carpets do not flake, rot, warp, fray, unravel or peel. Their warrenty on these carpets is 5 years limited.  This carpeting would give your home a very matchless and unequelled look.

No animals are slaughtered to make these carpets.

So as you can see there is so many different carpetings wallpaper ideas to choose from. It’s all in what is your style, taste, colour prference and enviroment. In my next blog we will talk about hard flooring. See you soon and happy decorating.





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The 7 Elements of Decorating

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Let’s talk about decorating particularly form and function and the 7 elements of decorating. To start off with measuring your room correctly to plan, that you’re decorating, is paramount. If you don’t measure correctly and you buy your furniture, window coverings, and flooring you’re out some big money. I would recommend getting professional help with that, just to make sure your measurements are correct. There are certain formulas to each type of measuring criteria that must be done properly so you get the exact measurements for the fitting of each product. Now that we have that out of the way let’s talk about form and function, which are the foundation of you’re decorating plan.

Form follows function. Since the late 1800’s and going forward this has been the criteria of Design. Louise Sullivan was the Architect that invented this saying. He was the first architect to invent the Skyscraper. So now form and function is the main criteria of Design in any aspect.
Form changes, function does not change. The Rocky Mountains will always stand erect and tall, the land around a fast flowing river, will always be changing. So the rocky mountains are the function and the land is the form. Function implies the simplicity of design. If, we didn’t decorate in the space we live in, the room would be boring to say the least.

There are 7 elements to decorating: Form, Function, Space, Colour, Light, Balance, and Texture. These 7 elements are the building blocks of your design. Form is the end result of the finished design. Form is everything that you see, the furniture, the fabric on the sofa, the paintings on the wall, the colour on the wall, and the window coverings. This is where techniques and knowing how to decorate come into play. Keeping your design balanced and flowing is key. The flow is how everything relates to each other. Even if you were to use different furniture period pieces, you still need to have that flow for balance.

The element of Interior Design is “How You Want It To Look”.  How you imagined the room to look.

Form: The first element in the 7 elements of decorating, is the shape of something and the function is its purpose. Form is 3 dimensional and contributes to the qualities of what you are doing in your design. Remember good design is recognizable. How does it look? How does it flow? How does it make me feel? In the decorating field, form is the shape of the room, how it relates, the geometric’s of the room. It also encompasses the shape of any object in the room that is 3 dimensional. Form can also be natural or man made. It can be opening or closing objects like windows and doors. The proportional lines of an object and the scale of the object is also part of the form. In decorating adding pieces of the same shape can create a harmonious environment, when you add too many shapes this can cause confusion. When you place your dominant piece in a room and add similar pieces that compliment it, it becomes much more pleasing to the eye.

Function: The 2nd, is how the object works or what its purpose is. Making your room safe and pleasing to the eye. This is done by determining the space, the requirements and what type of lighting, colours, and materials you will be using in the room. What will the room be used for? What else are you doing in the kitchen besides cooking, or, what is the function or purpose of the bedroom, do you have a desk for studying or a reading nook in the bedroom? These are simple statements but very relevant in decorating. “What will I use this empty room for”? This depends on your families’ life style, is there a family or are you a single person living in your space? The culture of the people living in the space, the events that happen in the space and the tone of the function in the space. So Lifestyle and the habits of the people living in the home dictates function.

Looking at your blue prints: Blue prints of your home can help you decide how and what can be done. They also have the floor, walls, windows, and door measurements of, the rooms on the blue print. However, remember that the measurement for window coverings will be different especially if you’re installing the blinds “inside mount”, meaning the exact measurements in three places top middle and bottom, inside the finished window not taking any deductions. We will talk more about window coverings in another article. If your doing major renovations, blue prints are a must and professional help to determine what can be done and how it can be done. A Building Contractor and Designer will save you a lot of heartache in the end.

In the diagram above is a sample of a house blue print. You can see each room and the measurements outside of the house and inside, wall to wall, the floor space, the doors and windows all have the measurements listed on them. On your blue print is everything you need to know about your house, inside and out.

Space: Is the 3rd element. The space is the area you have in the room to be decorated. The floor space, wall space, window space. Taking into consideration where the doors are, the traffic areas are and the obstacles you may have to work around, IE; fireplace or stairway. Look carefully at the area with function in mind. If you’re deciding to redecorate with the furniture you already have, is there a better way of rearranging the furnishings to better suit the room and traffic pattern? How can you optimize the space you have to work with? If buying new furniture, you will want to place that furniture in the best layout for the space. Keep in mind, once again, the traffic pattern, because you want a proper flow. The magic number for good traffic flow is 3 feet. Even the walls and window space is important for furniture placement. I have seen some people with their television or sofa up against a window, not a good idea. For one, it’s unsightly from the street and two, the sun beaming in hot on the window will destroy fabric or eventually burn out the components of the t.v. Paintings or photo placement on the wall space is important pictures should be at eye level, meaning the centre of the picture should line up with your eyes. Lighting fixtures placed in the proper location for proper illumination as well. Everything you do in the space you have will either be pleasing to the eye, or chaotic so, your correct measurements are a must for the space to be filled properly and functionally.

In the picture above the home-owner is using the colour green in different shades to her advantage, giving this room a look of nature, even the drift wood on the table adds texture and uniqueness to the room. Wood, glass, metal, and fabrics, along with the plants really speaks volumes. Nature and natural elements coexist quite well together. Here’s a question for you. Is this an eclectic or modern contemporary theme? At the end of the article is the answer.

