Styling to Sell
Wallpaper is back
We’ve all seen the reality shows lately that have the contestants plastering the walls with (most of the time, badly hung) wallpaper. And before you start cringing at the memory of our 70’s-styled houses with all its dated orange & brown patterns, wallpaper is a bit different than you remember. And you may even fall in love with the new designs!
To start with, now days wallpaper is used primarily for feature walls. Gone are the days of whole rooms being clad in traditional patterns or florals. And this option of feature walls allows the new styles to feel more appropriate & proportioned in the room.
So what’s new in wallpaper?
Well there are a few types to choose from.
However, wallpapers now include full Wall Murals, Anaglypta, Grasscloths, Flocking, Metallics, Textures & Beads.
Murals are a large image that has been blown up to a full wall size. This can even be your own images of family or maybe your travels. These can be made to your wall widths & usually come in panels that match together rather than strips.
Anaglypta wallpaper is textured wallpaper which is paintable. These come in a wide variety of patterns & textures so they look like pressed metal panels or old render. This is great if you want to change your colour but keep the pattern. As these papers are thicker, they are great for hiding walls with cracks or damaged plasterwork.
Grasscloth is a natural fibre that is woven & stuck onto a paper backing. This gives a natural look & over time can fray a little giving an even more natural appearance. This can be difficult to apply due to the fraying.
Flocking is a velvet-feeling finish to the paper. It is a decadent look that works well with the Glam style. This is sometimes teamed with metallic to highlight the velvet look.
Metallics are not new in wallpaper but can give a fantastic appearance. The shiny nature of the metallic colours are usually highlighted with geometric patterns for an Art Deco feel or damask leaves for the Glam look.
Textures are making a huge comeback as they don’t interfere with any decorating choices but give depth to a room. These can be natural looking elements like wood, furs, stone, woven baskets, linen & silks. Some of these textures look so real, like planks of timber have been stuck to the walls or zebra skins on your mantle. Many of which also feel quite textured. These sit beautifully with many of the current design styles, like timbers for Scandinavian, timber panelling for Hamptons, rustic bricks & metal beams for Industrial & stacked stone for the Modern look.
Beads or glitter are also being added to give the Glam & 3D look. As these are usually stuck to the wallpapers, it can add quite a fair bit of price to the cost of the wall art.
So how much does wallpaper cost??
The price has risen a lot since the 70’s but the papers are much better than back then. Now days they are vinyl based, so they are stronger & come off easier for when you want to change. They are also usually water resistant, making them great for decadent bathrooms, & also have great UV protection which many old ones didn’t have.
The price of papers vary significantly from about $50 per roll to $400 per roll, however there are many great styles around the $99-$160 price range. If you were hoping to wallpaper a bedroom wall of approximately 3.5m wide & 2.4m high, you would usually need 2 rolls, assuming there is minimal pattern match & they are the stand widths. So your fantastic feature wall could cost you about $200-$360 in paper. Not bad for a massive change!
But then there is the application….
Can I put it on myself?
The answer is yes. There are plenty of DIY help tutorials available to explain how to apply your paper, but the best thing to do if read the instructions with the paper. Some papers are pre-pasted, some need you to paste the wall, so just read what your paper requires. But remember – measure three times & cut once.
After that you get to sit back & admire the huge difference some personality will make to your home!
Advertise your office
We are so used to thinking about our marketing, our social media, our personal presentation, but what about our office presentation?
Looking around now can you see computer cables & overflowing filing cabinets? Stacks of paper, uneven flooring & unappealing lighting?
You don’t have to go all out & have an interactive space like at Google Headquarters with bean bags, indoor grass or hammocks. But does your office show who your business is? Does it inspire your team or just soak up all their energy? And this could be losing you business!
Before you say – “we’re in a rented space so there’s not much we can do” you could be amazed of the difference you can make with small changes.
So how do I start?
Think about your business. What are your Values? What do you stand for?
If this is for the general public, invite someone in to look at your office from a critical point of view. You see it all the time & become blind to the possibilities, whereas a new pair of eyes may catch simple alterations.
If this is just for your team, or a combination of both, you need to consider inspiration. What will engage with your team & clients? Do they need more comfortable seating, inspirational artwork, a better desk configuration, more storage, softer lighting? Also don’t be afraid to ask them. They usually know what may help them do their job better & may love to be included in the process.
Of course, if you really get stuck there are Interior Designers out there to help. These people are trained to look at the flow of the space, the inappropriate lighting & possibilities to really bring out the personality of your business. It is YOUR business so you can ask for a more cost effective design solution rather than a large renovation or expensive change. Also this whole process would also be a Tax Deduction so you don’t have to worry too much about the price.
