Hot (and Not) Design Trends for 2017!

Happy (almost) Spring!  Now is the perfect time to share our top decorating trends for the year, along with the fads that we are so ready to say goodbye to!

Say ‘Hello’ to these trends for 2017!

Handmade Ceramics // This is currently an obsession that’s taken over our entire office! With so many talented local ceramicists it’s hard not to start a collection. Two of our go-to makers are Erin McGuiness and Gerhard Ceramics.

Muted Palettes & Pastels // Keep an eye out for watercolor-inspired, tonal palettes with muted accents in blush, taupes, and powdery blues. Mix these hues with white and soft neutrals.

Greenery // We’re loving all things green indoors – think beyond succulents to ferns, cactus, leafy branches and indoor trees. Plants add instant life to a space with the added bonus of improving indoor air quality!

Say ‘Goodbye’ to these passing trends!

Brass Bonanza. It’s time for spaces with ALL brass to fade away. Instead, try mixing it sparingly with other metal finishes such as bronze, copper, black or natural steel.

Formulaic Bohemian. Your Instagram and Pinterest feeds are likely full of these bright spaces with textural wall hangings, baskets galore, Moroccan rugs and eclectic textiles. While we love a bohemian nod, this trend has gone too far!

Edison Bulbs. Been there, done that! Opt for clear round globes instead of old school Edisons for a more contemporary look.

Did we miss something? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Our Top 5 Go-To Paint Colors

Selecting paint colors for your home is a tricky endeavor – you may see a shade you love online but realize it looks far different in your own space. We’ve tried hundreds of hues in our projects and can wholeheartedly recommend these five fabulous neutrals!

san-francisco-interior-designers

Moody Gray //  Benjamin Moore Storm AF-700
Ready for some contrast? A moody gray is a great way to create drama in dining rooms and living rooms, especially paired with crisp white trim.

interior-design-office-san-francisco

Warm White  //  Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 
Searching for a white that isn’t too stark or yellow? You found it! This soft white is perfect for open concept spaces and modern homes where you want the architecture or art to take center stage.

Classic Navy  //  Farrow & Ball Hague Blue
A deep, intense blue that’s perfect for media rooms and offices or as an accent on front doors or used on cabinetry in bathrooms or kitchens.

interior design firm bay area

Neutral Taupe  //  Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cloud 1550
The warm, earthy tones in Cumulus Cloud make it a good choice for cozy and enveloping spaces.

Wispy Gray  //  Benjamin Moore Moonshine OC-56
Finding the perfect dove gray is no easy feat! Moonshine is a true silvery gray that doesn’t skew blue. We love it in almost any room, but it’s especially calming in bedrooms.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

3 Easy Spring Spruce-ups

Spring has officially arrived! Satisfy your urge to redecorate by switching up your accessories – small changes can go a long way! Bring in pops of bright, happy colors such as coral and aqua with new accent pillows for your sofa or bed. Be sure to temper the color with plenty of white to keep the feeling light and fresh.

Spring-pillows

Above: Accent pillows by Caitlin Wilson

Give your bedside table, entry console, or coffee table new life with colorful vases and geometric brass accents. The Headlands concrete tray by Alice Tacheny is perfect for corralling rings, bracelets, and delicate necklaces.

Spring-accessories

Above: Alice Tacheny concrete tray, Judy Jackson vases from West Elm, Hex candle holders from Jayson Home

Add a print or two to your gallery wall, swapping out moodier artwork for pieces with lighter color palettes.

"Going for a Swim" by Whitney Deal. Available through Minted.com

Above: “Going for a Swim” by Whitney Deal

Ready for professional help? Contact us to find out more about our range of San Francisco interior design services.

2016 Decorating Trends: Go Bold or Go Home!

Will redecorating be one of your New Year’s resolutions this year? Read on for our predictions on hot home trends in 2016. (Hint: They are anything but timid!)

