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4 Signs it’s Time to Redecorate

Time for a Change

If watching HGTV has you dreaming of a new decor, perhaps your home is in need of an update.

While most experts recommend that you should redecorate your home every 7 years, many of us are overdue for some redecorating. In fact, nearly half (47%) of North Americans haven’t updated their home decor in the past five years.

How do you know if your home is out of date? Here are four reasons to consider updating your home.

  1. Everything is White

    If all the walls are the same colour as when you moved in, it’s time to personalize your space. The white space is a blank canvas.

    Now it’s time to jazz up the place with some colour on the walls. Add furniture and new accessories to make the space truly your own.

  2. Feel Good Factor

    Do you feel bored when you are home? It should be a place that inspires you and renews your spirit.

    If your space isn’t giving you the right energy it may be time to freshen up your space. Choosing a paint colour isn’t just about personal taste — it’s about creating a mood. Soothing, calm colours will help you feel rested while bright colours can be energizing.

  3. So Yesterday

    Styles and trends change, but so do our tastes. A colour scheme that was so chic a few years back, may be dated now. While you may have been a “traditional style” person, you may feel drawn to more contemporary designs now.

    Allow yourself the freedom to engage in different designs that suit your personality.

  4. Lifestyle Changes

    Changes in your life may trigger a need for change. For instance maybe you have taken up an interest in fitness and need a workout room.

    Are you expecting? It’s time to create a nursery for the new bundle on the way. Perhaps the kid’s Power Rangers room is too “young” for them now that they are teens. Are you a newlywed? Your new blended style will reflect both your tastes. Or as a newly divorced person, you may want to indulge in a “uber feminine” style.

    Do you entertain a lot? Maybe it’s time to create more of a new, modern, open concept dining/living room that allows you to feel more connected when you are sharing food and conversation with guests in your home.

    If your son/daughter has left for college, you can use that newly empty room as a hobby room for painting, sewing, scrapbooking, or mediating. Or perhaps you or hubby want to live it up a bit with a new man cave, diva den, or spa bathroom.

Try A Mini-Redesign Refresher

If you don’t have the time or budget for a major design, there are lots of tiny things you can do to make a big impact.

  • Try a new paint colour.
  • Add a few new decorative pillows.
  • Rearrange the furniture.
  • Create a new decorative vignette with vases, pictures, or other accent pieces.
  • Sometimes something as small as a new shower curtain or accent rug can do wonders to freshen up a room.

It’s time: Treat yourself to a design makeover. You SO deserve it!

Our physical surroundings have a huge impact on how we feel. It feels amazing to transform your space into something that is comfortable, classy, and expresses your unique style.

If you feel stuck, hiring an interior decorating professional may be a smart move to save you time, money, and frustration. They are experienced and will work closely with you to create the look you are going for.

Happy decorating!

8 Easy Ways to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

Small room with cramped furniture

When you have a small room, you want to make the most of it. 

No one likes to feel cramped and overwhelmed in a space. So what are the best ways to utilize a small space to make it beautiful and functional?

Below are some designer tips to take your small space and make every square inch count.

  1. Go Vertical. Finding places to store items and display decorations can be challenging in a small space.  That’s where taking advantage of the vertical space can help!

    Place floating shelves on the wall. Purchase a modular storage unit for the home office, laundry room, or a child’s toy room. Place an entertainment center in the living room. Use a china cabinet in the dining room. 

    Try a baker’s rack in the kitchen. Add space to your child’s bedroom with a loft bed that leaves space for a desk underneath. Use a floor-to-ceiling bookcase to draw the eye up and keep small items organized.

    Tip – keeping shelving colours the same as the walls will help it blend in.

  2. Switch out your table lamp for a floor lamp. It will free up table space.

    Plus, the floor lamp will shine the light upward making a huge impact on the ambiance of a room.

  3. Invest in furniture that multi-tasks. Convertible furniture is extremely practical in small spaces. A murphy bed is a clever way to make a studio apartment work double time as a living space and sleeping space.

    A sofa bed can serve as an extra guest bed. A coffee table that swings up to become a desk can become an instant work space. A trunk can serve as a coffee table and storage for extra blankets.

