Bringing the outdoors in is something designers are constantly conscious about achieving within their designs. Ironically enough, homes are literally designed to enclose and separate you from the outside. However, it’s extremely beneficial for you to bring some of those natural outdoor elements back inside your home. From little green plants to natural wooden floors, designers and homeowners are almost always adding natural elements to their spaces to preserve the connection humans instinctively have to the nature around them.
The easiest and most beneficial way to bring the outside in and truly feel as if you’re outdoors is through natural light. Often times people today are so accustomed to easily flipping on a switch and having their entire house light up like Times Square, that we forget the biggest source of light and energy is only one curtain-open away. Not to mention that it’s more sustainable to avoid using artificial light during the day and instead utilize the natural sun, but it’s also better for you. Natural sunlight is known to increase productivity, boost your vitamin D levels, make you feel happier and calmer, and leave you an overall healthier person.
The way to have more natural light in your home? By having more windows, of course! As seen in this Scarsdale residence, the larger and more windows one has, the better. Note the series of three windows above the bed close to the ceiling – those windows aren’t meant to be looked out of while eating breakfast, they’re clearly too high up for that. The sole purpose of these windows is to allow for more natural light to shine over this beautiful master bedroom design. There are windows at almost every angle of this bedroom and is a perfect example of a design that allows for a ton of natural light to be let in while still preserving a minimalistic design. Less is more, but with sunlight, I suppose that more is actually more.
Most of us today are guilty of being so used to floor lamps next to couches and pendants over our kitchen tables that we often forget that the easiest, most natural source of light is right outside our windows. Only a little over a hundred years ago people were living without the invention of light and only used the light of the sun; imagine how happy and healthy they must have been?
A complementary color scheme refers to two colors that are opposite from each other on the color wheel. These pairs are naturally pleasing, and as the name suggests, compliment each other. One may be skeptical about how the complementary pair red and green, for example, could be perfect for your home without looking like it’s Christmas Eve, but there is scientific evidence behind why designers use these bold combinations often.
Orange and blue, yellow and purple, red and green; they may be opposites of each other on the color wheel but they are sure to attract attention within your own home. When designing your home it may be overwhelming to choose a color scheme, and it’s extremely easy to go overboard picking different tints, tones, and shades (oh my). Less is more, and this is why complimentary color schemes are the perfect solution for your design needs.
It is no coincidence that these orange and blue details look perfectly stunning in our design for this Scarsdale residence. It’s easy to believe these pairs are a match made in heaven, but it’s actually just a match made within the back of your eyes. Long story short, photoreceptor cells within your eyes are responsible for color vision and why complementary colors look increasingly dynamic when used together since they naturally increase each others intensity. Ironically enough, you can’t see this process in action so you’ll just have to trust us on this one. These details are important in creating a bold space, and why a small use of orange really pops in this mostly blue space as seen in the image above. The true beauty of these schemes is that although they are dynamic and bold, they will always remain harmonious and whole.
The next time you’re stumped on which colors to use within your space, it’s always a safe yet dynamic choice to go with a complimentary color scheme – sometimes successful design is easier than you think.
Spring is a great time to update your outdoor spaces, which not only increases entertaining and leisure space but also can improve the value of your home.
There are more materials now available for outdoor use, whether you want to have tiles or treated wood flooring, to create an outdoor space perfect for entertaining. Another great addition to your outdoor space can be a fire pit or outdoor fireplace.
According to the 2017 National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Staging report, the desire to see outdoor spaces staged when selling a home was at 63 percent. It was not mentioned in previous years’ surveys. When homes are staged, they are more appealing to buyers and often sell faster.
Enhance any style
Your outdoor space can reflect your style, enhancing contemporary or vintage designs. With many styles and patterns of outdoor furniture to choose from, homeowners can work with interior designers to design the space.
“The best way to provide this to clients is through expanding their living space bringing the outdoors as a part of their activities and living,” said Principal Interior Designer Julie Holzman. “This type of design is cost effective and easy to build. Spring is a great time to think about revamping your outdoor spaces.”
Ms. Holzman said a popular feature to add to an outdoor design is fire pits or outdoor fireplaces. Not only do they provide ambience, they also can provide warmth, so outdoor spaces can be used through more seasons. A crisp fall night is a great time for s’mores around the firepit.
