Lasting Summer Trends to Carry Over into Fall

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In Arizona, summer bleeds into September and October as the rest of the country experiences cooler temperatures, we are still lounging by the pool on the weekends. If you miss the change of seasons and want to curate fabulous fall décor we have great ideas to get you started!

Indoor-outdoor spaces call for lavish décor and beautiful bright fabrics for the summer. Bright blues, greens and floral prints are very popular. Tribal prints in muted colors like nectarine, sage and shades of brown offer earthy tones for a neutral color scheme. Switch into fall mode with fabrics that exude a warm, cozy and comfortable look and feel. Change out throw pillows with summer fabrics for soft, touchable, plush fabrics with a hint of shine for a glamorous yet elegant aesthetic. Adding softer throw pillows with softer fabrics add warmth to a space. Pair your existing furniture with rich warm tones like burnt orange, golden-yellow and deep crimson red for true fall fashion.

pillow2Floral prints made a big splash this summer as we’ve seen contemporary updates of a once stigmatized print. Even though floral can appear too feminine or outdated, if used properly you can achieve a modern luxurious look and feel. Keep your floral prints from the summer and pick out any warm accent colors from those prints. Fall colors are rich warm shades that offer a cozy and comfortable feeling. Incorporate candles to add a sense of intimacy and light, as the days grow shorter. Summer was all about crisp, clean and fresh color palettes, and as we slowly move towards fall you will want to curate a cozy and inviting space for your family and guests during the holidays.

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Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Color of the Year and wow did we all dive into a purple frenzy! We’ve seen all shades of purple in different ways, as interior designers incorporate this color wherever possible. Purple is a combination of blue and red giving homeowners both an advantage and disadvantage when designing with such a bold color. Go too light and purple soon feels too childish, but go too dark and it’s too overpowering.

Finding the perfect shade of purple for your home is the trick! If you have already had success with purple then you are in luck because incorporating fall colors is easier than you think. Deep reds compliment purple and also echo the warmth you will want to achieve when curating fall décor. Even going opposite of purple on the color wheel can be fun; by adding a hint of orange with white you will find this makes for a contemporary yet warm color scheme that’s perfect for Fall.

purple barrelBold prints and patterns are still in season and we don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon! Pair a solid color in a warm tone to achieve a fall look in your family room by pairing a red throw pillow against a neutral print. This will add depth to the space and visual interest. Don’t hesitate to go bold and bright with fall colors! All it takes is a little trial and error to get the right hue down. Working with summer trends in the fall is fun and easy as long as you balance your existing décor with additional elements. Visit La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale for more ideas on luxury furniture and interior design ideas to create a beautiful look and feel for the fall.

Will Luxury Smart Home Technology Change The Way We Live?

The luxury home market is on the upswing, as more people are embracing technology in a big way. Younger generations are masters of smart phone technology, but might not get to enjoy the brand new home technology multiple management companies have to offer. Price tags easily run over a million dollars in some of the most desirable cities in the United States.

All your favorite elements of a smart phone are carried over to a luxury smart home. Think about how important your smart phone is to you; now transfer all the convenience and beautiful design to your very own home. This is every homeowner’s dream to literally lift a finger and turn on the heat, lower the shades, check if you closed the garage door or if you need milk while you’re at the supermarket. Homes with high tech ability are becoming the new standard since homeowners are willing to spend a pretty penny for the ultimate convenience. 

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Now for the fun part! All the features you might imagine a smart home to have, it will. The newest apartment complex in Sunny Isles, Florida has an automated parking system that takes the hassle out of finding a parking space after work, and fingerprint technology for ultimate high security. What separates the high tech from high high-tech goes beyond apps that control your garage door or automatically open your bedroom shades at 9am. Developers are inventing household appliances that will change your daily routine without having to press a button or speak to a voice recognition system.

Smart-light-switch-from-WeMoWhat are some of these products? The Smart Toilet manages lighting for middle of the night trips, and automatically lifts and closes the lid—say goodbye to arguments about the toilet seat with your man! Climate control from your smartphone, intelligent mirrors that take photographs, and flash pictures of you in the morning for a 360-degree view of your outfit are changing daily routines for the better. Your security system will inform you of any important changes or when you forgot to arm the house all with the push of a button or a fingerprint scan. Privacy and security are two of the most important factors among homeowners, and technology allows us to control everything in our homes.