Colour Theory: The 4th element. We talked a little about colour and how to use it in our decorating, in the article, Painting The Interior of Your Home, however I want to show you how to put a colour palette together for your decorating purpose. Remember the colour wheel? Choosing colour and how to use it. Using colour boards is a great way to put colour palettes together which I will show you in another article. It’s old school I know, but it is fun. I call it the decorating puzzle, finding just the right paint colour combo, swatches of fabric colour, patterns and textures, samples of your flooring, and window treatments then laying it out on a white painters canvas, you can pick up at the Dollar Store.
Now let’s take your living room; the rule of thumb is that 60% of the room should be your dominant colour, say White. 30% your secondary colour, lets choose Naval, and 10% your accent colour. let’s choose a pop of Rose. What do you think? Let’s see what happens. Put together this palette then email me and tell me what you think of this colour palette. Would you use this in, you’re, say bedroom? I’ll do it too and then edit it into this article when i’m done.
The dominant colour should be your favourite colour and should highly impact the rooms overall feel. Your secondary colour should compliment the dominant colour, the accent should be your pop of colour that sets the room off and can be pulled from a painting or area rug. In decorating today the favourite colours for a living room is grey, because grey hides imperfections and makes the room look larger. Blue, because it tends to bring people together and you feel vibrant and alive. It’s a good colour if you want a especially feel to the room using a sandy colour as the secondary, throw in some white here and there and then a pop of bright yellow or red. Beige because it is a neutral colour, goes with any other colour you want to use as a secondary or accent colour, and Decorators love to use it. Black although not a usual colour for a living room, is however a great accent colour on a feature wall for a contemporary theme. For 2020, according to Sherwin-Williams the most considered colour for decorating is navy blue. It is called Naval if you want to check it out. Navy blue is considered one of the best relaxing shades in the colour palette. Olive green is another favourite in 2020.

Kitchen Colour Trends for 2020: Two tone kitchens, two different contrasting hues.
1. Blue-green
2. Dark blue
3. pastel yellow
4. Gray blue
5. Black and white
6. Greyish green
7. Grey

Colour is a personal choice and it shows our character. The essence of who we are. In this picture the colour that pops out at us is blue the home-owner has used different elements of blue to enhance the white. She has pulled all the colours of the room out of the picture, which has become her focal point. See how they’ve used solid colours then transformed the look with a pattern. This room is welcoming, and happy, but also has a serene feel to it. The sofa is banked by a variation of different shaped side tables which adds interest, so your eye goes from the one table up to the picture and down to the other side that way you get the whole picture, so to speak. The green glass balls and the table lamps balance the look. The whole design is well done. Form, Function, Style, Colour, Light, Balance, and Texture are all there.

In this photo the colours once again are blues, greens, and grey. This is a very comfy room, this is an eclectic style. There are a variety of modern and period furniture. I love the fruit displayed on the table.


This living room again is an eclectic Theme, with the reds, the warm rose coloured wood. Notice the modern red sofa and the period side chairs with the pie crust table and its raised, intricately carved edge from the 18th century, typically used for serving tea or coffee. Typically a Queen Anne and Chippendale design. This colour palette works very well together. The flow, the form, the function and the style all tie in beautifully.

Light:<The 5th criteria of the 7 elements of your decorating plan, must be thought out very strategy to enhance the rest of the room. Show it off, so to speak. Why would you go to all that work to make your room beautiful then just through any cheap lighting in? This has to be one of the main elements in decorating. There are tricks to this portion of the interior decorating experience to create your atmosphere and mood.

These are:

  1. Create lighting plan
  2. Layer your lighting
  3. Make sure the lighting is doing what it is meant to do effectively
  4. Use spotlights to highlight your favourite paintings or sculptures
  5. Light up the dark corners
  6. Choose your fixtures wisely
  7. Make the lighting welcoming

These old world glass bulbs that have become popular and are a great focal feature will give you an old world look to your room, remember lighting designing has to flow. You must couple your lighting fixtures so they compliment each other not fight against one another especially in an open concept space. Choose them carefully. This fixture would be great over a kitchen island or as a chandelier in a dining room.

Decorators use light to illuminate what has been created. Light fixtures that point upwards will illuminate the ceiling. These include touchier and wall sconces, they spread light upward to give a beautiful subtle glow to the room. Lights that point down will cast light downward from the ceiling or the walls. Some lights like table lamps and floor lamps do both because they will cast light up and down.

Table lamps are great for enhancing a room and giving just a little more light for reading or for making the room a little more cozy. These contemporary chrome lamps do the trick nicely giving this space a modern feel. .

A contemporary floor lamp 

Decorative lighting creates mood, it plays with the emotions and creates a safe, harmonizing, warmth, and serenity. Light brings out the textures, colours, and shape of your surroundings, objects, and elements of the room. Even the colour of your walls will be enhanced by the type of lighting you use in the room. Lighting can not be an after thought it has to be a vital and very important part of your decorating plan. The goal is to create contrast between the light at the centre of the room and around the outer walls of the room. You want to create appeal. If you decorate your room, just the way you envisioned, but you can’t see it properly, then there is no sense in decorating it. Beauty must be enhanced by the right kind of illumination. It must be planned, thought out and applied. Creating a focal point with pendant lighting or a chandelier in a dining room or kitchen with a soft upward light will dramatically play on the design of the room. Ambient lighting will illuminate the entire room this is great for cooking, doing crafts, or reading cookbooks. Light is a powerful thing. The right type of light will lift your spirits, motivate you, and inspire you to do more. Kitchens need bright light, recessed lighting or high-hats along the outer wall will do the trick. Kitchen island will need pendant lighting to light the area. Cabinets could have led strips along the underside.

