We are finally in Leo season! Being a Leo means being bright, fun, and eccentric. I am a Leo and love the bright colors as well as everything they stand for. If you are looking to decorate your home during this season, why not try some power colors to celebrate the fire signs! This week on the blog is all about celebrating these fire signs and learning how to take the Leo personality and incorporate it into your interior design.
What once overloaded bathrooms across the nation in the 1950s, the color Pink is having a major glow up. Step outside of grandma’s house and into the new Barbie dream home with these trending shades of the classic Pink.
Are you looking for a new project to spice up your space? Giving your home a fresh coat of paint may be just what it needs to make it look new again. When giving your home an updated look, there are just a few things to keep in mind to make it look professionally painted.
Whether you have a family of five or you’re living on your own, wear and tear in your home is inevitable. As time goes on, especially in quarantine, it’s only natural that damage will occur but that doesn’t mean you can’t minimize and hide it with just a few simple changes. From scratched floors to chipped paint and stained couches, Vishion is here to give you tips and tricks to keep your home looking brand new all year long.
Kitchen and Bathroom
- To keep tile looking brand new it needs to be cleaned regularly, especially in heavily used areas or if you have pets. Tile collects bacteria and if not cleaned properly can be problematic in the future. Sweeping and mopping thoroughly is the best way to clean your tile.
- While maintaining tile can be fairly simple, grout can be a little more difficult because of how porous it is. Using a bleach solution and a small scrub brush will often do the trick to get out those pesky stains. If you are looking for a more natural approach, mixing vinegar and baking soda is just as effective.
- TIP: NEVER vacuum tile! Scratches made by vacuums could be permanent.
- While granite is a very durable and tough surface, if not protected and cleaned properly, the protective seal on it can be worn down very easily. Instead of using harsh chemicals to clean your countertops, use gentle cleaners to keep granite looking beautiful.
- Gentle dishwashing soap and warm water cleans granite efficiently and keep it looking like new without taking off its finish.
- It’s only natural to let these safe cleaning methods slip your mind. If that happens, here are some great sealants and protectants you can use to make sure your granite stays in good condition.
- Cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom tend to get a little messy from spilled food or old makeup. One easy way to prevent your cabinets from getting messy is to use cabinet liners which can be almost invisible! If the damage has already been done, there are also liners in different designs and colors so you can hide those spills and stains.
- While cooking in the kitchen, grease can tend to splatter on your cabinets leading to stains. A good way to prevent these stains is to run the vent while cooking. If you notice some spots during cooking, wipe the cabinets down with soapy water and a rag to prevent the grease from setting in.
- Wood floors can be a little tricky, but not impossible, to protect because of all of the foot traffic going through it as well as the furniture moving on it every day. To prevent and hide scratches and stains on your wood floors, you can put rugs around your home. By layering rugs around your home, especially in places consisting of high traffic like entryways, you are not only adding fun decorative elements into your home, you are also providing incredible protection for your floors.
- To prevent scratches on your wood floors, you can also add rubber grips for the bottom of your furniture. These rubber grips are not just for chairs, they are also for couches, dressers, nightstands, and more. These rubber grips come in all different shapes and sizes to make sure your floors stay scratch-free!
- Cleaning your floors is just as important as protecting them. A simple all-natural water/vinegar solution is an easy way to keep your floors clean.
- Hiding stains and gashes in your walls have never been easier. If a fresh coat of paint just isn’t cutting it, you can also use peel and stick wallpaper to add an exciting and new pop of color or design into your home. The great thing about this wallpaper is that it has the capability of being ever-changing and it is super simple to apply by yourself.
- If you aren’t looking for new color or design in your home, a very reliable tool is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This tool gets out the toughest of stains without taking off any protective layers of paint in your home.
- Aside from the entry-way, stairs in your home have arguably the most traffic. This can cause massive amounts of wear and tear on your stairs over a short period of time. A great solution to this is peel and stick carpeting. This is a great way to protect the wood while also adding a stylish addition to your home that can be removed or replaced at any time.
- Peel and stick stair risers can add a fun design element while protecting your home. Much like wallpaper, these pre-cut adhesives protect your stair’s kickboards.
Living Room and Family Room
- Carpet has been around for years, it is something that has never gone out of style and it doesn’t look like it will be any time soon. To keep carpet clean and prevent any unwanted stains, the easiest way is to make sure you don’t wear shoes inside.
