Last week we talked about the different kinds of tiles we love to use, and this week we will talk about our favorite ways to use them.
In the world of flooring, there are so many options to chose from. From the type of tiles, you chose to the pattern you use to lay them, tile is a versatile way to add to any design. At Lisa Scheff Designs, once we decide that we are going to use tile in a space, next is determining what kind and how. With so many options, this could become overwhelming to someone who considered designing a space on their own. After deciding what tile works best for the area (glass, porcelain, ceramic), we determine how best to lay it. In this blog, we will tell you some of our favorite ways!
Horizontal Straight Stack:
Classic and contemporary, the horizontal straight stack may be the most popular tile pattern around. We often use this pattern when the tiles boast a big design, or if dealing with subway tiles in bathrooms or kitchens.
Vertical Straight Stack:
Less popular than the horizontal stack, but a close second. Often referred to as “soldier stacks” this pattern stands firm and tall and creates a presence in any space. We like to use the vertical straight stack when we want to make a room look much taller. This is also a great option when using tile with a 3D design. These two patterns create a clean and fresh look.
These two patterns are used most often, but we aren’t going to stop there. Here are a few more that are definitely worth a mention!
1/2 Offset Brick Pattern:
The half offset brick look is one of the most traditional tile patterns, and you’ve likely seen it everywhere. The simple modification of offsetting stacked tiles by
50% gives any design a more eye-catching appeal. It can also hide any imperfections in the installation of the tile. This pattern is ideal if you are looking to add flair without taking away from a focal point.
Bonus: We will occasionally even use a 1/3 offset, which we call “stair step” if the tiles are on the larger side.
Herringbone is an excellent option for any space, but is definitely not the easiest to create. We love to use a herringbone pattern when we plan to incorporate different color tiles in the design. This iconic pattern is made by laying interlocking rectangular tiles set at a 45° angle to the wall.
Usually, the design is arranged length-ways along the longest wall to maximize the effect. Depending on the size and style of your tiles, the Herringbone tile pattern will be more visible. This pattern always results in an overall look that adds texture and interest to your floor or walls.
The grid pattern is the easiest way to lay out tile. This timeless design is created by stacking square-shaped tiles in a grid pattern. It is the most common way of laying out a square or rectangular floor tiles, lining up the edge of the grid lines up to the walls. Depending on the size of your tiles and the room, this fits comfortably in any budget and is easy to apply a layout, as this design requires less need to cut tiles or have any waste.
The grid tile pattern is a go-to if we are looking to showcase a few painted cement tiles in space. It also allows an opportunity to add some color into an area by using contrasting grout to highlight the pattern or alternating tile colors to create a further layer of a pattern. These are both excellent options for adding excitement to a grid pattern.
The grid pattern is very versatile. It is perfect for showcasing painted tiles centered in the, but it is also perfect for those spaces where you don’t want to draw too much attention to the floor. However, this simple layout can also be eye-catching if you want.
If you are looking for some ideas or need some help with a room in your house, get in touch with us!
From the floors that you walk on, to your kitchen back splash, and from your outdoor patio, to inside your shower- tiles offer customization to many spaces in your home. With all the different uses for tiles, it is essential to pick the type that best suits the space. With glass, porcelain, ceramic, and stone there are tile options for every budget, every space, every durability, and every aesthetic!
At Lisa Scheff, we love using tile to compliment the colors in a space, or as a way to add a pop of color. When designing, it is important to remember that each different type of tile serves its own purpose. For example, you may love the colors that are possible with glass tile, but we would never put glass tiles on a mudroom floor. Being aware of your choices ensures professional, long-lasting design. In this blog, we will go over the different kinds of tile flooring, their durability, and their best uses. Then next week we will follow up with our favorite ways to set these tiles.
Types of Tiles:
Glass tiles are beautiful. So beautiful, they are often used in mosaics. This makes them the perfect candidate for a space that needs some color. At Lisa Scheff, we often use glass tiles as accent pieces in bathrooms or as a back splash in your kitchen. Not only are they stunning, but because they are glass, they are incredibly easy to clean!
