2018 Living Room Trends

What is your favorite room in your home? For me, since it’s so cold outside, I would say the living room right now! As I mentioned in a previous blog, I love curling up on my sofa in a warm throw, in front of a fire, as I read my favorite book. If you are like me, and you enjoy spending time in your living room, why not make your favorite room in your house an expression of yourself? Continue reading “2018 Living Room Trends”

Making Your Home More Cozy This Fall

Where is your favorite place to be during the cold fall months? For me, it’s in my home snuggled up on my favorite sofa in front of a warm fire. I find that as temperatures drop outside, adding some warmth to your home can help get you through the harshest winter months.

Whether it’s little things, like adding more candles and throws throughout your home, or bigger projects, like painting your walls darker shades and transforming nooks into snuggly hangouts, there are a variety of ways you can add a homey, cozy vibe to make staying indoors inviting and comfortable:

  1. Add candle power: Easy and inexpensive, candles are a quick way to add comfort and warmth to your home. Select candles in different shapes and sizes and try grouping them to maximize their benefit.
  2. Add layers: Blankets, comforters or faux fur throws help create an extra layer of warmth. Use them in bedrooms and family rooms – ideal spots for snuggling up with loved ones or all by yourself.
  3. Bring some green into your home: As trees begin to lose their leaves and plants go into hibernation, it’s especially nice to bring some green into your home. Plants and flowers will bring some life to your interiors, especially when you don’t see any green outside your windows.
  4. Paint your room with darker colors: Dark paint colors on walls create warmth in a modern way. When balanced with lighter-colored furniture or accessories, dark walls can become a focal point while feeling comfortable and snug.
  5. Lighting can set different moods depending on the type of lightbulbs used. For fall and winter months, avoid cooler shades, such as clear and blue-tinted bulbs. To create a soothing setting, warmer lightbulbs, such as soft white or yellow-tinted ones are recommended. Try grouping your lights together to create a warm focal point.
  6. Use your five senses. The sound of a crackling fire, whether real or recorded, will help warm your spirits. And when it comes to smells and tastes, get those kitchens humming. When creating a homey, warm atmosphere, nothing is more evocative than your sense of smell. Go ahead and make that coffee and hot chocolate or bake your favorite cookies and pies. Your nose and taste buds will thank you.

Ready to implement some of these design trends in your home? At Maria Causey Interior Design, we always stay well attuned to nuances in design for your home. Since your home should truly reflect who you are and create the mood you desire, we want to help you to make design choices that will last. For more information or to receive a proposal for your next interior design project, please contact Maria Causey Interior Design today.

Top Design Trends for Fall

Do you ever find yourself searching the internet to find inspiration? I particularly enjoy Houzz, and posts about the newest trends at the High Point market. As you may know, the internet is filled with many great design ideas. It’s impossible to view them all, but sometimes certain things just catch your eye!

Recently, I came across research on the amazing decor that is being featured the most in social media. Here are some of the hottest design trends that I noticed are being posted this fall:

 

  • Wabi-sabi is a decor trend that is based on Japanese philosophies of impermanence and imperfection. In the home, this means emphasizing the use of organic materials, pieces made with innate imperfections, and embracing authenticity, even if that means it’s a little off-kilter.

 

  • Velvet has been growing in popularity for a while (Kate Middleton has even embraced it), and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The best part is you can use velvet to make a statement (like a gorgeous blue velvet couch) or add a trendy accent with a pillow or throw blanket.

 

  • Blush: Don’t expect blush (pink) to fade in popularity anytime soon. But one thing that is changing: the colors people are pairing with it. Keep your eyes peeled for copper, teal and blue being paired with and heating up this color.

 

  • Pillar Lanterns: Lanterns have existed for centuries! However, sleek, simple ones can be stylish and practical. For autumn, this romantic accessory is popular to warm up the ambiance in the home.

 

  • Macrame: Fall is all about being outside (pumpkin patches! apple orchards!) and embracing nature, which is why the earthy, boho vibe of macrame is perfect for any outdoor gathering. Instead of embracing this trend with a wall hanging, this trend can be incorporated into a room with a woven chair or table runner!

 

  • Greenery: Move over, orange: People are veering away from traditional fall colors and instead embracing nature in the form of green plants and leaves. In fact, “greenery” was the 2017 Pantone color of the year. According to the Pantone Institute, it represents refreshment, rejuvenation, and rebirth.

 

  • Mud Cloth: Shibbouri and indigo-dyed mud cloth has been on trend for the past year, and it’s only going to get more popular as we head into the cozy fall season. 

Ready to implement some of these and other exciting design trends in your home? At Maria Causey Interior Design, we always stay well attuned to nuances in design for your home. Since your home should truly reflect who you are and create the mood you desire, we want to help you to make design choices that will last. For more information or to receive a proposal for your next interior design project, please contact Maria Causey Interior Design today.

