Posts Tagged ‘interior design trends’

LED Lighting Techniques

You’ve seen LED technology used in many ways before — this progressive lighting innovation is used in televisions, aviation lighting, and many other commercial-use technologies. What does LED actually stand for? Light-emitting diodes, and these little babies are FINALLY making a splash in the world of installation lighting in the home. Though considerably more expensive than traditional bulbs, they have the ability to last up to 25,000 hours, and they use 75% less energy than their traditional counterparts. AND, as an added bonus, more recent developments in the world of LEDs have made a yellowish hue more available (only bluish tones had been available to consumers in the past). What’s not to love?

Lighting Techniques

Let’s move on to the nitty gritty. Why (and where) install LEDs in YOUR home?

1. LED lighting is available in a few of the coolest forms around. It is available in tapes and strips, make it flexible and versatile, for use in many places and spaces throughout the home.

2. LED lights are available in a range of levels of brightness. This gives you the ability to decide how bright you want to go — in a kitchen space, for example, you might want to use the ultra-bright option. Underneath the stairs on your staircase or for use as an accent, though, you may decide on a softer level.

3. LED lighting can be used virtually anywhere! Where to use? Underneath your bathroom vanity, above and below your bathroom mirror, underneath the breakfast bar in your kitchen, above and below your kitchen cabinets, underneath each individual stair on your staircase. The possibilities are endless!

Yes, LED lighting is an investment, but it adds so much value to your space, and it creates a look that will last a VERY long time! Contact me for ideas or pricing!

Trendspotter: Quilted Details

Did you know? Many trends in the interior design realm stem from trends in the world of fashion. One such trend includes the increasing popularity of quilted pieces. Quilted pieces — jackets, vests, and blazers — became highly popular in high fashion. With a nod to traditional hunting apparel, these types of pieces were updated for modern, updated haute couture. As this trend spread, interior design firms began to demand quilted pieces as well, incorporating them into home’s interiors.

Quilted Pieces

Quilted pieces are continuing to increase in popularity in interior design. Incorporating these types of pieces into more traditional homes, as well as more more modern, eclectic homes, is relatively easy. Here are some tips on incorporating this trend into your home:

1. Select quilted pieces with more traditional coloring. Select a piece of quilted furniture — or a quilted detail — that favors a more traditional, widely used color. This way, you are using the trend in moderation, and the focus of the piece is on the quilting itself, rather than on the color of the piece.

2. Select smaller quilted pieces. Rather than selecting a large armoire with quilting all around, select a smaller quilted console or side table. That way, the trend does not swallow the room or overwhelm the room’s inhabitants.

3. Select a small number of quilted pieces. Utilize this trend in moderation, incorporating one quilted piece into one of the rooms of your home. A quilted piece represents a nod to the traditional; it is, however, still a trend in design.

4. Select high quality quilted pieces. Though it is a popular trend, it represents a traditional view of design. Select a high quality piece that will last a long time and present a lovely look and feel for years to come. Place pieces in your home that are well-constructed and able to withstand years of use.

As you educate yourself on trends in interior design, keep checking back — our blog features regular articles regarding trends in interior design. We love to explore trends while maintaining a vision for consistency. Contact us with any questions.

Trendspotter: Monograms

As we have mentioned many times over the course of the past few months, personalization in the world of interior design continues to trend upwards. Today, we plan to discuss another type of personalized design: Monograms. Monogramming and personalizing items continues to be a popular method of distinguishing our identities. Monogramming exists beyond traditional wedding towels and napkins — monogramming continues to show its popularity in the world of business and business casual fashion, stamps, brands, and prints, marketing (logos, branding, etc.), and many other areas of life. How is monogramming becoming more and more popular in the are of home fashions?

Monogramming and Home Decor

Monogramming has been incorporated into custom towels and bathroom items for decades. Monogrammed towels have been perhaps among the most popular and traditional wedding gifts. In what other ways are monogrammed items becoming important in interior design?

1. Customized art. Printed, monogrammed art incorporates the initials of family members or spouses. Custom silhouettes continue to be a popular way to display members of your family within a traditional setting.

2. Accent pieces. Monogramming is available for accent pillows, lampshades, and silver platters. These types of pieces become heirlooms and unique expressions of your own identity. They are individual, work within the context of your home, and represent functional items for use on a daily basis.

3. Home linens. Almost any high quality, elegant home linen is able to be monogrammed, including napkins, table cloths, bed sheets, pillowcases, etc. In short, every room of your house can have a personalized, monogrammed piece.

4. Dishes. Many dishes, glasses, mugs, platters, and serving dishes may be monogrammed to reflect your family’s identity.

As you seek to personalize your home and add small details which reflect your identity, consider selecting monogrammed pieces for use within your home. For more information on home decor items which may be personalized using monograms, give us a call! We would love to help you incorporate this trend into your home – and don’t forget that they can make fabulous gifts, too!

