Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts. www.christopherporikosdesign.com
We all know choosing the right sofa can be a little scary. What size or style? Skirted or exposed leg? Round arm or track arm? A three-cushion or two-cushion sofa? Cost? Function?
Many of us see a bookshelf and assume they are just for books. But those shelves are actually valuable space to show off some of our best treasures.
Paint. A fresh coat of paint always makes a space seem new. Choose a color that reflects your personality; maybe a nice light color that adds life to your room.
Area rug. Sometimes all a room needs is a nice splash of color and pattern. Just make sure to choose the right size to suit your room.
Accent pillows. With all the new design trends out there today, pillows are the easiest and least expensive way to update any space in your home.
Lampshades. Many places sell lamps and shades separately today. If you love the lamp base but need a change, just swap out the shade. It’s an easy update for a room.
Cabinet hardware. Another quick and easy addition for updating a cabinet is to change out the hardware. This will add a new look for any space.
Towels. By simply adding a few new towels in the bathroom or kitchen will add new life. Hanging them over the stove handle or even folded in a basket on the bathroom counter will do the trick.
Drapery panels. Adding draperies to any room will automatically change the feel. A pre-packaged panel from a discount store is a good starting point.
Bedding. Changing your duvets, shams or even sheets will always update your room. Nothing like a nice sets of sheets to welcome the end of the day.
Plants. Adding a few plants and/or flowers will change the feel to any room.
Lighting. Change the light bulbs to another wattage. Sometimes a softer light is all you need to change the feel of a room.
Last year I wrote a blog about designing in a small space. I gave some interesting, creative and helpful tips on how to achieve your goal.
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.
Transitional design takes elements from both traditional and contemporary design and fuses the two together using furniture, fabrics, colors and various materials.
Many times clients tell me they want a more modern feel when working on their space. Something a little cleaner and stream lined. When I show them exactly what ‘Modern’ design is, they say ‘that’s not what I wanted’. At this point in the meeting, I educate them and explain exactly what Modern design is. This is where we often decide they really meant Contemporary design.
Many times in the past I’ve worked with clients who were really, really afraid of color. They were secure using whites and beiges; hence white walls and beige carpet throughout the entire house. For me, a little more interest is needed in the design scheme. To solve that issue, I add textured fabrics to the plan.
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.
Emerald Green; the new color for 2013. It’s energizing, exciting, enticing!
The new color for 2013 is the beautiful Emerald Green. With its soothing powers and wonderful jewel tone, it makes the perfect color to use as an accent.
Last time we talked about some simple decorating ideas. But what if you want to create something a little more elaborate? Let’s go back and address that wreath for the front door for example.
Now that the holidays are upon us, many stress on how to decorate their home. Everyone wants something a little unique and creative without spending tons of money or tons of time. Here are a few quick ideas that won’t break the bank or your schedule.
Many times we want to hang pictures in a grouping over a console, entry table or a sofa. But how to hang in a group can cause a little despair for those of us who are a little unsure. Below are a few tips on how to overcome the fear from lack of design skill when hanging groupings.
Many people make the mistake of hanging their art a little too high. Whether it hangs over a piece of furniture of just on the wall, there is a way to hang things. One rule of thumb is to hang art so the middle of the piece is at your level. Now I know we are all different heights, so let me list below a few specific points to reference.
At the end of the day we all look forward to our comfortable bed. I know for myself, that I love the feel of great sheets; the softer the better. But how do we achieve that ultimate satisfaction? Well, it’s in the thread count and knowing what it really means.