Designers do have quite distinctive tastes and signatures. The following are some of Lifestyle favorites and we have included their website links just behind so you can visit on the fly. Barry Dixon (http://www.barrydixon.com/) likes neutrals and textures; one of my favorites, Charles Faudree, (http://www.charlesfaudree.com) is a collector who likes Napoleon artifacts, King Charles Spaniel paintings, and sumptuous fabrics.
“Designers do have quite distinctive tastes and signatures.”
Candice Olson is especially conscious of foundational work, paying particular attend to walls, lighting and architectural focal points. Mario Buatta (http://www.architecturaldigest.com/architecture/archive/buatta_article_012006) is known for pattern and unrestrained fabric use while Thom Filicia (http://www.thomfilicia.com) looks for spare lines but does rooms with depth in terms of spatial planning. Kathryn Ireland (http://www.casasugar.com/Interview-Interior-Designer-Kathryn-Ireland-Million-Dollar-Decorators-2011-06-16-140000-17902272) has eclectic tastes and is not afraid to juxtapose the busy pattern against well-worn case goods.
Elaine Griffin (http://www.elainegriffin.com/) is especially adept at balancing the ying and yang, knowing how to please both he and she. Decorator and former magazine editor Kim Freeman (http://tinyurl.com/8fcw24x) likes to use objects from around the world and is well-featured by us for shopping finds. Lori Dennis (http://www.loridennis.com) is a huge proponent of green architecture and design using as many natural and renewable products as possible, always with a modern edge. Kenneth Brown (http://kennethbrowndesign.com) has a bent toward Asian influence and uses color to fool the eye.
The hip Novogratz couple (http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2011/07/30/home-by-novogratz-cortney-talks-on-taking-design-sky-high/) is famous for taking the odd object and flea market find to re-purpose into something artful or just for surprise, often using edgy graphic elements.
Here are some things designers know:
Make sure foundational elements are in place–pay attention to floor treatment, wall color, and large areas for design potential.
Use architectural details to suggest wealth, augment spatial planning–to divide and conquer walls with panels for example or add weight and power to the room with a coffered ceiling or mouldings and more.
Incorporate function with an emphasis on a focal point. For instance, drawing attention to a fireplace wall with a substantial mantel.
Use color to accentuate or deflect. A study in color and painting techniques will pay off in many ways. It’s the most inexpensive way to add impact. If you are shy about how to choose a paint color, think about painting only one wall. Depending on where you put it, the paint can make a wall seem larger, smaller or further away.
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