It’s time. You’ve just moved into this fabulous house, but something is amiss. Hmm… what could it be? Does your new home lack flair, attitude, or personality? Would some even call it a little…boring? What can you do to breathe life into your dream home? Perhaps, it’s time to spiff-up your home with a little interior design magic… What’s this magic I speak of? Well, it typically involves color, fixtures, tiles, countertops, curtains and drapes, and stylish and commentary furniture pieces.
There is so much you can do when decorating your home to make it POP! Designing your new home, and even revamping a home you’ve had for a while is just plain fun. Selecting colors and picking out fixtures, tiles, countertops, and furniture pieces can be thrilling and invigorating.
It’s a great way to express your creativity and unique personality. It’s also a good way to make your home feel cozy, inviting and relaxing for your family. BUT, even though designing or revamping your home is exciting, it can also be overwhelming. And, if starting from scratch, it can be anxiety-provoking, if the process becomes too complicated.
The good news is that this process doesn’t have to be intimidating if you have the right person helping you. Donna Cohen, our Interior Design Expert, can help make all of your interior design dreams come true – without the extra hassle.
When you work with Donna, you get a highly reputable and knowledgeable expert in the field who will guide you through the process so it feels effortless. Donna’s guidance, advice, and expertise provides you with the freedom to get back to enjoying the process of designing or redesigning your home.
Because, Donna and the GW Homes team understands how taxing interior design can be, we have created four design inspiration boards to help clarify and define your vision in a way that can be applied throughout your home to highlight your personality and creativity.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Design Inspiration Boards
Listed below are 4 design inspiration boards — each with a corresponding Pinterest board — to help you envision the design details of your dream home:
What’s not to love about this coastal farmhouse design? With its rustic beachy feel (even when there’s no beach in sight), this design can make you feel like you’re living in your very own coastal beach cottage. What makes this design so amazing? Well, maybe it’s the ocean-inspired coastal colors (Think subtle blues, greys, and greens, along with white, taupe, and ivory) or maybe, it’s because this design is full of various textures.
Perhaps, it the shaker-styled doors that offer the warmth and relaxation most of us strive for. Or, maybe, it’s the sea glass and pebbles enveloping your home like a summer oasis. Could it be the glass front door (i.e. rain glass, reeded glass, or glue-chip glass) that catches the eye?
Why not try out a couple of seaside-inspired Adirondack chairs? Or the eloquence Dauphine Canopy Bed, complete with fog linen. Think fresh white and warm taupe and ivory. This adds class, pizazz, and serenity to your room.
Blending wood and golden brass can provide you with the coziness of a tree-lined street and the splendor of the ocean – right in your home.
It truly is the best of both worlds – elegant and peaceful. No-fuss required!
This design is more modern and sophisticated than historical. But guess what? It’s still classy and timeless!
What does this design look like? Think traditional neutrals like stark white, ivories, creams, greys, and beiges and modern neutrals like lilac, navy, and Etruscan red to give your contempo home that extra little POP! The result? Magic. The best thing about this design is the “airy feeling” and the “subtle drama” it provides to your room or home.
With its clean lines, this design is neither too vague nor too defined. This design focuses on architectural elements like quartzite stone countertops with complementary backsplashes and simple, but brilliant and sparkling lights. An added touch? What about an elegant metal-framed coffee table or serving piece? The verdict? This interior design is both progressive and welcoming.
Imagine walking into your living room and seeing simple flooring, perhaps hardwood or wooden luxury vinyl plank underneath ta decorative rug. This design is easy and subtle, so the rug should reflect this style. Refrain from rugs that are too traditional (floral) or too “busy” and opt for a geometric pattern. Try to adhere to a multi-textured approach with metal, stone, glass, or an opaque finish.
Don’t forget to highlight your home’s structural and architectural elements like exposed brick and pipes and/or crown molding.
Next, you enter your living room and see upholstered pieces in neutral colors and a variety of textures like wool, cotton, linen, silk, and/or jute.
In the bedroom, clean straight lines will trigger a feeling of opulence. The warmth and comfort of tonal textures, through the bedding, rugs, and accessories can pull this look together, while making your home feel classic and modern. Try to stay away from fluffy additions like lacy trims, bed skirts, tassels, or anything gender-based or “cutesy.” The verdict? This design is perfect for the person, who wants to combine simplicity with a touch of luxury.