While glass tiles are, without a doubt, one of the most colorful tiles, there are a few precautions. You should avoid using them on floors. Due to their construction, they aren’t suited for use in a high traffic area and could potentially break and become dangerous. Additionally, glass tiles aren’t easy to work with and often requires an experienced tile setter.
Ceramic tiles are versatile because they come in a huge variety of different colors, patterns, and styles – Many more options than porcelain tiles. These tiles are given their color from the layer of glaze that is put over the top, making it possible to offer many varieties.
Ceramic tiles are overall very low maintenance. They are easy to clean and install and can be cut to fit almost any size area. While ceramic is a versatile tile, it is one of the least durable for use in homes. Its durability is what really determines where we place it in a space. Often we fine that ceramic tiles are a perfect fit for walls in kitchens and bathrooms. They are not meant for areas with potential standing water or any high wear and tear zones. The glaze that makes these tiles so colorful can be chipped leaving the clay color underneath to be exposed.
In general, ceramic and porcelain tiles are quite similar, both being made from clay and other naturally occurring materials. The clay used for porcelain tiles is more refined and purified, making it more dense than ceramic. While being durable is positive, porcelains durability makes it less flexible and harder to cut to fit in those nooks and crannies.
Because of its durability, its ability to handle wear and tear, and simple to clean and maintain nature, we often use porcelain tiles on floors and in high traffic areas. These tiles also manage to be very stain resistant making them perfect for areas like a kitchen or mud room.
Cement tiles are very popular right now. We love the bold patterns they boast, allowing each small tile to make a big statement. They are what we like to call high impact, low maintenance pieces that really add the “wow” factor to a room.
While we have seen ceramic tiles work everywhere, we definitely have our favorites. Because cement tiles have high thermal mass, they are great for keeping your home’s energy bill down because these little beauties help keep heat in. These tiles actually help keep your feet toasty when you get out of the shower on a cold morning!
Do you have a room that you would like to see some tile in? Give us a call, we’d love to help.
It’s about that time – the time of year where the Winter Blues set in, and we are all anxiously waiting for spring. By the end of February, everyone in New England has had just about enough of winter. While we haven’t had much snow(knock on wood), it has been bitter cold almost every day! In the winter, there is nothing better than coming home to a cozy space where you can kick off your shoes and relax.
For us at Lisa Scheff, once late February hits you can find us snuggled up in our homes, reading a good book or watching one of our favorite TV shows. It is our favorite place to be. Sometimes, in large spaces, it is hard to make it feel intimate and cozy. While playing with colors and using a warmer hue can affect this, there are easier ways to help a room feel cozy without calling the painter. Whether your room is large or small, here are a few simple changes that can really up the level of “cozy”!
One of the most comfortable and most practical additions to any room is a few oversized throws. Throw blankets can be great accent pieces and will bring the colors of a room together. Plus, who doesn’t love having extra fuzzy blankets on hand for those chilly winter nights? Oversized is the way to go when looking to add throws to your space. Nothing is more frustrating than a blanket that doesn’t cover your whole body!
An over-sized throw is both practical, and functional! Added bonus? The texture that the blankets add to a room will add visual warmth and a richer, more tactile experience.
Layer with Comfy, Bright Pillows
Last but certainly not least, pillows! Pillows are useful and versatile. They can be used to rest your head during that Netflix binge or to rest your feet when you’re tired of sitting up straight! Pillows are the foundation of a cozy living room and a simple way to add color, texture, and comfort-trifecta! When looking for pillows, be sure to buy good quality for their durability and comfort.
Upholstered Ottomans & Poufs:
Cocktail tables are convenient pieces of furniture for any living room, but they can be cold and industrial, leaving a room chilly. An easy fix is to use an upholstered ottoman or poufs instead. How you decorate your ottoman is entirely up to you.
Whether you fill a serving tray with a stack of books and a candle or use it as extra seating for guests, the possibilities are endless! Many of these can even be made with hidden storage inside for all those throws! Most importantly, the fabric and cushion will bring added warmth to the space, adding to the comfort of the room.
