I have always been a fan of the velvet sofa. It's cozy, comfortable and a perfect place to relax with a book (or tablet). But lately I have been keen on those slipcovered Belgian linen sofas from Restoration Hardware. They instantly create that "California Cool" feel.
Mixing and matching textures can easily create visual interest in any room, which is why we chose to share with you one of our favorite trends for 2017. If you’re looking to change things up a bit in your home consider pairing soft plush velvets with stonewashed linen for a much more eye-catching look. Velvet is a rich and glamourous fabric with a luxurious feel. Stonewashed linen has great texture and depth with a very casual appearance. Although these fabrics seem like the very opposite of each other, when used together they create a chic and stylish look. Check out below how these two fabrics are a match made in heaven.
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Buying a new light fixture might sound like a simple task but let me be the first to tell you it can be quite a big ordeal. Choosing the right lighting can make or break the design of a room. Not all rooms are used in the same way and neither is lighting. It’s important to understand what kind of light you need and when to spend the money on a great looking fixture. Sure you can buy a chandelier, stick it in the center of the room and call it a day. But you're more design savvy than that, otherwise why would you be reading this. Your end goal is to create a room with ambiance, style, and designer expertise.
Creating a space with layers of light is key to good lighting design. There are four main layers you need to understand to help you decide what type of fixture you need for your space.
1. General Layer
The general layer provides the overall lighting in a room. It creates the kind of light needed to navigate a room when natural light is not available. The most common fixtures used for general lighting are recessed lights. The light level of the general layer is determined depending on the room. For example a laundry room will require a higher level of light than a bedroom will. When designing a space I always put the general lighting on a dimmer. Using a dimmer for general lighting can transform the ambiance from relaxing to task related. Imagine you’re hosting a dinner party and you’re all sitting at the dining table sipping on wine and enjoying dinner. The lighting should be on a lower level to create a more intimate ambiance. Once everyone has gone home it’s time for cleanup. There is no way you want to do this in low level lighting. This is when you would need to put the lights on a higher level so that you can see what you’re doing. You don’t want to miss any crumbs or messes.
General Lighting Fixtures
-Surface Mounted Fixtures (non-decorative)
-Linear Fluorescent Fixtures
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2. Decorative Layer
Decorative lighting is one of the fun types of fixtures to shop for. It is the “jewelry” of the room. Most decorative fixtures do not provide adequate lighting in a room, but that’s totally okay. This is the type of lighting I advise my clients to increase their budgets on and take the time in finding the right piece. Decorative fixtures can make or break a design. Say you just bought that new mid-century modern sofa for the living room but feel it’s still not taking on that cool retro look. Trust me, after placing a mid-century lamp on the side tables you will start to see the room take shape.
Decorative Lighting Fixtures
-Table Lamps (non-task)
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3. Task Layer
The task layer is used for areas where work is performed. These higher level lighting areas include desks/office areas, cooking areas, and reading areas. Placing a floor lamp next to a comfy chair is an ideal place for some quiet reading. Hoods above a stove with a light built in (most come equipped with one) are essential when cooking. Remember that dinner party we talked about. Well adjusting the level of recessed downlights can also provide the right kind of lighting for the task of cleaning.
Task Lighting Fixtures
-Recessed Downlights (when on highest level)
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4. Focal Layer
The primary purpose of focal lighting is to illuminate features and displays. It can also be used to create drama in a hallway or entryway. Most of the time a focal light fixture can be adjusted, such as track lighting or a monopoint fixture. When wanting to draw attention to a bookcase consider using picture lights to create that warm library feel. If you are an art collector you will definitely want to use this type of lighting to bring the attention to the art.
Focal Lighting Fixtures
-Adjustable Recessed Downlights
Every year pantone comes up with the color of the year. You might be thinking OOOKKKAAAYYY…why do I need to know this? Well you need to know this because this color is a big deal. Not just in the interior design world but in the fashion world too. This color is going to pop up in fabrics, accessories, furniture, and wall coverings.
When this color was first announced in December 2016 I have to admit I was not impressed. It was December, it was cold, it was Christmas. It was not the time for a fun spring color. But now that we are well into Spring I feel like now I am able to love it.
So now that we are in the mood for some Greenery take a look at some ways you can decorate with it in your home. If you like it you may want to consider decorating with items that can be easily moved around or switched out when it’s time for a change. If you’re lovin it and ready to dive right in then check out some ways you can really vamp up your apartment.
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Before we continue I am going to admit that I have never lived anywhere other than Los Angeles. And why would I? I love it here! This is my home. We have the ocean, the mountains, the city, and the best weather. Why would I ever need to call another place “home”? My love for LA is quite deep and as much as I know the ins and outs of the city there are always new things to be discovered. New shops, new restaurants, new farmers markets, and even new popular Instagram spots. I swear I passed by the “Made in LA” wall by Cisco Home every week for nearly two years before I realized it was one of LA’s best Instagram spots. Oh yeah and that pink wall too (Paul Smith).
So we know that LA is fairly large. It’s very spread out compared to other dense cities (like our friends over there on the east coast). I think sometimes people forget downtown and Hollywood are about an hour’s drive away, of course depending on traffic. But within this large area there are several neighborhoods and cities that are each unique in their own way. Each filled with their own identity, culture, and history.
Urbanity Design Studio has been inspired by several of LA’s neighborhoods to design and curate rooms for LA living. See how we translate 9 areas into interior design styles. Like what you see? Check out our e-design packages so you can get your LA look.
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