Open Concept Homes
As design has evolved over the last few decades, we’ve watched open concept home design become the desired feeling. Great for traffic flow and entertaining, open concept homes often feel larger and more spacious than homes divided by walls.
We love an open concept design, but before you begin knocking down walls, there are a few things to consider as you create that open concept dream plan.
1. Everything is Connected
When your whole first floors is open concept, it needs to be treated as one room is the sense of color palette and finish selections. This means your dark cabinetry in the kitchen may dictate the wood finishes for your whole first floor, or your gold fireplace screen may affect the finishes you choose for your kitchen island pendants.
In this open concept home, we placed special consideration in how the light fixtures would flow from kitchen to dining room to family room.
2. A Large Space May Not Feel Cozy
Having an open concept in a large space, can make the already large space feel too large and somewhat cold. It’s much harder to create a warm and cozy space with no walls. This feeling can be exaggerated if you have tall ceilings. Using furniture creatively to create smaller spaces within the large open concept can help to achieve that warm and intimate feeling while still enjoying the benefits of open concept.
The L-shaped layout of this room allows for a very distinct living room space without adding walls for definition.
3. There’s No Hiding a Mess
In an open concept home, you don’t have doors to close when one room is a mess and guests are coming over. The kitchen is usually the worst offender in this sense. In hosting an event, the kitchen often becomes quite messy – pots and pans spread throughout – but there isn’t a door to close after dinner is served in the dining room to hide the mess while you eat.
In this open concept, we build the island at bar height. This height in the middle of the room acts as a small barrier to the stove and sink to help minimize sight lines into what can be a messy part of the kitchen.
4. Lack of Privacy
One of the benefits to open concept design is that everyone is together. Whoever is cooking in the kitchen, is still part of the family unit hanging out in the living room, and so on. But on the flip side, the open-concept design has little room for privacy when you want it. If your kids are noisy when they’re playing (congrats if yours aren’t!); if you need some solitude to get work done; if your partner is bingeing a tv show that you haven’t caught up on — too bad. Open-concept homes don’t provide the privacy that is needed to accommodate any of those situations. Being together all the time means being together ALL the time. It’s a big factor you need to consider.
Think About Your Pros and Cons as you Plan
Take the time to really consider why you want an open-concept home beyond the trend before you start knocking down walls. If you really are “entertainers” and not just holiday-only hosts, it could be for you. If your family craves togetherness now and as it grows at the expense of privacy, or if you have a second family room in another part of the house when you can go to escape or send the kids when they’re being loud, maybe you want open concept. But don’t overlook other design options that can still give you the feeling of a larger home with good flow when entertaining. Just because something is a trend, doesn’t mean its the right choice for your home.
Need help creating the right flow in your home? We can help! Give us a call to book a design consultation. We will take measurements and draw your home to show you how you can maximize the space you have.
An Empty Room
It’s one of our favorite types of project – an empty room to fill with a complete room transformation.
When we entered this space, we knew it had enormous potential. Look at that peaked ceiling, beautiful fireplace, and floor to ceiling windows!
The plan was to keep it bright, but to add depth and dimension with fabric and a new showstopping chandelier.
The pieces selected for this room were transitional in their design with a push towards modern. We love the blue, cream and teal color palette. It says, “come relax and enjoy your family room!” The goal was to mix patterns and textures within the blue color family.
Installation day was a full day for this room transformation complete with furniture delivery, art installation and accessory staging. Accessories curated by a design team really finish a space and give it that something special. Check out the process in the short video above.
Before and After
Before furniture was introduced, a few more “structural” things needed to be addressed. First and foremost the dated crystal chandelier was replaced with a beautiful modern orb pendant that really makes a statement.
We also added beautiful Hunter Douglas Silhouette window shadings. They provide great light control and privacy while also softening the window casings.
Finally, we added a gorgeous custom wood mantle that cleverly hides the wires from the mounted television.
We introduced a large and incredibly comfortable sectional with beautiful navy pillows. The bergere chairs were recovered in a lovely “Moroccan Til” strip fabric.
The boat print over the sectional is a bright pop of color and the scale works well for the large ceilings.
For a complete look at this room transformation, check out our portfolio.
Looking to transform your own family room? We’d love to help!
At Lisa Scheff Designs, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a space that make them happy and reflects their unique style. We think that your space should not only look amazing, but that it should be a reflection of your personality and style, and it should function in a way that works with how you live your life. Hiring and interior designer can help those who already know their style and are looking to execute that look in their home, and can also help those who need to discover what they like and the style that makes them happy.
