Ides of Design – Print & Pattern tips!

Prints and patterns are often considered the secret weapon of interior design. They bring in color, texture, attention, and interest to a space. The key is knowing how to strategically deploy them!

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How ALL rooms take shape – client presentations!!

If you have ever worked with BHD you know nothing happens without a design presentation. We always begin the design process with hard samples, either pulling them directly from our own resource library or ordering memos from various vendors. It is amazing how pattern and prints help form concepts for entire rooms.

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Colorful bold zigzag curtains paired with colorful striped pillows work in this room because they are balanced. The curtains stand up to the wood panel walls and the pillows draw in the colors of the curtains.

The most common blunder when it comes to prints and patterns is scale. People think a small pattern will make a space look bigger. This is mistake 101 when it comes to using wallpaper in your home. Small rooms like big prints and big rooms like big prints! Typically, we use overscaled prints on the walls and window treatments and small prints and patterns for accessories like pillows.

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This bathroom is spectacular for many reasons but we absolutely LOVE the wallpaper. The scale of the paper is just right for the space, large enough to add interest but small enough that it doesn’t overpower. The geometric, rounded print pairs nicely with the more angular lines of the custom cabinetry.

Sometimes the perfect print is least expected. Clients are often afraid of charismatic prints because they worry they will tire of them. Don’t be afraid to make a statement! Powder rooms are the perfect room to use a wallpaper you love but can’t imagine anywhere else in your home.

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We imagine guests taking their time in this powder room as they enjoy looking at the wallpaper like it is a piece of art!

Hopefully once you have explored the use of a print in a space like a powder room, you’ll be open to using a large print in other rooms in your house. Wallpaper is really a great design tool since it packs a bunch for not a very large investment!

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Can’t get much bolder than this! By keeping the furniture and accessories minimal we let the wallpaper take center stage!

Another thing to remember is accessories and textiles are a great way to add print and pattern. It sounds like a no brainer but you would be surprised how many homes, particularly bedrooms and living rooms, that have not a single decorative pillow or pattern!

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Here we have a cool mix of print, pattern, and color!

Even traditional, everyday surfaces can come with print and pattern and add visual interest to your home. Look at the variety on something as innocuous as hardwood floors and the charred wall cladding! Designers know to think of every detail when putting a room together. Every small decision counts!

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Print and pattern is everywhere!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the Ides of Design series! Let us know if you have any design questions!

Final Faux Sho – Master Bedroom

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For the final Faux Sho room of 2015, we wanted to play with some of our favorite design trends from this past year and use some of our tried-and-true design tricks. Often, bedrooms follow a very formulaic pattern, sort of like a living room, because everything is centered around the bed. In this instance we wanted the traditional, symmetrical layout but also wanted to create a contemporary space. The soft watercolor floral wallpaper fit the bill perfectly. The exaggerated scale is of the moment yet will prove to be timeless. For the bed, we needed a piece that could hold its own against the wallpaper and chose a robust boxy leather wrapped 4 poster bed that mimics the angular architectural style of the modern addition. A pair of matching white lacquer bedside tables nicely contrast the heaviness of the bed and helps keep the room feeling light and airy. We pulled inspiration from the circular hardware on the bedside tables and repeated the shape in the pounded metal mirror above the bed, and the mirror table lamps and sconces. We like how the curves add a softer geometry to the space, as some of the keys in design are balance and form.

We added a plush velvet undulating chaise lounge chair in a rich green and paired it with a circular side table to continue the look. For the floors, we used wide plank bleached oak hardwoods and laid a luxurious, textured wool carpet on top. Again, this contrast between scale, texture, pattern, and color creates intrigue and when right, a sense of harmony. The result is quite romantic, ethereal, and relaxing.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our Faux-Sho 2015 house! Happy Holidays everyone!

