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Spring Floral Arrangements and Color Schemes! by Ashlie Mauldin

Spring 2012 Colors

Spring is the season of transition from winter to summer! Just as the seasons transition, we too make transitions and renewals ourselves! Typically seen during this period, are a lot of flowers and floral prints as well as bright colors. Concerning fashion, free flowing loose fitting illustrations of orange, purple, green and yellow are embraced for the year of 2012. Due to the pre-winter season, you will see neutral and organic colors occasionally intertwined. All of which flow right into Interior Design!

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When deciding how to change the decor in your home and revamp the look and feel for spring, I recommend beginning with a floral arrangement or photograph of your favorite flowers for inspiration. Spring is currently revolving around these amazing pieces of nature and they are a great way to develop a color scheme! After all, who knows better about colors than the originators – flowers?

I have put together some simple collaborations using couches and pillows, to demonstrate how to utilize a floral photograph for your spring design inspiration and execution. I am hoping that within these three, lies a bit of appeal to each reader! [click on each image to enlarge the detail]

Arrangement #1: Inspired by loud and beautiful Tulips, with the reds and pinks on the blue, this is for those of you that are really into bold colors and big statements.

Arrangement #2: Inspired by pink and yellow Daisy-like flowers, utilizing a mustard couch and the olive/forest green pillows, this look is for those of you who appreciate the collaboration of the vintage and modern look – big statements toned down by neutral colors.

Arrangement #3: Inspired by light and subtle Cherry Blossoms, with the use of the neutral yet still spring colors, this look is for those of you that are into simplicity and soft light colors, with a touch of a warm yellow – the color of spring 2012.

For all designs I have utilized a repetitive pillow pattern to encourage a balanced look, however, a mixture of pillows works as well, if executed properly and there are coinciding colors within each. Give it a try!

Hopefully this provided some insight and inspiration to start your spring designs! If possible, I would also suggest incorporating your inspiration within your design; it’s FUN!

Links to Decor Utilized:

 #1 Inspiration,  #2 Inspiration,  #3 Inspiration

Couch #1,  Couch #2, Couch #3

  #1Pillow,  #1 Pillow #2 Pillow  #2 Pillow,   #3 Pillow,  #3 Pillow,

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The Language of Color – Part II – Design by Ashlie Mauldin

Prior, we discussed colors and how each one speaks to another, cultures and team work communication; Now let’s take a look at how to utilize colors within your design to send a specific message.

Designing with red:

Red is the color of passion and has been known to stimulate blood pressure and heart rate. As well, red sparks conversation and encourages hunger. What better place to send the message of conversation and hunger, than at the dinner table. Chairs are a great way of implementing red into a dining room.

http://www.trendir.com/interiors/dining-room/

Designing with orange: 

When working with orange decor, keep in mind that it is a very vibrant and cheerful color. It is the ideal color for a children’s room or an area that is high energy and full of personality.

http://architecthousedesigns.com/kids-room-design-ideas-with-the-colorful-style-trends-2011.html/childrens-room-design-idea-with-bright-colors-of-red-white-green-and-orange

Designing with yellow:

Yellow represents a cheerful attitude, happiness, and optimism. Yellow will always bring these qualities to a room, however, when used at a high amount, it can actually promote the opposite and encourage lack of motivation and caution. The kitchen is a wonderful place for the color yellow.

http://manolohome.com/2010/01/28/happiness-is-pure-yellow/

Designing with green: 

When working with the color green, be aware that green sends the message of life, nature, and money. A great place to use green is in a bathroom or an office.

http://www.modernarchitectureconcept.com/exclusive-modern-interior-office-design-solution/fantastic-interior-office-design-collection-with-green-color/

Designing with blue:

Blue is known to physically calm the nerves, lower the blood pressure and slow the heart rate. The bedroom or a spa like area that desires the message of relaxation would be the ideal space to incorporate the color blue when designing.

http://www.designwagen.com/modern-bedroom-designs-ideas-for-chic-by-sara-gilbane-interiors/modern-bedroom-designs-ideas-chic-sara-gilbane-interiors-soft-blue/

Designing with purple:

Purple represents luxury and royalty, therefor, it is the perfect color for a master bedroom. Purple can also be used anywhere you desire a less casual feel.

