Friday, August 20, 2010

Living Room Inspirations & The Universe

Today, I’m meeting with a client about several different interior design projects.  Two will involve areas where demo work will create loud noises, as the guest and master baths are being remodeled, but there will also be lovely results.  The other area should provide a place for a soft landing – the living room.  (A comforting escape for whatever her heart desires.)  It’s a room, oft overlooked, for anything but to be “on show”.  I wonder why we refer to this space as the Living Room when there can be so little “living” taking place in it?

Red, Yellow, Chartreuse

(If this room doesn’t just make you smile . . . from the “humble opinion gallery”.  The colors make it come alive!  I just want to sink into this living room’s sofa.)

Before I head out the door, for this meeting, I’m sharing the inspiration board I’ve created to show my client.  An inspiration board helps to move the discussion forward about the style and experience I envision for a room, as well as to see if I’m on track from the previous list of design desires.  It’s not a literal translation as everyone’s architecture is different.  (I can’t take a photo of a haircut, to my hair designer, and expect I’ll look like the model who is wearing it. *Smile*)  I also use these boards to pop in some unexpected combinations of hues, patterns, or textures.  It helps us to think outside of the box, while we are looking at a room in the present.  I want her to be able to have a clear vision for the future.

I do love working with many different color palettes.  Lately, there has been a big trend towards grays, neutrals, and subdued tones.  I’m ready for a big laugh in color!  I’ve decided to put it out to the Universe. What’s your color inspiration?  Are you ready to smile?

Copy (3) of Signature


Anne Lubner Designs said...

Hi Wanda, while grays, neutrals and subdued tones are "in" right now, the colors that make me smile are the colors of spring and summer. Glorious sunsets, the crystal aquamarine sea, and sparkling blue waters all make me happy!

Wanda S. Horton - Interior Designer said...

I agree, Anne! As designers, we love staying on top of the trends' watch. I think part of the way we can help clients best, is to decide if certain trends are going to be so overdone, they will quickly disappear as people will grow tired of them. No matter what the trend might be, in color palettes, our clients will have certain color attractions, which may not ever change. Thank you for sharing your color inspiration!

John Strauss said...

I would love to see my table in that room. Thanks so much for including my design. It was inspired by a French Country antique that belonged to my Grandparents.

Wanda S. Horton - Interior Designer said...

John - It's such a perfect design! Love that you offer it in different colors. It's a great transitional piece that I can use for both modern and classic clients. When you have a link to your web, on this picture, I'll be happy to post it. :)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a beautiful inspiration board, Wanda. Those colors can't help but lift your mood when you enter a room like this. gorgeous.