The key to making a smart home efficient for homeowners is maintaining a balance. If technology is at the forefront of our living environment, we must keep pick and choose which systems to automate. Homeowners vary in their preference of automated technology. While some prefer to be “off the grid” others are spending a pretty penny for very high tech systems. The question becomes how to make life more enjoyable with technology instead of focusing on overloading a home with too much technology for a profit. As developers continue to innovate, homes will become smarter than we ever imagined.

Why The Perfect Pillows Make For A Comfortable Home

Reinvent any space in your home with throw pillows! There are numerous prints, patterns, fabrics and colors to choose from, which makes choosing the right pillow a fun lighthearted experience. You’ll have ample choices at La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale as we have all the latest fabrics, prints and patterns to accompany your luxury furniture. How do you choose the right pillows for your home? Where is the best place to put decorative pillows? Who will be using them, and how often do you want to clean them? It’s best to have a plan in place with so many options out there!

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Pillows are aesthetically pleasing, and accentuate the existing elements of your home, while pillows also create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. If you plan on using your throw pillows rather than as a decorative addition you will want easy fabric to clean rather than silk or chenille. Accent neutral tones with bright colors and bold patterns or prints. Monochromatic combinations produce a more masculine and modern aesthetic, while neutral toned pillows are perfect for transitional spaces. Infuse your personal style into this purchase, as you have a lot of freedom when choosing pillows for your home. 

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Buying a set of pillows that incorporate the existing elements of your home, while infusing new elements will update the look and feel immediately. Pillows meant for show often have intricate patterns, embellishments such as beading or studs, or a pattern that is simply too pretty to rest your elbow on.

Size and purpose should be a priority! Who will use them the most? Where do you plan on placing them—the family room or a more formal sitting room? If you’re looking for comfortable pillows make sure the fabric is soft but machine wash ready. Chenille, satin, silk and velvet appear luxurious and often reflect when sunlight shines on the fabric. There are numerous shapes and sizes as well! Throw pillows come in a variety of shapes, but the most common being 16 to 18 inches square. Add visual interest with rectangular, circular or cylinder pillows, known as bolsters for extra pizzazz.

pillows redThink about scale! Bigger sofas call for larger pillows, while small daintier sofas with a more delicate construction call for tinier pillows. Bolster pillows are a perfect addition for leather sofas or those without upholstered arms. If the sofa has harsh edges opt for circular pillows to soften its appearance. It works the same for slouchy larger sofas—opt for square or rectangular pillows too add structure to the sofa. Be daring! Do not be afraid to experiment with your pillow purchases! This is one area of interior design that allows for complete individuality! Inject your personal taste in this purchase and you will be much happier with your choices.

pillow3Fabric is so important and the most fun to shop for! There are numerous choices, but the most common and easiest to maintain are cotton, linen and polyester while satin, silk and velvet are more luxurious. All of which offer a different aesthetic to a space. Cotton is the easiest to clean, but it wrinkles and shrinks if dried in high heat. Linen is more expensive but appears fresh and crisp for a modern yet elegant look. Polyester is more durable, but often appears artificial, but this will be your cheapest most commonly found fabric option. Satin and silk are luxurious and offer a metallic sheen when light reflects off it—totally in this season! Velvet and chenille is all the rage right now as Old Hollywood Regency design is making a comeback.

Take a look at your home and decide if you want to update the existing elements or reinvent your home’s décor. Thankfully, pillows are lightweight and easily interchangeable, which makes your shopping trip one to look forward to! Switch out patterns and prints as the seasons change, and completely update the look and feel of any space in your home. Visit our showroom in Scottsdale and take a look at numerous fabrics, prints and patterns that are sure to change any room in your home from drab to fabulous! Have fun with it!

Why a Dreamy Bedroom Promotes Better Sleep

Your bedroom should be a place to relax and unwind. Soft and comfortable fabrics, light neutral tones, plush furniture and luxurious bedding are just a few of the necessary components needed to create an inviting and serene bedroom. Choose your overall design concept to decide on all the details, but don’t forget the luxury furniture. A bedroom should reflect the homeowner’s style; romantic getaway for two, clean and modern to match the style of the home or rugged and moody for a masculine aesthetic. Whatever the design aesthetic may be the furnishings, fabric and color scheme will answer to your chosen theme.