Vibrant, saturated colors are popping up everywhere. From upholstery to walls and ceilings, bold tones such as emerald green, cobalt blue, and fuchsia will reign.

green-armchair

Rosy metals, such as copper and rose gold, are quickly edging out brass as the finish du jour. You can find pendant lights, plumbing fixtures, hardware and accessories in this pretty metallic.

It looks like the jungle trend is just getting started! From the runway to the home, botanical and tropical patterns are showing up in both traditional and unexpected color combos.

Osborne & Little Tropicana Wallpaper, Martinique 90210 Wallpaper

Are you ready to transform your home in the New Year? We’re here to help! Contact us today to learn more about our range of interior design and remodeling services in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Curated Holiday Tablescapes

With the holidays right around the corner, we have entertaining on the brain. Our designers scoured the internet for the most stylish tabletop accessories for your next dinner party, with winning combinations curated for every style and mood. Now, all you have to worry about is the food. Bon appétit!

Moody

Chic + Moody  //  Black  plates + Smoky glassware + brass accents

DWR Almoco flatware, Anthropologie Hearken Glassware, Kelly Wearstler Brushstroke Dinner Napkin, William Sonoma Alpico Reglisse Dinner Plate, Kelly Wearstler Diva Dish

Clean-crisp

Clean + Crisp  //  Modern stemware + White plates + Concrete planters

Calvin Klein Hampshire Stemware, West Elm Organic Dinnerware, Bliss Home Brushstroke Napkin, Concrete Geometric Mini Vessels

 

warm-natural

Warm + Natural  //  Stoneware plates +  Wood candlesticks + Linen napkins

Anthropologie Morandi Pitcher, DWR Torso Candleholders, Horne Tank Low Ball Glass, Pottery Barn Wheaton Stripe Napkin, Brickett Davda Plates from March

Ready to revamp your home? Contact us to learn more about our San Francisco interior design services!

How to Hire an Interior Designer

Thinking of hiring an interior designer but not sure where to start? You are not alone. Many of our Bay Area clients have never worked with an interior designer before and wonder what to expect. Read on for tips on streamlining your search for the right designer.

Palo-Alto-Interior-Design

Scope of work? Start by mapping out the work you want done in your home. Which rooms do you want to tackle? What types of services are you are interested in: Space planning, remodeling, furniture selection and purchasing? Determine a rough budget and timeline for your project. Many design firms schedule projects months in advance, so it’s best to start looking before you actually want to start work. Once you have a clear grasp of the scope of your project, start searching for a design firm whose strengths and services are a good match.

Start with style. There are many differences between design firms, ranging from the design process, billing structure, and philosophy. The easiest way to narrow in on your top contenders is to look at a variety of designers projects and see which portfolio speaks to you.

san-francisco-luxury-interior-design

Key Questions. Most designers will start with an initial phone call or in-home consultation before starting a project. The following are a few key questions to ask during this initial meeting:

1. Is the firm full-service or do they work as consultants? Full-service firms manage a project from start to finish, while consultants work on a smaller scale and will provide quick advice or guidance as needed. Be sure to ask whether they have a minimum project size or budget that they typically work with.

2. Who will you be working with? How many employees does the firm have  — Will you be working solely with the principal designer or with other designers in the firm? If the firm is larger, find out if you will have one designer as a main point of contact.

3. What are the billing practices? Most designers bill by the hour, with varying rates for each designer based on level of experience. Inquire about hourly rates and if an estimate will be provided based on past projects. It’s best for everyone to be on the same page before starting work.

Last but certainly not least – Pay close attention to the rapport you have with the designer. It’s important to make sure the designer “gets you” and that you can relate to them both professionally and personally. The design process should be rewarding and fun!

Niche Interiors is a full-service San Francisco interior design firm, specializing in contemporary, eco-friendly interiors. Contact us to find out if our services are the right fit for your project!

