The Seven Elements of Interior Design | Part Two

Design is more than throwing décor in a room and hoping some sort of magic happens.  There are several contemplated elements found in interior designs that are considered when creating a space.  Knowing how to spot these elements and facilitate them in your own home can give you a top-notch design.  As we saw in Part One, lines and space are crucial elements that establish boundaries in a home.  Now we will explore how forms, color, and light are vital elements that cannot be avoided when designing your space. 

Forms 

Form is the embodiment an object takes in a space.  The several ways form is classified, either geometric or natural, which consist of man-made versus organic or open and closed form, which include objects that can or cannot be seen through.  You can mix all of these forms into your home to eliminate negative space and create positive space.  Negative space is the emptiness of the house which is removed through adding “form” into an area. 

Color

Using color is a way to create a mood in the atmosphere.  All colors and combinations can change the overall psychological mindset of the area.  Learning color meaning is a great tool when designing your space.  The more you know on how each color can individually work, the better your ability to pair the perfect combinations in your own home. 

Light 

Light is extremely important in creating your home.  You can get light through windows or have artificial lights throughout your home.  Different lighting can be used throughout your home to help with your design.  Ambient lighting is used to blanket the whole space and create a clear, visible light in the area.  Accent lights are used to illuminate areas like décor or highlight artwork and sculptures.  You can use task lighting in areas where more lighting in need to perform a task, such as reading, cutting food, or painting. 

These three elements will start livening up your space and lines in the atmosphere.  You will notice how color, light, and form all add character and life to the area.  Lastly, textures and patterns are used to help the interior design.  Check out the final part of this series to learn more. 

The Seven Elements of Interior Design | Part One

Interior design is the harmony of art and science to create not only a functional space but one that is aesthetically appealing as well.  We may not all have a keen eye for design, but knowing the fundamental elements can help improve your personal style and design.  The rules can be broken to express creativity, but knowing how and when to use them is essential for creating a purposeful and beautiful environment.  Here are the seven elements of interior design you need to know when designing your space.

Space 

Functionality is imperative to developing a well-thought out and functional atmosphere.  Nothing can make a room less inviting than a poorly-spaced or obtrusive environment. When considering your space, do not think on two dimensions but expand your conception towards the three-dimensional.  Do your furnishing and décor not only create adequate space horizontally but allow the area to feel opened vertically as well?  Your home should find the sweet spot of balance between over furnished and too empty. 

Lines 

Lines are the “meat and potatoes” of your design.  Without lines, you would not have the other elements in which they contribute to in the design.  There are three types of lines to consider in interior design: horizontal, vertical, and dynamic.   

  • Horizontal lines are the lines, which are established by being parallel to the horizon.  These can be stripes on the wall, desktops, coffee tables, or other lines that contribute to this horizontal plane.  Horizontal lines create layering in the environment and depth. 
  • Vertical lines can be formed through anything running up and down in the space.  Windows, doorways, and pillars are some of the few ways these lines are created in an environment.  This gives the room height and contrasts with horizontal lines. 
  • Dynamic lines are great for adding a dramatic effect like staircases or asymmetrical lines which ties everything together.  These simple lines are always there, but learn how to allow them to harmonize and complement each other is another challenge. 

These two elements are very vital in creating a balanced atmosphere.  All of the elements need to be in harmony with one another to form a unified space.  Check out part two to have a greater understanding of the seven elements of interior design.  If you can master all seven in your home, you have accomplished a perfectly synchronized environment. 

Bathroom Upgrades to Transform Your Space into a Spa

What makes a spa setting so relaxing? We asked ourselves this very question. We wanted to focus on creating a tranquil oasis right in our own home, but where do you begin? First, you need to figure out what key aspects make a spa so relaxing. Once we discovered the components, we were able to capitalize on features we think homeowners will love. Here are four bathroom upgrades to transform your space into a spa:

Getting Steamy

You can create your very own steam room within your shower. Steam generators can be expensive; however, there is a way to make your very own steam shower. First, you will want to have the shower glass installed all the way to the ceiling. There needs to be a vent in the ceiling above the shower, which can be opened and closed. When the vent is closed, the steam will accumulate and create the effects of a steam room.  When the vent is opened, you can create a normal showering experience. To go even further with the spa experience, we recommend adding a shower bench. It will give you a place to sit down and soak up the steam.

