If success in real estate is all about location, location, location – then interior design success is all about space, space, space; not just how you decide to fill a space but also how you choose to organize it for your clients. From kitchens to bathrooms (as well as master suites and kids’ rooms), finding ways to bring order out of chaos is an important part of the designer’s job.As the trend toward finding ways to de-clutter continues to gain traction, in our homes and our lives, a sharp interior designer will present clients with ways to bring order to their homes. Offering stylish solutions to a cluttered environment should put your clients firmly in your corner, for both future design projects and referrals to family and friends.Below, we offer an enticing selection of innovative choices made by a variety of designers whose design choices included stretching their organizational skills.Floating Shelves Adds Organization to a Busy BathroomWhen designing a bathroom for a busy family of five, designer Wanda Ely used a wide trough-style sink that lets all three children brush their teeth at once and she added clever storage solutions. The floating, rustic maple shelves had holes routed out of them to fit various glass and metal inserts that help hold and organize their belongings.(Bath design images and descriptions courtesy of HGTV.com)An Open Kitchen Design for Less ClutterIf your client is looking for a clean, contemporary look, consider using open shelving in the kitchen. While doing this may seem counterintuitive, because of its constant visibility, open shelving will encourage them keep their kitchen items tidy and organized.(Kitchen design images and descriptions courtesy of HGTV.com)Custom Solutions for Tight SpacesFor the bathroom of a longtime customer-turned-friend, designer Katie Gagnon created a unique storage unit, between a pair of pedestal sinks, for the space. The storage cabinet was custom made while the door is a vintage salvaged piece.Using Glass for Openness and OrganizationIf your clients are hesitant to accept a completely open shelving design for the kitchen, consider using glass-door shelving to keep shelves under control and free of dust.Find Subtle Ways to Hide Storage SolutionsThis bathroom's storage area features a pink and green color scheme that coordinates with the entire space. The delicate curtains create a whimsical feel while hiding the built-in storage area. Image courtesy of ClosetMaid.Rethinking Kitchen Storage SpaceWith countertop space at a premium in so many kitchens, offer your clients the chance to rethink their storage solutions. Using deep drawers or pull-out shelving in cabinets will reduce clutter and free up plenty of counter space. Arranging them vertically, as pictured here, allows you to quickly select the right tool for the job. Labels can also help with organizing kitchen storage, though they may not be necessary. (HGTV.com)Looking for more tips on interior design success, new home design trends, designer marketing tips, and product ideas? Get in touch with TD Fall today.
According to Houzz.com, blue is back – Big Time. And, while the focus of their article on interior design trends happens to be on kitchen islands, the images that follow display a stunning array of shades for use in virtually any room in the home.Soft gray-blue: Here’s another light blue option, this one cooler and with a bit more gray in it. Blues transform into neutrals as more gray is added to the formula. A neutral blue-clad island is perfect for those who want only a soft splash of color, or for those who have bold elements in the kitchen that they wish to take center stage.
Vibrant tropical blue: Arguably we are also drawn to blues because we associate them with vividly blue bodies of water. This is definitely an intense blue, but because it’s used in a relatively restrained way, for the kitchen island only, it doesn’t overwhelm the room.Feel free to pair a bright color such as this with white or light, cool neutrals and make sure the kitchen has good lighting so the island sparkles.Bold cobalt blue: If you love the idea of a dramatic blue for your kitchen island but prefer more of a peek of color, take inspiration from this gorgeous kitchen. The waterfall-edge countertop leaves just the front and backside of the island available for hosting an accent color.An eye-catching blue like this on your client’s kitchen island is going to draw the eye right into it. Make sure the countertop or bar stools are worthy of being part of the focal point of their kitchen.Dark steel blue: For those looking for a more neutral option, check out this dark grayish-blue color. This color really grounds the island, making it a solid, substantial statement piece in the kitchen. It’s also a nice foil to the warm wood elements in the room.If your client has kids, or they entertain at the island often, a medium-to-dark neutral color like this one is perfect for camouflaging the inevitable scuff marks that will appear at the seating side of the island, especially if the countertop overhang is not very deep.Navy blue: Navy hues are having a moment in kitchen design, but I’ve been a huge fan of this color for a while because of the drama and elegance it imparts. Black is also popping up on islands, but in some spaces, it can feel too dark, heavy and harsh.Navy plays nicely with white, grays and wood tones but has a bit more life to it than pure black.Where would you, and where have you, chosen to use such stunning shades of blue in your client’s homes? Go ahead, share your own tips and design trends in the comment section below.Looking for more new design trends, marketing tips, and ideas? Get in touch with TD Fall today