Warm Up Dark Days

With fall already here and winter around the corner our houses stay darker longer. To get us through these cold days ahead, warm up your home and make it brighter. By changing your wall treatments, lighting, furniture, or accessories, there are so many ways to do this!

Wall Treatments: A house with minimal natural light will look so much brighter with light colored walls. My favorite whites are Benjamin Moore White Dove used to bring out warmer tones like yellow and red. Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace is a perfect white that mixes well with cooler colors like blue and green. You can also use bright colors or bright patterns on the walls with wallpaper or wall decals. Steer away from darker hues or muddy undertones.  Another great idea is putting lacquer on your walls. This will create a shiny surface that will reflect light and look fabulous.

Lighting: This one may seem obvious, but is often overlooked.  Make sure you are covering all of the bases when it comes to your lighting.  Overhead lighting such as pendants, chandeliers, flushmounts, and recessed lighting are the the most influential in a space. It can produce a wide spread and help light up an entire room.  If you do not have electrical in your ceilings then think about using your outlets for light sources such as floor lamps, table lamps or wall sconces. 

Furniture: Declutter and get rid of any unnecessary furniture or accessories. Having less furniture will help make the room seem less cluttered, and therefore lighter and brighter.  Similar to the wall treatments concept, think about color when choosing your furniture in a darker room. White or very light furniture will make the room look bigger and brighter. Vivid, brilliant colored furniture will also help to make the room cheery and light.

Design by  Turner Pocock

Design by Turner Pocock

Design by  Anthony Baratta

Design by Anthony Baratta

Accessories: The best accessories to use in a room that is lacking brilliance are ones that reflect light. Metallics like silver, gold, and copper will help to cast light into your room. Mirrors are also a fantastic accessory that can help to reflect light into a space. Place a mirror directly across from a window to help reflect the natural light shining through. It’s basically like adding another window in a room. If you have dark floors then consider getting a bright or light colored rug to help illuminate your space!

Design by  Studio McGee

Design by Studio McGee

Don’t let these dark and dreary months define your home! Try these helpful tips and tricks and make your house look as bright as those summer days we once knew. 

My Favorite Mirrors

Design by  Caroline Sharpnack

Mirrors are a necessity in every house. They are a beautiful piece of wall decor that can be both functional and decorative. I like to decorate with mirrors in spaces that already have a lot of art work to help add another element to the space. They can be used in any room such as above your family room fireplace, in a foyer as you walk in, or in a dining room for decor. Strategically placed, mirrors can be functional pieces of art work. If you position a mirror across from a window it will reflect the natural light and make a dark room brighter! I also love how easily they can make a space look bigger, especially by using large floor mirrors. They come in endless styles and finishes, you will find a perfect one for every home. Here are some a my favorites!

Design by  Geremia Design

Project Spotlight: West Chester Borough Home

I had a blast working on a friend of mines adorable home in the borough. They had recently opened up their living room and family room making it one large floor plan. They wanted a space where they could entertain while also keeping it a children’s play area. This is a .room where they can hang out and watch TV, while also relax by the fire. I originally wanted to keep the fireplace and TV on the same wall where they could both be focal points, but to maximize the seating area and create an open flow within the room, it was best to keep the two on separate walls. This creates a very cozy corner to position a sectional and also still leaves a separate seating area next to the fireplace. It’s the best of both worlds bringing both spaces together as one.

I chose all performance fabrics keeping in mind their youngsters running around. When thinking of a color palette, I wanted to let the larger pieces stay neutral while adding pops of color in the accessories. I selected items that modernized a very relaxed country feel. Traditional touches such as the wing chairs, vintage drapery hardware, swinging arm wall sconce, and the tufted bench all lend a traditional classic vice that touched on the home’s colonial style. I loved the idea of mixing patterns with the pillows here working with stripes and plaid. These coffee tables are perfect for scooting out of the way during play time and bringing them back in for adult entertaining. I added natural elements such as these seagrass accent tables to help bring texture to their finishing touches. My favorite design element are the contrasting rugs. In larger rooms like this one, instead of spending a fortune on a custom made 24’ rug to fit, I like to combine 2 rugs that compliment each other. I’m looking forward to seeing it all put together!


Acrylic Furniture

You would think that with acrylic being clear you wouldn’t notice it, but it’s beauty makes this timeless piece a show stopper. I use acrylic in a wide variety of designs, from ultra modern to a chic vintage retreat. Tables, chairs, accessories, and lighting, acrylic is everywhere you go. It’s a long lasting material, but be careful to not confuse it with plastic. It’s far more durable and clearer than plastic. Avoid using any chemicals on acrylic because it might warp the material and stick to a dry rag for dusting. Much like glass, this may not be the best material for handsy children for fingerprints! Check out these ideas on how you can incorporate this beautiful look into your home.

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Design by  Nanette Wong

Design by Nanette Wong

Design by  Coddington Design
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