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9 Unusual Sources of Design Inspiration

fashion inspired nautical design

Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Amazon Rainforest. Guitars.

Have you ever been inexplicably inspired by something unusual?

When we’re looking for interior design inspiration, most of us look to Pinterest, home design blogs, or maybe even a Home & Garden magazine. Inspiration comes in many forms though. Today, I’ll show you 9 unusual places that might just unlock your inner design genius.

1. Your Favorite TV Show

Did you ever wish you could live in Monica’s apartment from Friends? The Dunphy house from Modern Family? Or even Downton Abbey itself?

downton abbey interior design

Image: homestilo

One great thing about TV shows is that they usually offer you the opportunity to look at a room from many different angles and really get a sense for the whole space. That makes it easier to closely examine the design and figure out which elements are inspiring you. If you were looking for an excuse to rewatch a few episodes of your favorite show, this is it!

2. Fashion

People often look to the fashion world for inspiration for their homes, usually by copying colors and fabrics. Sometimes that works, but the colors and textures that work well on clothing don’t always have the same effect in your kitchen.

My favorite way to draw inspiration from fashion is this:

  1. Pay attention to what you like and don’t like when it comes to personal style.
  2. Think about the “feeling” or overall aesthetic that appeals to you.
  3. Try to translate that feeling (rather than a bunch of specific elements) into your interior design plan.

Here’s an example.

fashion inspired nautical design

Photo: Třebíz

This photo clearly has a nautical theme, but it’s not just their clothing that gives that impression. It’s the backdrop, the way the photo was edited, and the way the models are standing. It feels fresh, cool, and light. You can bring the same feeling to your interior design plan without copying the exact elements from the photo.

3. Your Interests

It just makes sense to surround yourself with things you like. Are you a crazy sports fan? An avid reader? Don’t fight it!

Here are a few examples of people who used their interests as design inspiration:

Sports

living space trail blazers fans

Photo: Lincoln Barbour

Literature

Technology

Music

4. Home Staging Companies

Good home stagers are great interior designers, but staged homes have a reputation for looking “empty.” With not much furniture or decoration, they sometimes end up looking pretty minimal. Home stagers don’t want to overwhelm prospective buyers with too much stuff; they want to create a space where people can start envisioning their own design preferences and lifestyle. Is that the same thing you’re trying to do now? Think about it: If you’re feeling stuck, a minimally decorated space may be just the inspiration you need!

Some home stagers have figured out a way to create this effect without leaving rooms completely devoid of personality. Here are a few who I think do it well:

5. Movies, Photos, and Paintings from the Past

Johan Zacharias Blackstadius Interiör salong med läsande

Johan Zacharias Blackstadius, Interiör, salong med läsande flicka, 1850

Are you a bit of an old soul? Do you love watching classic old movies? Old paintings, movies, and photos are full of design gems.

I love the openness in the room above and the way those big windows let in the light. That’s an oil painting by Swedish artist Johan Zacharias Blackstadius in 1850!

breakfast at tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The movies Breakfast at Tiffany’s and North by Northwest are also known for their great interior sets.

A little digging on the Internet will uncover some great old interior design photos. Here are some places to start:

6. Your Friends’ Houses

If you have a friend or family member whose home you love, think about what it is you like about the space. What is resonating with you? How can you apply some of the same ideas to your own space?

Ask your friend about it too. What went into the design/remodel? Which elements came first in the process? Who did they go to for advice?

At the end of the day, your home is yours. It should reflect your lifestyle and design preferences, but it never hurts to get some sage advice from someone with great style!

7. Overseas

I recently wrote about design trends from around the world. Getting inspiration from another culture is a great way to add a new flavor to your space. It’s fun to bring in a little piece of another culture you love (or maybe a piece of your family’s heritage).

Check out these two examples:

Denmark

This mid-century modern kitchen is in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mid-century modern design harks back to the clean, simple, nature-inspired designs that were popular from the 1930s to mid-1960s.

Russia

This Moscow kitchen is extremely traditional (yet very cozy) with warm inviting colors. It also incorporates several industrial elements, such as the light over the table and the metal over the stove.

8. The Wild

It turns out Mother Nature can inspire some pretty amazing designs. If you’re an adventure seeker who loves the outdoors, bring the outside in! The colors, textures, and artwork you choose can help create the feeling of being in the wild.

