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Interior Design 101

The 7 key components of interior design are color, form, light, line, pattern, texture, space. While it’s essential to learn more about each of these in-depth, this article highlights the best tips and tricks from each of our “Interior Design 101” series. Today on the blog, Vishion discusses everything you need to know for interior design 101 mastery.

Interior Design 101: What To Know

Interior Design

Interior Design from Mymove

The New York School of Interior Design defines interior design as how people experience a space. As humans are spending more and more time indoors, especially with the current pandemic, our interior environment plays a big role in affecting our moods. There’s a lot that goes into designing an interior space. You need to plan, research, and create a layout, which all comes together to create an aesthetically pleasing environment. This all-encompassing guide introduces everything you need to know to become an interior design 101 pro.

Color in Design

If you find color theory to be daunting and difficult to understand, you can take solace in the fact that there are several tried-and-true, logic-based color rules that cater to professional designers and design lovers. To really get down to the basics of interior design 101, you need to know all about color.

The Color Wheel

The Color Wheel

The Color Wheel from DecoArt

You can use the color wheel to conceive various aesthetically balanced color combinations, the most basic of which is a complementary color scheme. The color wheel refects all colors and shows the relationships between them. These relationships are either complementary colors or analogic colors

The 60-30-10 Rule

The 60-30-10 Rule

The 60-30-10 Rule from Uniplace

If you’re puzzling over how many colors and how much of each is appropriate to have in one room, consider the 60-30-10 ratio. This ratio tells you the classic interior design rules for creating a color palette for a space. The dominant color should account for approximately 60 percent of the room, the secondary color should account for approximately 30 percent, and the accent color should account for approximately 10 percent.

Color and Color Palettes

Now that you know a little bit about color rules, it’s time to put them into action. Creating a color palette is essential to ensuring an adhesive aesthetic and a consistent look. It can be daunting to create a color palette for the first time on your own. Luckily, Vishion is here to help. Here are some color palette posts that will inspire yours instantly:

Ways to Bring Color to Your Space

  • Paint
    • If you’re thinking about redoing your space, giving your home a fresh coat of paint may be just what it needs to make it seem brand new. When giving your home an updated look, there are a few things to keep in mind to make it look professionally painted.
  • Wallpaper
    • With various trendy colors and patterns to choose from, wallpaper poses a fun and funky alternative to paint. It’s important to understand terms such as booking, blistering, butting, colorway, and centering if you want to learn how to put up wallpaper like a pro.

Light

Modern Lighting

Modern Lighting from CB2

When it comes to your space’s ambiance, interior lighting is everything; however, it doesn’t just affect your aesthetic. It can also drastically affect your mood. Here is where you should understand color temperature, which is the difference between warm, neutral, cool lighting, and the different lighting types: ambient, task, and accent lighting. Lighting is just another key factor to mastering interior design 101.

Space

Designing With Furniture

Furniture in design

Furniture in Design via Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

While it sometimes may feel daunting to choose furniture and decor for your home, they’re key components when it comes to design. Furniture and decor are really what make your space and are just as important as a paintbrush is to an artist.

If you’re into DIY projects, there are many ways you can easily create furniture and decor that will add an aesthetic element and a unique flair to your interior design.

  • Upholstery
    • At first blush, upholstery seems like a job best left to the professionalsbut it’s faster, easier, and cheaper than you might think. As with any DIY project, your best bet when upholstering furniture for the first time is to start small, such as with a chair seat or a headboard.
  • Patterns 
    • The colors and patterns you gravitate towards say a great deal about your unique design style. Because we encounter both regularly, our preferences tend to develop instinctively and shift naturally. Color-pattern compromise is one of those things that shouldn’t stand out in a professionally designed space. If it’s done correctly, the effect should be seamless and subtle.
  • Textiles
    • Textiles are any products that are made of fabric or woven. These components can serve to inspire many facets of interior design. Using these products in your space helps set the environment’s mood and adds the key finishing touch to create a complete design.

Feng Shui and Space

How to feng shui

How To Feng Shui from Simply Abundance

Feng Shui is all about finding balance and chi in different spaces throughout your home. China created this ancient art more than 3,000 years ago. Feng shui is essential in making sure people live in harmony with their environment. Due to COVID-19, it may seem difficult to implement this practice into your home without buying anything new. That’s why Vishion is here to help. Finding good Feng Shui can be just as easy as rearranging the items you already have in your home.

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Eco-friendly Tiny Home Design

A design trend that has recently gained more traction is eco-friendly tiny homes. With the cost of living increasing and climate change only getting worse, many Americans are downsizing there large homes for more eco-friendly designs. Today on the blog, we walk through a tiny house – or take a step rather – and discuss what goes into the design of this type of sustainable living.

