What’s your design style? Part II

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Part II for finding your design style…. or mix of several design styles.  I, for instance, am leaning toward Mid-Century Modern Cottage with Oriental and Vintage Retro influences.  Equally mixed, that would be Eclectic!

Mid-Century Modern: 1950s-60s Post-war style that called for open spaces, modern living.

Minimalist: Only the essentials. Less is more.

Modern: uses the most high tech products and materials and square lines.

Oriental: Draws from Chinese, Japanese influences.

Zen: finding peace and balance in a space from Japanese values of simplicity and assymetry.

Shabby Chic: the flea market side of decor.

Southwestern: influence from Arizona, New Mexico deserts. Often includes Rustic and Spanish elements.

Spanish: plentiful use of terracotta tiles, wooden beams, and wrought iron with warm color palette.

Victorian: Opulent decorative style where more is better. Brocades, velvets, tufting, patterns, etc, etc.

Whimsical: Fun and fanciful. The painting and chair covers in this room really add that whimsical effect.

Well that’s all for now folks.  Subscribe to my feed for more interesting design articles in the future. Add a comment below on which design styles you think you are and if this has been helpful reading. Thanks for reading!

Andrea Pack


What’s your Design Style? Part I

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I just posted a blog on several different design styles on my Here are a collection of photos illustrating the different styles.  This is the first post of two.  Enjoy!

Art Deco: modern simple lines, inlaid wood, jewel tones

Classical: Columns, acanthus leaves, typical of Rome or Grecian historical period.

Country: Cotton prints, woven rugs, painted furniture for a homey feel.

French Country: a subset of country style but with reds, greens, yellows, roosters, a more formal feel.

Cottage Country: airy, light, floral version of country.

Contemporary: Horizontal clean lines, honesty of materials, bright abstract accents.

Vintage Retro: In this case a 50's style kitchen, but could be from other decades of the 20th century.

Eclectic: A mix of several styles, can't make out a dominant one.

Primitive: Evokes an early stage of human development.

Rustic: Think log cabin in the woods.

Traditional: Generic term for any room with classic elegance.

Tropical: Wood or thatch panels, plant life reflect the outdoor lushness of a tropical location.

Mediterranean: Tilework, pottery, and rich blues and yellows, or characteristic of locations like Greece, Italy, Morocco, etc.

Kitchen Remodel Survey by Class

In Kitchens on April 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm

This month’s issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News 4/10 outlined consumer trends according to class by an online research study done by RICKI, the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence, which is based in Charlotte, NC.

Ultra-High End Consumers invest in products that are a reflection of their personalities.

Income is, predictably, a good indicator of how a consumer approaches their kitchen project, whether or not they hire a designer, use name brand products, and how much they spend of course.  Here is a quick reference to the conclusions of the survey:

Ultra-High End consumers (incomes of $200,ooo or more) are, in large part:

  • Very brand-conscious, believing that brands reflect on their personality.
  • Twice as likely to seek out professional help from a kitchen & bath designer.
  • More engaged in their kitchens, considering it the heart of the home, and possibly their favorite room in the home.

    High-End Consumers tend to not worry about brand names in their kitchens.

High-End Consumers (incomes of between $100,000 and 200,000) and Moderate Consumers (income less than $100,000) are:

  • Less likely to seek out professional design advice.
  • Not as concerned with brand name appliances or materials.
  • Spend a third to an eighth of what Ultra-High End consumers spend on kitchen improvements.

    Moderate Consumers are the most likely "do-it-yourselfers" and penny-pinchers.

As a homeowner clearly in the moderate consumer category, and a kitchen designer who has worked for clients in all categories, I would like to give my own humble opinion, that having a trained kitchen designer come to look at your kitchen and draw up at least some initial plans is a great idea, even on a small budget, especially if you don’t have a natural eye for color or detail.

A good designer can also help you avoid common pitfalls, get quotes, or think up creative solutions for your unique style, like custom storage or shelving.  Custom usually does mean more expensive, but I know lots of designers (including myself) have tricks up their sleeves to get you a better look and more functionality within your budget.

So whether you have $2,000 to spend, or $200,000, the moral of the story is the same: Find qualified design advice if for no other reason than a second opinion to your own.

Happy Remodeling, especially to all the folks in Lake Norman, NC!

Andrea Pack