Interior design using all white in the room designs is a look that many clients are drawn to. Perhaps there is a sense of serenity and an escape from the hectic portions of our lives. The reality couldn't be further from that idea. We’ve all see rooms that are painted white but have missed the mark because they are too stark and boring. They may even seem quite harsh and uncomfortable. Room designs done all in white are not necessarily an easy style to achieve. High end interior design is shown in various interior design magazines. The images of white rooms in these magazines are more often than not successful versions of this all white style of room design. Sometimes they are not successful. Success in room design is a subjective thing, because we all have different tastes and expectations for home décor.
We all love the look of a beautifully decorated room. Sometimes it seems impossible to achieve such a thing, though. We are fascinated by magazine images of serenely clutter-free roomscapes, but it seems to be a nearly impossible task to achieve this uncluttered serenity while living our busy lives. We decide that the images are not genuine and only exist while the photographer is there taking the shot. Once the photo shoot is over, the room returns to real life, we think. Continue reading
Interior design comes into play at Christmas time when overnight guests are a common situation. They are a pleasure to have around and we want to make them feel welcome and comfortable. 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
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
The features that make a quality sofa are mostly found inside. You can compare the suspension system of a sofa to that of a car seat. The Cadillac of suspension systems has traditionally been the eight-way-hand-tied web and coil system. Continue reading
Many of our clients live in smaller homes or condos in order to be close to city amenities, jobs, or family members. It should not be assumed that just because your home is small, that your furniture must also be small. In fact, done correctly, large pieces can actually make the space seem spacious. Using many smaller pieces can have the result of looking cramped and cluttered. A few well-chosen larger pieces can spark a beautiful décor scheme, as opposed to trying to cram in too many small pieces. 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
The whole point of interior design is to produce interiors that inspire and wow, and that are comfortable and sensible to live in. 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. It has been said that using black and white in interior design is one of the most classic combinations. 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 an interior lends elegance and a grounding effect. Who can deny the impact and beauty of zebra wallpaper? Combined with black and white artwork and accessories, the effect is surprisingly easy to live with on a day to day basis. Continue reading
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