A color scheme can help set the tone for your living room. You can find a fresh look for your space with color combinations and living room paint ideas.
Orange and blues in bright shades are complementary colors that are strong, but sprinkling them in against a backdrop of white will soften the effect. Using the colors in patterns also tones down the scheme.
Warm and Traditional
Adding the right color will give a traditional style a new update. Muted peach yellow is a wonderful alternative to basic beige and repeating an accent color, like chartreuse, delivers continuity. Use of an oatmeal color on the sofa, rug and chairs provides a sturdy base of color accents for the room. Leaving traditional elements such as white trim and beaded board with classic furniture shapes and lantique accents gives a living room its own personality.
Blue and white are standard beach colors, but red also has a place, bringing a few hints of unexpected crispness to any room. Adding shades of turquoise keep the beachside theme strong in any coastal decor.
This is a style that is becoming more and more popular. A cross between cozy & rustic with touches of metal and old looking re-used furniture. Muted neutrals hint at sophistication, white a mix of metal and wood capitalize on the industrial trend. The mustard yellow accessories play up the wood tones and keep the scheme from falling flat.
While natural greens and white give an island feel, it's important to rely on other island-inspired accents to help carry the look. Using a jute rug, woven baskets and a cabinet with bamboo inlay can all do the trick. Plenty of wood tones gives a classic, not cutesy, cottage appeal.
An exuberant living space comes with spirited colors. Start with one or two main colors and add in more hues with accessories and fabrics. In this photo, the blue sofa and green chair are the mainstays along with the wood in tables and cabinets. From this foundation, almost anything goes. Notice how this living room's space gets its unique character from the patterned curtains and a rug which carry the furniture's colors.
Create Your space! Have Fun!
A great rug can transform a room—but its potential doesn’t stop at the floor. From the dining room to the bed to the bath, here are some creative ways to shake up your rug game. Get inspired!
In the Dining Room
Luxe, glamorous, and wonderfully plush, sheepskin rugs look great just about anywhere. The dining area is no different: Casually draped over the chair seats, they create a bohemian-chic setting for meals while also adding tons of cozy texture.
A bonus? The layered sheepskins can help to unify a mismatched dining set, such as the natural and painted bamboo chairs here.
In the Bath
Swap out your basic bath mat for something with a bit more decorative punch. Natural-fiber rugs (think sisal and bamboo) add warm, organic texture that offsets all those glossy bath surfaces; they also hold up well to damp, humid conditions. Hide rugs, which combine softness with durability, are another stellar option.
On a Daybed
Following the same formula, you can use a flat-weave rug to effortlessly update an upholstered daybed. Choose a rug that’s a few inches narrower than the width of the cushion, then simply wrap and tuck until you have a smooth finish. Play up the bohemian vibe with a pile of throw pillows and bolsters in worldly prints (cute furry friend optional).
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Follow our 12 step buying guide and make an educated choice when you’re ready to buy a new mattress.
1. Recognize your current mattress is no longer delivering a healthy night’s sleep. If you sleep better in hotels than at home, if you wake up tired and achy more than once a week or if your mattress looks lumpy or sags, it’s time to go mattress shopping.
2. Choose your mattress size. If you share a bed with a partner or if you’re taller than average, you’ve probably experienced at least one night struggling to get comfortable. Size matters – for the people in the bed and the room you put the bed in. Not every bedroom can fit a king size mattress.
3. Talk to your doctor. If you have a health condition that affects your sleep, your doctor is a good starting point. While the inner spring versus latex issue might be out of bounds for advice, you might learn something about temperature control or the need for extra cushioning for your joints or back. Remember, a firm mattress is not necessarily a supportive mattress.
4. Research online. Visit manufacturer websites and read lots and lots of reviews. Load up on as much information online before heading to a store – but be wary. Not everything you read online is true and some of it can be downright confusing.
5. Set your budget. Just like buying a new car, mattress prices range wildly. You might have Cadillac tastes but a Honda budget – and there’s a lot of nice Honda’s at lower prices. Decide how much you want to spend and focus your research on that price category. You’ll be amazed at the comfort options within each budget.
