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Working with a color consultant

  Color makes or breaks a room so turn to a color bro to pick the perfect color for your home that suits you best! When remodeling or building a new home you would likely rely on all the architects, contractors, or interior designers to help pick a color for your house. Would you think to hire a color consultant? These pros will help you choose a color scheme that will fit your mood that you want for your home. They are also the person to ask for the new colors that are in fashion and future trends as all.   How to find a color consultant? We are here to tell you. First you want to find a reputable source. Not all color consultants have formal training but some do have certifications. However, most of them have a background in graphic design, visual arts, or even paint manufacturing. You may be able to find one in your local home store, most likely at a higher-end store where they have color consultants on staff. Get a handful of names and start contacting them. When contacting them look out for their personality to make sure it would fit your needs and ask for references. Pick your color preferences before meeting with your color consultant. You do not have to know exactly what hues will work in house but form some type of opinions about colors. For example, what colors you are attracted to and ones that completely repel you. This will help the consultant get a good starting point to what you want to achieve and have a general color personality. Create three lists, one containing your favorites, the other your least favorite, and the last one with the ones that fall in middle ground. Next, get some samples. Go to your local store and get some color samples with the same three piles as your list, like, dislike, and neutral. Even if you are absolutely sure about the colors you want and don’t want to live with a consultant will be able to help combine your favorite shades in ways you could have never though of! Take maximum advantage of them. Set up an initial consultation. The consultant will most likely ask for a walk through of your home. They will make notes on your furniture placement, floor plan, architecture and other elements that may influence color choice. Natural sunlight will impact your color a lot so try to schedule with your consultant when the light is at its best. After the meeting the consultant will create a color palate with ideas about placement and other factors. This is where they will suggest specific colors and even some custom mixed. Ask your consultant to give you an estimate of the hours that are needed for your project. Be sure to give yourself a cushion of 10%-15% more just in case of complications. Rates vary based on location and other factors but in general earn $75-$200 per hour. You may find some that work on a flat-fee basis as well. Be open to suggestions. This process will go easier if you put your trust in your consultant you have hired. Convinced that bright tangerine wont work in your bathroom? Guess again. If the consultant encourages you to go a certain hue, follow the advice even if you’re not 100% about it. Odds are you will end up loving it and if you don’t you can change the color at a snap of the fingers. At the same time, if the consultant keeps pushing a color you just cant stand than stand your ground and try to find a compromise with one another. Remember, you are the one that is going to have to live with it.


Kitchen Countertop Options Part 1

With so many choices at your fingertips, picking out a kitchen counter is no easy task. What’s more... whatever you pick as your countertop, it ends up influencing the whole kitchen palette. That’s why it is very important to pick something that not only looks good to you… but something that’s also durable, with a price tag that fits your budget. Today’s podcast show will explore four of the most popular countertop materials. You’ll learn all the pros and cons, special considerations, maintenance and sustainability. In short, today you’ll learn everything you need to know to make an informed decision next time you’re looking for a kitchen countertop. Show highlights: - What makes soapstone a great choice for a durable kitchen. (2:07) - How to select your slab and the “green guide” to its hardness. (2:41) - Essential tips when you’re shopping for granite. (5:58) - What type of person must avoid copper countertops at all cost. (And why!) (6:48) - All the “personalities” of copper and what it can do to your home. (8:25) - The biggest downside of engineered quartz. (11:05) But that’s not all! Stay tuned for next week when we explore four additional widely used countertop materials. Plus, to get more inspiration for decorating your personal space… go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com  and download your free copy of 15 Ways To Reinvent Your Home. Start listening now!


Flooring Options for Your Home

Flooring options available to you today are almost limitless and can create more questions than answers! If you are in the market for new floors, then this episode will give you everything you need to help you decide which way to go. We’re going to explore all the benefits, the cost, the pros and cons of each type of flooring… so you’ll have a clear map of everything before you commit to your choice. Show highlights: - What to consider when choosing hardwoods or engineered wood. (1:45) - When and why tile is your best choice. (2:47) - What rooms should NEVER have laminate flooring. (4:47) - How carpets change the look & feel of a room. (5:10) - The biggest shortcomings of vinyl and the quirks of cork. (6:25) - Is bamboo right for you? (7:27) - The hidden benefits of concrete flooring. (8:26) - The correct way to take measurements. (9:38) Plus, to get more inspiration for decorating your personal space… go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com  and download your free copy of Designing for the shape of your space. Start listening now!


