I am thrilled to be quoted by The Spruce sharing why Beige is making a comeback. The Spruce is such a great source of design inspiration and helps keep me up to date on what's hot, and what's not!
At the recent design show, High Point Market in North Carolina, designers were shocked to see room after room painted in beige and filled with beige furniture.
What made it seem fresh and new was that the walls were either a very light beige (or dark cream) or else there were very dark walls with beige furniture in front. Navy Blue, dark bold mustard colours and even black walls were evident, and they played nicely with beige couches, chairs and headboards in the rest of the home.
What's new this time with beige, is that there is loads and loads of texture. Sofas were clad in boucle, which is a nubby fabric that is most often seen in creams in lighter colours. Also, a lot of the sofas had a curved appearance. Providing a nice and comfy appearance.
Texture showed up in lighting fixtures as well providing a sharp contrast against the beige décor. Rattan, shell or beaded light fixtures provided great shape and made an interesting statement, the beige element seemed to fade into the distance and the textured items seemed to pop more.
Even the case goods - wooden furniture, cabinets sideboards etc. were textured. They had ribbing details or texture carved into the front panels. The texture, along with the soft light beige walls and décor, seemed to fade into the background, showing the real star of the home, our friends, and families.
Let me know if you need help incorporating beige into your home!
Pantone never ceases to amaze me with their colours of the year. Last year it was Ultimate 17-5104, a cold, flat -battleship gray.
This year it's a fun, light hearted Periwinkle blue called Very Peri 17-3938! It's a mixture of blue & red, I'd describe it as a dark violet, or blue-ish purple.
The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute™ comb the world looking for new color influences. These can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.
A toned down "useable" version of Very Peri is this purple undertoned gray, from Benjamin Moore, called Granite AF 660.
Paired with a soft butter yellow and cream, I think it looks beautiful.
Add some sparkly silver accessories to really make it pop!
Tell me, what do you think about Pantone's colour of the year? I'd love to hear it!
Holidays are so important to all of us. Is the time where family and friends gather to show our gratitude for each other and to celebrate!
This year we're keeping it simple, gone are the years where elaborate decorating was de rigueur. We are now featuring more texture, adding earthy elements to the table such as olive branches, eucalyptus, or fir branches. Candles are still a must, Remember, we don't need facelifts or Botox, we just need beautiful candlelight!
Springs of Cedar, rosemary or thyme can be tucked into your linen napkins and tied with a piece of hemp rope for a casual, yet elegant appeal
Try switching up your cutlery - black or gold cutlery can make quite a statement and can be used for years to come.
Forget the Santa napkins or reindeer napkin rings. Let the food speak for itself.
Sometimes all you need is sparkling glasses, candles, natural elements running down the length of the table and of course brilliant conversation!
Really, that’s what the holidays are all about.
Let us know if our interior design firm can help with any last minute decorating, we'd love to help!
I was thrilled to be interviewed by Marisa Donnelly of The Spruce about gray disappearing and beige, yes beige, making a comeback.
I must admit, I was horrified at first, I love my clean, fresh colours, but I'm warming up to it. It does invoke a sense of comfort and coziness.
Here's a few tips to ensure you use beige correctly. No blah beige here!
Remember to use beige in tones from dark to light. Perhaps a soft cream on the walls, mid toned beige rug as shown above here and pair it with a cognac leather toned couch.
If you prefer a fabric sofa, this one below looks nice and neutral. Just remember that beige has all sorts of undertones :
That's the tricky thing, we need to ensure that your beige sofa has the same undertone as any other beige in the room. Your designer will help you with that!
Another option is to pair beige with stronger colours like navy, green even black to create a real pop.
Ensure you have texture, these pillows & throw blanket amp up the coziness and ensure your room doesn't look flat or blah. That's not what we want!
Thinking of embracing beige, but unsure how to proceed, just let me know, I'd love to help!
It's always exciting seeing what the big paint companies forecast for the coming year!
Well wait for it, drum roll please...… here it is... October Mist CC550,
Benjamin Moore's Color of the year for 2022!
As people are turning towards more earth friendly products & manufacturers are creating more and more sustainable items, I think this colour is right on with the times.