Trend Alert | Florals, Greenery, and Wood Tones Galore

The florals of the late 1900s are making a comeback and are longer associated with your grandmother’s living room. These updated on-trend patterns bring the outside through florals that pop and natural wood tones that are modern and timeless. Inspired by garden florals and nature, Vishion dives into interior designs modeled after this trend.

Florals, Greenery, and Wood Tones Galore

Image and Design by Christopher Stark

Since the beginning of its popularity in the 1950s, florals can be found everywhere from drapery, wallpaper, and statement upholstery. Many picture this pattern covering their grandmother’s house, however, modern interior design features florals in an updated way. Using shades of blues, greens, browns, greys, and pinks, this nature-inspired palette can help brighten your home with a sustainable feel.

Floral Upholstery

Design by Nαzly Habib (Source: Instagram)

If you love the feel the florals but aren’t ready to deck out the walls, try adding a subtle upholstered fabric to your dining room or kitchen chairs. Pair it with your favorite indoor plant to add a hint of greenery. When starting from scratch, use the floral fabric to create the rooms color palette. Vishion can help you find your favorite pattern and identify your palette’s featured color with our custom color search engine. Floral upholstery adds a chic, modern, and elegant touch that brightens your space and makes it feel warm and airy.

Moody Wood Tones

Design by Proem Studio

If your preferred personal design style is more dark and mysterious, consider incorporating wood tones and natural materials into your home interior design. Think dark greens, muted yellows, and elegant shades of black. A great way to incorporate natural woods is by refinishing furniture and restoring it to its natural state. Search your city’s Facebook marketplace or Nextdoor app to find furniture that can be stripped, sanded, and stained. Stained – an eco and budget-friendly alternative to expensive furniture store prices.

Subtle Floral Inspired Tiles

Design by Jordan Shifrin (source: Instagram)

Florals don’t need to be obvious. You can use floral-inspired tiles, for example, to still incorporate nature into your space. Take a look at this design by Jordan Shifrin. Using this daisy-inspired pattern, wood-toned barstools, and vibrant, green plants, this design is bright, modern, and trendy without trying too hard.

Using Vishion to Explore this Color Palette

Download the Vishion app to explore any of the colors from this palette, create an inspiration board, and select complementary colors. Then, find fabric, wallpaper, furniture, or art to match!

       

Back 2 School: Turning Your Home Into a Classroom

As many of us gear up to head back to school, the classroom will look a bit different this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly all aspects of our day to day lives, and school is no exception. Although some districts have opted to continue face-to-face education, the majority of the country has needed to adapt to a brand new environment and to convert their homes into makeshift classes. This blog post will provide some teacher-approved and design-friendly essentials for turning your space into a classroom, to help optimize the success of your students.

Turning Your Home Into a Classroom

A desk with chair and supplies

At Home Classroom Design From Schoolhouse

We can all agree on one thing: The transition from in-person to online instruction has been difficult. At the beginning of the pandemic, the immediacy of it all was stressful, and adapting to an entirely new method of learning in the middle of the school year was hard. But now, five months into this, we’ve figured some things out. And, although nothing can replace the physical classroom, we’ve also learned a thing or two about turning our homes into a virtual learning space where students can thrive, and interior design can survive.

Dry Erase Board

Bedroom desk area with whiteboard

Desk Area With Whiteboard From DKOR Interiors

One decor item that is essential for an office or a classroom is a whiteboard. Not only are they helpful for writing down and keeping track of everyone’s schedules, but they also provide a way for your student to diagram, take notes, and write math problems. The benefit is that things can be erased and changed for continued use. But whiteboards can also be chic. You can keep your whiteboard design-friendly by adding a DIY frame, pairing it with a corkboard, or by placing wall hangings around it. 

Multifunctional Metal Grids

Metal grid hanging on wall

Metal Grid From Songmics

Recently, several interior designers have incorporated the use of hanging metal grids in their designs. These decor items are not only on point, but they also serve a purpose. Metal grids can be used to hang papers or photos, and you can also buy shelves that attach on to them for items such as candles or small succulents. Wire baskets can also be hung on these metal grids for storage of school supplies or other essentials such as tissues or hand sanitizer. Multifunctional metal grids can keep your DIY-learning space organized while enhancing the design of your room.

Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves with books

Floating Shelves From Inmod

Again, some of the essential items to any home-classroom design are those that are both trendy and multifunctional. Another recent design craze is floating shelves. These can be incorporated into your space to help promote organization and eye-catching interior design. Floating shelves can be used to house easy-to-reach books and office items. This keeps the books from cluttering the floor or desk and allows for them to be displayed in a design-friendly way. Floating shelves can also be used for storage bins. You can label these containers with your students’ items, like art supplies, which can quickly be taken down and put back up after use. 

