Fun Room-Painting Themes for Cream & Brown Colors

Are you in search of ideas on using cream and brown colors for your interior design? A Chicago interior designer shares some brilliant suggestions to bring dramatic improvements in your room.

Erica Lugbill, interior designer and owner of Lugbill Designs, an upscale home remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago took note of some fun room painting themes that you can try using the colors brown and cream.

These shades are classic favorites particularly in setting an interior design theme. Brown and cream complement each other and can go well with any accent color, making them versatile choices that can be used with other decors.

Brown and Cream Room Painting Ideas

For Erica, there are ways to use these hues in creating a fun theme for any room. She loves creating stripes with these colors. Here’s what the interior designer recommended:

“Do very large horizontal or vertical lines. Think like 2ft wide, 18inches wide. It’s is a very dramatic fun wall.”

Erica Lugbill cited another fun room painting theme that is especially suited for designing a kid’s room. According to the professional, brown and cream can be used to create a polka dots room design. With this, you can incorporate your kid’s favorite color such as pink, purple, blue or green into the room’s theme.  Furthermore, as their favorite colors change, their walls can still accommodate their preferences by simply adding new color accents.

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How to Keep Paint Off of Glass When Painting Windows

In this video by Erica Lugbill, interior designer, and owner of Lugbill Designs, a highend home remodeling, and interior design firm in Chicago, you will learn how to keep paint off of glass when painting windows.

The truth is, there is no simple solution for this. But there are a couple of things that can make this project a little easier.

First off, you need painter’s tape–an old tried and true solution to protect surfaces from unwanted paints. Just tape it along the edge of the window. This process can be time-consuming.

A second option is to paint casually the trim of the window and use a razor blade to scrape off the paint on the glass. Scraping off dried paint with razor may need a little bit of elbow grease, in which case try to use Vaseline. Simply rub vaseline along the edges of the glass before painting. Then you’d be able to remove the paints with a razor blade or putty knife.

Keeping paint of glass is not as easy as you thought. But there are techniques that can help keep it mess-free and avoid unnecessary waste of effort and time.

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Trim Color for Vintage Gray Walls

In this video, Erica Lugbill interior designer and owner of Lugbill Designs, a  Chicago-based home remodeling firm, covers tips that will help you choose the right trim color that goes perfectly well with vintage gray walls.

When choosing a trim color, avoid matching wood stain trim with gray walls. Erica said that the combination of gray and wood looks outdated and dingy. On the contrary, a great option is to paint your trim a fresh, bright, crisp white. This is a classic combination you can’t go wrong with. The contrast it creates perfectly pops the gray tones on the wall.

Another great trim color is a deep charcoal paint. Paired with gray walls, it creates a rich monochromatic look that’s elegant overall. The combination warms up the space and effectively creates drama. To finish up, you can also consider painting your doors deep charcoal.

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How to Decorate a Kitchen Using Earth Tones

Here’s a how-to video by Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs, that discusses ways to decorate a kitchen using earth tones.

Nothing beats the combination of rich warm woods with earth tone colors. You can’t go wrong with this combination because it is warm and inviting.

When decorating your kitchen, the key is to aim for a perfect contrast. Start with your cabinetry samples and match them with the earth tone paint color that you like.

Another way to decorate your kitchen with earth tone is with the backsplash tile and earth stone counter top. If you have a window in your kitchen, you can also match the earth tone theme with the wooden shade.

Using earth tones for a kitchen’s interior design can bring impressive results, especially with the help of a professional. Check out this video for further instructions in decorating a kitchen using earth tones: http://www.lugbilldesigns.com/videos/kitchen-earth-tones.html

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What Wall Color to Paint With a Black Comforter?

What Wall Color to Paint With a Black Comforter?

In this video, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs provides tips on choosing a wall paint color that goes well with black beddings or comforter.

What’s good about black is it’s neutral. This means you can’t go wrong with any wall color. However, Erica advised to avoid going too dark of a color on the wall.

In choosing a wall color to paint with a black comforter, what you want to achieve is a good contrast between the beddings and the wall. Pairing dark paint color with the already dark bedding will make your room like a cave.

For best results, choose paint colors in light to medium tones. With neutrals, lighter shades of grey are most preferable.

The color that you choose to paint your wall can have a huge impact in your room’s overall interior design. Know the colors that blend well with your existing furniture to achieve an impressive outcome.

