Interior Design in South Florida with HK Interiors

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More Commonly Asked Questions

In our last blog, we talked about trends, challenges, and mistakes in interior design in South Florida homes. Today, we will cover how the South Florida lifestyle and climate influence interior design.

Living on the water, whether you are by the ocean in Delray Beach, or on a manmade canal in Coral Springs lends itself to magnificent views. Many residents in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton enjoy looking out onto nature, with towering trees and splendid shrubs. In places like Plantation Acres, Davie, and Parkland, you do not have to look far to see a horse meandering down the street. It is no wonder that so many homes feature floor to ceiling windows. No matter where you call home in South Florida, your interior design should reflect your likes, needs, and surroundings.

Reflecting the South Florida Lifestyle with Interior Design

How does lifestyle influence interior design in South Florida?

Lifestyle plays a significant role when it comes to influencing interior design, no matter where you live. Here in South Florida, our abundance of sunshine and water can impact your furnishings. This is especially true if you live close to the ocean where saltwater can cause permanent damage.

For example, if you place furniture close to a window that gets a significant amount of sunshine, you could notice fading and damage to your furnishings. Window treatments and products that help control the light are something to consider. Changes in the positioning of the furniture may also help. An interior designer can help you rearrange and redesign your room to make the most out of your South Florida lifestyle. Bedrooms that get the early morning sun can benefit from blackout shades or drapery.

LED lighting is not only efficient, but it does not give off heat. That is an added benefit here in South Florida where summers are often hot enough without any unnecessary help. Fans are another plus for rooms that get a southwest exposure to help keep the air and AC moving.

Climate and Interior Design in South Florida

All of this brings us to our next question: how does climate influence interior design in South Florida?

Two words – window treatments! Seriously, window treatments do much more than beautify your home. They help control light and block the heat that can send your power bill soaring higher than the thermometer during our long, hot summers.

Also, year-round outdoor entertaining is commonplace throughout South Florida. Investing in higher end patio furniture that will last up to the hot, humid summers and rainstorms is important. You also want to consider the weight of the furniture, as storms can often necessitate bringing everything indoors.

Make sure to check out our last blog in this series that focuses on interior design common requests, downsizing, and advice for packrats and collectors.

Contact HK Interiors to discover how our interior design services can help you transform your home or office into the vision you desire. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your interior design needs.

 

South Florida Interior Design with HK Interiors

Category: Interior Design

Commonly Asked Questions

Residents and business owners looking for South Florida interior design need look no further than HK Interiors. From Miami to Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale to Boynton Beach and everywhere in between, HK Interiors is your first choice for home and office interior design.

Today, we are talking about South Florida interior design trends, challenges, and mistakes people often make.

Current Trends in South Florida Interior Design

What are the current interior design trends in South Florida?

That is not only a commonly asked question but one I hear all the time. Interior design is not about following trends; it is about ferreting out what the client wants, what already exists in the residence or office, and how to mesh it all together. Unless, of course, they want to start from scratch.

Interior design is like fashion; it changes with the seasons – although we do not have that much of a season change in South Florida. Design trends can be overdone, saturating the market until it becomes mundane. It is not about the trend – it is about what the clients want to achieve and what the home needs.

One example of this is how the gray palette was starting five years ago. Before long, gray was everywhere. However, what happens when a client has Mexican tile but still wants to incorporate gray into their South Florida interior design? It is my job to marry the two so that the home looks cohesive and the colors compliment each other.

Challenges Facing Interior Designers in South Florida

What are the biggest challenges you find when dealing with clients in South Florida?

All too often, people think of interior design as Pinterest, a trip to Target, or Wayfair. It is none of those things. The biggest challenge is often educating people about the design requirements of their home. There are specific challenges for many homes in South Florida. Interior design often has to take into consideration two-story ceilings, 12-foot wide sliding doors, or open floor plans. Homes like these require thoughtful planning, along with proper scale and proportions of the product. We often have to consider custom window treatments, large furniture, or multiple items to fill an expansive space.

Of course, there is a difference between large and bulk. You do not want to go online and order a 7-foot sofa or 24-inch coffee table from Wayfair and think that it will look right in a room that is 18ft x 15ft. Preconceived notions frequently go out the window when reality sets in. By using the services of a professional interior designer, residents in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach can have a home that reflects their style and meets their needs.

Common South Florida Interior Design Mistakes

What are the most common mistakes people in South Florida make in their homes?

