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Color and Lighting are Related

In this video, interior designer, Eliza discussed how varying lighting has an impact on how we see colors.  Lighting is measured in a variety of temperatures.  Generally, we prefer to use a warmer toned bulb which emits a more white or even yellow type glow.  Other bulbs, particularly LEDs emit a more blue toned light.  This range of temperature directly impacts how our eyes view the colors in a room.

Can’t listen right now?  Here’s what Eliza had to say below:

Hey guys, the is Eliza from Lisa Scheff Designs.  I wanted to give you a design tip that is something that we also have to keep in mind whenever we’re accessorizing a room.  We always want to make sure that we look at everything going into the room actually in the room itself so that we’re seeing it in the lighting that is in the room. Whether its a light fixtures that is giving light to the room, or natural light from a window coming in, it will vary how your accessories look based on the lighting that’s in the room.

So for example, we had gone to a local store and purchased this towel for staging this bathroom. In a store, typically any general merchandise store, they will use a very cool light that will cast a very blue tone to the materials and to the accessories. This looked much more grey and cool in the store itself, and then we brought it in here, and as you can see its much more warm and has more taupey-brown color than the shower curtain, so we felt like this actually wasn’t a match once it was in and we opted to just use a fresh white towel.

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Custom Room Design

Find Your Inspiration

Custom room design starts with a point of inspiration – that could be a piece of art, a fabric, a rug, etc. Some projects begin with inspiration from something already in a client’s home.  We’ve built off of family heirlooms, a favorite blanket, a wall color already in the room, a piece of art and so much more. Other times we are beginning from a completely blank slate in which case the first thing to do is find one piece that the client loves and build from there.

Build From the Ground Up

We often tell clients to build from the ground up building from a rug selection and moving from there.

Custom Room design - Blue and White geometric rugThis Room is no different!  We fell in love with this blue and white geometric rug. Isn’t it beautiful with a dark hardwood floor? It has a great blend of geometric design and lots of texture which will be great for hiding those parts of everyday life like dog hair or toddler snacks in a family room.  We say it often, good design takes into consideration the family’s lifestyle as well as desired aesthetic. 

Pick your Big Pieces

The next step in custom design is to pick your big pieces – the sofa, the chairs, the tables.  We will specify their finishes later, but first we need to fall in love with their feel. This family room needs a comfy sofa, chairs, cocktail table or ottoman and side table.  This ottoman/cocktail table is a great solution because it serves a dual purpose with a soft place to put your feet, but also a center tray for food.

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Design your Palette

Using the inspiration point, fabrics begin to layer in more color, texture and pattern to create the room scene.  Here we have a color and fabric board beginning to pull together that look.  Where these fabrics will live is yet to be determined.  The room will need a drapery fabric, pillows on the sofa, a chair fabric, a sofa fabric, and a fabric for the ottoman.  Things too consider in making that placement is durability, comfort level and how busy or bold a pattern feels.

Blue Palette Labeled - custom room design

Help us finish the room.  Which fabric would you make the pillow? Drapery? Sofa? Chair? Ottoman? We would love to hear your feedback.

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Plum and Gold Family Room

This plum and gold family room is an amazing transformation. Changing the floor plan and “glamming” up the design really changed the room. Listen to designer Lisa Scheff and Design Assistant, Eliza Oumano talk through why they made the design decisions that they made and how it.

Check out the rest of this space in our portfolio photos:

Plum and Gold Family Room

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Stain Resistant Fabric Treatment

No need to fear drinking coffee on your sofa or wine on your upholstered dining chair.

In this video, we put our stain resistant fabric treatment to the test.  Watch as we spill coffee, smear chocolate and rub in strawberry stains.

This stain resistant fabric treatments can be added to any piece of upholstery.  It helps prevent liquid stains from setting in and helps keep other stains on the surface for easy removal.

We love this treatment because it allows us to use lighter color fabrics in high traffic areas.

Call today for more information about this treatment and all of our upholstery options.

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So many rugs, so little time. Let us help!

Rugs are one of the items in a room that have the power tie together a cohesive design or look very out of place and mismatched. And I think we can all agree that not many things ruin a room like an old dingy rug does. But, choosing the right rug can be very difficult! Between the color and pattern options, the material choices, the manufacturing styles, and different weaves,navigating the rug world can be very intimidating.  But let us help! In this blog we’ll break down our three most popular rug manufacturer options for indoor rugs, what their features are and where they land on the price point scale.

