Monday, May 29, 2017

A clever design trick to copy


Asymmetry is a design challenge we all face at some point. Below is an extreme example... If you take a peak at the the photo below, you might notice a typical "design challenge" - a visually imbalanced window to the left of the bed, and no window on the right...
How would YOU fix it?


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Opening another window on the right would have been nice, but expensive....not to mention that another window might also not have worked well with the exterior look of the house!
The solution
Below you can see the clever solution the designer came up with: Hanging an assortment of art pieces works like magic to balance that window. I liked how the designer used black-and-white accents, balanced by a tiny bit of gold.

White bed against wall in master bedroom
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Using art to balance architectural asymmetry is a tool you can use yourself.
Can you share your own personal asymmetry challenge, whether it’s been solved or not? feel free to leave a comment or email me at vered@veredrosendesign.com

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Read this before you buy a neutral colored sofa

Yes, a neutral or white sofa is a safe choice, but not necessarily the best for your living room and style!
So how would you know if you should go with a colorful sofa or neutral?
The decision has more to do with how much color you'd like to have in your living room. If it's mostly going to be a neutrals palette (nothing wrong with that!), and just pops of color in art, pillows and perhaps a chair, then stick with a neutral sofa. But, if you'd like to bring in more then just small dosage of color into the room, then you need to pick out one or more of the large items in color (rug, window treatments, sofa, chairs or wall color). 

Here are my tips to selecting a colorful fabric for your sofa without regretting your choice:
1. The sofa color should be a color that you absolutely love, whether it's trendy or not!
2. Your sofa color needs to be in your planned color scheme.
3. A colorful sofa works best if your sofa is in the center of the room or close to the focal point, because your eye will instantly be drawn to it. 
4. Pick a color that works with all your accent colors so you can work with pillows etc.
Here are some inspirational ideas

One of my personal favorite colors for a sofa that's not neutral is blue. Here are some examples..

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Navy blue is a nice option if youre looking into a dark color and some contrast


An apple green sofa is a great choice!




Yellow? if that's your favorite color then  go for it!
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The most timeless color combination



Some color combination are trendy and some are timeless. Blues and whites are definitely a timeless combo. I played around with some inspiration boards here, starting with a single pillow as an inspiration!
If you're working with a  blank slate room, a fairly easy place to start is a pillow you love. 
Like this one for example:



If your pillow was that, your color scheme could be this color combo:
Always make sure you have a neutral in your pallet.


Now, add a few more pillows that work nicely together...


Back to you color scheme, you can select the sofa to be a light gray, white or blue. I selected a light gray sofa, dark blue jute rug and a clean lined coffee table and lamp.
With chairs, I was playing with three choices: navy blue, teal blue and a geometric patterned fabric chair. I wonder which ones do you think works best.



And here are my inspiration boards with all three chairs:
Board one- navy blue chair

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Board 2- patterned chair

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Board 3 - teal chair

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Which one is your favorite?









Friday, April 28, 2017

Coastal colors. contemporary feel inspiration board


What if you like the blues and green colors scheme, the breezy feel of coastal style, , but want to skip the slipcovered sofa and the printed sea shells, and create a more contemporary styled living room?
Here's some inspiration boards for you.
I started with these three pillows from society


Below are two inspiration boards alternatives, using the same pillows. I picked out white as my neutrals and repeated the other colors and curvy shapes in the furniture

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The second board is a variation on the theme
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Which one is your favorite?


One living room - three inspiration boards



Inspiration gives you direction and clarity.
It gives you a starting point and a place to go back to when you get confused or side tracked, both of which I am guilty of. especially the side track part...
So I decided to try a little excersize. Pick out a pillow , art or fabric that will be my starting point fora living room's color scheme.

I picked out this pillow from west elm

Crewel Offset Color Blocks Pillow Cover - Light Pool | west elm:

Here's my color scheme:



Next, I started playing with some ideas of actuall items that can work together for the imaginary living room


Blue rug, white sofa:




Neutral jute rug with a white contemporary sofa

 Jute rug with a velvet dark contemporary teal sofa

 Jute rug with a medium teal traditional velvet sofa








Friday, April 21, 2017

Ask Vered




I'm starting a new series called "Ask Vered", where I will post readers design dilemmas and questions along with photos and some suggestions of how to solve the dilemma.

Here's how it works
  1. If this is regarding your home, take 3-4 photos of the room you need help with (living, dining, bedroom etc.). Take your photos in day light and from a distance so they include as much from the room as possible. 
  2. Specify the dilemma or what you need help with. 
  3. Email your question + photos to me at veredr012@gmail.com . I might email for more details. 
  4. When your room gets selected, it will be posted on my blog/facebook with suggestions and ideas to solve your design problem. Your name can be changed if you like.


Where to find color inspiration for a design project




It's no secret that behind a beautifully designed room there's a carefully chosen color scheme, even when it's predominantly neutral.
Color preferences are very personal, as are color combinations. Some people love bold colors, while others cannot tolerate more then the occasional "pop" of color. Here are some ideas to consider when selecting a color scheme for a room or a home:

1. Mood - Color affects mood and ambiance, so determining how you'd like the room to make you feel can help narrow down the color scheme. Soft hues and little contrast create a completely different atmosphere then bold, complementary hues and a high contrast.
2. Cool vs. warm - most of us tend to gravitate towards cool colors (blues and greens) or warm hues (red, oranges and yellows), though some like to mix them up. In each scenario, it's always a good idea to mix in a bit of the complementary hue, especially if the room looks too static.
3. Neutral or "real" color - you may choose to use a mix of mainly neutrals, and avoid bold colors all together, in which case mixing cool and warm neutrals hues can help create a more rich, sophisticated look the working with either warm or cool neutrals

Finding color inspiration:
You can find inspiration for your project in many sources. Photos of interiors from magazines or online sources, art, fabric, pillows, accessories. Anything visual can be a source of inspiration, as long as it has a combination of colors you love. 
Here's an example
A cheerful and fresh color combination that looks great with white or gray walls is this one below.

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Here's the color palette:

Now that you have a color palette, you can create room like this one:


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or this one:



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Or this one

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enjoy spring!
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