Ecofriendly Interior Design Tips

By making and designing an ecofriendly home, you can do so much more than help save the planet.  You can personalize and stylize these houses to be just as comfortable as any other home out there, according to a high profile environmentally friendly designer.   Think about what you’re buying and ask yourself questions. Do you know exactly what is in the product?  Where did it come from?  Am I going to be able to recycle, reuse, or even upcycle it?  Is the energy that I use every day renewable?  Is the manufacturer known to be eco-friendly and make their products cleanly?  And finally, if you have them, be sure to always ask yourself is it harmful to children?   Be on the lookout for green furniture. There are several places that have a vast array of environmentally friendly products at a very modest and reasonable price.  Companies that make these types of furniture remove chlorofluorocarbon gases from their factories, and use many other non-harmful ways to create them, such as water finishes and recycled materials.   Use plenty of window decorations. Not only do they help keep the full brightness of the sun out of the room, they ensure that your furniture doesn’t become worn out by the sun’s rays, maintain your privacy, and adds another element of personality to your home.  Try recycling materials you already have to make your very own, for example towels from the kitchen, sheets, or tablecloths all make stylish window treatment options.   If you already have furniture, try refurbishing them to your taste. There are several ways you can reuse your furniture, like using a different paint or color, using a cover, or discover a whole new purpose for them somewhere around the house.  A fun idea is to use things you don’t need as wallpaper, such as pages from comics, maps, or any other type of unorthodox paper that suits your personality. Decorate with what you already have. You can use kitchen utensils or tools from your garage to hang up onto the walls, or any other things that pop out at you that you can use to express yourself.  When you put your imagination to it, you’d be surprised what you can do with what’s around the home, you can decorate bed sheets to create canopies, use covers to make a lampshade, etc.   Try shopping at antique stores. Find one that sticks out to you and has a lot of things you like, and ask them for products you have in mind to see if they have something similar or even better.  If you befriend the owners, then they can be on the lookout for certain items you want and let you know when they arrive.   Used furniture is great but make sure its worth it. Some furniture mat crack when it is surrounded by a new climate so you want to make sure it wont arrive and it breaks on you. Especially with wood, do not buy it if it has been treated beforehand. A good hint for pillows is to check if they have zippers, if they don’t then there is no way to clean them so do not buy them if they are zipperless. If your furniture is like a puzzle and has a lot of pieces working together than it is a nice piece in your hands but if there is glue involved, run away.   Custom slipcovers instead of generic. Your sofa can look completely different with a cover. You can even save a lot of money by not having to replace your sofa every ten years. A good slipcover will make your sofa look upholstered. You want it to be a nightmare to get off so that the actual sofa wont get dirty. It should be tailored and fitted to every curve of the sofa. You do not want any sagging going on or else it would look mess


Learning About Color

Most of us get paralized when choosing colors for decorating our homes. So many options and combinations to choose from - it can get very confusing quickly! But here’s the thing: Understanding how colors work not only eliminates the overwhelm, it can be a tremendous asset you can use when picking the best color scheme for a room. Today’s episode is packed with everything you need to get a deeper understanding of color and how to combine them to have the greatest effect! Show highlights: - How to “read” the color wheel to avoid boring or chaotic color combinations. (02:10) - The way human brain reacts to color. (3:44) - What is analogous and complementary color harmony and how to use it for best effect. (4:13) - Why “color context” is important when picking out colors for your home. (4:50) - Deep dive into the meaning of Red, Blue, Green and Yellow… and the effect they have on you! (5:50) - The one color that reacts badly to Black, makes babies cry, and can cause diarrhoea! (12:01) And if you want even more inspiration for decorating your personal space… then go to  http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com  and download your free copy of 7 Decorating Tips To Love The Home You’re In. Are you ready to try and create the color scheme that’s perfect for your home? Put your headphones on and start listening now!


