Color?

To me, the nicest interiors are monochromatic in color. I also gravitate to black & write photography more than color so this would not be a surprise. I believe that it is because the lack of color allows the viewer to focus on the subject and other forms & textures and not distracted by say “orange”.

monochromatic color interior design

Building a new home?

I. Michael Interior Design has experience designing new homes. We design the architecture and the interiors which allows us to have control of the many features that are incorporated into the home. Through experience here are just some things to pay attention to when designing a new home that are usually overlooked;

 

1. Which direction does your home face? Oh boy is this a big one! It is critical to place rooms and windows according to the way the sun will hit your home. Get it wrong and you will not be able to sit at the kitchen table to eat, your artwork will be destroyed, your privacy will be compromised, and more!

 

The sun can be your worst enemy!

2. Where are your air return grills? These things make some noise and you really want to be conscious of where they will be. The HVAC contractor will try to tell you where they will be placed but believe me, if you know a little you can relocate them to a more suitable location and make your life better!

 

3. There’s nothing like the feeling you have when you plan your home to death, then move in and start to hang artwork and suddenly realize that there is a thermostat control in the middle of the wall preventing anything from being hung there! Again, the HVAC contractor will try to tell you where they will be placed but believe me, if you know a little you can relocate them to a more suitable location and make your life better!

 

There’s much more. I. Michael Interior Design (www.imichaelinteriordesign.com) can help design your home from the outside to the inside so that moving in will not be full of unanticipated surprises.

colors

I am often asked about different paint colors and what I prefer. Well, ofcourse I have a style and a preference but each job will be different. One thing that always stays in my mind is how colors effect things. So, when I want a room to be “brighter” I know what to do, when I want a room to feel “warmer” I know what to do, when I want the ceiling to feel “higher” I know what to do, when I want your heart rate to slow down and relax I know what to do, when I want rooms to feel more “connected” I know what to do, Very cool stuff indeed!

Paint color is one of those big impact/ low cost items that needs to be used to the fullest potential. I mean, why wouldn’t you?

restaurant interior designer working on a project

I am currently designing a restaurant in Maryland and as usual implement my own feelings about the design features as I design. One of the many considerations is the seating layout and how people are oriented while dining. Personally, I refuse to be seated where I will be staring at a wall with my back to the entire restaurant. So, the usual long banquet along the wall with chairs opposite is not good for me if I’m in one of those chairs. However, this is what I see all the time in every restaurant I can think of. Perhaps most people just don’t mind facing the wall as much as I do and the entire feel of the restaurant design is what mostly counts to people. I plan to have a variety of seating types so in case anyone is like me and prefers to not face a wall during the dinner they can choose another table.

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