For example, the Pacific Northwest offers some pretty spectacular inspiration…

 

Or you can get a little more exotic and create a Safari-inspired room (and make yourself feel like you’re actually in a tent!)…

 

Or you could pay homage to the Amazon Rainforest with cool greens and relaxing indoor plants…

 

Master Vanity rainforest green marble countertops

Master Vanity with Rainforest Green Marble Countertops, Photo by Shelley Sims/Thrive DesignSearch eclectic bathroom design ideas

9. The Mall

Believe it or not, your local shopping mall might just give you that creative spark you’ve been waiting for. Have a look at furniture stores, kiosks, and more. Anthropologie always has great displays:

Design Inspiration Can Come from Anywhere

Memories, dreams, restaurants, your favorite childhood spots: all these things can be sources of inspiration for your home. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

If you need help incorporating any of these ideas into your design — or you’re struggling to get inspired — Mosaik Design & Remodeling can help. Give me a call at (503) 726-2222 or contact us online to get started.

10 Interior Design Trends That Will Stand the Test of Time

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If you’ve ever flipped through a design magazine from the 1970s, you know how dated certain design trends can become.

We may not love them now, but shag carpet and mustard yellow walls were once the hottest trends. Will the same thing happen to today’s trends? Is there a way to know what has staying power? Can you design a room that looks great now, tomorrow, and in 20 years?

I’ll answer those questions and more in this post. We’ll look at the top 10 design trends that will stand the test of time, but first, let’s go over three important characteristics of any truly timeless design.

Characteristics of Timeless Spaces

1956 home wallpaper 1956 living room

Photos: Bill Bradford, Bill Bradford

Both these living rooms were featured in Better Homes & Gardens in 1956. You’d probably guess they were both designed in the 50s, but one feels much more pleasant and liveable today than the other.

Let’s see why that is…

Timeless designs aren’t based on passing fads. Design trends that truly stand the test of time are simple, functional, and in balance with their environment.

Simple

Think quality, not quantity. You’ll notice that the most timeless designs from past decades aren’t cluttered or over the top. They’re simple and straightforward with just one or two main focal points in the room.

Functional

A timeless home is one that someone could live comfortably in now, 50 years ago, or 50 years in the future. Of course, function can change over time (imagine living without a microwave!) but you want a home that’s mean to actually be lived in, no matter what decade you’re in.

Balanced with the Environment

In a timeless design, everything is in proportion. For example, a giant, puffy sofa in a tiny room just doesn’t look balanced. Similarly, ultra-modern Scandinavian furniture may not feel right in an old-fashioned Victorian style home.

Think about fashion: Oversized or tight fitting clothing may be in style for a few years, but clothing that fits right and feels comfortable always looks good.

10 Design Trends that Stand the Test of Time

Now that you know how to go about designing spaces that stand the test of time, let’s look at a few of the building blocks you can use to put it all together.

Keep in mind: There are endless ways to create a timeless design, but if you’re not sure where to start, these 10 ideas will help.

1. A Classic Color Scheme

mediterranean timeless home

The safest way to ensure your colors won’t look dated in a few years is to choose neutrals like beige, off-whites, and grays. Those colors have been in style for hundreds of years and they most likely will be for hundreds more!

Timeless doesn’t have to mean boring, though. Why not throw in an accent color or two? Navy blue and dark green are two timeless colors that look great with neutrals. Or you may want to get creative and throw in a brighter color. When incorporated tastefully, even the boldest colors can be timeless.

2. A Single Focal Point

mid-century modern kitchen focal point

Those three timeless characteristics (simple, functional, and balanced) can be hard to achieve in practice. An inside designer secret is to choose a single focal point for the room (or two if it’s a bigger room).

A focal point can be almost anything, including:

  • A piece of furniture
  • An architectural detail
  • A beautiful view
  • A favorite piece of art

It may also depend on the room. In the living room the focal point might be a fireplace, a coffee table centerpiece, or patterned throw pillows. In the kitchen it might be a bold backsplash or a colorful appliance.

3. Your Favorite Art

wall art home

A piece of art can really help set the tone of a room. Contemporary art can bring an old-fashioned room into the 21st Century. A classic painting or sculpture can add some old world class to a more modern design, like in the room above.

Art is easy to change out. Even if your furniture or paint colors get a little outdated, you can always update your art!

Plus, there’s nothing more timeless than a beautiful piece that you know you’ll continue to love for years to come.

4. Indoor Plants

indoor plants

People don’t always think about plants, but they are one of the most timeless elements you can add to a room. Plants are refreshing, uplifting, and can even purify the air!

Plus, some plants are surprisingly resilient and don’t require much maintenance. Check out this list of house plants that won’t die on you from Today.com.

5. Good Lighting

good lighting living room

Good lighting is always in style. I love the effect of natural light, so I take advantage of windows and skylights whenever I can.

