Sheila Rich Interiors: Design Blog

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Ring In The Bling – Year Round Holiday Sparkle In Home Design

Everyone loves beautiful holiday decorations, but let’s face it – no one enjoys taking them all down again. It’s time consuming and a bit of a letdown.

But there’s a way to dress up your décor for the holidays and not have to take everything down afterwards.

In home décor just like in fashion, bling is the thing, and dressed-up rooms practically define the holidays. Accessorizing your room with eye-catching elements is the same as accessorizing your outfit with beautiful jewelry.

As I mentioned in my previous post, crystals are being added to chairs in place of tuft buttons as well as on fabric surfaces and wood frames as decorative accents. That’s one way to add touches of sparkle that will make your holiday shine and continue to make your home beautiful for years to come.

But you don’t have to limit yourself to upholstered pieces - you can also dress up your cabinetry in a similar way – with cabinet jewelry.

Drawer pulls and knobs have gone high-style with crystals, colorful enamel, and embellished metals. If you want a lot of zing in your kitchen or bathroom, put matching or coordinated pieces on all of your doors and drawers. But if you’re only looking for touches of glamour or new focal points, you can just add these pretty pieces to more eye-catching areas like over the stove, at the sink, or over the refrigerator. You can also create a coordinated look by putting crystal knobs on back plates of brushed nickel, brass, or chrome - whatever matches the rest of your hardware.

So before your holiday guests arrive, use any or all of these simple touches to dress up your cabinetry and/or upholstered furniture so that it shines with the light of holiday spirit. And after the holidays pass, there’s no cleanup – and you can still keep the beauty of the season well into the years ahead.

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Interior Design Color of the Year Trends for 2016

Every year, paint companies put out their picks for the color that will be the number one trend and set the tone for new color schemes. This year, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are in relative agreement, while PPG Paints' and Pantone's (considered the "world renowned authority on color" and leading edge on color trends) choices offer different perspectives.

Benjamin Moore's Simply White - Benjamin Moore is emphasizing "layered whites" for subtle shadings and light play. White is also perfect to create crisp contrasts and sharp definition against vivid or dark colors in the room's trim, accent wall, focal point or bold-colored accessories.

PPG Paints' Paradise Found - PPG describes this shade as an "organic aloe green with an undertone of blue" that instills a "sense of ease and rejuvenation". In color therapy terms, green promotes emotional harmony and balance and is, of course, the color of nature. PPG's aloe green on walls or as an accent will add a soft dimension to your decor.

Sherwin Williams' Alabaster - Creating a subtle contrast when used with pure white, Alabaster is a softer tone that the company describes as "an oasis of calmness" as well as being "understated and alluring". It's great as a stand-alone color or to gently offset other contrasting colors.

Pantone's Rose Quartz and Serenity - For the first time, Pantone is joining two colors to create "an antidote to modern day stresses". According to Pantone, bringing together a warm shade of rose and a cooler yet serene blue "challenges traditional perceptions of color association."

An article on Houzz states that four paint companies have chosen various off-white hues as their 2016 color of the year. They tend to drift from crisp white into softer, creamier, and calmer tones:

  • Benjamin Moore (Simply White)
  • Sherwin Williams (Alabaster)
  • Behr (Ivory Keys)
  • Glidden (Cappuccino White)

The one thing that all these color trends have in common is a move toward more serene tones that create an escape from an overly connected, turbulent and hectic world. Ultimately, of course, the choice is yours. It's your home, and your surroundings are important to create the ambiance and tone for you, your family, and your lifestyle.

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Color Without Chaos: Add Vibrancy to Your Rooms colors but don’t want to overwhelm your home? Here’s how we solved that dilemma for one color-loving client who simply couldn’t imagine living her life surrounded by neutral walls.

As a contemporary artist, my client’s world is filled with color. But when she overdid the colors in her previous condo, none of her artwork was noticeable and the effect was chaotic.

Her new condo offered a fresh start, and we wanted to give her the colorful walls she so desired while highlighting her oversized art. But to give an outdated 1980s condo a contemporary floorplan, we had to remove walls, making rooms more open.

To keep from visually over-stimulating any area, we strategically selected the walls that would carry color. For example, we created a third multi-purpose guest room off the living room that would also serve as a den and office space. The new den/office/guest room needed to be open during the day but have a privacy option for overnight guests. The solution was to add sliding barn doors that wouldn’t take up any extra space when open and would also work with the new open, airy feel of the condo.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Colorblock-condo-living-room.jpgThis solution gave us the perfect opportunity to add color. We painted the guest room side of the new wall a bold Raspberry Pudding, which highlights the artwork on the adjoining wall and gives the room the desired bold color statement.