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The most important choice you will make when designing a dreamy bedroom is where the focal point will reside. Most homeowners choose the headboard as the main focus of the room as every other element works with the headboard. There are many different types of headboards to choose from, but to achieve a luxurious and dreamy bedroom look upholstered headboards soften the space immediately. In comparison to a wooden or iron headboard, tufted fabric headboards immediately create a sense of luxury. Headboards also add height to the space reinforcing a lavish look and feel.photo 2 (2)

Fabric choice is important when choosing the right headboard. Begin with your choice of color. Light neutral tones promote relaxation while keeping with a modern design aesthetic. A darker colored headboard will immediately draw your eyes towards it, while lighter colors blend with the rest of the room. The fabric you choose is often the most fun yet most difficult part of choosing the right headboard for your space.

Stay within your chosen aesthetic and run with it. Soft, romantic, feminine colors call for simple timeless fabrics. Classic fabric often works best in a bedroom geared towards a clean and modern design while luxurious fabrics such as velvet or suede lend towards a more ornate and over the top look and feel. A bedroom with a leather headboard is perfect for a man’s bedroom that wants to keep a classic look with a touch of elegance.

Outfitting the area around the headboard is just as important as the headboard itself. Decide what type of activities you will be doing in your bedroom. If you are the type of person who likes to work or read in bed lighting is important. Choose the right lighting for your purposes. A reading lamp that attaches to your headboard, or built in recessed lighting above the headboard will do wonders for you at night. Pendant lighting offers a clean and modern aesthetic where as table lamps come in all shapes, colors and sizes giving you ample options to choose from. La Maison Interiors has ample options to outfit your dreamy bedroom design! From classic tufted headboards to opulent canopy four post frames for a traditional look and feel you will find what you’re looking for at La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale.

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Bring Out The Glamour Girl In You

When we imagine our dream home, colors, fabric and luxury furniture come to mind. We see beautiful spaces with comfortable seating and plush surroundings. Tailoring your ideas into a workable design trend can be difficult, but we suggest beginning with your color scheme as a starting point. If you are at a loss, we have ideas to create a glamorous and dramatic space, echoing Old Hollywood aesthetics. Think shiny metallic fabric, and ornate luxury furniture with unique character for those noticeable small details.

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Creating a dramatic and glamorous look starts with your walls, and ends with your accessories. La Maison Interiors will get you started on great ideas! You want to inject glitz and glamour with the right amount of drama leaving tacky and overly ornate pieces to the wayside.. This can be a challenge, as metallic fabric and finish can appear tasteful or outdated. Balance old Hollywood glamour with modern elements to keep your space updated while infusing drama wherever possible. Begin with color. Dark moody walls paired with bright accent colors do the trick. Implement color to add visual interest to avoid too many light neutral tones. Light pinks mixed with warm gold tones will bring a hint of glamour and femininity to your space.

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A monochromatic color palette brings drama forth as its paired with, metallic furniture accents. Don’t shy away from over the top and opulent! Mix daring furniture choices with light pink, lilac or rose colored fabric to infuse glamour into any room in your home. Accessories are every girl’s favorite part of an outfit! Why not tailor your bedroom or loft with girly accessories too? Think shiny, reflective mirrors with a metallic finish! One of our favorite items is a sunburst mirror as it offers the right amount of glitz with a hint of femininity. Make mirrors the focal point of your space by creating a balance between over the top and tasteful. That is your challenge!

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Pepper contemporary elements throughout the space, but avoid patterns. Animal print and fur creates an ultra-luxurious and opulent mood, but we suggest infusing this element in small doses. When it comes to luxury furniture, the key to Hollywood glamour is mixing modern clean lines with plush fabrics like velvet and silk. Accompany opulent furniture with impressive rugs that are showy and impressive.

 

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Create a space that makes guests look from piece to piece with awe and wonder as to how you thought to pair those two items together. Don’t be afraid to show off to achieve glamour and glitz in your home. Pay attention to scale when choosing furniture, as you want to keep it small-scale.