Bonus tip- Eliminate Dead Wall Space:
In a large space, it is almost always best to keep furniture off the walls, creating cozy arrangements closer to the center of the room. The trouble with this is that it can leave a large portion of your wall space bare — don’t let that space go to waste! Using wall art that is predominantly warmer colors will help fill up the wall space and eliminate the chill!
Are you looking for some advice on how to make your living space cozier? Give us a call we would love to help!
One thing we’ve learned in our years working in interior design is that you never know when inspiration is going to hit! Designers are faced with a ton of design decisions every day, but everything outside of practical is up to our discretion and imagination. Inspiration is everywhere…but when faced with a new design challenge, where you find your inspiration can come as a surprise.
Sometimes finding inspiration is easy and as soon as you step into a space, it speaks to you. You know exactly what you want to do to create the client’s vision and start working on it right away. Other times, you are looking for a bit of a nudge and inspiration to push you in the right direction. Just like any creative process, interior design is talent catalyzed by inspiration. Designers live their lives with their heads on a swivel, taking in all that the world has to offer. Sure, we find inspiration in rooms other designers have created. However, often, it is in much smaller, less obvious things that inspire a room.
Here are a few of the more exciting ways we’ve found inspiration for spaces we designed.
Art is inspiring. Sometimes we walk by a piece of artwork and it sticks with us. Whether its how the colors work together, or the actual object itself has caught our attention. Either way, we end up bringing a piece of it home with us and work it into the spaces we are creating.
An example of a piece of art inspiring a whole room can be read about in our blog It all Started with a Piece of Art. A client had a few furniture pieces but wanted to make her space come together as an oasis where she and her family could relax. Working with pieces she already owned, the art led the way. The bold teal, subtle cream and gold inspired the color palette used in the painting was then carried out through the entire grey living room.
Using this piece as inspiration, we were able to create a living space perfect for relaxation.
A floor pattern:
Often when searching for inspiration, you just need to take a walk! You never know when inspiration will hit! The girls at Lisa Scheff Designs are always taking photos of things we see in our travels whether it is in our own neighborhood, or from halfway across the world.
In our travels, one of our favorite things to take photos of are our feet on beautiful floors we stumble upon. We always encourage people to keep their chin up, but sometimes the most beautiful things are under our feet. If you want to be inspired, just look down! Flooring is often an outlet of expression in a room- this is especially true in old buildings.
Often times, it is floors that bring excitement to a space through the geometric shapes, varying colors, and the different textures used. If you are ever looking for a little inspiration, travel around with your head down.
Our Fabric Library:
Our fabric library is an entire room dedicated to all of the colors, patterns, and textures you could ever imagine. Every Lisa Scheff Designs project starts in the fabric library! We head up there with room plans in hand and
spend hours picking out everything that speaks to us. We collect everything we like and spread it out on our work table. We match, we pair, we toss, we grab more, and we keep going with this process until the space is complete.
Every part of the clients space comes together in our fabric room, from floors to ceilings, walls to drapery, sofas and pillows. It is a room full of endless inspiration, and one of a designers favorite places to be! It is all the pieces to the puzzle that we are putting together when creating a clients dream space.
Bonus: High Point Market!
High Point Market is where we go to see all of the latest and greatest in the design world. We spend days wandering showrooms, taking photos, and planning out our client’s spaces for them. It never fails, we always leave High Point feeling so inspired and ready to create!
If you are looking for a little help finding some inspiration for a space in your home, give us a call! We would love to help.
Happy New Year!
2018 brought a lot of great things! It was a busy year here at Lisa Scheff Designs, and for that we are thankful. We are lucky to have a loyal and growing client base and look forward to what 2019 brings! New trends, new rooms, and new challenges are what we are looking forward too!
At Lisa Scheff Designs, we love the Holiday season as much as everyone else! The decorations, the desserts, and the time spent with family and friends around the table. While we love the season and all the joy and love that comes along with it, we would be lying if we didn’t mention that we are also pretty excited when the hustle and bustle are finally over. January 2nd, all our routines fall back into place, and life re-enters its normal pace. We all head back to work, turn our auto-replies off, and settle in for the winter months.
