Category Archives: Design Ideas

What Is Your Focal Point?

I was thinking back to when I had my Home Staging Academy to train and certify new home stagers. What I taught them applies really to anyone who is a DIY person and wants to work on their space.

Some concepts that I taught were very specific for staging a home to sell, totally different in many ways than designing to live in a space. Some concepts overlap however and I want to talk about those over the next few weeks.

First lets talk about Focal Point. The focal point is: the area in each room that immediately captures the attention. Also defined as the location in each room where the eye lands first.

In many cases the focal point is easy to see, the fireplace, a stunning vintage built-in buffet, or it can even be the view.

You want to play up the focal point and not distract from it.

What do you do if you don’t have a focal point? Create one! A large light fixture, a large piece of artwork or a large piece of furniture can become your focal point.

What happens if you have too many focal points? You basically don’t have one as your eye is bouncing to all the focal points and doesn’t know where to land.

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If you are having trouble determining the focal point in one of your rooms, have friends stop by and ask them where their eye was first drawn. Another tool is snapping a photo of the room with your phone and seeing where your eye lands when you open the photo.

Remember….try to make your focal point clear. Play around with it by adding and deleting until you have it defined.

Stay tuned for my next blog post about Balance!

 

White on White Design

For a while now, many things in home design have been light and bright including paint, flooring, and furniture. In many cases you see monochromatic rooms and you may have heard the term “white on white” design. What is it?   Blog 2

It really is a design style where most things are white, especially the background. What I mean by that is that the walls and trim are both white. The degree to which color is added within the room can vary. Many times you see the decor also be white or at least very light colors. The artwork on the walls may be the only real color as white walls are the best way to showcase artwork.

 

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One key thing to remember with white on white decorating is that all whites do not need to match; that would be near impossible anyway. Creams go beautifully with white and can add warmth.

Most people worry about a white on white color scheme being cold and sterile. That is a possibility and it may actually be a look you are trying to achieve with an ultra sleek contemporary design. If not, there are ways to keep a room from looking like a hospital room. In my opinion the two best ways to do this is by bringing wood and texture into the room.

Wood elements in a room design or wood elements in the furniture or accessories bring in character, warmth and coziness.

 

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Layers of texture through pillows, throws, and again in accessories is the second way to keep a white room from looking too sterile.

 

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Another element to use is leather and a mix of metals. Mix black and gold; silver and gold; or metals and woods.

 

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White on white is one of my favorite designs but also a tricky one to implement. If you love the look don’t be afraid to try it! Look at photos or bring in a professional to give you some guidance.

 

2022 Color of the Year – Sherwin Williams

It’s the first day of 2022 and what better time to look ahead to the projected colors that will take this year by storm. Will they be accurate? Who knows…..I have seen colors come and go and some are embraced and some are a flash that last a few weeks.

Evergreen-fogBut lets take a look at Sherwin William’s 2022 color of the year. Evergreen Fog (SW 9130), a versatile and calming hue of green-meets-gray, with just a bit of blue.

This gray-green hue is “a sophisticated wash of color for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade,” said Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, in a statement. “Evergreen Fog inspires us to begin again and is a great choice for modern interiors and exteriors.

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This shade really can go anywhere. Out of all the ‘Color’s of the Year’ the last few years, most that I did not care for, I like this one. I wouldn’t paint my whole house this color but it would be pretty as an exterior color or in an office. It would pair nicely with the warm neutral Accessible Beige and/or Shoji White. I am a huge fan of the their 2021 Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze (still going strong I will add),  and this pairing would bring a very luxurious feel.

 

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Evergreen Fog is part of the Method palette in the Sherwin-Williams 2022 Colormix® Forecast.

Give me your thoughts. Thumbs up or down?

 

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***All photos credits to Sherwin Williams