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How Interior Design Affects Your Mood

Your home should be a space where you can relax at the end of a long day, get creative with a meal, and bring friends and family together.  It’s important that this space yield to these goals by attributing the right layout, design, and color to achieve a certain feeling.  Nobody wants a home to feel chaotic or uncomfortable to guests or even to themselves— which is why it’s essential to think carefully about how interior design affects your mood. 

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The Basics

When setting out to design a space, start off by asking yourself some basic questions about the area.  This may include,

  • “How does this room make me feel?”
  • “How do I want this room to feel?”
  • “What can I add or remove from the room to achieve this feeling?”

Asking yourself these three basic questions will set you off on the right foot and guide you along the way.  If you ever get lost from endless options, you can always return to your answers to these questions to get back on track. 

Next, it’s important to think about the main features that will attribute to these feelings.  Mainly, this will be texture, color, and flow of the room.  Once you’ve decided the feeling you’d like to achieve in a space, you can get down to the details.  For example, when choosing a rug for a room, you may want to ask yourself, “Which rug would make me feel (insert desired emotion here)?”

Positive Emotions

A positive emotion should be the end-goal in designing any space, but the type of positive emotion may be slightly different for each room.  Here are some examples:

Awake/Happy

Perhaps you’d like your kitchen to be a place where you feel alert and happy.  This feeling calls for plenty of natural light, plants, and bright colors like yellow, orange, and sky blue.  You can incorporate these details anywhere from the cabinet colors to the texture of your kitchen towels.  Add a few hanging house plants to liven up the space and remove any curtains from the room that are unnecessary.   Textures that may prove fitting for this space will be a little rougher and tougher than others to be suitable for cooking, yet subtle in its softness.

Comfortable

Most of us want to feel comforted in our bedroom or living room.  This feeling calls for warm colors and soft textures.  Some color ideas are rich beiges and browns, golden yellow, soft grey, burnt orange, and light blue.  Soft textures may include throw pillows, fleece blankets, a shag rug, and antique wooden furniture.

Elegant

A space that is classy or elegant will often evoke a sense of pride.  Creating a dining space with this in mind, for example, is easily achievable through rich colors and tasteful accessories.  A beautiful wooden dining table, navy blue walls, gold trim, and a luxurious antique rug are a few examples to highlight the feeling of elegance.  This feeling can also be achieved with a minimalist, modern approach.

Color

The color of psychology is real!  This is why it’s extremely important to think about color when trying to achieve a certain mood in a room. 

In general, neutral colors or earth tones can help us feel very grounded and peaceful.  It’s essential to mix neutral colors with other, bolder colors so that a feeling of dullness doesn’t occur.  White is known to make a space feel more open and clean, however too much white can lean toward feeling sterile so mix in some others.  Warm colors, like red, orange, and yellow, can really energize a room and create a sense of happiness or passion.  Colder colors such as blue tend to be great for calming the mind and providing a sense of confidence. 

Feng Shui

The flow of a room is also really important when thinking about mood.  A room that is too cluttered can make one feel anxious, stressed, or claustrophobic.  Conversely, a room that is very open with very little furniture can make one feel depressed or alone.  There must be balance in everything.  The room should adhere to a natural flow and provide a sense of calm, rather than chaos.  Click here for more information on how to apply feng shui to a room.

Applying these basic principles to not only the design of a space but also the minor details of furniture and accessories will help you achieve the mood you desire.  A. Rudin has a large selection of furniture to choose from to help you on your way to designing the perfect space.  Visit them online today to find out more about what they have to offer.

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Your Go-to Dinner Party Checklist

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Are you getting ready to host a gorgeous dinner party at your home, but aren’t sure where to start? Don’t stress! With this checklist from the A. Rudin team, you’ll impress each guest with your decorations, menu, and entertainment. Simply follow along with our go-to dinner party checklist to ensure that your incredible evening goes off without a hitch! For more help on hosting, styling, and luxury furniture, call the A. Rudin offices today, or check out A. Rudin online now.

Set the Mood

Whether your dinner party is set to include a few select friends, or you are planning a larger get-together, your decorations and furnishings say a lot about who you are as a person, and it can be overwhelming to get right. Your first step should be to choose a room where eating and drinking will mostly occur. If you have a dedicated dining room, this can be an easy choice, especially if you have enough seating for every guest. If there is no specific room in your home that can easily be identified for your dinner party, think about the flow of your home’s layout and try to pick the largest room that everyone will be drawn to gather in. When your room has been chosen, it’s important to examine your furniture, seating, and decorations. Seating should fit all invited guests and should be comfortable enough that dinner is not difficult to eat, and guests don’t feel like they are cut off from other party members. Any decorations should embrace a warm, inviting mood, as you want all guests to feel a sense of peace and welcoming when they arrive. Try using unscented candles throughout the room to give your space a beautiful glow without clashing with your dinner preparations.