January 2 is also the first test day for those New Years Resolutions. Whether it’s cutting your hair, shedding a few pounds, or even taking steps to refresh one of the spaces in your home with a unique facelift. You may have noticed after hosting this holiday season that your home could use a bit of a refresh. There is nothing better than starting a new year with a new look, and that includes updating one of your favorite spaces! You know what they say: New year, new room! After all, what is more, important than creating a space that you and your family love to come home to?
If your resolution includes some new furniture, a paint refresh, and you’re dreaming of a brand new space to ring in 2019, we are here to share some inspiration for you! This is one of the latest living rooms that we completed, and we love it so much, we are sharing it as inspiration for all your New Years Resolutions. It is simple, inviting, and stunning. It is the kind of space that makes you want to come home, kick your shoes off and relax in this sun-drenched room, curled up with a good book. Or chatting with friends over a game of cards.
So what do you think? Are you ready for a room refresh? If so, give us a call!
While you are relaxing on your Thanksgiving evening, dosing in and out of that turkey induced nap, and plotting your Black Friday plan of attack, it is the perfect time for us to share what design trends have recently popped up on our radar!
Twice a year, the Lisa Scheff team takes a trip to High Point Market-the largest furniture and design market. On these trips we seek out the latest trends and get inspired by other companies and designers. The previous spring market sent us home with our creative juices overflowing. This Fall trip was all of that and then some! We love walking through High Point, head on a swivel, taking it all in. We keep our client’s projects in mind, look for the perfect pieces to complete the vision, and take ideas home to share with all of you!
Here are three of the top trends we spotted throughout the entire market, and have big plans for in 2019!
Trend | Shades of Grey:
Every time we visit High Point, we notice the colors that continuously pop up in each display, and we take note. Last year, I remember writing about the colors dark green and blush being used in almost every display. But this year those colors were nowhere to be seen. That just goes to show that trending colors come and go just as quickly as the seasons (literally).
However, this market was different. High Point Fall 2018 was all about shades of gray. To be honest, we have always had a soft spot for grey, so we were happy to see this! Grey is classic, timeless, and trend-proof. From moody and stormy to soft and delicate, grey is one of the most versatile colors in our palette. We saw it on couches, in blankets, artwork, lamps, and even rugs-and we loved all of it!
Trend | Bold Geometrical Patterns:
While we saw the safe grey all over High Point, we also saw the use of bold geometric patterns as accent pieces. Benches, lamps, wallpaper, credenzas, you name it! These patterns, when used correctly, give a room personality and add an element of surprise. Plus, when you have a room that needs a little bit of contrast piece with a geometric design is the way to go.
The clean lines and simple color palettes recede into the background but provide the perfect visual texture in any room. We are all about this trend, when used correctly. When it comes to adding geometric patterns, scale is everything. Too much of a good thing can be dizzying, depending on the size of the space. Interested in incorporating a piece like this into your home? We can help!
Trend | Making A Statement:
We are big fans of using a statement piece in a room. Something that draws the eye and keeps the space moving and lively. A statement piece is the perfect middle ground between bold patterns and neutral tones. Not too much, not too little-always just enough.
Statement pieces provide a functional wow-factor, remain timeless and add some eye-catching excitement to the room. These are a great way to let your style really shine through in the room you are designing. When it comes to planning the inside of your home we always suggest showing your personality through parts of the design.
At High Point Market this year, we saw great ways to make a bold statement through a single piece of furniture. There were side tables with eye catching patters, chairs with shiny, new age design, and benches that look like metal weave! We are excited to incorporate some of these ideas into our designs!
If you are considering treating yourself to a room renovation this holiday season, perhaps these trends will persuade you to do just that. And if you need help incorporating these grays, geometric accents, or statement piece trends into your home, give us a call! We are here to help with all of your design and inspiration needs. Contact Us Today!
