DS Tip Of The Week: Accessorize That Cocktail Table!

As you get set to redecorate the living room, you are likely pretty focused on the sofa, and other large statement items. We’re here to remind you–don’t overlook the accessories!

This week’s tip comes from one of our Steinhafels Greenfield designers. Ida Grossman’s been designing for over 20 years, and has worked on hundreds of luxury homes.

Today, she takes that expertise to offer us FIVE simple tips for snazzing up your ottoman trays and cocktail tables:

  1. Rule of 3’s: Three items work well
  2. Vary the height of the items
  3. Consider selecting at least one sculptural accessory
  4. Contrast color & texture
  5. Use repetition of form and color

Example 1:

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In this first photo, the tall sphere provides architectural interest. The round greenery does triple duty by softening the sharp lines of the tall piece, repeating the sphere shape, and adding texture to the composition. The vase repeats the round shape four times, and adds contrast with texture and color.    

Example 2:

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​The sculptural shape of the lady’s profile creates an interesting focal point.​ The​ shiny dark exterior of all three accessories repeat the texture and color of the black pillow and the metal table base. The dark accessories pop against the light gray sofa, and the lady’s profile is a beautiful contrast in texture and color against the white fur pillow. Notice how the vases are staggered, and stair step down to lead your eye toward the lady!

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DS Tip Of The Week: The Power of Contrast

Are you looking to give your home an updated look?  One of the main things to look for is the element of CONTRAST within the space.

This week’s #DecoratingSolutions interior design tip come from one of our Chicagoland designers.  Michelle Micolta works in our Vernon Hills store, but her experience spans across the globe–working on installations in cities like Las Vegas, Dubai, and Sao Paulo!

Michelle gives us an inside look at her process.  She says, “Once I nail down the flooring and wall color in a room, everything else becomes a game of, ‘Is this piece of furniture/accessory contrasting enough against its environment?’”

She goes on to explain, “If everything is one color, the space will start to look monotone, and everything will blend into each other too much.  It will do nothing for the eye.  If you focus on contrast as being the number one priority in your design, your end effect will feel balanced and connected.”

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You can check out Michelle’s gallery of work on her Instagram!

DS Tip Of The Week: Furniture and Windows

It doesn’t feel like it, but winter is just around the corner.  Even though it’s cold outside, it’s still nice to have some natural light in the home, and use our windows to accent our decor.

This week’s window-themed Tip of the Week comes from Decorating Solutions Designer Linda Patti.  Linda has been with Steinhafels for more than 25 years, and has decorated more than 700 homes!

Linda’s tip focuses on the correct way to place furniture in front of a window.  She explains, “When placing furniture in front of a window avoid obstructing the window.  Keep the back of the furniture low, especially if it is a focal point.”

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DS Tip of the Week: Showcasing Tall Fireplaces

I hate to say it, but yes… it’s already time to think about fireplaces if you plan on making any fireplace-focused design changes for the fall/winter season.  After all, it IS Wisconsin… it could snow tomorrow!!  (Yes, I said the “S” word)

For this week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week we look at Tall Stone Fireplaces.  Our Decorating Solutions Interior Designers are constantly using simple techniques to make dramatic changes that will help your space come to life.  This week’s tip comes from Waukesha-based designer Dawn Adamec.

Dawn is using one of her design projects to illustrate her tip.  She explains, “In this home the focal point is the big stone fireplace in the living room, and the insets surrounding it.  I wanted it to be tone on tone (basically monochromatic, with a lot of neutrals).  Everyone always asks what to do with a big stone fireplace that extends all the way to the ceiling.  I love using metal wall sculptures to break up the stone, but make sure you can still see through the metal to the stone.  People spend a lot of money on these majestic fireplaces, so they want to show them off, but they have to put something on the structure to break up the space a bit and make it interesting.”

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DS Tip Of The Week: Accent Wall Tones

When it comes to interior design, sometimes it’s best to do exactly the OPPOSITE of what you think you SHOULD do!

For example–accent walls.  When considering an accent wall, think more of a darker tone of the color selected on an appropriate point in the room you would like to accent.

That brings us to this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week.  It comes from Menomonee Falls Interior Decorator Beth Kealy.

Beth will let these pictures do the talking.  She explains, “In this picture the fireplace wall above the mantel protrudes beyond the window portion of the wall.  I went with a darker shade of the wall color to accent the fireplace and make it pop.”

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Meanwhile, this example talks about what NOT to do.  Beth says, “In this photo the accent color is green in a yellow room.  This cabinet is also the main television viewing location.  It does not make sense to have this corner wall be accented.  It is a wall that is constantly being viewed due to the TV, and would be unbalanced and not a good choice.”

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DS Tip of the Week: Starting Points

Everything needs a starting point–even design.  While this sounds obvious, actually CHOOSING that starting point can be tricky, and the point you pick could affect the overall project more than you think!

For this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week we look at ways to make sure you start off on the right foot.  Julie Thompson is an interior designer based in our Waukesha store.  She stresses the importance of choosing a starting point, and then making all of your follow-up decisions based on that item.

She explains, “A starting point can be as small as dishes in a dining room, a piece of artwork in an office, bed linens in a bedroom, or a rug in a living room.  Select that starting point, like a piece of artwork, and build off of that piece.  This helps you figure out the best way to arrange the rest of your wall hangings, or how to set up the furniture in the entire room.”

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DS Tip of the Week: Gallery Walls–Keep It Simple

You know you wait all week for this moment… it’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week!

Gallery walls are all the rage right now.  A gallery wall is an area that showcases a displayed collection of either objects, photographs, or even both.  Some are very intricate, with many different items, while others are very simple–with one main piece to attract the eye.

Decorating Solutions Interior Designer Laura Hoffman works at our Appleton store.  Here’s her advice:  “Gallery walls have been in for a while.  It always looks so much better when you add that pop of color with a big oversized art piece, instead of many small scale items.  When you use one large piece of art versus several smaller ones, it makes the room look more dramatic, draws your eye over the piece, and it should compliment the space.”

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