6. Go shopping! We believe buying a mattress should take longer than it takes to order a pizza. You might suffer indigestion one night if you order the wrong pizza but a wrong-for-you mattress has a bigger impact on your life. There’s no better way to shop for a mattress than to go to a store.
7. Test drive a lot of mattresses. When you buy a new smart phone, you hold it in your hand, push buttons, check out the apps – and you do that for a lot of phones before you choose the one that feels right to you. Buying a mattress is no different. Understanding the difference between mattresses means lying on each one in different positions.
8. Slow down. Your body needs time to feel each mattress and compare it to the one you’re currently sleeping on. Experts suggest eliminating the ones that don’t feel good and spending at least 15 minutes on the mattresses that do. Chat with your partner while you’re lying down and focus on areas that give you discomfort at home.
9. Talk about the components of the mattress. Some people prefer a plush, pillow-top with a supportive inner-spring core while others enjoy the suppleness of latex. As you lie on each mattress, ask questions about what’s inside and how those components change the feel. This step keeps you on the mattress longer, which will help you begin to understand what your body responds to better.
10. Visit multiple retailers. Department stores may advertise more sales but they can be crowded and it can be tricky to find a qualified sales person to answer your question. You might find a more attentive sales person at a specialty store and you might be surprised at their price competitiveness too.
11. Talk about the warranty. Understand what the retailer and manufacturer warrants in the mattress. Workmanship and materials should be guaranteed but comfort is a personal perspective and often not covered. Read the fine print so there are no surprises if something goes wrong.
12. Protect your purchase. Stains on a mattress void the warranty – with every manufacturer. A tipped cup of coffee or glass of wine and there’s no going back. Invest in a waterproof mattress protector when you buy your mattress – for hygiene and to protect your warranty. You’ll be glad you did.
May the force (of a nap) be with you!
A short 20-minute nap has more power than all the caffeine you can drink in 20 minutes. Believe it or not? The truth is that the power nap can reset your system, provide a burst of alertness, increase your motor performance and give you that spurt of energy you’ve been searching for. Bet your favorite energy drink can’t do all that – without interfering with your sleep later at night!
But when’s the best time for us to grab all this napping goodness? Experts say the most optimal time for a nap is mid-day between 1pm and 3pm. Try to squeeze in a nap after 4pm and you’ll throw off your night time sleep schedule and reduce your sleep quality.
Ready to ask your boss for a scheduled naptime during work hours? If only we could be so lucky.
There are a variety of nap times to choose from that can help your energy and brain functions in different ways. According to WebMD, these are the naptime breakdowns:
Do you want to wake up a tired and boring bedroom or create a soothing sanctuary to lull you to sleep each night? You may think color is simply a matter of aesthetics but it can have a profound effect on your emotional and physical well-being. Understanding how the psychology of color influences sleep can guide you to a hue that will help you sleep better. Which is the point of your bedroom, right?
Even if you’re starting from scratch, choose something you love – a pillow, picture frame, scarf – and start searching blogs, websites and decorating books that display similar color groupings. Once you find something you like, limit your color selection to 3 or 4 hues and begin choosing the role those colors will play – active, passive or neutral influence.
Your wall color may be the active influence – and it might be a good starting point if you’re not sure where to begin. Remember that light colors are expansive, making a small room bloom into something larger and brighter. Dark colors add an air of sophistication and make larger rooms feel more intimate and cozy.
Now it’s Time to Have Fun with Color in Your Bedroom!
Red bedroom: The color of love, red raises the energy level – especially in sunlight – making the room feel more exciting. The color red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart and rate, which can lead to stimulating conversations. At first blush, you might think it too stimulating for the bedroom but remember that if you keep lighting soft, it will appear muted and elegant in the evenings, which you may find relaxing.
If you love red but don’t want to commit to a whole, room, consider using it in your duvet cover, pillow shams or curtains.
Yellow bedroom: Painting your bedroom yellow can be an expression of joy and uplift and expand even the smallest sleep space. Its revitalizing energy can invite family members to linger and chat in the morning, making it a fun room to begin your day. On the downside, studies show yellow stimulates the nerves, which can cause people to lose their temper quicker and babies to cry.