Something we are well versed in is pet-friendly design ideas. A lot of our clients, past and present, are pet lovers. So it is often that we are asked whether the sofa, the chair or the rug we chose for a room will stand up to the homeowner’s dogs, cats or even bunnies! Luckily, we have quite a few options when it comes to protecting against pets, or hiding any pet imperfections on furniture.
First and foremost, we always suggest a performance fabric for all upholstered items that a pet and/or young children will be spending a lot of time on. Luckily, quite a few of our fabric lines carry a variety of beautiful pet-friendly performance fabrics which can be used to create a fabulous and functional upholstered item.
Most performance fabrics are stain, moisture, and odor resistant (trifecta)! This means that they won’t smell like Rover or stain from muddy paws. They are also incredibly easy to clean, saving you time and stress. Check out the video below to see how easy it is to clean these pet-friendly fabrics.
Textured/Shabby Chic Decor
Do you have animals who shed a lot? Or cats who like to scratch? One suggestion is to design your house in the shabby chic trend! Shabby chic is a design style that uses both aged furniture and newer items to create a cohesive look within the home. Marrying trends from the past with trends that are current, you can create a very unique, shabby chic interior. The benefit to this trend is often most of the items are distressed, therefore disguising any fur, scratches or imperfections caused by loved pets.
Along with the shabby chic trend, we have suggested pet owners purchase a rug that matches with their pets fur color. Or purchase a sofa with a fabric that will easily camouflage any fur your pet leaves behind. This way you don’t have to vacuum as often.
Cordless Window Treatments
Cords on window treatments aren’t just a threat to children, but they can also be a safety hazard to pets as well. Not only are they a safety hazard, but dogs have also been known to chew and tug on the cords. We always suggest it is best to avoid a cord completely. Nowadays there are many pet-friendly cordless window blind options, which completely eliminate any hazard to your pets and children. These blinds remain fashionable, functional and pet safe.
Want to spoil your pet just a little bit? A few of our go-to vendors make dog and cat beds fit for a king (or queen)! If you don’t want your pets on your new sofa, just buy them their own!
If you would like some help pet-proofing your home, give us a call! We have all the right pet-friendly products and just the right coworkers to test them all out.
The skinny windows behind the bed did not scream “glamorous,” which is why we employed an optical illusion. We trick the eye by hanging drapery wider than the window, and only covering the window frame to create the illusion that the windows are large and fill the wall.
The showstopper in this room is the gold leaf flower wall art. A photo doesn’t do this piece justice – gold foiled sculpture mounted on lined boards and placed in acrylic shadow boxes. Yes please! Plus the plush and comfy swivel chairs provide a place to sit and enjoy this one of a kind piece.
No detail was overlooked in this space. Using French natural nailheads, a Greek Key pattern adorns the side of the upholstered headboard. We like to think of nailhead as the jewelry of a room.
That Greek Key pattern is mimicked in the benches at the foot of the bed. The gold base of the benches add to the glamorous bedroom design. These benches serve as a functional foot-board where you can sit to put on shoes or your favorite pup can curl up on at night.
A lighted nightstand highlights the gold decor pieces, and a beautiful gold bedside lamp amps up the glamour. Short drapery rods allowed us to dress the windows without distracting from the upholstered headboard with a rod that spanned the length of the room.
Rich fabrics used for the duvet and pillows bring the glamour home. Gold and grey play beautifully off the deep purple walls.
Would you like to call a room like this home? Call us today to book a consultation and we will help you bring glamour into your bedroom!
Creating Your Oasis
After a long day, every couple needs a place to retreat from the world and recharge. A well designed master bedroom gives you that escape. See how we took this master bedroom design and turned it into a retreat for this client.
Whether your room is expansive, like the one we are showing here, or only has room for a bed and a two night stands, you can make it your oasis.
Master Bedroom Design
To begin, let’s talk about the bed. Your bedding doesn’t need to be overdone to be beautiful. Less is more when it comes to pillows in a master bedroom design. This neutral palette is soothing which adds to our relaxing oasis vibe.
Because this room was long and narrow, we chose to place the bed in front of a window. To do this effectively, it was important that our headboard had holes in it to allow light to still enter while defining the bed separate from the windows.