Task Lighting: illuminates a smaller area where more light is required. Task lighting should be 3 times brighter than other lighting fixtures.

Accent Lighting: will add brilliance to your favourite paintings or sculptures. Using bulbs that are brighter than ambient lighting by 3 times the brilliance as the other lights in the room. Accent lighting can be used to show the architectural features you want to enhance. Make sure that all your lighting is positioned so it does not cause glare. The halogen light makes the best accent light because of the intense brilliant light it emits.

For more on lighting please read my blog on Decorating Effectively With Light’

Balance: The 6th element in the 7 elements of decorating. This element is created by arranging items in a symmetrical way on both sides of the room, a visual pairing, as well as choosing and placing your fabrics, textures and colours in a way that it flows and compliments each other and your accessories. Using graph paper draw your room with its inside floor measurements, draw a line across the centre of your room starting at the centre point and working outwards. Now imagine your furniture and traffic patterns and draw then pieces on there to get a better view of it. Make one side the mirrored image of the other. Now looking at the objects you want to place on each side of the room, the shapes, sizes, colours, and proportions, figure out how you can place them so both sides of the room looks balanced. Do you see the picture in your mind? balance creates flow and eliminates confusion. Also, you must take into account when arranging furniture, the traffic pattern in the room. You need at least 36″ or more depending on the furnishings between each other to walk around. In the kitchen you will need 36″ to pull chairs out to sit around your table and there is room for other people to walk by. If you have an Island you need enough space to walk between the other side of the space where the range and other cabinets are, at lease 42″. The other way to balance a room is asymmetry. This is created when you have two different visual images on each side of the room. How you achieve this is by using different visual weights in the room, however it still has to have balance. This is a more difficult way to decorate, But does add interest and uniqueness to the room.

Here’s a sample of asymmetrical decorating. You can see that on one side they placed a smaller picture frame then banked it with 3 items on then the other side a larger frame and two smaller items. When you look at the whole effect it is balanced.

This proportionate picture shows a balance of items on the table everything is proportionate to each other, the plant in the background and would be classed as the focal point, it’s off set and gives height and interest to tho whole design. this is symmetrical

Asymmetrical bedroom: usually bedrooms are asymmetrical because the bed is the largest piece in the room. The wall that the bed is on is decorated in a symmetrical way. The tables and lamps balance this side of the room.

Texture: The 7th element in decorating. Texture adds life to a room, it is the pattern, the colour, the feel of the fabrics, and vibrancy of the item you are using in the furnishings, lighting, draperies, blinds, and pictures, even the walls can have texture. It is the complete picture of your design. Have you ever walked into a room and thought, “what is missing here”? Well that is what texture does, it finishes off the room by bringing your package to fruition.

Texture is said to be the sensations you feel, the external surface of an object you get through the sense of touch. Again like colour, and lighting fixtures this causes emotion and mood. Texture is a vital part of your design projects success as well. Without it there’s no sense of beauty, flow, inspiration, or emotion. What does it feel like when you run your hand over a marble counter top, or a velvet sofa? It feels smooth, luxurious and looks beautiful. These are senses that are heightened when you feel texture. Texture is conveyed both visually or tactility. It gives weight to your design. So think carefully on your choice of texture, it is a main stay of your whole decorating look and will brings balance to the room.

Rough textures like tapestry, thinking of the Victorian Era, or area rugs can make a space feel more intimate and grounded, while smooth textures like satin bring a sleek and more relaxed feel to the room, thinking of the Queen Anne era. One way to add texture is through , there are so many different colours and designs. This can be an easy way to bring colour and texture into your design or just a subtle look of creams and greys to enhance the room.

Lonerock Abstract Cream/Blue Area Rug

Abstract Cream/Blue area rug

                                  Babb Splash Polypropylene Blue/Grey Area Rug                                                                                 Polypropylene Blue/Grey area rug  


Everything you do in your decorating plan will ultimately bring character and beauty to your home. Colour speaks volumes about who you are. Your lifestyle, your tastes, your desires, and your thoughts all culminate into your design. Be bold or be subtle, it is what you want that makes your design and you’re home your sanctuary. Feel free to email me or call using the information below, let me know how you are doing in your decorating adventure.

Happy Decorating,

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Decorating Effectively With Lighting Fixtures

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Decorating Effectively With Lighting

Using Light Effectively: Lighting is very important in your design planning. The overall design, how it affects your mood and where to place it for the best appeal. What type of lighting will you use when decorating effectively with lighting? Do you want an eclectic look, contemporary look, an art deco look or maybe you’re into the rustic western look? Choosing your lighting style is very important and personal.

When choosing your lamps remember what you’re using the space for. Poor light will cause eye strain if you are working in an office or in your kitchen. Kitchens do better with recessed lighting so you have a flood of light for cooking and reading cookbooks. On a kitchen Island you could hang pendant lights overhead which will light the area without taking up room on the island surface however if your island is big you could us small decorative lamps on each side for a more interesting look. Also, under cabinet lighting is very effective for evenly distributing light into darker corners.

