In interior design projects black can be stylish, add a little or a lot of drama, and even make the room design tend to be a little larger than life. It is anything but depressing, because it has the power to enhance furnishings as well as other colours that are used in the room. Continue reading

Are You Ready For Contemporary Style?

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

Soft Spoken Colour in Room Designs

Working for many years in interior design, we have found that some clients love colour and lots of drama, some abhor colour, and other clients love all the variations in between. If you don't want to be overwhelmed by colour but don't want to live in a world of all beige either, we are here to say that there are ways to carry colour through your home with subtlety. If you love hot shades but don’t dare use them on large furnishings or whole rooms, there is a solution. In the wonderful world of décor, subtle backgrounds actually showcase accent colours most effectively. Continue reading
Interior design takes many forms and the Urban Country Look is one of them. This design has great charm and appeal to a wide variety of clients, younger as well as older. It is an eclectic and fun form of interior design. There are many ways to achieve this look. There are also many ways to miss the mark and achieve only a drab, worn mish mash. A person’s home speaks volumes about that person. We love to surround ourselves with treasured objects, textures, colours and memories. Many people’s lifestyle has shifted from mainly formal rooms dedicated to one purpose, to a more casual lifestyle where rooms are more versatile and one purpose flows from one room to another. Living has also shifted outdoors due to advances in more weather resistant materials for use on decks, porches and patios. 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
Interior design may be fun, but it is not as easy as it looks sometimes. The miracle of television leads us to believe that we live in a wonderland where in a matter of days, top quality room designs are achieved. In real life, what appears to be simple and fast is entirely the opposite. Many times we have worked with clients who, through no fault of their own, are simply not able to visualize the final room before it has been completed. When these clients put themselves into the hands of an interior designer, there is a great deal of trust and communication required for the process to proceed to completion. Sometimes a little magic is required. Or what appears to be magic. Continue reading
When starting a new interior design project with a client we often encounter a mix of older items, some newer items, and an overall desire to modernize without throwing out all of the older treasures. Many of these older treasures not only have sentimental value, but were very costly when they were purchased. Some things, especially furniture and window treatments that have been well cared for will simply never wear out. They have, however, uglied out. The client often realizes this but is hoping to bring these treasures, somehow, into a more appropriate form so that they can continue to enjoy them. Blended families also have many furnishings which are serviceable, but of wildly disparate styles. Some family members truly dislike their partner's furnishings. Can a lover of antiques live happily with a modernist? Often, adding dramatic touches to a room design dilutes the prominence of the antique item and a pleasant room design is the result. 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
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