• Go Bold or Go Home: Color Trends in Interior Design

    Go Bold or Go Home: Color Trends in Interior Design

    In our recent post about choosing color palettes we explained the basics of interior design color schemes. Now that winter’s descending upon us, we’d like to take a look at a prevailing color trend: bold, vibrant splashes of color. Like the bright red cardinal against a drab winter landscape, we’re loving the look of assertive brights against a neutral backdrop (sleek grays and light creams are increasingly popular among contemporary designs, and tans and browns are popular among classic designs). Below are some pics and tips depending on how far you’d like to with your colors–from a splash or a wall-to-wall explosion:

    The above picture is Bright for Beginners. If you want to incorporate bright colors, but want to keep in low key, a great way is against a neutral backdrop–here they’ve used cream-colored furniture and carpet and and a beige wall. They’ve implemented the color with accent pillows (we love accent pillows!) of contrasting orange and blue, and small splashes of orange in the wall art. A great way to get started with small splashes of color is to choose a color from some of the existing artwork the room and highlight it with accent pillows, throws, and area rugs. All of these are non-permanents, so if you want to change them out in a few months, there’s no risk involved.

    For Intermediate color incorporation, do much as you would in the beginning phase with accent pillows and anything non-permanent, and add something more visible, and more fixed in the room’s landscape–like upholstering a sofa or armchair (pictured above) or choosing drapes or other window treatments to match the accent colors.

    For the Advanced color seekers who want a flood of sunshine in their interiors, we suggest layers of color. Don’t necessarily think monochrome, but incorporate the color, in different iterations and shades, in the room’s major elements. Bedding, wall color, window treatments, accent pillows, area rugs, and upholstery are all fair game. Just be sure to vary the shade of the color, and add some neutral elements as well to ensure it’s not blindingly bold. The picture above is an example of assertive but nuanced color. We think it shines beautifully!

    What are your fears/hopes/experiences/questions about color in interior design? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

    Photo credits, in respective order: http://arch-ideas.com/, freshome.com, http://media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com/upload/68961438014422440_rSoNl4yi.jpg

  • Is DIY Killing Interior Design?

    In the past five years, there’s been a proliferation of DIYers. Spurred by the economic landslide, people have found numerous ways to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and do things for themselves–improving the look of their homes is no exception. Websites like Etsy and Apartment Therapy have championed these efforts. They not only show people how to do it and where to get it, but they inspire people to take design and redesign into their own hands, and even the mainstreamers, like Home Depot, have launched a hugely successful “more saving, more doing” DIY campaign. The icing on the DIY popularity cake has been Pinterest. Pinterest has really become the social media platform for the home, fashion, and DIY enthusiastic. It’s the perfect place to share your inspiration or to be inspired.

    So is all of this DIY design enthusiasm killing interior design businesses? You’re probably thinking, if people are taking matters into their own hands, how can our businesses survive? Well, it’s simple really! First of all, I’d like to flip the whole attitude of concern on its head. In fact, I think the DIY wave is actually GOOD FOR INTERIOR DESIGNERS. Hear me out!

    1. The “DIY wave” generates enthusiasm for design. So it’s reaching more people than ever. With its popularity and mainstream presence, the DIY craze is drawing attention to our interior spaces, and encouraging people to make changes.

    2. So you might think, yeah, they’re encouraging people to make changes, but to do it themselves, and that is certainly part of it. But I’m willing to forfeit a few pillow covering projects if it means this person is now going to pay attention to their home’s interior design more, because it means there will likely be a project that she/he will not be able to do  alone…and then we’ll be there to help. (Plus, if you sell fabric like we do, even DIY can be profitable.)

    3. Just because DIY generates a lot of enthusiasm around fixing things up on your own, doesn’t mean everyone is willing or able to do it. Many people (I’d say most) truly do not have the time to take on formidable design projects. Some people that maybe could find the time realize that once they track down and spend the money for the right fabric and tools, the project now costs nearly what it would have if a professional had done it. And others, while they enjoy perusing their friends’ Pinterest boards, and they too get psyched about new fall decor, simply don’t want to do it themselves.

    Ultimately, the DIY movement benefits interior design. What we may lose in small DIY projects, we gain in enthusiasm for design. The trend champions taking ownership for your space–evaluating it or re-evaluating, and making it exactly what you want it to be. If you can do some of it yourself, more power to you. We’ll be here to supply materials and take you on further and more difficult journeys in the future.

    Join in the DIY convo in the comments below. Any project stories you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!