Avoid oversized sofas and chairs because infusing femininity wherever possible will bring this style to life. Dainty curves in furniture frames with a metallic finish offer this look and feel. Old Hollywood influence is fun and easy to implement with the right luxury furniture and fabrics you will be on your way to a timeless dream home.

 

 

 

Why Transitional Design Will Make You Happier at Home

transitional4Your home is a sanctuary, a place away from the hustle of busy streets and too many people. Why not design your home with a sense of beauty and grandeur in mind? That is what transitional design can do for your home. Think modern elements with a touch of traditional luxury. Plush fabrics like chenille, velvet and ultra suede are just a few perfect fabric options for a transitional space. Comfortable furniture with warm wood accents and sophisticated clean lines fit for both you and your man make for a simple yet impressive transitional space.

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The beauty of transitional style is its versatility. Nearly all aspects transitional design can be altered to fit your personal tastes. Always choose a warm wood accent for furniture and flooring, as this will create a homey look and feel. Mix modern and traditional elements; think furniture with classic wood frames and rounded profiles for a luxurious mood. Lighting, artwork and accessories should be sophisticated and simple with a touch of minimalism. Transitional spaces often lack bright engaging colors,where this style lacks in color leaves you the chance to be creative with your choice of color, accessories and lighting.

transitional5 copyIf you love transitional design, but you have a hard time leaving bold colors and jewel tones at the wayside, we have creative ways to fuse color with transitional style trends. Think about the big picture when choosing a paint color. One accent wall can change a space immediately.Make an impression with saturated colors and jewel toned wall color. 

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Fabric is one of the easiest ways to add a dash of color. Whatever you do, think simple, classic luxury. Soft fabrics that emulate ultimate relaxation and comfort are a perfect choice. Add a pop of color using a graphic pattern or print, but make sure to choose an enlarged print, as you will want to steer clear of anything dainty or too feminine

We all love jewel tones, as they bring a feeling of royalty and luxury to a space due to the level of saturation. Steer clear of pure white as you want light neutral shades to be easy on the eyes. A good rule of thumb is to choose color based on a percentage basis; 60% of the color in a space will dominate the room while 30% is a recessive color and 10% represents the accent color of your choice. Be daring and choose a jewel tone color for one wall, preferably the smallest wall to avoid overpowering the other design elements in the space. Pairing a bold colored wall with simple light colored fabric will off set the accent wall, but you will still achieve a minimalist approach.

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Achieve transitional style  in your home with new furniture, updated fabric or a pop of color. Balance masculine and feminine sensibilities in terms of scale and size. Chairs and sofas should fit both you and your husband comfortably. Oversized chairs work wonderfully in a bedroom while armchairs in luxurious fabric are perfect for a family room. Furniture that appears too narrow, dainty or fragile often feels too feminine. Avoid metal frames, white wood and anything that appears overly modern. Avoid ornate finishes, metallics and over embellished pieces; instead opt for contemporary furniture with clean lines and warm wood accents,

Keep it simple, timeless and classic for the perfect transitional space.Visit La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale for transitional style inspiration, luxury furniture items and gorgeous fabrics to make your home a little happier this summer.

Pick The Right Fabric For Just the Right Amount of Pizzaz!

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Don’t shy away from bold and colorful fabric this year to achieve that WOW factor. Chairs are taking center stage these days. Even if your decor is transitional with cool, muted tones, consider adding that WOW factor to your room, whether it be your Great Room, Living Room, Office, or Bedroom. Upholster a chair in an exciting fabric and add visual interest to any space in your home! Think solid, brightly colored fabrics, geometrics, bright paisleys and florals with pizazz. Large floral prints, updated paisley patterns and bright colors are all the rage this summer. Why not have some fun with them?  We’re seeing a big step away from neutral or muted tones and a twist on traditional patterns and shapes.  Pick a fabric that keeps with your current aesthetic!

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We all love a little glamour in our life, but to keep a balance between gaudy and tasteful pair metallic fabric with natural materials like cotton and linen. A touch of shimmer and sheen gives every home a hint of elegance. The key to implementing metallic fabric in your home is with a light hand. The rule, less is more applies in a big way. Always choose a light metallic that catches sunlight easily. This will make the fabric shine and add dimension to a space.

