Red. It’s everywhere, in our homes, our clothing, the workplace, schools and fun places, nature, food, the list is endless. My mother always said that “every woman needs a red suit in her closet.” I love seeing others wear it well. I also love seeing red used well in our homes.
Red is hot and an undeniable trend in design. It is a mood changer, elicits emotion, exotic and exciting, rich in suggestion. It can be customized to fit your style, it comes with a deep range of hues from cool to warm to hot so have your way but play by the rules.
Choose your tone of red carefully; according to how much attention you want it to bring to your room, it can and will take over if you let it! If you struggle with making a decision on the perfect red for you find an object that contains a red hue that you love and it will lead you to the right paint color.
For walls I prefer the warmer tones because they tend to blend easier with adjoining rooms if that is a consideration in your case. You can be more daring if it is a stand alone space.
For furnishings look for fabrics that complement your choice of red for the walls. Patterned designs in fabrics and wallpaper will bring life to your walls and lighter wood finishes will look right at home.
Whether you are looking for red accents or accessories, red walls or red furnishings, have fun finding your Red!
Here we go again after months or even years of deliberating over what to do, how to do it and when to do it; you are finally ready to take the leap into the world of ‘before and after’ for better or worse.
It shouldn’t feel so overwhelming of a decision when we decide to take the plunge and “just do it” when it comes to updating our home. This feeling of “what ifs” can be avoided with a little foresight and planning along with diligent application of implementing a well thought-out plan.
Begin with a vision: Answer the questions that the new updated space will answer making sure that the unmet needs will be answer after the work is completed. Will the lack of function be met with this project?
Write it down: This statement maker puts everyone involved on the same quest of meeting the desired end.
Lay the foundation: A great plan incorporates the necessary steps in the proper order to best guarantee the desired end.
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Allow sufficient time: Plan the work during the least hectic time of ‘your’ year especially if you will wear the hat of the general contractor; someone has to oversee the project from the top making sure steps are not being overlooked.
Finish strong: Try not to skimp at the end or compromise in the final decisions that will complete the project at the same standard it began. If you run out of resources give yourself some time to finish strong and well!
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Once completed you will have an updated space that will promise to bring you pleasure for many years to come!
Wallpaper trends are on the forefront of interior design so why not feast our eyes on some of the best patterns, themes and colors for your home? Enjoy F.Schumachers inspirational wallpaper wonderland!
You are nearing the end of a room makeover and everything is in place and looking great; the new, refinished or re-upholstered furnishings looking awesome with the new space plan and possibly new flooring and lets not forget the brand new wall color that brings everything together…its so exciting to see it come together so well until…you notice the lighting…and it doesn’t exactly compliment all the new stuff…DON’T DO IT…DON’T COMPROMISE HERE AND RUIN THE END OF YOUR STORY!!
If you were willing to go to the time and expense of updating your home don’t forget that the lighting can be the exclamation point that completes your space. The lighting can make or break a room and can be a fun experience to finding just the right fixtures to complement your style by:
Consider lighting that flows with your décor style (take a look at our post(s) “Your Design Style, Pt. I&II published in June 2013 and August 2013 if you’re not sure what your style is);
Consider the finishes that would compliment the finishes in your space;
Consider the scale of the lighting – the proportions must compliment your seating and table heights and fulfill the purpose of task lighting and accent lighting;
Lastly, consider mixing it up a bit – there is a place for symmetry, function and elements of surprise when placing your fixtures in your newly designed space. Now this is the proper end to your story!
It’s true and we’ve all experienced it to one degree or another, settling to live with our decisions to remodel, update or purchase…decisions made with too little information as well as the inconvenience of long-term ramifications while being caught up in the process of laying the foundation for future delight or regret.
What qualifies for a ‘big’ design decision? The average amount of time you will be forced to live with it or to settle for ‘making it work.’ This length of time can be affected or dictated by budget, season of life, career, family needs, a sale and of course the home you choose to live in. Let’s take a look at the major categories and average life spans (according to Loretta since I’ve been at this for a while)we end up with living in the midst of our design decisions:
Kitchen: Average life span ~ 15-20 years
Bath: Average life span ~ 15-20 years
Flooring: Average life span ~ 10-15 years
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Color(or lack of): Average life span ~ 10 years
Major Furnishings: Average life span ~ 10-15 years
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Home Purchase: Average life span ~ 15-20 years
In the world of interior design we deal with these decisions every day and therefore our antennae’s are up with every design decision made on our clients behalf or our own. We are standing on the rooftops shouting to all who choose to hear…be sure you are making the best long-term design decision based on great information and options, budget, function, scale and beauty.
Now we can all relax and enjoy another year of great design!
Great interior design just doesn’t happen, it begins with a great plan. Whether you are starting from scratch with a new home or have been in your home for a few years and can’t figure out where to begin, call for help by partnering with someone who can assist you in making your dreams come true layer upon layer, ultimately achieving the desired end – a truly fabulous, well designed home that reflects your style and personality.
If 2014 is your year to finally take control in this area allow me to make a few suggestions that will help you get started in the right direction:
Space Plan Recommendation: With professional help or a friend that has good insight every space within your home should be assessed objectively of its strengths and weaknesses, mistakes and corrections needed including updates.
Design Focus: This phase helps you prioritize (by space) the execution of the design process space by space. I prefer to focus on the rooms that are used the most and then, based upon your budget, rank the projects accordingly. These spaces usually include the foyer, kitchen, family room, home office, kid’s game/play room. Exceptions (season of life, etc.) might include the master bedroom, nursery, theatre room, exercise room, formal dining room, music room.
Work the Plan: This may take 1-3 years depending upon the scope of the project. An empty space is easier to work with than having to incorporate existing pieces that may involve considering finishes, fabrics and colors.
In the end with a great plan as your guide I promise you will be pleased with the result!