Sheila Rich Interiors: Design Blog

Helpful tips and suggestions on designing your interior.

Hearts Trump Trends

What do you do if you love color and collections when trends lean toward monochromatic designs and minimalism?

You follow your heart.

Trends come and go – some you may love, others may not be your style. It’s your home, your environment, so whatever décor you choose should make you happy and comfortable.

The key to incorporating the things you love is use them so they flow with the overall design and don’t stand out like misfits. For example, if you have a particular collection that you want to display, you can create a special place for it in your new design scheme.

I recently had a client who had two dissimilar types of collections that she wanted to incorporate into her kitchen that we were remodeling: one was a collection of large decorative roosters and the other was green glass of all shapes and sizes.

In her old kitchen, these pieces were merely cluttering up her counters – this not only infringed on her work space, but it also took away the aesthetic value of each piece. Neither she nor her guests could enjoy the things so dear to her heart.

In the new design, we created shelves on either side of the window above the sink for her rooster collection; this allows them to be part of her décor without cluttering up her countertops, and she can admire them every day.

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The glass collection was scattered all around the house, making each piece fade away. We created a triple pantry along a wall where a countertop had been; not only did this dramatically increase her storage space, it also created the perfect out-of-the-way lighted display area where the green glassware collection could shine. Proper placement and lighting give the pieces importance and elegant aesthetic value.

Color and texture were also very important to my client – she didn’t care for the monochromatic trend. So we focused on her favorite color, blue, and installed a stained glass backsplash accentuated with a repeating ivory pattern. The texture and color fit perfectly into my client’s idea of a dream kitchen.

No matter what your tastes or the current trends may be, the one thing to remember is to follow your heart. Good design never goes out of fashion.


Color Your Kitchen in Vintage Style

AGA Range Duck Egg Blue 1Kitchen ranges and appliances in orange, turquoise, and red? It’s not a dream – these colors and more are here and making bold statements.

I saw beautiful examples of these items when I went to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City earlier this month. As always, there was an amazing array of the latest trends covering every aspect of interior design, but this one really stood out for me and I wanted to share it with you. 

These striking modern twists on vintage styles are a great new way to add eye-catching color to your kitchen. They work well with any style kitchen, whether traditional or contemporary. And they’re easier to care for than stainless steel.

AGA Range Cranberry Solid Doors 1Using one of these appliances in a small to medium kitchen can create a fabulous focal point. If you have a large kitchen, you have the luxury of being able to use several pieces without overwhelming the space. They are very beautiful and so much fun.

Whatever color you choose, you can incorporate that color into the overall design or let it just stand alone in the appliances. If the color is only in the appliances, the kitchen color scheme should be a neutral backdrop. Trends change and years and years of sleek stainless steel appliances are now being upstaged by brightly colored retro looking pieces.

The ranges you see pictured here (with permission) are all made by AGA Marvel, a company whose high-quality, beautiful creations can be found worldwide. Check out their website for more appliance trend-setters and photos of their appliances in kitchen settings.

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Couture Living - Timeless Kitchen Design

Kitchen Design for Today and Tomorrow

Today’s kitchen is far more than just functional, it's a major part of your home’s style. It's the hub of the home; the place where we spend a lot of time preparing for holidays and family gatherings, not to mention everyday meals. And because it’s such an important room, our guests often join us there.

But there’s even more to this central room - the look and functionality of your kitchen can make or break the future sale of your home, as well as add or deduct from its value. So it’s common sense to treat your kitchen with the same couture design as you would the rest of your house.

Timeless-Kitchen-Sheila-Rich-InteriorsWhen you decide to update your kitchen, consider looking ahead at the design trends to come. I designed the kitchen  over a decade ago, and because it was ahead of its time, it’s in perfect fashion today. At that time, seamless integration of appliances like the dishwasher, refrigerator, and freezer with cabinetry wasn’t common, but it’s all the rage now and probably will be for quite some time.

By choosing outside-the-box couture, your kitchen will be in fashion longer – as long as the basic styles you choose are timeless and work with your family’s lifestyle. Keep in mind that there’s a difference between classic designs that are ahead of their time and flat-out funky designs, which will run their course quickly and leave you stuck with yet another makeover project too soon.

Whether your kitchen will be used by just the two of you or a family of five, which is the case with the kitchen you see here, think about using stain-resistant fabric on your chairs. Everyone has accidents - and the more people who use your kitchen, the more of a chance there is for a spill – but you can avoid the time-consuming cleanup and possible permanent staining if you plan ahead.

Carefree Style and Elegance

Before you recoil at the image of old-fashioned plastic-looking coverings, take a look at the selection of stain-resistant fabrics available today. Sunbrella fabrics, for example, repel spills and can be cleaned easily. They’re trendy, contemporary, classic, and in no way betray their functionality. These fabrics have a lush look and comfortable feel, and they’ll pay for themselves over and over again every time a red wine or marinara sauce spill doesn’t leave a permanent discoloration. Without the worry about staining, you can choose lighter colors freely.

A desk area is a great asset to a modern family’s kitchen. This space can act as the social hub of your home, where your telephone, laptop, and calendar can stay out of the way of food preparation while conveniently giving you a place to make appointments and social engagements; you'll have everything you need right at your fingertips. But you can take this a step further and add built-in outlets inside the desk drawer for charging electronic devices while keeping them off the desk and eliminating clutter.

These are just a few ideas; use your own creativity to come up with new, innovative ways to make your couture kitchen write a page from the future. You never know – you may just be on the cutting edge of the next big thing in interior design!

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