Just look at how many people purchased plants at the start of the pandemic!
Bamboo furniture is hot, sustainable, strong & beautiful.
Here's a better photo of October Mist CC 550 in a bedroom, paired with their soft lilac bedding, similar to Hint of Violet 2114-60. I must say, I'm still a little hesitant specifying it to my clients as we still strongly remember what was hot 15 years ago.
A few of the colours I am fond of from their 2022 collection are: a yummy dark ivory (almost beige) called Collectors item, , a dark Navy blue called Mysterious (love that name) and a softer, pretty, green blue called Smoky green. I think they all look lovely together.
I hear from High Point Market in North Carolina, that beiges are back - not sure how I feel about that!
So, tell me, are you a fan of these 'new' 2022 colors by Benjamin Moore? I'd love to hear!
I was so happy to be featured in Home Trends magazine, featuring a client's kitchen renovation. Then I was doubly pleased to find out the Epoch Times carried the article as well!
We ended up having to remove a wall that was dividing the old dining room from the kitchen. The fireplace was too close to the table, due to the tiny room. I also opened up the hallway by removing that wall. Wow, what a difference that made!
Here's the old dining room - see how tiny it was? The room got waaay to hot with the fireplace on! This is the same fireplace that we used in the above photo, I just removed the mantle and reclad it in an aged brick to add to the farmhouse look.
After our discussions, I showed my client the suggested material samples, hired a contractor, then we went to work!
I then created a mood board to keep everything in mind. I used my 15 point check list to ensure I didn't miss a thing. Flooring, check. Lighting, check, Contractor hired, check...
It was a big job but my clients were absolutely thrilled, and I couldn't be happier for them!
If you'd like help creating your new kitchen design, we'd love to help!
Our tip is to ensure you have everything in front of you, kitchen cabinet samples, tile, flooring, hardware finish, etc. Then ensure you select the paint colour that works seamlessly with those samples!
It's essential to have everything in one place, then once you've narrowed it down to 2-3 choices, use large painted samples to see just how it's going to look!
Contact me if you need help!
Don’t Stop at Walls! 23 Unique Places You Probably Haven’t Thought of to Add Accent Colors In Your Home I'm thrilled to be featured in Redfin!
Check out the recent Redfin article we were featured in:
Don’t Stop at Walls! 23 Unique Places You Probably Haven’t Thought of to Add Accent Colors In Your Home
Nothing refreshes a room quite like a fresh coat of paint. And although your walls get the most attention when painting a room, there are many overlooked areas in your home that can be brightened up with a splash of color. Whether you're looking to paint an entire wall or add subtle hints of color to perk up your living space, we've got you covered.
We reached out to experts from Vancouver, BC to Las Vegas, NV, who revealed unexpected places where you can get creative and add accent colors to liven up your home. Check out their ideas to get inspired!
1) Paint a mini accent wall behind floating shelves
For a perfect DIY décor project with little work but lots of impact, add a square or rectangular block of a bold color behind the shelves. If you're terrible at painting straight lines, you can frame the block with rail molding or use bold wallpaper. Include items on the shelves that coordinate and compliment the bold accent color. This allows your shelves to look bigger and gives an intentional feeling to otherwise plain shelves. -Amble & Awe Interiors
2) Bring character to your walls and surfaces
A splash of color on a feature wall can go a long way in giving your space a makeover. You can paint a design or lean on contrasting colors to completely change a room's look and feel. And even if you're a renter, there are plenty of products on the market specifically designed for renters with an eye for design who want to incorporate accent colors into their space. Use temporary wallpaper and stickers to change the appearance of your walls without falling foul of your contract. -Cobalt Blue 1802
3) Add colorful personality to your front entryway
You have your own personality, so why not have it also shine through your home? Your front entryway is your guest’s first impression when walking into your home, so let it stand out by adding a bold accent color. You can do this by painting a console table or even adding a bold printed wallpaper to a furniture piece or wall. -Kenna Mae Interior Design.
