Interior Design

Scenic Inspirations

Coastal Calm

Nothing sets the mood of a room like color.  Cool colors (blues, greens, violet combinations) promote tranquility.  Cool colors recede and are great for making a small room look larger.   Warm colors (orange, red, yellow combinations) advance projecting a feeling of comfort. Warm colors are used to make a big room feel cozier.  When deciding on paint colors and furnishings, consider both the size of the room and the mood that you want to establish.  A good tool is to use an inspirational image, either from a magazine, photograph or other source, that evokes an emotion that would like to translate to a room.

To illustrate this concept, I am using a photograph that I took in Key West.  I call this image “Taking Flight”.  While I love a great variety of design styles, one my favorite is “Coastal”. There is nothing like a beach scene to communicate coastal living.  Below the photograph is a mood board for a living room with paint and furnishings influenced by this image.  Share your inspiration and related mood board for your next project.


Taking Flight, photographed by Susan Haney

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  1. Vanguard Hart Coastal Teal Coral Rope Back Ivory Armchair,
  2. Safavieh Cape Cod Natural/Blue Area Rug,
  3. Blossom Beguile I Indoor Decorative Pillow,
  4. Watery, Behr Marquee Paint
  5. Ava Slipcovered Sofa,
  6. Harlow Small Coffee Table: Gunmetal,
  7. Palecek Reyna Coastal Grey Stripe Cream Rattan Stool Table,
  8. Carol Benson-Cobb, Mesa’s End No. 2,
Interior Design

Design 101

Light the Way

Let’s review…the eight elements of design are:

  1. Line
  2. Form
  3. Color
  4. Value
  5. Texture
  6. Pattern
  7. Light
  8. Space

In today’s blog we are going to focus on light and how natural light can affect your interior spaces.  The amount and wavelength of light can change the color and appearance of the object it touches.  Here is a quick overview of the benefits of having natural light in your home:

  1. Natural light affects our perception of space. Homes or buildings with lots of light appear to be larger than those without.
  2. Colors appear a deeper hue and more attractive in natural light vs. artificial light.
  3. Researchers indicate that well lit rooms provide more energy and help to combat fatigue.
  4. Naturally lit rooms promote fresher air keeping your home from smelling stale.
  5. Over illumination from artificial light can lead to discomfort such as headaches, therefore, natural light can provide a more comfortable atmosphere.
  6. Natural light is a timeline style not subject to fads.
  7. Natural light can lower expenses by reducing the amount of electricity that is required to illuminate your home.

Here are some example of how natural lighting enhances interior design:

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