http://www.interiorarcade.com/furniture/bedroom-furniture/top-6-rich-lavender-bedroom-decor-designs/

Designing with black:

Hints of black within a room can create a more stable and conservative image, or balance out a more upbeat design.

http://akpete.blogspot.com/2011/08/home-interior-paint-color-trends.html

Designing with white:

The color white, also known as the absence of color or every color reflected, sends the message of cleanliness and purity. It is a great way to create a blank canvas of FF&E allowing every other element of the design in color to stand out.

http://bhousedesain.com/tag/white-interior-design

As shown above, colors are always a great way to customize designs and send specific messages. Enjoy your new relationship with color and the endless possibilities found within.

Sources:

http://daydesigndecor.com/color-trends/color-theory-of-interior-design/

http://www.decorate-redecorate.com/interior-design-color.html

http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/choosing-interior-color-schemes/index.html

Accessorize Your Life! By Ashlie Mauldin

Imagine a blank sheet of paper; now imagine a few marks of color or design either self-created or that capture your passions on the paper. Which is more appealing to the eye? If you said that the sheet of paper displaying your type of creativity, then you are more than likely passionate about designs and all types of accessories that provide design personality. Those who remain neutral or desire the blank canvas, most often have no concern yet may not be aware of just how much these things play a role in your lives. Given that all types of accessories are mandatory in life, let’s discuss the ways we can utilize them to our advantage.

Foremost, let’s transfer the blank canvas theory over to Fashion. We need to view our clothing as just that, a blank canvas waiting to be decorated. The next time you opt for the “little black dress”, as we all know will forever remain a constant in the fashion world; or the plain black button up, make sure to decorate that canvas. This can be done  with a colorful scarf, which I believe can be worn any time of the season, however, for most it is appropriate due to current cold weather. The great thing about scarves is that there are a number of different ways that they can be worn. Taking advantage of this versatility will not only redefine the dress, but assist in the transformation of a daily wardrobe to night on the town attire.

  http://www.tipjunkie.com/how-to-wear-a-scarf/

http://www.guyuangaos.info/

In addition to clothing whether man or woman, we may be unaware that as humans who live and breathe design and accessories on a daily basis, each are utilized and experienced regularly in our lives. From the painting hanging on the wall above  the pillows displayed on the sofas in the waiting room of our Doctor’s office soothing our nerves, to the way the booths are upholstered at that favorite restaurant stimulating our appetite; we are surrounded by colors, designs and shapes that affect our moods and emotions subconsciously. For those of us possessing a passion for fashion or interior design, these details may be noticed on a higher level or take more of an immense affect on our every day lives.

http://blog.alexkotlik.com/2010/12/interior-photography-doctor-office/

Prior, we referenced the blank sheet of paper and plain black dress, let us now place ourselves in a room with plain white walls; how do we feel? Is this the moment when we realize that we have great appreciation for those photographs that hang in our place of work that accent the painted walls surrounding provoking creativity?  For those of us that work outside, each and every leaf on each and every tree, as well as every cloud in the sky and the way the sun shines through them are all nature’s accessories once more influencing our souls.

http://thesmartstylist.com/womens-accessories/spring-must-have-bangles.php

Again, though a room is furnished, does not mean it is no longer a blank canvas post furnishing. Just as I would recommend the utilization of a bracelet or watch resembling the scarf to tie in the attire as a whole; the same applies when designing or decorating a room. We reference accessories like pillows, lamps, pictures, mirrors, curtains, wallpaper, wall coverings, rugs and more to provide the finishing touches of the space. The accessories must be chosen very carefully and with much thought; as they can make or break a design as well customize a room for everyday use and special events.

http://www.decorativehomeinterior.com/design/furniture-2

Some tips from livingroomdecoratingideas.com:

Pillows

“The easiest way to narrow your selection and choose the perfect pillow is to consider the elements of design – texture, shape and color.”