  4. Choose a monochromatic colour. Using a monochromatic colour scheme can often make a small space appear much larger. Simple, neutral and monochromatic colour schemes will visually expand the space.
  5. Keep a clean line of sight. Link adjoining rooms with the same flooring and wall colour. Nothing should block the view into a room and to open spaces.
  6. Select a few bigger pieces versus lots of small ones.   One large piece instead of several small pieces actually decreases the look of clutter and makes a room feel bigger.

    Try to create a focal point with one prominent item or feature that will draw attention.

  7. Edit your display pieces. Think minimalist. Having too many items on display makes a space feel cluttered. Go for a select few decorations that are bigger.

    Arrange items by colour. Keep table tops and shelves tidy. If you have favorite décor you’ll miss, consider storing and switching out pieces periodically for a fresh look.

  8. Stack, fold, and tuck away. Folding furniture is usually a great option for small spaces. It takes up very little space when not in use.

    Stackable side tables take very little space and can be pulled out when needed. A dining table with a fold out leaf makes instant space for dinner guests. A stack-able washer and dryer can expand a laundry room. A folding kitchen island makes extra prep space. A convertible desk can fold up into a wall or be hidden inside an armoire.

Small spaces can be beautiful and functional too!  Hopefully these designer tips help you to make your small space feel much bigger!

Do you have a small space challenge? Write a comment below and we’ll help!

How to Create a Balanced Colour Scheme for Your Whole Home

colour coordinated dining room and kitchen

Have you ever finished redecorating a room only to notice that it doesn’t match the rest of your home?

Whether you have an open space design or separate rooms, choosing a whole home colour palette can create a feeling of harmony that makes your space work together visually.

Here are some tips to help you create unity with colour in your home:

Start with what you have 

Although selecting a starting colour can seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to.  The reason a colour from your friend’s house that looked fantastic over there can look horrific in your home is two-fold; the starting base and lighting.

Paint must be selected in the home with the natural light so you will see how it actually looks at different times of the day. (Depending on the undertones, it will take on many different shades at different times and you need to like all of them).

As well as the starting base, this is made up of the things in your home that are “static” or non-changing such as flooring, cabinets, tile etc. You may very well want to follow the trend and desire to paint grey walls in your house, yet all of your flooring is brown.  If you choose the same grey paint that your girlfriend down the street used (but she happened to have concrete tile flooring) you are going to wonder why it doesn’t look the same.

This doesn’t mean you can’t have grey paint, you simply have to select a grey paint with a warm or beige undertone rather than a cool blue undertone.

Don’t panic, if this is making you want to run and throw yourself under a bus, that’s why we do in-home colour consultations… we’d like to avoid the messy stuff.

Lets move on… the easy stuff is next

Limit the main body of your home to no more than 2 colours plus trim.

Choose main colours for your home that you love living in.  You can find a colour scheme you like by looking in a magazine, matching or complimenting colours from a pillow, rug, art piece, or working with pre-designed colour palettes available where you buy paint.

It can be helpful to start with a feeling you want to create in your home like beach or modern/metro.  Find an inspiration piece or picture that captures that feeling and note what colours are there.

Bedrooms should be all about personality, this is personal space and these rooms represent you differently than the rest of the home.  I personally prefer to see the palette compliment each other when doors are open, which simply means keeping the colours from the same family of undertones.

Please, don’t go running for that bus again… remember it’s still just paint!

Build your whole home palette with shades of the same hue.

If you are using a shade of grey for instance, you may choose the dark grey for the living room, and a softer hue of that grey for the kitchen.  Watch where the light changes during the day to night on the walls throughout the house, these are the areas that will give you natural colour variations from the colours being used as light will play differently with these areas.

This is my reason for not using more than 2 colours throughout the main body, especially if there is a lot of architectural detail, it simply gets too busy and you will lose the flow.

Tie it together by using one colour in different ways from room to room.

For example if you choose red for the accent wall in the family room, consider using decorative plates in the kitchen that have that same colour of red, tying the rooms together.  Then use that same red in decorative accents for the formal living room in pillows, the fabric for the drapes, or vases.

Mindfully select colours for adjoining rooms or visually connected spaces.

Even if you have separate rooms, if you can look from one room and see to the other, it’s important to choose colours that create harmony between the two spaces. I like to choose my accent colours out of my art.  I typically choose 2 accent colours: one major and one minor so that I’m working in 3’s, and won’t feel so perfect.

Have some Fun with the powder room. 

