If you’re remodeling a space and want to add something to draw the eye, look no further than a patterned ceiling. No, not a popcorn ceiling – thankfully, that trend has been out for a while. Patterned ceilings, created using tiles, wood, or striking wallpapers, are bringing new life to the long-neglected “fifth wall.” And, contrary to popular belief, adding pizzazz to your ceiling can make your space feel bigger and more inviting.
Want to get ahead of the curve by incorporating this trend? Think symmetrical. Anything added to the ceiling should follow the lines of the rest of the room and not detract from patterns or styles on walls or ceilings. Geometric shapes, like squares, triangles and hexagons, make it easier to line up pieces or rolls from different wallpapers, but don’t be afraid to experiment.
Wood definitely adds the wow factor, especially when arranged in a herringbone pattern like in the picture above. However, if you want to make an easier and more cost-effective addition to a room, consider a patterned wallpaper. The rooms pictured below use geometric patterns and nature-inspired motifs to create refined and even charming spaces.
A great way to get an old world or shabby chic feel in a room is by adding patterned tiles. Tin tiles are still incredibly popular, especially in homes with dropped ceilings, but you could incorporate tiles with clean lines and edges for a more modern or refined look.
Patterned ceilings can work in pretty much any palette, as long as the color is harmonious with the rest of your decorating scheme. If you want more tips specifically about incorporating color, check out our other post on ceiling colors.
The front porch is easily the most important aspect of your home’s appearance and the impression it has on the onlooker. At Ourso Designs, being natives of the south, we LOVE our front porches! There are just a few elements that make up a great front porch.
Like every interior space, exterior spaces also need a layer of lighting. General lighting is important; after all, you want to be able to see on the porch. Next, a couple sconces or a center lantern are great for accenting. Finally, task lighting is essential for highlighting important areas of the landscape, like plant arrangements, trees, or lawn fixtures.
The secondary purpose of the front porch (aside from it’s utility purpose to provide shelter) is to be inviting. Seating affirms that inviting impression. Another advantage is it gives you (and any guests) an opportunity to relax in an area of your home that lends a different view.
Also like most interior spaces, exterior spaces benefit from the addition of plants. Potted plants can act much like accessories. Like layering fabrics and patterns, its important to have plants of different shapes, sizes and textures on your porch.This will create a pleasing overall aesthetic.
Finally, color! Many add a pop of color by painting the front door an eye-catching color. Not a fan? That’s okay! There are other ways to incorporate color: in your plants’ pots, the plants themselves, and seating and seating accessories (pillows/cushions), just to start. Another option is to incorporate an outdoor rug. “Color” doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be bright; producing contrast among existing materials is just as effective as having a bright red door.
We wanted to take some time to recognize one of the greatest American architects to ever live, Frank Lloyd Wright. You might have heard of him before, but not everyone knows he was, and continues to be, one of the most important American architects.
Born in Richland, Wisconsin in 1867, and dying in 1959 at the age of 91, Wright’s fame reached its peak in the early 1920s. His Usonian homes, as well as his large public work projects, made Wright a household name.
With influences as eclectic as Beethoven and Japanese art, Wright managed to create cohesive, uniform spaces and buildings that all worked with, instead of against, the nature around them. This philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world provided the tenants for the “organic architecture” movement. Today, any building’s shape or function that mimics nature is categorized as organic.
One of Wright’s most famous residential creations is his Fallingwater house in southwestern Pennsylvania, seen above. The levels of the house juxtapose each other, creating visual interest without disturbing the surrounding nature.
Those same juxtaposed linear levels are often seen in modern design, in everything from buildings’ exterior structure to the furniture within. You are kidding yourself if you think a building with an organic shape does not catch your eye and make you want to go inside.
Wright’s legacy continues to influence modern design. He changed both the ways we live and build.
Last month, we gave your our top trends from 2017. Now that 2018 has arrived, let’s take a look at some trend predictions. We have some comebacks, come-ups and came-outta-nowheres for you. What are your predictions for 2018?
Floral Wall Patterns
These high-contrast designs can turn any room into a work of art. Floral patterns can range from simple to extravagant, but size is definitely on the rise. Expect bigger bouquets in 2018.
If grandiose floral arrangements aren’t your style, you might want to consider concrete as a material when building a space or seeking an accent. This relatively inexpensive material is vital to those seeking a modern or industrial feel. It’s also perfect for countertops.
Let’s face it. We could all use a drink sometimes. The best way to serve up a drink in style? Try a bar cart. These handy stations are great when hosting guests. They also come in pretty much any style you can imagine, so expect to see more of these versatile pieces in 2018.
It’s 2018. We live in a world where your oven, fridge and thermostat can all be controlled from your phone. As more of our appliances go “smart,” they need the looks to match. Enter matte and stainless black. These appliances are stain and smudge-resistant and ideal for the modern home.
It’s time to consider adding a new dimension to your home… literally. Traditional tiling patterns are on their way out, making room for these amazingly erratic designs. Calling all those who don’t like coloring between the lines.
So long are the days when we hung shower caddies from our shower heads or suction cupped them to the walls! The shower niche is now a requirement in shower design. They are an essential part of the efficiency of your shower space so they play a key role in the overall look and appeal of the shower. A key part of a successful design is when functionality meets aesthetic. What’s your niche?
The Consecutive Row
Having more than one niche allows space to also add decorative items and plants.
Having more than one niche is also extremely common. This way you can have one that is more decorative (for placing plants, and candles, and the like) and another that is intended more for useful (but not so pretty) items, like soaps and shampoos. That niche can be placed in a less visible spot so you don’t have to see it from outside of the shower. All-in-all, when it comes to finding your niche, it is a combination of what your space will allow and how you would like to use your space.
As we transition into the colder seasons, some of us are desperately clinging to the last remains of summer. Decorating your interior with woven textures is a great way to add warmth and comfort to your home.
Often associated with a bohemian style, woven furniture and decorations feel laid back and a little rustic. In fact, some of the materials originated in the tropics. Rattan, one of the most popular deco materials today, is made from a climbing plant found in the jungles of Asia. Similar to bamboo, it has been used in furniture making for generations. These days, rattan is being used to create some truly unique and intricate pieces.
You might not expect it, but woven materials also work great for making sturdy tables and chairs. Because of its durability, rattan and wicker pieces are often placed outdoors, but they also work great in the kitchen or living room.
We are now thinking about aging in place much more when building/remodeling. We are asking the question, “Will I be able to live in this space when I am older?”. Or many of us are taking in our elderly parents. Some popular features of a multi-generational home include: first floor master suites, wider doorways and hallways, and easy-to-use features (e.g. single handle faucets).
This is the age of technology. Wireless and home automation controls are always growing in popularity. We are often looking for those with an ease of maintenance. Some common wireless/ ease of maintenance features include: energy management and efficiency (e.g. solar panels and tankless water heaters), sound systems, smart thermostats, motion sensor lights, etc.
Home remodeling and improvement trump new builds these days. And first-time home buyers are way up! Also, the condo market is rising (this may have to do with our movement towards ease of maintenance?). Something we have really seen decrease is the purchase of vacation homes.