Family Room Decorating Ideas Pictures

Family Room Decorating Ideas Pictures

Market Umbrellas

One of my favorite summertime looks for the deck is the Italian market umbrella. The canvas umbrella is supported by a wooden pole, and spokes outfitted with brass details. The canvas is available in white or deep hunter green and in two sizes. High-end catalogs like those of Smith and Hawkins have the originals for over $300, but there are less expensive versions in garden centers and through catalogs like Pottery Barn, and there are even cheaper versions in supermarkets and discount storessometimes available in more color choices as well. They’re lighter and smaller, but you get the same effect for under $100.

Wicker Furniture

Good design borrowed from the past adds character to a home environment. Copies of 1920’s Victorian-style wicker furniture, like chairs, tables, and love seats reminiscent of the Gatsby era, mix well with printed cushions and modern accessories for an eclectic look. Wicker is also practical because it’s lightweight, durable, and water-resistant, which makes it good for indoor and outdoor use. Places like Pier 1 Imports always have a good affordable selection. Wicker picnic baskets and trunks of this type are great for small spaces, where they can do double duty as storage units and end or coffee tables. Any hardware store can cut a glass piece to fit the top. Wicker furniture is always stylish.

Classic Materials

Discover what decorators have always known: Certain inexpensive, industrial-type fabrics never go out of style. Muslin, white cotton duck, mattress ticking, chenille, and sisal are classic staples. Muslin, at under $5 a yard, comes as wide as 90-120 inches and is terrific curtain material. Sisal is a natural fiber used for floor covering. It provides a neutral background for everything else in the room.

Chinaware

If really good white chinaware from Rosenthal or Royal Doul-ton is beyond your budget, fret not. A set of Bauhaus dinnerware from Pottery Barn or Bistroware from Dansk is every bit as good-looking in its own right. Clean, classic lines define it and even chunky, restaurant-style dinnerware has a character that’s outstanding.

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