Posts Tagged ‘Design Trends’

Creating Texture in Your Home with Pressed Tin

January 24th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

I love the look of pressed tin, and I’m thrilled that it appears to be enjoying a rebirth. Popular in the mid-19th century as a more affordable alternative to European plasterwork, this versatile material can be used in any home interior to add texture and architectural interest to your space. I think pressed tin offers a marvelous alternative to paint, tile and wallpaper, especially if you enjoy a hint of the unexpected in your home design.

The following are a few of my favorite places to use pressed tin:

Give people a reason to look up when they enter a room with a surprising and beautiful pressed tin ceiling. It creates instant architecture reflects light throughout the space.

Windsor Smith_House Beautiful Tin ceiling

Instead of the standard tile backsplash, you can give your kitchen some 19th century elegance with pressed tin.  The pattern and texture provides an interesting backdrop to the cabinetry.

Country Living pressed tin backsplash

Wall panels
Why not install pressed tin panels on the wall for that “wow factor”? It is a great replacement for the flat and ordinary look of paint, or wallpaper and paneling.

Pressed tin wallpanels C'Reflections

Headboard for a bed
Give your bed some dramatic flair with a gorgeous pressed tin headboard.

Pressed Tin Headboard_photo Casamidy

If you’re still on the fence about pressed tin, consider these advantages over other materials:

  • Panel sizes are generally smaller
  • Weight difference is enormous
  • Panels last much longer
  • Adds more value to your home
  • Huge variety of patterns and designs
  • Painting is easy
  • Simple installation

I wholeheartedly agree with the saying that “everything old becomes new again”. Pressed tin brings back the style and feeling of a bygone era. Using pressed tin makes ordinary projects become personal statements of your style and artistic flair. It shows the personality and depth of your home and create a wonderful throwback to yesterday.

For architectural design services contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc by calling 310-788-0990.  I would be happy to work with you to help create a home you can be proud of that highlights your personal style and tastes.


Photo Credits:
1.) House Beautiful
2.) Country Living
3.) C’Reflections
4.) Casamidy

Top Home Design Trends for 2013

January 3rd, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

The past year has been an exciting one for home design, but now that we’ve ushered in a new year it’s time to take a look at the most popular trends for this year.  Home design trends for 2013 are building on many of those established in 2012, like open floor plans and energy-efficient design, with an overall attitude shifting toward easy, simple living with low-maintenance materials and streamlined design.  Take a look at which home design trends reign supreme:

Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces continue to be popular in 2013, with seamless transitions from interior to exterior spaces.  Outdoor spaces feature everything from cozy seating, entertainment systems, fireplaces or fire pits, to full outdoor gourmet kitchens.  Why not extend the summer  for as long as you can and implement a few of these luxuries into your backyard space?

Outdoor Living Spaces

Finished Basements and Attic Spaces

Developing an unfinished basement or attic is fast becoming a smart and sensible remodeling project. Renovating and finishing undeveloped space that already exists in your home, instantly increases your home’s square footage and its overall value! When craving that extra space it makes good sense to finish these undeveloped rooms rather than adding onto the home. Basements and attics are ideal spaces for creating media rooms, offices, studios, or that much needed extra bedroom.

Finished Attic

Open Floor Plans

The open floor plan is a trend that is here to stay. It has been increasingly popular over that past few years and will continue well on into 2013 and beyond.  Open spaces floods natural light throughout your home, facilitates conversation between rooms. allows for greater flexibility in the use of adjacent spaces and makes your home feel that much larger. If you don’t currently have an open floor plan, consider removing a wall or two to improve the flow.  You’ll be glad you did!

Open Floor Plan

Energy Efficiency and Improved Air Quality

Energy efficient home building continues to grow in popularity, allowing home owners to live more comfortably and save money.  Consider replacing old windows, furnaces, and water heaters with new energy efficient models and incorporating automated systems to continue improving the efficiency of your home.  New HVAC and solar heating technology can also improve the efficiency and comfort of your home.

Energy Efficient Design

Quartz Kitchen Countertops

Granite has been dethroned by quartz in 2013.  The countless color options, its high durability, and low-maintenance makes quartz surfaces highly appealing to homeowners.  The colors and finish options are endless and are ideal countertop solutions for any kitchen or bath design style.

Quartz Kitchen Countertop

Bathroom Remodels

Bathroom remodeling was huge last year and is fast becoming as popular as kitchen renovations.  We are seeing a distinctive touch of luxury returning to master baths. This is becoming the most coveted space – a retreat to escape to at the end of a hectic day.   Free standing tubs, walk-in showers with frameless glass, and European style wet baths are trending this year.

Hardwood Flooring

The timeless natural hardwood floor returns to popularity in 2013, trending this year are the lighter shades and stains.  The salvaged look is also hot, with hand-scraped wide planks.

 Hardwood Flooring

Which home design trend are you most excited about seeing in 2013?

Stay Inspired!


Photo Credits:
1.) Houzz
2.)  Southern Accents
3.) Houzz
6.) House Beautiful
7.) Houzz

Benjamin Moore 2013 Color of the Year: Lemon Sorbet

November 7th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

The bold and saturated colors popular in 2012 are being replaced in 2013 with more subtle and softer hues.  Paint company Benjamin Moore has recently released its 2013 color of the year, a light pastel shade of yellow called “Lemon Sorbet.”  This cheerful shade  tends to rejuvenate and stimulate your mind, body and soul – epitomizes warmth and is a fitting choice for an increasingly optimistic atmosphere – and a sunny outlook to the future.