Another option is an outdoor pizza oven as part of an outdoor bar or kitchen area. This can provide a great spot for family gatherings or entertaining. According to Houzz, more people are entertaining larger crowds in a serve-yourself type of atmosphere. The Houzz category of “home bar” is one of the fastest growing and searched type of photos.
Ms. Holzman said expanding living space and bringing nature into the design is cost-effective and easy to build as well as providing a great place to let go of stress from the day.
Having an outdoor retreat at home can provide a place to relax, enjoy nature and take a mini vacation right in your own backyard!
Holzman Interiors provides full-service interior design services. Contact Holzman Interiors for a free interior design consultation or visit our showroom at TileAmerica, 63 Harbor View Ave., Stamford, Connecticut, to see examples of the furniture and discuss design ideas.
Minimalist and modern looks are still on trend in 2018. By focusing on simplicity and clean lines, while bringing in new materials, you can create an interesting look that you can make your own.
“Modern designs focus more on ergonomics and simple looks than authentic and intricate ones,” Principal Interior Designer Julie Holzman said. She explained the designs used today are not direct copies of products from the past but are influenced by them. Furniture designers can mix shapes, colors and materials from products from different eras and create new forms that could only be produced today with modern materials and technology.
Minimalist furniture is often simple and functional, but it also can be artistically interesting to the eye with modern shapes and clean lines. Scandinavian modern style was introduced in the 1950s with affordable furnishings and sleek interiors. Minimalist style has continued to evolve, to add more modern shapes and bold colors.
Ms. Holzman’s own style and use of modern pieces was influenced by a trip to Vietnam, which opened a new door into her aesthetic sensibility. Hanoi is a center for contemporary art and the use of color there helped create a more minimalist approach to design in her work.
Whether you are looking to remodel a kitchen or bathroom, modern design can be incorporated in small touches or as part of an overall minimal design approach.
In this modern kitchen, low-profile stools slide easily under a counter with a gorgeous waterfall countertop. This creates clean, simple lines that are echoed throughout the space, as well as being space saving and practical.
“As unique shapes and materials are still slowly entering the market, not everyone is familiar with them and therefore when they see them, people love to inquire about them,” Ms. Holzman said. “Modern designs focus more on ergonomics and simple looks rather than intricate, embellished ones.”
In this bathroom design, the oversized tub dominates the room, with a small stool with similar curves. The open storage shelf draws the eye, offering style as well as function.
The use of symmetry is popular in minimalist design as well. It offers a sense of balance, which can be calming and comforting. Symmetry can be used in a mirror effect, as seen in this bedroom with the matching lamps and bedside tables, or in similar shapes, such as a round table with a round chandelier shape above it.
Consult with an interior designer to bring modern design elements in your home in a way that is natural and intuitive and speaks to your own personal style.
Contact Holzman Interiors for a free interior design consultation or visit our showroom at TileAmerica, 63 Harbor View Ave., Stamford, Conn., to discuss design ideas. To see more finished project and ideas visit our services page.
Using paint and different materials to create a look that is unique to you is a way to elevate the style of your home.
“The walls are an important part of the foundation of a room, and they are usually what catches your eye first,” Principal Interior Designer Julie Holzman explains. “This is why it’s important to choose the right wall color. It is a key element for design as color is connected to moods and emotions, so it is important to bring designs together.”
Ms. Holzman has more than 20 years of experience in the interior design world. Her design aesthetic has evolved to a more modern, minimalist approach to design.
Color can set the mood
Color psychology deals with the changes in your perception or mood when you view certain colors. The effects of color are subtle but noteworthy, causing reactions that are both physiological and emotional.
For example, one the main theories of color psychology is visual temperature, which groups colors into warm and cool. Warm includes red, orange, yellow, and cool includes green, blue, and purple. Warm colors tend to be more playful, increasing the energy in a room and encouraging conversation, while cool colors are peaceful, promoting relaxation and deep thought. For a living space that conveys both moods, try to strike a healthy balance between warm and cool colors.
In a previous blog, we talked about the new colors chosen by different companies as the Colors of the Year for 2018, such as Pantone’s Ultra Violet. It can be intimidating to decide how to use bold colors in your home, but an interior designer can help you decide how to use color to express your style and personality.
Ms. Holzman explains some people paint before creating an interior design, whereas others choose paint colors after planning the entire interior design to suit the furniture and create a more overall look.
