Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Tuesday morning, February 2, 2021 and, as legend holds, that means six additional weeks of heavy coats and mittens. For many, that doesn’t really matter, as, we are spending much more time at home working and hanging out with our families!
This is usually the time of year that most of us are itching to combat the “winter blues” and spruce up our spaces and homes. Spring is just around the corner and lighting and brighting up our environment, is always healthy for our mindset. Yes, it has a lot to do with our psyche.
As, the seasons change, so does our color palettes. Think Fall and Winter, more warm and russet color tones and Spring and Summer light and bright colors. Neutral palettes are always timeless, while adding pops of color to greet the seasons.
The annual celebration of color is the result of a year long exploration into design, art, fashion, cultural and environmental influences around the globe. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams, carefully curate a “Color Trend” palette that balances modern-day relevance with long-lasting appeal. At the center is one special hue that defines the palette and at the moment for 2021, the Color of the Year at Benjamin Moore is Aegean Teal 2136-40 and at Sherwin Williams Urban Bronze SW 7048. Both are entirely different but meet with the trend. Below are some examples of how the two Color Trends fit into a color palette.
You’ve searched social media for hours, wandered the aisles of your favorite home goods and decor shops (or scoured their online stores), and put together your best attempt at a mood board. In theory, you should be ready to tackle your redecorating project—but perhaps it hasn't fully come together. Maybe that cohesive vision hasn’t quite developed, or the decisions suddenly seem overwhelming. So, what's the best way to make sure you get what you really want? For even the most creative minds and fashion-forward eyes, hiring an interior designer can help you make that project come to life. Designers are able to do everything from space planning and furniture layouts to new cabinetry designs and fabric selections and even though “the process of hiring a designer can be daunting or even a little intimidating for those that have never worked with one in the past,” the benefits are well worth it.
Here are 6 reasons why you might want to work with an interior designer—for projects large and small.
1.) INTERIOR DESIGNERS ARE OFTEN PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED Interior designers have, in general, spent years educating themselves—there are a number of two- and four-year degrees for the industry in the U.S.—as well as honing their ability to conceive and importantly, execute projects. “Designers inherently have the ability to envision a project and understand how to bring it to fruition”. They’re skilled at all phases of a project: The early stages of identifying a client’s needs and desires, working on an allocated budget, fleshing out a workable design plan and finishing with all deliveries and installations.
2.) DESIGNERS BRING FRESH EYES AND UNEXPECTED IDEAS “A designer will not only bring their expertise and knowledge to a project but they will also bring a set of fresh eyes and endless ideas”. The best designers will be able to identify the potential of a space or its inherent pain points immediately and then provide creative solutions.
3.) THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO MAKE SURE YOUR GORGEOUS SPACE IS ACTUALLY FUNCTIONAL One of the most important parts of the design process is getting to know the client. A Designer does this through careful listening, observation and note-taking during the initial meetings, when style, color palettes and goals for the project are discussed. Many Designers will make sure to ask a series of questions to cover, as much ground, as possible about aesthetics, as well as, the anticipated use and function of a space. Topics like frequency of use, anticipated changes in the family structure and favorite patterns or colors are important to discuss, to ensure that a space will meet your needs and taste for years to come. “The rooms need to function well but also look beautiful, too!”.
4.) YOU’LL GET ACCESS TO THEIR INSIDER NETWORK OF TRADESPEOPLE One of the biggest advantages of hiring a designer is their knowledge of knowing the finest craftsmanship, recommending the most reliable contractors and subcontractors. If you’ve thought about hiring a contractor to do your kitchen renovation, you may have found yourself immediately overwhelmed by figuring out whom to choose—and then trying to decipher who can actually get the job done or who will even take on your project. Designers “typically have access to contacts and competent craftsmen that they can recommend and oversee during the project.” That way, you don’t have to worry about whether your new cabinets will arrive on time or if the tiling has been executed correctly.
5.) THEY CAN COMMISSION CUSTOM ELEMENTS NOT READILY AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC “Designers are truly only limited by their imaginations,” and the design options they can come up with are “almost limitless.” Thanks to their access to custom cabinetry, fabrics, wall coverings, furniture pieces, case goods, light fixtures and more. They'll know where to have a custom rug made that perfectly complements your space or draw up the closet of your dreams.
6.) YOU’LL GET IT RIGHT, ONCE AND FOR ALL Most clients “just want to get it right” after spending much time and resources attempting to create the environment they are looking for on their own. There no question about it: Doing things yourself means taking on a lot of risk and there’s no guarantee that it will come out the way you anticipated. (Not to mention the time you’re spending to make everything come together or the stress of figuring things out when they don’t go as planned). Working with a designer means that the refresh will be well thought out from the get-go, and the resulting spaces “can truly enhance one’s day-to-day living.” Remember .... costly mistakes could be devastating, so, before you take the plunge while trying to take on a project yourself (with the intentions of saving money), perhaps reconsider your thoughts and talk to a professional before diving in!