2) Styles and personality
Ask yourself what style you want your home to convey. Do you like a mountain lodge look? A beach style? Or modern with an industrial flare (think reclaimed wood and brick walls). Or, do you prefer more eclectic, colorful and fun? In the above home, the homeowner wanted colorful local art, and unique accessories. The abstract art, large round mirror and fun accent pieces help achieve the look they desired. We brought options to view in the home, which made the homeowner’s selection process easy. Often interior designers have access to wonderful options, due to “to the trade” showrooms.
3) Size and Scale
Notice in the “after” photo the black stained buffet. This is a nice look next to the rustic wood beams. It’s smaller than the buffet that was there before, which we moved into a much larger space (the great room with taller ceilings).
Rustic wood beams can make a home feel so warm and welcoming! You aren’t limited to using them as columns or as a fireplace mantle, they can be used anywhere your imagination takes you. For more ideas:
- Perhaps as a shelf in a mini bar (see photo below)
- In a wasted corner of a kitchen (see photo below)
Do you have ideas you’d like to share? Click the word comment below. Or, for questions, be sure to email us instead.
Rustic or reclaimed wood in brown tones will give a completely different effect than wood with a light white wash over it. A whitewash stain instills more of a beach or coastal mood. When you add another texture such as iron, steel or brick to the mix, reclaimed wood is even more appealing!