Archive for January, 2013

Perfect Color Pairs

When it comes to decorating the home, many of us spend hours reading design blogs & watching design shows wishing that we could transform our living or bedrooms into a one-of-a kind masterpiece. But when the shopping begins and it’s time to select the items for our dream room, we tend to doubt our creativity and shy away from the fun designs we’ve spent hours dreaming of. In this post we’ll be sharing some tips on how to select a color scheme and some of our favorite color combinations to help you easily piece together a striking room design.

Tip #1 – The Color Wheel

It’s time to go back to preschool and pull out that color wheel. The color wheel will help you plan the overall scheme of your room as you’ll need to decide which colors combine well, whether they are toning, harmonious or complimentary. The colors you choose for your room all depend on the mood or theme you want to set – are you going for an airy bright look or a warmer cozy look? Once you choose what palettes are best for you it’s onto the next step.

A tonal color scheme uses one color in varying tones. A harmonious color scheme uses colors stemming from the same primary color in the same tone level for a balanced look. A complimentary color scheme uses colors that are diametrically opposite on the color wheel resulting in a bolder and more dramatic look.

Tip #2 –  The 70/20/10 Rule

Now that you’ve chosen  your color palette and decided on what mood you want your room to embody, it’s time to get creative and further develop it. Remember, neutrals are the easiest colors to work with for large pieces and accent colors are used in small quantities to lift the overall look of the room. So keep the 70/20/10 Rule in mind when distributing colour. 70% of the room’s decor should be the lightest color, the second lightest for 20%, and the boldest for 10%. If you’re just going with two colors, go with 70/30.It’s important to keep this  rule in mind especially when shopping as it will help to keep the room balanced once you start decorating.

If you’re going with a neutral palette pump it up with rich hues, organic textures and fun patterns, this will make the space a lot more exciting. While 70% of the furniture in our mood board below is neutral, we play around with copper, golds and reds to create a warm and inviting space.

Now that we’ve got you thinking about the big picture, here’s another one of our favorite colour combos, aqua and lime. The vibrant colours are perfect for the warm weather of the Caribbean and is sure to make any room pop!


This striking aqua and lime tabletop in our showroom is fun and funky and certainly sets the mood for any meal.

A bit of a non-traditional colour pairing blue and yellow is fun and funky and will certainly add character and style to any room.

Tip # 3 – Keep It Simple

Keeping it simple is the golden rule when it comes to the decorating process. While we don’t want you to simplify your style, it is often best to keep colors simple, especially if you’re working with a smaller space. Instead of going for a complete color overhaul, changing the color of your walls, use decorative accessories such as lamps, beautiful cushions, vases, florals and prints as your key color pieces. Always remember to make sure your theme fits well into the space you’re working with as some themes require more space than others

With these three tips and all of your previous design research you should be ready for the exciting part – SHOPPING! Loving our perfect pairs? Then visit us in store or online at http://www.dwellingsbarbados.com today. Thanks again for reading and look out for more great tips in our next post. Have a great weekend.


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For many of us starting the new year is a great opportunity to refresh our living space. For some it means out with the old and in with the new while others are looking for trendy yet budget-savvy updates. We posed the question to our Facebook fans – “Which room will you be refreshing for the New Year?” and received a tie between their bedroom and their outdoor space. As we spend so much time in the bedroom, this week, we’ve dedicated our blog to creating the perfect bedroom retreat.

New Linens

The quickest way to refresh your bedroom look is to update your bed linens, after all nothing feels and looks better than a fresh set of new bedding. Most of the colour in a bedroom will come from the bedding, so don’t be afraid to experiment with colours and patterns. Incorporate warm tones, rich hues, soft pastels and fun prints into your linens. For an even quicker update, a throw or a selection of chic cushions and accessories offer an effective contrast and instant style.

Let The Light In

Overhead lighting plays an important role  as it fills the entire room with light. But when it’s time to snuggle up with a good book, bedside lamps and other sources of accent lighting turn a bedroom into an inviting, comforting retreat as they cast a peaceful, moody glow.

Here’s a great tip from HGTV: Ensure that bedside lamps are the correct height with this little trick: When you’re sitting in bed, the lampshade bottoms should be at eye level so light will shine on your reading material not in your eyes.

Mix & Match Furniture

Gone are the days of matching every piece of furniture in your bedroom. If you’re looking to shy away from the traditional & uniformed look of a matching furniture suite, wake up a tired bedroom with an eclectic blend of  furnishings. Save a few dollars and get creative before investing in expensive, new pieces, check garage sales or friends and family to see if they have anything they’d like to give away. Hand-me-down furniture is a great way to furnish a bedroom on a budget.

mix and match furnishings

Personalize It
Personalize your space by displaying a collection of collected items that best tell your story. Your bedroom is an ideal spot for displaying collections of personal photographs. Keep your loved ones close by in a fun picture grouping, it’s a great way to add interest to a large expanse of wall. Turn it into a mini project and create an arrangement of framed photographs, art and quotes to add personality and pizazz.


Alarm clocks, vases, books, lamps and other decor help to boost your bedroom’s beauty factor and show off your personal style and taste. If you have a bold personality don’t be afraid to add drama into your room’s decor with bold colours and over-sized fixtures.

Now that you’re armed with all these great tips, you’re sure to be feeling inspired no matter your budget.  Start updating your look by using these easy tips, inspirational photos and mood boards so you can start designing today. All featured items are available in store and online at http://www.dwellingsbarbados.com. Need some help getting your look together? Contact the Dwellings Design Studio to get professional help with your design and to order custom items. Remember to check out the blog every other week for a new and exciting posts. Here’s to a great weekend and a fantastic 2013!

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