Monday, October 6, 2014

10 Design tips that will change the way you see your home (part 1)

 We all want to give our home a completely fresh look but that feeling of inspiration can fade quickly when you have no idea how or where to start. I remember the days I jump out of bed Saturday morning ready to throw down some money at Target just to ask myself What would look good? What should I buy? After figuring out that if something looks nice at the store doesn't mean it will translate the beauty to my home. I then progressed to do what I do best and research, so I teamed up with the Design staff at Design Materials Inc. to create some tips to remove your confusion and own your space.

1) Create a theme

      Creating a centralize theme for your home can give your home a focus. It can be as specific as you want from an idea, time period, object, and whatever you can think of. Having a theme will help you filter out stuff that won’t compliment your home and give you inspiration to push your creativity with objects that may fit your theme but might not be used in a conventional sense. Here are a couple of resources. Design Materials inspiration |
Purple Flower Theme

2) Upgrade your hardware

      What does update your hardware mean? It means replacing your knobs, handles, and faucets. This is a simple way to give your home some needed style. Now there are a lot of options to fit your theme and if not then it’s not too hard to DIY your own handles. Design Materials: Uttermost
Leather Strap Handles

3) Use a color palette

      If your theme isn't based on a color it is a good idea to create a color palette to make your design more focused and inline. A great resource would be Adobe Kuler but there are many resources to help you out. Having a color palette allows you to decide how to use your colors more strategically such as using a lighter value red as an accent while a beige as a background color.

4) Paint

      Repainting a room is a surefire way to dramatically see a room in a new light, now that you have a color palette you can pick your color confidently to tie everything together. Painting is also not limited to solid colors but can be used to add a creative touch with gradients and patterns.  Add interactivity by using blackboard paint to encourage people to draw on your walls or add flair by painting texture. Paint isn't limited to just walls but can be used on ceilings as well to add some dimension to your space.
Textured paint


      Lighting can create atmosphere to tie in with your mood or theme. Lighting is a great way to invoke feelings from relaxation, calmness, whimsy, and energy. Your lighting needs can be changed easily by changing a light bulb or changing  a lamp or for a greater challenge changing a light fixture. If you get a light source where you can adjust the strength you can adjust the mood quickly and easily. Natural light can be maximized with mirrors and dulled with curtains, great use of natural light can invoke feelings of energy and action.
Wine glass chandelier
Falling Light


Now you are armed to start planning to give your home a fresh look by using a centralized theme, stylized hardware, a color scheme, fresh coat of paint, and Lighting. Next week I will give you another 5 to complete this two part series, and if you would like to suggest a topic or maybe something that should be added to the list, leave your suggestions in the comments below. Contact us to schedule an appointment so our designers can help put you on the right track.

Written by Evan Aguilar

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