Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Paint: The Right Finish

     When selecting the paint for your room, the first thing you think of is color. However, choosing the right finish is just as important. Sheen levels impact both the aesthetic and functional aspect of a room. They affect the amount of light reflected from the painted surface, hiding or highlighting imperfections and influencing color perception.
     The Benjamin Moore Paint Co. has outlined descriptions of paint finishes to help you to select the right one for the visual look and cleanability of the room you are painting.

Flat is the least reflective finish and provides excellent depth of color. It's a great choice for hiding minor surface imperfections on walls and generally preferred for ceilings.

Matte is more reflective than flat and is also great for minimizing minor surface imperfections while providing a durable finish.

Eggshell imparts a softly polished glow and provides an easy-to-clean surface. It's perfect for busy areas such as kitchens, dining rooms and family rooms.

Satin or pearl is a medium finish ideal for high-traffic areas like hallways when the full sheen of a semi-gloss is not desired.

Semi-gloss creates a smooth, highly reflective finish that is durable and withstands repeated cleaning. It is also used to highlight interior trim, doors and window frames.

Monday, February 19, 2018

What's In And What's Out for 2018

What is out in 2018
 industrial chic
mid century modern
ombre fabric
ombre carpeting
 black & white
 millennial pink
people are over gray and greige

What is in for 2018
dark blue & milky white (is the new black & white)
old fashioned chintzes
florals in colors of turquoise, apple green, shocking pink
sherbert colors of lemon chiffon, pistachio, delphinium blue, lettuce
green especially in live green plants both large and small
return of traditional design elements including antiques
traditional brown furniture
velbet sofas
handmade accessory like ceramic pieces
square-shape tiles are coming back
ceiling pendants grouped together versus one large chandelier

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Joy of Home: How To Begin

The interest in interior design and putting together the furniture look you like, has lead to the trend to spend lots more time at home.  Furniture alone does not create that warm, comfortable feeling you desire. Filling your rooms with the latest, greatest trend furnishings that look fabulous on slick magazine pages will not make your home your own space.
I recommend that if you want to get that heart-filled feeling of home in your own interior, a little bit of homework will go along way to get you in the correct direction. If you want to save yourself lots of time and budget mistakes, take a minute to sit and think about the rooms you have been in your life that had made you feel the best being in them. What homes did you look forward to going back to again and again because of the way you felt there? Think about the colors, placement of furnishings, fabrics, textures, light, fragrance and style.  Further, compare these various homes and what is the commonality to the room décor?

If you spend this time you will begin to get a theme for what you love to be surrounded by in your home.  Your goal is to create your home interior to be what gives you the most joy when you see it the first thing in the morning. And at the end of the day when you open the door to your home, the space should make you feel like it's your retreat and relaxing refuge.

This is the first in a series of The Joy Of Home---to create your own home of joy.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Faux Finish Paints Trend for Home

Are you looking for more glamour in your home interior? Do you want what's new in décor with an elegant splash? Is your room painted a great color but needs more "wow"? If you answered "yes", then I'd recommend going with the revived trend for faux painted texture for your walls.

There are new patterns and techniques.  And the paint companies have developed new products for a new look to the wall finishes. These are not like the faux finishes of the past.  Think of this a liquid wallcovering.

Lots of metallic for richness. Tone-on-tone effects with color, shine and matte finish.  There are smooth or brushed finishes with multi-layer.  The look is luxury, sophistication, richness and glamour.  The idea is to create fashionable, classic interiors with drama.

An ideal area for this is the entry which is the first impression of your home so make a statement.  A powder room is a smaller space and faux finishes made the room special.  I always like dining rooms to have a feeling of romance and a wall with dimension, pattern and shine helps to create this mood.

Unless you are a great DIYer, I'd recommend a professional painter who has a specialty with faux finishes to do this work for you. However, if you give it a try yourself, you or a painter can always paint over it successfully.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Interior Design Basics: Style

To begin any interior decorating project you need to decide what style to create your home interior so it is a space that feels good for you to live in. Here are a few of most popular styles.

Modern Minimalist: Style of extreme accuracy with nothing to much and no heavy backgrounds. The emphasis is on simplicity. Colors are dull or bright but flashing. Pieces are geometric shapes of square, rectangular and round. Surfaces are clean and no details. Minimalist modern style illustrates the simplified form.

Classic: Refined style, rich in details that are found in the structure of furniture, lighting, etc., as well as in fabric prints. The furniture is the art. Carved or inlaid and applied details. Decorated with floral elements, vegetable, leaf motifs or scenes drawn from legends.