The great thing about this contemporary architectural design is its ability to encompass two different eras – modern and historic. But, what exactly is polishedCONTEMPO interior design? Well, it’s one that has a historical reference, but manages to keep it fresh and modern. In other words, it draws from the past, while providing a contemporary twist.
What does that look like? It looks like airy rooms, sophisticated colors, chic textures, super-soft fabrics, stylish light fixtures, dark floors, gold, and black-patterned tiles. This design conjures up feelings of old and new grandeur.
Imagine this, you approach the house and are immediately greeted with a Suncoast iron-framed black, grey, or metal glass door. You walk inside and the first thing that catches your eye is the elegant Riverdale kitchen. Parker House Door moonshine grey cabinets align the walls.
The next thing that POPs out at you is the grey and white “Taj Mahal” Quartzite or beige Britannica Quartz Kitchen countertops, complete with a matching backsplash.
You look down and what do you see? A silk-finish, marble tile floor or a black, grey, or brown hardwood or luxury vinyl plank one. It feels warm…oh yeah, it’s heated! A nice touch in the winter. Next, the 33″ biscuit-colored, single-bowl, Grigham Farmhouse Long-Neck Faucet Sink sparks a bit of nostalgia. It’s not only beautiful, but also highly functional and timeless.
What colors complement a polishedCONTEMPO design style? Think Sherwin-Williams’ Oyster Bar, Wool Skein, Patience, Canvas Tan, Kestrel White, or Moderate White color scheme. These colors will capture the feel you are going for, while making your home to stand-out amongst the rest.
Do you have more of an urban, sophisticated city style? If so, you may want to consider the urbanOSLO interior design. This design combines “spare” (i.e. exposed beams) and “ornamental” elements (i.e. multi-layered dining room fixtures) together to create a peaceful and relaxing home.
This design relies on neutrals and warm tones. Think wooden ceilings and blonde-paneled walls). What is the best thing about the urbanOSLO interior design? The clean lines and natural touches, of course!
So, what does this design look like? Well, envision a modern, concrete dark grey, light grey, or a dark-colored marbled countertop – paired with pristine stainless steel appliances. Don’t forget the complimentary backsplash!
Want to know the perfect place for a concrete countertop? A kitchen, especially one that has a “kitchen island”! Imagine how great this countertop would look in a calm room with neutral furniture and light (i.e. beige, light grey, ivory, or white) walls.
The urbanOSLO is the epitome of “urban chic.” You can add that extra touch by adding wood to the mix. A great thing about this design is it’s sleek, trendy, and clean. It gives your kitchen “style.” For a crisper look add oval or globe ceiling lights to provide that industrial feel.
What colors pair well with this design? Warm gray with brown-taupe undertones, warm gray without undertones, a medium grey with grey and beige undertones (this color looks amazing with medium-to-dark flooring and bright white trim), dark charcoal gray with a hint of a blue undertone (his color has a masculine feel that can make your whites standout), or a deep gray with brown-taupe undertones.
Before you start designing or re-designing your home, you’ll need to determine your style, preference, and personality. In other words, you’ll need to “reflect” on what you want and need in a room or house. If you don’t have a clear vision, you’ll need to figure out what inspires you. Once you have a vision, you can start thinking about the color scheme, tone, and theme. Afterward, you’ll be able to think about fixtures, artwork, and furniture pieces. But, all of this takes work, and sometimes, it can be confusing and overwhelming. There are so many facets to interior design that it’s easy for the “non-designer” to get lost in the shuffle.
That’s where Donna comes into play. She can help you create a room or home that showcases your individuality – the thing that makes you… well, YOU. Her expertise and experience can help you actualize the vision you have, so you can’t wait to get home every evening. She can make your home feel like Heaven on Earth – without the stress, drama, confusion, angst, or fuss. Donna’s first step? Providing you with design boards that you can ponder and analyze. Her goal is to inspire you – motivate you – and encourage you to take that leap of faith towards your dream home. The best thing you can do is allow Donna to design your dream home. I guarantee you won’t regret it!
- Cohen, D. (2020). Design your home: 4 design boards. Retrieved from https://www.gw-homes.com/design-your-home/