5 Tips on Expanding Your Small Spaces

Ciao a tutti! If you weren’t already aware, Andrea Noel Designs has just touched down in Rome! While spending lots of time visiting family & friends, EATING, drinking, and roaming the streets looking at the beautiful historical sights, we’ve noticed something interesting; great design doesn’t always have to be larger than life. akjdfkljasklfj The Italians do a marvelous job of making the most out of a small space. Here are our top 5 tips on expanding the look of your tiny rooms. jkdsjlkfja Tip #1: Mirror Magic Wait, but seriously…they really are magical. A mirrored wall creates an optical illusion for the eye. When looking at this room, you almost think it goes on way farther than it actually does, but think again! Thats the magic of the mirror. via Yellow Trace ksjdfkj Tip #2: Darkness=Depth Just like mirrors, dark hues create the illusion of depth to a space.  via Home Designing jsdkfj Tip #3: Big is Better I know… I know, this one doesn’t make as much sense right off the bat but hear us out… Placing one big piece on a wall does wonders to a space. Whether it be a painting that makes a statement, a mural or an interesting mirror (see…mirrors are pretty much everything), the vastness of the piece will, in turn, make the space seem bigger than it actually is. via Lorenzo De Grandis adkjflka Tip #4: With Just a Pinch of Print Print is such a creative way to conquer tiny rooms. The eye will immediately follow the print at hand, taking the attention away from the size of the room. It’s pure genius we...

5 Tips on Accessorizing Your Dream Bookshelf

 Rules were meant to be broken and thats exactly what we intend to do with this week’s blog. Who died and made book cases/shelves forever boring, filled with JUST books? jdkslafj Here are our top 5 tips for creating a brilliant bookshelf: jdkslafj Tip #1: Break It Up via One Good Thing by Jillee KNICK KNACKS!!! The use of different chatchkes and storage bins is a great way to break up all your books. Items like small sculptures, clocks, vases, framed photographs and rocks can be perfect for spicing up your boring bookshelf. And don’t forget about the Rule of Thirds! jdkslafj Tip #2: Add Art via One Good Thing by Jillee Your bookshelf should express who you are and what better way to do that than with art? The addition of a funky framed graphic or an elaborate mirror is an amazing way to amp up your bookshelf and show who you are as an individual. jdkslafj Tip #3: Color is Key via Rue Daily BLU MIX Bound Books by E. Lawrence This is a newer trend that we’re obsessing over: color coding your books….so cool. While at Market this  year, designer Brian Wynn implemented this in some of his spaces. Organizing by color adds such a twist to an ordinary bookshelf. And if thats not your style, sticking to a general color scheme is highly suggested when accessorizing. Also seen at High Point were these amazing hand-bound books by E. Lawrence. Their books are perfect if you’re trying to create a quirky, cool vibe in your shelf. jdkslafj Tip #4: Obscure Book Orientation via Crate&Barrel The smallest things can really make...

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...