Ten Design Don’ts

Every home design project is unique and comes with their own challenges. This is when you might need a professional to help you get through these challenges. Unfortunately, homeowners tend to make the same common mistake which could prevent them from their dream room.   Here are the top 10 Don’ts for interior Design.   Your furniture doesn’t belong again the wall. You can have that space in your room you’ve always wanted if you just let your room breathe around all the pieces in your room. Let your furniture be able to float in your room away from walls. Stay away from small, cheap throw pillows with solid forms. You want to actually enjoy your pillows even if it is just for decoration. They should be overstuffed, formable, and generous. Buy soft, plush pillows that you can shape and not have a rigid look to them. To test the formability, you can do a quick karate chop to the top of the pillow and see if it will change the pillow’s blockiness. Get rid of all the pillows that came with the furniture, the ones that are the size of a postage stamp, and of course those horrid matchy-matchy ones. Don’t settle on paint color. The color of your room will either make or break the room. This is where you want to consult with a pro (not an employee at Home Depot/Lowes who works in the paint section), it take an experienced and trained eye to be able to correctly read the paint’s undertones. Don’t sacrifice your lighting for a cheaper. We see this too often where light fixtures are too small and do not fit the room correctly. Use correct scaled and relevant lighting. Lighting over everything gives your room style, so make sure to pick a piece that defines the type of tone you want to set your room. Think of it as picking a statement piece of jewelry for your little black dress. You want it to be your eye catching element in your room. Getting too small of a rug. Size matters in this department. The bigger the better. A rug groups all your furniture piecing’s together. Make sure to buy one large enough to lie under at least the front legs of each furniture pieces to group together. Never isolate rooms. You want to create a flow from room to room. You can do this by linking adjacent spaces visually. For example, you can repeat a pattern (like wallpaper or paint color) or carry and accent color (leg detail) from one room to another. Don’t go cheap on drapes. More is more in this department. Interior design professions use fabric yardage that’s 2 ½ - 3 times the width of the window for fully functional drapes. You can get away with fabric that is even twice as wide as the window! Don’t skimp. No Matching. PLEASE never match your textiles to your furniture to “relate them”. You want to create a collected look not Minnie’s house with white polka dots everywhere. Pick pieces with common similarities like color, history, material, mood, or style. Forgetting the piece’s special design. Details make the design. It is important to be able to train your eye so that you are able to notice the small details. You will be able to see that a customized made chair with beautiful leg carvings is very different that a mass produced chair at Ikea. Custom details are crucial in professional work. Details make the result special! Stopping before layering. Yes, this is very similar to layering in clothes. Pick something you love and then repeat the color or pattern in other pieces. However, the hard part is stopping before it looks to matchy-matchy. Subtly is key, you can throw something unexpected to limit being to matchy. In a bedroom, you can create layering pieces with drapery, wallpaper, paint, pillows, throws, bedding, accessories, the list is endless. You be the judge when enough is enough.


Seven qualities of a great designer

Interior design is like art and speak to each person differently. Great design means stepping out of your comfort zone, mixing paints, textures and fabrics in unique ways. It can also be great with simplicity, clean lines and modern furniture. However, a great designer achieves all the same basic eight qualities to make a room come to life! Regardless of your style, interior design should have their own personality. No room will look the same from client to client. Here are some tips to follow to create a brilliant designed spaces and see what qualities that make them so great! Sleek lines and exotic materials give a room a glamorous look. You can have your furniture pieces upholstered in a different plush fabric but make sure they sign the same song. To become a great designer, you want to be glamorous (at the least your room too). You want to create a symmetrical look in your rooms with something eye catching but also have something anchoring’s the space to create a symmetrical feel. This does not mean having everything on one side mirrored to the other. You can still have a centerpiece in your room but have pieces that accent the room while having contrast pieces that contrast the accent color NOT the center piece. Soft color tones and subtle styles can be more than welcoming in a guest bedroom. It is important that all your pieces go together. This does not mean matching your pieces but just to make sure the colors create the same type of mood. You can have two main colors in your room and bring them together with a rug to harmonize everything.  If you have a small room you are redesigning, you don’t want your room to become cramped but cozy. You can be cozy by having your bed at one end the rom and have all your main elements in that same end of the room while having some pieces floating on the walls from the door ways to create a spacious flow. This creates a welcoming place to come in and snuggle up. When creating a child’s room it is hard not to go over board with the colors. You do not need to have colors on the walls to feel fun and fabulous. You can create a very playful room with accessories in green, yellow, orange, and pink giving it a whimsical look without sacrificing the classical finishes. The shape of the mirrors can go a long way too, to give your room personality.  You want to go out of your comfort zone. By doing this, you can pick a bright bold color for a large piece and have the rest of the room accent and harmonizing with it. Do not be afraid to go bold. If you are redesigning a bathroom your shower curtain can be the bold pattern while having pieces accenting them. For example, imagine a bathroom with an orange patterned shower curtain. The bathroom is made out of white tile all around but you have gold accessories around the bathroom. You can have a gold lining of your bathroom mirror with a gold clock on the wall with gold pipes for the toilet. The possibilities are endless! This is where the real magic happens with bold colors!


