• 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

  • Home Interior Design for the Holidays

    Home Interior Design for the Holidays

    As interior designers, we see an explosion of business before the holidays, which is always a very exciting time for us. Customers allow us into their homes and entrust us in making interior transitions (some large, some small) worthy of this important time of the year. It’s not too difficult to understand why the holidays spur  an almost sudden desire to make interior design changes. Some key motivators are:

    1. The holidays fall during colder weather. Colder weather drives us indoors. We spend a lot of time hanging out and entertaining inside in the fall and winter months, and it’s no wonder that after being in back yards and front porches all summer, the turn to indoor activities has us seeing our home spaces anew…and evaluating what we’d like to alter or update.
    2. The holidays mean a huge surge in company. Anxious hosts and hostesses want to make sure their home decor is comfortable, welcoming, and stylish. Very few things will inspire you to entertain like a major interior design change.
    3. The holidays, are of course, a time of sharing and giving, and amidst all that giving, it feels good to do something nice for yourself. Making sure you’re excited about the space in which you live is an excellent way to treat yourself.

    There are a few interior design changes we feel are particularly suited to the holiday season. Here’s a short list of what they are and why we think so:

    1. Reupholstery or upholstery. Why? Well there’s nothing cozier than a perfectly upholstered piece of furniture. The right padding and fabric can transform an uninviting seating area into a great place for everyone to hang out and enjoy each other’s company all day.
    2. Window treatments. Why? They’re a great way to make a huge stylistic impact in your home without doing a major labor intensive, and extremely costly, project. So when you feel the itch to redecorate around the holidays but you only have a few weeks, window treatments are the way to go.
    3. Pillows. Why? Pillows are great because they’re one of the few interior design changes you can make that is entirely holiday-specific. It’s cost effective enough to have a few throw pillows that are just for the holiday season. So if you want deeper earth hues like forest greens, rusts, and mustards, but you don’t want them all year round, that’s OK. You can change them out every 4–6 months without much hassle.

    How does the holiday season inspire your home decor? Let us know in the comment field below!

  • Why Upholstery?

    Why Upholstery?

    We’re a fabric and custom furniture store, so we’re upholstery enthusiasts by nature. We’re proud to spend so much of our time transforming furniture to suit the needs and aesthetics of ourselves and our customers. There are so many reasons to love upholstery. Here are just a few reasons why we think upholstery is the lifeblood of personalized interior design:

    1. The easiest way to achieve a personal touch in your furniture is through fabric. Of course there are tons of variations in design and structure for each piece of (non upholstered) furniture, but the easiest way to personalize furniture is to have it custom upholstered. Upholstery adds color and texture to decor, and the fabric possibilities are just about endless. You can make an assertive statement with bold patterns (above) , or you can go with a neutral color in swanky fabric (below) for a versatile and luxurious look. You can vary texture  (linen, raw silk, cowhide, suede, heavy cottons), and ultimately, you can change your mind down the line. While we recommend upholstery that you’ll want for a very long time–get high quality, durable fabric and use an upholsterer who knows what he/she is doing  (ahem!)–there’s no reason you can’t change as much or as little as you want.

    2. Upholstery adds COMFORT to your decor. It doesn’t really matter if something looks good in your home if it isn’t functional or comfortable. And there’s nothing like adding layers of cushion and fabric to a hardwood piece of furniture to make it more comfortable. Upholstery also works to protect furniture and ensure its longevity. Again, there’s nothing like adding layers of cushion and fabric to making sure furniture doesn’t get scratched, worn, or scarred.

    A craftsman in our Lenoir facility lays the foundation for a custom upholstery job.

    3. Upholstery creates interesting profiles and shapes to your home decor. If un-upholstered furniture is a tree in winter without its leaves, upholstered furniture is that same tree in full foliage. Touches like decorative nailhead trim (below) and buttoning can change the line of a piece of furniture to make it a much more dynamic player in your home’s interior design. Upholstery can soften hard edges and bolster the piece’s size for an impressive profile.

    What do you love about upholstery? Include links, success stories, pics, dream pieces in the comment field below! And for those of you who don’t already know, we’re having a huge sale right now, so we might be able to make your upholstery dreams come true! Visit the home page for details.