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2019 Interior Design Trends

By: The Balance Design Team

Looking ahead for the year, we’re excited to challenge our design sensibilities by getting out of our comfort zone. Here are some of the new directions we’re headed in — we encourage you to try them as well!

Well-Adorned Walls

Photo courtesy of Divine Savages.

Did this photo stop you in your tracks like it did for us? This is a look we can really dive into this year! Bold, colorful wallpaper layered with fun and unique art makes a space sophisticated but approachable. Try this in a dining room, bedroom, library — really pretty much anywhere!

Curved Seating

Photo courtesy of My Domaine.

In 2019 we’re looking for a little softness in design, and curved seating is like a visual hug. Nothing says “hey, hi, come sit down, relax, it’s all good” like a sofa that can gently cradle you. The best part about pieces like this? They fit in so many styles! You can go for an ornate, tete-a-tete style loveseat or a clean-lined, modern statement sofa. Either way, the sumptuous curves are soooo inviting!

Maximalist Entertaining

Photo courtesy of Girlfriend Is Better.

We’re leaning into the maximalist movement, especially in tablescapes. Bringing meaningful pieces onto your dining table is more than just utilitarian — it’s an expression of family, personality, and community. Maybe you’ll mix your grandmother’s Wedgewood china with vintage shop dessert plates, topped off with assorted fabric memos for napkins. Incorporate local foliage from your garden or farmer’s market, mix in candles wabi-sabi style, and you’re ready for a beautifully cooked meal (paella anyone?). We see this movement as a celebration of the home as a gathering place for friends and loved ones, and a way to create a beautiful night with beautiful memories.

Modern Pastels

Photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty.

Pastels seem to flit in and out of fashion, but this color palette of mint, blush, and mustard yellow is modern and refreshing. These hues are often utilized as support for darker and bolder colors, and we’re happy to give them their time to shine! Adorning a sleek, modern space with these softies will instantly transform the feel from harsh to happy. Awww!

Modern Art Deco

Photo courtesy of Dwelling Decor.

We’re talking extravagant architectural elements, mixed metals, and luxe materials. Inspiration from the 20’s has waltzed back into the design world with a modern attitude! This fresh mix creates an aura of opulence without stuffiness by allowing quirks and individuality to shine through. Giving us the freedom to be as over the top and “extra” as we want to be, modern art deco is a bold way to ring in 2019 — and years to come!

Statement Tile Layouts

Photo courtesy of Instagram.

We love a striking statement tile, but sometimes it can be scary to go all out with color. Not to worry! This doesn’t mean you’re relegated to same old, same old looks for your kitchen or bathroom. A fun way to get creative with tile is playing with the layout. Chevron or herringbone patterns are always a cool go-to, but we’re really loving multiple directions, varying sizes, and bold grout.

Deep Dark Cabinetry

Photo courtesy of Devol Kitchens.

As shades of green, navy, and warm wood stake their claim as the new “neutrals,” we see more and more people venturing out from the classic all grey or white kitchen and bath color palette. This migration towards adding a bit more depth and personality is seen on walls, built-ins, and cabinetry (and sometimes all three). We love  how this deep forest green brings continuity from the walls to the cabinets, creating the perfect backdrop for showcasing art, lighting, and collected treasures.

It’s easy to get caught up in the “new year, new me” storm that happens every January, but we think it’s important to turn some of that attention towards your environment — your home, your community, even just a single room. The space you inhabit has a profound effect on your well-being, and if you nourish it and care for it, it will return the favor indefinitely.

The Experience of a Lifetime: Cashiers Showhouse 2018

By: Stephanie Andrews

As you know, we were selected to design the dining room for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles annual Cashiers showhouse. At first we thought, “There’s no way we can pull this off in such a short timeframe!” This was completely new territory for us, and to be honest we were nervous about how we could transform this room in less than six weeks!

With not a moment to lose, the Shelby Adamson/Stephanie Andrews dream team headed up this massive project and discussed (with vigor) the use of the room, aesthetic inspiration, and ultimately the stylistic direction. Both were instantly inspired by the tile serpent on the floor that the homeowner had taken over a year to lay by hand herself. We chose Farrow & Ball Studio Green for the walls as the base of the dramatic atmosphere that only a dining room of this caliber can manage with ease. We also wanted to celebrate the beautiful acreage surrounding the home, so we set to finding the perfect set of trees to make an impact in the room (with 15 foot ceilings, this was no simple task).

We sought the help of incredibly talented artist and designer Steve McKenzie to create a massive, dramatic painting for the main wall. This giant triptych measured nine feet tall by six feet wide, and we could not have been more thrilled to work with Steve on it. And the result? We think it speaks for itself.

So what did we learn from this entire experience?
1. Sometimes you just gotta do something risky and outside your comfort zone — it’ll work out!
2. The other designers in the showhouse were not only extremely talented, they were also a lot of fun and super supportive.
3. Our favorite vendors really went out of their way to help us, graciously providing the furnishings to make our room sparkle. We cannot thank you enough! (Special shoutout to Steve McKenzie, Verde Home, Direct Furniture, and Trinity Mercantile.)
4. The Balance Design team cleans up beautifully at a black tie gala!

