Posts Tagged ‘Finishes’

Design Enhanced by Color, Art & Accessories

Design Enhanced by Color, Art & Accessories

A high-rise Condominium can be a blank slate of crisp white walls and beautiful new hardwood floors. The space is personalized by a thoughtful furniture plan that reflects how the homeowner intends to use the rooms. After the plan and furniture selection, color, art & accessories give the room personal style. INSTUDIO Design Directors thoughtfully […]


The art of trompe l’oeil in interior design

The art of trompe l'oeil in interior design

An imaginary window or view, a perspective that makes a room seem larger, additional people birds or animals in a room, realistic architectural elements painted on a wall, a realistic painted deck of playing cards that appear to be sitting on the table are all examples of trompe l’oeil. French for ‘deceive the eye’ the […]


Compositions in a Room

Compositions in a Room

Residential interior design and decoration is built upon four basic layers of elements within an overall composition that personalizes living space. The first layer is the Interior architectural space or room. The second is the defining details of the architectural space. The third includes floors walls and ceiling or the “shell”. The furniture plan and […]


Wood you Recycle Floors?

Wood you Recycle Floors?

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors have developed a design library of interior finish materials that is always in a state of evolution. When researching recycled flooring materials INSTUDIO requested information from Pioneer Millworks a company that has a specialty in reclaimed & sustainable wood flooring. When Portland, Oregon based sales representative Ross Burtness was in San […]


Chinoiserie for Classic or Contemporary Design Styles

Chinoiserie for Classic or Contemporary Design Styles

For centuries Western cultures have been influenced by the exotic appeal of Chinese art and design. The French term Chinoiserie implies a “Chinese-esque” design direction in porcelain, furnishings, décor and architecture. The new colonies of America adopted the Chinese style as their own in textiles and wallpapers. Designer and manufacturer Brunschwig & Fils produces contemporary […]


Orange You; Intrigued?

Orange You; Intrigued?

INSTUDIO Design Directors have been noticing orange in the homes of designers, as an accent color for interior design, in street graphics, as accessories, on both vintage and new upholstered pieces, as textiles and even as a fruit! There is always a good reason to add this lively color that knows no season to interior […]


COLOR! COLOR! COLOR!

COLOR! COLOR! COLOR!

Color is all around us.  Nature provides an envelope of color when we are outside.  All colors are found in nature.  Color is also the envelope of our interior spaces where we live and work.  The Design Directors of INSTUDIO are constantly aware of the envelope of color in the development of an interior design […]


Develop a Natural Color Palette from Granite

Develop a Natural Color Palette from Granite

The natural beauty, color & durability makes granite a popular choice for counter tops in kitchens & baths. The wide range of colors seen in natural stone can be the foundation for developing a color palette for a room. When selecting stone colors for an existing kitchen or bath take home samples to coordinate your […]


Stone Damask for Traditional Kitchens & Baths

Stone Damask for Traditional Kitchens & Baths

Nothing says traditional interior design more than Damask. The figured floral patterns were developed for silk fabrics in Damascus, Syria since the twelfth century. The beauty of the stylized floral typically found on textiles for upholstery or curtains is no longer limited to fabrics. Traditional kitchens and baths can be enhanced by stone damask patterns. […]


Restyle with Painted Stripes

Restyle with Painted Stripes

A 1960’s Palm Springs condominium guest bath had seen several updates over five decades time. The only original feature intact was the pale coral/pink tile with thin purple/brown accent stripes. Over the years a gold tone shower enclosure, gold towel bar back plates, pink & white floor tile, white & gold flecked laminate and textured […]


The Inside & Outside of Upholstered Furniture

The Inside & Outside of Upholstered Furniture

When we find someone attractive the underlying element of good bone structure comes into play.  The things inside the body are pretty much all the same no matter the height, proportion, color or finish. If we like ourselves in general we are comfortable in our own skin. When we find an upholstered chair, sofa or […]


Rossi Antiques: A world of Refined Luxury

Rossi Antiques:  A world of Refined Luxury

Interior design sometimes involves creating custom furniture, using pieces that are based on the design of antiques, restoring time worn furnishings to former glory or finding a rare antique to complete a room.  The Design Directors of INSTUDIO get transported to an elegant past when visiting the San Francisco showroom & workrooms of Rossi Antiques. […]


Colors Inspired by Palm Springs, California

Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder were asked to select a new paint color palette for the exterior of a mid-century condominium complex in Palm Springs, California. A new creamy white was selected to retain the cool mid-century vibe for all of the buildings. The surrounding purple/mauve tones of the mountains, beige […]


Dramatic Wood Grain on Oak Furniture

Dramatic Wood Grain on Oak Furniture

Dramatic light colored wood grain contrasted by a dark stain is known as a “Ceruse” finish. The finish was developed by French cabinetmakers when clean lined modernist furniture came into vogue during the 1940’s. The contrast of light and dark enhances oak to a striking effect because of its strong wood grain. The finish can […]


Developing Room Color Palettes from Rugs & Carpets

Developing Room Color Palettes from Rugs & Carpets

When designing traditional rooms INSTUDIO interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder often start with a rug to develop a rich color palette.  Furniture finishes, paint colors, metal finishes, stone colors and textiles for drapery or upholstery can all be influenced by special color combinations found in rugs or Axminster style carpets. From […]


Damask goes Modern in Black & White

Damask goes Modern in Black & White

Traditional damask is figured floral linen, silk or woolen material. The name was taken from Damascus, Syria where silk damask was made since the twelfth century. Patterns on damask are created as a self colored weave popular for upholstery, curtains and wall hangings from the Middle Ages. Damask patterns are an essential part of Italian, […]


Imagine Exotic Zebra Stripes in Stone

Imagine Exotic Zebra Stripes in Stone

Today technology offers the production of almost anything that you can imagine. While sourcing stone tile for a client’s bathroom remodel INSTUDIO interior design directors Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder visited the Waterworks showroom at the San Francisco Design Center. Although the designers were looking for traditional patterns in they were intrigued by the […]


We Stand for 2″ Venetian Blinds

We Stand for 2" Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds were widely adopted in homes and office buildings to regulate light in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although there are great innovations in light controlling window coverings, Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder of INSTUDIO like classic 2” Venetian blinds for their dual styling that is both vintage and contemporary. Classic […]


Balance with Colors, Shapes & Textures

Balance with Colors, Shapes & Textures

The relevance of interior design is first experienced through the furniture plan. The thoughtful placement of furniture reflects activities and how a room is used. Other layers of design include proportion, rhythm, style and balance. When we are comfortable being entertained as a guest there is an ease and pleasure that is felt throughout a […]


Black & White Wallpaper

Black & White Wallpaper

Wallpaper falls in and out of interior design trends. Black and white design schemes have also fallen in and out of design trends. Both can offer timeless interior design solutions. Wallpapers have the ability define a room like no other wall treatment. From simple natural colors and textures to outrageous unexpected color and pattern wallpaper […]