This is the space that is for the guests where small powder rooms can be “glammed”  up with pretty crystal light fixtures, deeper toned wall colours, or better yet stunning, shimmery wall covering.

Remember to follow the same rules for selecting the colours from the flooring etc. as with paint.

Choose the right white.

All whites are not created equal.  There are warm and cool whites.  Choose a white with the right undertones to work with your colour palette.  See, that bus is driving away and you’re no longer intimidated by all this undertone talk…

Say goodbye to boring all white walls… Bring warmth into your home, be it with colour, mid-tone neutrals or cool whites with exotic colour accents!

These simple design tips will help you to achieve a balanced, harmonious look you love! Have fun creating a sense of continuity and harmony with a colour plan throughout your home.

Do you have any questions about colour we can help you with? Leave a comment below!

7 Biggest Interior Design Mistakes that Newbies Make

Pink flower chair against bright green wall

Are you ready to step up the style in your home?

When diving into a design project, there’s a lot more to consider than just picking the right paint colour.

In addition to having a good sense for colour, pattern, and scale, there are some design basics to keep in mind.

As a designer, I have seen some home owners make pretty big mistakes so here’s seven design faux pas you’ll want to avoid when decorating a room:

  1. Forgetting Comfort –  When selecting furniture for a room, don’t forget that it has to be a space that you will live in too.  Comfort and durability are key when selecting a piece.  If it’s a heavy traffic room that will have kids, dogs, and a lot of use, get fabrics that can be easily cleaned.  Try sitting on the piece in the store.  A great piece is something that not only looks great, but functions well too!
  2. Not Trying a Paint Colour Out First – There’s nothing worse than spending hours painting a room to find out that it’s not the shade you were hoping for.  In-store lighting is the worst to determine what a paint colour looks like.  Instead, buy 2 or 3 paint samples you like.  Paint a few squares on a wall at home.  With a bigger sample of the paints on the wall displayed in the lighting of your home it will be easier to select a colour you love.
  3. Hanging Art Pieces without a Plan – If you are creating a grouping of wall art, lay it out first on the floor to see how it will all fit together before hanging it up.  Also refrain from hanging art too high.  As a general rule use the rule of thirds.  Hang art about 2/3 the way up the wall.  Also take into account if it’s a room where people are generally standing or sitting so you can hang it at the height it is likely to be viewed most at.
  4. Fuzzy Contoured Toilet Rugs – These contoured toilet rugs and matching lid covers may have been the rage a few years back, but today are considered outdated.  Instead, choose a rectangular shaped bath rug to set in front of the toilet.  When selecting a bath rug, look for one that is washable so it can be cleaned regularly.
  5. Buying Something Too Trendy – While having this year’s latest fashion might be flashy, it also puts you at risk of being out of date soon.  Select themes and styles that you will enjoy living with for many years to come.
  6. Skipping Window Treatments – When decorating a room, don’t forget to add window treatments.  They add colour, style, and texture to a room.  With so many styles to choose from (valances, drapes, curtains, and blinds) there’s something to add the right wow factor to your space.
  7. A Bare Foyer – The foyer is the first thing you see when someone steps into your home.  That’s why it’s so important to make this space feel welcoming.  Start this space off right with a carpet or runner.  Next add a furniture piece like a bench or hall table.  Then give it a flourish with an art display, mirror, or plant.

Hope these tips help you steer clear of these decorating dilemmas.   

Wishing you inspiration for your next design project!

Do you have any design mistakes you wish you hadn’t made? Leave a comment below!

How to Select Art to Enhance Your Personal Style

How to Select Art to Enhance Your Personal Style

Does finding the right piece of art overwhelm you?

Jackie and I decided to shoot a video to discuss one of the all-time issues that people are constantly talking about: art.

Home owners often don’t know where to start or what to look for and we deal with this on a daily basis.
Here are some of the common questions we get are:

  1. What size should the artwork be?
  2. How big of a piece should one get?
  3. Where does one start?
  4. Where to find the perfect colour that will enhance a space the best

In this video, we show a piece of art that we love because of its colour, visual texture and how it naturally moves.

Find out how this one piece can draw out all kinds of different colour perspectives, depending on which accent colour is chosen.

Watch below for tips on how to find the perfect piece of art and what size it should be.

Do you struggle with finding art for your home? Contact us to help you with this daunting task!