Let It Rain

When selecting the fixtures for the shower, consider a nice, big rain showerhead. It will provide more water for a more enjoyable shower and rinse. If you really want a spa-like feel, you may want to install body spray jets in the ceiling or walls of the shower.

Hot, Hot, Hot

Heated floors are a luxurious feature that will really make your bathroom feel like a spa. A feature like this is especially appropriate in colder climates. No matter where you live it is always nice to get out of the shower or bath and step on a beautiful, warm floor.

Warmed Up

A heated towel rod is perfect for an in-home spa. It warms your towel while you are in the shower, and let’s be honest; there is nothing better than having a warm towel to wrap yourself in after bathing.

Making these select upgrades will genuinely transform a regular bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary.

Which upgrade was your favorite? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

Four Subtle Ways to Emphasis a Neutral Palette

The use of dazzling, vibrant hues in home decor has become increasingly popular, but if we are being honest, a neutral palette will always be a timeless choice. Neutral tones do not have to be bland; they can make a statement all on their own. For example, a black and white color scheme is daring yet easy on the eyes. If you want to add dimension and interest to a neutral color scheme, it is vital to incorporate accents and bold lines. Let’s see how:

Enticing Textures

When accenting neutrals, we often use bold colors; however, we cannot forget about an essential element of design: texture. In fact, texture is what shapes an interior. You can use this element to create a regal look or even add a playful tone. When selecting different types of textures, you will want to consider the kind of mood you are trying to set for the space. Suede and leather create an air of luxury and sophistication whereas bamboo and other types of wood lend to a relaxed tone.

Dazzling Lights

In a neutral palette, lighting is everything. Illuminate your rich, neutrals tones with adequate lighting. Strategic positioning of your light sources can be essential because you are able to enhance aspects of the room or worsen it depending on where you place them. Experts recommend incorporating layered lighting as well as natural lighting for an open and airy feel.

Glitz and Glam

Use metallic accents to enhance a neutral tone room. Shades of gold, silver, and copper can be used to make the room “pop.” The options are truly endless. From a glossy gold vase, an elegant bronze chandelier, or chic, metallic chairs, you can layer your space with your accented accessories. While you can make quite the contrast with your metallics, you want to make sure you do not overdo it because metal can be overwhelming in mass quantities.

Geometric Patterns

Besides texture and metallics, you can contrast with a variety of geometric patterns. We often design our interiors without giving much thought to lines, so many tend to stick with straight-lined decorations. When adding depth to a neutral palette, you should use different shapes. Ideas can range from a curved back chair, an oval shaped coffee table or an oddly shaped vase to add tremendous aesthetic value.

What is your favorite neutral color to use? We would love to hear below how you enhance it in your own space.

 

Designers’ Industry Predictions for 2019

The New Year is here and with it, comes a season full of change and new possibilities.  Designers are always keeping a close watch on trends as they come and go.  In doing so, they find that some designs are timeless, but others are still evolving.  Being able to see where designs are heading can give you an advantage when remodeling and renovating your home.  To help you stay ahead, here are the top designer prediction for 2019:

Maximalism
Minimalism will never die because of its functionality and ability to contribute to resale; however, maximalism is predicted to make a powerful movement this year.  As people demand to have more and more in their lives, the size and quantity of furniture, electronics, and decor increases.  In 2019, designers predict large statement pieces featured throughout a space to create a bold, powerful statement.

