Why to Hire a Designer

Everyone has heard a renovation horror story before. Costs add up, timelines fall by the wayside, expensive mistakes are made and the end result is not what the owner had hoped for. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Working with an experienced interior designer can help to ensure the experience is a positive one and that the end result reflects your goals.

A designer can see the end result, even at the beginning of the process.

A designer can see the end result, even at the beginning of the process.

Here are just a few ways they will add value to your project:

  • Their professional knowledge will help you navigate the myriad of decisions to be made. They will streamline the who/what/when/where/why and make sure it is executed as it should be, saving you time and stress.

  • A designer is well versed in the renovation and decorative process. Their experience will help you to avoid costly mistakes and assist you in meeting your budget.

A designer is well versed in the renovation and decoration process.

A designer is well versed in the renovation and decoration process.

  • Designers see the end result, even at the beginning of the process. They will help translate your ideas into a cohesive plan and make sure that the end result is exactly what you envisioned.

  • Working with a designer often has great perks, like getting access to exclusive products at trade-only pricing. These unique products elevate your final design and the material cost-savings can be significant, helping to off-set design fees.

  • A well-thought-out design feels cohesive and links the spaces within your home. Good design will increase the value of your home, not only for your enjoyment but for future home buyers as well.

Good design increases the value of your home.

Good design increases the value of your home.

A Beginner’s Guide to using Bold Colour Effectively

We often encounter clients who say they are afraid of colour but, when we get right down to it, it is really that they are afraid of making bold and/or costly decisions that they worry they will tire of in the long run.

Add some drama to your dining room by using bold paint colour

Add some drama to your dining room by using bold paint colour

Here are a few ways to ensure that you get the impact you want without the risk you fear:

  • A powder room is a great place to try a bold colour. It is a transient space—never used for very long—and always experienced in isolation from the other spaces around it. The door is (almost) always closed! So, it is an opportunity to make a “jewelbox” of a space. This is a great place to try deep violets, reds or navies, or to use a really dramatic wallpaper. Avoid greens and yellows as they are not as complimentary to many skin tones and can make you or your guests look sickly if not lit properly.

  • You don’t have to use deep colour in big swaths; use it in strategic places throughout the home to create a cohesive look. For example, try black doors or windows in an otherwise light and neutral palette. Or, anchor an architectural feature like a fireplace in a deep shade of grey.

Anchor an architectural feature like a fireplace in a deep shade of grey.

Anchor an architectural feature like a fireplace in a deep shade of grey.

  • For those who have trouble sleeping, saturated hues can actually be your best friend! Darker colours will help to absorb light, creating an enveloping feeling in the evening and absorbing light bleeding through your shades in the morning.  Focus on cooler shades for bedrooms; warmer colours like red and orange can be stimulating and make you restless.

This nursery is calm and warm while using a very saturated deep teal wall paint.

This nursery is calm and warm while using a very saturated deep teal wall paint.