Often in interior design we encounter clients who for one reason or another are not quite ready to proceed with full scale design purchases and extensive total renovations. Rather than live in a home that is dreary and unadorned while we work toward larger projects, it is much more preferable to tweak our surroundings and make them look as good as we can in the short term. Often we find that clients are happy with the results of the facelift for quite a long time. They wish they had done it sooner, rather than live with truly ugly rooms for years. Continue reading
Back in the day, accent walls were unheard of. All four walls were the same colour and, generally, it was a subdued, liveable shade only. Accent colour was only seen in decorative accessories. It was the daring homeowner who had a red or purple sofa, but was very unlikely to have a wall in a hot colour. We now live in a Golden Age of choice and clients are much more courageous than in the past, as a result of watching decorating shows on television. Our televisions are much larger and the images are in high definition, so we get a huge impact when these décor ideas are shown. We are able to see with our own eyes that these ideas really do look fantastic, and the home owners shown are often people who are similar in lifestyle to ourselves. Therefore, we are able to visualize these dramatic new ideas in our own living spaces. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Recently we had a client in Oakville, ON, who has three young children and a black Labrador dog. Everything, so far with this story is just fine. The trouble is that this client loves the look of all white rooms. Many people love the look of white in interior design. It has such a crisp look and often makes formal contemporary interiors really pop, especially when used with crystal lighting in contemporary styles. Many of our clients are busy young families with young children or older clients who want their homes to look good but also want easy care. Often, they have seen beautiful white rooms in home décor magazines and enjoy the look. Really, white doesn't stand much of a chance against real life with kids and pets. No matter how regularly you vacuum and scrub, the fact remains that furnishings used in homes with small children and lots of guests need to be carefully chosen. Technology in fabric design has made amazing strides, but not always enough to combat the debris of daily living with children and pets and still come up looking good. 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
Working in interior design since 1993 in and around Oakville, Mississauga and Burlington, we have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a great many people of all types. Interior design projects often involve tweaking an existing room to bring it up to date. The look of worn, boring, outdated elements can really get you down. It's even worse if they were poorly installed in the first place. The overall look of the kitchen, for instance, can be dramatically improved with a little or a lot of TLC. At Mulberry Interiors, we have many ideas which can make a big difference in the look of your home. Our capable tradespeople have the expertise to change out the counter top, add a new backsplash tile, sink, and faucet, change the floor tile, paint the walls, or what have you. Continue reading

Fabulous Informal Interior Design

Interior design is for the less formal home as well as the formal. Some of the most beautiful interiors we have seen in high end magazines have been informal and casual. As usual, successful interior design is based on proportion, balance, style and colour. Often many of the furnishings have a well worn look to them, but the beauty is there, nevertheless. Continue reading
Interior design is not just for clients who own large homes. In our interior design projects, we often meet clients who live in very small spaces, and medium sized homes as well, and the trend is growing. This is not necessarily a bad thing if we analyse the true needs of the client and discover the lifestyle that genuinely suits them. The clients also needs to realize and face the limitations of their space. There is no need to pine for a larger home when it is quite possible to make a small home a palace. Often, a smaller home can be made so pleasant to live in that there is no real need to move up to a larger one. For instance, many people are quite happy with a cozy dining area. This can be accommodated into a small area. A bedroom that is really to small to be a pleasant bedroom can be made into a wonderful dressing room. Continue reading
Interior design trends come and go and many people pay close attention to what is current according to mass media. This approach works well for some people who are happy to change their décor regularly. Many people are much happier with a mix of classic pieces with some new things added in to liven up their décor. Life is always changing and there really is nothing that you choose for your home today that you will not be at least a little tired of twenty years from now. Continue reading

How to Get Classic Coastal Style

Stuck in the city, working hard to get ahead, but dreaming of better things? Even if you can’t get away physically, you may be able to enjoy the fresh and charming décor style know as coastal, or beach, style in your own home. It’s a budget friendly look because it’s a little worn, a little “found object”, and it’s easy care and quite forgiving. It’s one of the few looks that really lends itself to slip covered furniture. It’s also a nice look that do-it-yourselfers with a little spare time can have input into. Here’s the dilemma. Continue reading
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