Living Coral
Every year, Pantone Color announces a Color of The Year.  The color is said to be used throughout the year in marketing and design strategies.  Through its popularity and market demand, it makes this color a trendy color for the upcoming year and an excellent choice for your home’s design.  2019’s Color of The Year can be featured as a playful yet serious tone for all types of design environments. Living Coral is a lively color found in the sea that can bring us back to a relaxed state of mind in an ever-so-demanding world.

Feminine/Masculine
Designers believe that rooms no longer need to be considered “masculine” themed or “feminine” themed, but they can be enhanced through incorporating both styles.  The prediction this year is feminine and masculine styles are a thought of the past. In 2019, you can incorporate delicate details like lace finishes with rustic metals as your hardware to compliment both sides of the spectrum. Mix and match feminine details with masculine attributes to create a well-balanced design.

These elements are just a few of the many predictions for the design industry.  For more trends and forecasts, be sure to check out From The Floors Up.

Do you have any design predictions for 2019? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

How to Master a Tuscan Kitchen Design

Tuscany is a region in Central Italy that is known for its breathtaking landscape, delicious food, and cultural legacy. With its mixture of earthy hues, sunny tones, and natural texture, Tuscany-inspired kitchen design has become a popular choice amongst homeowners.

The traditional colors of the Old Country, when reflected in a Tuscan inspired kitchen, make it an ideal place for cooking and creating an inviting environment for conversation. Local Tuscans love to host their guests in this cozy design that capitalizes on style and function. If you are looking to create a Tuscan-themed kitchen in your own home, keep on reading!

Colors and Materials

When working to achieve this look, you can gain inspiration from pictures of Italy. Tuscan kitchens utilize a lot of warm and earthy colors to create a homey mindset. Some colors that you would find in a typical kitchen inspired by the Old Country are Terra Cotta, Sage Green, Burgundy Red, Sea Blue, and Golden tones. The colors are typically applied in a wash effect or sponge-painting design.  In addition, you will want to embrace natural materials as well. Consider incorporating earthy materials like wood, wrought iron, and clay pottery.

Cabinetry

Most Italian style kitchens have open cabinetry. The open cabinetry look will allow you to showcase your beautiful dishware. Traditional Tuscan style kitchens feature floating cabinetry that provides space between each other. If it is in the budget, considering upgrading your cabinetry to this open look. Be sure to choose a wood tone cabinetry such as cherry or oak for an earthy design.

Furnishings

Of course, the type of kitchen table that you select for your kitchen should be dependent on your personal style, but sizeable, wooden farm tables are popular in this design. Whatever type of table you choose, be sure that it features distressed wood to stay in line with the theme.

You can even get creative with the kitchen chairs. Embrace the broad color spectrum that you would find in the Old Country by purchasing chairs that have deep and rich tones such as olive green or dark red.

Flooring

Typically, a Tuscan-inspired kitchen would have marble, stone, terracotta or mosaic tile; however, if you just love the look of your hardwood floors, rest assured that you do not have to switch them. Trust us; hardwood floors can be a beautiful complement to a Tuscan style kitchen.

What feature of a Tuscan Style Kitchen is your favorite? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

 

Learning from Interior Design Mistakes

We cherish our homes’ design because they represent who we are, our style, and incorporate our valued decor pieces to create a unique place just for us. But quite frankly, interior design is not easy. It takes awareness, exposure, knowing what we like/dislike, and what looks great together. Design is an art, and even experts can get it wrong sometimes. To help you avoid these common mistakes, we wanted to focus on three design errors you can avoid. Let’s take a look!

Paint Selection

Before you pick out your paint samples, make sure you have your fabric selection for window coverings, rugs, pillows, bedding, and even fabricated furniture. Why? Because with the current matching technology, you can quickly match colors without any added hassle. Also, keep in mind that you may want to choose a paint color that is more vibrant, but you must analyze the lighting in the room, the furniture, fabrics, and the depth of the room before you commit. To help you feel comfortable with your decision, we recommend painting samples in different areas of the room. You want to get a real idea of how the paint will look and feel in your space. By using it in different corners, lighting, and times of day, you can get a better idea of its look in your design.