Wakiki Royal – Futura Interiors

Rugs

“Rugs and carpets can change the look of your entire living room. Whether your whole room is covered by a carpet or just a corner of your room the central portion of your room by a rug, the entire look of the room is enhanced. Carpets and Rugs have always played an indispensable role in giving our homes perfect make overs.”

 http://furniture4world.blogspot.com/2011/04/luxury-living-room-decorating-ideas.html

 Pictures and Paintings

“Pictures and paintings add a point of interest to any room or wall space, and give you the opportunity to express your personality and taste – whilst giving your home its own stamp of individuality.”

http://www.apartmentsinteriordesign.com/2011/09/abstract-design-ideas-for-wall-decor-painting/

 Lamps

“Lamps and Lamp Shades are great decorative accents in your living room. Lamps are a great way to enliven and brighten up your space. Lamps can be floor lamps or table lamps. In addition to being attractive, lamps are portable which allow you to rearrange your space at will until you find the right arrangement. Floor lamps are just perfect beside a reclining chair or a couch or for simply brightening up a dark corner in your living room.”

 http://luxury-idea.com/decorating/bedroom/lighting-in-housing/

Curtains

“Living room is generally the biggest room in a home with large windows. Moreover there are very less and bulky things covering the wall. Therefore the need of living room curtains from the decoration point of view is must. You can take the full advantage of fabric as it will be very beautifully shown.”

http://www.livingroomdecoratingideas.com/modern-accessories-for-living-room/

Shelves

“Living room shelves are common today. When you have a house, then you would want to have a very good place and a living room to make things look better. You would also want to install various things and when you do that, you would realize that you have done the best thing in life.” “Decorate your living room with style by adding decorative wall shelves.”

http://dighomedesign.com/make-your-rooms-more-elegant-with-bedroom-shelving.html

Just as the black dress would stand alone as a black dress, so would this living room with the white couch and end tables, however, when accessories are embraced in both aspects of life, it makes things that much more marvelous.

http://www.livingroomdecoratingideas.com/modern-accessories-for-living-room/

Sources:

http://blog.styleestate.com/style-estate-blog/home-decorating-ideas-for-accessorizing-a-room.html

http://www.livingroomdecoratingideas.com/modern-accessories-for-living-room/ http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html http://www.tipjunkie.com/how-to-wear-a-scarf/ http://thesmartstylist.com/womens-accessories/spring-must-have-bangles.php

Let’s Differentiate the Terms Interior Designer and Interior Decorator By Ashlie Mauldin

Definitions:

Interior Designer: The art and science of understanding the consumer’s behavior to better utilize the space within or of the exterior walls to enhance and adhere to that behavior, through placement of furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E).

Interior Decorator: Is the art of comprehending and embracing the consumer’s personality and style with finishing touches of fashionable and beautiful décor that display the person or organization as well as their taste and image.

Different thought processes, techniques, regulations and concerns:

An Interior Designer, using the study of Ergonomics, must keep in mind the amount of space allotted, the interior/exterior structure of a building or room and how to properly place the FF&E, Ergonomics, as well as the mobility and usage of the space by the client. Whereas the Interior Decorator, dealing only with the interior, must incorporate color schemes, patterns, shapes and collaborations of décor that will complement the styles, surfaces, textures, dimensions and placements of the FF&E by the Interior Designer.

In addition, to date, though Interior Decorating displays an impressive level of style, taste, ability and understanding of the consumer as well as décor, there have not been any Governmental Regulations regarding the Interior Decorator and their field. This gives Decorators, typically dealing with residential, a clean open slate and free reign, post the Designers work. Apposing, working in the Interior Design field requires a degree of education, experience, licensing and advanced skill. The Designer, more than likely working with commercial, can expect to deal with safety issues, precautions, laws and building codes, prior to the Decorators tasks.

Though the two professions work alongside one another possessing complete differentiations within the design of a space, at times, the Interior Designer will as well, incorporate the decorating aspect utilizing décor following the FF&E just as the Decorator. However, the Interior Decorator typically does not dip into the Design tasks as those remain the responsibility of the Designer.

What the consumer should know:

If you are a homeowner with the desire to modify the style or appearance of the interior space within your home, then you are looking to work with an Interior Decorator. If you are looking to change the structure, functionality or size of a space within the interior or exterior of your home, you are seeking an Interior Designer.  In the event that you own a business or commercial structure, for interior as well as exterior renovation, you are in need of an Interior Designer.

For more information on Interior Design, visit www.futurainteriors.com.