 

Beautiful Bathroom Design Trends

Today’s bathrooms can be so much more than a place to shower & brush your teeth. Your bathroom can be a sanctuary—a place to relax and unwind; a place where you can luxuriate in a bubble bath; and even a place where you can get away from the kids, if you need a few minutes of “me” time.

And that sanctuary should be beautiful

Whether you want your bathroom to feel like you’re in a spa or you want something sleek and sophisticated, here are some trends and tips to consider:

 

  • Elegant furniture: Sometimes, the real standout in a bathroom is the furniture. Elegant pieces such as a modern display cabinet can take your bathroom from average to the inspired.

 

  • Vivid colors: When it comes to paint, why not go a bit bold, with a subtle dose of color. Vivid colors add a nice touch, but shouldn’t be too overwhelming.

 

  • Textured walls: Wallpaper is being used more often, and some of the modern designs are simply gorgeous. If you don’t like wallpaper, textured tiles can give the space an immersive, visual appeal.

 

  • Updated Southwestern: Southwestern style is colorful and funky, perfect for people who want something a little unusual. The problem is, a lot of Southwestern decor can feel a little … kitschy; but it doesn’t have to be. A terra-cotta bathtub and sink paired with teal walls can give you a modern version of this look.

 

  • Wood floors: Wood floors in the bathroom used to mean impossible upkeep, but not anymore! Now you can buy ceramic or porcelain tiles that look exactly like the real thing.

 

  • Embellished ceilings: If you’ve been ignoring your bathroom ceiling, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to add some visual appeal. An exposed wood ceiling absolutely pops against neutral tiles.

 

  • Exotic themes: Colorful ceramics can spruce up any space, adding an exotic flair that will make you feel like you’re permanently on vacation. Big, bold, and beautiful tiles can create a beautiful focal point.

At Maria Causey Interior Design, we guide clients in outfitting bathroom finishes with style so that tile schemes, tub, vanities, backsplashes, and faucets all complement each other beautifully and align with your personal style. Since your bathroom should truly create the mood you desire, we want to help you to make design choices that will last. For more information or to receive a proposal for your next interior design project, please contact Maria Causey Interior Design today.

Accent Wall Inspiration

We’ve all seen the Pinterest posts that stop us dead in our tracks. Ever notice a room with the most perfectly painted accent wall? Whether it’s a rustic reclaimed wood wall behind a headboard, or a dramatic stand-out wall in a dining room, accent wall nirvana can be achieved!

How to choose your location

Accent walls naturally attract the eye in a space, so I often take into account the flow, purpose, and architectural structure of the space. Is the room long and narrow with a fireplace centered on the far wall? Do you have your headboard against a wall that features a tall vaulted ceiling? Spaces like these are all great for highlighting with an accent wall. Together we will consider where the focal point of the room should be, as well as whether any of your furniture pieces would really pop against a dramatic background.

How to choose your medium

Paint is a great way to inject color and add depth to a room. Wallpaper requires a little more effort, but is well worth it. For instance, a bold pattern can create a dramatic look, or a more subtle one can simply add some texture to a room. With removable options available as well, it’s easier than ever to give wallpaper a try. Other options for creating an accent wall include reclaimed wood paneling (also available in removable options!), shiplap, or adding trim to create a dimensional accent.

How to choose your color

A dramatic color is great for a smaller accent wall or when paired with an overall lighter palette, so the dramatic color doesn’t feel too overwhelming. When creating a larger accent wall or if you’re adding an accent through dimensional trim, a more subtle hue would be preferable.

Ready to make your accent wall dreams come true but don’t know where to start? At Maria Causey Interior Design, we always stay well attuned to the newest trends in design for your home. Since your home should truly reflect who you are and create the mood you desire, we want to help you to make design choices that will last. For more information or to receive a proposal for your next interior design project, please contact Maria Causey Interior Design today.

Travel-Inspired Design

Do you love to travel, but can’t get away as much as you would like? Mementos from some of our favorite trips can be the perfect inspiration for our home design. So can items that remind us of places we’ve dreamed of visiting.

Here are some chic ideas that you can incorporate into a travel-inspired design. They will stir your bon voyage spirit.

 

  • Maps ‘n’ things: Travel decor often brings to mind interiors filled with vintage suitcases, sepia-tinted globes and old world maps. I typically stick with just one or two travel-themed accessories like an antique camera and a steamer trunk pulling double duty as a coffee table and extra storage space.

 

  • Pick up items at your destination: If you’re fortunate enough to travel to an exciting or exotic locale , take the opportunity to pick up authentic pieces to accent your home. Don’t make the mistake of relying on luck to find the right stuff – you need a definite shopping plan before you board the plane. It’ll probably mean venturing away from the typical tourist areas, but it’ll be worth it.