Hiring An Interior Designer
We all want a house we’re proud of and enjoy being in, but sometimes achieving that look and flow is easier said than done. If you haven’t already done so, hiring an interior designer is something to think about when trying to achieve your ideal style in your home.
Hiring an interior designer is the right choice if you’ve invested a good bit of money into your home and want to be able to showcase it to look its best or if you’ve found your forever home, but need help making it “yours!” Whether you have no idea where or how to begin to furnish and decorate your home; whether you have an idea but need help tying pieces together; or whether you simply haven’t the time to execute your style and desires due to your busy life, an interior design firm can help you.
Here are our top ten reasons why hiring an interior designer is the right choice.
1. Save Money.
The idea that interior designers are only for the rich and famous or those with so much money that they don’t know what to do with it all is not the case at all. In reality working with a good designer will save you a great deal of time and money and headache medicine! It might sound strange that hiring someone to decorate your home would save you money since you have the additional fee of the designer, however hiring a designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes. Ever bought a piece of furniture that looked so good in the store, but was a too big once you got it home? Ever painted three or four times trying to find the right color palette? It may seem like like an oxymoron because you’re going to have to pay the additional designer’s fee, but the truth is that hiring a designer can help you avoid costly mistakes and help you make design decisions that will increase the value of your home. And if you’re on a tight budget, a designer is going to know how to get the best value out of what you can spend. An experienced designer is used to working on a line item budget and will help you understand where every penny is going.
2. Save Time
We’d figure to start off with the two things most people wish they could have more of: time and money. Just like hiring a designer will benefit you financially, a designer will also save you on time. A designer already has a trained sense of what needs to be done and when it needs to be done, and they’ll be able to anticipate any obstacles that may come up. You won’t need to spend hours scouring the Internet or running from store to store looking for the right pieces for your home. A designer has thousands of resources that they know well. Often, we leave a meeting and already know exactly what piece from what line will look perfect in your home.
3. Professional Assessment.
A designer can give you a professional assessment of your home, that will will lead to a solid plan of action. The order of things in a design plan is key. This will not only effect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently. A designer offers an extra set of eyes, but these eyes are trained to see and notice things that you may not. When you hire a trained designer, you get an immediate plan of action for your space. Professional interior designers are not just decorators. They went to school and have years of experience in the industry. Their trained pair of eyes will see things you’re guaranteed to miss. If you want to learn more about the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator, read our article on it here.
4. Budgeting and Planning.
A designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort. A designer knows where to go for resources for everything related to your home. This will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. A designer will have all this readily on hand, and should he or she not, will spend the time researching so that you don’t have to.
A designer will act as a liaison between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in your overall plan. Designers speak the same language as contractors, which can be helpful for a homeowner who doesn’t know what an ogee edge is for their granite, or doesn’t know the difference between a bullnose or waterfall on a stair runner. Also, Designers are trained to think about things you may overlook. It’s so important that the lighting and furnishing needs are addressed before construction. If your living room sofa is floating in a the middle of the room you want to make sure you have the proper placement for floor outlets. and you want your recessed cans placed relative to your floor plan. Making these changes after construction begins will be costly and add time to the process.
6. Wide availability of resources and contacts
There are things available to designers that are not available to the general public in terms of connections, resources and general merchandise. By culminating these resources designers can help to make your space look more collected, unique and pulled together. We aim to offer high quality pieces at competitive pricing.
Designers also have many home improvement industry contacts who they trust and know the quality of their work. You can save time and headaches in not having to interview electricians, contractors, plumbers, etc.
7. Wow Factor.
Designers can help to give you the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. They are trained to think differently, spatially and to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. Interior designers are trained to think creatively and spatially and learn to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. Thinking outside of the box is what designers do on the regular. Not only will you get a good design sense, but you’ll also get an attention to detail from proper lighting and furniture placement to fabric choices and color palette and fixture options. A professional interior designer will create custom-designed pieces to make sure everything fits perfectly and is truly special to your home. Designers can also get you certain furniture, fabric, and materials that’s trade-only and not accessible to everyone else. People notice a well-designed home. Try to do it by yourself, and you’re stuck juggling the many elements that go into designing that a designer is specifically trained to do. And when they’re done, not only will your home look beautiful and cohesive, but it’ll be well thought out and highly functional.