Designs or texture on the walls can also impact the space. With neutral or single-color furniture, the walls can add to and improve the appearance of the entire room.
Natural elements add texture
Using wood or stone, or other natural-looking materials, creates the feeling of being outside, and brings nature in to a space, Ms. Holzman said. She has used wood or stone around fireplaces or to create a focal point in a room design.
Wood and stone also have natural properties to withstand heat and wind, so they are obvious choices for fireplace design.
Concrete and glass can also be used with contemporary design. They are easy to produce and recyclable.
“They are not only affordable materials, but they also add an element to the design, creating a clean, futuristic, polished look to a room,” Ms. Holzman says.
Consult with an interior designer to bring these design elements together in a way showcases your style and personality throughout your home.
Contact Holzman Interiors for a free interior design consultation or visit our showroom at TileAmerica, 63 Harbor View Ave., Stamford, Connecticut, to discuss design ideas. To see more finished project and ideas visit our services page.
The Colors of the Year in 2018 offer a variety for everyone. Whether you like spicing up your color palette with a rich, red color, such as Benjamin Moore’s Caliente, working with a rich blue/green hue such as Oceanside from Sherwin Williams or want more ethereal feel with a space-inspired Ultra Violet from Pantone, there is a range of bold colors to choose from.
Earlier this fall, Benjamin Moore announced its Color of the Year 2018 as Caliente Af-290, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red.
“Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like ‘red carpet treatment’,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads signaling surprise and adventure. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”
The color leader also unveiled Color Trends 2018, a curated palette of 23 highly influential hues that enliven any room by adding depth and energy. The palette incorporates a full spectrum of reds, from hints of blush to deep oxbloods, while ensuring seamless pairings with a carefully selected range of whites, neutrals, and complementary bold hues.
To learn more about the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year and Color Trends 2018 palette, or to find the closest Benjamin Moore retailer, visit www.benjaminmoore.com/colortrends
Holzman Interiors works with their clients and partners to create a design and pick colors that represent their taste and style. Bold colors can be used throughout a room or as an accent color for furniture, pillows or decorative items.
Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year
A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is the Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year. According to the Sherwin Williams, the shade is a complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown. “Oceanside bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.”
The color blue evokes a multitude of moods and associations depending on hue, shade and application. Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting—making blue the most beloved color worldwide.
Oceanside’s multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door, according to Sherwin Williams. Its green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook.
Read more about Oceanside and other popular Sherwin Williams colors at
A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future, according to Pantone.
“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now,” according to the Pantone website. “The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”
“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.
The Pantone Color Institute is a consulting service within Pantone that forecasts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and product development, for the application and integration of color as a strategic asset. Recognized around the world as a leading source of color information through seasonal trend forecasts, custom color development, and palette recommendations for product and corporate identity, Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology and emotion of color in their design strategy.
Cabinetry is not all about doors, face frames and boxes. Cabinetry can encompass all the other parts and pieces that go into a design, such as corbels, shelves and moldings, which can help pull a design together. Here are some creative, functional and beautiful applications of open shelving to hopefully provide some ideas and inspire your next project!
In our Stamford, Connecticut, showroom, clients can see different examples of Dura Supreme cabinetry, including open shelving above the sink. This creates a more open look, and can be a great spot to showcase cookbooks, display a collection of plates or glasses or even have a few fresh herbs handy for cooking.
Holzman Interiors is an authorized Dura Supreme dealer. Contact us for a free design consultation.
In this home office, floating shelves in the corner display photos and personal mementos. Opening up the corner allows for the desk to fit into it, maximizing space.
This illustrates how shelving can also give function to a challenging space, namely corners. Sometimes with corners, designers run up against challenges, such as windows or depth changes. One way to tackle this problem is by using open shelving.
Another great application of open shelving can be to nest them right into the surrounding cabinetry, giving a purposed layered look and keeping oft-used items at the ready!
Dura Supreme offers floating shelves in varying depths, lengths and thicknesses to fit into almost any space. Also, Dura Supreme has loose shelving that can be paired with any of our corbels.
Shelves can be ordered in any type of wood and in dozens of finishes (stain, paint, patina, weathered, etc.) to totally customize the look. So, next time you are looking for some functionality in a challenging space, or looking for a way to bring a little extra character into a room, don’t forget about the hard-working open shelf!