Purchasing in Mass Quantities

We know homeowners get excited and may want to purchase just about everything they see, but this can be a big mistake. Be patient and get out the tape measure, and write down your room’s dimensions. Now when you go shopping, bring along your trusty tape measure and measure all furniture or accessories.  It will save you time, effort, and money in the long-run.

Too Many Focal Points

Featuring too many focal points is a big mistake that you want to make sure you do not make. Be sure to choose only one focal point per room. If you have too many, they will compete with each other, and the overall room becomes too busy, weighed down. Keep things simple, and build off of your main focus. If you accentuate its strengths, you can help create an even more flawless space.

What design mistakes have you learned not to make? We would love to hear your stories below in the comment section.

Popular Design Styles for Your Home

Did you know that there are different styles of interior design? Maybe you are familiar with them, or perhaps you are not, but understanding the various interior design styles will help you attain your style goals. To help you get a feel for the different looks, we will address six of the most popular themes. These six classic design styles will help guide you toward achieving a flawless look. Let’s take a look! 

1. Traditional    

Holiday-Inspired Traditional Design

A traditionally styled room reflects 18th and 19th-century European homes.  They are great for people looking to decorate with antiques, and they have a classic, sophisticated comfort to them.  Classic art, antique furniture, and renaissance-inspired bookshelves help bring this timeless style full circle.     

2. Transitional  

Transitional Design

Borrowing from traditional and contemporary designs, a transitional room blends the “now” with antique finishes in a very sophisticated manner.  The room will keep the contemporary open layout with straight lines while balancing the beauty of traditional-styled furniture.  Warm woods and minimal embellishments add to this style, giving it a refreshed and harmonious feel.

3. French Country  

Traditional French Country Design

The French have perfected French Country style in their homes in Provence.  With the architecture using exposed unfinished wooden beams and cabinetry, this classic home style has a vintage countryside appeal.  Earthy tones and finely upholstered leathers can be added to this antique styled theme for the perfect finishing touch. 

4. Bohemian

Neutral Bohemian Design

Boho is an eclectic-inspired style that has a more relaxed, comfortable feel mixed with a very lively, energetic space.  This free-spirited room design will focus on warm colors but do not be afraid of adding cooler colors to give it an extra pop.  Bohemian style rooms will combine free-flowing colors and canopies to make the room more cultured.  Wall tapestries and curtains are also used to amplify the openminded atmosphere.

5. Hollywood Glam 

Hollywood Glam Inspired Throw Pillows

Hollywood Glam style incorporates rich elements of golds and bronzes to pop and give the room a catchy “larger than life” atmosphere.  This bold style also uses some rich colors to contrast hard against clean whites and ultimately gives a “poppy” appearance.  Furs, satins, velvets, and suedes are used to amplify this glamorous style.

6. Coastal 

Coastal Baby Room

Coastal borrows elements from beachside environments.  It incorporates a light color palette allowing seafoam blue, mint greens, and serener neutral colors to take center stage.  It may use distressed woods like you would find on a ship or washed woods to add to the seaside feel.  Large windows and blue and white stripes are commonly used to expand this look. 

What design style is your favorite? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

How to Eliminate Visual Obstructions in Your Design

Do you lack extra space in your home?  Space can be an essential element to how your home portrays itself, and a lack of space can make your designs feel overwhelming, disheveled, unorganized, and messy, even when everything is clean.  Learning to conquer these challenges can seem like a daunting task at first, but with some simple tricks, you can transform your home into a sleek, visually appealing design. 

The first step to creating a sleek design is to focus on your view. If your room feels clutter or chaotic, it may be due to your space and the way your furniture pieces are designed. To help you create a less visually obstructive view, we have created four tips. Let’s take a look!

