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

 

 

When to hire an Interior designer?

So often I get hired to start a new project and the same topic always comes up….the client tells me “Wow we should have hired you months ago!!” Yes it’s true, many people underestimate how many details there are and how useful it is to hire a designer at the beginning of a project. Not every designer works the same, but for us, we are really here to help save you TIME, MONEY, and STRESS!

So why do people wait? Well part of it may be that there is a stigma over designers in that consumers believe we cost a lot of extra money. Much to the contrary, we can actually save our clients huge dollars when it comes to making the right decisions and not paying extra for mistakes.

Another element to the mix is the Architect and Contractor. Not to take away from the importance of their jobs, but there is an absolute difference between the job of an architect….who is there to deal with the overall structural design…and the contractor, who is there to construct. Neither should be taking on the job of a designer as it dilutes the real overall finished picture.

So when should clients think of hiring a designer? It should happen just as soon as you think you might want to alter or add a new space to your home or office. Yes an architect can get to work on drawings, but there is never enough time to resource for the perfect items and materials to go in each room.

Just recently, my client had a realization of my importance for something as insignificant as the plugs for their home office computer. As the electrician and cable company were installing these 2 items on the wall, there wasn’t a selected desk at the time and therefore no one to say, “The desk that we are purchasing is 84″ long, therefore put the plug here!” Now my client has to pay for the electrical and DSL cables to be moved, the drywall to be patched, and the painter to touch up the wall.

So, if you plan to do any renovation, remodeling, additions, or design changes to your home or office remember to hire an Interior Designer in the beginning of your project. We will take care of all the details!