Lighting can have enormous effect on the comfort of the home, making it a topic of enormous interest to interior designers. As a result, keeping up-to-date about the latest lighting trends is essential to ensuring interior design success.
LEDs are becoming more and more practical, making them the lighting of choice for more and more homeowners. Of particular note is the increasing interest in outdoor LEDs as a result of the increasing interest in outdoor living.
Warm colors have come into fashion, bringing with them a renewed interest in metallic, copper-colored fixtures.
In contrast to their enormous and extravagant predecessors, mini-chandeliers are perfect for rooms with limited space, ranging from attic bedrooms to even baths and kitchens. That said, their upscale counterparts are also making a comeback.
Sources of light have started popping up in all sorts of unexpected spaces to enhance their ease of use. Examples include but are not limited to both cabinets and showers.
More and more homeowners want their lights incorporated into their home security systems for superior protection. At the same time, their wireless setup also results in increased convenience.
As the times change, the prevailing fashions change with them. Interior design is no exception to this rule, meaning that successful interior design is reliant on keeping up with the latest in interior design trends.
Eco-consciousness has become more and more important, so it should come as no surprise to learn that natural materials such as stone, metal, and wood are becoming more and more popular in interior design.
Likewise, interest in natural themes has exploded. Examples range from vivid colors and floral decorations to indoor water features and larger windows to let in the light.
More and more interior designers are mixing old and new styles to create stunning but nonetheless comfortable spaces. The combination of the rustic and the retro with the classic and the luxurious makes for excellent complements and contrasts.
At the same time, spaces are becoming more versatile to cater to a range of needs.
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If you want to create a space that it as functional as possible while also expressing your own personal style, hiring an interior designer is almost essential. An experienced designer can help you find elements that coordinate well, fit into your budget, and will remain in style for years to come. Follow these tips to hire a great designer:
Seek out a designer who will work with you and listen to your ideas rather than taking over the entire process.
Decide how you want to use the space you are decorating, and share this information with designers up front. This is the most important element designers will need to know in order to come up with ideas that will work for your space.
Talk to several designers, and only hire one that’s easy to get along with and professional. You’ll need to interact with this person regularly, so it’s important that you’re compatible.
Don’t be afraid to tell your designer if you don’t like certain ideas. He or she should accommodate your preferences by making changes when requested.
Made using a combination of stone, wood, and other natural materials, cabins can project a cozy and comfortable atmosphere that is sure to soothe even the most frazzled occupants. With cabins as with other homes, good interior design is essential to ensuring their overall success.
Much of a cabin’s charm lies in its well-lived-in appearance. This encourages you to make use of its interior as you please, whereas its too-perfect counterparts can make you afraid of scratching their finish. Both weathered surfaces and warm stained wood are useful for creating this impression of casual comfort.
Cabins often come with nooks and crannies that can be turned into functional spaces with built-in furniture. Combined with a window to the outside, such locations make excellent work-spaces.
Although wood in its natural colors is useful for creating a warm and welcoming impression, some people like to paint it white for a bright and airy look that is well-suited to crowded spaces.
Hardwood flooring is a must, but rugs can balance them with softness.
Just like personal style, interior design is always changing. New trends are emerging and allowing homeowners to create looks that are truly their own. Here’s a look at a few design trends for 2014 that you may want to consider incorporating into your home.
Vintage Decor – Unique, vintage furniture and decorations are more popular than ever. There’s just something special about having a chest or chair that you know no one else has — especially when it matches your decor perfectly.
Plenty of Color – Neutral, beige tones are out — at least when they’re not paired with brighter, flashier colors. Loud tones like bright cobalt blue and yellow are very popular right now.
The Rustic Look – From exposed wooden beams in the ceiling, to bedrooms that feel like they’re in a mountain retreat, the cabin-style, rustic look has gained a lot of footing in 2014.
Spa-Style Bathrooms – From walk-in showers, to ornate tile and heated floors, bathrooms are becoming a true place of luxury. Many are made to resemble mountain resorts with natural stone and wood used throughout the designs.
