Judy Rivard - Sawicki Real Estate


Do you ever look at pictures of dream homes online and wonder what yours is missing? The answer probably lies in a cohesive design style. All homes are built around architectural and design principles. Whether you realize it or not, there are probably at least two or three interior design styles that would perfectly complement your home’s architecture, giving it that dream house” appearance that we all wish we could achieve.

In today’s post, I’m going to cover some of the top interior design styles, from time-tested classics to contemporary trends that are sure to stick around for decades to come.

Mid-century modern

Minimal, but not barren. Reserved, but not sterile. Mid-century modern, as the name suggests, began to take shape in the mid 1900s. You’ve probably seen mid-century decorations dozens of times, especially if you’re a fan of TV shows like Mad Men.

Mid-century furniture has some of the most creative, while still tasteful shapes and textures. Egg-shaped chairs and wide, minimal sofas are highlights of this style. However, one of the most defining features is the use of wood. Exposed wood in furniture, floors, walls, and ceilings give the home a warm and cozy feeling in spite of its modern decoration. It really is all about balance.

Industrial

One of today’s most commonly used design trends, especially in urban areas, is the industrial home. Industrial homes use a great deal of white, stainless steel, and classic red brick to give the home a factory vibe.

While this may seem off-putting, once you see an industrial home you’ll immediately recognize the appeal. Industrial design appears clean well put-together. With the use one or two bold colors, it’s also easy to showcase fun decorations that are used sparingly throughout the home.

Shabby chic

A more recent design trend, shabby chic, takes influence from a number of other trends over the years, combining them into something that is both cozy and clean.

Most people associate shabby chic with vintage items painted white and then stuck into a corner somewhere with fairy lights dangling off of it. And, while this style does leave room for fun lighting and getting creative with paint, it’s core really lies in repurposing items whose era has gone by and giving them new life.

Contemporary

Contemporary design is what we call the amalgamation of today’s design trends that have yet to be identified as a particular style. At one time, mid-century modern was contemporary. And, someday, today’s style will be given another name and its place in the interior design history books.

Contemporary design uses modern principles but take some artistic liberty. Curved lines, and patterns that may be seen as too noisy for modern design find a home in contemporary styles.

Similarly, furniture choices are geared more toward comfort than aesthetics, making contemporary a more livable alternative to modern styles.


Whether you are a recent transplant to the area or have been a New Englander all of your life it’s hard to resist the charm of the classic New England style. The crisp clean lines and simplicity make one feel instantly at home. Keep reading to discover how you can add a touch of New England charm to your home. Furniture. New England style still holds its roots from it's early settlers. Look for simple, rustic furniture. Ideally, it should be a handmade piece built for quality to last the tests of time. Speaking of time, no New England home is complete with at least one antique and preferably one handed down generation to generation. If you are not so fortunate to have an heirloom piece start hunting the antique fairs for one you love. Color. New England homes are deeply inspired by their natural surroundings. When choosing colors for your home think sky blues, sunny yellows, sea foam greens, sandy beige, pine greens and nautical navy. If you need some inspiration visit the cape or some nearby woods to gather your color inspiration. Visual Interest. New England style may be simple but it’s not devoid of visual interest. If you don’t have at least something covered in plaid you should consider a shopping trip in the near future. Whether it’s a blanket, kitchen curtains or even some wallpaper, having plaid is practically a must. Braided rugs are another New England staple and not always one limited to floor coverings. You can also find braided table runners, placemats, coasters, chair pads, and potholders. Decorating. Books, books, and more books. A large home library is not hard to find in New England homes. Collect interesting titles and visually appealing book spines for a collection that makes a statement. Nature landscapes, seashells, lobsters, ducks, and shells are all common themes found within this homey decor style. Woven baskets and rustic pottery are also New England staples to be placed on shelves or hung from hooks. Shelving and hooks will be your best friend as New England style maintains it’s clean simplicity by having a place for every item and keeping them off the floor. Features. A wood stove and/or fireplace are practically nonnegotiable. And while a stack of split wood nearby and fireplace tools are a practical necessity there also a form of decor. Invest in a visually appealing log rack and hearth toolset. White washed walls and wide wood plank floors, usually of pine, are another classic New England feature hearkening back to its first settler roots you will want to look for when home shopping or replicate in your redesign. If you’ve been lusting after New England style homes gracing the pages of your favorite interior decorating magazine it’s probably time to add some of that charm to your own home. Whether you just add a few touches by switching up your decorations or overhaul your house top to bottom you should have a better idea of how you too can have a cozy New England style home.

Anyone who’s ever been in an outdated house or hotel room can tell you that the way we decorate can have an effect on our mood. Certain colors, lack of lighting, and cluttered rooms are all things that, whether we realize it or not, can have a negative effect on our mood and productivity.

These concepts aren’t recent realizations. In ancient China and India, concepts of architecture and decorating have been teaching proper design techniques for thousands of years. Today, these schools of thought are often lumped into the field of environmental psychology.

In today’s post, I’m going to talk about a few design techniques that will help you and your houseguests feel more welcome in your home and create a tone that matches your desires, whether that’s relaxed or energized.

The effects of color

With a quick Google search, you’ll find hundreds of articles discussing the psychological effects of colors. What many fail to mention is the way these effects are based on things like the culture and time period we grow up in.

However, you may find that guests to your home will feel more comfortable in light, neutral- colored rooms than they will in a room that’s painted bold colors.

On a room-by-room basis, there tend to be certain colors that Americans associate with the “right” colors for the occasion.

