Many times we are in a space that is void of any type of character or architectural flair. Oftentimes, it may seem to be a costly endeavor to add such details. One way to add interest is to use architectural moldings or in this case; wainscoting. This is a relatively easy and cost effective way to add flair and/or interest to any room. It can be as simple as adding trim molding and then paint the middle section or to add additional panels as well.
Many times when designing the last layer of a project, plants and flowers come into play; the more creative the better. I once had a client wanting a garden for flowers and herbs, but no yard, she just had a small patio. So we used the garden wall.
Traditional design at times can be a bit formal. Furniture pieces tend to have fully rounded arms, skirted bases, rich and at times heavy fabrics like damask and velvets. Silks, cashmere and even linen fabrics play a role as well. Tassels, tufting and claw feet are part of the classic design elements that add to the grace, charm and charisma of this style. Camel back, Winged backed chairs, Queen Anne, Chippendale, Sheridan and French County are a few of the design styles closely associated with traditional design. Architectural elements such as crown and base molding are a part of traditional design along with great moldings that surround doors and windows.
Beautiful hardwood floors topped with classic Persian or Oriental rugs play a big part in this style. The rich colors mixed with wool and silk always add that perfect touch to any room. Artwork with animals, botanicals and ornate frames are also associated with traditional design.
So many times I’m asked about inexpensive ways to create a custom headboard. I tell my clients its pretty simple actually and all depends on the overall look you want to achieve. If you want a simple headboard with interest, then why not try an antique door mounted to the wall. They come in many sizes and finishes depending on the year. Locate an antique architectural salvage yard in your area and start looking. You’ll be surprised what you’ll find. You can sand, prime and paint if you like or leave it a little rustic.
Many people today have downsized to a smaller space for one or more reasons. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your design style. For some this would present a challenge, but lets look at it as an opportunity to be creative and shine.
For most, the design process can be a little off-putting and/or even intimidating. Some prospective clients seem to be skeptical that the designer will carry out ‘their’ ideas and infuse elements they’re not comfortable with. If you have a good rapport and understanding with your designer, than all should be fine. We are actually there to help with making the right decisions and save time if possible. We search for possible solutions for you, narrow them down, and then present our findings.
Today we have many choices when it comes to flooring, especially wood flooring. Both have their pros and cons so lets go over them.
Many people set a goal in the spring to clean out the house, garage, basement, closets, etc. Some set super high goals and expectations and often fail. They make the attempt to clean out a room or two, get discouraged and stop. They haven’t made a plan or realistic goal for themselves. Remember, it’s a process. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the clutter.
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