Whether you are talking about single family homes, townhouses, condos, or apartments, the mistakes are many. Wall color is a significant issue as some people naturally gravitate towards colors they like, yet do not work well together. You also have to look at how the contrast color on the walls works with the furnishings and accessories. Speaking of walls, store-bought window treatments do not always accentuate our large South Florida windows. It does not matter if you live in Coral Springs, Parkland, or on the water in Lighthouse Point, you want to have window treatments that suit your space. The goal is to compliment your room while allowing you to enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds you.

Another significant issue is furniture. Because so many homes have open floor plans (which are great for entertaining), undersized furniture can look out of place. An open floor plan requires careful planning to get the most out of the space without it looking crowded – or empty. Placing a small rug in a large room, or too large a rug in a small room is another relatively common South Florida Interior Design mistake.

The second blog in this series focuses on how interior design in South Florida is influenced by lifestyles and climate. Finally, our last blog will cover how age impacts design elements, when it is worthwhile to spend a bit more, downsizing, and what packrats and collectors can do with all their “stuff.”

Please contact HK Interiors to discover how our interior design services can help you transform your home or office into the vision you desire. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your South Florida interior design needs.

 

Interior Design with the Color Black

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Black is classic, ageless, timeless, sophisticated, versatile – a color that never goes out of style. However, you have to be very careful when using the color black in interior design. Too much black can be overpowering. When used properly, interior designing with the color black can make your home or office a visual masterpiece.

Black is universal in any design styles, and is often incorporated in Asian, industrial, minimalist, and contemporary, among others.

There are many ways to use the color black in your home or workspace, including:

  • A black accent wall
  • Black window treatments
  • Black furniture or upholstery
  • Black textiles such as rugs or pillows
  • Black vases, bowls, picture frames, or other accessories
  • Black iron beds
  • Black lighting fixtures

Why Choose a Black Accent Wall?

When thinking about wall color, many people first consider white or a shade in the white or neutral family. The color black is about as far away from white as you can get in the color spectrum. However, painting an accent wall black can add a dramatic flair to a room, just keep in mind the following if you do:

  • A room with a black wall requires an abundance of natural light – make sure there are plenty of windows otherwise reconsider your color selection
  • Black works well with monochromatic, neutral colors
  • Consider using natural materials and textured fabrics to soften the black accent wall
  • Pick one bright accent color to provide a vibrant contrast against the black wall
  • Graphite stone provides a textured look for walls, such as in a shower

Using the Color Black for Window Treatments

You can use the color black for window treatments against light colored walls for bold contrast. Correctly used, black can impart an expansive feel to a room. Patterned shades make a statement while adding dimension to a room. Therefore, using a neutral curtain over the shades can create a multidimensional and layered look.

Black sheers offer a bit of elegance, especially when accented with a tiny bit of color. Light filtering roller and solar shades still allow you to use the color black while allowing in natural light. Sheer black drapes create an exciting image in a room that features metallic furnishings as the light bounces off the metal.

A black cornice over sheer white drapes compliments a black rug, accessories, and zebra print chairs. The combination of black and neutral colors with gold, aqua, and blue accents on the wall lend an open airy feel to a small space as highlighted in the photo below.

Choosing Furnishings in the Color Black

Selecting furniture in the color black creates a timeless look in your room, as black is elegant, classic, powerful, and gives a rich feel to the home or office. Many people choose a black leather couch as it creates a look of wealth or abundance. Since black furnishings can make a room feel smaller, it is best to incorporate this color in larger rooms. One thing to remember about black furniture is that it will also show dust, scratches, lint, and pet hair more than some lighter colors.

In the photo below, you see how black has been incorporated into an elegant dining room, complimented by a gold and crystal chandelier and glass table top.

 

Using the Color Black to Accessorize Your Room

Pillows and rugs that feature black geometric shapes attract the eye and make a room “pop.” You can take that same effect upwards and use geometric designs as a cornice over sheers or blinds, as shown in the pillow below. The eye-catching appeal draws your attention to what might have otherwise been a boring corner.

A black chandelier hanging from the ceiling contrasts against white walls and will help draw the eye upward, enlarging the feel of the room. In the photo below, you can see how to incorporate black lighting fixtures over a corner table with black seating. A small area can receive a visual pop of color and elegance when incorporating black into the design.