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How to Keep Rugs From Slipping on Wood Floors

How to Keep Rugs From Slipping on Wood Floors

In this video Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a Chicago-based residential remodelling and interior design firm, gives tips on how to keep rugs from slipping on the floor.

Some rugs come with a rubber non-skid backing on that keep them in place, but others don’t. This means having a difficult time to keep them from slipping  on the floor.

But while it seems like a problem, there are actually several options that you can try to keep rugs from slipping.

Add a layer underneath your rug

What Erica Lugbill personally uses is a felt rug pad with rubber backing to layer underneath your rug. It is nice, thick and plush option. Not only can it keep your rugs in place, it also adds luxury to the height of the rug, so it is softer when you step on it.

Use a carpet tape

Another option is to use a carpet tape, but you have to be careful when using it. It is only advisable to use if your wooden floor has a very strong finish or if you have a laminate flooring. Simply put a double sided carpet tape on the floor, peel off the top and securely put down your rug.

Rugs that don’t stay in place are safety hazards. Much more, they can ruin the orderliness in your home and prevent you from achieving a flaw-free interior. However with several techniques to try, you can easily keep rugs from slipping on the floor just fine.

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What Color to Put With Lavender Wall Paint in My Bathroom?

Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end home remodeling interior designs firm in Chicago, shares in this video some tips in choosing the right color to put with lavender wall paint in the bathroom.

It is very refreshing to see a spa-like, fresh, crisp and clean bathroom. And if right now, you are wondering how it can be done, there are some tricks that you must know starting with the paint on your wall.

With a lavender wall paint, it is best to stick with whites and grays to take advantage of the contrast that complements each other well. These three colors look great and work well together. You can pick this palette for your towels.

For the shower curtain, choosing a good pattern and color is a great way to add interest to the bathroom without breaking the bank. Erica Lugbill shows some samples for you to consider especially when creating a good focal point inside your bathroom.

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What Color Curtains Go With a Red Leather Sofa?

What Color Curtains Go With a Red Leather Sofa

In this video, Erica Lugbill a professional Interior designer and owner of Lugbill Designs, a home remodelling and interior design firm in Chicago, shares expert tips on choosing a curtain color that goes with a red leather sofa.

First of all, keep in mind that a red leather sofa is a bold piece: it takes the center stage of your room.

Erica noted, “You don’t want to add anything too crazy in your windows that’s going to distract from your sofa.”

It is also important to remember that you want to achieve a nice contrast between your walls and drapery colors. If your walls are light, go for darker tones like dark brown. But if it has a darker color, go for lighter ones and neutrals e.g tan or neutral colors.

Furthermore, Erica advised not to be afraid of a little amount of pattern such as chevron.

A bold piece of furniture like a red leather sofa can transform your place. But it is only by following the right interior design techniques that you can bring out its beauty while harmoniously blending with other furnishings.

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How to Draw Interior Design Plans

How to Draw Interior Design Plans

Here, Erica Lugbill, a professional interior designer and the owner of Lugbill Designs, Chicago’s high end residential interior design and remodelling firm, shares tips on how to draw interior design plans.

With a graphing paper, triangle and pencil, she draws a 17 ft by 13 ft room. To keep the scale readable and workable, she used 1 square per 6 inches, that makes 2 squares per foot. After scaling, she outlines the plan with triangle and pencil.

In the plan, include the windows and door openings along with door swings so you would know how it all interact with the space and the flow of the room. Then trace out the furniture onto a separate graphing paper using the same ratio with the floor plan and cut them out.

After which, you can finally place the cut-out furniture on the floor plan and arrange them the way you want it. One good thing with this technique is that there’s no erasing, the pieces are movable and you can try out several different furniture layouts.

 

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Tips on Caulking a Shower

Tips on Caulking a Shower

Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a residential interior design and remodelling firm in Chicago, gives us tips on caulking a shower.

First, decide what caulk is best for your project. For a small job, small tube applicator would work best because it is easy to use. You can also opt to use a caulking gun if you want to. In this project, she used a silicon-based caulk that is washable with water.

 Pick an appropriate color depending on your project. Keep in mind that when caulking your tub or shower, choose a mold and mildew resistant caulk.

Before the application, make sure you clean the area and remove grout or old caulk using a putty knife. When everything’s ready, cut a small opening on the tube applicator and run a thin line and run your finger onto the surface. After it dries, wipe out the excess and you’re done.

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