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Often we have residential interior design clients who prefer a neutral colour palette. A neutral palette in a room design can be beautiful, but many times it is simply too bland. Since technically, neutrals go with everything, a neutral palette must be a safe one. perhaps not. Since our goal in interior design is to create room designs which are full of life, as well as being beautiful, safe may not get us to where we want to go. Continue reading
Often we encounter clients who, for various reasons are unwilling or unable to paint their rooms. They may prefer neutral walls, they may be renting, or they may be planning to sell the home within the next few years. They do want some colour in their home, and often they want to take their investment in home furnishings and interior design with them when they move. Continue reading
Colour has a strong link to our emotions. We can convey a variety of moods with colour because we react to colour emotionally, not always analytically. The home is the haven and resting place that we all return to after working all day or night. as the case may be, depending on our occupation. Work can be tiring and stressful. After all, that is why we call it "work". We want our homes to reflect our personality and taste, and we want to enjoy the time that we spend there and we also want to be comfortable there. That being said, we likely don't want to sacrifice drama, elegance, charm and interest just to create a calm or serene room design. Artwork, area carpets, striking accessories as opposed to chachkas, paint colour, lighting and window coverings chosen in a creative way can result in an inspiring yet restful room design. Continue reading
Classic interior design often includes linen. If you were searching for the perfect fabric for your interior design project update, much of what you’d look for is present in linen. Legendary comfort as well as strength and beauty are what attract us. Linen has been preferred for centuries as a canvas for fine oil paintings due to its strength and durability. We would not have the works of the Grand Masters today had it not been for the unique qualities of linen. Linen is one of the world’s oldest textiles, being used in Eqypt about 5000 B.C. It is much stronger and glossier than cotton. Continue reading
As home decorating projects go, adding built-ins can be one of the most rewarding. This can be a costly project, though. In order to keep costs lower, one option is to face modular cabinetry with good quality trim. This way, you can gain storage and display space, and add impact,. The addition of classical moldings such as ogee moldings, flutes, and capitals create a more formal look. Continue reading

Decorating With Dramatic Black

The whole point of interior design is to produce interiors that inspire and wow. Interior design has many aspects and can take many forms. Part of the fun is to push the envelope. Black can be a very useful tool in interiors that wow. As you can see in the photo of this foyer below where very little colour is used the finished effect is fabulous. The use of black in this interior lends elegance and a grounding effect. Continue reading

Outdoor Entertaining

Interior design need not limit itself to the indoors. It can spill out into our outdoor living areas thus expanding our effective living space in a charming way. During the warm months, one of the nicest things to do of a summer evening is to have a few friends over and dine elegantly out of doors. The host needn’t work themselves to a frazzle. Pot luck rarely offends true friends. People love to bring something, whether it is homemade or purchased. Often it's a chance for many to try out a new recipe without having to do an entire dinner party. The hostess is able to concentrate on table decor and ambiance since they are not having to do all the cooking as well. The aim is to have a good time and not over burden one friend for the enjoyment of all. Continue reading
Small homes can be as beautiful as larger ones. The fact remains, however, that they are small. Today’s lifestyles are quite different from those of bygone years. For one thing, we have a lot more possessions. We have more furniture, clothing, décor items, hobby equipment and what have you. Many people simply don’t want a large home. Perhaps they have downsized from a larger home or they have decided to travel a lot. This does create the need for decorating and organizing compromises. Continue reading
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