 

 

December Newsletter – Season of the Home Part Two

Last month we declared November and December season of the home. With November behind us, we think it is safe to say December is really the month that says home. To us, December is as much about decorating for the holidays as it is making yourself a cozy nest to ride out the winter months. We all want our homes to sparkle and shine but the foundation has to be peace, comfort, and joy. As we come to a close on 2015 we are very thankful for all the clients we have had the pleasure of working with this year and for all our vendors and community partners, new and old. Wishing you all wonderful holidays and happy New Year! We look forward to designing with you in 2016!


Featured BHD Space: Headboards Galore

Even in a busy month like December you still need to sleep! We thought it was the perfect time to reflect on some killer headboards we have worked on over the past year; beds worthy of dreaming about all year long and certain to be greatly appreciated in December!

This custom headboard has everything going for it. We wanted to create a focal point on the wall and chose to exaggerate the height of the headboard beyond what was needed for function. The scale commands attention while the expertly tufted velvet is so lush and tactile. The built-in sconces are a refreshing dose of minimalism and help streamline the overall look of the room, creating a larger sense of space.

This headboard is all about working with the space and not defining it. We played heavily with scale in this instance, opting for a massive floral wallpaper pattern and a small, dare we say cute, bedside table. The dark grey headboard anchors the space while the scale of piece balances the room. The nail trim adds a subtle but defining geometric layer and helps the headboard standup to the strong wallpaper print.

Many times, you wouldn’t want to place a bed in front of any window, not to mention a floor to ceiling window. However, we wanted to create a great flow in this master bedroom and to do so, we needed to place the bed on the window wall. Selecting the right headboard was imperative to make this room work. We were thrilled to find this luxurious tufted headboard that scoops to serve as a cocoon. Even the small recessed back with side panels give this bed a very cozy, private, safe feel. Design well done.



Featured Vendor: BHD Showroom

It is not often we share the treasures of our showroom but we thought December was a great month to do so. Last minute gifts available locally! Here is a round-up of some of our newest accessories. Call for availability and pricing!


Featured Event: Lockeland Springs Home Tour

Don’t miss the 37th annual Lockeland Springs Home Tour happening this weekend! The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association always puts together a fantastic tour, highlighting the best of the best in the eclectic, vibrant East Nashville neighborhood. Hope to see you all out and about!

Details: December 5th, 5-9pm & December 6th, 1-5pm. For more info visit: http://lockelandsprings.org/2015-holiday-home-tour-map/


Featured Event: Porter Flea Holiday Market

Porter Flea Holiday Market is a great place for holiday shopping. We never miss it! “Featuring modern handmade goods from the area’s most talented designers, Porter Flea is Nashville’s definitive pop-up event for independent artists, designers, and artisans.”

Details: December 4th Preview Party, 6-9pm & December 5th, 10am-5pm. For more info visit: http://porterflea.com/

URGENT UPDATE
LOCATION WAS CHANGED
OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville TN 37209



Hot Topic: Color(s) of the Year!

Every year, major design companies declare a “Color of the Year” and the industry takes note. Yesterday, Pantone announced TWO colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. And to think we thought white was an unconventional choice, but more on that in a moment. Pantone said in their press statement the color of the year is really the marriage between the two colors. The decision to name two colors was also in part a statement of current times, a symbolic representation of the fluidity we see in society in terms of gender equality; nothing is black and white anymore. The colors alone, pastel pink and baby blue, scream nursery colors with clear gender undertones. Maybe this is the point Pantone was trying to make in this duplicitous selection, to move beyond gender stereotypes and to see colors for what they purely are. We can’t wait to see how the colors of the year influence fashion, design and architecture this year. Stay tuned!

White might not have been the most obvious choice for Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams to name “color” of the year but it was a very sophisticated choice none the less. When the colors were announced, a lot of people thought of white walls as a default, or not designed. To designers, however, everything we do is intentional and if we choose white, it is for a reason. White is the ultimate backdrop and the most basic building block in a room that lets individual elements shine. If you’ve ever visited our office, you know our color library contains at least 500 different shades of white. Each offers a subtle nuance of undertones, whether it be warm or cool, muted or electric. Trust us, the perfect white for your project isn’t as simple as ordering a bucket of ‘white’ paint!