Black vases, picture frames, end tables, and other accessories can help you add a bold touch of this color to your room. In the room below, floor to ceiling windows bring the beauty of nature indoors, while providing an abundance of natural light. The placing of a black, Oriental screen in the corner, along with black accents on the throw pillows adds a unique flair to the room.

Pairing the color black with other hues can provide the following feel to your room:

  • Black and white – timeless, classic, sophisticated
  • Black and gold – luxury
  • Black and red – dramatic
  • Black and purple – royalty
  • Black and silver, brass, or copper – opulence

When pairing the color black with pastel colors, you will create a harmonious look to the room. Use bright hues for vibrant contrast.

Contact HK Interiors to discover how to incorporate black and other colors into your home or office. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your interior design needs.

 

 

21 Popular Interior Design Styles A to Z (Part 1)

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What are your favorite interior design styles? Perhaps you do not know the difference between country and farmhouse, or coastal and tropical. Have no fear; we can help.

Some people go into their interior design meeting knowing exactly what they want, what kind of style they like. Others have no clue where to start or what they like. Perhaps they know that they do not like earth tones or the cold look of metal. Some have so many different likes that they want every room of their home to reflect a distinctive style.

Before you wind up with a home that reflects chaos rather than style, speak with an interior designer to discuss how to incorporate your likes and desires into your home. Choosing from the many interior design styles below can help you bring out the inner you and reflect it in your surroundings.

You can also take our Interior Design Styles Quiz to help narrow down your choices.

Your A to Z List of 21 Interior Design Styles (Part 1)

Because there is so much to know, we are splitting these styles into two blogs. Learn more about the first ten of these 21 interior design styles in the alphabetized list below:

Art Deco


Inspired by the Art Deco style of the 1920s, the elegant feel of this design features uniquely geometric furnishings. Bold curves, shiny brass and chrome, lacquered wood, mirrors, and glossy paint fill the Art Deco space. Lighting is a crucial aspect of the Art Deco design.

Asian/Zen


Asian interior design styles focus on simplicity, natural materials, and clean lines. Zen-like interiors aim to bring balance and harmony to the home. You may find the room has a minimalistic approach, with sustainable woods and little window coverings. Orchids, door panels, room dividers, Banzai trees, and natural fibers complete the look.

Bohemian/Eclectic


The Bohemian/Eclectic design is unconventional and allows the owner to express his or her free-spirit style. Expect to see an unconventional room featuring richly patterned rugs, unique lighting, eclectic accessories, and a burst of color. Furnishings can include both modern pieces as well as weathered or antique items. Again, nothing should go together, yet it all somehow does. People who lean towards a unique surrounding often go for this type of design that incorporates numerous contrasting elements. An interior designer treads this trend carefully to avoid overdoing the look of the room. The palette is varied, with contrasts in furnishings and accent pieces – of which there are often many. The Eclectic design personifies the owner and has no guidelines or limitations.

Coastal/Beach


The design elements for the Coastal or Beach décor bring the serenity of the ocean indoors. These styles typically feature shades of white, beige, blue, aqua, turquoise, green, and teal. Organic materials, seashells, natural lighting, nautical accessories, and ocean-inspired art complete the look. Rattan and wicker furniture or accessories fit into the Coastal design.

Contemporary/Modern


Contemporary/Modern design is ever changing as it reflects today’s views and characteristics. Think geometric designs in a clutter-free environment. Both interior design styles focus on dramatic artwork and accessories. Furniture incorporates clean lines and smooth, polished surfaces. Open floor plans, natural light, unusual layouts, natural or textured fabrics, metal and wood, and neutral colors are found in Contemporary designs.

Country/French Country


When you think about a French countryside complete with warm, muted colors, fabrics rich with patterns and texture, and a cozy feel, you have a Country interior. Wallpaper, stenciled wall designs, earthy palettes, pottery, stone, and heavy linens complete the look.

Farmhouse


Leaning towards a Country or Rustic feel, the Farmhouse design utilizes light woods and heavy use of the color white. Furnishings are often large and feature natural fabrics. Exposed ceilings with reclaimed antique wood beams, wide plank floors, and open shelving help provide a cozy feel.

Glamour


Combine the drama of Hollywood and over-the-top designs that incorporate bold shades of red, purple, and turquoise. Hollywood interior design often combines the use of velvet, plush, and antiques. Grand chandeliers, mirrors, and contrasting colors of pink, green, and lemon yellow are other aspects of the Hollywood design.

