Spring is upon us and although this winter paid little attention to the tri-state area, the warm weather still feels good. The other day I was lucky to take a trip to Westport, a beautiful little town off the coast of Connecticut. Driving down the winding suburban roads were bursts of yellow daffodils and purple horse mint. It was refreshing to see these small but plentiful wild gardens and hints of sunny weather. And it was these enlivening colors that inspired this weeks blog.
One Spring 2012 interior trend is the simplicity of the color palette. The idea is to design the room using hues of grays, creams and blacks and mixing them with citrus colors; ie. lemons, limes and tangerines. This home below includes a magnificent green ottoman that also serves as a coffee table, and its this functionality that brings us to spring tip number 2!
Simple Furniture is this Spring’s sophisticated touch to design…having useful pieces in your home will create a clean sleek look. Find furniture that can be used in several ways. The bench here can also be used for storage, as well as a leg up to grasp those hard-to-reach spaces on your shelf.
Gray seems to be this Springs new Hot Neutral, ranging from pale to charcoal. Keeping in mind clear is better, adding bursts of yellows completes this ‘contemporary’ style. Tip: Incorporating color to a room shouldn’t include the entire Crayon Box.
Robin’s Egg Blue is a charming, soft touch to this living area. These accent colors can be easy to add by focusing the color on an accent wall or the entire room. Citrus tones of yellow and greens are added to the neutral couch to finish off the Spring look.
LOVE this Saarinen chair in lime green. Its a fabulous accent color with the neutral gray walls. The built in bookshelf next to the fireplace polishes off the look.
A final Spring tip is keep things casual, but refined. In the color scheme, the furniture, the entire concept is to keep the room simple. Don’t clutter the room with excess color or confuse the fluidity of the room with too much furniture. This it the season to bring bounce back into your home. Remember to look at nature’s Spring palette for matching colors within your home.
The Newest layout for the home features an open floor plan between the Kitchen and the Living Room. With this grand space it is important to decorate so your beautiful home does not look like an empty one. Having little design components throughout the room make these large living spaces more comfortable. The backsplash in your kitchen is one of these elements that can add gusto to your design. It is these small design aspects that inspire this weeks blog.
The purpose of the backsplash is to protect the wall from water, grease, and grime, therefore tile is an excellent material to use. Its easy to clean and has lots of varieties. In this NYC Kitchen I designed, the bright orange tile compliments the space and adds a burst of color into the room.
Here is another project of mine. The color green accommodates the dark wood cabinetry. Larger, artsy tile is used just above the sink to add some fun to the room.
This subtle backsplash adds refinement and elegance. The texture of the tile continues up the wall to finish the look and creates an large accent wall to the kitchen.
Lifting the color tones off the counter tops by using a similar backsplash is an excellent way to design your kitchen. Love the monochromatic soft toned cabinets and counter tops.
Be bold. The ornamental marble design, which is wax coated to keep it from tarnishing, is effective in making your kitchen look distinctive.
Love the subway tile, and it gives the Kitchen a very industrial atmosphere while keeping a rustic or modern look to the home. Here the tile is layered in a brickwork fashion. Many varieties come with this type of tile.
Simple, Timeless. Using a wide grout with small subway tiles add a authentic look to this Kitchen’s backsplash.
Many projects that I design are new homes which give me endless possibilities. This modern house was designed using windows to make up the backsplash. This concept brings in light and uses the beautiful, always changing outside scenery into the Kitchen.
One of the final steps when designing a room is picking out accessories to finish off the look. Whether they have functionality or not, these objects should express the home owners disposition. One tips to picking out these final touches is keeping them all the same accent color. Maybe a few here’s and there’s that pop out when you walk into the room. Be sure to keep it simple. Nothing should be too big. Another tip is to create a theme with your items. If you are going for a Bohemian motif, stick to it. Lastly, choose the items wisely and make them personal. Find things that represent a happy time in your life or a fun trip you went on. All these clever tricks have come into mind while designing my recent project in Chicago and have inspired this weeks blog.
The Living room here is from my project in Chicago. The home was build in the 1870′s and has a very art deco style. This room features some modern silk velvet chairs that pick up the colors in the rug and curtains. By incorporating warm accent-red glass accessories, the room feels finalized and refined.
A great way to personalize your space is adding knick-knacks you pick up on your travels. My trip to Vietnam inspired my eye in design and the archives I brought home from the trip fill my shelves and mantel with great memories.
Make your accessories a cohesive collection by keeping them the same color or theme. This room is decorated with lots of reflective objects such as the large vases at the base of the fireplace, the circular mirror on the back wall and the shiny silver modern light fixture that hangs above the upholstered coffee table.
Focus your design on the balance between minimalism and clutter. This bedside table has a clean finish that parallels with the crisp clean lines of the headboard and table itself. The designer picked an unconventional curvy lamp which stands out among the straight lines.
The office is an important room to fill with good memories and fun accessories. The black simple framed book shelf is a great piece in this room. The home owner filled it with accent colors and organizational office needs. And the Black and Orange, Love it!
The idea behind this design is color, color, color! The vintage chair and couch with matching coffee table pair well with the youthful paintings and accessories that fill this room.
A very sophisticated feel is brought to this master bath with touches of soft toned vanity objects and towel collection.
I recently took a trip to Tom Roth’s showroom, Montage, in Westport, CT. With plenty of accessories to compliment your home, its important to have a designer’s advice so the room is not overwhelmed with objects.
More accessories from Montage.
Its important to keep a balance when choosing accessories for your home. Objects of the same theme, pieces from your trips around the world and accent colors really finalize your home.
Space is always an issue for New York City residents. Not only is there a serious lack of it, but these tight NY homes can also be quite awkward in size and shape. Thankfully, dividing these unusual spaces can be easy. Here are a few designs where book shelves, screens and room dividers are used to make better use of your home.
NYC is full of studio apartments. These spaces, as you may know, are hard to design so that guests can come and well…not be bombarded with the privacy of your bedroom. The design here is a simple track with a curtain that glides around the entire bed making it easy to hide. This idea creates a living room space while the bed is kept clandestine.
Another great way to divide the room but not block the fluidity of space is by arranging intriguing accessories along an open book shelf. The design aids in separating the space but not segmenting it with something solid. This dark stained wood shelf acts as a center piece to the room by contracting with its overall grey hue.
The obvious attraction in this room with the brawny thick framed fireplace. Isolating such a center-piece would not be in the best interest of the home owner. By having this transparent bamboo screen dividing the room, the fireplace can be seen and enjoyed in the dining and living room.
Having a foyer in NYC is an expensive luxury. Creating the idea of an entrance room is done here with a floor to ceiling book shelf. A decorative bowl is added to collect keys and help keep you organized.
Privacy is crucial in the design of a public washroom. By including thick stainless steel pipes to divide the sinks with the water closet, the patron feels concealment but also can appreciate the open construction of the space.
Oriental Screens have been around for hundreds of years and for good reason. These light, rattan and bamboo room dividers let light pass through them but block sight and sound.
Love this modern space. The natural light illuminates both rooms and makes the room inviting and pleasant.
David Churchill, an Architectural Photographer from London designed this modern room divider. With its movable screen sections, you can decide how much light and privacy you want between rooms.
Hand-made oriental screens have a significant presence in any room. Here, this black four-paneled screen divides the dining room from the kitchen entrance but also ‘furnishes’ a good conversation piece!