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Stair style

Stairs are taking on a whole new look. Whether you prefer soft carpet to hardwood or bold color over muted elegance, the design appeal of stairs have come a long way.

Check out some of the options available. Hopefully you will see a style that will really let your stairs shine.

Wallpaper

Colorful Paint

Runners

Stencils

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Bold Pattern: Chevron

The inverted V-shaped pattern of the Chevron has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks used the geometric pattern on pottery and the military uses it to indicate rank or level of service. But over the past few years, the Chevron has recreated itself in the design and fashion industry. It has taken on a new energy with varying widths, courageous colors and fearless placement.

Lucky for us, there are both subtle and explosive ways to include this incredible pattern in your home. As seen in the examples below, those who are daring in the world of design grab a bright color, such as teal, and splash the Chevron across the tile on a kitchen wall. While others use a reversed gray and white execution to create a soft yet powerful dramatic floor. And for those looking to grab attention with the trend but don’t want a permanent design feature, simple accessories offer the power of the design without the commitment.

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Old-world charm

Old-world feel charm blended with modern amenities make this home a hit.  Every room is filled with details that create a warm and cozy space.  The detailed molding makes a statement over doorways, classic shaker style furniture extends a warm welcome and original wide plank wood floors cast a feeling of history. All in all, this home is lovely example of how Old-world style is not stiff and dusty.

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Images: www.lovelyclusters.com

Graphic tiles

We have all cringed when we see a home coated in those oh-so-seventies ceramic tiles that create an intricate, yet, undesirable design.  Almost instinctively our minds wander toward this: “Why would anyone use that tile? It must go.”  But graphic tiles are, like many other design trends, on an upswing with new delightful designs.

Credit and gratitude is owed to Ashley Hicks, an enormously talented London-based designer, for these modern Moroccan-inspired tile designs. The tiles are cast in cement and the colors are mixed by hand for that vintage feel all leading to a breathtaking floor or backsplash.

Happily, these are not your mother’s graphic tiles.

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Images: www.mstreetdenver.com

Grounded with style

The floor is another example of a canvas that is often ignored.  And as we move away from the age of carpet, it is becoming more important to spice up the ground we walk on.

These examples show how to punch up any room right were you walk.

This incredible design of octagons defined in creamy beige and tans adds another level to the already glamourous room.

This room is calming with a hint of romance, and the alternating width of the zig-zag adds a great focal point.

The hardwood floor is enhanced by the diamond pattern.  Rustic charm at its best.

Resembling a slate tile floor, this grey and white pattern radiates drama.

Magenta ceiling, clean white walls, minimal furnishing and an exquisite design on the floor.

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Images: www.apartmenttherapy.com

The wonder of wainscoting

Wainscoting has reached new heights. It is no longer strictly traditional as it pushes beyond the limits of a 3- to 5-foot installation in a room.  It is available in numerous options such as raised, shaker, flat, v groove or recessed panels.  And it is venturing into bright, bold color palettes.

To be fair, wainscoting has always added glamour to a space but these new uses open up a whole new appreciation of the application.

The images below showcase a range of updated yet traditional executions.

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Mystical mirrors

Functional and decorative, Mirror are no one-hit wonder.  Often utilized as a final check point before shuffling off to work or reflecting the colors of a painting on an adjacent wall mirrors brighten any room.

Take a look at some creative new mirror arrangements.

Mirrored frames are a great way to utilize space by combining the reflective properties of the mirror with artistic expression.

This large multi-faceted wall mirror casts multiple beams of light around the room.

Individual leave-shaped mirrors include handy hooks for a practical spin.

These flower and leaf mirrors make a dramatic statement.

Framing the mirror tiles with molding adds glamourous appeal.

Mirrors are a multi-purpose must for any room.

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Images: www.creamylife.com

Enhancing a small space

Often a small space can pose the biggest design challenge. Never fear, a few techniques can expand your world.

The interior decorating trend of using wallpaper is making a come back. Walls everywhere are getting a much needed facelift, thanks to the updated modern designs and new wall decor products available. When you want to add height to a room, try using wallpaper with a vertical pattern. Instantly, your room will appear taller.

Lighting sets the stage in any room but in a small room it can become the lead.  A small but cozy space is illuminated with the flick of the switch. Use an interesting pendant that casts shadows on the walls to establish an intriguing atmosphere.

The use of magic also tricks the eye and mind to perceive the room as spacious.  The magic of an optical illusions that is. A full length mirror or collection of smaller mirrors bounce the natural light of a room around like a kaleidoscope.

Floating shelves are a modern way to display different items in a clean and crisp way. By eliminating the visual cue of supports the shelves lift up the room appearing open and organized.

When all else fails, camouflage! Hallways are lined with doorways and interesting corners with little wall space to improve the aesthetic. Painting the wall, trim and doors elongates and simplifies the space.

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Tips for designing the perfect hallway

Hallways can be a tricky space to design.  They are often narrow with no natural light, but never fear,  there are loads of ways to make your hallways come to life.

Create a focal point.  Highlight the back of the front door with paint or trim, install an accent light over your favorite piece of artwork, or simply display your most unusual accessory as a statement piece.

Lighting is key. Utilize as much natural light as possible by placing a mirror opposite a window. Sconces, ceiling lights and lamps on a table cast a soft glow.

Anchor the hallway with a runner.  A bold splash of color or a neutral pattern will add a touch of softness to the space.

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Images: www.irene-turner.com

Eco-friendly living has never looked so good.

Country Living’s 2010 House of the Year, Home Green Home, is the result of a dynamic collaboration between New World Home and interior designer Katie Ridder.  This prefab cottage packs a punch of country charm into only 1,607 square feet.  And every inch is delicately designed from floor to ceiling.

A warm organic wallpaper in the foyer grabs attention upon entering the home. Next you might notice chicken wire has been added to the seemingly simple white cabinets for texture and dimension. And the soft light in the room is spilling out of the recycled-aluminum light fixture.

The kitchen has a bright country charm with antique white beadboard cabinets and a white apron-front sink.  The focal point of the room is awarded to the stunning barn-wood island, rugged with a cool hue.

Multiple prints were framed from Art Forms in Nature to create an intriguing climb to the second floor.

The beadboard in the master bedroom was installed horizontally to make the room appear wider.

This closet is to die for!  The built-ins, crafted from 100 percent post-consumer wood fiber, provide practical yet stylish organization. Overall the space radiates a vintage feel through the wall paper and accessories.

The master bathroom is full of quaint charm.  The mirrors are framed with old-fashioned bourbon barrels and the vanity is a refinished dresser.

Lilac paint camouflages the storage built-ins in the guest room giving the illusion of more space. Tucked in the corner, the adorable chair was revived with new upholstery.

The sunshine streams in the screened wraparound porch making it the perfect place to put your feet up and relax.

Vintage wallpaper, a white pedestal sink and old fashion fixtures make this powder room captivating.

The home is eco-friendly and oh so charming!

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Images: www.CountryLiving.com