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Why Paint a Room

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You can transform a room as easy as adding a fresh color of paint, but is it really that easy? Paint is one of the most difficult design elements to work with to achieve a harmonious room. There are many features that affect paint in a room, especially lighting. Whether lighting comes from a natural source or  it is manmade, it will affect the paint color. The designers at Teatro Designs encourage their clients to test your paint colors and look at it at different times of the day. Here is a list of the some basic and not so basic paint colors that Teatro Designs recommends:

Sherwin Williams

Pure White

Repose Gray

Tricorn Black
Great Color!!


Agreeable Gray

Mindful Gray

Dove Tail
Great contrast with the white furniture



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How Scale and Proportion Bring Balance to a Room

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The number one design principle is balance, which refers to the visual equilibrium of a room. It is important to consider placement of objects within a room according to line, form, color and texture to help determine their visual weight, or how much space objects take up within the room. It is best to distribute various objects throughout a room to maintain balance. To get more specific, there are two types of balance: 1. formal balance; and 2. informal balance. Formal balance refers to symmetrical balance whereas informal balance refers to the use of different objects with the same visual weight to create a sense of equilibrium in a room; giving a spontaneous, warm feeling to the space.


Proportion and scale are vital design principals right behind balance. Proportion refers to how the elements within an object relate to the object as a whole, while scales relates the size of an object to the space in which it is located.

Proportion in interior design refers to the balance between design elements such as shape, color and texture. Designers often link proportion with scale, which refers to the comparative size of one or more object and is a fixed measurement. Proportion is the relative judgment of an arrangement. You can achieve the correct proportions by repeating shapes, colors and textures, controlling light and providing style and variety.

Scale refers to visual size—how furnishings look next to each other and how they fit in a room. Rooms need big things, little things, tall things, and short things. If everything is the same size, nothing will stand out. Best practice: vary scale within a room to create interest and drama.

Scale variation and balance in a room is vital. Be careful not to have too large of differences in objects as to cause the room to feel unbalanced. Additionally, make sure the furniture is scaled for their use. For example, depending on the size of the sofa in the space, the cocktail table should be large enough to provide space for drinks, books etc.

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10 Steps to a Beautiful Bedroom Renovation

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Where do you start?

Step 1.

I always tell my clients to look through magazines, look at pinterest and other sites for bedroom designs that inspire you. Try and pull at least 10 different bedroom pictures because as you look at them, there are always common threads. This will assist you in deciding what style you like best. As you can see there are many directions to go.

Step 2.

Decide your budget. There are a lot creative ways to stay in budget, but keep in mind to invest with the pieces that matter the most.

Step 3.

Get a feel for the space of your room. Can the room fit a king size bed with two nightstands or would it make more sense to use a queen size bed?

If the size of the space mandates where the furniture goes, think about the pieces strategically. For example, if a bed has to go against a particular wall in your bedroom, start there with the furniture layout.

Mattress Size Chart

Step 4.

Discover your color scheme. Do you want your bedroom to be a relaxing environment where you are able to recharge? Pick out colors that will do that for you.

Make sure you sample your paint colors before you decide what colors will work. Color changes in every environment. It is affected by where the windows are located in the room, what direction they face. The lighting in a room will also affect how the room takes on the colors. I generally like to test colors during the day as well as night.

Paint Color Finder

Step 5.

Decide what are the most important pieces in your space. If you want the bed to be the focal point, start with finding one that will make the statement your are looking for.

Step 6.

Make sure you have good lighting in your space. Lighting will bring life to your room.

Step 7.

Start playing with different fabrics and textures. Pull quite a few ideas and than work on narrowing them down. Mix up some different styles, allow your room to evolve.

Everything doesn’t have to match. There are endless fabrics available. Narrow them down by style and color.

Step 8.

Add Punch to your bedroom. You can do that with art or throw pillows. Make the room have layers. Think outside the box.

Step 9.

Shop around, don’t take the easy way out and buy your furniture at one store. Mix it up for a look that you will love for years to come.

Step 10.

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Designing With Pendants

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Lighting a space is one of the most important design elements. It is a functional requirement of the room but it is also a key design component all on its own.

Pendants can provide wonderful light and add interest to any room.

Pendant light fixtures, which hang suspended from the ceiling alone or in a group, are both practical and beautiful additions to the home. They are available in a variety of materials, colors and prices, which means that you can find the perfect style for your space. They are ideal for providing directed task lighting and with countless style options of color, shade design, and materials, pendant lighting adds a wonderful layer to your space.

They are most commonly found hanging above your kitchen island, but since there are so many varieties of pendant lighting to be found, the places that pendant lights can be installed are infinite. For example, they can be placed above a vanity in a bathroom, or over nightstands in a bedroom or above a table or buffet in the dining room.

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