Archive for July 2012

Choosing Paint Colors: A Few Tips

Take a minute, and think about your dream home. What emotions are connected with it? Peace, energy, excitement, relaxation maybe? As you are considering this aspect of your home, try writing down some thoughts about your dream home:

  1. By what do you want your home to be defined?
  2. How do you want others to react when they enter your home?
  3. How do you want your family to feel while they are in your home?
  4. What will characterize your home’s look?

All of these questions relate to the essence of your home, and the answers you come up with can turn into goals. These goals can be accomplished through high quality interior design. As you move forward into interior design, one thing can help transform a room immediately like no other: Wall Painting.

Painting your home’s interior walls, while relatively inexpensive to do, is a massive responsibility. Why? Because choosing the color and shade has the ability to lift the home up, creating an emotional response, or bring it down, creating a negative reaction. What are a few ways to select appropriate, life-giving colors for your home? Well, my first suggestion would be to call an interior designer — they will provide some excellent ideas and point you in the right direction. They will think of ideas you might not have even considered in terms of paint technique, color, and placement. Beyond that, here are just a few of my suggestions:

  • Answer the above questions before you start, particularly related to mood. Colors invoke a response, and they have the power to impact your mood, particularly when used in such wide and expansive areas as walls of your house. Discuss the desired outcomes and goals before you begin looking a color.
  • Select shades of colors based upon furniture, pieces of art, a favorite rug or lampshade — something that already exists in your home. If you do this, then you won’t necessarily have to go back and purchase new items of furniture or rugs to make the room appear cohesive with the wall colors.
  • Don’t choose colors in isolation — select a color scheme. You can do this in a lot of ways — read magazines, look online at various paint websites, or pick a favorite print off of something that already exists in your home.
  • ¬†When in doubt, go lighter. Always lighter. Picking colors off of a small paint chip is very very tricky. Choose a paint tone at least 2 shades lighter than you originally thought.
Enjoy painting your home and the immediate lift it gives. As always, call me for any suggestions. I’d be happy to provide some advice!

Tips for Selecting High Quality Furniture

What are some ways to select high quality furniture for your home? How can you be sure you are getting a good value for your investment? How can you know that your furniture will indeed stand the test of time — both in its style and its durability? Selecting high quality furniture for placement in your home can be an arduous task, and one that involves a great deal of time and, for many people, loads of frustration and agony. Rest assured, though, the right pieces for your home ARE out there, quality furniture is still being built and manufactured, and your investment can represent a great value in the end.

Selecting Furniture — A Few Tips

Here are just a few tips for selecting high quality furniture.

  1. Look at your room as a whole entity, then decide what you need. In order to select the best, highest quality piece of furniture that you are able to purchase, it is important to decide exactly what you are looking for before you go out shopping. Doing so will mitigate purchasing pieces on a whim because of the way they look to you. Do you need furniture that can withstand the daily wear and tear from four young children and a dog? Or do you use your home mostly to entertain? Define your needs and parameters first, then go on the proverbial hunt.
  2. Choose pieces that you love. Balance the first suggestion with this design principle. Of course, do not buy what you don’t need. Do not buy pieces that won’t fit. However, it IS still vital to select furniture that you enjoy now.
  3. When selecting pieces of furniture, look at them carefully. Test them out, sit on them, look for irregularities and the way they have worn even in a showroom. Look for reinforcements, adequate cushioning, signs of quality, etc.
  4. Buying a sofa or couch can be among the most difficult pieces to choose. Quality sofas are difficult to come by, and selecting the highest quality sofa you can afford is important. Understand the way the sofa was constructed, and look around at a lot of sofas and couches before deciding which one to buy. A high quality sofa can last for years and years — lower quality sofas begin to show age almost immediately.


If you are having trouble finding a piece of furniture that fits into your home — both physically and aesthetically, give me a call! I’d love to help you find just the right piece for your home’s interior — the highest quality piece that fits within your budget.

Lighting Up Your Life: A Few Tips

As you consider your home, and the environment you would like to create for your family, it is easy to focus on larger items — things like couches, pieces of art, what is hanging on the walls, or larger furniture items. Often, we tend to neglect a most important finishing touch: the lighting of our home. If you are working with Decorating Den — or another interior designer — you will most assuredly discuss lighting before the re-design process begins. If not, however, you will want to focus on this most important aspect of interior design throughout your home.

What Do You Want From Your Home?

As you fill your home with the stuff of life: important photos, art you’ve collected, a nostalgic relic from your college days, messes, family members, guests, etc., considering placement, focus and design is essential. And it begins with one question: What do you want out of your home? What are a few of your main goals for your home in general and each room in particular? This will help drive every decision, but it will also help drive your decisions regarding lighting.

Lighting: A Few Tips and Tricks

Lighting can be the life force within your home — it can support and encourage the design and positive features that exists. It can even mask some of things you may not enjoy within your home. Moreover, poor lighting can highlight these negatives or fail to support the¬†positive interior design features of your home. It is a powerful tool when used correctly. Here are just a few tips:

  • Consider the desired mood you’d like to create before purchasing lighting. Do you want your family room to be the center of activity, drawing people in and encouraging conversation? Do you want your library to be a place of peace and relaxation? These desired moods and outcomes will drive decisions.
  • Choose various types of lighting options, particularly for bigger rooms. Your common areas should contain a variety of lighting types that function together in harmony –possible floor lamps, track lighting, as well table lamps — and maybe even a few light fixtures around the outside of the room.
  • Use direct, overhead light to accent specific pieces. Direct lighting draws attention to specific pieces; it should not be used at random. Pick a piece of art you love, and draw attention to it using direct (yet soft) lighting from above.
  • Make lighting easy on yourself. Choose fixtures and lamps you enjoy, and add to the lighting in your home slowly. Plan early for track lighting if you’re planning to renovate your kitchen or bathroom.
  • Never leave a room in the dark. Always have plenty of lighting in each room of your house, and focus on lighting in each room. Don’t leave anyone in the dark — it can be exceedingly frustrating!

We hope this helps as you seek out lighting options for your home!

Decorating Den

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Claudia Leah, IDS
Decorating Den Interiors
6062 Taylor Road, Unit 501
Naples, FL 34109


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