Category Archives: Interior Design

5 Ways to Add Character to Your Home

We all flip through the latest home magazine or scroll through Pinterest thinking, ” how do they get their home to look like that?!”. You would be surprised to know that you can achieve a similar look and feel without hiring a designer and breaking the bank. The secret is adding character, which means adding a bit of YOU! Here are our top 5 suggestions for helping your home feel a bit more cozy:

  1. SHOP YOUR SPACE! 

Before you run to the store to buy all new things, go up to the attic, check your hand-me-downs,  and gather up all of your favorite family heirlooms. These are the items that will add warmth and a characteristic that no other home will have. Do you have Grandma’s quilt stashed in the linen closet? Perfect! Take it down and drape it over a bench or put it on display!

2.  Shop Thrift Stores and Yard Sales

Shop around at local yard sales, thrift stores, or Goodwill! You will be surprised at the pieces you find that will perfectly fill that space that needed a bit of love. Pieces that look a little worn give you more texture. You may even find something completely out of the ordinary, like the end table pictured below.

3.  Mix Old With New

This goes hand in hand with 1 and 2. If you find something old at a yard sale or something given to you by a family member, pair it with a new pillow or chair that you have had your eye on! This layering technique adds instant character and you can’t go wrong! Below you will see an antique natural wood table paired with contemporary windsor chairs, antique candle holders, and new dinnerware.

4.  Window Treatments

Adding curtains to any space instantly adds warmth, softness, and that oh-so-cozy feel you have been dreaming of.  Make sure to hang your curtains higher than the window frame to add height to your space.

5. Live first and take your time!

The best way to add character to your home is to wait and see how you use your space. Make each corner functional and stylish!

Let us know if you have any more tips and tricks to make your home more cozy! Leave any comments in the box below or on our Facebook!

 

#DesignDilemma: Creating A Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are the perfect way to show off your collection and to create a focal point in your space. However, building your art collection and figuring out how to display them, normally scares people away. We hope that these few tips will eliminate your fear and send you on the way to an expertly styled gallery wall.

1. Start collecting! 

It takes time to build a big enough collection to display in a gallery configuration. Our best tip is to be patient and collect pieces you love instead of trying to buy it all at once. The best gallery walls are made up of quality pieces that have meaning. You can get creative; however, and use found objects, letters, mirrors, photographs and other memorabilia that will add dimension and texture to your wall.

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2. Plan your layout. 

After framing and before hanging anything on the wall, plan your layout by laying every thing out on the floor. This will give you the opportunity to visualize how they will look together.

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3. Start big. 

If you are having trouble creating a layout, start with your largest pieces first, and let the smaller pieces fall naturally into place. You want your largest pieces to be distributed evenly throughout the layout.

4. Get Krafty. 

Once you are happy with your layout, use kraft paper to cut out the different sizes and shapes of your items. You can use painters tape to attach each cutout on the wall in your desired design to make sure everything is perfect before hanging.

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5. Hammer and hang! 

While your kraft paper is still on the wall, hammer your nails in their designated places, then rip off your kraft paper to replace with a frame! So easy!

 

With a little practice and patience, you can achieve an expertly curated gallery wall in no time! There is no better way to impress your guests and add personality to your home.

If you have another Design Dilemma you would like to tackle, let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook!

#DesignDilemma: Choosing a color palette for your whole home.

We’ve all been there! When you are building/remodeling your home and you are asked what colors you would like to choose for your ENTIRE HOME, we all tend to panic! Do I use the same color throughout? How do I mix colors so they don’t clash? The list goes on. This tends to lead to what we like to call, paint color procrastination. We are here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be stressful! There is a simple way to make sure that the colors you are choosing are cohesive and create a stunning flow through your home.

1. Start with your main/largest area and go from there. This is going to help you identify the palette for the rest of the home. Is there a certain color you absolutely love? Start there. We also suggest allowing this color to be fairly neutral and not too dark. Since it is the largest area of your home, you want the space to feel open and accepting to other accent colors. If the color you love is dark, look at the lighter shade of the same color (you can use the paint indexes found at any paint supply store). For this example, we are starting with Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.

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2.  Start to build your palette using different shades of the same hue. This is a guaranteed way to make sure the colors you are choosing are cohesive. This helps that “paint color procrastination” we were talking about. Using tints or shades of the same color work especially well in spaces that are visually connected.

3. Use accent colors in bathrooms and bedrooms, but make sure they still flow with your main house colors. Using random colors in every bedroom and bathroom can make the paint colors seem like an afterthought. Create continuity by selecting hues with similar undertones. If you love reds with blue undertones, look for other colors with blue undertones.

4. Still unsure? Test your potential palette and see if they visually work together.

You will be able to tell if your color palette is cohesive. If something doesn’t seem right, try taking out a color to see which one is the culprit.

We hope this helps ease some paint color anxiety and helps you tackle your next project! Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or have another #DesignDilemma you would like to solve! Make sure to follow us on Facebook for sale items, new arrivals, and interior design inspiration.

#DesignDilemma: How do I hang my curtains?

Curtains are such a  common design disaster and you may not even know something is wrong! Let’s go over how to hang your curtains properly, and why these examples work to your advantage. But first, we will address what you may be doing wrong.