Organizing Your Home with Changing Places

We are excited to share a guest post from Katie Carr, Executive Vice President at Changing Places, an award winning home organizing and move coordination firm based in Marin. Her team of professional home organizers specialize in orchestrating complex relocations throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

Katie Carr

Start by studying how you and your family move about your house. Recognize how you utilize each room, and how often you’re there – this will help prioritize your organizing.

presidio-heights-interior-design

1. RESIST THE PILE HABIT

Most of us walk into our house with purses, groceries, keys, and more. An intuitive “drop zone” off your main entryway creates a home for essential items. It may include a key rack, an inbox for kids’ artwork or bills, or an attractive container for everyday items.

modern-interior-design-sf

2. ORGANIZE AN INSPIRING HOME OFFICE
Even if your home office shares space with a bedroom, create a dedicated work area that inspires you.

• Love where you work – even if you don’t have a window, hang a pretty picture above your desk and personalize a small corner of your desk with framed photos, a living plant or kids’ artwork.
• Buy a beautiful basket to tame your inbox piles on your desk’s surface, and use vertical file boxes for everyday papers.
• Invest in an attractive, comfortable and ergonomic chair.

3. CLOSETS THAT MAKE SENSE
What good is that custom closet when your most needed items are inaccessible (or in a pile)? Make sure essentials are within arm’s reach and contained well.

• Use garment boxes and sweater bins, which can also house handbags.
• Slim, velvet hangers work well to maximize space – you can squeeze in 20-25% more than traditional wooden hangers.
• See through acrylic shoe boxes stack well – and protect your Choos!

How to Think Like an Interior Designer

We recently wrapped up projects in Palo Alto, Forest Hill and Pacific Heights. Despite their different styles they all highlight the benefits of using a thoughtful, cohesive, and organized approach to design. Read on for insights into our design process and how you can apply the same ideas to your own home.

palo alto interior design

Creating Harmony. Do your research to discover which style elements, colors, and textures you are drawn to. We create customized image books for our clients, but you can also use websites such as Houzz or Pinterest to create your own ideabooks. Write down a design concept and color scheme for your space and select all the rugs, paint colors, and fabrics together to create a cohesive plan. In this Palo Alto bedroom we added interest with a silvery grasscloth and textural fabrics for clients who prefer a muted palette rather than bold colors and patterns.

pacific heights interior design

Scale & Proportion. A floor plan is the foundation for a successful design project. Start with creating the furniture layout, considering traffic flow and conversation areas. In this formal living room in Pacific Heights we placed two armchairs opposite the sofa to create an intimate conversation area within a larger space.

palo alto interior design

Adding function. Often times we will start on a project before our clients live in the space. In this case, it’s important to anticipate their needs and to find ways to add function. We added an entry table to this awkward space at the foot of the staircase to provide a place to toss keys and mail. Bonus: It’s pretty!

Kid-friendly Storage Solutions

With school out for summer you might be struggling to find a way to keep your children’s toys from taking over every inch of the house. We’ve rounded up a few chic ways to keep your home clutter-free while keeping toys and games easily accessible for playtime!

custom_furniture_sanfrancisco

Disguise What’s Inside. An easy way to completely remove toys from view is to use furniture that doubles as storage units such as ottomans, benches, or coffee tables. Niche Interiors designed the above ottoman with a removable top for stashing kids stuff out of sight before adult gatherings.

Mix It Up. Use low storage units that can house bins or be used as open shelving. Being able to see a few books and supplies will add visual interest to the room while providing easy access for your kids.

family_friendly_interiordesign

Stylish Bins. Treat woven baskets, patterned bins, or wooden crates as design elements in your space – look for options that are both attractive and functional. Land of Nod, Serena & Lily, and The Container Store are all great places to start your search!

Bring on the Color!

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.

modern interior design san francisco

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.

vintage furniture san francisco

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.

interior decorator san francisco

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.