Wendy&Greg Blackband

 

principal designer and founder of

Blackband design

 

It all starts with a vision


begin designing with a neutral palette, then add cool colors for pillows, drapery, and accent pieces.

Try something different 


throw something different into your design. something that doesn't make sense, that isn't quite so matchy, and create it into another layer of the space.

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to die for…


play around with fabrics when designing for a space, but when you find the one (you know, that one fabric that is to die for), use that as the main focus and design out from there. 

 

mix it up


- vintage and new -

- expensive and affordable -

- designer and go-to -

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Corine Maggio

 

principal designer and founder of

corine maggio natural design

 

When it comes to accessorizing, wait until the end of the design process - this way you can use things you already have and figure out what things you are missing. 


This creates an environment that has more meaning to you, a more personalized space. 

always remember that contrast and layering go hand in hand.

levels of contrast:

[ light - medium - dark ] 

pretty simple, so here's how to apply it… 

when decorating your living room  you have 4 basic layers: the floor, a rug, a table, and a sofa. 

so, if your floor is medium, your rug should either be light or dark. if your rug is light, your table should be dark. 

 

downsize! you only need one of every thing you have and use. make that one something you really love.


this will help you be more deliberate about what's in your home. if you pare down what you have to only your favorites, then you know you have the best quality, you don't have to worry about choosing what to use everyday, and you'll use what you love more.

(for example, choose to have one lotion instead of four. choose the one that you love, the one that works well, and the one that looks beautiful sitting on your counter) 

All pictures on this page are owned and designed by Corine Maggio Natural Design

Brooke Wagner

 

principal designer and founder of

brooke wagner design

Our mission is to create beautiful, seamless design, eliminating the stress for our clients and making it an enjoyable process for them.
 

do major pieces in solids & accent with patterns of different scale


this keeps the bones of the room timeless and as styles change you can more easily switch out smaller pieces

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either use the same pattern in different colorways

(complementary colorways) 


or


use different scale patterns

(Such as: a large scale geometric pattern with tighter, smaller print or big, bold wide stripes with a skinny ticking stripe)


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Debra Borden

principal designer and founder of

Borden interiors

 

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Accent a room with a bold color to lighten it up, or for a small space to open it up!

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remember to always use that color in smaller places throughout the room so it all ties together.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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always use a strong color. something bold, but one that you won't tire of.

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Jessica Risko Smith

 

principal designer and founder of

JRS ID

 

Jessica's tips for using a pop of color …

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residential project 10 | master suite remodel

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residential project 11 

If you love it, use it. Use a color within your risk tolerance & where your comfort level lies. It’s all about confidence!
 residential project 10 | master suite remodel

residential project 10 | master suite remodel

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commercial project 3

Jessicas guide to using a 'pop of color'...

 residential project 1 | guest house

residential project 1 | guest house

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residential project 9 | kitchen and bathroom design

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residential project 13

All pictures on this page are owned and designed by JRS ID
 residential project 1 | guest house

residential project 1 | guest house

Use just enough color to make it a surprise. Don’t use that color everywhere, only in about 5-10% of the space.
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residential project 11

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residential project 12

Use comforting colors, ones that won’t scare you in the morning, but are good to be around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use pillows & poofs to add the 'pop'. They are easy to rearrange & move around when you get tired of the layout.

 

 

 

 

Use art with some color in it for a neutral space. It is subtle, but draws the eye.

 

 

 

 

 

Try to avoid using rugs as your 'pop'. They are hard to rearrange & as much as you love them, you can tire of them. However; most living spaces need them so choose one that is more neutral & subtle for that space. 

Maegan Swabb

Principal Interior Designer/Founder of 

M. Swabb Decor + Style

 

"every detail is important and should have its place to create true balance"

 
 urban boutique office | little italy, ca

urban boutique office | little italy, ca

Make sure your decor doesn’t feel contrived. It should feel collected & intriguing, but not staged.
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glamour with edge | n. park, ca

 the smart house | oceanside, ca

the smart house | oceanside, ca

Change up shapes, if you have too many rectangles, add a circle.
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urban boutique office | little italy, ca

Mix & match your furniture, finished, & textiles - not everything should be hard, bring in soft textures like upholstery. Wood finishes don’t have to match, add some glass, metals, etc., but things that compliment each other & don’t clash.
 eclectic organic | cardiff, ca

eclectic organic | cardiff, ca

 eclectic organic | cardiff, ca

eclectic organic | cardiff, ca

 urban boutique office | little italy, ca

urban boutique office | little italy, ca

Try to add some greenery - we love fiddle leaf fig trees & they’re a good way to add height and draw the eye up.
 industrial traveler | san diego, ca

industrial traveler | san diego, ca

 urban boutique office | little italy, ca

urban boutique office | little italy, ca

Layering furniture that’s different heights so everything isn’t all at one level.
 the smart house | oceanside, ca

the smart house | oceanside, ca

Try not to collect little tchotchke stuff, it shouldn’t feel cluttered.
 urban boutique office | little italy, ca

urban boutique office | little italy, ca

All pictures on this page are owned and designed by M. Swabb Decor + Style
 san diego, ca | interior design

san diego, ca | interior design

I am passionate about creating a mood or feeling in a space, and that always involves lighting. The best way to create a well lit space is to create layers of light. There’s a sweet spot of a well lit room… I have a few rules:
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los angeles, ca | interior design

Rule 2 : If using can lights, nothing over 4" in diameter or width

 upwind solutions | san diego, ca

upwind solutions | san diego, ca

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san diego, ca | historic condo

Rule 4 : Create layers of light with chandeliers, lamps, under counter lighting, cove lighting, etc. 

 san diego, ca | nursery

san diego, ca | nursery

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los angeles, ca | interior design

Kelly Hinchman

principal designer & owner of 

STUDIO H DESIGN GROUP

 los angeles, ca | interior design

los angeles, ca | interior design

Rule 1: Put all lighting on dimmers, this way you can always control the mood

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san diego, ca | historic condo

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little italy condo | interior design

Rule 3 : When using LED lighting I only use color temperatures 2700 for an incandescent or 'daylight' vibe

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los angeles, ca | interior design

 little italy condo | interior design

little italy condo | interior design

Rule 5 : When designing with can lights, use different beam spreads to create patterns of light down a hallway, showcase a design element, or create a path for wayfinding 

 los angeles, ca | interior design

los angeles, ca | interior design

 
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