2017

01May 2017

The Fifth Wall – Ceiling Design

Have you just laid in bed, looking up at the ceiling and wonder why does it have to be white?

If you ever look at ceilings notice they are just plain white. 90% of all ceilings are The Fifth Wall white boring lacking interest doesn’t say anything except I’m a flat surface.

Well your ceilings doesn’t have to be the boring flat no life colorless plain surface. It can be anything you want it to be, by adding bold colors with paint. Why not a gorgeous bright red glossy finish or rich black color even perhaps a light fresh sky blue to make that ceiling rise above the room

Tin Panels

Tin Panels image by Bob Villa

In the Victorian era, they would use tin panels. The tin panels were embossed with beautiful pattern details. It made for a wonderful architectural detail.

Tongue And Groove

Tongue And Groove image by BFerry -Woodhouse

Mid-Century style homes from the 50’s & 60’s used tongue and groove wood slates for ceilings designs with exposed beams. This was considered a modern detail.

Today you have many options to cover your ceiling. For example reclaimed lumber is very hot right now. You can also use fabric for pattern, texture, and warmth.

Wall covering ceiling

Wall covering ceiling image by Elizabeth Gorde

People don’t think of their ceiling as another wall but if you look at it it’s your fifth wall, like the vertical wall are flat so are ceilings another flat surface. Unlike floors you don’t need heavy duty materials to protect your ceiling because you not going be walking on them. Try using wallpaper for a interesting design feature. A great example for this application would be in a small half-bath.

For instance, if you live in the older home with plaster ceilings that may have cracks from water damage but you do not want to pay the cost of repairs of plaster.  This would be a great opportunity to and cover your ceilings with a unique and different finish.

If you would like to learn more about some fun and different ceiling options please contact me at:

joy@grcreativespaces.com  Book your appointment and let’s talk http://grcreativespaces.com/design-packages/

02Apr 2017

 

Why you should add plants in your home

Why you should add plants in your home

Why you should add plants in your home.

 Green plants have a huge benefit for a better home environment. Plants will make any space feel bright, colorful, and welcoming. Plants can fit in any  spaces décor from chic, bohemian, rustic, and classic style,

You do not need to be a green thumb expert.

Trends in plants.

  1. Trends – for the non-green thumb person are Succulents plants, they are very trendy now. Require very little maintenance, inexpensive, colorful, and perfect for small apartments. Succulents plants are being seen in ego-terrariums and concrete plants.

greenery wedding

  • Greenery is this wedding season’s biggest trend for wedding centerpieces and bridle bouquets. Creative Spaces & Designs is doing a wedding this fall base on the greenery trend
  • Pinterest pinterest.com has thousands of boards pins with plants ideas for home décor.
  • Vintage planter fill with shapely leafy plants for the Bohemian style. I love using vintage white pottery for my plants.
  • Vining hanging plants with macramé hanger
  • Air plants

These are only a few trends in home plants.

Health benefits from plants

  1. Heath – Plants do release oxygen and moisture in to the air and this provides a natural air filler. Some plants can effectively absorbs pollutants emitted in to the air from carpets, furniture, and other synthetic materials these are called off gas. The plants that work best for cleaning the indoor air are

 

  • Spider plants     spider plant
  • Boston ferns     Boston Fren
  • Rubber tree plant    rubber-plant
  • Palm trees            Plam tree

By bringing in outdoors with plants this helps lowers your stress level. That is why it is ideal to place plants in offices and healthcare environments.

  1. Feng Shui – Philosophy in Feng Shui spring season is for new beings, growth, and expansion. Plants are used to represent the season of energy.

The following are some of the plants used for this season.

  • Pothos          pothos-potted-plant
  • Orchard                    potted-orchid-plant-blooming-plant-PL00909.425
  • Lucky Bamboo       lucky baboo

Plants with a purpose

  1. Herbs – Herbs plants are a wonderful way to add greenery with a purpose for cooking. They can be grown on a window sill and add flavor to your cooking, and provide a delicious aroma.

Hyacinth

Don’t forget to try a blooming plant, for example a tulip, daffodils, or a hyacinth. This is a great time of year to pick up a bulb plant with vibrant colors and appealing smells.

Finally any plant will make a pleasant gift for any occasion. You can never go wrong with a plant in any space in your home of work places. By adding a plant you add a lot to your health and interior décor.

02Jan 2017

Top Trend for 2017

It’s a throwback to the 90’s. Yes we’re Ice Ice Baby again. In fashion and home decor. How, you ask? If you look at what’s happening in fashion today, it’s reflecting on interiors.

1, Velvet 

The velvet baby doll dress and chokers that we wore in the 90’s are now in fashion again and anything velvet in home decor. You see this with upholstery furniture, beautiful throw pillows, and lush window treatments.

Velvet chair

velvet-pillows

Photo via: Pinterest

2, Jewel tones

Jewel tones are rich in color and have depth.

When I first started my career in design, I was working at Ethan Allen as a designer in the mid 90’s Ethan Allen had a collection of fabrics that were in jewel tones. The fabrics had a repeating color of Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst, Rubies, and gold. They had coordinating patterns a damask, stripes, and plaid. This was a sophisticated bold aesthetics.

Now these colors are being seen in residential designs. By way of vibrant wall colors and rich velvet upholstery.

bright-jewel-tone

photo via: Sherwin Williams paint

 

Benjamin Moore color of the year 2017

Benjamin Moore color of the year 2017

via: Benjamin Moore Shadow 2117-30

 I’m currently repainting an accent wall in a dark blue Sherman Williams paint color name Jay Blue.
SW6797 Jay Blue

SW6797 Jay Blue

I feel you’ll see this trend developing more in late 2017 or in 2018.

 

3, Gold

The final trend gold or back in the days we used to call it brass. Today’s gold is more modern and not the ornate brass from the 90’s.

windborn-studio-hardware

Photo via: Windborn Studios www,windbornstudios,net

 

Gold accessories

Gold accessories

What these three trends have in common are modern, sophisticated, and luxury. They display a more mature style.

 

If you’re looking for that luxury design, we can create that for you at Creative Spaces and Designs.

email me joy@grcreativespaces.com

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