Update to NW Rugs Contest
Note to Designers:
Designers and decorators who have used an NW Rugs rug may also enter contest in the name of their clients. Be sure to have client’s permission to use picture of their home and if your photo wins, client will receive the prize.
ReDu Interior Designer Clients:
If you would like us to enter your name/rug picture to NW Rugs contest, please send us a picture of the space/rug so we can enter.
Voting has already started, don’t forget to vote for REDU projects on NW Rugs contest!
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Find Functional, Balanced Furniture
Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture or accessories in place of several smaller pieces which would make a small space look cluttered. The size of the space needs to balance with the size of its belongings. When selecting furniture, consider maximizing the function of the piece. For example, in a small dining room, benches around a table provide more seating than individual chairs and consume less floor space. Furniture should always work double duty in small spaces. Be very selective about what you bring into a small space as each piece will need to speak for itself.
If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do with your small space, don’t be afraid to bring in a professional. Most interior designers offer consultations at an hourly rate (we do!) which can make getting professional advice very affordable. Finally, size isn’t everything, it’s what you do with it that counts. Go forward and embrace your (small) space.
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Enter to win a $1000 Shopping Spree at NW Rugs!
ReDu Interior Design has been partnering with NW Rugs for over 10 years on interior design projects, so we’re really excited to let you know about a contest they are having. In case you didn’t see it in The Oregonian, NW Rugs is holding a photo contest. If you’ve purchased a rug from their showroom, you’re eligible to enter. The details are outlined below, and all you have to do is fill out the entry form and send in a photo of your room with their rug in it on or before 3/21/12. If you haven’t purchased from them and would like to, we can help you. Don’t have one of their rugs, but you want to win? No problem! Simply check NW Rugs FB page starting 3/21/12 to place your vote for your favorite picture and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a chance to win $500. Thanks and Good Luck!
Enter to win a $1000 Shopping Spree at NW Rugs by submitting a photo of a room with a rug from NW Rugs! It’s Easy….
2. Email the photo of your room with an NW Rugs carpet to email@example.com OR bring a photo to any NW Rugs Showroom. Make sure to include the rug name/design, purchase date and city, along with your name in the email. We will add the photos to the “Show Your Style” photo album.
If you do not have an NW Rugs carpet to enter into the contest, you can still be entered into a random drawing to win a $500 Gift Certificate at NW Rugs by voting for one of the photos.Two easy steps…
2. To VOTE, Click the LIKE button on your favorite photo. Leave a comment too if you would like. Tell us why you chose that photo.People who enter photos can also enter the random drawing by voting -
TWO CHANCES to WIN!
Photo entries accepted starting March 3rd, 2012
Start voting March 21st, 2012
You don’t want to vote too early in case another fabulous room gets posted after you vote for one already posted.
Show Us Your Style – Enter now and don’t forget to cast your vote starting March 21st
TIPS FOR A WINNING PHOTO
• Photos will be cropped to 576 pixels wide X 432 pixels tall (8” wide x 6” tall). Make sure your photo will display nicely in “landscape” (wider than tall) rather than “portrait” (taller than wide).
*Submit a photo up to 2 MB in file size, but not less than 300 KB file size.
•Show the rug. After all, this contest is about how your NW Rugs’ carpet enhances your room’s overall décor—Show your style!
Choose the Right Color Scheme
When it comes to color, dark tones will make a room look and feel smaller. Though it may seem counterintuitive, when done correctly, choosing a dark color scheme for a small space will simply add to its cozy feeling. There are tricks to making a space feel more open; however, there are some small spaces that will never feel open no matter how many tricks you use. Therefore, it can make sense to embrace their coziness with a color scheme that is darker.
Light, cool colors tend to make a space feel open and airy. One way to use cool colors effectively is to find a monochromatic color scheme or colors that are in the same family. To break up the similar colors use tone-on-tone woven fabrics, textured wall finishes, and gentle tonal drapery fabrics. Cool colors on large pieces and delicate warm colors on most surfaces give the room a more open look.
The key to using either a dark or light color scheme is to avoid a lot of contrast. While experiencing a space, contrast causes the eye to stop rather than flow, which is jarring in a smaller space, therefore causing it to feel cramped rather than comfy.
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Clear Out the Clutter
There’s nothing that makes a small space feel more cramped than having too much unorganized stuff. Clutter makes a room look smaller and quickly fills up an undersized space. One way to conquer clutter is finding hidden places for storage or creating them with furniture that doubles as storage. Use baskets under coffee tables or tucked into storage benches to stow your stuff or get creative by utilizing spaces that are often overlooked, such as the space beneath the staircase. This can be turned into a small closet, a chest of drawers, or even a hide-away bed, if the space will allow.
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*Image courtesy of decorpad.com
Remember to utilize the vertical space creatively to maximize your ability to store your stuff. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view with feel orderly and open.
Design Tips for Maximizing Small Spaces
Do you have a small room, apartment, or office that you want to feel comfortable in and good about? There are some tricks you can use when designing in a small space that will help with the flow and overall vibe of the room or home. It is important that you enjoy the coziness of a small space instead of feeling cramped and overwhelmed.
The first place to start is to remind yourself of the benefits of having a small space. For example, there’s not has much to clean, it’s self-serving and convenient, you don’t have to spend money to ‘fill’ the space, and it’s comforting.
NEW YEAR, NEW COLOR OF THE YEAR
As lovers of orange Dulce and I were super excited when Pantone announced the color of the year for 2012…Tangerine Tango!
Pantone, is the world-renowned authority on color. For more than 45 years, Pantone has been inspiring design professionals with products, services and leading technology for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Pantone recently revealed their color of the year for 2012, Tangerine Tango.
Here is a little blurb from their press release.
“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
We could all use a little heat and energy this time of year, so here is some inspiration for using tangerines to add a pop of color to your life.