Dinning room lighting can be a little less bright at times for setting the mood, however you may need it brighter when setting your table, so a dimmer switch would work fantastic. Depending on the lighting it can lift up your spirits or make you more relaxed. How you place your Lighting will definitely affect your emotions and finish off the overall look of your space.

When decorating a room you should have a mixture of different lighting fixtures, overhead lighting, lamps either table or floor lamps, They each play a significant part in you’re decorating plan. We call this layering your light. Depending on the variations of Lamps you will transform your room. In an office the right kind of light will lift your spirits, motivate you and inspire you to produce more efficiently.

In the bedroom you may want to hang a decorative light over head in the middle of the room for those times you are cleaning or when more task lighting is needed. Then a “mood light”, I like to call it, maybe bedside table lamps when you want less intense light in the room, maybe a desk lamp if you have a desk in the room.

In the living room you would definitely have table lamps and a touchier floor lamp so the light bounces off the ceiling for a more serene feel to the room. Wall lights over top of a painting to illuminate it better, especially if it is the painting you are decorating your room around. Even a candle or two will give you a more romantic ambiance to the room. Creating contrast is the point, layering different lighting in your room will create the atmosphere you want and bring a feel of tranquility and harmony to the space, beginning in the center of the room and working outward toward the outer walls of the room.

The Room’s Location: Depending on the location of the room you’re lighting plan will be different. South-facing rooms need less light than a North-facing room. Recessed lighting against a north-facing wall can illuminate the room giving the look of natural light flooding in. This can be done where a living room doesn’t let much light in or if the windows are small. A chandelier will decorate a room beautifully when placed in the center of the ceiling again put a dimmer switch in place of the regular light switch so you can brighten or dim the lighting for the effective mood. If you have a fireplace in the living room as a focal point, put sconces on each side to bring out the beautiful features of the fireplace.

In bedrooms bedside lamps are a must for reading. Just an overhead light may be too intense and you want a more subtle feel to the room. Even a pair of sconces on each side of the bed would be an interesting and decorative feature.

South-facing rooms are a little different in the daytime there are lots of natural light streaming in. However, keeping in mind night lighting and decorative lighting are still an essential element of you’re decorating plan. So again take a look at where your room is situated and how you want it to look and then place you’re lighting plan accordingly.

Bathroom lighting is another essential requirement. Lights around your mirror or over your mirror is essential for putting on make-up, shaving, or brushing and curling your hair. You may want a luxurious spa-like feel, by installing a beautiful sculpted floor lamp or maybe a motion sensing light that floods the room with light when you walk in. Under the cabinet lighting that will have a more subtle feel to the room. if, the bathroom is a windowless room you will need to accommodate that by adding lighting to produce a look of natural light. Lighting needs to be planned to fit your lifestyle.

Lightening Up Dark Corners: Consider for a moment how a darker corner feels or looks especially if it’s empty, it seems awkward. What can you do to brighten it up and make that corner feel like part of the room and not just a lost unimpressive spot? Lighting is one way. An oversize floor lamp can do the trick, make a reading area a big overstuffed comfy chair that has texture and pattern to it with all the colors of your room’s color scheme, a small table beside the chair and you have yourself a beautiful, warm, and inviting area that calls to you, “come sit here and relax”. That is much more appealing and compliments the space better than a dark corner.

Let’s take an office area in your home, what would you do to decorate it? Here’s a few pictures that shows some ideas of where to place your lighting fixture plan.

Above is an office where the owner used overhead floating can lighting. there is plenty of lighting for the work area.

Here is a board room with overhead recessed lighting and pendant lighting which gives a more refined feel to the room however there is also inset lighting overhead that gives a subtle feel to the room. There is enough lighting that won’t strain the eyes.

Below is a custom designed home office notice the recessed lighting over head. The desk is right in front of the window to get the most out of the natural light in the daytime.

Home Office

Remember why you are using this room, it’s an office. In this room, you will be using a computer, writing notes, paying invoices, or maybe you will conduct interviews or meetings. All this requires a certain type of lighting environment. Where do you need more light when do you need less? So plan your lighting fixtures accordingly.

Types of Lighting: There are 3 main types of interior lighting: general or ambient, Task Lighting, and accent. Each has an essential part to play in your space planning.

General Lighting or Ambient Lighting:
This is lighting that provides overall lighting, along with the accent lighting in the room. It gives you a comfortable and relaxed, safe feeling. Chandeliers, ceiling lights, or track lights which gives you the basics for seeing in your home. Or office This is what we decorators call fundamental lighting.

Task Lighting:
This type of lighting allows you to perform tasks such as in kitchens, hobbies, or homework. Track lighting, pendant lighting, and table lamps help you do this. This type of lighting should be bright enough as not to strain the eyes by glare or light that is too dim.

Accent Lighting:
This type of lighting creates drama and visual interest. Accent lighting does require more light, and is used on a focal point like a painting or prized sculpture, and is very effective for setting a mood, romantic setting or a calm relaxing setting.

task or accent lighting

In this photo above the lights around the mirrors and down the center are essential, giving better lighting for specific tasks.

Types of Lighting Fixtures:There are thousands of different designs and styles of lighting fixtures to choose from.
Fluorescent lighting for industrial, contemporary to stone sculpted, crystal chandeliers to rustic wagon wheel fixtures. No matter what your decorating style may be, here is enough to choose from that will enhance the decorative theme you want to achieve.

pendant and recessed lighting

Recessed lighting above in the ceiling, with Old English lamp-lighter style pendant lights over the island.

