Do-It -Yourself Wannabe Interior Designers watch HGTV for ideas. But is that enough to go it alone?
But be ready to pay an interior designer a non-refundable retainer ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for their time.
(Most interior designers will not work on an hourly rate and charge commission rates from 25% to 30%.)
D & B Interiors is proud to be associated with upcoming project: Mira Lago at Parkland.
What color suits you? Color affects your mood. So think about what color makes you feel the most comfortable. The color blue has calming effects; but, if it’s not accented with other hues, it could literally make you feel blue. Red doesn’t calm you. It stimulates. Too much red can be nerve racking. Black by itself is depressing. Mixed with with strong colors it becomes vibrant and dramatic. Brown is comforting and is good in a friendly and informal environment. Yellow makes you think of sunshine, but too much yellow can cause anxiety. Green brings the outdoors in and makes people feel at home quickly.
Somewhere over the rainbow is a color scheme that suits your personality:
You walk through your front door. No more phone calls. You slip off your shoes and pour yourself a drink. You sit down in your favorite chair and look around (nobody will be home for an hour).
The walls are painted white. The floor is white-washed wood. the sofa is upholstered in a floral print of light blue, white, yellow, rose and green. Your comfortable chair is upholstered in a light blue and white check. On the floor is a blue and white braided rug. There are freshly cut yellow daisies in a blue pitcher sitting on a distressed white-washed blue coffee table. There is a painting of sailboats hanging on the wall. The water is different shades of blue. The sky is a light blue with white clouds. The sails of the boats are a multitude of colors: Greens. Roses. Yellows. The feeling of this room is one of serenity. What are your colors?
Birth rates may be down in the Unites States, but the number of people sharing space in a single family home is up.
Inter-generational-housing is making a come back after decades’ long absence: Some attribute its resurgence to the poor economy and increased longevity.
The full-house effect is typically the result of unemployed or underemployed college grads, laid off parent(s) and grandparents who have lost their spouse and depleted most if not all their savings.
Today’s successful multi-generational family is one that fully integrates its members into the daily activities of the household , and encourages and fosters interactions.
(New research from the Pfizer “Get Old Study” shows that while 51% of adult children would invite an older parent to live with them, just 31% of seniors like the idea of moving in with a younger family member.)
Determine the needs of your family, before decorating your home yourself. Who’s in your home.
Today’s family is a mosaic. Mom, dad, grandparent(s), kids, even Fido.
All sharing space under one roof.
Your home office: Wired and ready for business. Comfortable chair to think in.
Gourmet kitchen with lots of room for pots and pans and cook books. Space for a super large freezer for pre-cooked meals for party orders. And the kitchen that serves as the hub at mealtime. Space for your daughter’s piano.
Ample storage in the garage for the boys’ sports equipment. Plus desks in each of their rooms and an area for their sleep-over guests.
Make sure your home suits Everyone to a tee:
THINK ABOUT THEIR LIFESTYLE:
How many people live in your house? How old are they? What are their activities? Hobbies? Do they play video or board games?
How old are they? What are their activities? How old are they? Does your family read a lot? Does anybody work at home?
Are there elderly living with you? Pets? Where do you watch TV? Do you entertain formally or informally?
What are your storage needs? Computer and other technological needs?
Think it through.
Having trouble defining a decorating look and style? Create your own look–do it your way. A little of this and that! There are so many styles to choose from. Here are a few to consider:
Eclectic. Art Nouveau. Art Deco. California Contemporary. Art Nouveau. Modern. Country-French. Victorian. French Provincial. English. Early American. Queen Anne. Classical Sheraton.
It’s all right to add a touch of this and that to create your own look. Just don’t get carried away. Try to use a common denominator to hold your eclectic scheme together. Color and pattern must blend or your scheme won’t work. (Also don’t try to mix a more formal feeling with country casual.)
A touch of lace for Victorian. A geometric Art Deco sculpture. An Oriental vase. A simplistic Shaker chair. A touch of Rococo. A carved gold-leaf mirror. Wicker. All of these will mix with many styles.
You should mix and match. (An antique silver collection looks great on a stainless steel and glass modern table. An antique table can work next to an Art Deco chair.) You can take the things you love and mix them with things from another period; but remember there is a fine line between hodge-podge and eclectic. The key is that common denominator.
Experiment and have fun.
A little bit of country/traditional in your decorating makes your house everybody’s favorite this time of year. Cozy, cluttered and homey.
Thanksgiving behind you and more holidays around the corner, your reputation for being the best cook in the family makes rounding up everyone effortless. The smell of turkey roasting in the oven, pumpkin pie cooling on the kitchen table, homemade corn bread stuffing keeps the folks coming back for more year after year.
But it’s your country-themed decorating that sells it. It’s a recipe that you don’t mind sharing!
