Inside the Dulles Expo Center, at the Home + Remodeling Show, January 18-21, a 1,400 square foot house was erected in one day. With the help of wonderful sponsors, this roofless house was brought to life with flooring, wall paint, lighting, kitchen, bathroom, landscaping, furniture and accessories.
Road Map to the Design:
Val Valdez incorporated rich and vibrant hues in both, the living room and bedroom. In the living room, Val used Sherwin Williams paint color Great Falls 6495 (a close cousin to the Color of the Year) as a backdrop, and Sherwin Williams paint color Morris Room Grey 0037, to balance out the rest of the house. In the bedroom, a warm shade of purple by Sherwin Williams, Vigorous Violet 6838, is used as an accent.
Tip: In small spaces a bold color makes a strong impact thereby creating the illusion of a larger space.
Rich hues like the ones used in the Design Home can create many different environments. Val chose to go upscale with this palette by incorporating mixed metals in gold and polished chrome, a nod to the Hollywood Regency era of the 1930s; a style known for its drama inspired by old classics of the 19th century (Regency furniture).
Tip: If you prefer a more casual feel, these colors should be accented with natural wood tones, rather than shiny metals, for a Bohemian vibe.
To balance out the opulent feel of the Hollywood Regency influence, Val incorporated the warmth of wood case pieces from the Mid-Century Modern movement. Furniture from this era is identified by their straight, clean lines accentuated with smooth, curved angles. They rarely feature any detailed ornamentation.
The Design Home showcases the talented works of Katie Banks, owner of CMB World Designs, in the bedroom and dining room. Val opted to work with Katie because of their shared passion for revitalizing furniture and spaces. What captured Val’s attention was Katie’s contemporary flair incorporated into these one-of-a-kind pieces. The addition of ornamental hardware, graphic paint designs, and bold color worked perfectly with Val’s vision for the Design Home.
One of the most relevant pieces to completing a harmonious design is the area rug. Val teamed up with J and J Oriental Rug Gallery to provide a first class product for the Design Home. The showcased rugs are magnificent! As a direct importer, J and J guarantees their rugs for a lifetime and offers a full trade-in value when you’re ready to change your design. All rugs are hand-made. They offer countless number of rug options, but Val selected some of the finest and most unique patterns to compliment the eclectic style of the Design Home. Unlike the typical Oriental rug, Val’s selections are modern and fresh, without compromising quality and craftsmanship. The patterns and colors in the Design Home rugs flow perfectly with all the selections and provide the punch of class it deserves.
Tip: A properly scaled rug will dictate if a room appears small or large. It grounds all the pieces on it and provides a needed layer to the overall design.
One design element that should never be overlooked, is lighting. Val selected two pendant light fixtures from Dominion Electric to brighten up the dining room and bedroom. The 3 tiered organic design of the dining pendant is finished in hand-applied gold leaf and reinforces the glamour of the Hollywood Regency movement, while staying true to the soft curves of the Mid-Century Modern era.
Tip: Providing 3 different light sources in a space will enhance your total room experience. If possible, provide ambient lighting, task lighting, and decorative lighting.
Short Art History Lesson:
1: The Regency in Great Britain was a period when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son ruled as his proxy as Prince Regent. On the death of George III in 1820, the Prince Regent became George IV. Regency furniture followed a style in France after the coronation of Napoleon as Emperor (Empire Style). Prince George became Regent from 1811-1820 – this was a period of classical furniture. It was then the fashion to copy actual furniture of the classical Roman and Greek times.
2: Mid-century modern is the design movement in interior, product, and graphic design, architecture, and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. Post-World War II ideals of cutting excess, commodification, and practicality of materials in design heavily influenced the aesthetic of the furniture. Some of the best-known designers of this period are: George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Arne Jacobsen, and Charles Eames and his wife Ray Eames.