Interior Design

Design 101


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 this weeks Design 101 blog we are going to focus on Texture. Texture is defined as the feel, appearance or consistence of a substance or surface.  Texture, in harmony, with the other elements helps to provide balance and visual interest to a room. In addition to overall balance, you need to consider the balance among texture – all smooth or all rough will create a feeling of monotony.  A nubby tweed sofa works better with a smooth throw pillow and a leather couch work better with a wool knitted fabric.  Here is an example of how texture can be used successfully.


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The soft velvet sofa plays well against the rough exposed brick wall. The room also feature smooth and shiny objects such as the glass coffee table, metal legs and arms of the furniture which are contrasted by the matte hues of the velvet chair fabric and rugs.  When selecting furniture for a room, keep this balance of opposites in mind and the room will not only look professionally decorated but will also project a comfortable and welcoming mood.

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Interior Design

Trends from the Nest

Indoor Plants

Adding plants is the perfect and inexpensive way to brighten up your home décor.  While house plants are not a new concept, designers are using them more than ever this year.  Plants provide color, line, texture and form to any room however, the other great benefit is that many plants have a purifying effect. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, additionally, plants also release water increasing humidity and, in many cases, remove toxins.  Therefore, you will find that you breathe easier when you are living amongst plants.  There are so many great options from tall and showy — that can fill corners or add height to a horizontal vignette, or small and compact — perfect for bookshelves, kitchens and accent tables.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: If there is such a thing as an it plant, that plant would be a Fiddle Leaf Fig. You will have seen them in almost every interior design magazine.  Their size, silhouette and showy leaves makes them a perfect room accent as long as have enough bright light and you can keep them away from drafts.
  2. English Ivy: I love to use English Ivy on a floating bookshelf because of the way it trails.  Bright indirect light is best for this plant. Keep away from your pets as English Ivy is toxic to dogs and cats.
  3. Rubber Tree Plant: I love the large glossy leaves of a Rubber Tree Plant. They add so much drama but are very low maintenance.  All they require is a sunny spot and once-a-week water.
  4. Dragon Tree: This spiky plant goes very well with modern interiors. It is relatively easy to care for and will do well in bright but indirect sunlight