On the other side of the same wall, we used Purple Passion as a backdrop to enhance the owner-artist’s original artwork. The Raspberry Pudding on the guest room side of the purple wall can’t be seen from the living room, and vice versa.

The coffered ceiling we added to the living room is given additional depth with gray paint, which balances the purple wall without fighting it for attention. The gray ceiling is then echoed in the area rug and soft furnishings.

This is just one example of how to use colorblocking effectively in your home. The basic guideline is to place bold colors strategically so they enhance their own space without conflicting with another.



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Interior Design Trends for 2014 - High Point Market Finds!

I just got back from another amazing trip to the High Point Market, and I wanted to share with you all the exciting new design trends for 2014.

  • Color is king, and the color trends we're seeing are definitely not shy!  Lots of apple green, orange, peacock, jade, and teal in mixed fabrics are being used on upholstered furniture.  But pictures speak louder than words.
  • Wood furniture is also sporting these new color trends. The new color and texturing on these pieces bring them into 2014 and beyond.
  • Classic pieces are getting sparkling updates with the addition of Swarovski crystal Elements.
  • The furniture market showed wood finish trends in driftwood, sandalwood, and reclaimed wood. Sculpted table bases add a very interesting dimension.
  • Stainless steel continues to hold its place in the new furniture lines, but one of the new trends is using lots of nail heads to create patterns on all types of pieces. This is one of the ways classic styles are being given a contemporary twist.
  • I posted lots more trendy finds on my Facebook page – tour the High Point furniture market with me there!

Hot-color-for-2014Orange is one of the hot color trends for 2014

Trendy peacock color in two fabrics update this classic wing back chairTrendy peacock color in two fabrics update this classic wing back chair

Chair-with-SwarovskiSwarovski crystal Elements add a touch of sparkleChair-with-bling-instead-of-nail-headsChairs tufted with crystals, which are also used in place of nail heads. Very pretty!

Sculpted-baseSculpted table baseTrend-setting colors and textures on wood furnishingsTrend-setting colors and textures on wood furnishings

Leather-chaiseDefinitely not your average leather chaise!Unique and liberal use of nail heads updates traditional furnishings.Unique and liberal use of nail heads updates traditional furnishings




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Turn Interior Design Problems Into Solutions – Two Quick Tips (Part 1 of 2)

Have you ever wanted to make a space more livable by getting rid of unsightly features like exposed pipes?  Has a builder made a measuring error and installed a window unevenly?

Don’t fret – many problems can be minimized or completely camouflaged through good design.  That “industrial looking” basement or attic can be turned into an attractive living space.  And you don’t have to pay another craftsman to fix the uneven window.  Here’s how I recently dealt with the first of these two challenges.

couples-retreatTip #1: Don’t fight it, minimize it!

The basement room of a show house I completely made over last year presented quite a design dilemma – the metal furnace, ventilation ducts, and electrical pipes with wires were all exposed. The ventilation ducts gave the room uneven ceiling heights, the furnace protruded into the room, and the pipes snaked up the walls. The former homeowners were using the small area as a sort of wine room and had lived with those intrusions for years.

My concept for the space was to turn it into a cozy Couple’s Retreat, a quiet place where the homeowners could escape the cares of the hectic world above. For that, they needed to be surrounded by a serene décor without obtrusive, industrial-looking features.

A lot went into achieving this goal, but basically I used the natural stone walls to their best advantage by utilizing their earthy colors and playing up the nature theme. Since the offending furnace and pipes were against the stone walls, I had them painted copper, which not only unified them with the copper color in the stone walls but also echoed other decorative copper accents in the room. I had the ceiling painted metallic gold to give it lift and interest; the ceiling ducts were painted the same color so they would blend in. Finally, I selected furnishings that were proportional with the erratic ceiling heights and played on the asymmetry of the space; the upholstered pieces also worked to soften the room while coordinating with the nature theme and colors in the stone walls.

If you’re living with unsightly features, or if unwanted elements are stopping you from buying an otherwise ideal home, try viewing the obstacles as challenges instead of problems. By working with those elements instead of fighting against them, you can minimize their importance in the room and open up unique design opportunities.

Read about more ways to turn interior design problems into solutions.

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