Give your neutral color scheme a break, and add a touch of red to create a focal point. A little red goes a long way and is a powerful addition to most interior looks. Experts say that red is a color of passion, love and beauty. In some cultures, it’s associated with excitement, energy and courage. In others, it connotes happiness, good fortune, success and loyalty. Whatever your culture or nationality, it’s clear that interior design with red makes a fashion statement.
Interior design with red can be cheery or sophisticated, contemporary or traditional, depending on the shade you select: from dark, violet-toned burgundy to orangey, tomato red, to bright primary red. And depending on the shade, red can energize a room or make it soothing and cozy. Red also comes in a variety of textures, from glossy lacquer to soft matte in paint, and from soft silk to supple leather in fabrics.
Add just a touch of red with:
- Drapery or furniture fabrics
- Accent lamps
- One wall painted red
- An oriental rug or contemporary carpet
- Painted furniture, especially in Asian or Latin styles
- Patterned red fabrics, in chintz, tapestry, stripe or plaid
- Painted built-in bookshelves – all-over red, or just red on the inside
- A painting with red as the major color
- Even your front door, to give visitors a hint that walking into your house will never be dull!
Are you seeing red in your future? Add this vibrant color to make a design statement. We can help you with the change or any other design change in your home.
We have to admit that we love a trend, but often in our homes we avoid them because trends come and go so quickly. Unlike a pair of pants or a new top, upholstery and drapery can be expensive, so it’s hard to commit to the Pantone Color of 2013, emerald green for 20 years in a couch or drapery panel.
We found these great Emerald green fabrics at the Boston Design Center on our visit last Tuesday! Pillows and valances are a great way to change your room and update it to be on trend. They are inexpensive compared to the rest of your room, and easy to change.
Here’s a few ideas to incorporate trends into your home without breaking the bank.
- Keep your walls and expensive pieces neutral: Beige, brown, grey, etc.
- Choose less expensive items to be trendy: pillows, valances, accessories, etc.
- Don’t over-do it: A little bit of emerald green goes a long way.
Many people use the terms “interior designer” and “interior decorator” interchangeably, and while there are similarities in these professions, they differ in critical ways. As we have been working to develop our brand and focus our company’s mission, we have found it necessary to clearly distinguish the two for ourselves and for our clientele.
“Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.” (NCIDQ, 2012)
It is through this concept that we have developed out slogan: Beautiful. Functional. Custom. As an interior design firm, our focus is on functionality as well as aesthetics. We take into account our client’s lifestyles and choose creative solutions that are beautiful yet functional. Though custom products, we can focus on the design and functionality elements without sacrificing beauty.
There are a few words that no designer wants to hear, “I really like the look in the Pottery Barn catalog.” Don’t get me wrong, those room colors are nice and understated, but they are so vanilla, so safe. For me this quote sums about how I think about design:
“Life is about using the whole box of crayons.”
Color! Pattern! They’re what take a room from plain and ordinary to extraordinary. Yes, sometimes when you take a risk, it might fail, but its worth the chance. Try a bold color. Pick a new pattern. Use the whole box of crayons, and don’t be afraid to color outside the lines. Life is too short to live in a beige house with a beige sofa with white walls. That’s not to say we like to mix every color in the rainbow on a project. We find that one strong color in varying tones provides a bold fresh look while remaining classic and understated. See the room pictured below. We chose orange (yes, orange) as a pop of color in an otherwise neutral palate. The orange is complimented nicely by a soft blue chair with a strong pattern. Note most of the other pieces in the room are neutrals which allows the orange to make a statement without being too “in your face.”
As an interior design firm, we wanted to incorporate what we do into our site. We started with the idea of windows, since dressing windows is what we do best. The different boxes in our site layout, particularly the homepage, are inspired by windows framed by fabric.
We gave the guys at cdeVision the fabrics pictured below as inspiration. They said they’ve never worked with something like that before, but loved it. Check out the background of our new site; the pattern and texture is pulled straight from one of the fabrics.
We chose a neutral palette that will allow bright and colorful pictures to pop. We love greys and taupes right now and so the color scheme is timely yet classic. We found that the principles of design don’t change much whether it’s a room, graphic art or a website. While the site is launched, it still needs finessing, but we we’re just too eager to share.
Thanks to Bill and Antonio at cdeVision in Holyoke for making our vision come to life.
Window treatments finish a room, which is why we always urge our clients to “dress those naked windows.”
However, the wrong window treatment or and outdated design can leave a room feeling dark, heavy and out of date. Updating your window treatments can make a world of difference in a room. Consider these ideas when planning your window treatments to keep your home feeling fresh and bright.
1) Think minimal. The idea of a drapery is to soften the woodwork, but not to block all the light.
2) Mount it high. Make your windows feel larger, and let in as much light as possible by mounting your drapery and valances significantly above the top casing while still covering the casing with the bottom on the treatment. Its an optical illusion.
3)Consider your hard treatment carefully. You want to let light in while maintaining privacy. Don’t choose something so heavy that it blocks all of your natural light. We love Hunter Douglas Silhouettes because they filter the light and provide sheer privacy while open, but close to provide privacy for any room.
4) Pick a current color or pattern, but think about how long you will keep these treatments. If you are spending a lot of money on custom window treatments, choose colors and patterns that will age well. You don’t want to look at your windows in 10 years and think, “That’s so 2013,” the way we see pink bathrooms and say, “that’s so 1980!!!” If you plan to change your treatments in a few years, then its the place to go crazy with the hot colors and patterns like grey, turquoise and yellow!
5) Consider some curves. The point of the treatment is to soften the window casings, so try to avoid more hard lines.
Often accessories and art work are the hardest and most time consuming part of creating a coherent look in a room. This guest bedroom has a gold and chocolate color scheme. The bedding is fabulous, and we wanted the art to be as well.
While the scale of the picture makes it took small, we needed to cover quite a bit of wall in this room. We love our guests, of course, but the guest room is not where we wanted to invest in expensive artwork. SOLUTION: canvases covered in a great fabric.
The photograph doesn’t do this fabric justice. It has too much dimension for my iPhone to catch. This could be DIY project, or you could pay an upholsterer to build the size and shape canvases that you want. We prefer the latter because they will be uniform and the fabric will be taught. What do you think?
The trend for 2013 is bright colors and crisp geometric patterns. Bedding is fun place to play with these trends because it is easy to switch up from season to season.
Not ready to commit to a new duvet? We have the answer for that.
Choose a neutral duvet and add a pop of color in your accent pillows. This season, think lime, turquoise, coral or mint to bring a fresh spring vibe into your home.
Creating symmetry where architecturally there is none.
A lack of symmetry in design – It’s a dilemma: A sliding glass door on one side of your focal point and a window on the other. Symmetry does not exist in the room, and so the focal point feels out of place.
SOLUTION! Treat the window the same way you treat the slider. Notice how we stacked the treatment to opposite sides on each to create balance.
These Hunter Douglas Luminettes shades are pretty, filter sunlight and provide privacy, but unlike a traditional vertical slider window treatment, they work well over a window too. You could finish this look off with matching drapery.