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What music is to the ear, color is to the eye. Different colors are put together to create a color scheme much in the same way notes are put together to make music.
If you strike a note, and add certain sounds to follow, a chord is created that is pleasing to the ear whether harmonious or discordant. Notes and chords are strung together, producing a beautiful musical piece.
Similarly, if you select a favorite color, there are certain other colors that when added, produce a chromatic scheme that is pleasing to the eye.
Great music is composed by specialists with the tools, skills, experience, and techniques. A color composition should also be composed by a professional Interior Designer. Whatever your color preference, there are several ways for trained experts to find inspiration and create a perfect color composition for your home or business.
Colors share three basic traits
Hue is the basic color – the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Value is a description the lightness or darkness, or the amount of white to black (the gray scale). For example, white is the lightest and pure black is the darkest color. Each color has a value within this range.
Chroma is the intensity or saturation of a color. The purity of a color which determines its brightness or dullness.
How do we select harmonious colors?
Select colors that share one or more of the three traits.
Colors that are the same hue, but vary in value will almost always harmonize.
Colors that have a similar chroma even if they are a different hue, work the same way.
Those with similar values are generally compatible. Purchasing a color wheel will help you greatly in determining harmonious color combinations.
There’s a lot of media clammer about classics whether in fashion or design. What is a classic? A classic is something that is timeless. It can be a specific item or a look composed of several items. What makes a classic? You do! A classic doesn’t have to be a style or from a defined period.
Why would you want a classic look? If you want a relaxing and elegant atmosphere where you, your family, and guests enjoy spending time, then a classic look is for you.
How do you create a classic interior design scheme? Select good quality pieces and don’t overdo. Simplicity, grace of line, form and scale that creates a sense of calm with perhaps a piece or two that creates excitement.
It doesn’t have to cost a lot. Spend the bulk of your budget on quality seating, and shop sales, antique stores, or enlist the help of an interior designer who’s willing to share some of her discount.
Top on my list of interior room design schemes that brings out the romantic in me is the bedroom. While some constraint must be exercised in a home’s public spaces, those design rules need not apply in the bedroom. It’s a private oasis, an inner sanctum that few are given entrée and so gives license for complete personal expression. A bedroom can exude your character and personality, designed any way you want.
So although general rules of design don’t apply, there are certain key elements to include that will achieve the perfect retreat for relaxation and renewal, not just for sleeping.
A soft, warm rug to greet your feet when first getting out of bed mornings is far more pleasant than stepping onto a cold, hard floor. Wall to wall carpeting is one option, but many of my clients prefer to maintain continuity and install stone or wood flooring throughout their homes. One solution is the addition of an area rug that creates a neat border around the bed, although ¾ of it is under the bed, thus lost from view. A less expensive and more practical alternative are runners or small area rugs placed on each side of the bed. This choice is also preferable if you plan to use a bench at the foot of the bed.
Clients who opt for a single area rug often make the mistake of purchasing one that’s too large. A border of 30-36” is all that’s needed on the bed’s sides and foot end. It should reach up to the night stands without extending under them. It gives the arrangement a trim, more contemporary look.
Wasted space is one of the biggest bedroom design issues. With the availability of building well-outfitted closets, and purchasing night stands with drawers, there's no need for traditional bedroom furniture - dressers, armoires, and the like. By eliminating these oversized, unnecessary case goods, There’s plenty of space available to create a cozy conversation/reading area or add a desk/vanity.
Night tables flanking the bed are a must for storage, and easy access for things needed during the course of an evening. I place an alarm clock, note pad and pen for midnight inspirations, a coaster for a glass of water on top, and keep a box of tissues, book, flashlight, remotes, and other necessities in a drawer. Reading lamps are essential whether placed on the tables, or if space I want to save space, I wall-mount swing arm lamps or install recessed ceiling pinpoint lights with a bedside switch.
Speaking of lamps, layered lighting offers total control of the bedroom’s atmosphere. All fixtures should be on dimmers. For drama and romance, I love the look of a chandelier in the center of the ceiling. A floor lamp or table fixture is needed to illuminate the desk or reading area. Sconces would look charming flanking a mirror hung over a vanity table.
The purpose of window treatments is to augment the bedroom’s design scheme or to
If I were to have a signature element, something I use consistently in every interior design. I believe almost every room should have one, if not for checking out your image, but for reflecting a beautiful view, reflecting light, adding a sense of space and sparkle to a room. Standing screens, decorative or fully mirrored, can be moved anywhere, and are very effective in brightening a dark corner.
Upholstered headboards work for any interior design style. They add a feeling of soft luxury to the room. For a cohesive and trim look, I like to have the headboard and box upholstered in the same fabric, and avoid using a dust ruffle. Tufted textured fabric adds interest and is both tailored and elegant. Leather is masculine while jacquards and prints are more feminine.
This brings us to color. Both body and mind need rest and the opportunity to unwind. One
Regardless of the design scheme or color palette, I use bed linens in shades that range from pure white to creamy ivory. White, yes… bland, no! Textural interest, colorful taping or embroidery, passementerie, and other unique touches add a beautifully custom look.
A bedroom is your private domain. It is here where design expresses its greatest value and supports our deepest needs.
Yesterday (July 31), I had a wonderful time researching the newest kitchen design trends and products at DCOTA (Design Center of the Americas) in Dania Beach, FL. Every element in kitchen construction can be customized, so my totally enjoyable tour of showrooms was filled with previewing an abundance of versatile options.
Cabinet doors are available in flat, recessed or
raised paneled, textured, or smoothfinished styles in a variety of materials. Likewise, counter top choices are available from laminates to high quality wood or stone. Finishes can be matt, honed, or gloss.
While white is the “new neutral”, you can have your cake and eat it too by adding unique color accents. There are infinite choices of handle colors and styles that can be changed at whim.
Kitchens can be further customized with open shelving in contrasting colors, and islands in any configuration. Prefer enclosed cabinetry? Glass door fronts are available in a multitude of options from transparent, to opaque, or patterned, allowing a subtle peek of color to show through.
Kitchen manufacturers are providing additional
functionality with configurations of interiordrawers that are tailored to unique needs. Proper planning can add 30% more storage space.
In addition to elegant and highly functional spaces, eco-friendly and sustainable materials are increasingly being incorporated into kitchen design.
With open concept interior architecture, the trend is to integrate the kitchen with the overall interior design scheme. Closed kitchens can be designed to shine with their own unique character. So what’s the major trend in kitchen design? Simply, customization!
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