Interior Design

Video: Choosing Colors for an Interior Design Project

Posted on April 02, 2018 by James Florence

DANVILLE — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning for an interior design project, one of the most important steps is choosing an appropriate color scheme. Today we’re in Danville with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jayne Bunce of Jayne Bunce Interiors to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jayne Bunce: Today I’d like to talk about my favorite subject, which is color. Typically, colors that are warm – those would be colors that are in the red/yellow/orange family – tend to be inviting and draw us in. They also make us feel much more uplifted, energetic, and happy.

Colors that are on the cool side of the family, like blues and greens, Read more

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How to Choose Colors for an Interior Design Project

Posted on March 21, 2018 by James Florence

DANVILLE — One of the most crucial aspects of designing a home interior is choosing colors. Why? Because different colors convey different emotional effects. For example, warm colors like red, yellow and orange tend to be inviting and make people feel uplifted, energetic, and happy. On the other hand, cooler colors like blue and green tend to bring people’s mood down and make them feel calm and relaxed. This is actually demonstrable in science: If you put plants under blue light, it slows their growth; likewise, cool-colored environments have been found to slow people’s blood pressures and heart rates.

Not surprisingly, the energy conveyed by color can influence a room’s ambience more than a piece of artwork or décor. Read more

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Video: Mixing and Matching Home Decor

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: When redecorating your home, don’t be afraid to mix and match different colors, patterns, and textures. To learn more, we’re in Pleasanton with Pete Colucci of Window-ology, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Alan Robinette.

Pete Colucci: My clients ask me all the time, they say, “Pete, can I mix colors, textures, and patterns?” Yes, you can. For instance, I’ve got all of these colors hanging out here. And I just wanted to let you know that you can use orange with blue. You may look at this going, “Oh, my gosh. This is going to be the sofa?” No. These are actually pillows on the sofa so that don’t be afraid to kind of mix and match them. Read more

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Video: Getting Ideas for Redecorating

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

LAFAYETTE — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re unsure where to start with redecorating your home, you’ll want to know some simple tips for getting the ball rolling. Today we’re in Lafayette with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Larry Blodgett of Blodgett’s Abbey Carpet & Flooring to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Larry Blodgett: Good morning. Many times, when people are considering redecorating a room or their home, they’ve got no idea how to start. One of the best things you can do is visit our showroom, and if you can, bring in paint swatches of the colors you have in the house or the room along with fabric swatches or any other kind of color cues that might help us help you find the right color and texture for your home. Read more

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Getting Started with Redecorating

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

LAFAYETTE — Redecorating your home can be a daunting enterprise, especially if you have no idea where to start. One of the best things you can do to get the ball rolling is visit a flooring showroom. This will give you a chance to survey the various product options and get guidance from experienced flooring specialists.

When you visit a flooring showroom, it’s a good idea to bring samples of the colors and textures in your home, such as paint and fabric swatches. These kinds of “color cues” can serve as a basis from which to create a fresh design scheme.

However, if you want to start from scratch and choose all-new colors and fabrics, Read more

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Quality Perception in Interior Design

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ALAMO — When planning to redesign a room in your home, one of the first things you’ll need to do is determine your budget. Unfortunately, this is anything but cut-and-dried, as a design budget can vary significantly depending on a number of factors. One such factor (probably the most nebulous of all) is quality.

The trouble is there are different perceptions of what constitutes quality. We see this in the automotive world: for some, a Honda is a high-quality vehicle, while others prefer Mercedes-Benz or BMW, and still others set their standard at Rolls-Royce or Ferrari. A similar divergence of tastes comes into play in the world of interior design, where products and features come in varying degrees of expense. Read more

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Video: Gauging the Cost of an Interior Redesign

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ALAMO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to redesign your home’s interior, it’s important to get an accurate idea of the costs involved. Today we’re in Alamo with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ron Smith of J. Hettinger Interiors to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ron Smith: Okay. Probably the most frequently asked question is – sitting down with the client in an interview, they’ll ask how much is it going to cost to redo this room. And my typical response would be I could throw out a number or a range where I think it may fall. But typically I ask them, or explain that, what is quality to one person isn’t necessarily quality to another one. Read more

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