- Selecting dark colored carpets is a great way to hide stains and keep your stress level low if you have company over. If you spill food or drink on your carpet, it is important that you clean it up as soon as possible with a mild cleanser which can neutralize the odor and remove the stains of whatever substance that has been spilled.
- Cleaning your carpets regularly is important in keeping them looking the best they can possibly look. Vacuuming the carpets at least once a week keeps your carpets looking fluffy and new all year long.
- The best prevention for damage on your rugs is to apply a protectant specifically designed for rugs. These protectants bond with the fibers to seal them from potential spills and elements tracked in from outdoors. Because there are different types of rugs such as handwoven, machine-made, wool, etc. you have to make sure you use the right protectant to ensure the best results.
- Providing an underlay underneath your carpet is also a great way to protect your rug. Underlays provide a cushioning which prevents the accumulation of of dust and debris that inevitably works its way under and up through a rug.
- Furniture, such as a sofa, can be easily cleaned if you know how to do it right. If you have a cloth sofa, vacuuming it weekly is suggested to prevent dust and debris from clinging to your couch. After months of accumulating dirt, your couch can tend to look dingy or dull. A great way to change this is by flipping your cushions and rotating them monthly as well.
- If you’ve already cleaned and flipped your cushions to death and you still aren’t satisfied with your couch, a great way to hide the wear and tear is to invest in a couch cover. When people think of couch covers they think of their grandmother’s plastic covering, however, that is not the case anymore. These days there are thousands of couch covers to choose from that can elevate the interior design in your home that can prevent and hide any spills or accidents that occur.
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Feng Shui is all about finding balance and chi in different spaces throughout your home. This ancient art with scientific roots was created more than 3,000 years ago in China. Today, Vishion brings you the basics of Feng Shui and how you can implement this culture into your home with items you already have.
When you translate ‘Feng’ and ‘Shui’ to English, it means wind and water. In Chinese culture, these elements represent good health. Feng shui is important 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.
Feng Shui in Your Living Room
Your living room is your focal point in your house, making it the most important for positive energy. When thinking about furniture placement, there is a lot to keep in mind:
- Make sure the entryway of the living room is visible from all seating areas. Not being able to see the living room exit causes anxiety which takes away from the harmony and relaxation of your space.
- When it comes to sofa placement, making sure the sofa does not have its back against the entryway is crucial in keeping positive energy flowing throughout the room. The sofa should also be placed against a wall to evoke the feeling of safety, but make sure it does not get placed in front of a window. This interferes with the flow of energy going in and out of your home
- Make your coffee table the center of your living room. In the same way that your living room is the heart of your home, your coffee table is the heart of your living room. It is where you gather with friends and family, play games, eat, and drink. Make sure you keep this surface as uncluttered as possible.
Feng Shui in Your Bedroom
Your bedroom is the most important room in the Feng Shui philosophy. It is the room you spend the most time in, and the most personal to you. When you are sleeping in your bedroom, you are in a passive state making it easier to be affected by the energies in your room. Here are a few tips:
- Make sure your bed is in the center of your bedroom; this is called a commanding position. Your bed should be facing the door with your headboard on a solid wall, making sure there is space on the right, left and foot of your bed. If possible, do not place your bed under any sloping ceilings or low beams
- It is recommended you keep under your bed decluttered to ensure that the life force energy can flow freely all around you while you are in your passive state (sleeping). If you must use under your bed as storage, stick to soft items such as linens, pillows, or blankets.
Color in Your Bedroom
- The color of your bedroom depends on the type of mood and energy you would like to bring into your space. For more relaxation and support, you should use natural or earthy tones. For healing and vitality you should use blues and greens. For more information on colors for good feng shui check out our blog.
Feng Shui in Your Home Office
With all of the difficulty of working from home due to the coronavirus, the importance of making sure your home office has a good energy flow is at an all-time high. Because of this trying time, most of us are spending the majority of our day in our home offices. Here are a few tips to ensure good feng shui in your office:
Separate Your Home Office From Your Personal Life
- Due to stress from work, your office can emit some negative energies that you want to keep blocked off from the rest of your home. Keeping your office separated from the rest of your home is a great way to keep you concentrated as well
- Your desk should be facing the door but also diagonally across from it so that you are open to people and energies coming in and out. This placement is also known as a power position and it signifies that you are asserting yourself as the powerful creator of your own life.