Under The Cabinet Lighting: This is usually wired in before the cabinets are installed along portions of the underside off the cabinets or if the cabinets are installed already they can be bought to plug into an outlet. There is also puck lighting that can be installed the same way or you can buy the battery operated pucks.

Below are a few photos of different lighting fixtures.

antique table top lamp Beautiful Vintage crystal table lamp

Here is an interesting way to use these fun decorative novelty table lamps on a kitchen island instead of overhead pendant lighting.

Table Lamps: come in all shapes, colours, and sizes. Each has its proper place. Small lamps for smaller areas and taller for larger areas. Small lamps could be used sitting on each side of a fireplace mantle instead of sconces for a different look. Of course in a reading nook, you would want a taller lamp or a floor lamp.

Floor Lamps: A great way to fill a dark corner as mentioned previously an oversized floor lamp or beside an armchair instead of a table lamp if the area is too small to put a table and table lamp.

This contemporary floor lamp is very simple in style and function, but elegant.


Above Pendant Lighting was installed for a contemporary look, I like the variety of different shapes arranged together, the combination is unique and adds interest to the dining area.

Above a contemporary light fixture above the Island.

Here is a beautiful light fixture they installed in the Amsterdam Grand Hotel.

the design and architecture of this grand hotel is phenomenal.

Layering your lighting fixtures for optimal light requirements is essential. Upper room lighting, middle of the room lighting, and lower room lighting this is what we call layering. The type of light bulbs you use is also essential in producing the light you need for the purpose you are using it for. White light contains all the colours of the spectrum. Coloured light reflects into the room and changes the mood. A phenomenon that is quite amazing is if you were to shine a white light into a red room all the colours would be eliminated except the red. Light will also be filtered and coloured through objects and materials.

Hard Wired Lights: These light fixtures are fixed to a surface wired to an electrical box, and would require an electrician to install.

Mobile Lamps: Tables lamps or floor lamps that are plugged into a wall plugwhich no electrician is needed.

Decorative Lighting:decorative lighting like sconces which again need an electrician to install.

Create The Atmosphere You want: For a relaxed atmosphere use even and low contrast like a ceiling light and wall lights like sconces, stay away from symmetry combine different styles and use ambient lighting. Watch out for glare for that will cause eyestrain as well as too little light. For a more formal feel use balance and symmetry, a central light fixture the same style for all lighting fixtures to create a logical and hierarchy of light. Romantic, use table lamps for a more subdued glow, keeping the outer walls darker and focus the light on the people in the room by placing lights lower. Creative Lighting, use a combination of different interesting shapes as in the picture above that create a modern look to the space you can use vivid colours as well to even add more interest.

Establish The Theme You Want: The theme you want to achieve depends on your taste. Style: decide on the style you want to create it could be a modern style or a traditional style. It just depends on how you want your space to look. The Material: Stainless Steel, bronze, wood, copper, rod Iron. There are many to choose from. Personality: What is your personal like, what do you see when you dream of a room you want to sit in, entertain in, read in, or cook in. It depends on you, your lifestyle, your family. Shape: The shape of your lighting fixtures builds the character of the room, this is the profile of the fixture, curvy or straight, thick or streamlined, old-world, or modern contemporary. Activating your lighting is very important as well using different switches can be a deciding factor inconvenience. Do you need one switch or two, dimmer switch for flexibility?

The Type Of Room: Whether you are planning an open concept where you can see the kitchen from the living room or a bathroom your lighting plan needs to be conducive to that room and do what it is supposed to do. You have to keep your whole look cohesive from room to room. Make sure your lighting fixtures relate to your theme, style, era, finish, and shape. Try to tie everything into your plan when designing your room, right down to the type of area rug you put in the room, the colours and the style. The size must be relative to the size of the room. If your light fixture is too small for the room it will definitely not look right and if you’re like me it will bug you to no end. uniform is the key.

Above this grand hallway takes two huge chandeliers to balance the space, if these were small pendant lights it would not work.

So be careful when choosing your fixtures, stay plan within the height, width, length, and depth of the room.

Conclusion: Everything you do in space planning your room counts. Bringing everything together so it looks balanced, functional, eye-catching and coordinated is very important. Choosing colours, lighting, accessories, fabric, texture all brings your room together in a very eye-pleasing way, there should be a flow in your design, where you walk into the room and go AWWW this is what I was hoping for and it is so beautiful. Decorating a room is a creative, personal, and exciting project, however, there is a science to doing it correctly, but nothing to be afraid of if you remember the few rules of thumb I explained. Function: what will I be using the room for? Style: How do I want it to look? Theme: What type of look do I want to create? Color: What colours will suit me and make me feel good in this room? These are the questions you want to ask yourself when you are planning your decorating project. Email me at the email address on the website, if you have any questions, I will be glad to help.

Best wishes in your decorating journey,    Leealary
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Utilizing Colour In Your Design

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Utilizing Colour In Your Design

Content: February 8, 2020

Interior Paint for Houses: The paint you will want to choose, for the room you will want to paint, depends on what you will do in that room, when painting the interior of your home.

Types of Paint: There are two kinds of paint you can use on your walls.

The first one is water-based paint and the second one is solvent-based paint. Each has its own relevant use. Both types of paint can be tinted to a specific colour, through a mixture of pigment and a binder. Some types of speciality paints such as ceramic paint will use a paint thinner as a binder. However, for our purpose, we will only talk about latex, acrylic and solvent paint. Latex paint, as well as acrylic paint, uses water as a binder while solvent paint uses mineral spirits as a binder.