Pop that Purple and Gold
For the most part, we focused on neutral colors for this master bedroom design. We like the adaptability of a neutral palette; you can add a pop of color, and change that pop over time as trends change.
We added a pop of purple and gold in this space – and only in a few key places.
Sitting Area Retreat
This master bedroom’s expansive size allowed us to also introduce a small sitting area.
The tailored sofa and swivel chairs provide a place to unwind at the end of the day with a good book, conversation, or a movie.
Notice the continuation of our pops of gold on the cocktail table and in the lamp tables.
The only thing we’re missing is a piece of art to go over the sofa. Often client’s choose to search for their own art, or hang family photos after our projects are complete.
Because this sitting area is in a bedroom, and not the living room, our TV console serves dual purpose. It is both a dresser and a TV console. The drawers provide a place to store clothes, but its height allow us to place a TV on it for easy viewing.
Notice the reintroduction of purple and gold tying our pop throughout the space.
Are you looking to create your own master bedroom retreat. We would love to help. Call us today to schedule and in-home consultation.
A living room just doesn’t feel complete without a fireplace. It is a focal point in the room that we often center the furniture around. The variety of fireplace design ideas is endless. They can be modern surrounding a gas fireplace insert, they can be traditional complete with red brick and a wooden mantle, and they can be everything in between.
We love refacing a fireplace to alter the look of a room or using the existing fireplace as inspiration for the space. We’ve complied pictures of a few of the fireplace design ideas we have worked with over the years with different styles and purposes.
This fireplace became a focal wall. with stacked stone and built in benches. We love the way the pillows and upholstered bench soften the stone and break up the wall a bit. Its a different take on built-ins flanking either side of a fireplace. There is no hearth for this fireplace which is a more modern look.
Look how much more traditional the same stone can look with a different design. The red tile hearth gives that traditional feel while the stacked stone bring modern elements. This is a working wood fireplace which is always more traditional than a gas insert. There is room for art above the firebox, but the stone is so pretty that it doesn’t necessarily need the embellishments.
A fireplace does not need to have stone. This traditional wood fireplace is trimmed quite simply with wood molding. Because this client very rarely lights a fire, this fireplace is mostly decorative. We chose to put two upholstered swivel chairs in front because they can rotate to face into the room or to move toward the fire depending on how the room is being used at that time.
This traditional fireplace and mantle features a slate stone update. We pulled our color palette for the room right out of the slate. The slate was used for the hearth and the fireplace surround providing continuity. The white pillars and mantle finish the look providing nice contrast to the walls.
A grand space requires a grande fireplace. This traditional living room is the perfect place for conversation for two by a cozy fire. The sconces and mirror above the mantle dress up the wall and make the space feel finished.
Who doesn’t love a limestone fireplace? This white stone off the dark walls really makes a statement. It doesn’t require much for decor around it because the stone is so beautiful on its own. We mimicked the curve in the firebox with the limestone ledge softening the cold stone.
This fireplace features a dark stone contrasting off a light color wall. Its certainly not our best quality photo, so the poor lighting hides the dimension in the stone,but we love the clean look of dark granite with a pop of gold around the firebox.
This fireplace and built-ins were existing when we entered this space, but the television was on another wall creating the problem of two focal points in a room. By moving the TV over the fireplace, we create a single focal point allowing the furniture to work around it.
This traditional fireplace existed in this home for many years, and it needed a bit of a facelift. Adding the gold sconces above it adds to the traditional look but dresses up the wall. The two toned mirror frame picks up the black from inside the firebox, while also highlighting the gold form the sconces. Since this home has little kids, the fireplace does not get used for a fire, so tall candles fill the void while keeping it safe for the kids to be around.
There are so many varieties of stone to use around a fireplace. This home featured a much more rustic and earthy stone which provides a more casual look for a family room. We chose a brighter blue wall to contrast the stone and brighten the space.
Which fireplace would you like to call home? Do you prefer a modern feel or traditional? Gas or wood fire?
Looking for help to update your fireplace? We would love to help.