Ides of Design – Color Tips!

In our March newsletter we promised to address some of the most common design blunders, misconceptions, and hang-ups. It wasn’t hard to come up with a list of ideas but rather hard to narrow it down! Turns out, clients time and again have a hard time picking, choosing, and using color and prints in their home. Often you see our before photos are either white rooms with minimal color and print or too much print. For now, let’s focus on color!

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A neutral background allows purple to sing!

Color Psychology 101

Everyone has heard red makes you angry and blue calms you down but there is a lot more too it. The primary colors red, yellow, and blue are seldomly used in their purest form. Primary red can be perceived as aggressive, primary blue is the calmest of the three colors, and primary yellow really is the color of energy.

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This is red but not primary red. We love it!

Color Mixing 101

Often, we need the secondary colors orange, green, and violet to create the six tertiary colors (colors created when combining  primary and secondary colors) that are most often used in interior design. From there, we need white and black to tint, tone, or shade. White tints, black and white together tone, and black shades.

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Shades and tones of blue and green work really well in this vibrant, peaceful dining room!

Interior design is all about mixing color and creating color schemes. Designers know what colors are considered “classically complementary”, as in opposite on the color wheel but also have a deep, instinctual feel for what color combinations will work in a space.

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Orange, red, green, and blue? Just the right mix in this eclectic space!

We love creating monochromatic rooms with small bursts of color. The idea is a hallmark, fundamental element of design. Many sleek rooms are built from a single color and accentuated through accessories, art, and special fabrics.

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Bathrooms are a great space for a monochromatic look and a single, shining color. Here we have a crisp white bathroom paired with nice bluish greens. It is a timeless look.

Another thing to consider is how spaces flow with one another. You can be bold and have one red room, one blue room, and so forth but often we find it is best to create a general color story for your house. Most homes we see (or design!) are open floor plan. It is generally best to consider the house as a whole rather than in segments.

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Expertly matched blues work well with hints of yellow and many metallic accent pieces. The space was designed to pair with the adjacent dining room but also have a distinct style of its own.

Mixing bold colors can be daunting but pulling it off can have big design impact. The key is to let each bold color balance the other. Scale and furniture placement are important to consider as they will shape the way the color is perceived!

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Fuchsia paired with teal and a yellow make for a very interesting color story! The secret to this working is all three are complementary colors and the scale is just right.

Lastly, never underestimate the power of art in interior design. Sometimes it is best to simply create an environment for the canvases to take center stage.

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The art demands attention on it’s own but the design elevates it to front and center. By placing the canvas on in a space with neutral walls, floors, and keeping the furniture minimal and modern, the art is thrusted to the forefront.

Stay tuned to next week when we get into Ides of design, prints addition!

January Newsletter

With all the high hopes of the new year, January is the perfect month to think about organization in your home. It is not the icing on the cake of what we as designers do, but it is one of the most powerful tools we have in terms of creating functional, enjoyable, livable homes. For us, organization can be broken down into two categories: planning and styling. Organizational planning is a very specific part of the design process. From the moment we meet a new client we are trying to piece together the puzzle of what the family needs. We take everything into consideration- lifestyle, age of kids, pets, collections, hobbies, how the client entertains, etc. Styling, on the other hand, is what we do on a daily basis to keep our houses looking put together. We know life is more complicated and messy than a glossy magazine spread but with a few helpful pointers, we can help you get there.


Featured BHD Space: Organizational Masterpieces

Let’s take a closer look at some BHD spaces that nail the organization element.

We worked with our client to discern exactly what they needed in their master bathroom. Like most clients, it boiled down to storage so we designed this custom millwork piece to provide a home for every product with electrical outlets discretely hidden yet right at your fingertips. The final result is what everyone wants: a functional, clean, organized bathroom.

In another custom solution for storage, we took a rambling, awkwardly configured floor plan and converted it into a master closet. Just look at how streamlined the space is from the outside yet how the inside reveals a master level of organization. From roll-out trays for accessories to the adjustable shelves designed for scarves, hats and jewelry stands, to the custom fabricated necklace holders on the door panel, this space is hard working.

