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2020 Interior Design Trends

by the Balance Design Team

As we embark on a new decade, the Balance Design team felt the pressure this year to determine the interior design trends that we believe were not only noteworthy but exciting as well.  Each member chose a trend that they were drawn to and eager to incorporate in their future designs.

Stephanie’s pick: Integrated Home Technology

Photo courtesy of Digital Trends

This trend may make you chuckle, but personally I have resisted technology since the age of the pager.  That being said, most high-end luxury designs will need to consider integrating technology into the home.  Some of my favorites are hidden speakers and lighting, automated window treatments, ambient lighting controlled by a wifi device, and sleek TV’s camouflaged as a piece of art (my personal favorite being the Samsung Frame TV).  The fact that our TV’s can not only entertain us but act as a realistic piece of art is brilliant!

Shelby’s Pick: Plaster Showers

Photo courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect

As designers, we always encourage our clients to design for the age and architectural style of their home.  We try to stay ahead of the trends by pointing out interesting movements that we see in the design world that stand out to us.  Recently, I have been drawn to plaster showers.  I love a good tile pattern in the bath, but there is something to be said about this thousand year old technique that allows for a serene and grout-less look.  Plaster can be tinted to a hue of your liking and is actually quite sustainable.

Margo’s Pick: Animal Print Upholstered Furniture

Photo courtesy of Schumacher

Nothing adds a personal stamp on an otherwise traditional space like a stunning conversational piece. When used sparingly and purposefully on furnishings and home accents, animal prints can actually bring a heightened sense of vibrancy to any space. Historically, animal furs represented luxury and elegance. Today, we lust over lush, replica fabrics that showcase the same eye-catching, exotic beauty with a touch of whimsy.

Melody’s Pick: Textured Wallpaper

Photo courtesy of Maya Romanoff

Incorporating natural materials in new and innovative ways is a trend that we will also continue to see this year. I love how wood, stone and even shells are being integrated onto wall treatments in particular. This Maya Romanoff wallpaper utilizes natural capiz shells to create an otherworldly iridescence in the bath room. Beautiful!

As designers we have considered both the whimsical and the deliberate interior design trends for 2020.  We would love to get your feedback on these concepts!  Feel free to let us know your thoughts and willingness to incorporate any of these design trends into your home.  Happy 2020 friends!

5 Ways to Incorporate the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year into Your Space!

by Stephanie Andrews

Each year we anticipate what the Pantone Color of the Year is going to be.  This color is a trend predictor of what we will be seeing in both fashion and home accessories.  For 2020, the Pantone Institute has selected a color that they named Classic Blue.

Photo courtesy of Pantone

As we enter a new decade with feelings of uncertainty in our upcoming elections, global warming, and other daunting issues, Pantone seems to be trying to reassure us by choosing the color Classic Blue.  The Pantone Institute describes this color as calming and timeless.  We liked both the name and the comfort (like a pair of our favorite, well worn jeans) of this color, so it was not hard for us to embrace.  See how we have used the color in some of our favorite designs and learn how to incorporate this into your own space!

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

1.  Use Classic Blue on an accent chair or incorporate it into the trim on your window treatments.

This historic Druid Hills home had beautiful Persian rugs layered throughout the space.  We found that Classic Blue cooled the warm red tones and helped to relay a timeless style.

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

2.  A Classic Blue area rug can help to add a calm feeling to your home.

This over-dyed Classic Blue rug offsets the whiskey leather and wood tones in this masculine sitting room located in midtown Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

3.  A Classic Blue vessel or upholstered arm chair in your dining room.

This Asian inspired ginger jar was the perfect item to layer on the dining table to compliment the greek key upholstered arm chair in this classic Druid Hills dining room.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge & Danielle Clockel

4.  Add some Classic Blue wallpaper to an accent wall or even an entire room!

We loved that Classic Blue wallpaper adds an eclectic and whimsical feeling to help build a room’s personality!  We used Hygge & West wallpaper on both the curved stairwell and in the powder room.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge & Danielle Clockel

5.  Add Classic Blue cabinetry to your kitchen.

We love how the Classic Blue island and cabinet storage boxes added to both kitchens’ clean and classic looks.  These beautiful yet functional work spaces were exactly what our clients were looking for when remodeling their homes.

Be on the lookout for this color in the year ahead and consider utilizing it in your own home, in any capacity!  It may help to make life a bit calmer in 2020!

Happy New Year!

 

 

Happy New Year

by the Balance Design team

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

A time to be quiet
A time to reflect
On all that has occurred and all that is possible
Our wish is that your New Year is full,
Of love, hope, and joy
As the years quickly pass we encourage you to slow,
And remember to enjoy each moment
Happy New Year from the Balance Design team

Before & After: A Morningside Renovation

by Shelby Adamson

A recent bathroom project in the Morningside neighborhood has us ecstatic with the results!  These amazing clients have great taste and really let us run wild when it came to color and pattern.  Their request was wood wainscoting that had a bespoke nature, and a wallpaper that celebrated the space.  Behold, the before:

And After!

Photography courtesy of Christina Wedge

We started by selecting a showstopper wallpaper in a custom color that fully spoke to our client’s coastal nature. By pairing the paper with a custom wainscoting design we layered in designer lighting and an elongated, sculptural mirror.  These once bland walls truly began to take on a whole new personality! A rich, gray marble washstand on a textural, open iron frame was then chosen to compliment the rich color and pattern of the space, and in turn, this once untouched bathroom has now become a little jewel box in our clients already stunning home. Our clients now have a beautiful bathroom that and can be celebrated as they host friends and family.

Modern Pastels: A Look at Our Artists

We’re celebrating two local women artists at our spring/summer open house tonight! Jeni Stallings-Scialabba and Courtney Khail are classically trained, incredibly talented, and their different styles compliment rather than compete with each other.

Jeni’s encaustic art is an expression of the natural world as it relates to the spiritual. As she puts it: “I believe that we are constant patterns echoing throughout nature. To see ourselves as separate from our environment is false and destructive. On the other hand, in observing and appreciating nature, we experience balance and healing.”We couldn’t agree more, and are moved by the depth, layers, and meaning behind her art.

Courtney’s watercolor and ink paintings explore her fascination “with the metaphorical talents of flowers — specifically their ability to capture and reflect the complexities and juxtapositions present within each of us.” With a background in scientific illustration, her work combines expressive and intricate line work with abstracted color and form. We find Courtney’s work both exhilarating and surprising.

Have we sparked your interest? Come out to our studio tonight for our spring/summer open house and meet these talented artists! Share this evening with us and enjoy food, drinks, and fun!

Balance Design

1653 McLendon Ave

Atlanta, GA 30307

7pm – 9pm