Shaken Not Stirred: 5 Tips when Mixing Styles

As creative individuals, we tend to get tired of the same ol’ same ol’. An easy way to add flare to any room is to combine unexpected styles. via Andrea Noel Designs Here are some of our tips to pulling off an exciting combo:   Tip #1: Surprise Yourself via Harpers Bazaar Don’t be afraid to try something drastic. Your grandmother’s rug thats been sitting in the attic since you moved in? Roll it out and dust it off. As long as the color scheme in the space stays consistent, adding a wild piece like this is a great way to effectively pair design styles. Tip #2: Balance is Key via Apartment Therapy Pair your statement piece with a second to make an impact while keeping the weight of the room balanced. Also, balancing of materials is so important. In this dining room, the heavy bulk of the traditional wood table is perfectly paired with these modern chairs that give off the impression of weightlessness, a perfect match. Tip #3: Use Variety To Your Advantage via SF Girl by Bay Switch it up! Not only does this dining area successfully mix multiple styles of design, it also does it in such a unique way. The seating around this dining room table speaks for itself. You don’t have to be consistent with pieces as long as they have similar visual weights and follow the color scheme set. Tip #4: Repetition, Repetition via HGTV Repetition is such a powerful tool when mixing styles. In this room alone, we see how the Renaissance-framed art over the modern couch creates an interesting vibe throughout the space. If...

Designer Dossier, Entry 1 (…of many tales from the job)

At Andrea Noel Designs, we like to keep our clients up to date with any fresh trends, new ideas and easy ways to solve (what seem like) big problems.   One of our recent clients had a minor dilemma dealing with a particular television. The man of the house wanted a second T.V. in the family room for game days, of course, and the head of the house (his wife) wasn’t too fond of the idea, so we, the mediators interior designers, found a compromise. via Andrea Noel Designs This second flat screen T.V. is hidden fashionably over the fire place, behind a mirrored T.V. cabinet. The mirror’s doors can easily open for display of a second game during the NBA finals or close for decorative purposes at a family gathering. Plus, if the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills AND the Real Housewives of New York are on at the same time, who’s to say you have to choose between Lisa Vanderpump and Bethenny Frankel? That is cruel. Watch them both, you deserve it. Here are just a few more examples of how easy and aesthetically pleasing it can be to hide your T.V.’s: The Build-In Beauty: via Bristol Design and Construction This ever-so-sleek laminate build-in unit is trendy and could be the emphasis of any living room. Paired with a beautiful fireplace and a high ceiling, who would even guess that a T.V. was hidden within?   Framed for Function: via Southern Living A series of framed pieces on cabinet contraption is a unique way to hide a television set in a formal living area. Shut the Front Door: via Ballard Designs We...