Blue fabric works in almost every room of the home, but we’re seeing modern twists on traditional shades of blue. Navy and Indigo are popping up everywhere! Blue is one of the most soothing colors, but it also remains a traditional color choice. Choose a shade of blue that’s vibrant, has a large print or an accent color to accentuate a space. Too much blue can edge on nautical or even too masculine so mix blue with complimentary colors for a versatile look and feel.

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Prints are a fabulous solution if you have an aversion to solid colors. Choose a large print that draws attention and is easy on the eyes. A larger print always appears modern and updated while smaller prints appear outdated. Look for prints that are oversized or zoomed in to give off a partitioned look and feel.

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Don’t be fooled between a pattern and a print, as they are two different types of fabrics that create different moods. Patterns repeat and often add continuity to a room, where as prints are more versatile as they often include a wide range of color choices. We’re seeing unexpected color combinations and unusual prints that add visual interest when mixed with the right elements.

 

Enlarged renditions of paisley and other recognizable patterns appear contemporary versus outdated making them a perfect addition to a traditional home that has touch of modern sensibilities.

Fabric often defines our mood while we sit in the family room or bedroom, which makes it one of the most important design choices you make. Don’t shy away from color, and implement a touch of metallic wherever possible. The sheen from natural light will make it stand out immediately. Visit La Maison Interiors for more luxury furniture fabric choices fit for 2014!

Select Just The Right Chair For Your Home

chair1 chair2While there are a myriad of styles to choose from, it’s often difficult to decide what type of luxury furniture chair fits a space. Your interior designer will offer expertise while selecting a new chair for your home, and La Maison Interiors is here to offer you the rules of thumb when choosing the right chair for any space in your home.

The scale of the chair must complement the size of the room. If the room is large with high ceilings, you’ll want chairs of significant stature. Chairs should always compliment the space as you want to accentuate existing architectural elements. While you don’t want your chairs to dwarf the other furnishings in the room, neither do you want your chairs “lost” among larger furnishings.

Comfort is an obvious rule of thumb. Style and design are important, and comfort is equally important if you plan on spending a lot of time in this chair. Think about who will be seated in the chairs, and make a purchase with that in mind. Will you be hosting dinner parties? If the chairs are predominantly for guests, comfort becomes less of an issue. Will the chairs serve an informal or formal purpose? How much time will you be sitting in the chair? If you will be watching television for hours in the chairs, then by all means–comfort is very important! If these chairs are for you and your husband consider his height when choosing the right chair for your space.

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Style is important, as you want to compliment the existing aesthetic of your home. If your home is modern stick with clean and sleek lines. Opt for armless chairs if you’re going with a contemporary design, and vice versa if your style is more ornate and traditional. Mix and match chairs if your home leans towards an eclectic aesthetic or add a pop of color if the rest of the room is a neutral base.

Next week, we’ll be talking about fabric and color choice! We’ll be talking about our favorite of the summer! A perfect opportunity to reupholster the luxury furniture in your home. We’ll show you how to incorporate fresh and vibrant colors into your home!

Do I Need a Designer to Choose a Sofa?

Purchasing the right sofa can be a long and drawn out process if you don’t have any idea where to begin. Hiring an interior designer often speeds up the process, allowing you to make the right decision using fact-based knowledge about interior design, especially your home’s design elements. Employing a professional can save you time and a headache you don’t want.

The first rule of thumb: a sofa should stand the test of time. Make your purchase legendary, even unforgettable. So unforgettable in fact, that you cannot see yourself living without the piece. How do you decide what makes a sofa purchase a smart purchase? Check the country it was manufactured in, and decide based on your own set of moral import laws whether or not you deem it quality, or not. Quality is the most important facet of purchasing a sofa, as you will be enjoying a sofa day in day out with your friends and family. How comfortable is the sofa? Do you have kids who rough house in the family room despite your rules against it? There are a variety of questions your designer may to ask to make sure he or she makes the right decision for you.

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Shop for a sofa that will be the focal point of a space. If you have a better understanding of your preferred fabric choice, material and size you will have an easier time telling your designer ahead of time instead of scouring furniture stores for the right choice. We have multiple options when it comes to interior design, but at La Maison we suggest searching for the right luxury furniture based on the existing elements in your home, unless you’re doing a complete remodel—then create your aesthetic before purchasing furniture. A sofa should never contrast with an existing aesthetic, as it will be the focal point of a space.

