Interior Design Solutions for Your Home
Interior Design and Styling Creates a Sense of Belonging
For us, interior design and styling is about creating a sense of belonging for clients. It’s about the calmness that washes over when you walk into the room — when you’re truly home. The energy in the space shifts; people are drawn to it. They want to stay.
Styling projects can range from blank-slate new-builds to single spaces within a well-lived-in home. Each presents their own unique challenges and oftentimes; there will be parts of a room or a home that we would love to replace or remove, but that’s just not an option.
So what do you do when you have that one element that you just can’t do away with? Maybe it’s too new and you can’t bring yourself to tear it out. Maybe it’s going to open up a giant can of worms and you just won’t want to go down that road yet. The trick is to stop working against it and start to work with it.
Sourcing Pieces to Complement Your Home's Design
The flooring in this main level was installed at the time of the build. The clients didn’t love it, but also didn’t want to change it. It became so pervasive that it was all they could see. They couldn’t commit to décor because they simply didn’t know what to do with it. They called us in to style their home and it was the first thing we took note of. They had chosen fantastic lighting. Their cabinetry was beautiful, as was the entryway tile. But that luxury vinyl floor — it needed some massaging to make it work.
Sourcing the right pieces to complement the floor (or whatever element your working with) is key. Ask yourself: what undertones does it have? In this case, an orangey-brown was what we were up against. Also look at things such as texture, pattern and size. This flooring was running the entire length of the main floor great room and kitchen.
We brought in a caramel-coloured side chair with warm wood arms and layered in lots of warm textures on the existing cream-coloured linen sofa. A new area rug and some warm metal accents helps pull the entire space together. A large, dark wood dining table with brown leather chairs also helped to downplay the orange colour and bring out more of the chocolate brown.
At the end of the style day, we stood back and wanted to just be in the space. That’s how we know we’ve nailed it — when we don’t want to leave. We were able to combine just the right amount of balance to that floor while keeping things light, airy and contemporary.
So whatever element you find yourself fighting, take a step back and look at it from a different angle. Maybe it’s a home full of 1980s red oak and you’re stumped on what to choose for paint. Stay away from orange, gold and red tones, and instead opt for colours such as Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter or Mountain Air. An accent wall using Kendall Charcoal is a fantastic choice if you’re working with oak.
There are solutions. Don’t let an element intimidate you to the point of inaction. Create that space you love and be excited to stay home.
Amanda Brady, Clear Space Designer