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Your Home & You: The Psychology of Interior Design

Good interior design relies on the same principles that saved your ancestors from saber tooth tigers. It caters to your primal instincts.

Taste, curation, and art may appeal to your higher brain, but when I begin to design a kitchen or bathroom I focus first on your amygdala.

What is the amygdala? It’s your “lizard brain”, the part responsible for triggering emotional responses.

When I design a room, I’m trying to create a specific emotional response. Having the kitchen of your dreams or a bathroom you could take bubble baths in for hours depends on my ability to provoke the right response in your brain.

Here are some of the factors I consider when laying out a room to stimulate or appease your amygdala. Consider this a crash course in the psychology of interior design. Read More…

Interior Design Trends 2014 – See What 5 Trends Make the List

It’s February. Almost March, actually. How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?

Many of us have decided to improve our bodies, our relationships, and our finances. But what about the spaces where we spend so much of our time?

Does looking around your home makes you feel relaxed, energized, centered and positive? If not, it’s time for a change.

Sometimes all it takes is hopping on the bandwagon. Finding an interior design trend you like and using it in your home can help rekindle your love for your home.

Not sure what’s trendy this year? That’s where I can help. Here are 5 interior design trends 2014:


Indigo, navy and turquoise are coming on strong. There is a lot of variety to choose from depending on the look you want.

Brighter blues are fresh, fun and youthful. Darker shades are replacing charcoal and chocolate to add elegance.

blue interior

(Source: Mosaik Design & Remodeling)

blue kitchen

(Source: Colours of Design)

kitchen with dark blue cabinets

(Source: Pinterest)

Not ready to commit to a blue room? Throw pillows, vases, and other accents in your chosen color are a way to test a bold new shade.

Drama and Glamour

The lavish elements of 1920’s decor have seeped into modern design practices. The result is a dazzling modern take on classic glamour.

blue hearth

(Image Source: Mark D. Sikes)

black and gold study

(Image Source: My Luscious Life)

dramatic black and gold sitting room

(Image Source: Vivre Aria Tumblr)

glamorous purple bathroom

(Image Source: Pinterest)

This trend can seem overwhelming. It encompasses a broad range of looks, and room layouts tend to be intricate and maximalist. I’ve found that you can simplify by implementing two of the primary components of this look.

Metallics – A little shimmer of metal goes a long way towards making a room glamorous.

Crystal chandeliers, wall sconces, and cabinet hardware are good places to add a little shimmer. Pearlescent or metallic paint can also provide dazzling results.

Dark Walls – Metallics command attention on their own, but dark walls help them “pop”. This works especially well in dining rooms and powder baths.

Lighter Wood Tones

The popularity of greys and greiges* show no sign of stopping. Colors and textures that pair well with these neutrals are in demand.

When paired with these popular colors, darker rosewood or walnut woods make a room look dreary. Lighter wood tones keep the room looking warm and open while highlighting the cooler greige accents.

As a result, walnut and honey toned woods are sought-after materials. This year, they’ve become a trend in their own right.

* Grey + Beige = Greige. It’s essentially designer speak for taupe.

honey tone wood and black cabinets

(Image Source: Craft1945)

contemporary kitchen

(Image Source: Mosaik Design & Remodeling)

light wood kitchen

(Image Source: The Design Files)

Charging Stations

In the age of mobile, creating space for our devices just makes sense. Every kitchen I design now is mobile friendly.

I either allocate countertop space for devices and provide multiple outlets in a condensed area, or create a drawer for devices with an outlet in the back.

drawer charger

(Image Source: Redbook)

cabinet with plug inside

(Image Source: Dumpaday.com)

Quartz Countertops

mid-century modern kitchen with quartz countertop

(Image Source: Mosaik Design & Remodeling)

white quartz countertop

(Image Source: Decor Pad)

industrial bathroom with quartz countertop

(Image Source: Mosaik Design & Remodeling)

fancy kitchen

(Image Source: Pinterest)

There’s a lot to like about quartz countertops. The material is maintenance free, sustainable, and consistent.

I attribute quartz’s popularity to how well it pairs with popular glass mosaic and natural stone back splashes. While the quartz material is similarly smooth and glassy, it is a solid color for the most part. This keeps kitchens with both from looking too busy.

What trends have you observed are gaining popularity in 2014? Leave a comment.

We’ve Won the Best of Houzz 2014 Award in Design and Satisfation

We are truly honored to be voted Best of Houzz again this year.  Houzz is an indispensable tool that allows us to communicate design ideas and collaborate with our clients using beautiful photos.

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The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013.