Hand-Woven Rugs

Hand-Knotted Rugs:

Hand knotted rugs are the cream of the crop in the rug world. This style rug is the most labor intensive out of all the rug manufacturing processes. Each hand knotted rug is constructed by specially-trained artisans who work meticulously off a rug map. The artisan ties individual knots to build the rugs design, one row at a time! Considering each artisan can tie about 10,000 knots per day, you can imagine how long it takes to create an entire rug. Especially if it is a large one!

Because of the intense labor, hand-knotted rugs tend to be more expensive than any other manufacturing technique.

While hand-knotted rugs do take much longer to manufacture, they also last upwards of 20 years. It is a labor of love that lasts!

Here are a couple of ways to tell if your rug is hand knotted: The fringe is tied on the ends as part of the construction of the rug and not glued on after the fact. In hand-knotted rugs there is often uneven knots that are visible on the back of the rug, in the pattern that is visible on the front.

Hand-Tufted Rugs

Hand-Tufted Rugs:

Hand-tufted rugs require individual tufts of yarn to be punched through a pre-made, patterned backing with a special tufting gun. Picture a Lite-Brite! Once complete, the hand-tufted rugs often have a canvas backing  glued on to hold the knots in place.

Because the hand-tufting process is less labor intense, these rugs have a much shorter lead time and cost a fraction of the price while looking similar to it’s hand-knotted counterpart. Hand-tufted rugs can have a lifespan of 10 or more years and do well in high traffic areas.

How to tell if your rug is hand-tufted: Often, hand-tufted rugs have a canvas backing glued on to hold the knots in place.

Machine Made Rugs:

Machine Made Rugs

Machine made rugs are often made on a power loom operated by a machine or computer in order to produce them quickly. Because they are made on a machine, these rugs can be produced in large quantities, several color combinations, and with very complex designs. Machine made rugs can be completed in hours, rather than the months or years it takes to complete a hand-knotted rug.

Machine made rugs are good for high traffic areas. Not only because they have a long life span, but because they are bought at a much lower price point and easy to replace.

These rugs have the quickest turnaround time and are often much less expensive than both hand-knotted and hand-tufted.

How to tell if your rug is machine made: These rugs have uniform stitching visible on the back (handmade rugs show a more irregular construction).  In addition, often the fringe is glued on, rather than being a part of the rugs foundation. 

While there are other rug manufacturing methods, these three are our most popular and often the only ones considered in our projects at Lisa Scheff Designs. Are you looking to redo a living room that needs a beautiful rug that Fido can’t ruin? Give us a call!

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Family Room Design Project

Follow this family room transformation from the before shots to the big reveal. Check out the rustic design, our inspiration, and the client’s feedback as we walk you through one of our most recent delivered projects.

Take it Outside – Outdoor Living Trends

As New Englanders, by the time June rolls around we are more than ready to spend all of our time outside. We roll our car windows down, our favorite restaurants dust off their patios, and pool covers are peeled back. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and life is good.

This time of year, nothing is better than outdoor living. A perfect patio inspires you to spend time outside the house and gives you a beautiful place to wring every last minute out of your day. On the flip side, if your outdoor space isn’t just right, it may persuade you to stay inside despite the beautiful weather. Here are a few tips to help make your outdoor living space a wonderful spot to host family and friends, or just relax with a glass of wine after a long day.

Inside Out:Outdoor Living Spaces

This is a trend we are seeing a lot of lately, and don’t expect it to go anywhere anytime soon. Picture this: it is a beautiful summer day and you and your family are sitting around the dining room table-staring longingly into the back yard. Watching nice weather from indoors can cause a feeling of guilt- especially here in New England where it is only here for a few months. Creating an outdoor living space that mimics the comforts of your home provides a comfy, inviting space to enjoy the outdoors. Consider it an extension of your home. You can even add an outdoor fireplace and a TV!

Outdoor Kitchens:

With the popularity of open air dining growing, why not create your own outdoor kitchen and dining area. You’ve probably already got the grill, but let’s take it one step further. We love outdoor kitchens that include pizza ovens, wet bars and even refrigerators. By creating a kitchen outdoors, it allows you to cut down on your trips inside when hosting an event. With an outdoor kitchen, the sky is the limit (literally)!

Outdoor Living Spaces

Bright Colors:

Add bright pillows, vibrant rugs and mosaic tables to your outdoor space for a pop of summer color. When it comes to outdoor spaces, be fearless with your color combinations. When we think summer, two things come to mind. Coastal colors and bright colors. We love blues and greens but also love the way a bright color can lift a mood and is the perfect symbol of the summertime.