Have Something Solid Behind You
- If there are windows behind your desk, it is recommended you cover them with sheer curtains so you are still letting in natural light while also adding stability and keeping energy from flowing out the window.
Common Feng Shui Mistakes
Mirrors in the Bedroom
- Not sleeping well? A mirror in your bedroom may be the culprit. Mirrors are said to bounce energies around the room which can be a good thing, just not in your bedroom. When energies are being bounced off your mirror this can cause restlessness and amplified worries. It is especially important not to hang your mirror on the wall opposite your bed, as this can cause disturbed sleep and negative energies.
Greenery In the Bedroom
- Keeping plants in your bedroom can disrupt your sleep as well. The energies that are released by greeneries can contradict your sleep patterns resulting in a poor nights sleep. According to this Chinese culture, plants release an “upward energy movement”, where your sleep energy releases a “downward energy movement” which is the exact opposite of the plant energy. It is also said that having things grow in your room while you are sleeping can disrupt your calm.
- Doorways in your home should always be able to open freely and completely, not just in your bedroom but throughout your whole home as well. In feng shui, it is believed that blocked doors will block opportunities from entering your life. All energies should be able to move smoothly throughout your home to promote positive energies from entering.
Leaving Walls Empty
- Feng shui is all about minimalism, however, it is not recommended to leave walls empty of art work or wallpaper. According to the feng shui culture, leaving walls bare make it difficult to abandon yourself to pleasure. Art work can be a great asset when introducing feng shui into your home, you just have to make sure the art you are choosing uplifts, inspires or warms your soul. This culture is all about happiness and positive energies, everything in your home serves a purpose whether it is physically, emotionally or spiritually.
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At Vishion, we love highlighting interior designers that inspire us. Each week in the Vishion Designer Spotlight, we showcase designers that push the limits of design, producing spaces that are cutting edge, practical, and livable. Meet Joe Human from Designs by Human, Regional Winner of the Vishion Design Awards Competition
When we saw Joe Human’s Vishion Design Awards competition, we immediately knew we loved his designs. His use of bright colors without making the room feel too overwhelming was remarkable. What really caught our eye while scrolling through his submission was his bold use of patterns that really helped tie the room together. We also loved how he emphasized on making sure each room had it’s own personality to it. Recently, we asked Human a series of questions to learn more about his business, his design process, and recent work. Read below to find out more.
A Conversation With Interior Designer, Joe Human
Tell me about your design business.
My design studio is called Designs by Human, named primarily after my last name “Human,” it was formulated because I wanted to do a small play on words to design for people and make it accessible to all other “Humans.” Were based in Midtown Manhattan, and the majority of our clients are in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and NJ and slowly extending to the Hamptons, Miami, and further west. I love to see growth and will honestly work anywhere to take on new and great design projects.
We primarily work on residential homes and apartments but will work on a select amount of commercial or “resimercial” design projects. I love doing large full scope/service projects, but we also know that everyone starts somewhere, and we are happy to look at all scopes and sizes to develop those relationships.
What is the most important aspect of any successful interior design?
I LOVE color! It is so important to incorporate it into a space, and I always think it’s so funny how scared of color so many people are. It’s our job to show them it’s not a scary thing, and it can be incorporated into almost every design scheme.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good neutral space with white walls, but I also get so excited when a client says, “I want to incorporate color into our space.” It can bring out a client’s personality in so many different ways and add a unique way to show that personality through their homes.
How do you design a space from start to finish with Vishion?
I was working recently with a client, and we were looking through her existing artwork, and she said: “I really love this color on the painting, and I wish we could use it as an accent.” It was a lightbulb moment for me, thanks to Vishion, I immediately whipped out my phone and captured the color so we could include it into the homes design scheme.
I use Vishion in conjunction with our other drawing software (AutoCAD, Photoshop, Etc) to gather colors and search for similar products with those colors.
What was a recent project that you loved?