Low Profile Furniture

Your furniture and decor should make a statement but not feel overly prominent in the space.  Bulky dresser and large couches can be beautiful in the right environment; however, if you feel like you are tight on space, consider eliminating your large, encumbering furniture and replace it with more sleek, low profile designs.  Low profile couches can give the illusion that your ceiling is higher than it actually is.  More compacted entertainment centers can allow for more space in your den.  Even downsizing from a king size to a queen size be may be a smart move for your space.  But remember, not all rooms are created the same.  A king sized mattress may look great in a large room, but it can be overwhelming in a smaller sized bedroom. 

Minimalist Approach

Less is more.  Free up your countertop space and eliminate excess decor for a minimalistic look.  This approach is ideal for smaller space living.  Consider everything that you bring into your home.  Everything needs to serve a purpose.  Multiple-functional furniture is perfect for saving extra space. For example, you could look for furniture that can serve as a storage solution as well as seating. This dual-purpose seating option will give you a place to store your blankets while eliminating the visual obstruction an extra basket may cause. 

Extra Lighting

Nothing opens a room better than great lighting.  Focus on how much light your room has in it and do not be afraid to add more.  Natural lighting is ideal but if it is not an option, invest in brighter light bulbs.  It can make a significant difference by switching all your light bulbs to higher-quality, brighter bulbs.  Brighter bulbs can help illuminate the room better and aid in the atmosphere feeling more open and more welcoming.

Mirrors

Adding mirrors to your space can also enhance the room’s light flow.  Mirrors are great for eliminating boundaries in rooms and making walls look like they go on past the surface. Rooms with no windows can use mirrors to help open up the space. They have so many different benefits that they bring to any room.  Consider adding mirrors to your small room to help open up the space.

Making your space feel less obtrusive is an art and a science.  Consider everything you bring into your home and its purpose.  It can be challenging but rewarding when you change your room to create a more open layout. 

Planning a Kitchen Remodel for Resale

The kitchen can be one of the most significant selling points of a home to prospective buyers. Your home’s resale value can be determined by several factors of your home, one of them including the kitchen. The kitchen’s functionality, aesthetic appeal, and appliances can all contribute to the value. It is essential to properly invest in your kitchen if you are planning on reselling your home. Certain buyers will want particular features in their future kitchen, but there are general guidelines that will help make your kitchen appealing to all prospective buyers. Let’s take a look! 

1. Appliances. Keep in mind that homeowners typically prefer stainless steel appliances for their home. If you are looking to potentially sell your home, you should consider buying stainless steel appliances to keep buyers happy. Also, you will need to take in consideration the age of each appliance that may need to be replaced. Some appliances will last longer than others. Make sure to only replace items if they need to be replaced then you can use the leftover money on other kitchen features.

2. Counter Space & Countertops. Food gurus love a lot of kitchen counter space. Plus, it will not devalue your house if you have a lot of counter space available. The type of countertop your home has can really hold together your whole kitchen’s design. Granite countertops tend to be homeowners’ favorite because of their beauty and durability. Granite allows you to place hot pans on top of it without having to worry about potentially burning it. If you are worried about the cost, consider getting grade 2 granite. Buyers are not necessarily looking for the most expensive countertops, but a nice-looking countertop can complete the overall look.

3. Storage. The kitchen could be absolutely gorgeous, but if there is nowhere to put anything, it is almost useless to buyers. The number of cabinets and drawers available for storage purposes can be a major selling feature. Homeowners do not want to worry about where they will put all of their kitchen supplies. If your home does not have enough storage currently, try adding in some more cabinets.

4. Flooring. There are some significant factors to keep in mind when you are choosing your kitchen flooring. If your kitchen is opened to other rooms in your house, consider the style and if it flows with the rest of your home. Keep in mind that your flooring can determine the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen. Flooring can either be a real eye-sore or a statement piece. Lastly, you should consider how easy it is to clean your flooring. Maintenance can definitely be a priority for some homeowners.

Try remodeling your kitchen with classic trends rather than making it super trendy. Focus on designing with trends that tend to stay in style for a long time. We hope you found these four tips helpful. Thanks for reading!