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

Classic Grey – The Ultimate Neutral

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

Luxurious Bedroom Update

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

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

Residential interior design and decorating in Mississauga, Oakville, Etobicoke, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown and west Toronto has been our forte since 1993. Interior design can take many forms and avenues, depending on the needs and personal taste of the client. We can, for instance, bring a tired interior to life through the addition of texture and dramatic artwork and accessories. The colour palette may be subdued as seen in the grey colour palette in the photo below, and yet, the room is vibrant and interesting. In another, more casual style of room design we may make use of a strong, optimistic colour palette. In the room below to the right we have a room that is essentially all white but with the addition of colour blocks of turquoise overlaid with vibrant art pieces, the room comes alive. In both rooms, the eye is drawn to points of interest and functional areas of the room design are delineated more clearly but without adding obstacles to movement in the space. Continue reading
Home decorating and interior design in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Etobicoke, Milton, Vaughan or west Toronto all have a thread of common fact that run through the homes in these areas. We all desire an environment where we can spend relaxing down time in a quiet retreat from the pressures of our hectic daily lives. Colour and pattern play a large part in interior design projects and trends that come and go and the personal tastes of different clients make the process interesting. Continue reading

Hiring an Designer or Decorator

There are several myths about hiring a designer or decorator. One of these is that “It’s too expensive”. Another is “A designer will try to force a style on me that I won’t like”. In fact, the opposite is true. Continue reading
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