Trendspotter: Pantone Color of the Year

As many of you are already aware, the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year is Emerald! This lovely, deep color is already making its way into the interior design world. Emerald green represents energy and traditional elegance — it’s color reflects many of the colors we view everyday in the natural world. What a wonderful choice for the brand new year! It’s applications are endless in both the world of fashion, graphics, and interior design. How is this elegant, beautiful color trend being incorporated into interior design? And what are a few ways to incorporate it into your home’s interiors?

Emerald in Interior Design

This color is being incorporated into furniture design, wallpaper designs, and accent furniture. As designers utilize emerald in their residential home interior designs, here are a few ways to incorporate this trend into your home.

1. Utilize an emerald print or solid for several throw pillows. If you have white or neutral colored couches, several emerald pillows paired with an emerald throw blanket can create an easy, unified look that reflects this fantastic trend.

2. Incorporate emerald into accents in your dining room. Purchase emerald inspired table coverings, emerald dishes, or emerald serving platters. This is a great way to give a nod to the trend without committing in full force.

3. Select emerald colored accent furniture. An emerald colored lucite chair or an emerald topped side table can be unique ways to incorporate the color of the year into your home’s interiors.

4. Paint a small room emerald. Though certainly a relatively big commitment, selecting an emerald tone for a smaller room, such as a guest bath or utility closet, can create pizzazz and interest where there previously may not have been interest or dramatic design.

Emerald will continue to make an appearance, particularly in art, graphics, and interior design this year. As you seek to incorporate it into your home, feel free to contact us for additional ideas!

Trendspotter: Geometric Prints

Do you enjoy keeping up to date with current trends and incorporating these trends into your home environment? Keeping updated on trends certainly takes some work (reading, scouring the internet, spending lots of time on Pinterest). We are pleased to bring you another edition of Decorating Den’s “Trendspotter,” in which we alert you to burgeoning interior design trends. Geometric prints have influenced many new interior design products, furniture, and features available for homes.

Geometric Prints

What, exactly, defines geometric prints?

1. Straight, cohesive, prints evocative of figures one might see in a high school math textbook. Many straight lines, circular objects, and other geometric-type shapes coalesce in these types of interiors.

2. Bold colors (often) or blacks, whites, and grays. Lots of bold colors and interesting, unexpected color combinations are popping up in geometric interiors, though some feature only blacks, whites, and grays.

3. Balanced, congruent shapes with permutations possible (think modern art). Many geometrics have repeating patterns; others draw upon modern art and feature seemingly random shapes and lines.

How to Incorporate the Trend Into Your Home

These geometric prints making their way into interiors draw upon the world of fashion. Geometric prints continue to be featured on the runway, straight from the world’s top fashion design houses. How are these types of prints being incorporated into interiors? Here are just a few ways we would suggest incorporating this trend into your own home:

1. A flat weave rug. (Yes — we featured flat weave rugs earlier this month in another edition of “Trendspotter.) Flat weave rugs are a great way to feature geometric prints in your home without making TOO big of a commitment. Cost-effective and available in a variety of sizes, flat weave geometric rugs are available in a range of prices and colors.

2. Master bedroom bedding. Utilize bold geometric prints to create an oasis within the master bedroom of your home. Many geometrics are available in duvet covers, accent pillows, etc. making incorporating this trend in your bedroom feasible.

3. A side chair. A custom size chair in a geometric print can create a focal point for any room. Select bold colors that mesh with your existing furniture.

We would love to tell you more about the ways in which you can incorporate geometric prints within your own home. Give us a call!

Personalizing Furniture: A Theme at High Point Market

Themes in Interior Design

As we continue to pursue excellence in the area of interior design, we would like to share with you some of the themes we saw at the Fall Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina. We attended this amazing interior design show last month. Here are a few of the themes we noticed.

  • Mixing of colors and designing your own furniture. The personalization of furniture was a major theme for this year’s market. Selecting details, fabrics, etc. for pieces of furniture creates lots of options for making pieces your own. Providing homeowners with more choice and the ability to be sure their room design and furnishings will not be like their friend’s or neighbor’s was a common theme in showrooms and in discussions with home furnishings representatives. Consumers also now have the ability to select furniture fabric, arm styles, legs, back styles, tailoring, dimensions, and other features and benefits.
  • Desire for American-made and eco-friendly products. Many people seeking to purchase furniture and invest in interior design also seek out environmentally friendly materials and furniture and pieces made in the United States.

The High Point Market is made up of 11.5 million square feet in 180 buildings and draws some 75,000 exhibitors and buyers. I covered a lot of territory in five long days!

The benefits of American-made were clearly evident in my visit to the Kincaid Furniture facilities in Hudson and Taylorsville, N.C. Seeing the care and individual expertise used to make these case-goods and upholstered furniture was eye-opening. As two employees were setting up their machine for the next products to be made, I asked one how they measured for the different settings. “It comes from 24 years of experience,” he said, “with a proud smile on his face.” I was told that these craftsmen and women know their own tape measure intimately—they know exactly whether the precise measurement is on the line or to the left or right.

Buyers at the market were clearly interested in knowing what products were American made so they can definitively inform consumers. It was wonderful to see that some manufacturers have persisted and others are returning to our shores for production.

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


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