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Design in the Details

In past articles we’ve talked about the big picture when it comes to designing a room, a house, an outdoor scape.  Form and function, organization, collecting and editing, staging and fluffing for re-sale, remodelling or renovating, extending to the outdoors, and decorating versus design.
While i am a strong proponent of an individual approach to each home, space, or person, there are some universal truths when it comes to decorating your home.  The importance of details cannot be overlooked in a well-thought-out and finished home.
When designing a space for a client, or for my own use, details such as colour, fabric, furniture selection and window coverings ideally come last, after the space has been designed around it’s function.  This of course is not always the case, or even possible in some circumstances.  Sometimes we design around existing pieces, or permanent fixtures and elements, such as flooring or moulding.  Sometimes we just want a face-lift or an injection of colour.
For most of us, there is no magic when it comes to the selection of a colour pallette for our home.  We can gain inspiration and ideas from websites and magazines, and there are many good sources for that.  However, armed with inspiriation from outside sources, we still have to find the colours and combinations that work for us.
Here are some websites to check out when searching for colour inspiration:
The first step in working with a new client for me, is always an interview.  Usually an hour or two, in the space to be worked on, is best.  There we find out what is important to the client, the furniture pieces, artwork, rugs or collections, and what their style and “must-haves” are.  Is it natural wood, natural light, industrial elements, traditional pieces, elegance or luxury, modern and tailored, fun and funky? 
Quite often, the things we keep or that “do” something for us, are a good place to start.  They give us colours, style, and a base from which to begin, and help us fill in the missing elements of the space.  A colour pallette is developed, and pieces specified to edify the style. 
Window coverings are one of the essential needs in completing a room, and one that many people know very little about.  The variety and function of all the choices available to us now can be daunting, but done well, can make all the difference in the world to any interior space. 
Do you need screen shades for UV protection, cellulars for privacy and light, horizontal fabric, wood, or aluminum for light control?  What about shutters, drapes or sliding panels?  Having a designer or consultant come to your home is often the best way to ensure you are getting the most appropriate product for your application.  These are usually free consultations, and take 1 to 2 hours depending on how many windows you have.
Most of the major window covering manufacturers have websites, and can direct you to local dealers and designers.  Here are some websites to check out when you’re in the market for window coverings:
Explore, enjoy, and develop your style!

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