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NEW TRENDS FOR 2021

It’s hard to believe that 2020 will soon be coming to an end and what a year it’s been!  There are a number of things happening in 2021 with regard to interior design and they are all very exciting.  Since so many of us have been sheltering in place and working and/or teaching from home, our priorities are changing in relation to what we now want from our interior spaces.  COLOR TRENDS – The colors navy, grey and the use…

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RULES FOR ARRANGING FURNITURE

Arranging furniture can be a pretty overwhelming task when you consider filling a room in a way that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Interior Designers typically have a mental list that they run through as they help you with furniture placement. CHOOSE A FOCAL POINT - Sometimes focal points appear naturally as in a fireplace, for example, while other times you may need to create them yourself as in a media cabinet with a TV. You'll want to arrange…

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DON’T HESITATE TO BREAK THESE DESIGN “RULES”

The seven principles of design are: Balance, Rhythm, Pattern, Emphasis, Contrast, Unity and Movement. A successful design incorporates many or all of these elements. A professional interior designer can help you create an engaging space but don't be shy about choosing a designer who isn't afraid to integrate these principles in a slightly rebellious and non-conservative way. Don't back away from breaking these rules while keeping the basic design principles in mind. #1 CHOOSE MATCHING FURNITURE - There continue to…

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LET’S REFRESH FOR 2020!

There is a phenomenon in interior design and that is that people generally want to keep things forever! Design trends come and go and there are definitely some things that just don’t work anymore.  We no longer use matching furniture sets or accent walls and I’ve listed a few more things to consider ridding yourself of that will almost immediately update your home if you take advantage. TAKE DOWN ANY WINDOW TREATMENTS THAT MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO GET…

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What’s Your Interior Design Style?

When contacting an interior designer, it's a good idea to be prepared to answer questions about your design style so that you can get closer to what you'd like the look and feel of your new home or room to be. If you contact an interior designer who wants to pigeon-hole you into a particular, preset style, better known as “their” style and what they like, move on to the next name on your list. TRADITIONAL – Traditional is one…

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WHY IS THE COLOR BLUE SO POPULAR?

If you were to take a poll around the world asking people to name their favorite color, chances are good that across every culture the most common answer would be “blue.”  Studies have shown that about half of us favor blue over all other colors – about twice as often as the next most preferred color, green.  Why all the blue love?  Color experts have some theories. It differs culturally, of course, but in American society blue, particularly navy blue,…

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FLOORING OPTIONS ABOUND BUT HOW DO I CHOOSE?

As I'm sure you are aware, there are many types of flooring materials. Many clients are turning to vinyl or laminate flooring materials because they are typically less expensive than engineered wood or site-finished, solid wood plank. There are some differences between vinyl and laminate that may help you decide which is best for you: The ability to stand up against moisture is the chief difference between vinyl flooring and laminate flooring. Moisture resistance, then, dictates areas where laminate flooring…

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LIGHTING AND ITS EFFECTS ON AGING IN PLACE

LIGHTING AND ITS EFFECTS ON AGING IN PLACE Whether we are older ourselves or know someone who is older, this blog is for you.  Baby Boomers will be the largest senior population in the history of our country and the majority want to stay in their homes as long as possible.  Lighting is key to a safe and more productive environment and some of these tips can be incorporated in your personal home to help the seniors in your life…

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOR AND COLOR THEORY

Colors tend to evoke many feelings, particularly in Western culture.  Color can be a good place to start when you’re beginning a new interior design project.  Ask yourself what feeling you would like to emit in your home or room? Let’s start with neutrals – The color brown induces a feeling of nature and can add comfort to your home. Because it is made of a mixture of several colors, brown is not found anywhere on the color chart and…

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DESIGN TRENDS

Since interior design trends follow fashion, just about anything goes right now.  Just as you can wear slim or wide-legged pants, mini or maxi dresses and mix and match patterns and colors in your wardrobe, the same can be said for interior spaces. Whatever you like and feel comfortable with works from a design perspective and this is very liberating for both the client and the designer.  The sky’s the limit! Although the biggest trend still leans toward a simple…

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