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Placement is often the most important aspect of implementing a new sofa to a space. Don’t be afraid to inquire with an interior designer to help you accentuate the existing elements of your home with the right sofa placement. Place artwork above your sofa if it rests against a wall or accessorize it with two end tables for visual interest and convenience for guests. Consult an interior designer if you’re interested in more unique placement among the other pieces in your family room. Create enough room to circle each piece of furniture and make sure the space does not feel too cramped. This is important to keep a good flow throughout a space, and into the next one if your home is an open floor plan.

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Don’t let your instincts drive your design choice towards the “safe” choice!  Go bold, vibrant or even outside of your comfort zone. Often, a new sofa can change the look and feel of any room in your home without trying. Your interior designer will guide you in which sofa would be too much of a change from the existing elements of your home so you won’t go too bold. Trust your interior designer to divert you from your comfort zone if you feel an itch for something new. The slightest alteration can change the way any space feels. A simple fabric change, new texture or additional accent color will do wonders if you’re in the market to update your space. Allow a designer to present the reasons why a style different from what you might ordinarily choose could be the pizazz you’ve needed!

The most important reason to hire a designer may be mediation between spouses. Often times, it may be hard to find common ground between two spouses with opposite design aesthetics, but a good designer will find a perfect medium. Allow a designer to offer ideas that lend to both of your tastes to allow for a new perspective. We get stuck in our design choices, but seeing a fresh idea can infuse a new sense of cooperation between two people.

 

 

 

 

Mid Century Modern Design

When you embark on a renovation, it’s important to decide on an overall design concept to create flow throughout your home. This is especially important when you redesign a space to fit your needs. Currently, a popular renovation style is mid-century modern. Mid-century modern design is most recognized through simple, clean lines echoing from organic forms in nature. Functionality is important to emphasize, as Scandinavian influences induced a breath of fresh air in the post-war era architecture of both residential homes and urban areas.

Always keep it simple. Expose architectural elements within the home to add visual interest that is completely original. Keep in mind organic lines and simple architectural form. Avoid embellishments and ornate finishes to create a sense of flow alongside nature’s influence. Let natural light in as much as possible, but include visually interesting fixtures to keep with a modern touch.MCM9

Lighting is the most important characteristic of mid century modern design. Large pane windows let in ample natural light for a sense of openness and connectivity with nature. Stay in touch with natural elements when choosing the materials of furniture, flooring, ceiling beams and countertops. Think you’ve found your choice in wood flooring—forget the fancy finish and install the wood in its natural state. Bring in materials from the exterior of the house indoors, or keep the original architecture such as exposed brick or crown moldings to accentuate the original construction.

Partitions throughout a mid century home are also important to create a sense of privacy as you move from one space to another. Choose opaque glass partitions instead of building a solid wood partition to stay consistent with a mood of transparency, while still creating private spaces throughout the home. If you’re faced with a large room, splitting the room into two parts will further influence the feeling of mid century modern design.

Keeping open spaces between the indoors and the outdoors was very important to one couple in north-central Phoenix, who purchased a home built in 1954 by Phoenix architect Ralph Haver. They chose to replace the windows to bring in more natural light, and changed the location of the front door to create a better flow from the entrance to the exit of their home. They chose geometric stone slabs separated by river rock for a modern stepping-stone walkway. The couple included small details to accentuate their love of mid century modern design using bolts instead of nails and painting the front door a mustard-yellow color to create a strong contrast to a dark pewter color for the exterior of the home. In keeping with simple lines found in nature and creating angles throughout the home, their dream of a beautiful mid century modern home came to life.

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Mid-Century Modern furnishings combine beauty and function. Representative of clean lines, vibrant colors and unique material constructed with sweeping dramatic curves. Color choice in mid century modern furniture looks forward to a contemporary palette rather than light, airy pastel colors. Do your best to reflect the existing architecture of your home.  Think sleek, clean lines and organic fabrics. Choose furnishings with unusual materials such as plastics, lucite, exposed wood or stone. Geometric patterns and unique lighting fixtures will evoke the era.  Eames and Herman Miller furnishings are great inspiration.