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Speaking of metal, of course, leads us to the metal finishes on our plumbing fixtures as well as hardware such as pulls and knobs for our cabinets and fabulous lighting fixtures.
Very popular are the matte black and brushed gold fixtures right now. The matt finish can be a sharp contrast to shiny finishes in the room or a beautiful complement to other softer touches.
They can add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can even be the focus.
When setting your canvas for your home, it is not necessary to carry the same exact theme throughout. By adding other accents, you are creating interest and an individual personality to each room of your home. It is also far less boring and lets you entertain other styles and expand your taste and preferences.
When it comes to selecting furniture, the fashion has truly become an eclectic world. We select individual pieces rather than one style or period of furniture. Then combine them in a casual and interesting way expressing your personality.
We must create from our hearts and souls and surround ourselves with what we love, find beautiful and comfortable. Should’s and have to’s are being ignored. You the person are the focal point, not the room.
This is how you personalize your home. And be sure of the most important thing – do not bring anything into your home just because it is a trend. One of the reasons we have new things coming out every year is to select what speaks to you and to have fun creating change.
That is what I call the true “interior” design. Live with what you love and makes you happy. And remember, “rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
It’s fun looking through magazines, newspapers and stores for the latest and greatest in decorating and design trends and exploring for ourselves what would make us happy to live with in our personal spaces.
With that in mind, let’s peek into some of the choices being presented right now.
2017 is looking to be somewhat unpredictable and a boundary-pushing year for interiors.
Let’s start with your canvas. Walls today have color and lots of it. It could be as simple as painting all your walls to go with your color scheme or adding an accent color or two or three!
Then we have wallpaper which also adds color, texture and pattern. Wallpaper can be left by itself to make a statement or hung as a backdrop for wall art.
With its huge selection of patterns, textures and colors there is wallpaper for any décor. And it can be a strong voice in the room. So select your wall paper carefully for the message you want the room to convey.
A newer product to add lots more interest, dimension, texture and to bring in the unexpected, is dimensional wall coverings. This fabulously interesting and dramatic look could be made of wood, metal or the most unexpected natural and man-made materials. This rage is cut into different size pieces. These materials are perfect to update stone or outdated finishes on walls, by simply covering them up.
The colors and textures will come as complete surprises and express the unique and creative style of the home owner. They require less art hung on walls or can become the perfect backdrop for a particular piece of art.
The rest of the canvas lies in the flooring. The choices are abundant. Carpet today has taken a new form of styles, textures, patterns and colors.
Hard flooring has become almost endless in materials and combinations of materials. Tile that looks exactly like wood comes in all the colors and patterns of wood but is far less sensitive to wear.
The durable porcelain tiles of today are seen in all colors, finishes and textures too. They are used on floors, walls and even furniture and detailed in kitchen cabinets. Hard flooring becomes the perfect foundation for area rugs which also have become the rage.
Don’t forget some glitz and glitter for both carpets and tiles. Many have subtle and not so subtle metal accents. Making a design statement is in! Let’s call it a splash of the unexpected… and don’t ignore some whimsy. Why not smile in your home?
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Take time to fit in before diving in
I had the pleasure of doing a consultation for a new client that came to me through a magazine article. Touring the home, I had a strange feeling of disconnection between the home, the furnishings and the people. I learned they had just moved in a month earlier and were still getting used to their new surroundings.
The canvas of the house – the paint on the walls and the floor coverings – were chosen by the previous owner. The new family brought their furniture and accessories into the home. The two styles had no relationship to each other and didn’t work together.
The wife was aware of this and was anxious to get started making the changes necessary to express her style in her new home. She had a strong heritage which she expressed through her furniture and accessories. It was also very important for her to put her heart into her home.
Her husband had some different ideas that she believed were in conflict with hers. Fortunately, he was able to join us and we were able to work through the differences. He had also just moved into a new office and was feeling the discomfort of change there, too.
Although their styles were different, their goals were the same, and they both craved feeling the essence of their family that they wanted to create together in their new home. I call this 1+1=3. Joining two people with different tastes can result in an outcome that is unique and special for them.
Before giving suggestions, I needed a sense about how they each wanted to live. To my surprise, I found myself struggling and wondered why. After asking many questions, we all realized that they were not sure what they wanted or how they wanted to set up the home for their family and personal living.
After reviewing their options and design possibilities, I suggested they wait about three months from the time they moved into the house before making any decisions. Waiting would help determine how the house worked for them, what they liked best and what was missing. They were very relieved not to have to make any decisions when they did not feel ready to do so.
Most often, clients hate to hear that it’s best to wait. It can be the most difficult thing to do and it can also be the most rewarding. This way, you are sure to make decisions from a place of knowing and experience instead of having to guess as to the outcome. The results will be what you really need and want.
It takes time to come to understand a new environment and how you fit into it. Since each space affects us differently, we need to tune in to our sensitivities and reactions. Houses may not have feelings, yet they have a definite structure that dictates how to combine styles, colors, textures and shapes. We have to see how we relate and can function in those parameters. If we can’t, we have to look at why and see what changes have to be made to give us comfort and connection in our homes.
Remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
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You may have read George Carlin’s checklist titled “How to Stay Young.” In it he says, “Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.”
I was moved by that and couldn’t help but think how we have an opportunity to make this happen every day – surrounding ourselves with what we love. It’s in our home where this comes to life for us to express. Once we decide what makes us happy, we can make it happen. Our home is one of the few places in which we have that kind of control.
The things we allow into our homes, our most personal spaces, are intimate and revealing. They give us the opportunity to feel alive. These are the possessions that speak to us consciously and unconsciously. This is one of the reasons you hear so much about de-cluttering, which allows us to breathe freely. So many of us live with items that have no meaning to us, yet we hold on to them for reasons we excuse.
When I first meet my clients they often tell me about their ideas of what they think they “should” do. My tendency is to ask if money were no object and nothing else had to be considered, what would you do? What is your ideal style of living? Many of us live someone else’s expression because we just haven’t taken the time and thought to find our own.
This opens a whole new world. This change in thinking generally results in a different outcome. We hold ourselves back from what we really want because we think we can’t have it; however, when we talk it out, things change. This leads us into a new way of thinking – it gives us the opportunity to think outside the box. And when you do, amazing things can happen.
As an example, a client came to me not knowing how she wanted her new home to be decorated. She was feeling overwhelmed by all the decisions she had to make, knowing she had to live with her choices for a long time.
She wasn’t sure what she wanted to live with. I encouraged her to only make decisions that were essential to moving into the house and wait several months until she was ready to decide how to move forward. After all, her new environment would be filled with things she hadn’t experienced before.
Next we discussed the things she was sure about – the things that would satisfy her senses. I asked her:
- What colors are you attracted to? Think about what you like and don’t like.
- What furniture styles do you enjoy – French, Tuscan, contemporary, etc.?
- What type of wood do you prefer – light or dark color; light or heavy grain; laminate or lacquer?
- What metals and finishes do you prefer – chrome or brass, shiny or matte?
- What kind of window coverings, serve your needs?
- What floor surfaces do you prefer – hard or soft?
- What sounds are important to you – bubbling water from a fountain or music?
- What variety of textures do you desire in fabrics?
These details are the ones that help you feel your spirit in your home, your refuge. When you do, you’ll create an environment that takes your breath away.
And always remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
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