Color

The items you want to keep in a room will determine your color palette, as will the flooring, AND the contents of adjacent rooms.

Take The Guesswork Out Of Choosing Paint Colors

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Color, Furnishings | Comments Off

Take The Guesswork Out Of Choosing Paint Colors

When working with a design client, one of the first questions they ask is related to paint color or wall-coverings. With an empty room to decorate, one thinks selecting the wall color is the first thing you should do. Actually, it is the LAST! And here is why: Paint is infinite. It can be mixed in an endless number of colors. Fabric, on the other hand, is relatively limited. Therefore, it is much easier to coordinate paint to the furnishings in the room, than the furnishings to the paint. After purchasing your furniture and waiting for it to...

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Good Design Takes TIME!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Art and Accessories, Color, Furnishings, Space | Comments Off

Good Design Takes TIME!

It’s Summertime—Is Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving? Yes, that sounds like a strange question.  The kids just got out of school, there are vacations to take and barbecues to attend.  Probably the last things you want to think about are the winter holidays.  And, if your home is already furnished and decorated the way you want it to be for indoor entertaining, then you don’t have to think about them now. However, if you are dissatisfied with the way your home looks and/or functions, and would like to freshen or redo or update it for the...

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Treat Yourself to Quality Interior Design

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Art and Accessories, Color, Furnishings, Space | Comments Off

Treat Yourself to Quality Interior Design

Here’s how it works: I interview you in your home.  The questions I ask will help me figure out what your wants and/or needs are for the project at hand.  We tour the space in question and discuss possibilities.  We discuss the order in which different elements of the project might be completed.  We discuss whether you can fund the entire project at once or in stages. Interior Inspiration is an independent design firm.  I have no obligations to particular products or brands; no minimum amount I have to spend with a vendor to maintain my...

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You Can Have Whatever You Want…!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Art and Accessories, Color, Furnishings, Recent, Space | Comments Off

There’s a commercial on TV these days, for the VistaPrint Company.  This company helps people without graphic design or marketing experience create business cards and other advertising materials for their own companies.  One of the “actual users” in the commercial praises VistaPrint for being able to provide him with “anything he wants,” relative to his business materials. This commercial and others like it seem disingenuous to me.  They tout being able to “get whatever you want” as a great benefit....

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Paint Issues

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Color, Recent | Comments Off

“Pretty Color” Syndrome •    You may look at a paint chip and think the color is pretty. •    It may be pretty, but does it work with what’s in your room? •    “Prettiness” really doesn’t matter! •    Coordination with contents of room (and adjacent rooms) matters. •    Some rooms are painted with colors that are downright UGLY by themselves, but are perfect with the other things in the room. SELECT PAINT COLOR LAST!!! •    Paint color selection is INFINITE! •    Everything else that goes in a room is FINITE. •    It’s much easier to...

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Everything You Need to Know About Color

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Color | Comments Off

Everything You Need To Know About Color, But Didn’t Know Who To Ask! (These are general statements.  There are often exceptions to the rule.) ALL colors come in various undertones.  You may think that “white is white,” or “black is black,” but that’s not the case.  Have you ever put on two different black garments, thinking they looked the same, but then left the house, and noticed that they were really different in the daylight?  (I wear a lot of black, and this drives me crazy!)  Perhaps one garment is “browner,” and one is “bluer.” ...

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Design Trends

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Color, Furnishings, Space | Comments Off

I get asked about design trends fairly regularly.  People seem curious about them, and there are color trend seminars every year (often sponsored by paint companies). Personally, I don’t pay much attention to the trends.  Unless you have a completely empty house to fill, you probably shouldn’t either (unless it’s just intellectual curiosity, which I’d NEVER want to stifle!)  Chances are that even if you want to do some design work in your home (with or without the assistance of an interior designer) you will be using one, some or many pieces...

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Paint Colors

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Color | Comments Off

Many homeowners fall victim to what I have dubbed “Pretty Color Syndrome.”  They see a paint chip with a color on it that they think is “pretty,” and they think it belongs on their walls.  They forget that it may not work with the rest of the room. I recognize that what I am about to say may be hard to accept, but please keep an open mind about this:  PAINT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PRETTY!  The job of a good paint color is to connect all of the elements in the room and make them seem like they all belong together. Paint is only ONE ingredient in...

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