7 Design Tips from the Nashville project

If you’ve ever designed a space before, whether in your own home or for someone else, you know that you make a plan and it all goes smoothly, right?  Huh? Of course it doesn’t.  It never does.  Some go more smoothly than others, but it never goes “as planned”.  So, today I thought I’d share a few tips from the project I posted about on Monday.  I hope these tips will help you as you plan your next project.


Okay, here’s where I started.  The first thing I chose when creating this plan was the paint color.  That’s not always how I do it, but this time it was.  Sometimes, there’s a piece of artwork, a rug or some other accessory that will be my inspiration and then I’ll choose a paint color that coordinates with that item.

1)  How to choose a paint color.  This really has a lot to do with your space and how you want it to feel.  In this space, my client wanted a calm serene feeling, so that she could feel relaxed after a long day at work.  Also, her favorite color is blue.   When choosing a paint color for your space, find photos or favorite pieces that you love.  Don’t worry about why you love them just choose.  Then, look at the colors.  Are they dark, light, neutral?  Start there.  Find a color that makes you feel the way you want to feel in your space.


2)  Tile floors vs. wood  Why did I choose tile for this project?  The loft is an open floor plan of 6oo square feet.  The key here is that it’s an open floor plan.  That means that the kitchen is open to the living area.  This is a second home for my client, so there may be long periods of time when she’s not there.  If there happens to be some sort of leak in the kitchen, wood floors could be ruined.  Tile, however, is just about indestructible.  Using one floor surface throughout the space also makes it feel larger.  Bottom line, consider how your space will be used before you choose your materials.


3)  Accent walls-This bedroom is pretty small, so I decided to add an accent wall to create more interest in the space.  The blue color frames the bed and the panels above create a graphic focal point.  The space is open to the living area, so to paint the entire space blue would have felt choppy.  One wall adds interest without disrupting the flow of the open space.

4)  Mixing whites-Remember that all of the whites in one space do not have to match perfectly.  It actually gives more depth to the space when they don’t match.  Coordinating is much more effective and can add texture.  In the photo above, the bed is actually a pure white and the curtains, panels and lamps are very creamy.  Even though they are all slightly different, they work.


5) Use both modern and rustic in the same space-I love a collected look in my spaces.  One of my favorite ways of doing this is by mixing rustic and modern furniture and accessories.  This is one of my favorite spaces in the loft.  The white lacquered chairs, turned pedestal table and metallic lamp feel collected, not matched.  Another bonus is that these pieces add texture to the space.

6) Mix shiny and matte finishes-The photo above also shows how you can mix both shiny and matte finishes.  The lacquered chairs, the metallic lamp and the rustic turned pedestal table are all different finishes, but they work together.  The lamp is a metallic bronze and the legs of the chairs are chrome, but it works.


7)  Think outside the box when it comes to accessories.   In this space, I found these white twig bowls that I used as wall decor.  Many times it also is a more inexpensive option as well.

I hope these tips will help you with your next project.  There are many others and I’d love to hear yours.  Share them in the comments!






Downtown Nashville project/Before and after

Wow, what a quick weekend that was.  I hope it was a good one for you.  My weekend was spent installing the Nashville loft that I first posted about here.  The install went so well and I’m really excited to show you the photos today.  First, let’s start with a few before pictures.


Even though, this place needed a lot of work, the windows were to die for.  There are 6 large windows in 600 sf of space.  The place is flooded with light for much of the day.  But the color palette was far from what my client wanted.  The color on the wall was a deep caramel and felt very masculine.  The floors were terrazzo tiles and original to the building.  Unfortunately, they were in pretty bad shape.

The floors and the paint color had to go, so I calmed the palette and warmed up the floors with tile and jute rugs.  The design plan came to life so well with this project.  I love it when a plan comes together!


And now the after….







This was the bedroom before.

And now.  It’s always amazing to me, the difference that paint can make.


The fabulous bedroom windows before.

And now, even better.

So, what do you think?  Do you like the color palette?  What’s your favorite touch?

I’m so pleased with how this project came together and I have a lot more to share.  On Wednesday, I’ll share some of the decisions that I made and why.  Hopefully, this will give you some insight into your own projects.

Have a great day!

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