Classic room designs are often done in neutral colour palettes. This is because, chosen well, neutrals are formal, relaxing to live with, tend to work on some level with most accent colours, and, generally being light in hue, comply with the myth that light colours make a room look larger. It is when the undertones in a neutral shade are not quite right for the overall look that we begin to feel less comfortable that that neutral room design. Pink or green undertones can be very off-putting. When you first move into a new home, often you are faced with a sea of beige to start with. A point of inspiration is required to achieve the home of your dreams. It is much more interesting to deviate from the idea of neutrals always being a safe choice, and to venture forth into the world of colour choice that is available to us.
Colour choice in the home can be very stressful for many people. Interior design, in general, is just not everyone's forte. Colour does have a strong effect on our mood and the overall ambiance of a room and the entire home. Your comfort level in a room's interior design can be the result of the effect of, in general, the use of lighter, paler, or less intense colors which will enlarge the apparent space or the use of darker or more intense colors will sometimes give the appearance of shrinking it. Often, richer colours can make a room cozy as well as dramatic. The impact of color on space in interior design is also a question of mood. Colour affects your mood, which in turn affects your perception of a space and your comfort level in it. Often, a paint colour consultation is a good idea and excellent value in the interior design of a home. The advice that usually follows this statement is to paint the walls a cool colour if you want a room to seem larger; if you want it to feel smaller or cozier, bathe the walls with a warm hue. Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. Continue reading
Interior design is partially based on the ability of the designer to create a room design which is , beautiful, functional and enjoyable to live in. The designer draws on inherent talent, experience, and years of specialized education in order to create the room design. Creating an entirely new look for a room, or a whole home can be fun...but it is often much more difficult than it looks to the casual observer. In order to create a powerful finish, many subtle details and thought processes are employed. Much more is discarded during the process than is seen in the final finished room. When the room is complete, it has a finished, professional look, while remaining comfortable. Continue reading
Interior design these days can involve the client or home owner doing some of the work. If you are a Do It Yourself painter, there are a few things that are crucial to a professional looking paint job. The first is that cheap paint is poor economy. Good quality paints cost more because they have more of the components that determine covering ability, durability, fade resistance, smoothness and splatter. Your paint job will “ugly out” a lot sooner with cheap paint. Continue reading
In our interior design projects we are often asked to produce room designs which do not have much colour. The desired finished effect desired is still one of impact and impressiveness. It is useful in these cases to use a fair amount of white or off white so that the eye is able to bounce around the room. When the eye encounters darker or more colourful pieces in the room, such as a pair of colourful or dark chairs, the eye stops and, considers the chairs, then moves on around the room. The white used in the room maintains a feel of spaciousness, but this type of room design is only successful if the client likes white. Many clients do not. Continue reading
In interior design today grey is a classic neutral that lends a soothing presence to elegant interiors while adding a subtle energy which keeps the room design from being boring. Grey can range from cool to warm and its classic looks pair with a great many cool and warm colours. Trim work can be white, cream or dark brown, even black, and it all looks good. Throw in some hot orange lamps or accessories and the room really pops. Glossy surfaces such as mirrored furniture or touches of bling add class and sophistication. It’s funny though. A surprising number of people resist using grey in their homes, thinking that it will be depressing. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, grey is the ultimate neutral. Certainly, when it is not sparked by accent colours or a bit of gloss, it can be boring, as can any neutral. A room needs accessories and accents to sing, no matter what colour is used as the base. Continue reading
Home décor can become tired long before the individual design elements have actually worn out. Bringing in new colour by way of fresh new bedding, a new headboard , draperies or accessories can make all the difference in the world. A fresh new wall colour seems an easy an inexpensive fix, but for some home owners, the thought of moving all the furniture is simply too much. If you hire painters rather than painting yourself, there is also an element of cost.
One surprisingly simple solution is to have simple panel draperies that you swap in seasonally, or when the room starts too look tired. Ceiling heights in a home are consistent so it is conceivable that you could move your draperies from one room to another. This would make a big change in the look of the room, and involve no extra cost. The wall colour would need to be a choice that complemented all the draperies in the collection. Continue reading
There are a great many ways to update bedrooms with all the on-going trends in today's decor styles. Whether your style tends to a formal look or one that is more casual, variety abounds. There's just no need to have a neglected looking bedroom anymore. In interior design today, black and white is a popular contemporary decorating trend. This idea also extends to bedrooms. Whether your look is formal or tending to more casual, black and white may well work for your bedroom update. Continue reading
Interior design can take many forms. It has often been said that contemporary interior design can be cold looking and too minimalist. Today’s contemporary interiors, on the contrary, are actually quite welcoming and often have aspects of funky… Continue reading
A fun, world travelling Oakville couple called us in to update their large home. The initial process was fairly extensive with new furniture added to the formal living room, a complete re-working of the family room fireplace, several new area rugs and window coverings, and a paint colour consultation which led to repainting the entire home. Continue reading