4) Pull color inspiration from your décor
Spruce up your boring walls by pulling a bold, bright color from an existing pillow or draperies in your space. You need to ensure that the bold color relates to something else in the room to give that true 'designer look' and tie the space together. For example, you can pull a bright orange from a pillow and incorporate it into a bench seat while also applying it to one of the walls. -Jil Sonia Interiors
5) Give your kitchen cabinets a bold makeover with an accent color
Adding a paint color can make all the difference to your space. For a bold and quick makeover, paint your cabinets using Sherwin Williams Universal Khaki (SW6150) to add that pop of color your kitchen needs. -Certified Interior Designer
6) Don’t forget the fifth wall - add color to your ceiling
Not sure where to add some color? Just keep your chin up. Take full advantage of the fifth wall by adding some color or pattern. The ceiling is often a forgotten space, but it’s the perfect accent wall because it covers the entire space. -Inside Stories
7) Add a pop of color to your powder room
If you'd like to add bold color to your home without overcommitting, try paint or wallpaper in your powder room. It can offer a fun, unexpected element to an area where friends and family typically spend a short amount of time. And don't stop at the walls; the ceiling is a great place to add unexpected color too. -Letter Four
8) Highlight hallways doors with accent colors
Hallway doors, while highly functional, tend to be mundane. Breathe life into your hallways by painting the doors in beautiful colors. Whether you unify them with one single hue, watercolor them with different shades of the same hue, or go all out in an homage to the rainbow doors of Ireland, this design statement will change the way you feel about hallways forever. -Gretchen Schauffler
9) Introduce accent colors to your kitchen cabinets
If you are looking to add a splash of color to your kitchen, consider painting your cabinet doors a contrasting color to the base of your cabinets. This will create another layer of color and add a new dimension to your space. Ramp it up a notch by replacing your cabinet panels with glass. -Lindsey Murillo Interiors
10) Add interest with a vibrant trim
People tend to think of a bold color for the wall paint - but it’s much more unexpected to do a pop of color on the trim. A cherry red, navy blue, robin’s egg blue, or even mustard would look chic on the baseboards, crown, and window molding. Pair with a complementary wall color, wallpaper, or a soft white for a unique and memorable look. -Maggie Stephens Interiors
11) Refresh your stairs with accent colors
Instead of leaving your staircase to fade away into the background, incorporate it with the rest of your home’s color scheme by painting it a vibrant color. Not ready to take the plunge? Test the waters by painting a lesser-seen set of stairs first - like your basement or attic stairs. -Arters Design
12) Use accent colors to highlight a focal point in your home
Accent walls are a great way to add unexpected excitement to your space. Use color to emphasize a focal point in a room, such as a fireplace, built-ins, or a large window. Balance an accent wall with a neutral color on the other adjoining walls in a light to medium neutral color. -Dwell & Oak
13) Personalize your space with colorful fabric
One of my favorite ways to add color is with fabric. If you’re a little scared to upholster your entire sofa, liven up your pillows with a fun pattern. Pillows are the perfect place to start, and you can always switch them out when the time is right. -Lauren Ashley Design
14) Add interest to your closet with a fun color or wallpaper
Consider revamping a closet with a fun color or wallpaper to create a beautiful space for an entirely different purpose. We painted our closet a deep shade of blue and outfitted it with a changing table, wardrobe, shelving, a rug, and décor to create a makeshift nursery for our new baby boy. Repurposing a closet to utilize as an office, craft area, kids play space, or reading nook are great creative options, too. -Liz Gaffney Design
15) Use your artwork as inspiration to form a color palette
Buy a piece of art or choose a beloved piece that you already own and pick out 3-5 of the brightest colors in the artwork to use as the accent color palette in your home. From there, you can take a leap and be bold when you are painting your home. Take color risks in smaller rooms like powder rooms and guest rooms, and paint the color you love on all the walls and ceiling (use a washable low sheen paint so the color appears more saturated).