This pantry is elevated to the forefront of design. To meet the needs of the client, we combined many functions into the space, giving a proper, logical resting spot for all of life’s necessities. The kids have their cubbies, hooks, and baskets while the pantry has adjustable shelves to meet the demands of the kitchen. Design details add beauty to this high function area with bead board backing, dark stained walnut tops & wicker baskets for texture and go-to storage. The key here was proper planning!

Kitchens cabinets are all about preemptive organizational planning but this kitchen takes it a step further through beautiful design tricks and details. What do you do for a client that wants a streamlined look (aka no countertop appliances on constant display) but wants them ready to go the instant they are needed? Simple – hide them behind an operable garage style door. In addition, notice the pullout tray designed for the kitty box. Managing & organizing pet care is a common request amongst our clients. From all of our experience designing kitchens, we have found function is so much more elevated when it is truly incorporated into the design! It is details like these that create dream kitchens for clients with the perfect blend of style and high performance organization.

The last space we want to share is a vision of organization. Picture a blank, unused wall in your house and then picture it with custom built-in storage. This beautiful row of cabinets is neatly tucked into a corner in a master bath but the idea is universal. Here, we have a hamper hidden in a pullout cabinet, oversized drawers for linen storage, smaller drawers for bulky hair styling equipment, upper cabinets for products, and open shelves for display. Serenity now!


Featured Vendor: Napa Home & Garden

BHD is proud to showcase beautiful Napa Home & Garden accent pieces in our showroom! Touches of soft color and elements of nature are sure to warm our senses during the cold winter months.  We had a lot of fun featuring some of their products in our 12 Days of Christmas last month and we have a lot more to choose from. Visit us anytime!


Featured Event: Art Exhibit Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American History

Don’t miss BHD showroom artist Yuri Figeroa’s work featured at the Nashville Public Library as part of the exhibit Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American History. The show features a collaboration of artists and events that explore the ‘culture and history of Latino Americans in Nashville and the United States’. We can’t wait to see this cactus series Yuri created for the show!

For more info click here.


Featured Event: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Antiques & Garden Show

This event isn’t until next month but we are so excited to see Ms. Goop herself, we thought we would share this early so you can mark your calendars. Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog has gained momentum year after year and has managed to become ubiquitous in the design world. If you aren’t familiar with her website, here is a great article to get you started. It is chockfull of tips from top designer firm Roman and Williams. Don’t forget to plan ahead as this event may sell out!

For more info click here.


Hot Topic: Nashville Public Art
 

It is no secret that it’s an exciting time to be a resident of Nashville. With a new development around every corner and a new restaurant opening every week, it is sometimes hard to keep up with this great, changing city. That being said, we wanted to take a moment to highlight one particular aspect we have noticed making a major impact on the city and that is public art. Nashville has long had Musica on the Music Row Roundabout, Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks on the Cumberland River but we are so excited to see a new crop of art to feast our eyes on. There is something to be said for a city that is organized and in the position to support the arts and provide the community a source of daily inspiration and escape.

Click here for info on projects in the pipeline!


 

Passionate for Design!

We get asked this question everyday, “But what is it that you do?”  Interior Design is an often misinterpreted occupation.  Interior Design is the artistic science of creating functional, safe, aesthetically pleasing environments based on a client’s needs.  Designers have to apply technical and resourceful solutions that adhere to code, as well as solutions that coordinate and respond to the building’s structure.  What does that mean?  We can move walls!

This is a client’s existing home layout:

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And this will be their new home layout!

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BHD does a ton of kitchen renovations!

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When we plan a new kitchen layout, we coordinate each and every cabinet with the client and know their needs for each area of their kitchen.

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We then implement our knowledge of materials and products that will be used to create and furnish the space.  We take into account color, texture, lighting,  and combine them to finish off the space!

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Designers also help clients find creative solutions to common problems.  Such as a need for more storage in a bathroom!

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The result can be beautiful!

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When coordinating a bathroom renovation we work with plumbing and tile, not only to meet the client’s style, but in order for the fixtures and accessories to function perfectly for their body type and daily routines.  We plan this very carefully.

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We also have the gift of communication.  We not only have to communicate clearly and effectively to our clients, but with contractors and service providers as well.  The outcome of great communication can be gorgeous!

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And…we also decorate!  Taking into account a client’s need for certain furnishings and functions, as well as style, we select everything from furniture to art work.  Pulling it all together is what we do best!

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Hope we’ve helped shed some light into our world.  Now let us shine some light in yours!

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