The entire home is awe inspiring, so if you want to get away from the heat, head to the cool mountain paradise of Cashiers, NC. Tickets are available through the Cashiers Historical Society website (https://www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org/showhouse) but hurry! This is the last weekend!

It’s Element-ary! How to Incorporate The Four Elements in Your Home.

By: Danielle Clockel

The four elements of earth, fire, air, and water were used by the ancient Greeks as a way to simplify life’s complexities. Nowadays, we often refer to them in terms of our personalities. For example, maybe you identify with the free-spirited nature of the wind, or are passionate and fierce like fire. Whichever one speaks to you, here are some ways to really get in your element at home.

Earth.

Photo courtesy of Femina.

Filling your home with plants is the best way to immerse yourself in earthy goodness. But what if you don’t have a green thumb? We love pressed plant art as a way for everyone to celebrate their earth element roots in a clean, modern way.

Fire.

Photo courtesy of Frerik Hylten-Cavallius.

There’s something so comfortingly primal about fire. Grand fireplaces and outdoor fire pits are amazing to gather around, but not everyone has the space for them. That’s not an issue for petite ethanol-burning stoves. These little guys are perfect for feisty spirits in any size abode, especially since they don’t produce smoke.

Air.

Photo courtesy of Studio KO.

This is an easy one: just open up! Open any doors and windows you can and get some air flowing through your home. That feel of a gentle, calm breeze — what can be better? How about standing amongst flowing sheer window panels like some sort of goddess? Yes, that.

Water.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Ceiling mounted rainwater shower heads. Floor inset soaking tubs. These are amazing ways to turn your morning (or evening) shower into a luxurious submersion, but what else? Match your floor and walls in a cool blue handmade tile to channel the experience of swimming through a beautiful lagoon every time you bathe.

Natural elements in the home, regardless of which specific one they reflect, make a space feel grounded, intentional, and authentic. And of course you can mix several elements in one room — whatever speaks to you!

Timeless Design: An Oak Grove Kitchen

By: Shelby Adamson Pawlak

We recently had the opportunity to design a kitchen remodel for an endearing young family in Atlanta’s Oak Grove neighborhood. To accommodate their growing size, they needed storage and workspace, and quality materials to build it all. Our goal was to create such a space in their sprawling ranch home without it feeling compartmentalized, with a timeless style that would delight them for years to come.

A quartz countertop with minimal surface movement is beautiful, yet still durable for any food and beverage spills. A natural stone, Carrara Bella marble, creates a timeless backsplash without taking over the budget. As a contrast to these lighter accents, we painted the cabinetry a daring, chalky black.

We had some fun mixing metal finishes, choosing matte black for the faucet and brushed brass for the hardware and light fixtures.

But the piece de resistance is definitely the shelving suspended from the ceiling. This creates more dining space without sacrificing storage, and holds its own as a beautiful feature to display china and pottery. Its design is clean, delicate, and just the right touch of ornate.

This family deserved style, and we nudged them just enough to think outside the box and not be afraid of something unexpected and different. Functionality was key, but we’re also proud of the unique touches that make their kitchen a showpiece of their home.

Design Matchmaker: Waterworks and Ken Fulk

By: Danielle Clockel

Love is in the air! We’re constantly finding designers, vendors, artists, and artisans to crush on, and sometimes a pair comes along that seems meant to be. This week we’re drooling over top notch kitchen and bath fixture supplier Waterworks and fearless interior designer Ken Fulk. Ken’s designs are fun and eclectic in the most sophisticated way, with a focus on the details. His color and material choices are unparalleled. Let us introduce you.

Photo courtesy of Dering Hall.

What do we love more: that curvy spiral staircase or the graphic black and white chevron tile floor? Together they compliment each other in a dance of natural tones and materials with dramatic contrast.

Photo courtesy of Dering Hall.

Talk about BOLD. Is a room with fierce green walls and ceiling plus metallic gold dining chairs and brass bar cart too much? In this case: nope! This room is one big, sumptuous feast for the eyes. Whew!

Photo courtesy of Dering Hall.

What a swoon-worthy mix of styles. The geometric, grid-like floor and minimalist-yet-elegant chandeliers give a modern touch to the grandeur of the two story chartreuse panels and glossy black reception enclosure.

We know, you’re totally in love, right? Who could possibly pair with such a unique and high quality combination of colors, materials, and styles? Introducing Waterworks…

 

Photo courtesy of Waterworks.

Wooden handles? A subway and square tile backsplash? Together?? Where have you been all our lives?

Photo courtesy of Waterworks.

All the contrast. All of it. White tile next to black tile. Horizontal neighboring vertical. Staggered vs straight. Bringing it all together is glamorous brass accents, including an industrial-inspired regulator knob.

Photo courtesy of Waterworks.

This screams practical luxury. It’s just a shower, right? Oh but there’s black iron doors! And a wall of marble! We love the attention to detail and quality of materials in a space that’s meant for rejuvenating but often gets put on the back burner.

Ken Fulk, meet Waterworks. Waterworks, Ken Fulk. We think you’re a match made in design heaven, with your dedication to quality and keen eye for making even the smallest details special. If you haven’t joined forces on a project yet, we hope you do in the future!