Bonus tip: Nix the matchy-matchy. One common mistake is trying to match everything to each other. For your home, try to pick five colors you like together as a base for your decor. Three of them should be neutrals, and two can be bright accent colors! -Color & Design Collective
16) Add accent colors to a folding screen
In 2021, the use of folding screens has become very popular as we can use them as our Zoom backgrounds while working from home. I recommend that the screens be painted quite soberly on one side, matching your neutral wall decor, while the other can incorporate a more adventurous zing of vibrant color. I love Farrow and Ball's Yellow Cake or a neon-esque hot pink opera rose red hue like Benjamin Moore's Blushing Red. -Áine Atara
17) Refresh utility rooms with accent colors
Who said utility rooms have to be boring? Be daring with your color choices. Midnight blue cabinets with hot pink interiors set against a crisp white background will undoubtedly get you in the mood for cleaning. Complete the look with hot pink and luxurious gold decorative accents to really pack a punch. -L'atelier Kauldhar
18) Give your mudroom the attention it deserves
Make your mudroom colors a bold and welcoming accent to your home by incorporating bright colors, both on walls and millwork. Don’t be afraid to try classics like Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy or North Sea. Should you feel especially inspired, try a stand-out color like BM’s Admiral Blue. Add a whimsical touch by using a chalk paint for writing family schedules, shopping lists, messages, and inspirational words. -Luxe Design
19) Use a bold accent color to create a cozy atmosphere
Most have heard that dark ceilings make a room feel smaller, and while this is true, it doesn't make it a no-no in all instances. Sometimes when a room is too large to relax in, and you need a cozy, more human scale space, a dark ceiling can quickly reduce the large expansive feeling of a room to that of a perfect nook to lounge in. Bold saturated colors in paint or wallcoverings on the ceiling is a great way to personalize and humanize large spaces to feel more comfortable. -BMorCreative
20) Spruce up your wall trims
After the gloomy year we've experienced, color pops and accents are the perfect additions to making your room unique and happy. Pops of color enhance the feel and interest of a room, and adding bright trim paint to your room awakens the space and makes it shine. -Jenn Cameron Interiors
21) Add a wow factor to your entryway by painting your stairs in a bold accent color
Stairs are usually a boring feature in any home. Why not transform them into a statement piece? You could paint the individual spindles on your staircase in graduating shades or paint the face of each step in different colors for a rainbow effect. -Loving Quarters
22) Incorporate accent colors in high traffic areas within your home
A mudroom is a hectic space where families drop off their gear, whether it's a book bag, handbag, or briefcase, but it doesn't have to be left out. Painting the walls an accent color can lift the room, bring it to life, and make it the perfect first impression. I recommend Benjamin Moore Night Train 1567, Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF-690, Benjamin Moore Hail Navy HC-154, Benjamin Moore Navy Masterpiece 1652, or Benjamin Moore Nantucket Fog AC-22 as accent color options for the space. -Bina Murphy Interiors
23) Frame fabric to create a colorful art piece
Do you have extra scraps of colorful upholstery fabric from past projects that you have tucked away in your home? Use the leftover fabric and place it in a frame with matting. Framed fabric art is a simple way to add interest and texture to your home without a lot of effort. -Jewel Marie Interiors
Originally published by Redfin
Let me know if you need help finding the perfect accent colour for your home!
Are you wondering What is the difference between an Interior Designer & Decorator?
It can get complicated, but here's a brief summary...
Interior design is the art & science of understanding people's behavior to create functional spaces within a building. They are often used for renovating kitchens and bathrooms. They know code and take all the details into consideration. They do not create architectural drawings for permits (they can hire out for that), but they do draw floorplans and furniture plans for discussion purposes, which is very helpful for clients & contractors.
Interior decorating is the furnishing or adorning of a space with decorative elements to achieve a certain aesthetic.
In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.
We'd be happy to design or decorate your home!
Update: For More information check out my video interview below from Oct, 2021.
I speak more about it around the 19 minute mark after discussing trends for 2022.
Blue is my favorite color and I hear I'm not alone! Blue is consistently voted peoples #1 color choice. But when picking blues for the interior walls of your home, we want to ensure, we don't pick 'baby boy's bedroom' paint color.
Here's a cheat sheet for you! We have put together a beautiful collection of some of our favourite soft blue paints by Benjamin Moore.
To obtain a beautiful soft blue it is imperative that the tiniest Touch of Green is added into the paint, resulting in a beautiful soft Aqua shade. Otherwise it can look too purple.
For help selecting your perfect paint colour please feel free to contact our design office. We would be happy to help!
Are you wondering what's the difference between lumens and wattage? Look no further!