There are many kinds of paint each of them has a specific purpose. Determining the type of paint to use depends on the type of surface you will need to cover. Which one will look the best and last the longest when washed.  Your lifestyle will determine that as well. Having young children, you will need a little better paint, so you can wash it regularly when needed. In a bathroom or kitchen, there is a significant amount of moisture, these rooms will also need a better and more durable paint.

There are no more oil base paints or lead base paints because of environmental and health issues. However, a good acrylic paint will do the trick. Even with the solvent-base paint, there are special regulations to use it and dispose of it later.

The two main types of paint people use today is base coats like primers and finish coats like eggshell or gloss.

Primers: This paint goes on the wall first, especially new walls that have never been painted but also a wall you are going to change the colour on. The primer would be tinted the same colour as the finish paint you are going to use. Primers will also help to smooth out the walls that may have a bit of roughness to it. To get the already painted wall ready for new paint you will need to sand the wall first making sure there is no flaky old paint that is peeling. On a brand new wall just make sure the surface of the drywall is smooth and there is no taping mud that will cause the surface to be bumpy after painting.

Finishing Paint: There are a variety of different finishing paints, listed below.

Eggshell, Flat, Gloss, Satin.

  1. Eggshell: This particular finish paint is good on bedroom walls or living rooms.   Eggshell is more durable than Flat and has a bit of a sheen to it. Used mainly on interior walls. I would not recommend it for exterior walls.
  2. Flat: This paint is mainly used for ceilings. It is water resistance so won’t get damaged. There are flat paints that can be used for exterior painting.
  3. Glossy or Satin Paint: This paint has a luxurious finish to it. These paints are the most durable. Used mostly on wood or metal surfaces. Satin paint will have less of a glossy look to it almost a velvety looking texture. Both these paint finishes come in a solvent or water based and can be used on the interior or exterior walls.

Choosing the right paint will depend on what you are painting. The type of surface, the area the wall is in and what the room is being used for. Like a popcorn ceiling will need specific paint and paint roller to cover properly. Also, consider the wear and tear factor. The paint store professional will be able to help you with choosing your paint or you can email me or if you are local, you can call me and I will help you.

Ultra Spec Scuff-X Interior Latex
There is a new revolutionary paint out by Benjamin Moore called Ultra Spec Scuff-X. Benjamin Moore describes this paint as “A high-performance paint and the ultimate protection for the toughest high traffic areas in busy commercial spaces. This breakthrough product offers superior durability and more scuff resistant properties than traditional 2-component coatings”. I give it an excellent review.
I highly recommend it for any areas in your home with high traffic, like kitchens and bathrooms. Even though it is regarded as a commercial paint in these areas it will be much easier to maintain than conventional paint. It is easy to use, splatter resistant, it dries fast about an hour, it hides well, good levelling, and low odour. it is durable and covers very nicely. Has a velvety look to it after it dries. It comes in Eggshell, Matt, Satin, Semi-gloss.

Ultra Spec SCUFF-X - EggshellUltra Spec SCUFF-X - MatteUltra Spec SCUFF-X - PearlUltra Spec SCUFF-X - Semi-Gloss


Colour Has Emotion: The colour wheel.

You can see the primary colours. The colour wheel is divided into primary colours, secondary colours, and tertiary colours.

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In the interior design, the colour wheel is called the colour theory. There is an art and a science to colour and how the colour combinations are going to look good together. The colour wheel shows you the relationships between colour. Have look at a rainbow, you will see all the colours of the spectrum in there. All the colours that relate to one another and look good together are called the Harmony Colours. Colour can dictate your emotions, make you feel good or anxious. Blue has a tendency to make you will feel cool, that is why it’s called a cool colour. Yellow makes you will feel warm and happy, that is why it is called a warm colour.

Warm and cool colours play a big part in how you feel in the room. Warm colours are the colours from red through to yellow, warm like the sun and the cool colours are blue to green and purple, cool like the ocean. If you want a warm energizing and cosy feeling to the room and the cool colours bring a serene and isolated feeling to a room. This is according to psychologists who have study colour and its effects on people.

Colour Combinations: There are 5 colour combinations that Decorators use in their designs. These are:

  1. Monochromatic: this is a combination of 3 base colours, tints, or shades. these are more on the conservative subtle side of the colour wheel. The combination would be 3 of the same colour in different hues. Like dark brown, medium brown, and very light brown or beige.
  2. Complementary: This is two colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel like green and purple. This would give you will an intense impact colour scheme and be much brighter and predominant.
  3. Analogous: These are 3 colours that are side by side on the colour wheel. These colours are easy and much more versatile and have a close relationship with one another. Analogous colours are the colours you see in nature like plants and in the petals of flowers. The most vibrant of these colours happen in fall when the leaves change colour. However, the way you use them can be overwhelming so you balance these colours out by using one colour as the main colour and the analogous colours as an accent colour. When using green and purple colours, you would use the green as the dominate colour and the purple as the accent colour, because purple would be very intense unless you went to a softer pale like lavender.
  4. Triadic: This Triadic colour scheme uses 3 colours, evenly spaced on the colour wheel. High contrast and less complementary, it is, however, more versatile and creates a vibrant colour combination.