Turn your Home Into a Relaxing Retreat for a Staycation

When was the last time you took a nice vacation? Are you due for one?The sad fact is, most Americans aren’t taking any vacations at all.We hoard up vacation days with all best intentions… but life gets in the way.We can’t get time off from work, we’re workaholics, or simply we can’t afford to go anywhere.Some of us don’t go on vacations because we can’t stand queue lines, flight delays, crowded and germ infested airports…But unplugging from work, even for just a day or two, can help you maintain a healthy perspective in life and boost your happiness levels.And here’s the thing:You don’t have to go anywhere to unplug and de-stress. You can simply stay at home and create your own relaxing “staycation”!Listen to this episode and discover ways to turn your home into a luxury hotel without luxury expenses and achieve a lavish lifestyle on a budget!Show highlights:- Simple ways to transform your bedroom into a luxurious space.- Quickly replicate a spa bathroom in your house without major remodelling.- An inexpensive way to “lux” up almost every room in your hose.- One simple addition to your entryway that can turn it into a 5-star hotel lobby.- Add a hint of glamour to your bedroom with this simple fix to your window dressings.- How to improve your lightning and create mood.Plus, to get ideas of all the best ways to cater for your staycation partner… go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and download your free guide Key Decorating Tips For Happy Couples. Ready?Tune in, listen… and start planning!


Move or Remodel

How do you decide, when the time comes, if you should remodel your house or relocate? Maybe your kids moved out recently and you’re left with all this space you don’t need anymore…   Or...Perhaps your family evolved and your charming little house is suddenly too cramped and overcrowded.   What should you do: Relocate or remodel?Moving house can be exciting, but it also means stressful times ahead.And… if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably accumulated years and years worth of stuff. And the mere thought of going through all that gives you headache.On the other hand, remodelling when not planned properly can mean stress during and after the process. Plus, you risk ending up with a home you’re not happy with.The point is, you have a decision to make and you want it to be the best one for your situation.This episode will help you to plan your remodelling project properly. Or... if your heart is set on relocating, it will give you the best criteria to use when deciding where to move to. Because one thing is for sure: you can always fix your house, but you can’t fix your neighbourhood. Show highlights:- Things you must check before deciding to move into a new neighbourhood.- How to accurately calculate the cost of your remodelling project. (And avoid surprises you didn’t plan for.)- Not every house is suitable for remodelling. Find out if yours is.- Can remodelling be a good choice when you want to downsize?- How to avoid over-modelling your home and risk making it unsellable.- One simple and inexpensive home improvement project that can boost your home’s value more than anything else. (Adding a basement, updating your bathroom, or replacing your roof can’t even come close!)If you’re asking yourself, “remodel or relocate?”… listen to this episode and get help making the best decision for your situation.And once you know what your best decision is... hop over to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and get your free copy of Seven Decor Tips To Love The Home You’re In.Start listening now!