However, this is often influenced by the architectural style of the house more than an internalized idea about specific colors.

How much is too much?

It’s easy to accumulate home decor and find your walls and surface becoming a little too cluttered. However, bare walls and sparsely decorated rooms can feel a bit too sterile and unlivable. Is there a balance between the two?

Oftentimes the best solution is to follow one simple decorating principle:

Rather than using several small items to decorate a room, choose just a few larger items. This will prevent the room from appearing cluttered but still give it a sense of character.

Taking advantage of the full area of a room

So far, we’ve been talking about how colors and decor can make a room feel more spacious and welcoming. But, even if you have a small room, you can still often achieve this effect.

One solution is to add brighter lighting to the room. Increasing the light makes to room feel more open. And, if possible, natural lighting is the best option, as it can reduce any feelings of claustrophobia.

If better lighting or windows aren’t an option, many homeowners turn to mirrors to make a room feel larger. Larger, wall-hanging mirrors are an excellent way to give the illusion of spaciousness in a small room.


Using the psychology behind these three decorating principles, you’ll be able to make you and your houseguests feel more at ease within your home.


Kitchen cabinets are the centerpiece of your kitchen. Granite islands and counter tops generally don't get as much attention as kitchen cabinets. It's a reason why many would be home owners decide to upgrade or replace the cabinets as soon as they move into a new house.

Key kitchen cabinet elements

The wrong kitchen cabinets can make your entire house look old, outdated. Choose the wrong kitchen cabinets and you won't have enough storage space. When choosing the right kitchen cabinets, focus on color, texture, style and shape.

Colors to choose from include white, brown, black, tan and red. You can also paint kitchen cabinets green, blue or any other color. The key is to choose a color that goes well with your kitchen table and chairs.

The types of kitchen cabinets that you can install are nearly as diverse as are the colors that cabinets come in. Base cabinets are installed about one foot above your kitchen floor. These cabinets are generally big enough to store large pots,pans and skillets inside. Before you go with these kitchen cabinets, consider how comfortable you and your family members will be bending down to retrieve and return dishware.

Wall cabinets are elevated and run along the top portion of your wall. About two feet of space is generally left free above wall cabinets. A good way to get plenty of storage space is to install both base and wall cabinets in your kitchen.

You don't need a pantry to put in pantry style kitchen cabinets. You may need another source of storage space, as pantry kitchen cabinets are typically smaller that other cabinet types. Whichever cabinet type you choose, make sure that you install enough pull out drawers. This will give you space to store silverware,large cooking utensils like a spatula and a large mixing spoon.

Kitchen cabinet accessories

Handles on double door kitchen cabinets are located at the top inner edge. Styles that handles are available in range from straight, round and curved. Silver, wood and gold colored are standard colors that kitchen cabinet handles are manufactured in. You could select handles based solely on price or you could opt for style and choose chic handles.

Regarding style, sliding cabinet doors is another option that's open to you. A downside to sliding cabinet doors is that they can get stuck. On the other hand, you won't have to concern yourself with replacing door handles that come loose and get lost.

Before you consider your cabinet choices finished, check out kitchen cabinet accessories.Included among the accessories are overhead lights, ventilation fans, open door shelving, end panels and toe kicks. If you're handy when it comes to construction, you may be able to save by installing unassembled cabinets.

As with other house features and amenities, go with your gut when choosing kitchen cabinets. Your first glance at kitchen cabinets takes in each of the key elements. Also, consider how well the cabinets blend with kitchen counter tops,the island, flooring and your kitchen furniture.


It’s difficult to tackle so many projects throughout your home without feeling overwhelmed. This is why it’s a great idea to take each part of the house piece by piece. There’s plenty of quick updates that you can make to your bedroom without breaking a sweat. The idea is to make little changes that have a big impact. Here, we’ll show you some easy updates that will make a big difference in your bedroom. Use Color To Your Advantage Adding bursts of color is the easiest, yet the most often overlooked decorating technique. You can add bits of color all over your bedroom. From small accents like picture frames and vases, it’s simple to add some color here and there. It will make a huge impact on the room. Feel Your Way Around The Room The textures you use in your bedroom is important to how comfortable the room feels. You can mix and match the linens in your bedroom from the type of throw you use to the type of rug that’s present on the floor. You’ll want to consider changing these a few times a year to match with the seasons. Warmer, fuzzier linens are best for the winter whereas lighter linens are perfect for summer. Suit Your Style There’s different textures and different items that match up with certain styles and themes. If you’re going for a more romantic feel, consider using velvets and cozy looking throws. Leather gives a more rustic feel whereas blown glass and antique-finished woods provide the feel of country living. If you’re looking for more of a modern bedroom, try teak wood, smooth leather and even plastic touches to achieve your look. Change Your Accent Pillows And Shams There’s something to be said for simply changing the pillows in your bedroom. Any throw pillows or pillow shams that are present in your bedroom could use a change each season or two. This will give you a fresh perspective instead of the same old tired bedding and accents. These simple changes can make a noticeable difference in your bedroom. Making these changes will also give you something to look forward to each and every season. Change Your Window Treatments Changing your curtains along with the seasons is a great idea as well. In the colder months, you may want to hang more insulated curtains to hold the heat in your room. In the summer months, light and airy curtains will help you to beat the heat. Make It Personal Your bedroom is the perfect place to hang your treasured photographs and artwork. Change up the pictures in your frames and the artwork on the walls every so often so that you can keep your memories flowing with goodness. You’ll get tired of staring at the same artwork day after day. By mixing it up, you’ll be able to showcase all of your favorite things throughout the year!



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