Pay Attention to Your Table

After your furnishings, decor and overall ambiance have been established, it’s time to look at your dinner table settings. For a successful dinner party, you’ll want to be sure to incorporate a cohesive theme between your dining accessories and decorations. Your table decorations can either follow a theme, or match the overall decor of your home, or be completely its own design! The possibilities are endless, so try finding some examples of table decorations that you like online, and have an expert help you with the rest if you get stuck! For an exceptional eye for detail to help you plan your next dinner party decor, call the team at A. Rudin or visit them online today!

What’s for Dinner?

After your decoration and ambiance have been set, the most important part of your dinner party is dinner of course! Depending on what kind of dinner party you have, the food can range from a three-course meal to a potluck gathering. Plan to at least have drinks and an entree prepared for your guest and add courses depending on the type of party you’re throwing. If you plan to gather for a long time, you may want to consider adding appetizers or a dessert, (or both!), to your menu for the night. Your guests will appreciate your hospitality, and it will give you a chance to impress with your cooking skills! No matter what kind of dinner party you’re throwing, always try to incorporate a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere so that your guests feel happy and relaxed throughout the evening. Check each of these items off your checklist to ensure that your party is memorable and fun for every guest! If you still need help planning or decorating the perfect event, let the team at A. Rudin help when you call or visit online today!

Best Places to Upgrade Your Home

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Refresh your home using these simple techniques that will bring an air of sophistication and increase its resale value.

Paint the Kitchen Cabinets

You don’t have to replace your kitchen cabinets to get a completely fresh look for your kitchen. Adding new cabinetry can be expensive, but something as simple as a new coat of paint can make the room feel like new. If your kitchen is outdated, painting the cabinets can make it feel more modern and cleaner.

Update Cabinet Handles

Enhance the modern look of your kitchen even more with updated cabinet handles. Swap out generic or out-of-date handles for newer, more stylish ones to give your kitchen an entirely new look and feel. “It’s clear that brushed brass is year’s stand-out metal, giving a luxurious finish to handles, small appliances and even plug sockets [livingetc.com.]”

Build and Furnish a Backyard Deck

A beautiful backyard deck offers a seamless transition from indoors to out. Aside from offering you the perfect place to flip burgers and catch some rays, having a deck will increase the resale value of your home. Experts suggest using a rustic, natural wood.

If your home already has a deck, consider reviving it with a power wash and hand scrub. Then, brush on a protective coat of semitransparent stain to protect it from the elements.

Adding a outdoor furniture from chaise lounges to table and chairs creates the ultimate relaxation space. Choose outdoor furniture that compliments your high-end luxury furniture from A. Rudin.

Create a New Look with High-End Luxury Furniture

The best furniture features subtle curves, balanced line and proportion, and refined detail. Your aim when choosing furniture upgrades for your home should be to transcend the fashion of the moment, creating a sense of timeless style and luxury. High-end luxury furniture from A. Rudin is perfectly suited to today’s elegant interiors. A. Rudin’s classic upholstered furniture and casegoods are custom made for exceptional quality and comfort.

Upgrade Landscaping

The front of your house is the first thing people see. Yes, improving your “curb appeal” increases the value of your home. But it also makes your house look more friendly and inviting to guests, and creates a more satisfying place to return to every evening after work. Any improvements in landscaping — from planning a flower bed to surrounding the house with a hedge– are worth your while. “As for big-ticket investments, like trees, they aren’t just nice to look at; they also stave off erosion, block storm-water runoff, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and filter groundwater pollutants [realsimple.com.]”

Hide the Eyesores

Some things that are necessary to your home’s function can be hidden from sight and still work perfectly. Putting hinges on a canvas portrait or picture frame can turn it into an excellent coverup for unsightly thermostats and alarms.

Install a Water Filter

Millions of people drink bottled water because of concerns over the purity of tap water. Some just don’t prefer the taste. These problems exist around the country, regardless of the whether the water comes from a municipal pipeline or a ground well.

Installing an under-sink water filtration system is a cost-efficient way to ditch the plastic bottles and reduce your carbon footprint. Save the earth the plastic waste by investing in a reuseable water bottle and filling up from your new filtered faucet water every morning.

High-End Luxury Furniture from A. Rudin

The furniture from A. Rudin has been made in Los Angeles for four generations by dedicated craftspeople using old-world skills. It is custom furniture for elegant living: residential, hospitality, contract. Each piece is smoothly finished with exacting care. A. Rudin interprets classic seating to suit personal tastes and today’s interiors. Discover A. Rudin products here.