Form, Follow, Function

Have you ever been in a situation while shopping where...You spot a beautiful item, you pick it up, marvel at its beauty, and immediately start debating with yourself whether you should purchase it or return it to the shelf.As human beings, we are naturally drawn towards beautiful things… even if those things end up as yet more clutter in our homes.One thing you don’t want is to create spaces full of unimportant and useless items just because they are pretty.Interior designers have a rule: form should follow function. You should always plan your design with a purpose.Today’s episode will help you create a space that is equally functional and appealing.And as an example, you’ll hear ways to plan and decorate your home office. You’ll see that sometimes all it takes is just a few minor tweaks to have a space that functions, feels, and looks great!Show highlights:- What to do when you don’t have an extra room or basement you can use. (But you still want privacy and silence.)- How to turn your closet into a functional home office. (Perfect if you live in a tiny apartment!)- Simple ways to emphasise ergonomics correctly.- Fix your lightning to avoid eye strain and improve your mood.- How to turn your office storage into beautiful decor.And one more thing:Hop over to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and download your free report Designing For The Shape Of Your Space for more creative ideas!Ready? Start listening now!


How houseplants can change your life!

How houseplants can change your life Home accessories are not always just rugs and shiny things. Live plants are an essential to have in your home and can even become the key element in a room. If you have any unused corner or empty shelf in your home, think about putting a plant to fill up the space. Why? Let me tell you. 1. Plants are functional design elements: Many suburban homes have great spacious rooms. While some people love the idea of having a spacious room it could also be someone’s worst nightmare. It is difficult to know where one space ends and one begins. This is why indoor plants like a large shrub or a tree is the perfect answer. You can use them to divide your room up or to create a restricted area where you wouldn’t want guests going into. You are infusing life into the space and are not making the divider between your rooms heavy. For the adrenaline lovers, place a potted plant in the middle of room to create a soft divider. This ad a great deal to the interior of the room. Have you noticed that most plaza have trees or a fountain? It is to create this division element. 2. Plants create a soft element: You cannot recreate natural materials with aesthetic ones. There is no genuine substitute for nature. If you want to create your room to be warm and homey, think about putting a plant in a room where it is cold, like in an office. For example, a therapist’s office usually has a plant in the room because it brings warmth to the room where you will feel like it more comfortable to discuss your problems instead of a cold, hard, room. 3. You fill a room with life: Those corners in your home where it is not big enough or doesn’t seem right for furniture are perfect for a large plant to fill up the empty space. By having that plant behind your furniture, your room will feel more intimate without being over crowded. 4. Plants create a balance: The tricky part about plants is that there is a wrong and right place to place them in. if you put the right plant in the wrong place it will throw off your entire room. It could be that it is too small for a large space or having an overwhelming amount of design elements in one room. It is important to take height, width, and volume into consideration to fill out the space harmoniously. You want to balance the right about of weight of volume within your room. You do not want to have all tall and wide elements in the room or vice versa. 5. The pot is another opportunity to design: The pot that you use can create a statement in your room. For example, using a bright paint dipped pot makes a color statement and can be used an accent in a dark room. If you use a dull looking pot, it would disappear in the room. Most garden stores have well designed planters where you can create the perfect match for your room. Always consider your color palette or metal planters for a more industrial feel. Many planters not, thanks to technology even look like real stone! Happy designing!


No Need To Be Overwhelmed

In the last episode we talked about home shaming and what you can do right away to stop feeling bad. Today, you’ll hear how to deal with overwhelm that’s preventing you to get your decorating project started. No matter how big or small your project is, it can quickly become daunting if you’ve never done it before. We’ve all been there. But the good news is… once you know where to start, the overwhelm quickly disappears. Show highlights: - How to uncover your decorating style when you can’t even articulate what you like. - What is your “feel” word and how it can help you decorate your perfect space. - What to do when you can’t afford decorating the whole house… but you still want a home you can be proud of. - One surefire way to predict (and prevent!) problems before you even start. - How to easily and cheaply change your color scheme any time you want. - Get help from a professional decorator even if you’re on a tight budget. Here’s what to do next: Listen to this episode and write down the steps (mentioned inside) you need to follow so you start your project stress-free. Then, go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and download your free report Decorating Tips From The Pros. It is packed full of great design ideas you can use to create a home you can be proud of without breaking the bank. And remember, you don’t need to start big… you just need to start.


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