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

 

 

Let’s Talk About Texture

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Texture is an important design element that is often overlooked. Textures are important to not only the aesthetics, but the tactile quality of the space. How we use texture in different ways affects the way we react towards the space as a whole, and even the individual elements within that space. For example, rooms with lots of textures usually feel more “cozy” than those with fewer textures. Smooth and shiny textures and ones that reflect more light, make that object feel more modern and lightweight in comparison to objects with coarse textures, which are visually heavier. How we use the combination of different textures in a space greatly influence how that space makes us feel. Here are a few ways you can add texture to your space!

Fabrics and Furnishings
Adding texture to your space with fabrics and furniture is easy! The best way is to layer different materials and details. For example, pair furnishings with tufted details with other more simple pieces for a more dynamic look.

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Lighting
Lighting is a fun way to add texture to your home. Whether they’re traditional or contemporary, light fixtures always add a much needed element of texture.

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Rugs…on the Wall
Rugs add great texture to your floors, but they also have major impact as wall art. Area rugs can be hung in a bedroom behind your bed or above a crib in a nursery, in the living room above the sofa or accent chairs, and even in the dining room!

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Before & After

ASD Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin
ASD Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin

I know we how much everyone loves a before and after story, so here is a great one!

We recently finished a kitchen renovation in Redondo Beach, CA and what a transformation it was! We used the existing kitchen space AND dining room of a typical beach track home and combined the two spaces to create one huge kitchen! I selected gorgeous two tone custom glazed cabinets and by installing faux beams in the ceiling, and an island that was almost as big as a ping pong table, this kitchen became the perfect place for entertaining large crowds. It was over 8′ long and over 4′ wide. Check out the before and after of this amazing reno!

The floor plans below show how the space looked before – a small kitchen and dining space – and how we re-configured the two rooms to create the fabulous kitchen it is now. By removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room, it allowed us to create a more spacious kitchen with more storage and counter space. We were also able to use bigger and better appliances (Viking) since the kitchen nearly doubled in size. It was a lot of work and a lot of engineering, but well worth it!

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Before:

Existing kitchen
Existing kitchen

Existing dining room to become part of new kitchen
Existing dining room to become part of new kitchen

After:

ASD Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin
ASD Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin

ASD Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin
ASD Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin
ASD Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin
ASD Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin
ASD Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin
ASD Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin

Gold Medal Design

In the spirit of the Sochi Winter Olympics, I decided to celebrate some of the amazing Interior Designers around the world and their noteworthy projects. Here are a few great designers and projects from Russia, Japan, USA, Sweden, Canada, and France of which are truly deserving of a gold medal!

Russia: Geometry Design
Geometry Design is an Interior Design company established in Moscow, Russia. While the majority of their projects are in the hospitality industry, mostly restaurants, they also have residential and corporate design clientele. The restaurant below was designed by Geometry Design.

Strana Restaurant, Moscow Designer: Geometry Design
Strana Restaurant, Moscow
Designer: Geometry Design

Japan: Nendo
Oki Sato started Nendo in 2002 and has since opened design offices in Singapore and Milan. This award winning firm has projects all over the world including New York City, London, and Paris. Below is Nendo’s design of the luxury brand Theory’s Tokyo boutique.

Theory Store, Tokyo Designer: Nendo
Theory Store, Tokyo
Designer: Nendo

USA: Peter Marino
Peter Marino bases his practice out of New York City but his designs can be seen all over the globe. He is most known for his designs in the luxury brand market including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Barneys, Dior, and more. The design below is the Chanel store in Soho, New York.

Chanel Boutique,  New York City Designer: Peter Marino
Chanel Boutique, New York City
Designer: Peter Marino

Sweden: Note Design Studio
Note Design Studio is based in Stockholm, Sweden and was founded in 2008. In addition to Interior Design, Note also does graphic design, product design, and architectural projects. The following images are of Note’s design of Cafe Foam in Stockholm.

Cafe Foam, Stockholm Designer: Note Design Sudio
Cafe Foam, Stockholm
Designer: Note Design Sudio

Canada: Yabu Pushelberg
Partners George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg run this award-winning design firm located in Toronto, Canada. Yabu Pushelberg specializes in luxury design whether it be hotels, restaurants, retail stores or residences. Below is the 5-star Hazelton Hotel in Toronto.

The Hazelton Hotel, Toronto Designer: Yabu Pushleberg
The Hazelton Hotel, Toronto
Designer: Yabu Pushleberg

France: Architecture & Associés

This international firm in Paris, France is owned by Pierre Beucler and Jean Christophe Poggiol. Their designs range from high-end boutiques to museums located all over the world. The project below is the Viktor & Rolf Flagship Store in Paris.

Viktor & Rolf Flagship Store, Paris Designer: Architecture & Associés
Viktor & Rolf Flagship Store, Paris
Designer: Architecture & Associés

Get The Look: Black & White

Black and white spaces are sexy, modern, and chic. You really can’t go wrong with this timeless color combo….. it is simple yet bold, and always packs a punch! Since we love black and white interiors so much, we’re going to show you how you can achieve this stylish look in your home with just a simple key elements!

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To show you how you can get this stylish look, I put together some black and white material boards for the living room, bedroom, and dining room. Take these as simple guidelines to create your own chic space.

