Our latest project, a bachelorette pad in One Rincon Hill, inspired us to share our tips for bringing color into your home – from daring, vibrant upholstery to accent pillows and flowers.
Re-think the painted accent wall. A grasscloth accent wall is a great way to add both color and texture to your space. In this master bedroom we chose a paprika shade to spice up a mostly neutral room. Try combining various shades of a warm color with a cooler hue across the color wheel from your main color. In this room we opted for orange with aqua accents.
Feeling adventurous? Consider a vibrant fabric for your next armchair! We snatched up these vintage Milo Baughman chairs from a dealer and had them re-upholstered at our local San Francisco workroom. Bonus: The new latex inserts are non-toxic and eco-friendly.
Commitment issues: Using bold color in large (and more permanent) ways isn’t for everyone. Starting out with accent pillows and flowers is a safe way to venture into the world of color. We like to stick to one type of flower or one color for unfussy, contemporary arrangements.
There is nothing like fresh flowers to enliven a space and add just the right amount of color and texture. With so many options it can be hard to decide what to choose. Take our style quiz to see which type of arrangement is the perfect fit for your home!
Do you have an affinity for the unconventional? Unfussy, unstructured arrangements using branches or dried flowers add interest without looking like you tried too hard.
Would you describe your home as traditional? Classic architectural details and furnishings call for roses, peonies, and hydrangeas. We prefer sticking to one flower and adding simple greenery as an accent.
For the outdoor adventurer living a casual lifestyle, these arrangements include rough and earthy elements such as succulents, rocks, moss or wood. These low to no maintenance plants add instant texture to a setting without competing with existing color palettes.
The widely renown aphorism, “less is more” from architect Mies van der Rohe resonates for minimalists. Flowers with sculptural, almost architectural qualities are showcased in a single glass vase.
The new Madeline Weinrib showroom in the San Francisco Design Center caught my eye yesterday – those patterned Swan chairs are so fun! The showroom was gracious enough to let me snap a few photos before their official opening next month.
Known for her vibrant color and bold patterns, Madeline Weinrib puts a contemporary spin on global motifs. Her New York-based line includes hand-woven textiles, carpets, and home accessories – many of which can be seen in our projects! The new showroom is located on the first floor of the Galleria building in the San Francisco Design Center at 101 Henry Adams Street.
After 39 years of living with toxic sofas, we finally have cause for celebration! The new 2013 update to the California TB 117 flammability law just went into effect last month. Furniture manufacturers are no longer required to add flame retardants to the foam in upholstered furniture. That is AMAZING news – one big step in the right direction towards creating greener, healthier homes!
Eco-friendly sofa designed by Niche Interiors and built locally in San Francisco
Eco-friendly sofa with latex foam and organic wool
How does the new law affect your furniture options? While the new law is a huge step forward, it still doesn’t ban flame retardants from being added to foam, it simply doesn’t require them. We are hopeful that manufacturers will start making the switch soon, but we’ve been told that foam companies are planning to unload all of their current inventory before investing in new technology.
What should I look for when shopping for a non-toxic sofa? First, be sure it has the TB 117-2013 tag. Second, ask the sales associate if the foam has been treated with flame-retardant chemicals. If they don’t know or can’t provide concrete information it’s best to look elsewhere. Companies such as Cisco Home already offer better alternatives that are made with soy foam.
Ready to go 100% green? An essential part of Niche Interiors’ eco-friendly design services are our custom non-toxic sofas made of natural latex foam wrapped in organic wool, which has natural flame resistant qualities. Contact us today for more information.
We’re thrilled to win the Best of Houzz award for both Customer Satisfaction and Design for the third year in a row! As most of you already know, Houzz.com is a fantastic resource for finding and sharing inspiration photos for all your interior design projects.
“The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz.”
A huge thank you to our amazing clients for taking the time to write testimonials and to Houzzers for continuing to find inspiration in our work!
We had a fabulous time celebrating the new Design Within Reach showroom last week at their opening soiree! The new 20,000 square foot showroom is in the heart of the San Francisco Design Center on the corner of Kansas and 15th Streets.
There are over 20 room vignettes, vibrant light installations, and a catwalk display of dining chairs called the Dining Test Lab…Genius! Finally, we have a place to test out all of our favorite modern classics in person!
As regulars at San Francisco antique shops and local flea markets, we know that vintage furniture is a fantastic way to create one of a kind spaces. Naturally, we were thrilled when one of our clients expressed interest in looking for mid-century pieces for their new home on Telegraph Hill.
The first treasure found in our hunt were molded plywood Prouve-style dining chairs in need of a little TLC. Powder coating the bases, touching up the wood, and reupholstering the seats will return these chairs to their former glory.
Next up: Milo Baughman armchairs from the 1970′s! These showstoppers will feel right at home in our client’s family room with kelly green velvet upholstery and new, eco-friendly cushion inserts. Not sure how to incorporate vintage pieces into your home? Read on for inspiration photos and quick tips.
Tip: Mix in the old with the new for a look that doesn’t feel too matchy or stuck in one era.
Tip: Let your vintage finds become the focal point of a room. Don’t be afraid to go bold with color!
Tip: Use sculptural chairs and tables to add interest to rooms with minimal color and pattern.
Have you spent hours searching for the *perfect* duvet cover and shams and came up empty handed? Unfortunately, there is a void in the marketplace for unique bedding with a wide range of color options. Our solution? Go custom! It’s a surefire way to create the exact look you envisioned.
1. Pattern Play & Scale. We love a matelasse but retailers don’t offer many options beyond the usual diamond, circle or basket weave design. Our clients fell in love with an organic puzzle piece patterned fabric, but the 3″x3″ repeat felt too small for a king sized quilt. Solution: With the help of our seamstress and CAD program, we recreated the inspiration fabric with simplified curves and a larger pattern. The end result is impactful, fun and unique!
2. Hue & Tone. Bedding retailers lack color diversity, especially in the warm tone spectrum. When hues like maize, terra cotta, or brick are impossible to find, custom is the way to go. Fabrics from Lee Jofa, Schumacher, Clarke & Clarke, and Romo Group fill this color void and allow us to design warm, cozy bedrooms.
3. A Little Goes a Long Way. The clients in our recent East Bay project already had a soothing bedding collection consisting of pale teal, sand and parchment. At the end of the design process, we agreed that the bed needed a jolt of unexpected color. We searched the design center for the perfect fabric to inject a pop of persimmon to the ensemble. It’s amazing how just two small custom pillows can tie a space together!
2013 has been an amazing year at Niche Interiors – We had the opportunity to work with wonderful clients and fantastic homes all over the Bay Area! We’re grateful to our loyal clients, hardworking vendors, and for our new office just two blocks from the Design Center.
As we looked back at our projects from this year a few common themes popped up! Read on for a few of our favorite design elements from 2013.
Glass pendants: We can’t get enough! From the entryway to dining rooms and kitchen nooks, glass adds subtle interest and sparkle without screaming for attention.
Geometric runners are an easy way to spice up stairs and long hallways.
Grasscloth wallpaper creates cozy, enveloping bedrooms and is a great way to add interest without using bold patterns.
Happy holidays and cheers to another year of great design!