Re-cap of our last Saturday Sit-Down Series Event: “Shabby Chic or Ultra Modern”

Posted on January 31st, by Insignia in Event.

We had a great showing for our Shabby Chic or Ultra Modern  event last weekend.  Thanks to everyone who came! We love meeting our neighbors and hearing your stories. 

For those of you who missed the event, you can download our  Presentation here . And below are some of the great decorating tips that our Designers/Presenters offered up.  Enjoy! If you like what you see, you can RSVP for our next event here.


Sheryl Woodrow, Designer at Insignia Kitchen & Bath Design Group – Prepping for the presentation

Follow the 60-30-10 Rule

Use the 60-30-10 Rule, what exactly does that mean? You want to divide those colors into percentages. 60 percent is the overall theme – the dominant color. The 30 percent provides visual interest and 10 percent provides that little spark of color.

Pull from Pattern

To help you choose a color scheme, look at the colors in the largest pattern in the room first, it may be drapery, upholstery fabric, an oriental rug or a large piece of art work. Then choose colors based upon that piece. This is much easier (and less expensive) than painting the walls a particular color and finding that absolutely nothing else on the planet will match!! Keep in mind that home fashion stores follow the color trends

Flow the Color

Everyone these days are going for the open content – so your kitchen is open to the family room or the living room and dining room flow into one another.

In order to create a flow of colors from one room to another, simply choose a color you’re using in one room and restate it in a different way in an adjoining space. Use the color in larger or smaller degrees as you move about the home.

Live with color before you commit

When shopping for upholstery fabric, furniture finishes, window treatments…you name it, always ask for a sample swatch to take home to see it in the space you are decorating. Then leave it in the room for a couple of days and see what the color looks like in the different kinds of lighting used in the space. Pay careful attention to how the samples look during the times when the room will be used the most.

As a designer; we are constantly putting swatches together to see how colors and textures work together for a room.

Simple Steps to decorated Shelves

  1. Go for balance not symmetry
  2. Create vignettes in odd numbers

You don’t have to line your books up the traditional way. Create vignettes…When grouping in odd numbers it makes it more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered pairings. Odd numbers create harmony and force movement and visual interest.

Go bigger & bolder with accessories

You should be able to see the items from across the room. Small items can get lost or just look cluttered. Small items can be given a large visual presence if you place them on something like stack books, or you place them in a container like a glass jar. Choose to display items that have personal meaning; (ie. Family items, family photos, and items found while traveling).

Vary the height and size

Adding accessories of varying height and size is more visually appealing. It helps your eye move up and down and across. To vary heights you can use risers, such as decorative boxes or books

Color, texture, and grouping

Stick to the color theme and balance several objects of the same color for a bold effect. Adding texture can be anything from shells, coral, rocks, fresh flowers, or baskets. Group “like” things or items that have the same elements or materials together.

Depth & layering

Go for depth. Give items a background such as leaning artwork or framed photos against the back of the shelf with smaller items of varying heights and sizes in front.

Accessorizing your Hutch

Seeded glass, lead & glass to bounce light off of and to showcase heirloom pieces

Mantel Décor

When starting to decorate your mantel, it’s best to clear everything off and begin with a fresh palette. Start with 1 big center piece; whether it’s a mirror or a piece of art work. This will be your main focal point of the mantel and will “ground” the other accessories in front of it.

Movement – Choose items that “move” the eye. From candles which move from the flickering flame or items of varying heights which make the eye move up and down.  

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