That’s not an option for every room, though. Luckily, light colored walls and ceilings help too, and the right ceiling light can make all the difference.

Tip: Paint your ceiling the same color or a 50% lighter version of your wall color. This eliminates the harsh line from wall color to white and give a feeling of height and expansiveness to any room.

6. Marble

marble kitchen countertops

Trying to choose a kitchen countertop or bathroom tile that won’t go out of style?

Marble is always classic. Elegant, smooth, and cool to the touch, marble is a natural stone that’s lifted from the Earth in whole slabs. It’s a natural and authentic material that’s always both traditional and stylish.

7. Crown Molding

crown molding timeless home

Crown molding is usually applied along the corner where walls and ceiling meet. If it fits your home’s style, it’s a great way to add character and smooth the transition from wall to ceiling.

Crown molding is a common feature in traditional homes. You’ll find it in almost any Victorian-style home, but designers and architects have been using crown molding since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It hasn’t lost its popularity since.

8. Soaking Tubs

soaking tub

There’s nothing more timeless than a luxurious, relaxing bath at the end of the day. Soaking tubs have been around forever and they’re still available today in a variety of sizes and styles.

Maybe you’ll get yourself a traditional freestanding claw-foot tub, or maybe you’ll opt for a big spa bathtub that’s built into the wall.

9. Natural Materials

natural hardwood floors stone

We’ve already talked about marble, but there are plenty of other natural materials that can help your home feel timeless and authentic.

A few examples are:

  • Hardwood floors
  • Natural fibers like cotton for window curtains, cushions, and more
  • A stone fireplace
  • Brick walls or backsplash material

10. Vintage Meets Contemporary

vintage furniture

Fads come and go, which is why committing wholeheartedly to one trend may not be your best bet. Incorporating a mix of vintage and contemporary pieces is a great way to add some variety and keep from looking dated.

Just remember to keep everything in balance with the environment and you’re sure to end up with a beautiful, textured, and dynamic space.

Putting it All Together

Let’s look at another example. This photo is from a home design magazine in the 70s (which is why the photo quality isn’t as good).

timeless 70s home
Photo: army.arch *Adam*

The room is simple, functional, and well balanced with its environment. Even though it’s over 40 years old, it incorporates nearly every every element we’ve talked about in this post.

  • A simple, neutral color scheme
  • A focal point (the view out the big glass doors)
  • Indoor plants
  • Great natural lighting
  • Natural materials, like wood and brick
  • A combination of old fashioned brick and “contemporary” 70s furniture

This space still looks like fresh, beautiful, and livable, because the designer stuck to classic trends and avoided many of the passing fads we all associate with the 70s.

My Final Piece of Advice

Remember to have fun with your home’s design. The most important piece of advice I can give you is this: The design that will truly stand the test of time is the one that fits your lifestyle and that you’ll still be happy with 10 or even 20 years down the road.

Is there a color or a piece of furniture you just love, even though it’s not the least bit timeless? I can help you figure out how to incorporate it into your home in a way that won’t look dated later.

 

Home, Kitchen, & Bathroom Design Trends 2015

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Here at Mosaik Design & Remodeling, we’re excited it’s 2015. A new year means hope and possibility. Specifically, it’s a fresh start to tackle those areas of your home you’re less than thrilled with. Whether you have plans to remodel or just dabble in design, you’ll want to know what trends are in for this year. We’ve rounded up some home, bath, and kitchen design trends for 2015, so keep reading!

Interior Design Trends in 2015

Overall this year, a warm and homey look is replacing stark, cold modernism, according to Art of Kitchens designer Kesha Pillay. As such, driftwood and other natural, unfinished wood will be more common than glossy, polished wood in living spaces.

Another 2015 home design trend is ceiling decoration — they’re the new accent wall. Instead of painting your ceiling a light color or white, homeowners and designers are opting for wallpaper, specialty finishes, or wood treatments. People are exploring molding, custom color lighting, and painting ceilings the same color as the walls. Nothing is off-limits for the ceiling.

One interesting trend is nostalgia for books (especially with e-readers popping up everywhere). We see this in library-themed rooms, whether you have a literature collection or opt for the Genuine Fake Bookshelf wallpaper by Deborah Bowness (seen below). Bookshelf wallpaper has been massively popular for the past five years, as it’s an easy way to make your living room cozy and quaint.

bookshelf-wallpaperSource: Deborah Bowness

Kitchen Remodeling Trends 2015

We’ll get into this more below, but vivid kitchen colors are in this year (see more about 2015 color trends below). Bright, Eastern-inspired tile is slowly displacing traditional white subway tile. Or as Houzz predicts, 2015 kitchen designs will see “hints of Turkish and other Middle Eastern influences.” Moroccan themes have staying power, in the kitchen and elsewhere. Art Deco and Art Noveau will also crop up.