If yellow’s your color but your partner can only take it in small amounts, pair it with a cooler color like blue. Yellow curtains on an azure painted wall with white furniture – charming.
Blue bedroom: A soft blue bedroom can calm and relax, lowering blood pressure, slowing respiration and heart rate – but darker shades of blue can evoke sadness. Blue can also be a cool color, which needs balancing and warming with darker hues. To encourage relaxation, think about warmer blues like periwinkle or bright blues like turquoise.
Cool blues balanced with warm browns can make a bedroom inviting and cozy. Consider adding in various shades of blue in pillows to make your bed the focal point of the room.
Green bedroom: Green is the soothing, restful combination of blue and yellow. While it’s a great color choice for any room, we love it in the bedroom because of its relaxation-enhancing qualities. It can cool down warmer, darker colors but it has enough energy that it can be used as the main color too. It has also been known to help with fertility…
Consider adding a bedside chair in your favorite shade of green. Play with warmer and cooler shades of green to add a pop of color on your bed as well.
Purple bedroom: Long associated with luxury and royalty, purple can add flair and sophistication to a bedroom – but it’s better suited as a secondary color choice. Pair dark purple with lighter lavender and lilac hues to warm a room up and make it feel cozier. A whole room of purple can be overwhelming but an accent wall in your favorite shade of purple might be just enough.
Orange bedroom: Like yellow, orange is positively energetic. Darker hues of orange, like burnt umber, can be reflective, just like darker tones of red. In ancient cultures, orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels. Imagine waking up in an east-facing orange bedroom – talk about revitalizing.
Black, grey, white or brown bedroom: Neutral colors can be added to liven or subdue, balancing the energy of other colors. Black and brown in small doses can help accent a bright color scheme and give it depth. A white or grey bedroom can feel clinical unless balanced with punches of color
Sleep deprived? Wake up because your sleep thief may be lurking under your covers – your mattress. You spend a lot of time in bed and how well and how long you sleep affects everything in your life. The trouble is, most of us don't equate our sleep health with our overall health and when we do connect the dots, buying a new mattress is a big, expensive deal – and it’s not something you can afford to make a mistake on.
For most people, comfort is the decision maker but support, durability and health issues are equally important.
It’s time to go mattress shopping if you answer yes to any of the following questions:
If it’s been a while since you bought a new mattress, read through our top 3 tips and learn how to test drive a good night’s sleep before you buy.
Concentrate on comfort
To truly know if a mattress is right for you, lie down on it. One manufacturer's firm is another’s medium/firm – or extra/firm. Pick a focus point – your shoulder, lower back or your hips – and gauge how the mattress feels at that spot. And then lay on it like you lay on your mattress at home. A side sleeper needs extra cushioning in the hip and shoulder, but a back sleeper may need additional lumbar support. There's no magic mattress that's best for everyone, but visiting a mattress retailer will help you feel your way to a better night's sleep.
Hint: If you share your bed with a partner, test mattresses together and discuss what feels good and why.
The difference between supportive & firm
My mother told me the best way to protect my spine was to sleep on a mattress that resembled a butcher's block. A firm mattress is not necessarily a supportive mattress though. A medium to firm mattresses will likely buffer pressure points better, which allows your muscles to relax and aligns your spine naturally. Your spine is curved naturally and supporting those curves will rejuvenate and revitalize you.
Hint: Ask the sales person lots of questions and be honest about pain issues you’re currently experiencing. The more information you provide, the quicker you’ll find the right mattress for you.
Discuss durability expectations
How long do you expect your mattress to support you? Like all products, your mattress will gradually (over time) lose the ability to buffer pressure points and support your spine properly – that’s natural wear and tear. The Better Sleep Council recommends buying a new mattress every 5-7 years and offers a handy mattress shopping tip sheet.
Remember, a mattress warranty protects against defects in workmanship and materials, which age a mattress faster and must be addressed by the store that sold you the mattress. If you’re not a warranty/receipt keeper, it’s time to start.
Hint: Read mattress reviews online – but maintain perspective. Some review sites are filled with competitors bashing each other, which isn’t helpful to consumers. Visit their social media sites and ask members of their communities for first-hand advice.
If you’re ready for a new mattress, we’d love to help you find the right one for you.