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Creating a Grand Entry

  |  in Accessories, Colorado, contemporary, Dramatic, Foyer & Entry, lighting, seating, table, Tips, Wall CoveringNo Comments

Regardless of the size of your Foyer, every entry should be GRAND.

The entry is your welcome. It is your first impression. It is an opportunity to tell the story of who you are, what you are about, and establish a tone for your guests.

The following post covers the elements of good foyer design. I live and Colorado for most of my clients, the primary family entry is through the garage (and we love a good mudroom because of it). Consequently, the foyer is really for guests. Therefore I’m addressing it as such. If you live in a city, you may be the primary user of the front entry. These tips still apply, but you likely need quite a bit of storage as well.

Good Lighting

The obvious lighting choice is in the form of a chandelier or pendant. Something eye-catching is always welcome here. However, you also need to ensure adequate light levels for activities and creating a welcoming environment.

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However, if the overhead lighting is not enough, I’m a fan of adding a lamp…

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or two!

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A Place to Set Items Down

Your guests will likely have something in their hands. The best guests come bearing gifts after all! At the very least they may have a handbag and a coat to remove. Give them a place to set these items down upon arrival. This can also double as a display place for your family treasures.

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A Place to Sit

Not all foyers will be large enough to accommodate a place to sit. And in fact, the place to sit most often becomes just another place to set stuff down. However, if you live in a climate where weather may dictate a need to change or remove shoes, seating is a must.

A bench, small chair, stool… the forms are many, but the function is all that matters. A clever tick is to add the place to sit under the place to set things down.

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Something Interesting

This is your opportunity to tell visitors who you are and what you and your family are all about. Accessorize and really show your style! There are many options to add some personality.

Art

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Wallpaper or Bold Paint

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Area Rug

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 More Grand Entries to Inspire

Because these spaces just got it right.

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Want more Foyer Inspiration? Check out previous blog posts, or my idea book on Houzz or Pinterest

Style Trends: Textured Tiles

  |  in bath, Bathroom, contemporary, Denver, Dramatic, modern, tile, Wall CoveringNo Comments

Recently I’ve been working on several bathroom remodels and a few fireplace remodels/refacing as well. That has me shopping for tiles often. And in spending so much time in tile stores, the reps have been showing me the latest and greatest new things coming into their showrooms. One trend that I am seeing is more and more of is that of textured and 3D tiles. Luxury Interior Design

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Textured tiles are hot and the varieties in shapes, patterns and colors grows every day. These tiles are created with new manufacturing techniques. As the technology continues to improve, the shapes that these tiles can take becomes virtually endless.

These 2 tiles are from Ann Sacks. The first is the Mousharabia collection designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, with a definite historical/Moorish flair. This tile is glazed with a subtle blue over terra cotta. The second tile is the Vincente Wolfe Textures Collection. This tile is a more matte finish, adding to the visible texture. Both tiles really call out to be touched, don’t they?

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These tiles make a beautiful design statement. Even if bold colors or patterns are not for you, a textured tile in a neutral color can add a unique element to your room. The options in textured tiles now range almost as much as regular ol’ flat tiles: traditional to modern, contemporary or historical, an endless range of colors, and textures from glossy and glazed to honed to matte.

Textured and 3D tiles can be used to make a statement on one wall or create an accent in a room, or used en mass, covering the whole room or wall. Check out the beautiful rooms and designs below featuring textured tiles. This should get the inspiration flowing for you.

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Batheroom Designer Denver Colorado I just specified this tile below for a bathroom design in Denver. The texture is subtle, but spread over a wall like this makes a beautiful statement. Bathroom Design in Highlands Denver CO

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Based on this display at the ICFF Design Show, the options in textured tiles may be unlimited and this trend may be around for a while. Interior Design Trends

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Love it or Leave it | Lacquered Wood Paneling in Bold Hues

  |  in Blue, Dining, Dramatic, family-friendly, Gray, green, Happy Colors, Home Office, Library, Love it or Leave It, orange, Wall Covering, wallsNo Comments

I’m seeing lacquered walls and wood paneling everywhere these days. The beauty of lacquered walls is that they fit equally well in modern and traditional room decor. Lacquering a serious library in a not-so-serious color can modernize and relax a space, making it more inviting a family friendly. On the other hand, lacquered rooms can create a traditional and sophisticated design.

Lacquered walls are definitley on trend right now and I want to know – do you love it or leave it?

While all lacquered spaces are hot right now, I’m seeing these rooms primarily in blue tones. Blue is hot, lacquer is hot… makes perfect sense to meld the two together.

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While blue seems to be popular everywhere, and especially in lacquered walls, I am also seeing lacquer in other bold colors with stunning results. Blue is a little more serious. The following rooms, however, and bold, relaxed and FUN.

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And finally a gray tone is a bit more calm, but still equally breathtaking in result.

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 What do you think of lacquered paneling in place of stained wood? Do you love it or would you leave it? Do you have wood paneling that you would lacquer? What color would you do?

I’ll admit, I absolutely love this look. We have a library space in our new home and I would love to lacquer the whole room. I’m not sure if I can squeeze that out of my remodel budget… Stay tuned for more on that.

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