They say not to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to design, the cover is instrumental. The character of your home can be seen from the exterior. To help synergize the outside charm with a tease of what the interior may have to offer, here are some suggestions for adding a bit of style and individuality to your home:
1. Add elegant pendant lighting with a little panache to the entertainment nook; it gives the area a feel of sitting at a bar. When you’re entertaining guests, it’s a cozy way to have drinks and some appetizers before heading to the dining room.
2. Break the rules if needed; add bold colors to reflect strength in character. Mix up the pattern in your seating arrangement. Plaids and solids look stately.
3. Add a mural or wallpaper with elements of nature or your favorite animal species. Using fun wallpaper with LED lighting on walls or ceilings adds a little extra bling-bling to your life.
4. Use large pattern wallpaper for the bathroom; this adds depth and dimension to limited space. The picture above is from the home of a client who is a well-known DJ. To address his character preferences, I added handles to the cabinet that remind me of old vinyl records.
5. Flip the design upside down. (Don’t try to do this on your own.) A sky on the floor could be a nice touch to an entertainment room or an active finished basement. But remember, keep it fun and playful.
6. Keep it simple yet chic. The minimalistic design concept with a touch of glamour in this traditional home is breathtaking. This spectacular foyer leads to a waterfall in the center, right below the landing. The Avant-garde chandelier is what helps tie it all together.
Vanessa Deleon – VDA Designs
Inspired by her Cuban roots, celebrity interior designer Vanessa Deleon is as influential as her Art Deco styling, rooted in her cultural composition. Vanessa’s modern and stylized interiors incorporate classic décor, specializing in high-end residential homes, commercial venues and hospitality facilities. Graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Berkeley College for Interior Design, she has been a host, a designer and featured on popular television networks, shows and competitions.