Industrial/Urban

 With images of a warehouse in mind, the Industrial approach to design incorporates wood, brick, metals, and even exposed pipes into the décor. The result is often an unfinished look featuring a mix of neutral, brown, and gray colors. Antique wood and metal surfaces, and even concrete flooring are elements of Industrial design. Incorporating a bit of Industrial design, Urban interiors combine exposed ducts and structural features with light colors and artistic accents. Geometric designs, clean finishes, and unusual materials and textures bring the Urban look together.

Mediterranean


Earth tones, columns, arches, brick, tile, and large, ornate furniture signify the Mediterranean design. Curved furnishings, over-sized accessories, and ornamental styling round out this décor.

Keep an eye out for part 2 of this blog.

Which design speaks to you? Contact HK Interiors, your South Florida interior design specialists to help you transform your home or office into the vision you desire. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your interior design needs.

21 Popular Interior Design Styles A to Z (Part 2)

Category: Interior Design

Our first blog in this series about 21 popular interior design styles covered everything from Art Deco to Mediterranean. If you haven’t done so yet, please check out our Interior Design Styles Quiz that can help you get an idea of where your tastes fall. We can help you use your answers to create a living space that speaks to your tastes and desires.

Here are the remaining 11 interior design styles, covering everything from Mid-Century Modern to Vintage:

Mid-Century Modern


Following World War 2, crisp lines, color, nature, and open spaces joined modern and minimalism in a unique new look. We often think of this is a retro look back at the 1950s and 1960s. Mid-Century Modern designs feature clean lines, boxy shaped furniture with sleek legs in teak or walnut.

 Minimalist


Following the incorporation of Mid-Century Modern designs, the Minimalist movement brought the late 1960s and 1970s view of having the bare minimum in design. Neutral color palettes, simple furnishings, and ultra-clean lines describe the Minimalist interior design.

Rustic

The Rustic design features natural elements that may include stone, reclaimed wood, exposed beams, and natural fabrics. Animal skins can be used as wall hangings or floor coverings. Rustic décor often features a wood burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and accessories that incorporate natural outdoor elements.

Scandinavian

Think organic materials, shades of white, black, blue, and gray, and rounded contours and you have Scandinavian design. The focus here is on simplicity combined with functionality, so you often find hidden storage for maximum efficiency. Stylish furnishings frequently incorporate light colored woods.

Shabby Chic


This design style has a strong feminine feel, utilizing vintage fabrics, pale color palettes, floral prints, distressed furnishings, and slip cover seating. Shabby Chic is a style often embraced by crafty do-it-yourselfers who cannot wait to roll up their sleeves and paint their furnishings. It has a classic and romantic vibe.

Southwestern


Bring a touch of the desert indoors with the Southwestern style of interior design. Expect to find an abundance of dried flowers, candles, animal skins, pottery, cast iron, and terra cotta in this décor. The color palette includes yellow, red, orange, gold, blue, and neutral beige to bring the desert feel indoors.

Traditional/Classic


Whether you want to call it Traditional or Classic, this type of interior design style features dark, finished wood, elaborate details, and rich fabrics. Wood paneling, elaborate moldings, antique furnishings, and intricate floor patterns are distinctive features of the Traditional décor. Fabrics often include velvet, silk, cotton, and other expensive textiles in a variety of textures and patterns.

Transitional 


You like a Classic look but also lean towards soft modern designs. How do you decide? Turn to Transitional interior design to blend the two trends using textures, wood, metal, fabric, and glass elements. Your décor will feature furnishings with curved lines like rolled areas on a sofa. Main colors are neutral with pops of color in accessories or a wall.

 Tropical


Not to be confused with a Coastal theme, the Tropical style often incorporates animal prints, figures, or statues. It can take on a beach or jungle vibe but aintains a light and breezy feel.
Tropical woods, natural materials, palm leaves, plants, and an open layout bring the Tropical theme to life.

Victorian


You will most often find a Victorian style in older homes. The furnishings are elaborate and over-sized. The room will often feature decorative trim, vibrant colors, wallpaper or textured wall surfaces, and extravagant accessories.

Vintage


Head back to the 1940s and 1950s to incorporate large furnishings and neutral or light color tones. A Vintage design will have an old-world sort of elegant charm. Unique pieces of oversized furniture, floor lamps, and large pillows all find a home in the Vintage room.

Have you chosen your favorite interior design styles? Contact HK Interiors, your South Florida interior design specialists to help you transform your home or office into the vision you desire. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your interior design needs.

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