 

  • Arm yourself with a little knowledge on the history and art of the region you’re traveling to so you’ll be better able to gauge the value and authenticity of potential decor items for your home. Plus, you’ll want to skip decorating with souvenir-stand finds and go off-road shopping at out-of-the-way antique stores and local markets. Check out online resources to find the best shopping spots the locals go to for home decor and check to see if any auctions are going on while you’re in the region.

 

  • Tell me what you’re looking for: If travelling to the region that’s driving your décor project isn’t possible, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck when it comes to designing with authentic pieces. As a design professional, I have access to home decor, such as rugs, fabrics and major furniture pieces, from all over the world.

At Maria Causey Interior Design, we always stay well-attuned to international design and have access to one-of-kind-decor for your home, to help you get the look and feel you desire. Since your home should truly reflect who you are and create the mood you desire, we want to help you to make choices that will last. For more information or to receive a proposal for your next interior design project, please contact Maria Causey Interior Design today.

Window Treatments- The Focal Point of a Room

Looking for a way to add visual warmth to a room? In my experience, adding the right window treatments can really impact the mood of a room. Colorful window treatments add visual interest, while patterned curtains can make a big splash. For a bold statement, I often use wallpaper and matching curtains, and decorative hardware and embellishments that complement the look. Continue reading “Window Treatments- The Focal Point of a Room”

The Best Summer Colors for Your Home

Wow, I can’t believe it’s summer already! The pastel pink peonies, light sandy beaches, and bright yellow sun shining on the water means summer colors are starting to pop-up everywhere. These is no reason not to surround yourself with the bright and light colors of summer, to add freshness and calmness to your home.

From dusky blues to pastel pinks, colors are getting a makeover in this summer of 2017. These are some of the colors of summer and how they are influencing interior design:

Greens: What better way to bring more nature into home? From dark greens to lush colors, greens are becoming more and more popular for indoor decor. You can use green on a statement wall or incorporate pieces of furniture that contain natural textiles and organic materials.

White: White is one of those colors that many homeowners shy away from. However, white can be the most refreshing color of the spectrum, evoking purity, cleanliness, but also confidence and sophistication.

Sky Blue: From walls to upholstered furniture pieces, this classical color will fill the home interiors with glamour and elegance! 

Bright Yellow: Subtle yellows have the ability to breathe life into a home and can convey a friendly environment to guests, while strong yellows convey positive qualities, such as happiness, optimism, and confidence. Although yellow is a strong color, it can create a truly harmonious color scheme with colors of the same family.

Pastel Pinks: Pastel colors have made a comeback after falling out of favor in recent decades. A pastel pink tone can be lovely in a home, because it is not strong and intrusive.

Color is a key element in creating the mood of a room. At Maria Causey Interior Design, we always stay well informed about nuances and trends in the incorporation of color in your home. Since your home should truly reflect who you are and create the mood you desire, we want to help you to make color choices that will last. For more information or to receive a proposal for your next interior design project, please contact Maria Causey Interior Design today.

 

 

What’s Trending in Kitchen Design?

When it comes to kitchen design, I am always looking for opportunities to use a variety of patterns, finishes and textures through the tile, cabinetry, countertops, lighting, plumbing fixtures and accessories, based on my client’s taste and preferences. In my opinion, mixing things up adds interest and character, and consequently, doing so aligns perfectly with the current trends in kitchen design. Continue reading “What’s Trending in Kitchen Design?”

Designers Bring More Than Just The “Beautiful”

I don’t know what you think of when you think of an interior designer, but most people picture someone who has great taste and knows how pick out pretty things. Well, creating beautiful, functional rooms requires that… and much more. 

We designers have to know about building materials & their properties, paint finishes and uses, code and safety requirements, fabric types & properties (including understanding things like “Wyzenbeek 30,000 double rubs”, which sounds like a type of massage (I wish!) but actually refers to fabric durability), and the art & science of lighting (which, believe it or not, requires using a mathematical formula & evaluating things like color temperature, energy-efficiency and placement & selection of fixtures & switches). This is the not-so-pretty, not-usually-all-that-entertaining stuff they don’t show you on HGTV or in the pages of glossy magazines, but it’s absolutely necessary. Let me take you behind the scenes of a project to show you what I mean:

 

This young family had a living room that was uninviting and unused. The goals were to make it warm, inviting, and bright; pet- and small children- friendly; and a gathering place where they could watch TV with friends. The challenges: no wall suitable for wall-mounted TV, unattractive columns, poor lighting, and furniture that wasn’t comfortable.

The solutions: remove the columns, change the flooring, add a rug, add comfortable yet durable furniture, add hard-wired lighting of various types, and elongate one wall to accommodate a TV and storage.

The floor plan went from this:

 

to this:

 

 

It now looks like this: