We recommend looking at the business from two perspectives: inside out and outside in. How staff experience it inwardly and how customers and clients perceive it outwardly. By sharpening the image of a business through interior design, clients and patrons feel more confident in their choice and more apt to refer the business to friends and colleagues.Read More
Whether your are an accomplished gastronomer or someone who catches meals on the fly, a kitchen that functions smoothly and pleases the senses is probably at the top of your design wish list. What design tactics should you follow - beyond the ‘work triangle’?Read More
Over two decades of working in the design industry, I've learned a few lessons to better navigate the rise and fall of trends.Read More
There is something about the mantle that inspires us to be expressive and creative. For centuries the hearth has represented the essence of comfort and security, keeping the cold at bay even as it draws friends and family together in a shared experience.Read More
Upholstery is the most hard working furniture in the home, providing enduring comfort and establishing the personality of the room through its stylings and fabric. No one wants to regret this choice either on delivery day because the fabric doesn't compliment the room or a couple of years down the line because the sofa hasn't held up to wear and tear.Read More
After almost two decades in design, I have become an expert at intelligent space planning, but as the owner of a modest home, the tricks I've learned for making the most of tight spaces are particularly close to my heart.Read More
One of a designer's tasks is aligning the physicality of a space to the principles of good aesthetics. At times, creativity and skill can make the space as pleasing as architectural changes. What follows are a few general insights to alter the perception of space.
Large spaces lacking intimacy can become more welcoming when the furnishings are arranged in a central, conversation nest with space all around, rather than spread out merely because footage allows. In such rooms, medium color values are often the most satisfying, as light, mild tones recede from the eye, implying vastness, while dark, shadowy tones suggest greater depth. A medium shade pulls the walls in without fooling the eye into thinking the corners are farther away than they are. Remember that artists use deeper values in landscape painting to create depth and know that this effect is equally true in real space.
One persistent myth about small spaces is that the walls must be pale for the room to feel larger. In truth, the space feels larger when the eye can pan over it without jumping from dark to light values too often. A small space painted even a rather deep tone will feel more open if the strongest elements, such as window treatments and large furnishings, contrast only minimally with the wall color. A narrow hall with numerous doors becomes a messy jumble of forms when the walls are dark and the trim white. Resist the craving for color in such an area and tone it down- another opportunity for splash will present itself.
It is true that a quantity of objets d'art can make a room feel small, but this can also add a lot of character and story. The trick is to display art and accents in tight, visually harmonious compositions with open, uncluttered spaces between to give the eye rest. As with so much in life, success in design is less about what we do and more about how we do it
There are many simple methods for creating memorable and pleasing areas of focus within your spaces. Here are some principles to follow for great results...
Bring together objects of like purpose, such as small clocks or boxes, to make a collection. It takes three or more to look like a grouping and not an accident. As in planning a garden, think in layers of height and fearlessly experiment with creating variation. When many objects of like color are grouped which can be lovely, mix it up by alternating shape or texture.
Look to nature for simple objects that add spontaneity to a vignette. An orphaned branch or a handful of cleaned oyster shells make great friends with even the loftiest accents.
Peek into your cupboards for forgotten objects. Pieces deemed unworkable in the past may now have a new chance due to subsequent changes. Relax and enjoy- all can be arranged and re-arranged infinitely.
In recent design projects, we have been put to the task of infusing warmth into our clients homes. Traditionally, either warm or cool neutrals predominate a space. Cool tones like grays, silver, and washed wood tones still find favor with many homeowners due to their modern and understated sensibilities. Even so, warm neutral tones are making a comeback from their several year hiatus.
We remember looking through resources during this peak in cool tones and wondering if everything warmer than taupe had become extinct. Embracing warm tones comes naturally to us as they add a wonderful comfort and richness to a space. We love encouraging a mix of neutrals as we have found that it creates a sophisticated and unexpected palette that our clients love.
One of our favorite examples of a piece that brings in warm wood tones while still being harmonious with predominantly grey toned elements is this beautiful tusk table. Don’t underestimate the power of accessorizing to enforce the striking balance of warm and cool as well. From rugs and gimp tapes to wallpaper, we find that this trend is really taking off within the design community.
Here at MakeNest, we love a confident mix. Just like wood tones and upholstery, try mixing neutrals in other materials too! We are looking at you, gold and silver.