Why color is so important part 01

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Photo by Erika Bierman for ASD Interiors

I’m going to have a little bit of a rant here because this is something that has affected the design community for a long time and I think as designers we are all secretly thinking the same thing but I don’t know that our clients understand how we feel about it. I’m talking about the lack of color in the marketplace that is being dished out to everyone! We deal with this all the time because on a weekly basis we get clients telling us “I love the Restoration Hardware look”. So I’m just going to put this out there into the world. As a designer that is the WORST thing for me to hear. OK I said it – I feel better now!! It’s almost as bad as saying they want a big puffy reclining chair in the formal living room. I want to be clear that I am not knocking down that company at all. I think they have a great business model, nice products, and their customer service is fantastic. But from my perspective and as a professional color expert (yes I just called myself an expert) the majority of their stuff is totally void of color. I am a firm believer that the root of awesome design mimics nature, and I’m sorry but I don’t recall ever seeing nature totally void of color. I truly believe that color is something which brings life, energy, and togetherness in a space. This could be light muted color, or loud bold color. Either way, I feel like we all need it in our lives.

I’ll tell you a short story as a designer. A few years ago I bought my first house and it was my goal to put my “stamp” on this house by using color. I think my husband thought I totally lost my mind, but every room had a strong color and/or pattern. I think I used 4 different wallpapers, painted the baseboards a contrasting color, wallpapered a ceiling etc. When we sold this house, it went for $200k above the comps in the area because it was a gem! It was unlike anything in the market especially in that area. The next house we did however had a slightly different experience. We decided to go all black, white, and grey. A typically and popular palette for the current market in a more contemporary home. We added a bunch of specialty details and did simple clean elements. However, even though the house was bigger and in a nicer area, it didn’t end up having that “Gem” quality and I strongly believe its because it lacks color!

I know that taste is subjective, I get it, and I live that reality every day, but no matter what your taste preference is, I still can’t justify a space that is void of color. So who is with me to make a pact to stop eating the bland food that is dished out and to demand color! Would love to hear your thoughts! 

Photo by Erika Bierman for ASD Interiors

 

 

Get THE look!!

Do you ever find yourself flipping through your favorite magazines, wondering how you could ever achieve that look for a reasonable price? Well, today we are going to prove to you that it’s truly possible to achieve the same chic look for less! To show you how, I’ve selected a few beautifully designed spaces that you can use as inspiration in your home.

Below is a gorgeous family room that clearly resembles luxury and sophistication. This simplistic color scheme of black and white captures that luxurious look perfectly, making you focus on the detail of the room. The zebra print rug pops with the clear coffee table above. The black mid century modern bench is a great contrast with the soft white settee across the room. A lightness to the room is captured with all white walls. A polished black grand piano and sleek black hanging pendant are the perfect finishes to add dimension to the overall look. These are the details that help define the look in this room.

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Now you can check out my alternate selections below to create a room similar in style but not in price!


You may be aware that last month twenty-six top designers from the country were chosen to design the Maison de Luxe in Beverly Hills. Each designer was given a room to design. After I did a walk through of the finished mansion I instantly fell in love with Jamie Drake’s design of the first floor living room. This room is astonishing to be in! The vibrant colors and patterns organically flow together creating a work of art! This room truly is one of a kind!! A perfect proportion of color was used in this room, much like the large painting by Lana Gomez hung on the wall. The painting acts as an inspiration to the entire space, incorporating hues in yellow, coral and deep purple. This room has unique features such as the deep purple drum shades and the use of lustrous materials on the tables and chairs. A defining touch is the colorful patch patterned natural rug! Although this space does have a lot of color and pattern, pops of white kept the room from getting a messy look!!

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If you are as inspired as I was from this room, here are some great finds to recreate a little Maison de Luxe of your own!