Lumens measure the total light sent out by the light bulb.
Watts measure the amount of power used by the bulb.
So watts do not tell you how bright the bulb is - but Lumens do.
However, since we are all used to discussing wattage often people use 'wattage' as their term denoting the brightness of a bulb, rather than 'lumens'.
Let me know if you have any other lighting questions, I'd be happy to help.
Here's a great post showing "How many recessed lights do I need?"
Here's a helpful Incandescent to LED conversion chart, to help you when selecting a new LED light bulb.
Well this is a great day!
I've just found out I was voted as one of the top 3 Interior Designers in Abbotsford, BC (as well as the top 3 in Chilliwack, BC).
Please let us know how we can help design your home, we're working virtually across Canada & we'd love to help you!
Hi, are you wondering how virtual interior design works?
I'm glad you asked!
I've created a short video below showing how our Online design services work.
We truly do not need to see your home in person.
But we do need just need a few photos and a rough measurement of the room.
We direct you to a quick online questionnaire asking you more about your taste and style, the function of the space, your budget & timeline.
Here's an example of a mood board we've made for a client's bedroom.
We then take it from there!
Need more info? Please click on the video below.
We'd love to help!
I’m pleased to present a guest post by Zana Dodig
Aside from being the hub of the home, your living room is where you carry out the trifecta of entertainment, relaxation, and hosting. Since it’s such a central part of everyone’s lives, it’s important that it be designed in a way that is as serene, stress-free and relaxing as possible.
If you’re struggling with making your living room a tranquil zone, here are 6 ideas that will help you out.
1. Use bright, cool, & neutral colors
The color scheme plays a huge role in making a space feel comfortable. It’s basic color psychology that certain colors trigger aggressive and energetic emotions while others make you feel calm and collected.
It is agreed that neutral colors have an inherent ability to make a person feel welcome. This palette usually consists of understated, earthy colors like taupe, chocolate brown, tan and sand. All have the ability to imbue a living room with charming elegance along with an aura of incredible relaxation.
However, if you want to deviate from neutrals, try and look for different shades of blue. Navy living rooms are trendy as well as serene. You can embellish them with brass accents, stylish accessories, and statement art or two to get the best effect.
2. Bring in some houseplants
Studies show the houseplants can improve your mood, productivity, and concentration by 15%. If you’ve been feeling listless and unenergetic in your living room, you can improve it by bringing in some beautiful houseplants.
If you’re worried that you might not have the ability to take care of them, then start with something easy. The Crassula plant is a good start as it is a low-maintenance succulent. You can also opt for the Swiss Cheese Plant if you’re a sucker for aesthetics. Mexican Petunias and Nerve plants are also good options.
3. Use filtered lighting
Bright filtered lighting is an excellent way to make your living room feel airy, refreshing, and welcoming. You can use a number of custom window treatments to get this effect. For example, sheer curtains can amplify the beauty of diffused sunlight. They are wispy, beautiful, and always emulate a classy look in any space.
However, if you’re going for a more modern look, then you can also opt for honeycomb blinds. They also let in filtered light, turn opaque when the sun hits their surface, and are very sleek-looking to boot.
Pro tip: You can make your sheer curtains or blinds look even more stunning by pairing them with either an elegant curtain rod or a plain pelmet.
4. A clean aesthetic goes a long way
Clean lines and organization are a surefire way to make a space feel as stress-free as possible. When you look at a clutter-free space, your mind automatically feels at ease. There are many ways to accomplish that. For example, a bare wall can be embellished with minimalist shelving with neatly organized trinkets and baubles. A bare tiled or wooden floor can be outfitted with a plain rug.
5. Textile therapy
Certain textiles evoke a sense of inherent calm. You can use them in your living rooms to get a charmingly relaxed effect. A shag rug with a fluffy surface can make your space feel absolutely inviting. Pick one in neutral colors or go for a Beni Ourain style one for the best look. Similarly, braided jute baskets with throw pillows or planters inside them can also make a big difference. Lastly, a comfortable sofa throw can be the cherry on top of the whole look!
