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Four Looks- Which Do You Like Best?

One of the first questions I ask clients is what is definitely staying in the space. A lot of times there is a couple things that need to stay for varying reasons. Sometimes it’s for sentimental, budgetary or just practical reasons. The mood board (created on olioboard.com) shown below shows a blue sofa (http://bit.ly/wdbGwN) that needs to stay in the space and a beautiful rug (Home Decorator’s Collection). My client just purchased both and loves them and doesn’t know what else to buy to make their space beautiful, functional and coordinate. They are in a loss at to which paint colors to select and what fabrics would look best. This point is when I come into the equation and assist my client put the rest of the room together so everything flows well, is functional and beautiful. They have natural looking hardwoods in the living room and surrounding areas as well, which is the main reason they selected an area rug.

Please don’t feel that when you hire an interior designer that I’m going to come in and tell you to rent a dumpster and chuck everything out the door! Don’t get me wrong, there are times when everything is so outdated or worn out that the solution includes starting fresh. In most cases, I work my magic around something that needs to stay. Most times the solution includes considering the spaces that surround the room at hand. I have to tie in the overall space. It is important to consider coordinating the adjacent paint colors and furniture so everything is cohesive.

Many of my clients opt for having a couple choices and that way they are part of the decision making. I like doing this because they can be a part of the design selections so they feel proud that they helped choose things. Also, there are clients that have no desire to be a part of the selection process and just go with what I select due to their time restraints and hectic schedule. I have no problem making all the selections but it’s usually after really getting to know my clients, their lifestyles and home functionality. This reason is why I will ask you a lot of questions!

I will explain how you can obtain four different looks by switching around accent seating pieces, artwork, lighting and fabrics. There are many details and selections considered when designing your space. I try to gauge what design aesthetic your home encapsulates or what you would like your home to eventually look like after we complete you redesign projects.

In Look 1, I choose a cheery palette. I added bright colors and based the look on the fabric that incorporated all the colors. Since the sofa is a solid overall color, I selected a print side chair.  The aesthetic speaks to me as more earthly and natural. I chose a chandelier that mimics the feel of bird cages since tropical birds tend to have many of the vibrant colors in the space. In all my looks, I incorporated artwork based in nature and used Spirit of Sports (http://bit.ly/wzda4V) as the vendor. The artwork in Look 1, is called Fly Fishing by Steve Kuzman.

In look2, there is more of a transitional yet sophisticated feel because it incorporates some traditional, modern and French country aspects. Overall the feel of the room is very calming and comfortable. There is a lot of visual interest and texture. The artwork featured in this room is Fly Fishing by Ken Auster http://bit.ly/xWp2Aw).

Look 3 has several different elements. Overall it feels very natural with the use of linen. There are some decorative damask patterns that tie in the rug with the space. I tried to incorporate some masculine elements to balance the damask and floral in the rug. I used brown velvet chairs and leather ottomans which emulate a more masculine look. This aspect is important to my clients who have a dilemma of battle of the colors and styles with trying to satiate the wife’s and husband’s wishes. The art piece featured here is called Fishing Hole by Ralph Spitzmiller (http://bit.ly/xvhz1g).

Lastly, Look 4 is has a modern and elegant feel to it. There are more grays to neutralize the vibrant teals used. The fabrics are both feminine and masculine. By using a hounds tooth and a gray fabric, the man of the house will be pleased. The wife will be happy to see the slight floral in the toile and teal and white print. The chandelier is feminine it that it has some soft draping to it but masculine in the fact that it is pewter and made out of iron. The artwork featured is The 9th Hole, The Royal County Down by Linda Hartough (http://bit.ly/zlJg8L).

Each of these looks is unique and works but which one would you pick? Which one emulates your style and would work in your home? It’s very interesting how the same room with the same sofa and rug can look very different by selecting different fabrics, window treatments and side chairs. Please keep this in mind when selecting things before consulting a designer. The sooner you contact us, the better in our perspective so we can help you fully obtain the look you are hoping for. If you are not sure what look or colors you want, we can help your discern that as well. Please contact me at selmahammer.com for more information of the spaces and if you are interested in a consultation.