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November Newsletter 2011

HOW TO FIND DESIGN INSPIRATION

Are you starting a new design project, or looking to redesign a room in your home?  Many homeowners feel overwhelmed and stressed when starting to decorate.  “Where do I start?  What should I do first?”  Often, a homeowner will jump right into furniture shopping or choosing paint colors, but if this is your first step, then you may not end up with the harmonious design that you are hoping for.

In order to create the best outcome, you need to start with an inspiration from which everything else will follow.  Your inspiration will be the model for everything you do.

What is a design inspiration?  It is anything that gives you the feeling that you want in the room you are decorating.  Your inspiration could be literal (a photo or display of a room that you want to model), or it could just be something that inspires you to create you own look.

When searching for design inspiration, here are a few ideas of where to look:

Magazines:
Magazines are great sources of inspiration for designing a home.  But don’t limit yourself to design publications.  Look through fashion magazines, children’s publications, and product catalogs for insight and ideas.
Hotels:
Hotels use the finest designers and architects, so why not use their expertise and creativity?  Look at the colors, furniture, and overall style to inspire your next project.  If you don’t want to travel around the world to check out hotels, you can simply go to the bookstore.  There are many books and guides with photos to inspire you.
Accessory Stores:
One beautiful accessory can speak to you in a big way.  You can build an entire room around one piece.  Think about what you love about that ornament.  Is it the colors?  The shape?  The overall mood?  Use those elements in your room to create the same feeling.
Now that you are inspired, go decorate!

COLOR OF THE MONTH: BROWN

Brown is one color that never really goes out of style.

Brown is a warm, safe color that encourages conversation.  It’s a great color to use both in public rooms, where you entertain guests, and private rooms, where you retreat to feel relaxed.

Chocolate brown is the perfect anchor.  Use it for flooring, furniture, and molding.  Add brightly colored accessories to brighten and open up the space.
Tints of lighter brown – cinnamon, straw, cognac – can be paired with interesting colors – like stonewash blue, desert sage, and silver pink, creating eye-catching, beautiful combinations.

If you are looking to add an accent or create a bold statement, choose metallic shades of brown, like copper and bronze. For more natural looks, use beige shades, like the colors of parchment, cardboard, muslin, and hay.