Recipe for A Little Bit Country Decorating:
One four poster bed. One quilt. Tons of toss pillows. Lots of checks, little florals, plaids. One or two hand-hooked rugs. One brick fireplace. Two natural pine tables. One large country farm dining room table. Six ladder back chairs. Two hand-painted lamps. One marvelous checked very comfortable sofa. Two wreaths. Four dried floral arrangements. Natural linen drapes. Two natural wicker lounge chairs, covered in gingham. Three pieces of folk art. Many, many baskets. Lots of copper pots. One weather vane. And a hardwood, natural oak floor.
The things you like best about your house is that your friends can come in wearing their best worn-out pair of jeans, leaving their shoes at the front door– a place to just kick back. Casual has always defined you: Warm Friendly and Informal. And this year you’ll be communicating that feeling by hosting your first Super Bowl Party. Chips, salsa are planned. Beer, wine, soda and pizza sitting on the table, too–no worries.
Your house is designed to be maintenance-free. Your least favorite brother-in-law will be there, and he is a slob with a tendency to spill or drop things. That’s exactly why you bought this really cool soil resistant leather sofa that you can sink in to. Your floors are porcelain tile. The walls are lightly textured using washable paint. Woods are a combination of light and dark. Your coffee table is natural wood. Sitting everywhere throughout your home are lush, green plants in terra-cotta pots. Resting on the fireplace mantel is a collection of pottery vases that you’ve come across at local art fairs. Brightly colored hand painted canvases over the sofa add a pop of color. Touch of color in toss pillows and accessories also punch up the room. An interesting wool rug made of natural fibers that’s easy to clean set off all the colors of your room.
No matter the winner of the Big Game, you’re the winner knowing you’ve scored big with your fans/friends. You never deviated from your playbook: Elements of casual: practical, durable, nubby and canvas fabrics, rough textures. Look for replay next season at your home!
You’ve always wanted a formal, traditional and elegant home, now it’s yours. It’s 8:00 p.m. Guests are arriving for the house warming of your new home. You’re breathing a sigh of relief. Your dream is a reality. The wood floors are polished. The Oriental rug half way covers the living room floor. The Damask sofa is flanked by two wood Bergere chairs, covered in this wonderful hunter green and clay floral tapestry. On The sofa are two large tapestry, floral-fringed, trimmed toss pillows that match the chairs. The coffee table is gold-leaf scrolled iron. The Collectibles on the table set off the formality of the room. (A hand-cut Waterford crystal vase filled with freshly cut white roses. An antique box collection that you’ve collected during your various travels or excursions to antique shops and even garage sales. A fabulous bronze figurine that was your grandmother’s also adorns the table.)
To complete the ambiance you added crown molding at the ceiling, detail molding on the walls and the most wonderful soft flowing draperies on the windows (swags and jabots). As the guests leave, compliments abound. Dinner was superb. Elegance from days gone by recreated. Your dreams came true. Party’s over. It was a huge success!
Designer Notes: Traditional translates to symmetrical furniture arrangements–18th and 19th century furniture orientals or reproductions–fabrics such as silks, velvets and damasks. Lots of fringe, braid and tassels on drapes, pillows, sofas and chairs. Don’t forget the antiques.
Everyone wants a beautiful environment to live in. A home that looks professionally done. But you have decided to go it alone. And what may have seemed like a good idea at the time, now gives you pause. Not to worry. Here for the first time on the web and our site is our Quick Guide To decorating Your Home Yourself to help you get started. This is the first in a series of blogs on the subject.
You have embarked on a great adventure. Doing your own home is a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun. Ready? Take a deep breath. Exhale. Good. Now think of your home as a kind of giant jig-saw puzzle–many, many pieces that somehow fit together. The first piece: WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR HOME TO LOOK LIKE? Clear your mind. Relax, stretch out on the sofa. Thoughts of evergreen trees, logs burning in a fireplace and the aroma of granny’s home-baked apple pie dance in your head. Or you may be vacationing at a great ski resort and you fall in love with open- beam ceilings, stone fireplaces, over-stuffed furniture, lots of leather and copper. Or, you’ve just gotten back from visiting friends in New York, who had this fabulous apartment all done in white, gray, black, steel and chrome–very contemporary. Let your imagination run wild.
Now take all those wonderful thoughts and put them on paper. Write down anything and everything that appeals to you. Start a journal. And also get an expandable file. Here’s where a little leg-work comes into play.
Call it research. Look through every decorating magazine you can find. Cut out pictures you like. They can be pictures of a lamp, a whole room, an accessory, a color scheme, a bedroom–anything. Label your file with different categories: Living Room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Flooring, Lamps, Accessories, Built-ins, etc., and file away. Also, think about fashion icons. This will help you make a decision. Are you more comfortable wearing Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein or Donna Karan? Flowing curves or tailored lines? More leg work. Visit model homes, furniture stores, department stores. Check on line for interesting catalogs. Jot down everything that seems right for you. Your file and your journal are the first piece of the puzzle when decorating your home yourself.
NEXT IN THE SERIES: What Do You Want Your Home To Look Like–formal, traditional, elegant?