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Good Ideas? Time To Share…

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; Chair Holder Color Marketing Group

This is something I’ve wanted to blog about for some time—great ideas from readers (and other designers) that can add function and beauty to any home. You are invited to leave me a comment on any of the FloorTalk blogs or Designer’s Corner articles (look for the comments section below each article). I’d love to hear from you—and please feel free to share an exceptional design idea of your own with me. I’ll save them for a future blog like this one. For today, here’s some creative food for thought…


We have such a design opportunity that we often miss. Ceiling design! It’s a blank canvas overhead, just waiting for you to become the artist– in whatever medium you choose. Consider using natural wood or beams as the crowning glory to a main room. Pressed tin ceilings are making a huge comeback and add a vintage touch to a room. And just adding a touch of color with paint adds an element of surprise.

Add Texture

Use texture to your best advantage. The Great Room pictured here has a planned mix of smooth and textured surfaces. The fireplace surround is honed (unpolished) granite, which plays up the natural beauty of the stone. The hardwood floor is a high-character vintage oak. Upholstery fabrics are clean, tailored and low-texture. To complement the smooth surfaces, the designer added textured sisal rugs to balance the room. Texture = Interest + Character.

PANTRY_300Create a Gallery

Stairways and hallways offer the perfect place to create an art gallery. With so much blank wall space, you might be tempted to hang artwork too high. Standing eye-level is where photos or art in a hallway should be hung (unless you are doing a full wall collage, then you can bend that rule). The most distracting and common design error I see is “floating” art, hung way above normal sight lines.

Re-Purpose a Pantry

If you are blessed with plentiful cabinet space, you may want to use your pantry for something out-of- the-ordinary. This reader collects antique teacups and china. What a great space to keep everything safe and close at hand! Beautiful pieces are meant to be used. If you have treasures tucked away collecting dust, you might want to re-think that. These pieces add such an element of graciousness to your table.

CUSTOM_MAGAZINE_300Dress Your Windows

Sliding Shoji screens add an authentic Far East flavor to a room. Of course you can use them as a decorative accent or actually have them built and installed as sliding window coverings. They provide privacy, but are not meant for room-darkening light control. Just the same, they are a fresh alternative to shutters or draperies.

Transform “Dead” Space

A minor remodeling project for a kitchen is to add a custom under-counter magazine rack at the end of an island or lower wall cabinet. It’s something we all could use, but never can quite find an out-of-the-way space for it. (I love solution-driven design.)

This kind of blog is absolutely a “to be continued” subject. Consider this an open forum to share your best design ideas. Brilliant ideas really do need to be shared…so get on it!