Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The importance of Texture and Layers......

Today I would like to discuss the importance of Texture and layering when decorating.  Furnishings and color are usually decided first when redesigning a room, but do not underestimate the power of texture.
Smooth shiny surfaces, mirrored surfaces, fur, woven textiles, silks, patterns, beads,  shaggy rugs, etc.  all give a different feel to the space through texture. 
Different layers of various textures bring style and interest to the space and add warmth.  This is especially true when using a monochromatic color scheme.  Various shades of a similar color need texture to warm up the space and add depth.  If you feel your space is feeling cold, think of various textured pieces that will invite your guests inside.
For example, this week I am putting together a master bedroom for a couple that just moved in.  So far, we have warm dark rich wood furniture and a soft blue color for the walls.  I choose a silky blue duvet and will be adding layers of texture to the bedding. A cream quilt coverlet for the bottom of the bed and various cushions in wool, silk, and silver sequence with add interest to the smooth blue duvet.  Both large euro pillows and long rectangular pillows add different shapes and texture to the bed.  We will have a smooth shiny mirror above the large dresser and hints of silver in the curtains, chair, and new light fixture to add another texture and color to the space.  The bedside table will have lamps that are clear glass with a textured shade in a woven cream.  Other hints of the cream color will be added through a throw blanket, long cream branches in the corner and some tall grasses in a pearl vase in the ensuite.
Besides texture, remember to add various groupings together in a stepped and layered effect.  For example, on a bedside table, you could have a lamp, then a mid-sized vase, followed by a small frame.  Or a Lamp, mid sized frame, and then small candle.  Adding various heights and layering the items in front of each other are appealing to the eye and add to the overall look in the space.  Try practicing with texture and shapes by moving some pieces you already own around and see if you notice a difference! 

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Know someone who has just moved? Here are some helpful hints!

No Place Like Home
As I am in my fourth home in only seven years, I can understand that overwhelming feeling of wanting to feel settled and at Home in your new place.  Whether it is your first home or fourth, here are some helpful tips when feathering your new nest:
§  Moving is a great time to go through clothes, papers, and unused items.  Now is the time to sell, donate, or throw away.  Having said that, keep in mind items that may simply need repurposing and may come in handy with new uses in mind.  A dresser in a bathroom to hold towels and toiletries or a bench at the foot of a bed instead of at the front door.  Use your imagination and save money!
§  If you are trying to decide on colors, think of items you already own that you love.  Pick a color out of your favourite rug or painting as inspiration.  If you like keeping up with current color trends, try using more neutral tones in the main areas of the house and add color with accent pieces.  Change a few items or paint an accent wall instead of investing in a whole new paint job when inspired by a new color.
§  Allow time to live in the space before buying new items.  If waiting is not an option, taking a picture from all 4 corners of the room to get a feel of the room.  Knowing where to splurge and where to save make a big difference!
§  Look at the architectural lines in the rooms.  This will help you place furniture accordingly.  Is there a bulkhead, an archway, or a focal point like a fireplace?  Allow room for good conversation, traffic flow and placing objects within reach.
§  Form always follows function.  What will you do in the room?  Play, watch tv, cook or read?  Making the room cozy and inviting is important, but it needs to be useable!
§  Know your style.  Look at items you currently own.  Are you more traditional or modern?  Combining styles is okay, however, one style should dictate most of the home.  A mishmash of styles tends to look cluttered and dated.
§  Remember there is no place like home.  Do not underestimate the powerful effect your environment has on you.  Embrace your Space!!

A simple consultation will give you all the details you need to know!   Or hire Julie to help you to place furniture, hang art, and display accessories while you spend time organizing your kitchen cupboards, your closet, or simply getting shopping done and school activities planned with your family.  Monarch Interiors will make your house feel like a home in no time! 

Julie Boudreau             719-5853          www.monarchinteriors.ca

Tuesday, 16 August 2011


This is my first time blogging so we'll see how this works!!  I am hoping by adding a blog page onto the current webpage for www.monarchinteriors.ca I will be able to give some useful tips and tricks to anyone out there interested in redesign, decorating, and real estate staging.  Also, it is a wonderful way to start a Q&A page.