Pink Interior Design – Transforming Your Space

Nov 15, 2018 Category: Decorator services

Before you get any preconceived notions about using the color pink for your interior design plans, take a moment to look at this pink diamond. What do you see? Elegance, sophistication, beauty, shimmering, richness? All that is possible when you incorporate pink into your home. Pink interior design can transform your space in ways you never expected.

We associate the color pink with femininity, love, and babies. Pink is warm, soothing, and, as a muted shade of red, passionate. We often think of a pink bedroom as being girly or feminine, but pink goes well beyond that limitation. In fact, the use of pink is limited only by past perceptions. It is time to bring pink out into every room of the home – whether in subtle hints or bold statements.

Pink lets your imagination run wild, with shades such as fuchsia, carnation, magenta, rose, and blush. According to Benjamin Moore’s website, soft, muted blush tones of pink are perfect for living and dining room walls. Balance the bold beauty of magenta paint with cream trim for classic glamour. Pink pairs beautifully with white, neutral, or grey colors. If you are looking for vivid contrast, opt for black or deep brown to pair with pink.

Who says pink furniture is just for girls? The Sketch Lounge in the UK envelops you in a sea of pink that is subtle, inviting, relaxing, elegant, and, some might say, even seductive. The stark contrast of the zigzag design on the flooring with the gold and brass accents creates an intimate setting.

Using Pink Interior Design Throughout the Home

Incorporating a pink color scheme into your existing home can be as simple as a new piece of furniture or as extensive as a whole room makeover. You can paint one accent wall the perfect shade of pink to go with your present color scheme or change it all up for a bright, fresh look. Think textures, patterns, and hues. There is no limit to the imagination as to how to infuse pink interior design into your home.

Some people fear that pink home furnishings will make a room look too girly. That is not the case. You can create a feminine look without going overboard. The elegant design of this daybed/sofa imparts practicality along with style. For those looking to brighten up the design, a variety of accent pillows in assorted colors could bring an interesting contrast.

Incorporating a mixture of pale and bold colors in varying shades of pink draws the eye without being overbearing. In the dresser pictured here, the gradient approach to the drawers starts out light, moving down the spectrum until you reach a muted hot pink. Whether on its own merit, or incorporated into other pink touches, this dresser makes a bold, yet sophisticated statement.

The use of pink bedding can be relaxing and calming in soft, muted tones, or invigorating and inviting in brighter hues. Today, it is common to see pink incorporated into bedding with leopard prints. Pink pairs beautifully with geometric shapes, stripes, and polka dots.

Grey and Pink – Interior Design That Speaks Elegance and Sophistication

Grey and pink interior design bring sophistication to any home. In the room below, we find the understated elegance you get when combining grey with pink. A grey sofa accented with pink throw pillows is both inviting and refined.

We continue the pink and grey combination in the bathroom below, where elegant pink wall tiles are a perfect backdrop to natural materials. Pink pairs beautifully with stone, wood, concrete, and ceramics.

A close cousin to pink and grey bathroom décor is substituting black for the grey to give a nostalgic look to the room. The use of pink and black takes us back to the 1950s – the “happy days” of yesteryear. You can also bring pink and black into the 21st century by combining pink with black metallics for a bold statement.

Accessorize with Pink Interior Design Accents

Pink decorations and accessories can soften the look and feel of a room. Whether for display or practicality, incorporating a small amount of pink adds a touch of class.

Pink kitchen décor can extend to elegant bar stools that are perfect for any counter or island. Again, you see how well pink and brass work together to create a sophisticated look.

 

Getting back to hot pink interior design ideas, take a look at this tufted storage cube. Bright pink instills a feeling of confidence. A small eye-catching “pop” of hot pink invigorates a room without seeming overbearing. When done right, pink can make quite an impact. Just one small, unexpected touch of pink in a room can make a tremendous difference in eye-appeal.

Contact HK Interiors in Coral Springs 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 throughout South Florida.

 

7 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

Nov 05, 2018 Category: Decorator services

Before you pick up that paint brush, pull up the old carpet, or run to the furniture store, check out these seven reasons to hire an interior designer.

1.  Choosing paint colors

2. Picking the right wallpaper

3. Choosing the right scale and proportion of furniture for your space and function

4. Deciding on the right flooring

5. Selecting the proper window coverings

6. Getting the best professionals for the job

7. Eliminating stress

Why Is it Wise to Hire an Interior Designer to Choose a Paint Color?

You may think that the money you spend to hire an interior designer is a waste of resources. However, do you really know that the paint colors you have chosen for your room will compliment your furnishings? Did you know that choosing a wall color is best in the mid-morning and afternoon daylight hours?

Nuances of color can make or break the final accessory or the beginning of a color palette.

Sometimes, all you need is an hour of time with a design professional to select the right paints for your do-it-yourself project.

An interior designer and a painting professional will discuss wall condition and what paint finish is appropriate for each room. Do not let the paint store determine what looks best. They know quality and applications for indoors and outdoors, but not color schemes and eye-appeal.

Speak to an Interior Designer Before Selecting Wallpaper

Wallpaper can be a challenge. The wrong pattern or texture can clash with your furnishings or cause your room to look smaller than it is. Some types of wallpaper do better in rooms that are often damp, such as a bathroom.

