Textile Thursday’s

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Happy Textile Thursday! Today  at J Hill Interior Designs we put together a couple different color stories that we created with fabric swatches which were used for a recent client.  Check them out below and tell us what you think!

 

Traditional

Traditional

 

Coastal Comfort

 

Classic Transitional 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Modern Monday!

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Happy Modern Monday! Below is a Romantic Modern concept that we here at J Hill Interior Designs are working on for a client. What we love about this design concept is how crisp and clean this space looks without looking uncomfortable to live in. Making the color palette neutral with a dash of creams and metallic velvets accented by a medium toned word flooring creates a clean yet soft look that anyone can enjoy. Also by using a mixture of different textures and textiles such as a hard, crisp nightstand paired with a  oversized glass lamp and a rough, organic look of the round stools at the foot of the bed creates a great balance of texture within the space.

Romantic Modern Bedroom Concept

Romantic Modern Bedroom Concept

 

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Happy Funky Friday!

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Colorful, Funky Dining Space

Happy Funky Friday! Check out this colorful funky dining space. We here a J Hill Interior Designs are loving the small yet bold pops of color that are being used in this space. With the addition of the chevron patterned rug infused with the bold colors beings used creates a bold, fresh new look that everyone can love!

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Funky Friday Finds

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Funky Dining Room

Happy Funky Friday Finds Everyone! We here at J Hill Interior Designs are loving this fun and funky dining space. We admire the designer’s intuition for using a variety of  patterns regarding fabric and wallpaper with the addition of fun and elegant decor and a neutral palette showcases funk and character to this dining experience!

Modern Monday Pick of The Week

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Modern Living Spaces

There are so many different avenues of modernism that a designer can explore with a client. If your looking for some basic guidelines look no further! This living space showcases key modern pieces such as the famous Noguchi glass table, a sleek leather sofa’s that’s paired with a stunning  colorful chandelier that can work for any style. Don’t be afraid to go bold with painting your built-in’s any other color than white. This black painted built-in is the perfect accent piece to a light herringbone patterned wood flooring.   Modernism is all about going bold wether it consists of furniture selection, statement accent pieces, or even color!

Check our website, http://jhillinteriordesigns.com/project-peeks/ for more on this topic.

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The Importance of Décor Styling

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The importance of decor styling is a topic of conversation we have often. One question that many of our clients ask is, “How do you coordinate all the little details and finish the space off so well?” The answer lies is creating a careful balance between the principle components of the home (larger items or influences), with the smaller components (décor and accessories). Examples of the principle components would be the rug, couch, accent chairs, coffee tables, dining tables, paint colors and the tone/stain of the flooring and cabinetry. Examples of the smaller components would be lamps, art, table accessories, pillows, curtains, wall décor and plants. The principle components are what grounds a good design, whereas the little details are what bring a space together, and creates the “pop” in the room. We call this décor styling.

Décor styling is what creates character and interest in a space. We always strive to pick pieces and concepts that speak to the client, their lifestyle and what is most important to them. I’ll start with saying that coordinating pillows, rugs and curtains in a cohesive manner is one of the biggest ways to make a room come together.  We suggest buying the rug first, and then selecting pillows and curtains thereafter. The second most influential decision in décor styling is selecting the proper artwork. Especially If the client’s artwork is priority, strategically selecting pieces of sculptures or wall artwork first throughout the home is necessary. If artwork is a priority for you, I would suggest selecting a piece first, and then basing the rest of the room off of the colors and feel of the art piece.  Pay attention to the stronger tones/colors in the art piece, and also the secondary colors of the artwork.  I recommend using the artwork’s secondary colors as a main color in the home such as in the wall paint color, color of couch, or curtains/rug.

For smaller décor pieces, if the client is a reader, stacking books on shelving and coffee tables would be appropriate. With families, we typically use a lot of picture frames to give color and personality to the home, which also allows them to display family photos. We also highly recommend adding plant life to areas. It immediately creates of homey, soften feel.

In conclusion, the best advice we can give you is to mix elements when styling. Use tall pieces mixed with foliage, books, and decorative sculptures. Use modern pieces with traditional pieces. Use bolder colors with lighter colors. Don’t be matchy-matchy. Use all different tones of a color to prevent it from looking like a “model home”.  Mix wood tones, and neutral colors (blacks with browns, crèmes with whites, grays with blacks, etc). Most importantly, go out on a limb, and don’t play it super safe. Our best designs have come out when we took a risk. It’s worth it! See a few examples below of how to implement décor styling.

Check our website, http://jhillinteriordesigns.com/project-peeks/, for how we implemented “decor styling”!

Happy Styling!

 

 

Videos on Home Decorating, Ehow.com

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Hi there everyone!

Ehow.com approached us to do brief and straight forward videos for the everyday home owner on popular topics such as choosing paint colors, wall decor, etc. Here are a few that we feel are relevant to a lot of our clients and other home owners in San Diego!

