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!

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!

March Newsletter – Beware the Ides of Design!

 

 

 

Beware the Ides of design! This month we will try to get to the bottom of some of the biggest blunders, misconceptions, and hang-ups surrounding interior design. March is a great month to set-in-motion projects and to consider what you want to accomplish around your house. Hopefully, with our tips, tricks, and techniques, we can help guide you on a beautiful and inspired course!


Featured BHD Space: Before & Afters

Photos are powerful tools to reinforce what a difference good design can make! Here are some before & afters from this past year that highlight many Ides of design!

Beware the boring entry way! Create a vibe from the get go! So often we see plain-jane entry spaces that are begging for a makeover. In this instance, we transformed the dark corner counter into a high-functioning, bright and cheerie space that is a perfect welcome into this downtown highrise. We added character to the walls with elongated wainscotting and designed a lush upholstered bench seat. The result is a crisp, smart, well appointed entryway. Don’t let anyone tell you there isn’t enough space to make an impact! 

Beware of hang-ups! Who is to say what was once an outdoor porch can’t be transformed into an interior space? Sometimes it takes big picture, design thinking to scheme big changes. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and allow yourself to think of wild and crazy ideas! In this instance, the client renovated this property before they moved in and knew they would never use covered porch but would love added square footage. The solution was simple after the problem was identified. 

Beware the trappings of an existing floor plan! Don’t settle for a layout that doesn’t suit your needs! In this example, we have a demo plan for an existing kitchen paired with the new floor plan. See how the existing space was choppy due to the cabinetry / island floating in the middle of the space?  By simply removing the cabinets we were able to really open up the space tremendously. Even with the furniture shown on the new floor plan, the floor plan seems more spacious and inviting. 

Beware the fear of designing from a blank slate! We understand it can be daunting and we are here to help. In this instance, we took what was literally an empty, white room and transformed it by adding layer after layer of visual interest, texture, and pattern. Don’t be afraid of to make big changes to the space! Start by envisioning how you want the space to look and feel. Add custom built-ins (if you need them), invest in art you love, choose furniture that speaks to you, and you will be amazed by the results!


Featured Vendor: WOW Design tile from Traditions in Tile

WOW Design is an amazing tile company based out of Spain. The company is innovative and produces ceramic tile that is seriously a work of art. We are using the Wow Fiore collection on a current project and LOVE how the 3D tile is literally jumping off the wall. The texture is stunning and it is incrediable to see how light illuminates the curves and recesses in the pattern. Thank you Traditions in Tile for bringing this tile to Nashville for us! Stay tuned for photos one of project is complete!


Featured Event: Old House Fair

Join us this Saturday for the annual Old House Fair. This free community event is a wonderful place to meet local experts, learn about new products for your home, and to meet like minded Nashvillians, passionate about preserving historic properties in Nashville. This year, we are excited the fair will include not one but two tiny houses to tour! 

When: Saturday, March 5th 9am-3pm
Where: Sevier Park Community Center at 3021 Lealand Avenue
Tiny Houses: They will be parked next to Sunnyside Mansion in the center of Sevier Park

For more info click here.


Featured Event: Shaping The Healthy Urban Community lecture at the Frist

Join us at the Frist for an exciting discussion lead by two local pioneers! The event is free and will be held at the Frist Museum.  
Shaping the Healthy Community: Diagnosing the built environment for healthy living discussion with Gary Gaston, Director of the Civic Design Center and Christine Kreyling, author of The Plan of Nashville.

When: Friday, March 18, 2016 – 6:30 pm
Where: Frist Center for the Visual Arts

For more info click here.


Hot Topic: Inside Fashion Designer Jeremy Scott’s LA Home 

We have to say Vogue’s feature on Jeremy Scott’s Hollywood Hills Mid Century Modern home last month was exceptional. Not only is the property one of the best examples of California modern architecture by John Lautner, it is a perfect example of the relationship between personal style and architecture / interior design. We love how Scott says the architecture epitomized the idea of CA living and sort of why he wanted to live in Southern CA in the first place. It wasn’t the beach or the palm trees, it was the Frank Sinatra era, Hollywood glamour that captured Scott’s imagination. It is the same for us as well. Read the full article here and see more images from the home!