Bright and nonconventional colors bring adventure to home decor

(BPT) –

When it comes to trends in interior design, the forecast through 2014 is looking bolder, brighter and more adventurously colorful than has been seen in a while. Up-and-coming palettes are earning descriptions including “youthful,” “vibrant” and “positive,” heralding the rebounding market’s ready return to color.

Color expert and interior designer Barbara Schirmeister equates new, energized color palettes to growing economic confidence, as well as the influence of the youth market.

Written By Brandpoint

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Inside W Hotels’ program for emerging interior designers

“Every summer, W Hotels honors emerging interior designers at the W Hotels Designers of the Future Awards. This is the fourth year the event has taken place as part of the annual Design Miami/ art fair in Basel, Switzerland. Earlier this year, the judges selected Canadian-Dutchman Jon Stam, UK girl Bethan Laura Wood and Korean-born Seung-Yong Song as the 2013 winners.

For the first time at the awards the designers were sent to one of three W Hotels in Verbier, Mexico City, and Bangkok to create design projects tied into local culture. The results of their labors were unveiled at Design Miami/ Basel last week.”


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Ask an expert: Is an interior designer worth the investment?

“In this world of HGTV and do-it-yourself reality shows, many homeowners may have the misperception that hiring an interior designer is not valuable. And while there is a range of interior designers doing business, the benefits of hiring a skilled, recognized and certified ASID interior designer will have big dividends for the homeowner in the long run. Be on the lookout for unskilled, amateur “decorators” who lack training and certification.

Let’s go through some of the most common myths about hiring an interior designer.

Myth #1 – It’s too expensive! Unless you are decorating a college dorm room or a first apartment, you are likely creating a home you will want to occupy and enjoy for years – or even decades – to come. An interior designer can ensure that you make no mistakes when securing furniture, draperies, or wall coverings, and art. Not only can an interior designer ensure the space is well planned, but we have access to the highest quality and best value resources that are only available to trade professionals. These include showrooms in the design and market centers, custom furniture makers, drapery and upholstery workrooms, and various contractors. We will even plan your home to last through the different phases your family will see in the next five, ten or fifteen years and be able to help you envision how each room will convert to accommodate the changes.”

Written By Margaret Chambers

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