6. Go for aromatherapy
Lastly, beautiful scents can make your living areas more than a room – they’ll make it an experience. Going for an aromatherapy lamp can uplift the entire mood of the space. Fresh flowers also improve the mood of a room and potpourri in beautiful decorative bowls can add both functional and aesthetic value to the living room.
We hope you find these tips helpful while decorating your living room into a stress-free yet stylish haven.
Guest author: Zana Dodig loves interiors and everything related, from decorating to organizing and remodeling. Her favourite part of interiors for the last 20 years has been window coverings. She works as a window treatment consultant and writer at PrestigeDecor.ca.
Hi, we would be pleased to help you with online interior design Project.
To start we just need a few clear photos of the room.
Here is what we need from you:
· Clear, labelled photos of each wall of the room being designed.
· If we're doing several rooms in your home it might be best to email them in batches keeping one rooms photograph per batch.
· Take photos before 2pm for the best lighting. Leave the lights off (they distort the colour) and open the curtains.
· Try not to use a flash.
· Take photos in landscape, horizontal mode
· Place a plain white piece of paper near any ‘fixed finish’, i.e. Flooring, tile, countertops, furniture etc. that you will not be changing. This allows us to see the undertones easily, it's the secret of our success!
Stand at the center of each main wall and take one photo pointing the camera straight ahead to the opposite wall.
Email them to use using the medium sized photos and you are all set!
Determine your perfect design package by clicking on any of the items below...
With the Covid-19 lockdown, we've been doing more and more online design. We use a program called Design Files, which we love. It's a wuick and easy way to show our designs and to organize our interior design mood boards.
Here's how we use it with our amazing clients!
We'd love to help you with your Interior Design projects - Online!
Here's just a few to choose from. Click on the highlighted text to learn more.
Determine your perfect design package by clicking on any of the items below...
Any questions? We're happy to help!
Wow what a crazy, uncertain time right now! Now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary.
Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with COVID-19 is awe-inspiring.
We are being told to self isolate and engage in social distancing. That means many of us aren't leaving our homes, unless we truly need to.
We truly believe our home is a place of refuge and hope you can love your space while you turn to family and friends in an era of social distancing.
Perhaps we can think of some fun things to do, that otherwise we might have not had time to do.
Here's a few examples:
Let’s all be there for each other OK? I’ll be posting lots of great ideas of what to do design-wise while staying inside, on my "Jil Sonia Interior Design's Facebook group."
We’d love to have you join us!
Keep safe and remember to have fun!
Need Countertops? Are you building a new home? If so you might be interested in learning about the different countertop options.
There are several countertop options to choose from, here are some of the most common ones that I specify for my interior design clients.
Engineered quartz: this is by far the most common type of countertop that people are installing in their new homes. Natural quartz, one of the hardest and most common minerals on Earth. It is the most durable, beautiful countertop on the market today. It also has anti-microbial properties, making it food safe and because of its dense structure is does not require any sealant (as does granite). They pulverized quartz and mix it with a resin to hold it's shape. Usually the ratio
will consist of 93% stone aggregates by weight and 7% resin.
Important note: there are several budget countertop suppliers that do not have the same quartz/resin ratio as the top three engineered quartz manufacturers. These suppliers may have more resin added and less quartz. I strongly caution my clients to stay away from any of the lesser priced/ budget manufacturers. The quartz is often not food safe and they can stain very easily. I have a client who selected a budget priced engineered quartz on her own and spilled turmeric on the countertop. Unfortunately, it stained the surface and it was very challenging to remove. She did get some of the stain out but you could still see it mildly embedded in the surface of the engineered quartz.
With low cost quartz you may find:
The top three engineered quartz companies I use are Caesarstone, Silestone and Cambria. I find Cambria has more 'Granite looking' countertops, some clients like that but as a designer I find them quite busy looking and I prefer a more classic looking countertop. Personally I love Caesarstone as I find that they have great patterns that are simple but classic looking and they have great colorways without splotches of resin in them (which can make them look like a brownish Gray blob).
Granite: Most of my clients don't use granite anymore, it has a very strong pattern comprised of several colours. When using Granite you absolutely must select the rest of the components for your kitchen or bathroom; based on one of the many colours found in that particular granite. Adding another colour not found in the granite creates a very busy look to the home. Personally, I have not specified this since 2005 as I find it too busy looking.
