INTERIOR DESIGN

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PAINT YOUR WALLS BLACK

 

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

In an era of bright and white instagramable spaces (yes, we swoon over those too!) - we are think you should paint your walls black. It’s no surprise that I am a fan of dark moody spaces. I try to slide in some saturated color into a project every. single chance I get. So here are our top reasons why you should say yes to that darkest color swatch on the paint color fan deck.


1. MAKE IT COZY

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A dark room (especially black) has the ability to wrap you in color and create a cozy inviting space that light colors simply can’t achieve. It’s almost like the room is opening its arms to you and pulling you in for a big bear hug.


2. BENEFIT FROM CONTRASTS

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

Other colors will contrast and bounce off like you would’t believe, so the end result is actually bringing more life to the space.


3. BLACK IS SEXY

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Everyone looks sexy in a black room. A black interior is flatering. Your skin tone will thank you.


4. YOUR ART WILL LOOK PHENOMENAL

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Your art will look PHENOMENAL. It doesn’t matter if you are an avid fine art collector, pick up art from the thrift store, have only a few key pieces and a massive collection. Your art will sing on the dark moody backdrop.


5. NO NEED TO FEAR

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It will not feel small, we promise. Okay - so a few factors do come into play with this promise. One, your ceilings really can’t be lower than 8 ft, and if they are, make sure you balance that dark wall with some of the following: light or bright area rugs and drapery OR light and bright furniture, also varying wood tones add interest to a dark space. (really, any space.) Additionally, if you don’t have a lot of natural light in the space, be sure to add ambient lighting through chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps and/or wall sconces

Lisa Gilmore | Roohi Photography

 

GO AHEAD, PULL THE TRIGGER ON THE BLACK PAINT.

There you have it, I rest my case. Hopefully you are now dreaming up which room (or maybe you should just go for it and paint your whole place black!) that you will tackle with this amazing color. And if you get a little scared, don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

With love & design-y dreams,

Lisa Gilmore

GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN MOMENTS

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN INSPIRATION

Photo by Lindsay Guido/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by Lindsay Guido/iStock / Getty Images

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day weekend… while many are out drinking green brews, gathering around green rivers (Here’s looking at you, Chicago!) and hoping for the best of lucks - I am reminiscing over some of my favorite green moments with design. To be totally honest, it looks like a large amount of them deal with green velvet…

GREEN VELVET CHESTERFIELDS

There are two things that my design soul loves, and here I get to combine them all. A classic chesterfield + a juicy green velvet. Life, complete. Paired with the colorful antique area rug and its the perfect situation of color, traditional elements and modern whimsy.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography :: Seamus Payne

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography :: Seamus Payne

CHARTREUSE GREEN DRAPERY

What a fun space this is - silky chartreuse drapery with a pop of magenta on the leading edge. The beautiful green and magenta was delicately sprinkled throughout the rooms offset with rich black walls.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Native House Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Native House Photography

CHIC CEO OFFICE

This CEO’s office is anything but boring, this super amazing sofa is like sitting on an emerald cloud, pure heaven. I love how the entire room jives so well with the antiques, color, layers of art all while not distracting from that amazing city view!

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

WILLIAM MORRIS WALLPAPER

What would a conversation about design be here, without at least one wallpaper showcase?! I LOVE this classic William Morris pattern wallcovering in this home office. The shades are green are so beautiful with the pops of orange hues.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

OUTDOOR SPACE AT MANDARIN HEIGHTS

This tile for the outdoor space at Mandarin Heights makes us think of an abstract take on the forever famous banana leaf motif.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

GREEN VELVET SECTIONAL

So, this may come as a surprise to you… (or maybe not at all!) But my personal home has velvet of its own. Everyday I walk into my living room I love this green velvet sectional finished off with the perfect antique brass nailheads. Double bonus - it’s ultra comfy, too!

Lisa Gilmore Design

Lisa Gilmore Design

I’m always inspired by my surroundings for design - there is something about the fresh green hues that our lovely mother nature has to offer that allows my heart to flutter and feel extra inspired for our projects.

So how do you take your green? Would you implement it into your home environment or would you rather keep it in your festive beer?

With love & design-y dreams,

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Admiring green nature  Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC Canada

Admiring green nature

Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC Canada




DESIGN PROJECT:: MARBLE MASTER BATHROOMS

MARBLE MASTER BATHROOMS - YAY OR NAY?

Like everything else, interior design certainly has it’s share of trends. A lot of our clients fear that some of the choices they will make for interior will trend out. It’s our job to best guide those choices for longevity of your home!

One topic up for debate - marble.

marble

In my opinion, marble will always be in. It is such a classic look, you really can’t go wrong with it. One area I feel marble always has a place is the bathroom. A master bathroom with a little or a lot of marble has a certain look that appeals to the masses - and with the right styling you can make it modern or traditional!

Here are two bathrooms that prove it really can go either way:

TRADITIONAL MARBLE BATHROOM

Traditional marble master bathroom by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography


MODERN MASTER BATHROOM

Modern Master Bathroom by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image by: Native House Photography

Most people are usually concerned about the maintenance of marble. The great news is, that with technology of today, we can get some really great marble imposters in the way of porcelain tile! So fret no more - start designing the marble filled bathroom of your dreams, it will be sure to turn heads for years to come.

With love & design-y dreams,

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DESIGN CHAT:: PARISIAN INTERIORS

INSPIRING INTERIORS OF PARIS

Paris is a place where, for me, just walking down a street that I’ve never been down before is like going to a movie or something. Just wandering the city is entertainment.”
— Wes Anderson

There is something about the Parisian interior. There is a certain magic to it. It has an effortless vibe. Things blend so organically together, even though you know that they really had no prior orientation together before coming together in a certain room. But it just flows, they aren’t overthought, they aren’t overdone, they are elegant, chic and leave you craving more.

There seems to always be a spot for books - an overflowing amount of books. Just enough to get lost in.

The Parisian interior is curated and welcoming. You feel wrapped up, safe and inspired. Really, you never want to leave.

The Ritz Paris

Even their tattoo studios are well designed, I couldn’t help but smile with this fresh and inviting space for Désolée Papa

I’m not sure about you, but Paris is a place of inspiration and excitement for me. It’s rare there isn’t a smile on my face with every turn of a corner. What are some of your favorite Parisian moments and must stop places?

With love & design-y dreams,

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