A recent project I love (which is full of color) is one I cannot share as it’s in consideration for publication so I will share my next favorite – actually the one I submitted for the Vishion Awards! This project is a good example of including color into a space. This apartment is part of a new development with a good base design, but like a lot of new construction, It is basically a white box. Our client was referred to us for our use of color and the ability to add a homey and cozy feeling into any space. We took each room as a different space, analyzed their use and designed from there, what mood do we want to set in each space when it’s used not only by the owner but by his guests.
What design challenges did you have? How did you address them?
We luckily had a fantastic client, seriously, one of the best I’ve ever worked with, and he gave me a lot of freedom to envision a space that worked for what he wanted. That being said, it was almost a challenge as there were minimal constraints (aside from budgeting), so I had to be very decisive and very quick to get to know the client and make sure all my choices were correct for him in round one. The obvious design challenge was how to make a large white, modern apartment feel like a home. I sourced for hours and hours for wall coverings, paint colors, and details we could add and make the home unique. I didn’t want to suggest just any generic pattern or wall covering as the client specifically came to us for the fun aesthetic we provide!
One other challenge (that was so fun) was that our client did not have anything to start with, most clients have a handful of things they collected, existing furniture or something sentimental, to begin with. Our client is so focused on his studies and work, basically living out of a suitcase and wanted that to change. We developed a book collection for him based on his interests, this meant researching books for both aesthetic value and interest value … I have to say I spent a handful of hours on tangents when I started researching books about maps, my famous saying is “I love maps!”.
From there, we also had to get him all the basic makings of a home such as dishes, flatware, bedding and so on. I have done this several times before for clients but not to this level and I was worried since he had no previous experience in these items really I wasn’t sure what his reaction would be to say the comfort of the bedding or the style of the flatware but in the end we received an “everything is wonderful” from him!
Tell us about the colors used in the color palette:
This home is a three-bedroom, and each room works together but has a completely different feeling as mentioned above based on the use of the space. For the master bedroom, it was all about being cozy and masculine. I went with a darker color palette in there as well as introducing several textures including the dark wool wall covering, but that was balanced off with the walnut chevron pattern on the custom headboard and the custom light rug. In the Office, it was a cozy space but masculine – I wanted it overall to feel light and airy to promote thought and productivity but there has to be elements of softness and coziness. Introduce the custom leather wall with hand stitched details (it is so soft and subtle, I could sit there all day and pet it). I added a dark counter/work surface and plaid drapes with red being the main accent to tie all the colors range together.
The Guest Bedroom I went dark and moody, but with all the accents it feels like a super inviting room. I wanted that space to be a cool place for the guests to stay in, something unique they can talk about when they leave. A brown, black and blue wallpaper covers each wall with light wood and metal accents on the nightstands. White drapes with black accents help lighten up the space and balance out the boldness of the wall covering. I continued to add in to texture and subtle colors with bedding and pillows and artwork (all made by us). The main space which I call the public spaces (Living, Dining and Hallways) are all finished with a hand made wallpaper to mimic the look of plaster, it has a sparkle that is ever so present when the light hits it just right adding in another dimension to the space. All the pieces in these spaces tend to be more colorful with large runner leading you to each room and ending at an oversized piece of art that really is the star of that space.
Please Tell Us About The Products Used In Your Design:
Interior design by Design by HumanI am proud to say that the majority of the art pieces were done by myself and my team and another by my father who I regularly source artwork from for projects. I used a lot of Maya Romanoff wall coverings in the Master Bedroom, the main space “plaster” wall covering as well as the office space base wall covering. I designed all the Bedroom rugs with Stark Carpet and worked with Bokara Rugs in NJ for the runner and Living Room rug. Nobilis, Cowtan and Tout and Romo for fabrics and Elitis for the Guest Bedroom wall covering. We worked with Colorcord to create the pendant over the Dining Table. The bed, desk / shelves and mirrors are all custom made by our millworker in Brooklyn.
What do you see as the hottest color and design trends of 2020?
I see color making a comeback (thank goodness), there has been so much neutral the past several years which is great but I love color! I have been trying to introduce people to green for a couple of years and it never really took and now we are using it more often (lots in that project I cannot share unfortunately). I’m seeing a more openness from clients to more moody spaces with more details rather than simple and clean all over.
Connect With Designs by Human
Love what you see? Want to hire Joe Human for your next interior design project? You can contact Joe and see more from his portfolio at www.dbhuman.com
Check back next week for more featured work in the Vishion Designer Spotlight.