Granite is only about 40% to 60% quartz, along with other softer minerals and impurities.
Dekton: is a newer countertop material, very beautiful looking and also very expensive. Dekton is offered in slabs of varying thicknesses that can be adapted to your design based on the application and the desired effect. It has a high scratch, stain and heat resistant rating and is available in very large slabs.
Corian: we started using this in the 1980s or so and although it looks beautiful it has a tendency to scratch so I don't recommend it anymore.
Laminate countertops: this is the most cost-friendly countertop. It comes in a variety of colours. They do look a little like a 'picture of a stone' but when you need to be budget-friendly this is absolutely a perfect alternative. We have it in our Laundry room.
Quartzite: Quartzite is a metamorphic rock made almost entirely of the mineral quartz. It is a very hard Stone and is very durable. One caution is that suppliers often sell countertops labelled as quartzite when in reality it is a softer limestone or marble product.
A good way to determine if this is true quartzite or a look-alike is to take a sharp metal object and try to scratch sample of the material. If it scratches it is definitely not quartzite is more likely a soft limestone. Another test would be using lemon juice or vinegar. Apply this to the sample and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. If it does not etch then it is quartzite, if it does etch then again it is mislabeled and it's not true quartzite.
What about Super White?
Super White is one of the stones that is frequently caught in the quartzite vs. marble question. Most commonly, Super White is dolomitic marble. That means it can be scratched with a knife, and it will etch with acids. Some Super White has minor amounts of quartz mixed in with the marble. But the rock is still marble and will act like marble so be warned.
Marble: This is the most beautiful countertop in my opinion. It does need to be sealed yearly and even with sealing has a tendency to absorb stains such as red wine and it if you happen to cut a lemon on the surface or spill a vinaigrette, it will etch. Some clients absolutely love it and they are willing to accept the stains and etching. It can also be repolished but this is certainly an added cost. Most of my clients are quite busy without time for upkeep, so I don't specify a marble countertop very often.
Wood: We occasionally use it for kitchen island countertops, not usually for the perimeter as it's not good with water. But it sure looks beautiful!
I hope this article helps show you the different types of countertops available and the pros and cons for each one.
If you need help designing your own home we have on site and online services where we can specify all finishes for your beautiful new home. We would love to help.
How exciting to receive this email today, stating the I've won the Best of Houzz award consecutively for 8 years now!
“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home remodeling and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the U.S. and around the world.”
If you'd love to get professional, interior design advice, please email us at email@example.com
Have a great day!
I'm thrilled to be featured in Canadian Home Trends magazine for January 2020.
There is a contest with great prizes to be won!
More and more of my interior design clients are wanting Navy couches and sectionals. It's a timeless classic colour, but still feels fresh!
I've added this rug and beautiful gold lighting and accents to make it pop!
Lots of fun pillows just add to the charm!
Wicker baskets hold cozy throw blankets and the wood toned end table and chair create a warm look!
So honoured to be able to compete. The other designer created a beautiful mood board, soft pinks and whites in a beautiful bedroom. See the whole article here :)
Happy Decorating! If you need help completing your living room, I'd love to chat!
When this time of year rolls around, designers anxiously await the Pantone's colour of the year.
Most designers I know focus on classic timeless design and don't rely on the trends, but it's always great to hear what the color experts state as their color of the year.
This year it's a beautiful blue, not too purple/blue or green/blue.
19-4052 Classic Blue
Such a beautiful colour! It works well with white, cream, light grays, taupes, beige and more.
I used a similar colour, but more muted dark blue in this media room.
Gentleman's Gray by Benjamin Moore.
The beautiful dark blue worked so well with the pink beige sectional.
Choosing a paint colour can be challenging, just a slight difference in colour can completely change the look of the room.
We are colour specialists and can help you the nail the perfect colour that works for YOU, the first time! Let us know how we can help.
I'm over the moon thrilled to find out today that I have won one of the 3 Best rated Interior Designers in our area for 2020.
Thank you to all my amazing clients who have supported me, trusted me and work along side of me to make our company what it is today!
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Here is an outline of what a happy consultation looks like with me.