Bonus Tip-Add Some Tech:

Bring your indoor surround sound system outdoors with the placement of just a few speakers. Perfect for entertaining or just lounging.

Are you interested in creating a perfect outdoor living space at your home? Let us help! Call us for a consultation before the summer slips away!

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Trend Spotting Through High Point Market

High Point Market is an exciting event for us at Lisa Scheff! High Point is where we gather new ideas for our clients and absorb all the latest trends. While we’ve just recently returned from the Spring 2017 Market, we are already using all of the design ideas and products we discovered.  Every year, we leave High Point with a camera full of photos, a mind full of ideas and fingers eager to call our clients and tell them about our favorite finds. This year was no different! High Point is full of awe inspiring designs, creative concepts and exciting sneak peaks at all the upcoming trends. And we take them all home with us!

First High Point Trend-Green!

This year two High Point Market trends stood out to us: First, the color green was present everywhere! It was used on walls, on accent pillows, intricately weaved through designs on tables and in artwork. It was even used as a furniture statement piece! Perfect timing since the color green resembles rebirth (and it’s Spring) and Greenery also happens to be the Pantone Color of the Year! As we walked through the show rooms, we saw all different shades of green.  Green was used in both a bold centerpiece to a room, or a hidden gem placed on a table to add just a little pop of color.

High Point Market Trends AcrylicGreen is a great option as it is easy on the eyes, simple and versatile. Something as simple as some faux greenery placed on a corner table is enough for rejuvenating effects to be felt in a room. It is one of our favorite colors to use when we are looking to create a soothing and relaxing space.

Second High Point Trend-Lucite!

The second High Point Market trend was the abundant use of Lucite (acrylic). This High Point, if you weren’t looking at something green, you were probably looking at something Lucite! While Lucite has been popular for a few years, it seems that this year it kicked into high gear. Designers are using Lucite in tables, hardware, art work, and even lighting fixtures! We love Lucite when it is used sparingly. It is a great way to add a bit of modern flair to a space. We like it when used as the legs of a table, the accents in a light fixture, or the hardware on a night stand drawer.

As we always mention when talking about High Point Market trends, it is best to only use a pop of it in your home. Similarly to orange shag rugs and bell bottoms, trends come and go. An accent wall, a chair, or piece of artwork are all great ways to incorporate a market trend into your home without regretting it years down the road.

Like what you see? Would you like to incorporate green or Lucite into your home? Call us today to book a consultation and we will help you bring some market trends into your home! 

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High Point Market Trends

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Lighting Makes All the Difference

kitchen cabinets poor lightingIn a lecture we attended by Candice Olson, she once said, “with proper lighting, you can make a $3 fabric look like a $100 fabric, but with poor lighting you can make a $100 fabric look like a $3 fabric.”  This statement stuck in our firm, because in design, we really do believe in the importance of lighting.

A well lit room not only makes your fabrics look better, but improves every aspect of the room. Take a look at this kitchen back splash from one of our recent projects.  The under-cabinet lighting could not continue under the range hood, leaving a dark hole over the stove that made the tile look dark and a bit muddy.  

Kitchen cabinets good lighting

Now look at the same space with the range hood lights on.  Notice how much warmer the tile looks.  Having light over the stove allows the focal point of the tile, the thin glass accent square, to shine.

While a well lit room has a lot of light to create brightness, it is also important that that light is well spaced so that we don’t create any dark spots on the floor, and on the converse, that we don’t create any hot spots.  The light should disperse evenly.

Another quality to consider, and in our opinion one of the most important qualities to consider when choosing a light bulb is the bulb’s color temperature. Color temperature, measured on the Kelvin scale, typically ranges from 2700K to 5000K. Warm light averages from 2700K to 3000K, whereas bulbs around 5000K provide a crisp daylight appearance that is more blue. If you are choosing to use an LED bulb in your space, you want to use the warmest color LED bulb that you can in a space in order to create a welcoming environment. Using an LED that provides a crisp, bluer light, as opposed to a warm, yellow light, can make a room feel more commercial.  Read more about LED lighting in design in our interview with Mass Save!

Looking for help properly lighting your home?  We can help by creating a lighting plan that will use recessed cans, lamps, under cabinet lighting, and traditional fixtures so that your home and all of your belongings get the light they deserve.

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