Free spirited and eclectic, my design style is always evolving. I recently graduated from The University of Texas's Interior Design program and am figuring things out as I go. I have a passion for personality and love a deep discussion of life, the universe, and everything. Philip K. Dick novels and YouTube comedians are my trivia specialties, so if you're ever in need of a teammate at Flying Saucer, I'm your girl.
Recently I’ve been testing my hand at doing a bit of painting. Now, I’m no Michelangelo, to be sure, but I think I do decently well at creating some fun pieces to hang around my home. However I’ve always been jealous of those skilled at creating a big beautiful statement piece of art, mostly because it has an incredible ability to pull a design scheme together.
Without this colorful painting, this room would feel slightly too stark.
This piece helps to create continuity between the neutral palette and the bright accent color.
These bright pieces are some of my favorites because, for looking so simple, the give the room a great amount of personality.
This kitchen space is expertly curated, with the art adding to the whimsy and modern aesthetic.
And this incredibly unique work of art makes all the other unique accents in this room really work.
So how about it? What are your feelings on large statement art? Are you a fan or more of a “wall of small framed art” kinda gal? Let us know! And don’t forget to have a fabulous Tuesday 🙂
This has to be most everyone’s favorite, and yet most feared, design area: COLOR!! Now, we know we’re partial to white rooms and neutrals galore, but really, anyone who loves design can appreciate a room with great color. So let’s dive right in and look at a few basic rules on how to use and combine color to create a beautiful space.
Color preference starts very early in life, and honestly, we all have some colors we really just hate. But this isn’t about what you like and what you don’t like, this is about what works.
So first, a refresher. Remember how the last “Design Rules” post was all about light? Well, color, when taken at it’s most simple principle, is all about light as well. The way a color looks dramatically depending on its orientation to the sun, as well as its geographic location. Rooms facing south or west tend to receive warmer light and thus can handle cooler colors better. The inverse is true for east or north facing rooms, which tend to receive cooler light from the sun. However, even if your room is facing south or west, if the weather tends to be rainy or overcast, like Seattle or London, you might consider picking a more neutral color palette, to help restore a little warmth that the weather takes away.
This cool blue feels soothing without being too cold because of the warm light streaming in from a window.
Another major component to factor in when choosing a color palette is the function of the space. The general rule is that more saturated or brighter colors suite rooms and areas that don’t get as much use as high function rooms, while cooler, paler colors are more pleasing in busy rooms. This is why we tend to use accent colors to bring small doses of bright color into busy rooms.
While saturated yellow and hot pink are too intense for a whole room, they do wonders to modernize this gray room by injecting some energy into it!
And what color lesson would be complete without talking about complementary colors. The general rule is that one should never pair contrasting colors together at the same intensity in the same room. Why? Well because this tends to mess with our perception of each color and makes them look much more harsh than they are. The solution to this? Pairing contrasting colors, like blue and yellow, at different values and intensities. Value refers to how light or dark a color is, essentially it means the amount of white in a color. Intensity can be thought of as saturation, with colors that are high intensity being bright and vibrant, while colors with low intensity are more grayed out.
Think of how stylish mint and peachy pink look together…that’s because they’re toned down versions of red and green aka complementary colors!
You can also pair colors based on tonality – a palette with colors of the same hue but varying intensities.
Tonal and lovely.
We also don’t want to leave out how color affects mood, but as you might’ve guessed from reading the bit about colors that suite certain functions, there is a bit of an overarching rule for color and mood. Bright warm colors like red, orange and yellow are energizing and dramatic. On the other hand, cool colors like blue, green, and purple tend to soothe and relax us. This is why we lean towards energizing yellows for kitchens and pale blues for bathrooms.
Bright and invigorating, this kitchen will help you get through those chores in no time!
We could devote an entire website to color moods and the best ways to use certain colors, but for now these quick hits should get you through most color dilemmas. Take a look at some of your favorite rooms and I bet you can identify some of these color “rules” at work.
Let us know what you think! We love hearing from you 🙂
So I saw this picture the other day while perusing design blogs and I just feel in love with this room. I love, beyond any other design style, bohemian inspired rooms. There’s something so free and personal about them. They always look unique and so intricate to me, but for most of my family and friends they are far to busy and cluttered. This room to me was the perfect half-way point: clean and simple as far as objects go, but jumping out at your with different beautiful patterns.
So let me know, as you go about your Wednesday, what’s your thought on the subject? Yell it out at the top of your lungs if you hate it, it wont offend me 🙂 I’m always interested to hear different takes on design!
So confession time: as much as I learned all the technical stuff at UT School of Architecture, sometimes I need a refresher on the more basic, tangible stuff. My favorite, favorite, FAVORITE go to series for this is Design Rulesfrom BBC America. So I thought, why not distill the info in these 30 minute shows down to an easy to skim, quick hits version with some lovely pictures for our readers? Without further ado, here is lesson 1:
This lesson looks at how to make small spaces feel larger by using a few well-known tricks of the trade.