Click on picture to view each video. Enjoy!

SEASIDE HOME DECORATING

Ehow.com Home Videos, Seaside Home Decorating

 

COLORFUL HOME DECORATING

Ehow.com Home Videos, Colorful Home Decorating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO MAKE A STORYBOARD FOR HOME DESIGN & DECORATING

Ehow.com, How to Make a Storyboard for Home Design & Decorating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEGATIVE SPACE AND HOME DECORATING

Ehow.com Home Videos, Negative Space and Home Decorating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INEXPENSIVE WAYS TO DECORATE A NEW HOME

Ehow.com Home Videos, Inexpensive Ways to Decorate a New Home

Choosing Paint Colors & Decorating with Color

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Picking paint colors, and creating a color scheme for your home can be one of the most difficult tasks in decorating. However, it does not have to be! As long as you have a few rules of thumb and education in color, you will be fine! My biggest advice: Don’t be afraid to take a risk. Are you unsure if those burnt orange accent chairs will go with your sage wall? Well, try it! You won’t know unless you try. Also, it always tends to be those things you aren’t sure about, that end up being the best element in the room.

So, here is a brief summary on color theory: Color harmony in a space is the ultimate goal, which is the pleasing arrangement of colors, creating a balance in the visual experience. This can be achieved through several types of color schemes. Analogous colors are any three colors which are side by side on a 12 part color wheel. Contrasting is adding a pop of color from the opposite side of the wheel. We typically call these our “accent colors”. Monochromatic is simply just tints, tones, and shades of a single hue (everything of the same color). Now that you’re an expert in color theory it’s time to get started!

1. First off, keep in mind that when using a fan deck, the middle color is the true color and then moving outwards (up or down) is either adding black and/or white, or just increasing/decreasing the pigment in the original color.

This picture is a good example of complimentary colors working together. The blue and red are opposite on the color wheel, yet they work together very nicely. Other examples of this would be burnt orange and turquoise, plum and yellow, sage green and red, blue and yellow, etc. Complimentary colors always work together if done correctly.

2. Be sure to consider variety in your space. If you have brown floors, furniture, and trim, mix it up by choosing a paint, or other pieces of furniture with gray or black undertones to avoid too much of the same thing. Black, white, grey, and brown are all considered neutrals so feel free to mix them in accordingly in your space. You do NOT have to stick to just one of them. Boring…..

2. A small paint color sample can look extremely different covering a complete wall. To remedy this, paint the samples you are considering in a sizable patch on your wall (2’x2′ squares do the trick). Be sure to do this on a shadowed wall as well as a wall that gets natural light, as the color will look different depending on light quality. Look at it for 1-2 days, noticing the changes in color through the hour changes.

3. Remember to consider your lighting. Different types of bulbs flatter different paint colors and shades. What may look great under an incandescent light source might not look the same under a fluorescent one. To get an accurate view of the actual color, take it outside into natural light.

4. Consider VOCs (volatile organic compounds) when choosing a brand. VOCs are solvents that get released into the air as the paint dries and even long after it dries. These compounds can cause headaches and have also been linked to other heath issues. Luckily, a wide range of low VOC or VOC free options are now available from many brands. We typically use Dunn Edwards; they carry a great no-VOC product. Considering these options is especially important for spaces with small children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with allergy issues or anyone that wants to improve their overall indoor air quality.

Still stumped over choosing a paint color, or decorating with color? Give us a call for a consultation! 619-718-0647

White: Not As Boring As You Think

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Painting or leaving your walls white could be one of the most underestimated ideas in Interior Design. When choosing a paint color, many times we don’t really consider sticking to white for creating a particular look.  White is especially beneficial in creating nautical, beach, modern, shabby chic, or minimalist, clean styled homes.

Not only are white walls clean and classic, but also an easy option for those who are renting and cannot paint their space or just don’t feel like painting. Here are some tips to making white rooms look “designed” by adding the right everything else.

  1. Reflect:  Add glass and mirrored elements to make the space clean and contemporary
  2. Go for the gold: Gold accessories and furnishings make a white space look expensive and elegant if you are going for that look
  3. Lighting: As you know, lighting is everything; let it do the talking. Point the eye to interesting pendants, chandeliers, or even just clean recessed lighting.
  4. Plants are your best friends: Use plants to liven up the space. The vibrant colors really pop against white, and immediately create a warm, cozy feeling. Nothing is more beautiful than nature itself!
  5. Opposites attract: Use black and white to create an monochrome space for an artistic vibe. Add 1-2 accent colors for more interest
  6. Go all the way: There are no limits to where you can use white (cleanability lifestyle to take into consideration). White window treatments, draperies, bedding, couches, etc. can all be used against a white wall. An all white space can look bright, clean and breezy if done right.

Still struggling with how to use white? Give us a call to see if we can help! 619-718-0647