5. Tetradic: These are 4 colours evenly spaced on the colour wheel. These are bold colours and works best when you use one of the bold colours as the main colour and the others as accent colours. Remember the more colours you use in your decorating scheme the harder it is to get that balance.


  RGB Colour Wheel


Primary colours: They are red, green and blue on the RGB colour wheel and when you add these three colours together you get pure white. In the RGB Color Wheel.

RYB colour wheel: the primary colours are red, yellow and blue.

   The RYB Color Wheel


Secondary colours: These colours come from mixing three adjacent primary colours together. Cyan, yellow and magenta, mixing red and green together you will get yellow, mixing together blue and red you get magenta and green and blue will give you cyan, on the RGB colour wheel. On the RYB colour wheel, the secondary colours are purple which mixing red and blue together will give you. Green, which mixing yellow and blue, will give you and orange which you’ll get when mixing red and yellow together.

Tertiary colours: These colours come from using secondary colours with primary colours. In this category, there are 6 colours. These colours on the RYB colour wheel are red-orange, yellow-orange, blue-green, red-violet, yellow-green, and blue-violet. On the RGB colour wheel are orange, azure, spring green, chartreuse green, rose and violet.

Tones, Tints and Shades: Mixing different colours together with white, black or grey to the base will give you different tones and shades. A Tone is created when you add black or white or grey with a base. Tones are subtler than tints and tones less pale and reveal qualities not apparent in the base colour. Tints are created by adding white to the base, thus lightening the colour and is a less intense and useful balance if your using other vibrant colours. Shades this is created by adding black to the base, thus, darkening the colour to a more vibrant hue richer and darker and can be quite dramatic.

Hues: hues are any colour on the colour wheel. When choosing a colour you can adjust the saturation or luminance of a hue. Saturation is the intensity or purity of the colour and luminance is the brightness of the colour.

Interior Paint Color Schemes: How to plan your colour scheme. When choosing a colour scheme, decide on where you are going to pull it from. Paintings are a good place there is a lot of colours in a painting. Then choose how you want those colours to come together. What is your theme, contemporary, traditional, Queen Anne, Shaker,  country rustic, etc? There are many themes to choose from maybe art-deco, which comes from the Happy Days area 1950’s.  It is totally up to you. When you look at the empty room you want to decorate, decide the theme, colours, style, and emotion it will produce. Go to some decorating books like Home and Style and look at pictures of different rooms decorated then decide where you will pull your colours from.

Let’s take a look at a  bit of history you might be interested in, Queen Charlotte was born May 19, 1744, and reigned until her death on November 17, 1818, She was known for wearing the very prominent new royal blue, fit for only Royalty, back then 1830. It was a magnificent colour and was chosen for her robes as well as King George’s robes. It was created at a factory called Scutts Bridge in Rode and was then judged by King George 111 for the Royal Families Robes. Only the best and most luxurious colour could be fit for the Royal Family.

Interior Decorating for Your Home: Picking your style and putting colour together is most challenging, but it can be fun as well if you don’t allow it to overwhelm you and you look at it as a game of choice. At most hardware stores in the painting section, you can utilize a specialized computer that will help you choose a colour scheme. There are colour generators. Colour generators are very helpful for identifying colours and colour palettes that you may want to use in choosing your colour scheme. Many times in helping my clients I will take a beautiful painting they have on their wall and choose the colour palette for that room out of the painting as pictured below, then take a picture of that painting, go to the paint store choose the paint cards of those colours and get them to make up the paint to those colours. Easy peasy.

Beautiful vibrant colours just waiting to be pulled for decorating.

You can find colour generators online as well to help you. If you are looking for a way to decorate the perfect room try one of the colour generators. Sherwin-Williams has a machine that will help you create a perfect colour palette for your room. Glidden Paints also has a user-friendly colour tool that will allow you to generate pictures of your own home by uploading a photo of the room you want to paint and you can see what the room will look like with those colours you’ve chosen to use.

Colour Schemes and Color Palettes:  Based on colour theory this is the method of choosing interior colours. However, the truth is in the pudding when you see it on your wall. Remember one thing colour darkens as it dries so you have to take that into account. In a more dimly lit room where there are smaller windows, you may want to use a lighter colour and vis-versa, if the room is large and has large windows or lots of windows you can use darker colours. It is best to buy a small sample of the colours you want to use and paint them on portions of the walls you want to paint and see what it looks like in the daytime and then at night when you are only using ambient or accent lighting, which is very important in your decorating plan. Which we will talk about in another blog. Don’t be afraid of colour there is a tendency for Home Owners to be intimidated by colour. Colour is beautiful, imaginative, and emotional. Understanding how colour interacts and blends to create beautiful gardens and landscapes in nature will help you be confident in choosing your colour scheme and producing that in your home. How colours work together and cause a sense of peace or excitement, cosiness, or a sense of being at the ocean. All colours can enhance the senses and meet you at the core of your being.

Monocromatic with a pop of turquoise

Using grey as the main colour and adding white as the secondary colour than going for a pop of turquoise, this room emits a sense of peace, tranquillity, and luxury.

Sunshine and warmth using warm colors

I love this happy, sunroom. It is vibrant and exudes a place of warmth. These colours are from the Analogous Color palette.

Babies Room soft pastels

Pastel pinks and greys with a hint of burgundy makes this room a soothing haven for a baby. Sleep well little one. The floor is a textured grey and white carpet that match the wall colour, even the elephant picks up the wall colour. Very serene.