1. We meet and have a 2-hour consultation, either in your home or my design studio, we discuss your likes/dislikes, needs and priorities. We take into consideration all elements: colours, fabrics, floor plans, cabinets, furniture, budget etc.
2. I take notes, then transcribe them later (if you decide to carry on with my services), onto a worklist.
3. I provide you with an estimate of my design fees to carry out the design plan. You can choose to move forward yourself, or you can carry forward with our design services, whichever you choose (you don’t need to make that decision on the consult date).
4. If you move forward with our services, we email you the initial general written plan, which we call the Scope of Work. I update it with any additional items you’d like to include.
5. After I’ve finalized the Scope of Work, I create a mood board for most rooms, so you can see how items look like together.
6. We meet again to present the moodboards and ideas with you, using photos, and samples.
7. If you are ordering certain furniture, tile, etc. I do get trade discounts and share those 50/50 with my clients. These discounts can be substantial.
8. My fees are $395.00 for the first 2-hour consultation; then after that, my rates reduce to $175.00 per hour, and you can use me as much or as little as you like. GST is added to my rates.
If that's something that might work for you, I'd love to help. Together we'll come up with a great plan to create a home that you love.
Feel free to let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions.
Painting your home is exciting, the power of paint never ceases to amaze me!
However, we need to ensure we pick the perfect body and trim colour. Here’s a few tips to get you started!
I was thrilled that Sherwin Williams sponsored me for the paint, thank you SW!
We love their Emerald exterior latex! It went on smooth as silk and had superb coverage.
2. Likewise be aware of your neighbourhood homes to ensure you have not copied their existing color. You may need to check with neighbourhood restrictive covenants or strata agreements to ensure you are able to paint the color of your choice. Some neighbourhood covenants require you to stay within a color field to best represent a cohesive community aesthetic. It shows you are a good neighbour.
3. Paint a few large sample boards or poster boards of a minimum of 11”x14” sizing with your prospective color choices. Once dry, hold these color sample boards up against various features of your home such as in step 1 (noting exterior home elements) to see how they look.
Remember with smaller color samples, getting a true representation of color is more difficult than with larger sample boards. Your exterior contains large painted surfaces/spaces , so it’s important to have larger sample boards to get a truer representation of how a color will work.
A great hint also is to choose a flat/matte sample paint color, to allow you to see the color without sunlight glare or possible exterior lighting de-coloration/accentuation. And with that said, your exterior lighting will also play a significant role in how you color will appear. Your light’s Kelvin measurement (color of light) will change the tone of you color choice too, just as will the direction of various sunlight from North, South, East and West which is what we call metamerism.
Designer Tip: Most exterior paint colors tend to look lighter and brighter outside so it is important to test your paint samples in the actual elements outside. Beware of selecting a trim color that is too white, it might look too bright and harsh.
It's good to have a few choices pre-painted, as lighting, shade, and time of day can present color nuance to your choices. Have 3-4 color choices made up for a field/body and trim color.
The color finish (matte/flat, satin, gloss etc) can reflect light and cause a different color experience. We recommend a flat/matte finish for the body, as it does not provide too much glare or a sheen. Your home’s exterior color personality will showcase better with a matte/color. Remember you want to see color and not a mirrored reflective color tone as with satin or gloss etc.
4. Select your field (body) exterior color first, then secondly a trim color that accents it. Ensure your trim color choice works well with your window metal/polyurethane frame color. If you happen to be changing out your windows, black window frames are the best because they tend to disappear into the background of the glass from a distance. Black window frames can make selecting your paint colours easier. When choosing the trim color, keep in mind the window casing/frame color and choose a complementary shade. No one wants a “bossy” window frame color ruining a good field and trim color choice for your home exterior.
Finally, before you begin purchasing large amounts of paint, it is vital that you paint a test sample area of your home. Picking an area of your house exterior that stands alone as a test color pallet is crucial. At this point take a couple of days to think over your choices. Your color experience will change dependant upon the daytime hours, the amount of sunlight and even your exterior lighting.
And there you have it. We sure hope these tips and tricks can help you find the perfect color for your amazing home!
Jil Sonia McDonald - Interior Designer of Jil Sonia Interior Designs.