Couch: Room & Board Chair + Picture Frames: Z Gallerie Coffee Table: Crate & Barrel  Accent Table + Lamp: Safavieh Pillows: Lamps Plus
Couch: Room & Board
Chair + Picture Frames: Z Gallerie
Coffee Table: Crate & Barrel
Accent Table + Lamp: Safavieh
Pillows: Lamps Plus

For this living room, I decided to put the emphasize more on the black elements, with the sofa in bright white to create balance (since it is the largest piece of furniture).

Bed, Accent Chair + Lighting: Z Gallerie Dresser, Bedding + Nightstand: Restoration Hardware
Bed, Accent Chair + Lighting: Z Gallerie
Dresser, Bedding + Nightstand: Restoration Hardware

This bedroom features a good mix of black and white elements to create a luxurious space. Depending on which shade you want to highlight, you can also swap out some of the black pieces for white ones. You want to remember to have a good mix of both colors.

Table, Buffet + Artwork: Restoration Hardware Chairs + Plant: Z Gallerie Candle Holders: Pier1
Table, Buffet + Artwork: Restoration Hardware
Chairs + Plant: Z Gallerie
Candle Holders: Pier1

Black and white can read very modern, but when choosing furniture and accessories that have classic lines, you achieve this look while still maintaining a traditional aesthetic.

A.S.D. Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin
A.S.D. Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin

This final look is one of our recent kitchen remodels featuring a sleek black and white color palette! Using Caesar Stone quarts counter tops and a show stopper crocodile back splash to make this a statement kitchen. If you want to find out more about how you can get this look, contact us at info@asdinteriors.com.

Grammy Inspired Design

The 2014 Grammy red carpet was full of color and inspiration and it is always something I look forward to seeing. I thought it would be fun to elaborate on how I think their interior spaces could be designed based on their red carpet style. Interior design often takes inspiration from fashion and vice versa. Here is how it plays out…

Taylor Swift Accent Tables: Crate & Barrel Pillows & Candle Holders: Pier1 Imports Buffet Cabinet: Z Gallerie
Taylor Swift
Accent Tables: Crate & Barrel
Pillows & Candle Holders: Pier1 Imports
Buffet Cabinet: Z Gallerie

Taylor Swift’s sparkling gown speaks to me in one word, METALLIC! Metallic tones create glamorous, high-end spaces. You can integrate these shiny hues into your home using textiles like throw pillows, or in your accessories like the candle holders, vases or lamps. Mirrored and metallic furnishings also make great statement pieces.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Ottoman: Lamps Plus Candle Holders: Z Gallerie Eames Chair and Pillows: Room & Board
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Ottoman: Lamps Plus
Candle Holders: Z Gallerie
Eames Chair and Pillows: Room & Board

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were big winners at the Grammys but also brought their fashion game to the red carpet. For this look, we choose to take inspiration from the sophisticated and masculine elements to their outfits. The modern leather chair paired with the velvet ottoman bring together the luxurious and ultra masculine feel. Teal and black with gold accents is the perfect palate for a swanky bachelor pad!

Beyonce Wall Art: Horchow Bench: Safavieh Pillows + Candle Holders: Z Gallerie
Beyonce
Wall Art: Horchow
Bench: Safavieh
Pillows + Candle Holders: Z Gallerie

Beyonce’s red carpet look was white hot! White will always be classic, and in this case soft and feminine. This look features soft fabrics and subtle, tone-on-tone patterns which create the soft look of lace. The wall art and candle holders are inspired by Beyonce’s womanly figure with their curved lines and feminine apepeal.

Define YOUR Interior Style!

Do you know your style?

Everyday we are out in the world discovering and learning new things about ourselves. With these experiences we narrow down our loves, likes and dislikes and are able to make decisions about what environment we should surround ourselves with. However, with so many options out there, it can become overwhelming and challenging to define an interior style that works BEST for you.One of the biggest problems clients have is defining their style. Many people know certain things they like but cannot paint the entire picture. This is usually where we come in and help organize your ideas! The interior design of your home should be a reflection of who you are. Start to notice the things you gravitate towards…

  1. What kind of music, movies & books do you like?
  2. How do you fill up your freetime?
  3. Colors? Do you like cool, bright, warm or neutrals?
  4. How do you dress or present yourself?

These are all important factors to consider for inspiration while designing your home. Another helpful hint is to do your research! Look through magazines, the internet and books to get an idea of the style you feel represents you and your life the best. Also, get to know what styles are out there! Some of the more popular styles are Mid Century Modern, Contemporary, Coastal, Traditional, Shabby Chic, Art Deco… the list goes on and on! Check out this HGTV  article for accurate pictures and definitions of each interior design style.

One of the last and best ways to help define your style is to decide what materials to use. Each interior design style has specific elements that make it what it is. For example, glass and polished streamlined furniture would typically fall under the category of Modern Design. Consider what you like about certain spaces- is it the reflective furniture? Distressed wood flooring? Sheer linen drapery? Take notice in the details and it will help you decide what to include in your home!!

Check out a few of our favorite styles below!

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Mid Century Modern from Pinterest

Industrial/contemporary
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