Five tips for a great home office

July 26, 2011 § 1 Comment

Looking to improve your home office?  Here are some tips for creating a space you will love…

Photo: Martha Stewart Living

First, keep it simple—a calm, organized space is best for productivity. Storing your projects and papers in color coordinated binders and bins cuts down on the visual clutter of the space.

Photo: Monique L'huillier's Office, Elle Decor

Select a room with natural light or a great view—it will elevate your mood.

Photo: House Beautiful

If you plan to display your collection of books, select a neutral color for the room to serve as a backdrop.  You will be surprised by the cheerful colors they will add to the space.

Photo: Michael Angus, Canadian House and Home

Get inspired by beauty and surround yourself with things you love—whether it’s beautiful antiques or a fabulous picture wall.

Photo: West Elm

There are many styles and types of offices—pick a style that suits your personality.

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Closet spaces reinvented…

June 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

Reclaim your closet space and give it a new purpose.  Get inspired for a quick weekend project with these great ideas for utilizing closet space.  This office nook below is the perfect solution for a combination guest room/home office.  (Although ideally there would be more space between the desk and the bed!)

Photo: Apartment Therapy

This closet efficiently stores a home office, which can be hidden quickly.

Photo: Martha Stewart

I love the creative use of this closet—converted into a cozy library.  The deep hue on the shelves and the addition of the ladder adds warmth and character to the space.

Photo: Real Simple

Get the toys off your playroom floor with this colorful organized space—who says closets need to be white?

Photo: Container Store

You can even make a private hangout—this fanciful child’s closet is much more fun as a reading nook and playspace.

Photo: Ohdeedoh

Have fun!

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Design Trend: Lavender…

June 22, 2011 § 2 Comments

Lavender is a soft feminine color, but it’s use has been reinvented. This color—traditionally used in bedrooms or children’s rooms—has become a popular choice for more public spaces.  To do this successfully, the color you select is very important.  This shade of lavender reads as almost gray. This modern color gives a fresh look to this traditional home…

Photo: Canadian House and Home

         

Using a color like lavender in a public space can be a challenge.  Adding deeper hues to a lavender scheme can make it more universal, like in this room by PIERCE -ALLEN.  I love this color combination…

Photo: PIERCE – ALLEN

         

The way lavender is perceived can be influenced by the colors it is used with. This room by Anne Coyle is brilliant example of transforming lavender through the use of color.   The use of black gives a more masculine feel to this feminine color.

Photo: Anne Coyle

           

Why not try using a deeper shade instead?  Who needs lavender in a room like this…

Photo: House Beautiful

Color palette swatches by Benjamin Moore:  Scheme 1 – Lavender Mist, Mystical Blue, Athenian Blue, Bryant Gold.  Scheme 2 – Plum Royale, Beach Plum, Yellow Iris, Racing Orange.  Scheme 3 – Beach Plum, Black Tar, Bryant Gold, Stuart Gold.

Adding light to dark colored rooms

May 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Using dark colors on your walls always runs the risk of creating a room that is too dark. Occasionally, it is the designer’s intent is to create a dark and mysterious mood in a room, but in most cases, the goal is to create a sense of light even though some of the elements in the space are dark.  The key to adding light to the space is all about balance.

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This space uses light colored flooring to reflect light into the room.  In addition, all the elements in the room are light colored except for the richly colored dark walls.

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This office is a great example of balancing dark colors in a room.  The bookshelves and windows break up the dark gray walls.  The white cabinetry increases the perception of light in the room, while the orange accents add interest.

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Lighting is key…This kitchen has an amazing amount of light considering just about every element in the room is dark.  Why does it work?  A large amount of natural light from the window fills the room and is reflected by the raised white ceiling.  Additional light fixtures have been added to the space as well. The size and openness of the room also helps to promote a light and airy feel.

Some other ways to add light to the room is through the use of wainscoting, mirrors or reflective surfaces, and artwork.  Pick your room wisely, one that gets a lot of natural light and open space. Ready to take on a project like this? Here are some of my favorite moody hues…

         

Colors from left to right…1623 Britannia Blue, 1456 Mountain Ridge, 1609 Temptation, and 1637 Blue Spruce.  All colors are by Benjamin Moore.

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