One of the most common questions I get from clients is how to select furniture that fits their space and blends well with their decor. There are thousands of options out there today so how do you start? Here are some things to consider when selecting furniture pieces for your home or office.
Most people focus on their walls, whether it’s changing the color, displaying artwork in gallery style, or hanging a mirror. To add visual interest and flair to your space, consider updating your 5th wall as interior designers like to call it. What is the 5th wall? It’s the ceiling! If you notice, most ceilings are white and flat which can be a bit dull. To give your space some dimension and texture, you can add panels, use beams, create an arched ceiling for architectural appeal, use wood in a herringbone pattern, or gild your ceiling. There are endless options for creating a beautiful stylish ceiling that is the focal point of a room. It will instantly transform your space. Check out some design ideas below to inspire you to give your ceiling a makeover with panache!
I’ve worked on small projects from one room design to large projects for a complete home renovation and I usually come across the same mistakes people make or the same questions being asked time and time again. Whether it’s inadequate lighting, not understanding code requirements, or selecting furniture too large to fit into their space, I find that most people just aren’t aware or knowledgeable of what makes good design. They don’t know how to put everything together so that the end result is cohesive, balanced, and aesthetically pleasing. That’s why they hire interior designers to help solve their problems and help educate them about what to look for. Here are the 6 most common mistakes, questions asked, or things people are unaware of regarding interior design.
Most people don’t think about their bathroom lights or even investing their money into proper lighting design. They are more concerned with selecting the right tiles, the right fixtures, the right vanity and countertop, etc.. In fact, bathrooms are probably given the least consideration of all the rooms in the house when it comes to lighting. However, lighting is very important to make the most of your bathroom space. A small bathroom with the proper lighting can make a huge impact. There have been many times where people make mistakes such as installing too little or too many recessed light fixtures in the bathroom. A good lighting plan involves layers of light from task lighting to accent, decorative, and ambient lighting. It’s important to understand each of the four layers of light so that you ensure you have bathroom lights that not only illuminates your space but is also functional for tasks.
Most people don’t think about grout color when it comes to tiling floors, walls, ceiling, or backsplashes. It’s often an overlooked design element as homeowners are primarily concerned with selecting the right tile material, color(s) and size(s). However, grout color is just as important as the tile you choose. It can completely transform the look of a room. Not only will it influence the look of the space, it makes the floor, wall, ceiling, or countertop stronger by bonding the tiles together and preventing the edges of a tile from chipping and cracking. Grout color also affects how much cleaning you’ll have to do. Lighter grout will need to be cleaned more often as it is more likely to show dirt while darker grout does a better job of hiding dirt and stains but are prone to fading and staining from harsh cleaners and direct sunlight. Ask yourself if you want the tile to stand out or do you want to highlight and feature the graphic pattern? To help you choose the right grout color for your tiling project, here are three basic approaches to selecting grout color.
If you think you are done after selecting tile materials, sizes, and patterns, you’re mistaken. The most important detail is selecting a grout joint width, which is the spacing or gap between each tile in the assembly. Why is grout joint width so important? First and foremost, it will prevent tripping and breaking the edge of the tile. By increasing the spacing between the tiles, it reduces the slope of the transition from one tile to the next tile. Shoes are less likely to catch on a tile edge and wheels of carts roll freely over the tile surface.
Plus, grout joint width can make or break a professional looking tile job. When installing wall and floor tiles, installers place plastic spacers between each one to ensure the lines remain uniform. Tile spacers range in size from 1/16 ” to 1/2 ” but finished grout joint widths will vary from 1/16″ to 3/16″. Using the smallest grout possible will increase installation time. Once the tile mortar sets, the installer can remove the spacers but the spacing cannot be changed. Before installing any tile, it’s important to choose the grout width size you want and stick with it! There is really no standard sizing guidelines for grout lines, according to the Tile Council of North America. However, a 1/8″ grout line size is what most interior designers and tile installers prefer since it tends to give a more luxurious look when finished. There are several factors you should consider when selecting a grout width size such as the tile’s size, whether the tile edges are irregular or straight, whether the surface is level, where in the home you’re installing the tile, how much the tiles vary in size, and the aesthetic or look you want to achieve. So, how do you determine what grout joint width you should use for your tile project? Below are some common grout joint sizes to help you select what would work best for you.