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home decorAccording to a recent Houzz decorating survey, among those hiring a professional for their renovation project, one-third plan to hire an interior designer or decorator to help them from start to finish. Why? It’s simple — many homeowners just can’t quite seem to bring their visions to life. This leads them to make mistakes that cause their homes to look bland and dull (or worse, eye-catching for all the wrong reasons).

If you’re considering a home remodel, either on your own or with the help of a decorator, here are three critical interior decorating mistakes to avoid.

Too much uniformity
Many homeowners feel as though having uniform shapes, sizes, or colors in their home decor scheme is appealing. And while it is ultimately a matter of personal preference, experts say a room can’t reach its full potential unless it features a bit of variation. That’s why having different sized furniture is always encouraged. Likewise, you need to choose a variety of colors and accent features that give a room character.

London-based interior designer Abigail Ahearn says to look at your home as you would a city: “The easiest trick is to think of your space as a city and fill it with a combination of heights and proportions. Look at any cityscape and you’ll find this intriguing mix of scale and a unique blend of fascinating shapes — that’s what you want to nail!”

Not considering room size when choosing home decor colors
This is one of the most basic and traditional design rules, yet it gets neglected so often. If you live in a small apartment or bedroom, it’s generally not the best idea to fill it with dark colors; it makes the space appear much smaller. Stick to lighter shades with smaller spaces to create the illusion of openness.

Selecting the wrong size area rug
Area rugs have been one of the most popular home design trends for years, but if you choose one, make sure it’s the right size for the space. Rugs can change a room’s atmosphere entirely, from the visual aesthetics to the room’s acoustics. Area rugs should bring a high end furniture set together, not make it feel choppy and disjointed. Each piece of furniture should be within close proximity of an area rug, if not touching it or resting on it entirely.

Ultimately, avoiding these common home decor and interior design mistakes can help you create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home and maintain it for years to come. For more information about interior design trends, contact Robert Bryan Home.

3 Small Touches That Can Revitalize Your Home Decor

home design trendsThere is a plethora of information out there about the latest home design trends. So much so that it can be a little intimidating when it comes time to update your home decor. Fortunately, making your interior design sparkle is often a matter of lighter touches rather than sweeping changes.

In this post, we will identify several small changes you can make to your home interior that will have a transformative effect on the way your home looks and feels.

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home decorWhen it comes to interior design, many homeowners are under the impression that there are many traditional design elements or rules that must be followed. However, home decor is becoming more and more unique every day, and there are no longer rigid rules that must be adhered to in order for your home to achieve the look you want. Here are some common myths about interior home design trends.

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home decorPalm Springs is renowned for its style, luxury, and most of all its authentic desert character. However, living in a desert doesn’t mean your desert home decor has to look bland and dull. According to a survey conducted by HomeGoods, only 20% of American homeowners are happy with their home decor.

The following interior design tips will help you become that lucky one in five who is happy with their home’s interior.

Be neutral

Traditional neutral colors can give a home a chic and classic look. White decor and curtains are always favorable when a space is small and needs to be opened up. However, be careful not to let neutral colors swallow your house. This is especially easy to do when you live in a desert area like Palm Springs.

Instead of embracing the sand, embrace the plants. If bohemian isn’t quite your style, you can still use pops of softer color like green to enrich your living space. The natural colors of brown and white with a hint of green give just the right amount of color to your home so that it doesn’t look washed out.

If green isn’t enough and you want just a little more color, take inspiration from the flowers around the city. Since the colors naturally grow together in the desert, you can add hints of orange and red in table top accessories without worrying about any clashing colors or making anything look like Christmas decor.

Have fun with plants

Using unique accessories to spice up the traditional design of your home doesn’t have to give you a heart attack. If you don’t like bold pops of color, then don’t use them. You can take inspiration for home decor from the outside another way: with plants.

Instead of decorating your home with the average house plants of an American suburb, utilize the local plants in your area to give a desert vibe to your home. Succulents come in all shapes and sizes. This makes them perfect for accessorizing bookshelves and coffee tables in addition to the kitchen area. They also make for great, natural pops of color if you’re truly in love with your neutral tones.

Living in Palm Springs is a glamorous adventure itself, but it doesn’t mean your home decor has to look as bland as a barren desert. By grabbing inspiration here and there from nature’s colors and plants, you can spice up your traditional home and make it a place you love.

5 Tips for Better Interior Design

table top accessoriesWhether you are looking to make your new space your own or you are looking to sell and you want to improve your home staging, a little careful interior design can go a long way to update your home design.

While home decor is a very personal matter, there are some techniques that can help make your individual vision shine. In this guide, we lay out a few of the simplest tricks that you can incorporate with almost no effort.

  1. Play with levels
    Mixing up the levels of your furniture and art is an easy way of stepping up your home decor. If all your artwork, appliances, and furniture are on the same plane, then try shaking it up. Arrange your artwork at an angle or incorporate a chair with a high back to break up the monotony. Or you can add some table top accessories to give a little lift.
  2. Choose a style
    While it is never a good idea to design your house to look like the poster child for any specific design style, they offer a great starting place. Transitional design and traditional design both provide an elegant and sophisticated base for you to build off of.
  3. Highlight unique accessories 
    One great way to add personality to your space is with little touches. Colorful throw pillows, the style of the art you purchase, or table top accessories all provide you with the chance to really make your space your own.
  4. Understand your community
    Something that is very important to consider is where you are located. While it is easy to think of your house as existing in a vacuum, you are actually a part of a much bigger community, which will impact the types of choices you can get away with. What’s stylish home decor in Palm Desert might be chi chi in Chicago.
  5. Hire an interior designer
    If you are at a total loss, then it might be time to turn to a professional. The right interior designer will work with you to help clarify your tastes and help turn your house into a dream home.

Interior design can do a lot to make you feel comfortable and happy in your own home. But according to a Houzz decorating survey, only 2% of people feel they’ve managed to realize their vision in their space. While the tips above might not get you in that 2%, they are certainly a step in the right direction.

Robert Bryan Home Opens El Paseo Store

January 18, 2017 Palm Desert, CA: Chicago North Shore interior designers Robert Levine and Bryan Boomershine have opened their second boutique design store Robert Bryan Home at 73260 El Paseo in Palm Desert.

Robert Bryan Home offers interior design services, custom furnishings, table top accessories, lighting and abstract art by Bryan Boomershine. The design duo has been in the home furnishing and the design industry for over 30 years; from wholesale design and manufacturing to residential and commercial design services.

Robert Bryan Home is very sculptural and free flowing, embodying passion and timeless design through organic lines and textures. Warm neutrals and earth tone colors mix with silver and gold accents creating an elegant vibe.

“We love to mix styles and periods. Interiors are much more interesting and inviting when you mix” says Levine.

Good design is defined when beauty meets function. Robert Bryan Home have been responsible for many residential projects throughout the U.S. and Central America.

Robert Bryan Home
73260 El Paseo, Suite 3A, Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 636-1018

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