Another reason why you want to hire an interior designer for a consultation is that you may wind up purchasing less wallpaper than you need (or too much). You have to think ahead in case you need to replace a section down the road. Also, the interior designer will know quality wallpaper hangers to recommend.

Hire an Interior Designer for Help Selecting the Right Furnishings

Interior designers often have access to manufacturers and showrooms that you do not. An interior designer knows quality, scale, proportion, and style, and can bring your entire room together.

Carpet or Tile, Wood or Laminate – Only the Interior Designer Knows for Sure

You want the flooring you buy to last for many years. When you hire an interior designer to help you choose the best flooring, you get professional guidance that can help you make the right choice the first time.

The last thing you want to do is buy carpet, tile, or an expensive rug that will clash with your furniture, or with existing flooring. You may only need one consultation, but that meeting can create a “wow” effect in your room.

Window Coverings in South Florida – Let a Designer Steer You in the Right Direction

Living in South Florida has its own set of challenges. Your window coverings have to address afternoon sun, repel summertime heat, and keep your rooms comfortable in the winter. The money you spend when you hire an interior designer to help you select the right window coverings is often saved with lower electricity bills throughout the year.

An Interior Designer Knows Who to Call to Get the Job Done Right – the First Time

Whether you are looking to remodel your kitchen, want custom built-in furniture, or knocking down a wall, hiring an interior designer puts you in direct contact with highly-trained professionals.

With years of experience and a small militia of craftspeople, your interior designer will help you get the best quality service.

Hire an Interior Designer and Reduce the Stress of Your Remodeling Project

It does not matter if the job is small (painting one wall) or large (remodeling an entire house). If you hire an interior designer, you have a trained professional who will take away much of the stress that comes with the process. Retirees in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Boca Raton can have peace of mind knowing their homes are in the hands of qualified experts.

Busy families in Parkland and Coral Springs have better things to do with their time than sit around all day waiting on a contractor. Let an expert handle the small details for you and enjoy a simplified life.

No matter where you live in South Florida, contact HK Interiors in Coral Springs 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.

 

Interior Design South Florida

Sep 01, 2018 Category: Decorator services

Questions and Answers from HK Interiors

The is the final blog in a three-part series that focuses on many of the commonly asked questions about interior design. South Florida life provides us with many opportunities for entertaining year-round – both indoors and out. Living in Coral Springs or Parkland provides different issues from residents in Lighthouse Point and Hillsboro Beach. There, the effects of saltwater can influence their design elements.

In our first blog, we covered design trends, challenges, and mistakes people often make in their homes.

Our second blog featured answers to how lifestyle and climate can influence design.

Here, we discuss common requests, how your age can impact design elements, advice to packrats and collectors, downsizing, and when it is worth it to spend a little bit more.

South Florida Requests for Interior Design

What do clients ask for when it comes to interior design? South Florida has an older population, as well, so does that influence the requests?

I find that many of my clients are in their 40s and older, especially in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach. They see their children leaving home for college or getting married. Some are working from home or want to revamp their lifestyle and rejuvenate their homes. Others are downsizing to smaller residences. (More on that later.)

Because people are often living in a fully furnished home, it is about discussing what they want to keep and what they want to change. Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh, new color on the walls, some exciting window treatments, and new accessories to incorporate with the current furniture.

Age plays a significant role for some people who have been in their communities for a long time. They have friends and do not want to move. Their wish – to fall in love with their home again. The role of the interior designer is to pull together the past, present, and future to create a look that they can enjoy for many years to come.

Interior Design South Florida Advice for Packrats, Collectors, and People Who Are Downsizing

What advice do you give to packrats and collectors – you know, the people who just cannot part with anything? Or, those who are downsizing and have lots of “stuff?”

I would never tell someone what to keep and what not to keep. We begin by talking about what they love, and what they really want to showcase. It is about finding ways to make it all work without a cluttered look. Sentimental value is not something to get between, and everything has a place – even if it is in a closet.

Sometimes we can incorporate what they want in a secondary room if it does not fit with the new interior design. I also have wonderful craftspeople who create magnificent units to display collections and assorted knickknacks. Many people like to travel and collect items they wish to showcase in their homes. Incorporating all of that into a cohesive plan is part of the role of the interior designer.

Downsizing brings its own unique set of circumstances. This is the time to take a long hard look at what you want to keep and what you wish to part with. Some people want to take their furniture with them, but it will not all fit in the new space. Others want to start from scratch. The services of an interior designer are invaluable at a time like this.

Interior Design South Florida – When Is it Worth it to Spend More?

Final question – when it comes to interior design South Florida residents want to know what is the one thing that a person should consider spending more money on than all else?

It is simple really, just keep this in mind. Your home is an investment. When you purchase items for your home, you are investing in the future. Invest quality when remodeling your kitchen or purchasing flooring. Not only will it hold up for many years, but it will also pay out in dividends someday when you are ready to sell.

Please contact HK Interiors to discover how our interior design South Florida 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.

 

Interior Design in South Florida with HK Interiors

Aug 31, 2018 Category: Uncategorized

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

Aug 24, 2018 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

Aug 20, 2018 Category: Uncategorized

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.

 

 

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