Don’t be afraid to ask the question.
Your office presentation can gain you new clients, keep existing clients & also make for a more productive & happy work environment.
For more information on getting the most out of your consultation with a Designer see this blog – http://www.mystereedesigns.com.au/5-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-interior-designer/
6 Years of Procrastinating
I saw a client of mine yesterday & she spoke of a friend of hers who hired a designer but was unhappy with the result.
An average people think about a renovation for 6 years before starting any work.
So that means that lovely person had waited for years, finally gathered the courage to get started, only to hit another road block. And who knows when they will finally get what they want.
It is devastating as this is YOUR HOME. This is the place you return to on a daily basis, & 6 years of coming home to something that truly bothers you is quite sad.
Our lives should be filled with things & people that make us feel good. Not a list of reasons to be unhappy.
So stop procrastinating. Order that new sofa, paint that feature wall & contact your tradesperson & get the ball rolling.
LOVE your home, everyday. Not 6 years from now!
When choosing paint colours for a room, it’s hard to know if you should do the whole lot in one colour, or add feature walls. And will that work with my flooring, & how do I add pops of colour in my décor?
Well there is a formula that can help you with how much of each colour to use!
It’s the 60-30-10 proportion method.
Then 30% of an opposing colour. This is usually brought in with furniture or the flooring.
The last 10% is the fun decorator items. This is the pop of colour that may be too overwhelming in a large quantity. But don’t underestimate the 10%, this can still dominate if positioned correctly!
You can play with shades of colours, with these usually being able to blend together into one proportion percentage. For example, light to mid greys will blend into whites, whereas mid to dark greys can blend with black tones. Just consider if an item jumps out at you, if it does then it doesn’t blend with its surroundings. This makes it a contrast & therefore a different proportion to what is around it. You may choose to move the item to blend with something nearby & allow another piece to be the feature contrast.
Using these colour proportions helps prevent your home from looking cluttered & mis-matched. As well as helping you choose which colours you want to dominate to bring fun to the space.
The top Interior Design Elements
A list to help you design & decorate your home
Have you tried to decorate your home but something seems to be missing? There is a science behind interior design which most people don’t know about, & once you learn it – decorating is easy! Follow these basic steps.
We all know that the right colour can create a massive change in a room. Colour is known to bring warmth or give a cooler feel, can be light & airy or dark & moody. It is also known to tie to certain eras & themes, & the combinations can give contrast or be simple.
Contrast is about the differences between two pieces. This can be with colour like black & white, or with texture being sleek or shaggy, with finishes like flat & shiny. Contrast highlights both.
Light is necessary to be able to see what we are doing, but it also brings interest. It is best to have natural, task & ambient lighting in each room to allow a quick change in illumination. Light can be soft & relaxing or stark & fresh. It can also throw patterns on a wall or change the colour of a room.
This is the most understated element. Balance is important for a sense of consistency. This is where you ‘find a friend’. Balance allows you to repeat an element in the room. If you have a timber dining table, add a timber chopping board, or lamp with timber legs to balance across the room. This can be done with colour, shape, size, texture, light & pattern.
SCALE & PROPORTION
This refers to oversizing or undersizing an item in the room to give emphasis. This is seen regularly with large artwork or clocks. In the alternative, it can be great to undersize items to make a room look larger.
Emphasis is the feature of the room. It draws the eye & makes a statement. This can be done with colour, texture, pattern, size, shape or lighting effects.
Texture is in every item. Even the sleek, straight lines are an absence of texture. This makes a room cosy, relaxed, or sleek & hygienic. Texture can be brought in with fabric, bricks, timber, stone, metal, wallpaper, linens & plants.
We all know that the difference between a good job & a great job is the attention to detail. This is the cherry on top. It can be a shadowline or bevel edge in kitchen cabinetry, piping on cushions, turned legs on a table or different coloured tile grout. This can easily be overlooked when building or renovating as you are focused on the overall look, not each element.
UNITY & VARIETY
Unity is the same thing, variety is different things. The combination of the two allows you to group different items together which have a unifying theme, such as all white vases of different sizes, or multi-coloured chairs of the same design. This helps to unify a room of random pieces.
RHYTHM / VISUAL INERTIA
Rhythm is repetition to draw your eye through a space. This can be done with colours, shapes, lighting, balance & proportion. Visual Inertia is similar, with the rhythm of the items making the illusion of movement, like zebra stripes in a group.
Most of us have an eclectic mix of items in our homes, with heirlooms & favourite items. Now you are able to find a way to make all these pieces work together & balance your interiors. As well as having fun interior decorating!