We often have fun to mix high and low, old and new and of course different aesthetics. Mixing of all kinds will add interest and character into the space. In order to keep the cohesive vibe overall, we will have to use some common elements to thread through the different layers. And here is the case study for the corner space for the project we recently designed. We would like to create a chic, fresh, elegant, polished decor style while still keeping it inviting and cozy. Here is how we did it—today, we are going to share 6 tips on how we artfully mix high and low, modern and classical, old and new to achieve this goal.
Rule #1, always keep an overall color palette neutral if you are going to take a mix& match approach.
The blog talked about how Anthony Baratta, Williamsburg Foundation’s first ever residential designer uses Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg® Paint Color Collection to transfer this living museum as his home. Tony is known for his bold color signature style. So the overall color application is quite breath-taking.
Collaborating with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Benjamin Moore actually introduced Williamsburg® Paint Color Collection with 144 colors back 2013. Here are some of my favorites:
Here are several more:
Well you can tell that the color palettes for Williamsburg Paint Color collection are truly timeless and quite adapt to today’s contemporary living.
In case you are planning to do some fresh make-over for your home to celebrate the coming holiday season, this might be the perfect paint collection for you. And you can explore the whole Williamsburg® Paint Color Collection by clicking here
And of course, if you would like to learn more about autistic colonial colors in 18th century such as Prussian Blue I mentioned at the very beginning of this blog, you can click here to read more.
In addition, we have curated a set of Williamsburg home decor accessories for you here:
One of the things I am passionate about all the time is to set up a tabletop for whatever the reasons . It’s fun and it’s about celebrating life with beautiful things. Here are 5 elements to successfully set up a table:
Runners, placemats, or fresh-patterned tablecloth
Floral enter piece
Here is the before photo from one of our projects:
Decorating is usually the final touch to make the room look finished with personality. In today’s blog, I would like to share one of our recent projects—a San Gabriel Modern House—Entry Before and After.
The client remolded her house not long ago—painted the whole house, changed the floor and re-did the kitchen. However somehow, the client felt that she might need a professional interior designer help her put everything together and finish the house. Here are several steps we did to create that chic, modern yet inviting space.
Entry Before and After
The client used to have a much smaller chest with a burst mirror hanging above it at her entry as it showed in the following first photo. What we did is to replace that short and bulky chest with a long yet sleek marble-top console to make the whole vignette look modern and more proportional. Also, we used classic black houndstooth wallpaper to elevate the space. The muted multi-color artwork and jewel-toned glass vases are highlights for the vignette adding touch of elegance and youthfulness to the entry. The greenery underneath the console makes the space alive.
Last but not least is the proper lighting for the whole entry vignette since there is not that much natural light in this area. We used adjustable LED ceiling light fixture with warm light to light up the entry.
We also replaced the original cabinets with a bi-folding door and simple shelving system.
Underneath the stair and by the side of entry, we installed a pull-out rack, a bench and an artwork together to form a casual, relaxing yet functional vignette set.
Need a similar entry console table for your project, please check out our product picks:
We all have those unflattering closets by the entrance, in the hallway, under the stairway and in the bedroom. Although they don’t look that inspirational, we really need those extra spaces to store away winter blankets, guest towels, toilet papers, cleaning stuff, maybe our diaries when we were in two grade. I am just joking. But you know what I mean. And often, we don’t want that big construction job to create a lot of chaos and stress. So, today I am going to share 6 simple ways to transform your closets.
Just hang a curtain. Can you imagine how easy it can be done? Of course, I will recommend to remove those bulky and ugly closet doors in case there are some–they are in the way and don’t look good. Also, please make sure whatever the curtain or drapery you choose, they should be stylish and need to be nicely blended in the surroundings.
2. Just paint them over.
Open closet styling with fresh paint.
3. Use wallpaper on the interior walls,, shelves or just wrapped around the doors.
4. Hang a bar door in case you have a super tight space.
5. Add some light.
6. Install a closet system or just have some cool closet storage kits to maximize and organize the space.
Installing an organizational system can turn your boring closet (whether it’s a tiny reach-in or a giant walk-in) into something that not only ensures your clothes and accessories are always right where you need them, but something that actually looks great, too. Closet systems can range from ultra-affordable to totally lavish. Click here to read the details.
A hue symbolic of new beginnings, Alabaster (SW 7008), is Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year. At a time of interconnected commotion and overstimulation, Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds. It is the true neutral to set the tone for 2016.
3. REPOSE GRAY SW 7015
Repose Gray SW 7015 a gray/greige that has a slight blue undertone. It’s still a warm gray but is cooler than several of the grays and greiges in the SW deck.
Happy Friday. I hope your life is filled with actions, fulfillments, progresses and happiness in this passing week. Just in the last couple of days, I came cross a lot of polka-dots when I seached for inspiration. Yes, it all started from Paris Haute Couture and street style 2019–2020:
Don’t you just fall in love with these pretty polkadot dresses and accessories! Welcome to summer!
This trend also goes strong in interior designs. I love polka-dot patterns because they are light, playful, youthful and elegant. So today I am going to share 6 ways to make your home fun yet sophisticated by incorporating polka dot patterns.
We just got some decorative pillows for the client—all shades of blue. I hadn’t been a big fan of color of blue. But I am right now, maybe because we just saw so many blue sea and blue sky during 4th July vocation. Anyway, Those pillows in shades of blue just look so adorable. I think you totally agree with me that color of blue make a calm, chic and elegant spaces. Today we share e 8 ways to use shades of blue:
Just use as pop of color among the large area of background white to create super modern atmosphere:
2. Of course, use on the wall to create different yet cohesive feels from the next room.
3. Use on the panelings and trims only to create historical highlights.
4. Yes, on the cabinets to have that timeless, crisp and chic style:
5. How about layer different shades of blue to create that super upscale and sophisticated feel?