8. It All Makes Sense
Mixing metal finishes, patterns, colors, etc. can be challenging, but your designer will pull together a cohesive looks that works. Plus, the pieces will fit the style of your home and work well in scale. Somethings looks great in store showrooms, but just don’t work in your particular home. Your designer will make sure that all of your pieces make sense for your style, the style of your home and within the overall design.
9. They’ll Be The Bad Guy
Let’s face it, when you are renovating or working on a home, you want someone who will ask the right questions and fight for you. Contractors, electricians, inspectors and the like can be pretty intimidating. It’s really nice to have a middle man (your designer) who can ask questions for you, get things done for you and generally be the “bad guy” and stand up on your behalf. Many of my clients are so nice and hate to ask for more than what they are given. A designer will do that for you. Plus, if pieces arrive with freight damage, or in the wrong fabric, or really any issue, you have a team who will deal with that headache for you.
A designer can potentially add a great deal to the aesthetic of your home, which in turn can increase showings and sales. This increased appeal can exponentially speed up the amount of time your home sits on the market before it is sold. The benefit here is two-fold, a faster turn-around time and more money in your pocket.
Given all this information will you consider hiring an interior designer the next time you remodel, buy a home or move?
We are back from this year’s spring High Point market! We’re so excited to start incorporating all the new trends and styles we saw into our clients designs, but for now let’s talk about the trend we loved that was spotted everywhere. All across the show rooms there were designs integrating the use of purples. That’s not too much of a surprise actually, as this year’s Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet. Ultra violet purple (which is more of a vibrant purple) is blue based and was primarily seen in accessories and decorations of the rooms such as beautiful chunks of amethyst placed on a console table, or bright flowers in an otherwise neutral tone room.
On the other spectrum we saw soft purples used in nearly every aspect of the design. Bedding, sofas, art work, accent walls, you name it – the soft purple tones were loved everywhere. What makes these purples soft is that there is a slight gray or creaminess to them that make them much more subdued or relaxing than the typical bright purple we are so used to. Because of this, this color lends itself to multiple color pallet options.
Pair it with neutral earth tones and some green foliage and you have the calm soothing feeling of a spa atmosphere. Or incorporate other soft/dusty shades like mauve or pale blue with it and add some gold and the room feels a bit more classy and elegant. After all, purple has long been referred to as the color of royalty.
With purple having the combination of blue’s calmness and red’s warm stimulation it’s a versatile, comfortable and welcoming color. Often overlooked as an adolescent’s color, purple can add luxurious, serene feeling to a room in such a unique way. And the best part is, this trend is just taking off and hasn’t been used all over the place yet, making these purple based designs stand out from the rest.
What do you think? Has purple always been a favorite color of your that you just weren’t sure how to incorporate into interior design rather than just fashion? We can help with that! Contact us!
Here today with a great before and after of a beautiful big family room that we’re really excited to share with you. Join us as we show you the installation day and the client’s amazing reaction!
Before and After | Client Reveal
We love a good before and after with a client reveal!
Join us in the video above as we show this young family their new family room complete with curated accessories. This family room went from dark and dated to light and modern. The comfortable yet beautiful pieces are designed with family life in mind featuring performance fabrics.
Before and After Transformation
Just want some quick inspiration – here are some before and after shots of the beautiful space.
We moved the TV to over the fireplace creating a single focal point in the room and providing symmetry by balancing the built-ins with shelves on both sides.
The built-ins received a coat of creamy white paint to brighten up the room and then we’re through fully staged to bring in color and interest.
The new sofas are a bright beige contributing the the lightening up of the room, but don’t worry – the Crypton fabric means they will stay stain-free.
The new screen shades help soften the window casings and diffuse the wood trim counting to add warmer colors the the room.
We would love to help you transform your home with a beautiful before and after of your own.
You’re getting dressed. You’ve got the perfect top, bottom, shoes, and makeup, but something is still missing. What’s that? Your jewelry. You pick out the perfect jewelry/accessories and voila, your look is now complete. When picking out the light fixtures for your house, you can look at it the same way; each room is an outfit and the light fixtures you choose are the jewelry or accessories. The jewelry you choose for an outfit can complement it and add flare, but sometimes (if chosen wrongly) can throw off the look you were going for. This is the same for choosing light fixtures. No worries though! We’re here to guide you through picking the perfect lighting.
