2014 Interior Design Trends
Interior designers should always be interested in staying on top of the new trends. Fashion is all about knowing what’s hip and useful before everybody else, so reading up and seeing what other people have been doing is a very useful tool for creating a stunning renovation projects.
As the New Year approaches, we at Henrietta Heisler Interiors are very excited to see what the future holds for the world of interior design. One of the most renowned American interior design firms, the Neil Kelly Company of Portland, OR, has recently announced its list of the top ten growing trends in interior design for 2014, as reported by this article published in Woodworking Network.
The digital age is here in a big way, and upgrades to the typical electrical socket are a big example of this. New U-sockets are being installed in homes, containing a couple of USB ports to help users charge their electronic cameras, cell phones and other devices without using a three-pronged plug. Many of these sockets also have smart features which turn off the electrical current when the device is finished charging, which reduces electrical waste.
Bathrooms are another area of the house that will receive a much newer look in the future, even if some of these new remodeling concepts echo designs from generations past. More and more, people are opting for stand-alone tubs, which take up much less space in a room than the tiled bath deck that many suburban residents are used to. Curbless showers and automatic faucets are also being installed to improve bathrooms in multi-generational homes that may be used by young and old alike, living in the same residence.
Although modern, contemporary designs are still fashionable, more muted colors and decor will likely be the choice for home renovators across the country. People are looking for homes that are comfortable but don’t look opulent or excessive. At the same time, some layering of paints or textiles is being used by many to create a personal aesthetic inside of a home that is self-expressive without being egregious.
The world of fashionable design opens its doors wide open to those who do their homework and research. Henrietta Heisler Interiors invites everyone to peruse this list of growing interior design trends. Those who live in the area of Lancaster, PA, should call and ask us how we can implement these hip new ideas into the design of your home today!
Good, Attractive Home Design
The concepts of good, attractive home design have changed over the years, but old ideals in decor have a way of cycling back into our consciousness over the course of decades or even generation. In some cases, the interior and exterior designs from centuries ago can become sources of inspiration for contemporary homes trying to achieve an antiquated style.
Take for instance the example of the Longue Vue residence in New Orleans, discussed in this article and video report from NOLA.com. Constructed in the 1930s, this residence was designed by renowned architects William and Geoffrey Platt, with outdoor gardens and lawn space created by landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman.
The video taken of this stunning home shows the many interior design aspects that make this home a stunning example of vintage styles, from twisting staircases with regal wooden banisters to sparkling crystal chandeliers hanging down from arched ceilings. The residence also has a fair number of scenic murals, a popular 19th Century choice for wall decor.
The exterior spaces of this property also provide many stunning views. The gardens and fountain in the Longue Vue yard are reminiscent of a miniature style of beautifully cut and ornamented shrubbery that you might see near a French palace like Versailles. Here, low-cut shrubs provide an even greenness to the borders of the property, while the fountain and pool cutting through the center of the yard add a degree of elegance and sophistication that is tough to match.
Any interior designer wants to be on the cutting edge of what’s new and interesting in home design. Often, though, people strive too much to create an original contemporary look and wind up with something that looks cluttered or too abstract. Sometimes, the antiquated styles of making a home look attractive deserve another look. At Henrietta Heisler Interiors, we keep our mind open to all sorts of possibilities for your home. Whether you want a modern take on interior design, or are trying to affect a more vintage look, give us a call to see how we can serve your needs.
Your Home is Not a Museum: Be Creative with Heirlooms (Part One)
Of family, Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh has this to say, “If you deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You were the continuation of each of these people.”
Knowing where you come from is, of course, essential to your wellbeing. The family bond is one not easily broken. Although you may have fights with relatives and not speak to them in years, your blood is as their blood, your DNA is as their DNA. In this crazy unpredictable world, you can’t beat the genome’s dependability. This is what Hahn is referring to, when he comments on the palm of the hand. The palm of the hand is unaffected by even time itself. So, where does that leave us?
Well, it means that we should always incorporate our family tree into our lives, especially in our homes, in the way they look and feel. Considering we live in a culture that celebrates antiques and heirlooms (American Pickers, Pawn Stars), love of family translates into a love of objects handed down from generation to generation. Chances are you have at last something that belonged to your parents or grandparents. What happens when you’re burdened with so much family stuff? You don’t want to keep them in storage. That can be perceived as disrespectful. You want them out, to show them off – in bedrooms, in the living room, dining room, kitchen etc. The problem with this, however, is that you run the risk of your home looking like a museum. In other words, your family heirlooms aren’t meshing well with your home aesthetic. What do you do then?
While it seems like a simple solution, you have to think of creative ways to display the items. Say, you have a collection of your grandpa’s bottle caps; perhaps you could place them in a giant bowl and use the bowl as the centerpiece of your kitchen or dining room table. Clearly, some heirlooms are easier to incorporate than others are. When it comes to larger pieces like furniture, you have to be really creative and this can be overwhelming, which is why the professionals at Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc. are here to help. We pride ourselves on our ability to integrate family heirlooms into contemporary design. If you have family heirlooms and just can’t seem to make them mesh with your home design, give us a call. You can reach us at 717-295-0324. We work in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Harrisburg, York and the surrounding area.
Lighting is Everything
When planning the design for an interior space, many people tend to overlook the possibilities that the perfect lighting can create. Unique home settings make great use of many lighting configurations that can effectively set a range of atmospheres within a space. If you feel that your home or office has become a bit too drab for your tastes, some inventive use of lighting fixtures can create dramatic effects without extreme renovations.
For example, indirect lighting can be used to provide some clarity to a room without being uncomfortable to the eyes. Too much direct lighting in a room can be a nuisance to someone with sensitive vision, and may affect everyone by raising the temperature of the room. A lounge or visiting room within your residence should have a little direct light, but utilizing indirect light from the outdoors or other rooms can create a softer look.
To set up indirect lighting effectively, you need to look at the various entryways that light has to enter a space. Doors and windows can all let light in at different angles, depending on where a fixture is hung in relation to the opening. Dressing a room with lightly colored linens and furniture can help enhance this effect, as guests will need less light to see these accoutrements.
Sometimes, you want some impressive direct lighting to highlight the sophistication of your home or interior space. A chandelier or other hanging fixture can quickly grab anyone’s attention, but you don’t want the fixture to come off as tacky. Picking a fixture that is properly sized according to the dimensions of your room will help it look more like it belongs in that space.
One rule of thumb is to take the width and length of a room’s ceiling in feet, add them together and convert it into inches. This leaves a designer with an idea of how wide a ceiling fixture should be. For example, a ceiling that measures 15 feet by 15 feet would be able to feature a chandelier that measures 30 inches wide.
The right lighting provides a perfect underscore to the story of your life. The professional designers at Henrietta Heisler Interiors will make sure that every part of your home’s aesthetic appearance is considered during our work. Homeowners living in and around Lancaster, PA, should call us first when thinking about renovations.