Posts Tagged ‘design tools’

Beginning the Design Process with Samples

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Imagining a new room or remodel is part of the fun. While choosing finishes and materials can be overwhelming at times, looking at samples can be one of the most enjoyable things about the design process.  Walking into one of our stores is like walking into a candy store for a kid.  There are so many beautiful options and infinite combination possibilities await.

If you are redoing a house, a room or just adding new flooring for the holidays, getting samples is a must.  Having some idea of what you are looking for before you go to the store is also a must. Pull together ideas online on a Pinterest board, magazines, or create your own workbook here. Knowing what direction you want to go in will save you time and sometimes money on your project.

Setting a budget and accounting for overages should be done before you begin to look at materials. Most home projects will go over budget—so account for overages in your initial calculations. This is another reason samples are important. Being able to take home a carpet, wood floor, tile or even upholstery sample can save you time and money in the end.  It allows you to visualize your room better. Making the wrong decision in material, size, or color can be an expensive error.  If you want to decorate or remodel your home for holidays, we’ve got an amazing holiday offer going on now until December 9th, 2012!  Here is more detailed information for your Holiday Home Makeover.

If you are working on multiple surfaces, pull all your samples together so you can see how the different materials work together or don’t work together.  Paint, flooring, upholstery and tile samples can give you a sense of the overall design in a small format.  You can also try out our Virtual Room Designer to help envision your room with all of these elements.

Lessons from a Blue Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The traditional architectural details and décor of this room give it a flavor of the past, but it’s a modern room created by someone with traditional taste who, obviously, loves blue.

If this room is not your style, fine. But you can learn something about designing your own rooms from looking at other spaces that feature any style or taste. Good design tools are universal, and this room demonstrates some excellent design decisions.

To start, while the first impression is that this room is completely blue, with a closer look you can see the other colors that help this room work. The strong white elements in the wainscoting, ceiling and crown molding and the fireplace help balance the blue and keep the room feeling fresh rather than cloying. Pattern curtains also create a few color breaks.

The next good decision is the variety of blue tones. The walls are a light blue-on-blue pattern that is echoed in the upholstery. The drama comes from blue carpet. The floral pattern connects that rug with the rest of the blue in the room.

Patterns are well balanced. Although florals prevail, the variety of pattern color, shape and background allow them to work well together in the room. There are enough solid fabric choices to balance the pattern effectively.

This room also does well in terms of proportion. The high ceiling is supported by the curtains, mirror and artwork, helping the room to feel like an integrated space. Notice the not-to-style choice of a clear coffee table in the middle of the room. It works because it serves a specific purpose, to keep from cutting into the color and line of the area rug.

This is a smart room. If you pay attention there is something to learn from every room you see. Then you can take your own ideas and apply them to your own home with success.