Classic Updated:  Refined and elegant. Classic form details are found in a new approach. The forms preserve the structure of old forms or parts in general updating them sometimes or some elements of a furniture style combined with modern elements, creating the fusion between old and new. Finishing parts are in a new approach: painted and varnished with different and innovative colors, surface gold or silver finished with patina or serigraphic.

Rustic:  style structure is crude with rough details. Structure elements of furniture and lighting can be in tree trunks, logs, branches, jute. Style is found in mountain vacation homes and rural areas.

Elegant Country: Rural style is elegant with influences from English, French or Scandinavian classic pure style. Rural chic. Finishes are bright colors with white and pastel. Forms are traditional. Surfaces are painted and sometimes have a slight patina.

Retro: Refers to 50's, 60's or 70's. In that period it is anticipated design of pieces to come. A playful approach with a funny structure of form, the play of colors and prints. New approaches in design forms, yet within classic design lines. Prints with geometric shapes, lines, plaid or printed with illustrations of the Pop Art style.

Contemporary: Modern, new and cool. Colors are balanced and warm.. Finishes are warm and wood. Appearance to look more polished. Textile use of leather, velvet, plush, printed. Scandinavian modern style can be defined as a contemporary style.

High-Tech: An innovative modern style and the emphasis on detail that is not random but part of the structure. Details of screws, rivets, wheels, rough metal are specific to this style. The finishes are often metal, glass, plastic, wood and leather. The colors are often dull gray, white and small amounts of black.

Eclectic: A combination of various styles of furniture, such as, traditional with modern, rustic with high-tech.  The look is brought together through the use of color, texture, shape and finish.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Add Sparkle To Your Home Decor

Crystal and shiny texture is everywhere, especially this time of the year. To add bling to your home, don't only think of chandeliers and wall sconces.  The glamour of crystal can be brought into every room of your home.  Here's a few ideas to get your creative spirit started:

 - Add a stainless, bar-size sink in a stone top to the powder room
 - Group large and small size mirrors in frames on an entire wall
 - Install a crystal chandelier over the master bedroom bed
 - Think of replacing your doorknobs with classic crystal knobs
 - Update a bathroom vanity with glass door and drawer pulls
 - Place crystal lamps on bedside tables
 - Use shiny silver artifacts as book ends
 - Panel an entire wall in your entry with floor to ceiling mirrors
 - Mirror the backsplash of your kitchen to expand the view
 - Place a collection of silver, glass and crystal accessories on fireplace mantle

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Holiday Decorating Beyond A Christmas Tree

Maybe this year you have re-scaled your living space and don't want to move furniture to fit in a holiday tree.  There are many ideas to put a twist on the traditional Christmas tree. Try a few of these inspired holiday decorations.

Place vintage ornaments on a cake stand nested with leaves for a stunningly simple centerpiece.
Are you serving holiday dinner buffet style? Wrap each dish in a sheet of parchment paper and tie with a length of ribbon before stacking it. Guests will be rewarded with a pretty presentation.
Lush greenery draped around the house, especially around doorways, creates an inviting atmosphere and a woodsy aroma.
Use a string of pinecones to make an easy swag. Tie a big bow in the middle so you can center it perfectly over a doorway, then tack it up with nails.
Decorate a small, artificial white tree with objects that share a color scheme---such as candy canes, peppermints and red bows---and place them on a side table or a coffee table.
A grouping of old-fashioned ornaments hung from the ceiling makes a whimsical chandelier effect.
Tie big silver bells to the front doorknob with festive ribbon. Visitors will jingle all the way into your home.
For an elegant look, trim the mantle with a row of white votives and dramatic white amaryllises.
Use leftover ribbon to tie around the stems of your champagne flutes or wine glasses for an extra bit of festivity. A bonus choosing a different color for every glass will help guests keep track of their drinks.
A five-second centerpiece. Mix clementines or oranges and peppermint balls in a single glass compote or a grouping of three.
Add a little sparkling style to your dining room table by filling a snifter to the brim with an array of shiny silver bells.
Wreath filled with wishes. Hang an unadorned twig wreath in a spot where guests can't miss it. Set out red Magic Markers and small plain cards on a table next to it. Post a little sign asking visitors to scribble a greeting or a wish for the upcoming New Year along with their names and have them slip the notes into the wreath.
Decorative photo collage. Up on the mantle, collect your family's holiday picture cards from previous years and clothespin them to a long, slim stick suspended between two vases. Put them in chronological order and you can date the pins.
A staircase looks lovely with a garland of greenery. Easier than looping it around and around, lay evergreen on top of the banister and fasten in place with floral wire and wrap with extra-wide ribbon.
And keep in mind that these ideas can also be fashioned for any holiday, birthday, anniversary or special celebration.