TIP: Add other decorative items to the shelves to create an even trendier space. Use succulents, picture frames, and standing clocks. These extra decor items can also elevate the learning environment for your students.

A Comfy Chair

A round, teal, plush saucer chair

Comfy Saucer Chair From Pottery Barn

With constant meetings, classes, and calls, Zoom fatigue is real. Depending on what grade your student is in and their teacher, they may find themselves in long hours of virtual classes. It’s beneficial to your student to invest in a comfy chair that they don’t mind sitting in for some time while they’re in class. Trendy saucer chairs or cushy office chairs will keep your student comfortable and attentive. Some students find it challenging to sit for long periods. In this case, consider trying alternatives, such as exercise balls they can bounce on, wobble chairs they can move on, and bean bags they can rest on. These different chair options offer stylish solutions to the issue of long-term sitting.

Rolling Storage Cart

A white rolling cart for storage

3 Layer Rolling Cart From Wayfair

Rolling storage carts are yet another fashionable and multifunctional piece of decor that is beneficial to your home classroom. With their multiple layers, they can be used for extra storage, they can add space to your room, and they’re a hot ticket item in interior design. Rolling storage carts can easily be moved around your home, especially if your student likes to utilize different spaces for their learning. They can hold essentials such as books, supplies like scissors and colored pencils, and if your student gets hungry, snacks. These are also a great option if you want to add a pop of color into your classroom space.

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Designer Spotlight: Jarrett Design

At Vishion, we love finding interior designers to help inspire you in your own home. Each week in the Vishion Designer Spotlight, we strive to show you all designers who inspire us to move out of our comfort zones and try something new in our home. Meet Jill from Jarrett Design. Located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.

Jarrett Design

White cabinets and kitchen counters with cutting boards and plants

Photo and Design by Jarrett Design

What is the most important aspect of any successful interior design?

I believe the most important aspect is the designer’s ability to listen carefully to their clients, translating their words into enhanced versions of their visions that exceed expectations and achieve delight.

Let’s talk about color! How do you like to use color in a space? What challenges do you face when using color?

Ahh, color!  I am a self-proclaimed, neutral monochromatist.  I adore calm spaces for myself and in my designs.  I applaud bold use of color by others.  My biggest challenge is my own boring, fearful ‘engineer’ brain. As I get older, my creative side is winning more often, which is such fun!

Tell me about a recent project you loved. What design challenges did you have with this design, how did you address them?

Wooden dining room table with chandelier and teal china cabinet

Photo and Design by Jarrett Design

I love our Central Park Serenity project, but angles are not our friends.  The sink wall with dishwasher required careful installation consideration. Our design called for the removal of two walls, one separating the kitchen from the sitting area and another at the end of the bar.  Both turned out to have posts that we had to creatively conceal, one in the middle of the space.  We were all a bit concerned about how these posts would impact the space, but in the end, they disappear amidst all of the surrounding beauty.

Can you tell me specifics about the paint colors or brands used in this space?

Benjamin Moore Sweatshirt Gray and Benjamin Moore Gray Cloud

What do you see as the hottest color and design trends of 2020?

White furniture with bookshelf outside of kitchen

Photo and Design by Jarrett Design

While the grey trend continues in the kitchen and bath world, people are craving coziness with a side of adventure. Whites and greys are warmer. Stained woods are being reinvented in lighter tones with texture. Layers of multiple colors in one space are gaining popularity, especially in kitchens.

How has your design business changed in the time of Coronavirus? What challenges have you faced and how are you working to overcome them?

As a team, we took full advantage of our quarantine days! We analyzed everything from our business management practices to the client experience. We updated our documents, overhauled internal collaboration methods, developed a killer client presentation, and added virtual design services. We organized and remodeled parts of our studio and decided to purchase our building to allow us to expand. We established relationships to add products to our repertoire and ordered samples of our favorite materials. The biggest challenge for us has been keeping up with increased demand, which just means working more hours.  With more time spent at home and fewer outlets for spending, people are improving their living spaces more than ever, certainly a silver lining for us.

Is there anything else you would love readers to know about you?

Bathroom with white tile, teal cabinets, and duel mirrors

Photo and Design by Jarrett Design

I love what I do!

What is the best way to contact you for a design consultation?

Feel free to call my studio – 610-421-8183, or contact me through my website www.jarrettdesignllc.com.

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LIGHTING 101 | Vishion’s Guide to Lighting Your Home

When it comes to the ambiance of your space, interior lighting is everything. But it doesn’t just affect your aesthetic, it can also drastically affect your mood. On today’s blog, we explain the different types of lighting and explore how to choose the perfect fixtures for a well-lit home.

