Unfortunately, picking the right white paint can be an unforeseen challenge. Except for stark white (get out your sunglasses!), all whites have undertones of blue, yellow or red and each of these can give your room a very different personality. For a warmer, cozier feel, try whites with a hint of yellow. For a crisp, modern look, choose a white with a subtle blue or green undertone. Of course, it’s not that simple. Natural light also plays a key role in any paint color's appearance. Rooms with a northern exposure take on a bluer natural light, so white paint with a cool undertone can make your space feel cold and dingy. In this case, choose a warmer white to soften the light and brighten the space. Whites with cool undertones (blue or green) work well in a bright, well-lit space and can create a clean, contemporary look. My best advice is to always paint a 2’ x 2’ sample on each wall of the room and see how it looks at different times throughout the day. You’ll be amazed how the same color will vary greatly from room to room and even wall to wall. Some of my designer picks for versatile whites….Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, Simply White and White Wisp, or Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White.
The term “Interior Designer” often conjures up thoughts of pretty fabric swatches and paint color wheels. The foundation of great design, however, is not sourcing the hottest new wallpaper, but in proper space planning.
A designer who is well versed in space planning can help address the dilemmas that many of us face: How do I make this small space more functional? Should the distance between my furniture increase as the size of the room increases? How wide should this passageway be and what is the focal point of my room?
Before giving your room that next face-lift, ensure your space is living up to its fullest potential. A well-planned space will be inviting and visually appealing before you even apply that perfect Color-of-the-Year.
Can your home use a Fall reFRESH? Are you ready for holiday entertaining? Simple changes like updated pillows, new or re-upholstered dining chairs and accent lighting can make all the difference in the look and feel of your home. Check out my design services for the package thats right for you.
So you’re about to embark on your next home design project and decided you don’t need an interior designer...that's only for the wealthy. You’ve watched every HGTV show (including a few re-runs) and have 100+ Pinterest boards. Good to go, right? Unfortunately, that amazing kitchen or living room you are trying to imitate didn't happen by accident.
Not hiring a interior designer can be one the most costly mistakes you make when looking to improve the quality and aesthetic of your home. Poorly sized furniture and improper lighting are just a few of the common design mistakes that DIYers make. Every home's layout, natural light and interior architecture are different. A designer's ability to blend these elements with the proper use of scale, proportion, balance, and harmony are key when it comes to creating an amazing space. In addition, a well established focal point, creative use of lighting, texture and color can give your room that "wow" factor you're trying to achieve.
Keep in mind, when you hire an interior designer you are more likely to:
· Stay on budget
· Save time and effort
· Avoid costly mistakes (that trendy sofa you've been tripping over)
· Have access to a wide range of resources normally unavailable to you
Whether you are looking for full-service design help (you sit back and I do all the work) or just need a few hours of consulting time, hiring a professional interior designer can help you achieve your dream home - without all the costly mistakes.
Loving the herringbone tile, my favorite navy paint, and a touch of gold
Does the word wallpaper bring back haunting memories of sprawling rose clusters or bounties of fruit? As a designer, I never shy away from bold and beautiful prints, but today's wallpapers can also create a subtle backdrop of warmth and texture without taking center stage. The options are limitless: crushed mica shells, cork, grasscloth, silk, tweeds, magnetic papers and even wipeable vinyls (can you guess which ones in the picture are vinyl?). Of course, there's no need to limit it to your walls...wallpaper makes a beautiful statement on tray ceilings and backs of bookcases as well!
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