This dining room, although quite small by traditional American standards, feels larger because of its simple, clean lines. Too many decorative items make the eye continuously move and interpret a space as more chaotic and thus, more crowded. A few key focal points help keep the eye’s interest while still giving off calm and restful vibes which makes a space feel larger.
2. MAXIMIZE LIGHT
An attic bedroom is not usually our first thought when considering spacious interiors, but by adding these skylights and bringing more natural light into the space, we immediately see a huge difference in our perception of the space.
3. PALE COLOR PALETTES
You’ve heard us obsess over all white rooms time and time again, but there is an actual logic to that! Light colors reflect light, letting it bounce around the room, while dark colors absorb light, which accounts for that feeling that the walls are tightening around you in dark colored rooms.
4. SMOOTH TEXTURES
This might seem like a no-brainer, but smoother surfaces reflect more light than textural surfaces, which again, makes the room feel bigger. Think of all the modern designs you see…they all feature sleek surfaces, clean lines, and less fabric and texture than more traditional design schemes. This is because SPACE is the luxury design item of the 21st century. All modern designs seek to emphasize the size of the space you own, thus the smoother textures on everything from flooring to furniture. 5. BRING OUTSIDE IN
Any time you add a view to a room, you extend its visual boundary by tricking how the eye reads the room’s depth. Being able to clearly see what’s outside opens up that wall of the room, making it harder for the brain to accurately understand the dimensions of the room and thus, making it seem bigger. 6. REFLECT LIGHT
As if I haven’t beaten you over the head with it enough at this point, reflecting light is KEY to a spacious space! Here we see light reflected off the floor and lacquered cabinet, but even more tricky is the way light is reflected off the hairs of that fur throw. Being able to really see exactly how the light is moving in a space again reinforces its spaciousness. 7. MIRRORS ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND
Mirrors are a designer’s best friend. Not only do they reflect the vista opposite the mirror to make the space appear twice its size, but again, they create the optical illusion of more space by allowing your eye to see multiple angles of the room while looking in one direction. Like the windows with views outside, this makes it difficult for the brain to calculate the dimensions of the room and again increase the visual size of the room. 8. PERCEPTION TRICKS
Although we’ve already talked about a few perception tricks, this point focuses more on using the lines in your room to create a larger looking space. The lines created by hardwood floors are a great example. Depending on which way you “draw” them, they can make a narrow space feel wider or a short space feel longer. Additionally, continuous lines, like the ones created by the posts and beams in this image, make an easy line for the eye to follow up, and any time the eye can move easily from floor to walls to ceiling a space feels bigger. 9. FURNITURE POSITION & BODY SPACE
There is no hard-and-fast rule for how to place furniture, but key themes are body space and less is more. Body space refers to the distance between two or more bodies occupying a space. Generally, people like to be able to sit so that they can see a companion’s whole face easily; if you’re too close, your eyes travel from a speaker’s eyes to mouth, if you’re too far, you can’t read expression well enough. Furniture should be placed to allow for the right distance when conversing. Also, when in doubt, take out that extra table or chair…remember, de-cluttering applies to all aspects of design!
_________________________________________________________________________________ If you take away one thing from this quick lesson it should be that natural light is the key to making a space feel bigger than it is. Keep windows clear, use any and all surface as opportunities to reflect light, and chose colors that are going to reflect more light than they absorb.
Hope this gives you some home makeover inspiration 🙂 Have a great Tuesday!
My best friend is coming into Austin this Friday and we’re planning a massive DIY day when she gets here. What’s first on the list? A pallet coffee table, of course! I’ve been seeing these all over Pinterest and they look like the perfect mix of rustic and industrialdecor. Take a look at a few of these inspiration pictures and I’m sure you’ll get inspired to make one too!
Love at first sight with this sleek lime green table.
Then of course I had to find something bold and graphic…
Love the shadowbox feel of this one.
A little more traditional but still just as lovely.
And I LOVE the oversized casters on this one!
Just a few of the amazing DIYs I’m drooling over at the moment. Are you planning any awesome crafts for this weekend? We love to hear about new crafts and new ideas!
I have a confession…I am a HUGE fan of graffiti! If I had my way, I would cover the ways of my house with graffiti and constantly be painting over them so I could make newer and newer art. That may just be the ADHD side of me talking though. I bring this up because I got it in my head today that graphic wallpaper is like the upscale version of graffiti walls. This must be why I like it so much.Of course, one can’t think of graphic wall papers without thinking of Kelly Wearstler:
But of course there are other variations like large-scale plant life:
So, agreed, mint is still the color of the moment, but personally I’m falling hard for lilac.
Lilac is very similar to lavender, but slightly warmer, with more pink than blue undertones. To be fair, I love both. But I’ve been dying over some lilac interiors, accessories, heck even hair colors! I think it has something to do with the beautiful English garden style lawns I saw around my brother’s neighborhood in Seattle. I’m a huge fan of the xeriscaping here in Austin, but once in awhile it’s nice to see a flower or two!