Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ask A Design Question, What Color To Paint?

Dear Toni, we need a new paint color for our living room. We live in a Craftsman Home with walls which are two thirds wood paneling on the lower and one third off white on the upper. We'd like a warm color to complement the wood and update the look of the room. Any suggestions? Clueless in a Craftsman

Dear Clueless Craftsman, Orange is this year's hottest color. Whether your main wall color or simply an accent, it's always warm, vibrant, and cheerful. In this picture you can see that using orange on the upper third of the wall really helps to warm the room without overpowering it. They took the color one step further by using it on the sofas as well.
This room's orange is from Benjamin Moore's Paint, called Soft Pumpkin 2166-40. The warmth of orange will really give the wood in your Craftsman Home a new look.
Go for it,~Toni

Does The TV Really Have To Go Over The Fireplace?

THE ?: Does the TV have to go over the fireplace?

Dear Toni, My husband and I have a large 13 x 24 ft. family room, he loves TV and I love to read by the fire. Presently we have the TV placed to the left of the fireplace and we fight for the space. We are shopping for a larger screen TV and my husband insists that it must be placed over the fireplace. I do not agree. My question is, does the new TV have to go over the fireplace? Is this the only place we can put it in this room?
Thanks for your advice, Ann

THE SOLUTION: Divide and Conquer!

Dear Ann, No, you don't have to put it over the fireplace! Here is a great solution to your problem. Typically, we like one focal point in a room. But that rule can be broken by having two, one less prominent than the other.
Since your room is a generous 13 x 24, you can easily create two cozy seating areas with specific purposes instead of one large space that does not allow for different activities.
As my floor plan above shows, the main focal point is the TV area. By placing the TV on a large console and by positioning the sofa in front of it with a side arm chair you have created a larger more prominent area. The secondary, less imposing area is the fireplace hearth/reading area. Place just two chairs and a bench to further separate the space. Both areas are anchored by the two area rugs in the same color. One smaller by the fireplace and one larger by the TV. Using furniture in the same color family and texture makes both areas relate to one another nicely.
This is a good start on designing a space plan that works for you both. And if your husband will wear wireless head phones while he watches TV you will be able to hear the crackling fire while you read! Good luck Ann! ~Toni

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Throw Pillow Fight. Is Your Interior Designer Really Putting Your Health At Risk?

Hi Friends, I just love a good Pillow Fight! For some time now the powers that be would like it if they had no competition! So they are passing laws that would make it illegal for some Interior Designers and Decorators to do business. Watch this video of a designer that was hit pretty hard for her illegal decorating!

I just hate to be bullied, don't you?