Since we are ending the end of the year, I thought I would take some time and answer your questions! I get questions from people all the time so today I am answering them for you. Everything from "do you do (insert service)" to "when should I call you if I want this done by (insert holiday)"
The short answer is no. I know there are a lot of designers out there that won't get on the phone is you don't have 100,000 dollars to spend. And that's great, but that leaves out a lot of people. And while I realize not everyone can afford full service interior design, I do try to offer some alternatives to at least provide some guidance for people. I offer everything from a simple paint or design consultation all the way up to designing a custom home. You can read more about that here if you're interested.
This one commonly gets lumped in with "will that make my room look smaller/larger?" The most important thing to keep in mind with accent walls is to make sure that you are using a contrasting color or pattern. The other walls should be in a neutral color. The whole point of an accent wall is to draw your eye to that wall so it needs to be special.
In terms of ceilings, adding color won’t necessarily make the room feel smaller. It really depends on your ceiling height and what’s going on with the rest of the space.
If your walls are 8-9’ high, I would paint the ceiling a lighter color. It doesn’t have to be white. It can be a lighter shade than what’s going on in the rest of the room. This will help to make the room feel bigger.
If your walls are 10+ feet then painting them a darker color can make the space feel more warm and inviting.
When you paint the ceiling the same color as the walls you are creating a monochromatic look. If the color is light, the room will feel larger. If you pick a dark color the room will feel smaller. I would only ever pick a dark color if that room had A LOT of natural light. It can be a bold, dramatic statement when done right!
I always tell people before a consultation to have a list of questions you want to go over with me. It can be hard to remember everything off the top of your head when we’re talking and walking around your house. I will also have a list of questions with me to help jog your memory of common questions I get asked!
It’s also a good idea to have a couple (and by couple I mean two or three!) photos of a particular design style you like to help illustrate how you want the room to look. Your definition of “modern” and mine may be totally different!
Wallpaper is back in style and people either love it or hate it. I find that most people who hate it, hate it because they know what a pain it is to remove it and they just don’t want the hassle. Enter peel and stick wallpaper. It’s come a long way in recent years and the number of colors and patterns available is so much better than it used to be! One of my favorite online wallpaper retailers is roommatesdecor.com. You can order fairly large samples and the quality is really good. You can even find good peel and stick wallpaper at Lowes and Home Depot these days. There is a learning curve to hanging peel and stick so if you’re aren’t up to the task, I would reach out to a wallpaper installer.
Yesterday. Just kidding :) But in all seriousness, the sooner the better. If you are looking to do any type of remodel or even order new furniture for a room we are going to need at LEAST six months. It takes time to design (4-6 weeks) and then we all know how shipping is these days.
If all you want to do is repaint or install some new flooring that can be done much quicker, but I would still allow for a good 2-3 months just because contractors are busy!
Well there you have it. My top five questions I get asked all the time. I hope this answers some of your questions. If not, you can always drop me a line in the chat bubble and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!
Happy Holidays and Chat soon,