Choose natural materials. Natural materials aren’t limited to interior features such as wood flooring or paneling in the living room. Adding natural materials to the exterior of your home serves to blend your home into its natural surroundings and also creates continuity between the indoors and outdoors.
Natural light. When designing your home, emphasize a floor plan and design that allows natural light to come in. Natural light can always be controlled with a variety of shades and window covers, however it’s primary benefit is providing healthy natural light during the day. Using natural light will require less resources in using artificial light and may reduce your electric bill.
Contemporary exterior finishes. Emphasize contemporary features on your home’s exterior such as a linear roof with an overhang or cantilever. Natural materials are also a nice contemporary touch for the home.
Are you building a contemporary home in Vail? To discuss contemporary home features for your residence, contact us at TAB Associates.
Home spa. Having a home spa or whirlpool bath installed gives you a place to relax after a hectic day. It makes your home feel more like a private retreat where you can shut out the rest of the world. More than half of new homes being built in the US include a whirlpool bath, and the home spa industry is on the rise.
Multifunctional kitchen. Kitchens are turning into central hubs in homes these days. They’re being used as a place to perform several other tasks besides cooking, such as studying or paying bills. Consider having your new kitchen set up in a way that accommodates this multipurpose trend.
Outdoor room. Using outdoor space as an extension of the home is a growing trend. Instead of a simple patio or deck, an entire room can be constructed with eco-friendly materials that can handle the elements.
Want to see examples of homes that use current design trends?Contact us at TAB Associates to talk about incorporating these trends in your new home!
Blue: This color might seem like an odd choice for a kitchen, but it’s becoming a popular one. Homeowners are choosing all different shades of blue, ranging from soft sky blues to bright turquoise and sophisticated navy tones. Blue is mainly making an appearance in tiles and cupboards, as well as decor items.
Eye-catching backsplashes: These areas above the stove or sink are really standing out, thanks to brightly colored splashbacks with bold patterns. These work well with kitchens that are mostly done in white or neutral colors since they create contrast.
Natural materials: Wood, stone, brick and other natural materials are giving kitchens some rustic appeal and creating a warm and welcoming environment. This trend also involves exposing older beams and structures, as well as adding new features.
When you’re thinking about and planning your home, there’s only so much you imagine. In fact, there are times when even with the best intentions, you’ll likely be surprised about how your home turns out.
One way to eliminate the uncertainty factor from your home’s drawing and plans is to create a 3D rendering of your home’s design. Using computer generation, you can have a chance to explore your home before it’s built and look around to see if you like the look. This will also allow you to experience your home as it will be designed and potentially save you from spending a lot of money on something you won’t be happy with later.
One thing to remember is not to choose an architect solely because he offers 3D renderings. In fact, you should always make it your goal to choose an architect who both does 3D renderings and whose work you love. You can be sure that artists who do photorealistic renderings use the most advanced practice.
For more information about designing and building your dream home, please contact us at TAB Associates Inc. today.
Architecture is much more than slapping on a roof, doors and windows. Visualizing the shapes and forms that go into a home, and keeping those shapes balanced, is an important aspect: balanced geometry, the act of combining various shapes into a collected whole, adds character to the home.
Octagons and Rectangles. The 8-sided octagon is the most common shape for a home. In the Gary Residence project, our architects placed a octagonal shape for the Breakfast Nook and Exercise below. For added emphasis, the different shapes also displayed differing patterns, stucco and stone respectively.
Rectangles and squares. Lot 112 features a variety of shapes put together, but the shapes are tempered by the rectangles and squares. The floor-to-ceiling rectangular windows are divided into square panels which enhance the look and feel of the home.
Cylinders, Rectangles and Squares. The Bonidy Residence adds a layer of complexity to the rectangles and squares model by introducing cylindrical shapes on the side and back of the house. The tangentially incorporated circles add interest but don’t overpower the overall design. This is also exemplified in the Brady Residence.
If you are designing a home and would like to reinforce the building blocks of your home, contact us at TAB Associates, Inc. to discuss your ideal geometric palette.