Speaking of staying power, open shelving is one of 2015’s kitchen design trends that will look familiar to design enthusiasts. Today’s homeowners and designers have a penchant for everything open and airy. Open shelves display your colorful dinnerware while making the space seem larger. For now, the benefits outweigh the inability to hide your old beat-up mixer.

Another prediction from Houzz about this year’s kitchens is that warm metals will dominate. So if you’re shopping for new drawer handles, knobs, or faucets, try copper and gold instead of silver and pewter. A dark bronze with an aged patina can add depth as well.

Of course, with all of that open shelving and bright tiles, you will want to keep your kitchen looking its cleanest and brightest. If you’re looking for tips, check out these affordable and easy to do tricks from Top Reveal.

A few other 2015 kitchen design trends:

  • Move over, granite — quartz is the new countertop must-have
  • Touchless faucets are gaining steam
  • Sustainability still reigns, via energy-saving kitchen appliances and LED lighting

modern kitchen open shelving

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Bathroom Remodeling Trends in 2015

Two words: Freestanding tubs. The hot new bathroom staple is contemporary and spa-like — two foundational traits for bathrooms in 2015, according to the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association. Freestanding bathtubs are both functional and bathroom statement pieces, whether you choose one with vintage charm or a more modern look. Place it near a strategically covered window to hit the sweet spot of privacy and a stunning view.

freestanding bathtub

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What else is in for bathrooms in 2015? Huffington Post says that, like other rooms in the house, bathrooms will see lots of gray color schemes and touchless faucets. Statement floor tile, natural beauty, and larger showers are all among Houzz’s predictions. And no surprise here: energy-efficient bathroom lighting and water-saving methods will continue to be big.

One last 2015 bathroom trend: the wall-hung vanity with an undermount sink. I definitely agree with the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association on this one. The “floating” look is modern and makes your floor look bigger; plus, undermount sinks are easy to clean, without that pesky ridge.

Design Trends 2015: Color & Paint

So what colors are you going to be painting your home this year? Pantone thinks the year’s “it” color is Marsala (18-1438). Some designers are underwhelmed by the washed-out wine hue, but it can be a nice touch in moderation. Kitchen dishtowels, canisters, and accessories are all safe, relatively temporary places to play around with this new color.

Thankfully, Pantone lists a few other top colors for 2015: Mediterranean blues, olive, and of course grey. It seems like no one can get enough of grey, whether it’s sumptuous charcoal or icy grey. Designers, homeowners, and remodelers are all gravitating toward grey in lieu of beige as the standard neutral. Try a lighter grey as the perfect counterpoint for bright splashes of color, or add intrigue with darker shades.

Others are happy to disagree with Pantone. House Beautiful’s predictions for 2015 paint colors include throwback palettes like Miami-inspired pastels and retro orange and olive. We’ll see what sticks.

paint color trends 2015

What’s Out in 2015?

Many of 2015’s home design trends — the color gray, eco-friendly options — are continuing from years past. But not everything made the cut. Vessel sinks, the once wildly popular bowl-shaped sinks that rest on a counter, are on their way out. So are chalkboard walls and taxidermy, according to Yahoo!. But I believe you’re the ultimate arbiter of what’s on-trend for your home. You’re the one who will see it every day. So as long as something brings you joy or solves a problem, it’s never out of style.

Is 2015 your year to remodel? Let’s talk. Contact us and we’ll get started on a game plan.

 

What design trends do you predict for 2015? What needs to go away forever?

Sources:

House Beautiful
Houzz
Forbes
Details
National Kitchen & Bathroom Association

Top collage: Nick Keppol, Mason Masteka, Steve Snodgrass, Mikolaj Pasinski, Mike Rohrig

Kitchen Design Trends: Reclaimed Wood

 

Over the past couple of years, we have been seeing the use of reclaimed or “rugged” wood introduced into kitchens designs.  Usually these take the form of tables for islands, beams and other architectural elements, or smaller furniture pieces rather than the cabinetry as a whole.

As you can see, sleek cabinetry and contemporary hardware and tile can be combined with worn, lived-in wood pieces and chunky countertops to strike a very interesting balance.

You can even being in this aesthetic with accessories.  This planter was crafted here in Portland OR for one of our clients. Visit http://www.adbusch.com/ for more details.