If you’re looking for a statement lighting fixture, chandeliers are no brainer. However chandeliers are no longer just lavish, covered in crystal fixtures, (though those can still be perfect in the right design). Today, you can find chandeliers that fit all styles; traditional, modern, rustic, glamorous, boho, etc.
Perhaps you have a smaller space though and you feel a chandelier may be too large for your space, but you still want to have eye catching light fixtures. When grouped, pendant lights can do just that.
They can also be great in areas where you need direct lighting such as the kitchen.
Ceiling Mounts & Recessed Lighting
If you have a lot of other bold or eye catching pieces elsewhere in the room, maybe you’re looking for a simpler lighting option. Ceiling mount or recessed lights are good options when this is the case. Depending on the style of the room, ceiling mounts can sometimes offer you a little more design than recessed lights. However, if you’re room is a contemporary style, less is more and the clean lines the recessed lights leave along the ceiling can be just as big of a design element as a decorative ceiling mount fixture.
Sconces are beautiful accessories to a bathroom design.
There are so many different styles that they really add a unique element to the bathroom. They can also be great in other locations such as a hallway too. If you’ve got some tall people in your life and a small hallway, a ceiling mount can make the hall feel shorter and smaller. By adding a sconce on the wall as a replacement for the ceiling mount you keep the height and the space feels larger.
Floor & Table Lamps
Floor and table lamps are probably the most common types of lighting. They’re typically found in living rooms, bedrooms and offices. A great tip here is to mix it up a bit.
Don’t just buy all the same exact style when purchasing these. Mix up the heights or buy a combination of petite and bulky to add dimension to the room. Just make sure they still all tie together in order to not throw off the design of the room.
Inspired but still want some help picking out the right lighting fixtures for you house? We’re here for you. Contact us!
After a long day, nothing relieves stress quite like a soak in a beautiful bathtub with a candle burning and a glass of wine in hand. Bathtubs come in many shapes and sizes to fit any bathroom aesthetic. Here are a few of our favorites from recent projects for some bathtub inspiration.
Marble Bathroom with large Soaking Bathtub
This glamorous bathroom design features marble on marble and an expansive, deep soaking tub looking out over a beautiful view of rural Connecticut. This glamorous design is certainly bathroom goals.
Simple Bathtub with Soothing Color Palette
While that last bathtub inspiration was about the overstate, this room is about simple design, clean lines, and restful colors . We love this guest bathroom – especially the art over the toilet!
Black White Bathroom with Shallow White Bathtub
Black and white bathroom design with a pop of blue and orange makes for a modern yet retro feel, We love the simplicity of the subway tile, and the stark contrast of the black accent tile.
Navy and Cream Bathroom with Tile Tub Surround
Now here’s a room that screams “boy bathroom”! This navy and khaki scheme is gorgeous and the colorful bug prints are a fun touch for this growing family’s main bathroom.
Large Soaking Tub with Roman Shades and Crystal Pendant
What about this room doesn’t say, come and relax? From the beautiful top-down-bottom up Roman shades to the adorable crystal chandelier, this clawfoot tub is a dream.
Ready to tackle your bathroom renovation? We can help!
An accent wall, also referred to as a feature wall, is a wall that stands out and is different from the rest of the walls in the room. You can create an accent wall with the use of different paint colors or even a completely different material. There are decorative paint techniques or faux finishes, wallpaper, wall murals, decorative wood paneling, and stone or tile. Check out one of our kitchen renovations where we incorporated a wallpaper accent wall into the built-in eating area.
So what are some reasons you might be inclined to create an accent wall in your home? They can be used to break up a large room, highlight or emphasize a unique architectural piece, make a room appear larger to the eye, or even be used as an alternative to trying to fill the wall space with art or photos.
Now with any bold design choice there are always important things to know and be mindful of.
Choosing the Right Color
Warm colors tend to make a room appear smaller as they pull the eye towards the wall where as cool colors pull away. So say you have a smaller or narrower bedroom and you want an accent wall behind the head of the bed, you might consider choosing a cooler color (blue, green, purple) to widen or elongate the room.
While white walls on the side of your accent wall can be bold and beautiful, they can also go the route of being to stark bright or harsh on the eyes. Try to balance of the transition of colors/material by using neutral colors on the side such as grey, beige, greige.
Have a wall in your house you can see getting transformed into a unique accent wall? Struggling to decide what paint or material would be the best choice? We’d love to help. Call us today to book your in-home consultation.