Conclusion: Creating balance when using colour is the most important aspect of decorating by choosing your main colour then choosing your secondary colour and an accent colour. Most Decorators use 3 colours in combination. In decorating the rule of thumb is 3’s. Accent colours and Pop colours are the focus of your decorating. There are many tools at your disposal. The Colour Wheel is one of the most important. Just remember how colour works on the colour wheel and you won’t have trouble in coming up with your decorating plan. A good place to start is selecting your primary colour Red, Blue, or Yellow or combination of remembering hues, tints, shades, and tones, then you choose your secondary colour from the Tertiary colours as accents. Colours can easily blend into one another so you want to create contrast. You can do this by choosing your focal colour then picking a distraction between your colourful items by choosing a pattern. Use the rule of small, medium and large colour choices to create an even blend of tones that work well together in your room. Don’t be afraid of colour do your research on the colours you want to use take time to try the colours on the walls first to see how they play with your senses when you look at the patch. The best size of patch to paint is about 10″ x 10″ do a patch on all the walls than when it is dry see what happens to it. View it in the daylight and then again at night in the ambient and accent lighting of the room as I stated above. This will let you know whether you should go a deeper shade or a lighter shade How does it make you feel?

Thank you for reading my blog on paint and its characteristics, and how to decorate with colour.

Please join me again at my blog on lighting, its effects, and how to decorate with lighting.

I wish you all the best in your decorating project. Leave me an email on how it went or if you need more advice on your colour choices and how to mix and blend for the perfect colour pallet.

Happy Decorating
Bye for now Leealary

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About Decorating with Leealary

Hello my name is Leealary, and I am so glad you stopped by.

I’ve been an Interior Designer for 41 years. I love helping people create a beautiful sanctuary in their
homes bringing out the character of the home, in a way that shows the personality and essence of the people and the environment they live in. Using elements such as paint, lighting, space planning, accessories, and window coverings to enhance the features of the room. The difference between an interior designer and a decorator is a decorator needs no formal training, or certification to start a decorating business on the other hand, am interior designer goes to school for 3 to 4 years and is certified with a degree.

Designers use Colour Trends, Window Coverings, Accessories, Flooring and pulls it all together. My goal is to help you do this yourself by giving you ideas, reasons why and helping you pull your design together. This website is an educational platform in the do’s and don’ts of Interior Decorating. So come on board and let”s have fun.



I am a Mother of 4 and Grandmother of 9. I now live in Calgary Alberta. I have always loved transforming homes through creative decorating. When I was 12 I would go into my friends homes and ask their Moms if I could rearrange their countertops or their living-rooms. They always said yes and always got rave reviews from them. By the time I was 16 I knew that Interior Design was what I wanted to do. In 1976 I took a 3 year interior design course and graduated certified in 1979. I started in the design business in Ontario in 1979. My first project was a club called the Junior Ranks Club in Kingston Ontario and pulled Tall Pines Interiors run by Bill Stevenson in to help me with the project it was a big job the dance hall, the dry bar, the games room and 4 offices had to all be renovated and decorated. My business name was Distinctive Decors. I later branched out and designed holiday themes for Country Club Shopping Mall in Nanaimo BC. I worked as the Senior Interior Designer for Norwalk Furniture, Kelowna British Columbia in 1994.  I retired in 2015, however my passion is still to help people bring out the beauty in their homes and decided to open up a Do it yourself decorating platform to help people understand how to decorate, the science behind it and that decorating is all about YOU, your desires, your needs and passions. So here we are.

I believe 2020 is the year to bring color back into our lives. That mustard coloured chair or that candy apple red vase, or gold damask draperies. We’ve used white for the past couple of years, more than enough, though white is crisp and clean and can be the blank canvas for colour, I believe the browns, reds and golds are coming back, or what about cobalt blue my favourite. That hint of the Victorian era. Or maybe an Art Deco theme, red, white and black. Whatever you create it is your blank canvas that you start with and it will allow you to incorporate your ideas, your theme into your home and create a space fit for a Queen.



Decorating is a personal choice, a desire for change, update, renew and beautify. I have seen old, tired homes come to life and the satisfaction one has when they enjoy the new room freshly painted, and a pop of color to spruce up a tired outdated spot, new window coverings to adorn the windows, new floors that create sophistication, new kitchen cupboards and new paintings on the walls that add inspiration and accessories that bring a delightful interest. I’ve heard gasps of amazement and words like “is this our home? I never thought it could be so beautiful.”” Change is good and sometimes we all need change. Decorating brings in elements that take a home to a higher level and embraces it’s character. That is why I have decided to help you, the home owner, through my website.



My goal is to give you the education and even ideas if needed, to do it yourself. Help you plan your spaces, purchase your furniture wisely, hang your pictures in that perfect spot, and help you choose your colours to tie everything together to create your beautiful home. Give you the pleasure of seeing it all unfold before your eyes and at your hands and the pride it will give you when you stand back and say “I did this”.

If you wish to infuse new life into your home and furnishing that give you timeless appeal, let DYI Decorating Designs help you achieve this, feel free to read my blogs or email me at the email address above or even call me if you need answers right away. Please take the time to read my blogs and view my portfolio, I know it will spark the Decorator in you.

All the best, and thank you for reading my introduction page

Happy decorating,
Leealarey, Interior Designer

Decorating Yourself Interiors, Decorating Designs
email: distinctivedesigns20.com
phone: 403-369-6993

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