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Back to School: Interior Design 101

Oct 04, 2018 12:31PM ● By Hannah Ott

Back to School

By Jane Neuburg 

September signals crisper weather, pumpkin-spice lattes, autumnal hues and, of course, back-to-school.  Summer vacation is a fond memory saved on iPhones and lake houses are neatly packed up for next year.  It’s time for a new adventure, a change of season.  Back to school means adapting to new routines, football games and buying school supplies.  Often, it inspires re-organization at home to accommodate backpacks, lunch boxes, homework and science projects.

Instead of giving you tips on home organization, the designers at Haven Interiors (Geneva) thought it would be fun to send you back to school with a little interior design know-how to keep you in-the-know.

Window Treatments 101

By Jane Neuburg

Think of your windows as a backdrop to your room.  Adorning windows can include anything from roman shades, to Venetian blinds, to woven woods, to draperies.  Sometimes a room needs the softening effect of draperies, in combination with the light-filtering or privacy offered by woven shades.  Many updated pleat styles are available when creating custom drapery treatments.

Ripple Fold: For a contemporary home, the ripple fold drapery creates a polished look, accentuating the clean lines of a modern space.

Parisian or European Pleat: Transitional spaces call for draperies that aren’t too fussy but still look refined.  The Parisian pleat, sometimes called European pleat, is the perfect choice.

French Pleat: French pleats are used in more traditional settings. This look will bring drama to your room while providing a heightened elegance.

Goblet Pleat:  Another distinctive style, used for more formal window draperies is the goblet pleat.  This design is especially stunning with satin fabrics.

Embellishments: Drapery trimmings such as beaded trims, patterned tapes, fringe and tassels add interesting detail and will remain classic.  Embellishing with specialty trims creates window treatments that are truly one-of-a-kind.

Textiles 101

By Kimberly Stillman

Haven Interior designers find inspiration in a myriad of ways.  A common step in their design process often involves finding a single, patterned textile and using that as the jumping off point for pulling a room together.  The elements which make a textile ideal for a specific space are color, texture, pattern and material.

Color:  What mood does the color create?  Traditionally, neutrals and muted tones are considered calming while bright, vibrant colors are considered energizing.  Adding an unexpected color to the mix can create visual interest.

Pattern:  When mixing patterns of various size and scale, keep the look cohesive by sticking to similar colors and tones.  On walls, big-scale patterns tend to have a “shrinking” visual effect and very small, detailed patterns have an enlarging effect.

Texture:  As with all design choices, personal taste leads the direction.  Do you want the cool, crispness of cotton or the rich look of plush mohair?  Texture adds warmth and interest to a room.