We received a Best Of Houzz 2014 badge on our profile, showing the Houzz community our commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Mosaik Design and Remodeling among our Best Of professionals for both customer satisfaction and design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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9 Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

Many of us have one of those awkwardly small rooms somewhere in our homes. It’s that little space that we’re not quite sure how to use.

Typically one of two fates befalls these pint-sized places. They either become a glorified closet – a storage space for a random assortment of miscellaneous furniture and other clutter – or they’re left empty and under utilized.

As a designer, I’m always looking for ways to maximize available spaces, big and small. Here are 10 ways I’ve discovered can help dramatically improve how spaciousness a small room feels. Implement one or two of these tips and you’ll think you added extra floorspace. Here’s how to make a small room look bigger.

1. Go with pale walls.

Now is not the time for dark dramatic colors or intricately patterned wallpaper. Stick with light colors to make your space look bigger.

small bedroom with white walls

(Source: http://lamaisondannag.blogspot.com/2010/10/2-pieces-goteborg.html)

Small living room painted white

(Source: http://penelopehome.blogspot.com/2011/12/la-casa-de-agus.html)

2. Maximize natural light.

If there’s a window in the room, avoid blocking it. Let as much light in as possible. If you do add curtains, be sure they’re a light color, thin, and easily tucked away when the sun comes out.

Living room with natural light

(Source: http://inspire-interiors.tumblr.com/post/61486110859/myidealhome-small-cozy-room-via-desire-to)

Bedroom with natural light

(Source: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/99712579223703114/)

3. Channel you inner minimalist.

Your smaller rooms can’t absorb the extra clutter that larger ones can. Get rid of any clutter that’s making the room look messy. Simply tidying up a small room can make it look substantially larger.

Small minimalist bathroom

(Source: http://www.saffroniabaldwin.com/2013/08/20-lovely-laundry-room-upgrade-ideas-and-practical-hints/)

small minimalist bedroom

(Source: http://nestprettythings.tumblr.com/post/27707145551)

4. Put up some mirrors.

A great design trick is to use mirrors to reflect spaces where the room opens up, like a doorway, alcove or window. Reflecting these spaces gives the illusion of extending the small space, making it look bigger.

small mud room with large mirror

(Source: http://www.poppytalk.com/2011/11/inspiration-entryways.html)

small room with floor to ceiling mirror

(Source: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/144889312982387597/)

5. Choose furniture wisely.

As part of channeling your inner minimalist, you’ll want to make sure that every piece of furniture has earned its way into the space. Think about the particular function of the piece of furniture, and how it contributes to the room. If it’s not going to be used, get rid of it.

small bathroom with contrasting fixtures

(Source: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/73605775133658631/)

Small patio space

(Source: http://notmybeautifulhome.tumblr.com/post/73298156254)

6. Allow for breathing room.

In larger spaces like studio apartments, you can get away with shoving furniture together. In smaller rooms, however, you’ll want to leave some space around different elements in the room. If you’re having trouble doing this, revisit my last point.

open room

(Source: http://stylizimoblog.com/a-small-cosy-apartment/)

Open kitchen

(Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/decor8/)

7. Pack it up.

If you use the room to entertain guests, you may want to purchase some easily stowable stools or chairs rather than try to fit additional pieces of furniture to the room. That way, when your company has left, opening the small space back up is as easy as sticking some folding chairs in the closet or under the sofa.

table folds out of the wall

(Source: http://cdn.homedit.com/10-folding-furniture-designs-great-space-savers-and-always-good-to-have-around/)

Lucite folding trays

(Source: http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/tables/serving-tables/set-4-charles-hollis-jones-chrome-lucite-folding-tray-serving-tables/id-f_810988/)

8. Use your vertical space.

If you can’t sacrifice floor space for storage, use mounted shelves to organize your items. This allows you to keep the rest of the room clear of clutter.

small space with corner shelves

(Source: http://bferry.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/home-invasion-new-editorial-for-brooklyn-mag/)

9. Let it be.

If your small space is still frustrating you, it may be best to accept and embrace the size limitations of your little room. Line it with plush rugs, wall hangings, and pillows. Use soft, dramatic lighting. Make your space a cozy sanctuary in your open, airy house – a place to listen to music, meditate, and reflect.

small cozy bedroom

(Source: http://alkemie.blogspot.com/2010/06/english-immersion-colorful-twist-in.html)

cozy living space

(Source: http://foxontherun.tumblr.com/post/33476299986?crlt.pid=camp.si6QA3RIuMOW)

What tips do you have for making a small space look bigger?

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