Modern lighting in kitchen with white, marble counters

Kitchen Lighting by Lightology and Jeffco Development

For many homeowners, lighting is just an afterthought.  But, as many professionals know, lighting is fundamental for any interior design. It’s easy for people to be intimidated when it comes to choosing the best fixtures for their homes, so we created this foolproof guide to help eliminate that stress and make sure you have a well-lit home.

Color Temperature

Color temperature describes a light’s color appearance and indicates the look and feel of what its light will provide.

Light is measured in degrees Kelvin (K), on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000. A lower number means that the light will appear more yellow and high numbers mean that the light will be more blue-white. Typically, commercial and residential lighting is between 2000K and 6500K. 

To figure out what color temperature is right for you, it’s helpful to understand the three main categories of light: 

Warm Lighting

This color temperature ranges from 2000K-3000K and offers a cozy, inviting ambiance. Table and floor lamps, wall lanterns, and pendants are best suited for this type of lighting.

Neutral Lighting

This type of lighting is often bright and vibrant, emitting a cool white glow. Its color temperature range is between 3100K-4500K. This lighting works best in basements, garages, or work environments.

Cool Lighting

Any lighting above 4500K offers a color temperature closer to that of daylight. This lively and uplifting light is best used in display areas, security lighting, and task lighting.

Types of Lighting

When it comes to figuring out the best kind of lighting for your space, it’s important to understand the three main types: ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. 

Ambient (or General) lighting 

Indoor ambient lighting is used to light up an entire room. Its visibility ensures safety and ease of traffic by illuminating as much of the space as possible, such as chandeliers, LED downlights, and floor or table lamps. 

Outdoor ambient lighting allows for increased visibility and safety near buildings. Illuminating the exterior of buildings, stairwells, and entrances through spotlights, canopy lighting, and post lanterns, can eliminate possible injury.

Task lighting 

Task lighting helps illuminate certain tasks, like cooking, reading, or writing since brighter light is required for increased visibility. Task lighting is directed to a certain area for a sharper focus on detail, so it’s best to avoid harsh lights that can create shadows. Desk lamps and pendant lights provide task lighting.

Accent lighting

Accent lighting focuses on features and specific points of interest to draw attention to an object or area. This type of lighting can add a dramatic effect and gives the impression of a larger space. Typically, accent lighting is used to highlight plants, art, or architecture. To best incorporate effective accent lighting, use three times more light on the focal point than ambient light would generally provide. Examples of accent lighting are track lights, wall-mounted fixtures, and directional recessed lighting.

Lighting Guide For Different Rooms

Most designers will tell you to layer your light sources. To create the most aesthetically pleasing room, incorporate a combination of accent, task, and ambient light. Depending on the room and its role, you will need different types of lighting. Here are some standard room-by-room lighting layouts to help inspire your interior design.

Utility Rooms

The best lighting for utility rooms is ambient and recessed lighting. Utility rooms also require task lighting, like pendants or track lighting to illuminate workspaces and appliances, such as your washers and dryers.

Entryways

Since entryways are used so often by family and guests, it’s best to use a dramatic pendant light or chandelier to provide ample visibility. If you have decor or artwork, consider using an accent light to highlight the feature.

Kitchens

Kitchens are used for many things other than cooking, such as for work and socialization. This room requires lots of ambient light as well as some task lighting. It’s best to use recessed lighting to brighten the space while adding undercabinet lights around sinks and stoves to benefit work surfaces and add interest. Pendant lights or chandeliers should be used to lighten up kitchen islands or tables.

Dining Rooms

The dining room is typically the easiest to light and its fixtures should be elegant and alluring. People tend to use chandeliers or pendant lighting above their dining room tables. If there are dark corners, wall scones or floor or table lamps can help to brighten them up.

Living Rooms

Since this room usually gets the most use, it’s essential to have lighting that works best for you. Track or recessed lighting is recommended for this room. Floor lamps are best to illuminate the dark corners in this room. Consider using dimmable light to adjust the ambiance of your living room. Also, keep in mind the placement of your TV to ensure there is no glare on the screen from lights.

Bedrooms

For many, lighting in the bedroom is a personal preference. Generally, an overhead light source accompanied by lamps on nightstands or dressers will provide ample ambient and task lighting. Adding a dimmer to this room would help control the lighting levels to match your mood.

Offices

As more people increasingly find themselves working from home, the need for a home office space has grown in importance. It’s recommended that the main source of light should come from overhead or recessed lighting. Depending on the color of your office, you may need to bring in more ambient light. To incorporate task lighting, use a desk lamp for your main workspace.

Other Things To Consider

  • Dimming controls help to create ambiance and also save energy
  • Natural light will affect lighting levels within a room. It can also positively affect your health so utilize it as much as possible
  • Depending on your desired atmosphere, use lighter color temperature to create a more inviting space. Reflective surfaces, such as mirrors, help contribute to a brighter appearance

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