1. Hanging your curtains too low:

How to fix it:

Make sure to hang your curtain rod at least 20″ above your window molding OR hang right beneath your crown molding. This creates height and allows more light to enter the room.

2. Hanging your curtains to fit the frame of the window is another common mistake. You want to make sure you are hanging your curtain rod about 8″ out on either side. That way, when you open your curtains, you will displaying the entire window frame!

Combine the first two tips and hang your curtains HIGH AND WIDE. Creating the illusion of a wide and tall window will make your room transform!

3.  Still not seeing results? Your curtains may be too short!

 

You want to make sure your drapes are either “kissing” the floor, resting on the floor, or puddled for a romantic look. See the diagram below for reference:

 

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Follow these few rules and you will be on the way to curtain success!

 

Have any other Design Dilemma’s that you would like us to conquer? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

#DesignDilemma: How do I decorate my bookcase?

Bookcases may be the last thing you think about when decorating your space. This is a common design foe because they can make or break a room! Bookcases add color, personality, and can be an easy way to add sophistication when it is seriously lacking. But, where do you start?

If you are a collector of books, let them shine! Every book is a conversation piece and can add a pop of unexpected color. However, the way you organize them can make a difference.

1. Try the color method:

 

 

This method is an easy way to add bright color to your room. It truly is an eye catcher! Design hack: take the dust jackets off of your books and you will be surprised how beautiful they are without them!

 

Another way to organize your books is to place them horizontally and vertically on the shelves. Doing so adds a great platform for accessories and interest when stacking vertically gets too boring.

 

This brings up another topic to discuss:

2. Accessorize! 

Be careful how many knick knacks you display on your shelves. Make sure they have a common design theme or compliment each other! It is also a great idea to speckle in a few mini plants to add a pop of green and a natural texture. Have a collection of vases, plates, or family photos you would like to display? This is where to do it!

These methods only work; however, if you have a lot of books! So, here is a great suggestion if you are not the town book connoisseur.

2.  Add artwork!

You may be surprised to hear that you can add large pieces of art on the molding of your bookshelf! It adds a chic layering effect and can hide some unsightly books that you love but don’t want to display.

 

You can also do this with mirrors:

 

We hope this helps you conquer your next bookcase conundrum! Have any other ideas? Let us know! Leave comments below or contact us on our Facebook page! As always, any of our designers would be happy to help you with the next design dilemma!

#DesignDilemma: Decorating with a TV

Today, the television has become a focal point in almost all of our homes. However, it doesn’t have to be as unsightly as you think! There are ways to camouflage a TV to work in your favor. Here are a few of our ideas:

 

1. The simplest answer may be the best solution. Find an entertainment center that has piers with shelves to display decorative and personal items to make your television seem more like a piece of furniture. The great thing about entertainment centers is that the wire management hides all of those ugly wires. Here is one that is available at Turner’s:

 

Parker House Entertainment Center $1999

 

2. The next option uses your television in a composition thats part of a gallery wall. If you have a wall dying for attention around a TV, try displaying your favorite artwork and photographs around it! This idea below also incorporates antlers to add deminsion and texture. Make sure to start with a console or credenza and work around it! If you absolutely have to have a television (let’s face it, we all do!), make it part of your design plan.

 

 

3.  If you own your home and want to make the extra expense, a built in wall unit can be a very attractive solution for your television.

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We hope this helps you with your TV design dilemma! Have you tried something else that you like better? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook!

Tips to help you get the most out of your furniture shopping experience

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For some, redecorating a room in their home just comes naturally. However for most, it can be a little intimidating and overwhelming. What kind of furniture should I buy? How do I mix styles and patterns? What are the best accessories to give my room that finishing touch?

Well, you don’t have to be alone in your redecorating adventure! It’s okay to seek help from a design professional. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Who can afford an interior designer?”  You, that’s who! At Turner’s Fine Furniture, you can browse a great selection of name brand furniture AND speak with expert designers. And the best part, the design service is free!

Here are just a few things to consider before you go furniture shopping:

  • Have a design goal in mind. Whether it’s creating a bedroom to relax after a long day, a living room to gather family and friends, or the perfect kitchen for entertaining, let your designer know how you want to use your space.
  • Explain your style. Are you more traditional or contemporary? Are you drawn to neutrals or do you like pops of color?
  • Bring pictures of your space. Take pictures of your room from multiple angles and bring them with you when shopping for furniture. It helps give your designer a better feel for your space and allows them to help you purchase the best furniture to meet your needs.
  • Bring pictures of inspirations. If a photo you found on Pinterest or in a magazine inspired you to spruce up your space, bring it with you. It can be a whole room or just something that has colors, artwork or accessories you like. This will also help your designer get a better feel for your overall style.
  •  Take measurements. It’s great to know the dimensions of the room you want to redesign/refurnish. This way, your designer can guide you toward the best style and size of furniture for your room. It also helps them create a better room sketch for you. After all, we want to make sure we measure up to all your expectations!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for an in-home visit. Sometimes, it feels a little more comfortable to talk about your room while actually standing in it. No problem! Our designers will do one complementary in-home visit to help you determine what furniture and/or accessories you need to create your dream space.

Whether you’re building a new home and starting from scratch, looking to redecorate an existing room or two or maybe just add some new accessories, Turner’s designers are here to lend customers their expertise and offer the very best selection advice.