For many of us, making a change in our home space is a big decision. You may wonder, how can I choose colors that I won’t get sick of and accent pieces that will say trendy while keeping my space cozy and practical? With help from an interior designer, sorting through all of those decisions can feel a lot less intimidating.
”Making decisions for my own home is so hard for me,” laughs designer Katie Heinz, who runs The Interior Design Studio and JK Gift Shop with Amy Douglass and Julie McNabb. “I love soft and pretty colors like pink, and then I love bold and contemporary… I can’t make decisions for my own home to save my soul! But I guess that’s just the bane of being an interior designer.”
When you are establishing a relationship with an interior designer, it is important to share your likes and dislikes as far as design goes. Some designers have their own personal flair, but you should always keep in mind that home design boils down to the preferences of the homeowner. Heinz prides herself on her adaptability, as her love of design allows her to help clients find exactly what they’re looking for.
”Pictures are worth a thousand words,” she explains. “Collect pictures from magazines, pin pictures online, and keep track of looks you like. You may find that there is an underlying consistency.”
While you may just see a mishmash of different styles, a designer will help you spot patterns like neutral shades, textured fabrics, and metallic accent pieces throughout your favorite photos. If you’re not certain of your style, the team at The Interior Design Studio knows exactly how to help you discover it.
”A great way to start navigating through your design preferences is by establishing what you don’t like,” she says. “Discovering exactly where your comfort zone lies is sometimes easier said than done, but we’re here to help you figure it out.”
The team at The Interior Design Studio does much more than that. Their expert staff evaluates projects individually, tackling tasks from new home construction and consultations with builders (including exterior selections, plumbing, lighting, cabinetry, and trim) to remodeling (tile, complete restructures, additions, and renovations), custom furniture, and even window treatments (blinds, draperies, valences, and shutters). These design experts also tackle finishing touches, improving upon an existing space by adding a bit of visual interest. And, of course, all kinds of trendy accessories are available in their store, JK Gift Shop, to help you accent your space DIY-style.
Before you begin considering changing your existing space, it is important to consider exactly what changes you would like to make.
This spring, consider:
- Brass finishes are huge this season. Brushed, not polished like the trend that we saw circa 1980. A splash of metallic adds elegance and interest.
- We’re seeing a trend toward a more modern look, almost retro in a 1950s sense. Clean-lined decor and furniture is huge. Think clean and contemporary infused with just a bit of glam.
- Kelly green is really in the season. Intense, rich shades like emerald green are making a comeback. Combine splashes of color with black and white accents to create a very stark, very geometric look.
- Abstract artwork can bring a lot of personality to a room. Eclectic collections are in, replacing the traditional decor of pictographs and landscapes. Art, of course, is subjective, but this year we are seeing a trend toward geometric and eclectic yet still collected artwork.
- As far as upholstery goes, fabrics have gone full circle. Busy, family-friendly fabrics are making a comeback. Crypton, which we call “Superman Fabric” at the studio, is basically indestructible. It’s functional, stain-resistant, easy to clean, and it holds up over time. It actually came from the hospitality market and is just making its way into residences. This is one trend you’ll want to adopt! Crypton fabric makes furniture much more usable, which opens up all kinds of doors.
- As far as home remodeling goes, the trend toward huge showers and glamorous baths continues. We’re starting to see people part with their traditional tubs. Free-standing bathtubs are coming into favor over those big ol’ jacuzzis.
- Consider going for lots of color in vanities and cabinetry. Navy blue is becoming a very common cabinetry color in place of the standard white, and gray remains commonplace although its popularity is waning in favor of tans, khakis, and taupes.
- That whole idea of modernization that is being reflected in furniture and decor is bleeding over into renovation and remodeling. We’re seeing cleaner lines in cabinetry, and that also goes for trim work.
- Lighting is also modernizing. The Sputnik light can be found just about everywhere now, and it’s a fixture that fits well in kitchens, foyers, and even dining rooms.
2018 may hold some big changes for the design world, but the future also looks bright for the team at the Interior Design Studio. “We’re opening up a second store in Wooster on March 23, so we’re very excited for that change. It’s going to have a feel similar to the Medina Square store, but it will feature a slightly different selection of merchandise.”
Interior Designer Katie Heinz owns The Interior Design Studio and JK Gift Shop with Amy Douglass and Julie McNabb at 207 S. Court Street, Medina. For more information, visit InteriorDesignStudioOh.com or ShopJKGifts.com, or call 330.725.7623.