Lemon Sorbet

Using Lemon Sorbet in your home is a great way to introduce a feeling of happiness to a room.  Its light tones keep it from becoming overwhelming or uncomfortable, and it’s a great color for reflecting natural light to brighten up a space.

 Lemon Sorbet Living Room

This shade works well with the other pastel colors that are predicted to become popular in 2013, as well as many of the stronger hues from 2012.  A room full of pastel shades is very calming and bright, while a space that contrasts pastels with strong accent  colors creates a more vibrant atmosphere.

Lemon Sorbet Contrast

What do you think of the shift to brighter pastel colors in 2013?  Share your opinions in the comments; I’d love to hear from you!  I would also love to help you design your home with the trending colors of 2013; just contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing

Stay Inspired! 

Photo Credits:
1.) Luxe
2.) Houzz
3.) K+BB Collective

What’s Hot And What’s Not

January 20th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Staying home is a booming business – so why not update your favorite spaces with some fabulous, new and exciting home design trends? This is THE year to clear away the cobwebs, add some fun and excitement into your life – and infuse tons of personality into your home!

So for you design savvy homeowners, here are some fresh ideas you can implement into your home – and enhance your quality of life – one project at a time.  You’ll be glad you did!

What’s Hot!

  • Nature Inspired Design: Anything “green” goes!  There is a genuine respect and desire for materials and products that are re-purposed, re-used, re-claimed, re-cycled and sustainable – with colors that reflect the natural elements of the sand and sea, forests, trees and sky.
  • Handmade/Artisanal Furniture and Accessories: A return to one of a kind bespoke furnishings, customized to your specifications – where the product is predicated on the highest quality of craftsmanship – and will last for generations to come.
  • Traditional With A Twist: Juxtapose your formal furnishings with more natural and relaxed accent pieces.  The key is to mix up traditional furniture arrangements with casual pieces punched up with grace and style.
  • Going Global: The inspiration of exploration and adventure. Incorporating souvenirs from your worldly travels or grabbing some unique pieces at a weekend flea market instantly infuses your personality into your home.
  • Color Palette: Grey is the new beige.  Pair charcoal and slate gray with hot metallics like pewter and silver and brass – and blend them with luxurious lavenders, warm yellows and dramatic black and whites for a dramatic effect.
  • Bold Designs: Layering of fabrics, textures, colors and patterns!  Introduce some large scaled patterned wallpapers (which are hot again) into your space and create an instant focal point.  A little goes a long way.

What’s Not!

  • Granite Countertops: The “Builders’ Special”. This material has been on the scene for well over 20 years and it’s time to give it the proper burial. It’s old, predictable and extremely out-dated. Go for honed limestones, concretes, woods and even quartz surfaces.
  • Oversized Furniture: Bigger doesn’t mean better.  Machine made over scaled furniture dominated family rooms for years and often was just too massive for the space it occupied.  The matching furniture pieces resembled more of a furniture showroom than a family room – and lacked personality.  Stay away from the “matchy-matchy” syndrome.
  • Dark and Heavy Drapery: For some it was a statement of luxury, for others it was a way to create privacy and some drama.  In reality, the velvets, brocades and damasks adorned with chunky tassels and trims, belong in the high school theatre’s art department.  Privacy is important, but consider more natural materials with simple textures of woods, silks and linens.
  • Faux Anything: It goes for people and things – be true to yourself and don’t pretend to be something you’re not.  Unless you willing to use the “real” piece, don’t display a plastic antlered table lamp, or faux zebra area rug and expect it to have the impact you’re looking for.  Introduce something authentic with texture and pattern that reflects your taste and style.

I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
© 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc

Home Office Design Trends For 2010

January 6th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Did you know that more than half of all U.S. businesses are home-based?  Did you also know – according to the Small Business Association – they estimate approximately 6.6 million of these businesses provide more than half of their household income?

The homeprenuer trend is growing, and will only continue to intensify.  So how do we create that home office to provide us with a positive environment in which to grow?

Since almost 90% of home-based entrepreneurs have families, separating the living and working environments can prove to be a little tricky.  So pick a spot in your home, where noise and traffic are at a minimum and privacy is optimum.  A separate guesthouse outside, or a room above your garage, would be the ideal location for your home office, but the reality is that the typical home-based business is located inside the house.

Entrepreneurs, tend to be highly creative and innovative people – and their work environments should reflect that aspect of their personality.   If your home office space is stimulating and sparks innovation, then your creativity just flows.  When it’s dull, drab and dingy your work will suffer the same fate.

We’ve entered a new decade.  Isn’t it time to “Up the Ante”?

Whether you’re purchasing new office furniture, re-painting your space or simply accessorizing, punch up your home office environment and infuse a few of these cool new design trends into your plan.

2010 Design Trends:


  • Nature-inspired design and green products.
  • Natural environmentally friendly furnishings.
  • Paint colors that work with your company’s branding, logo and website. (Use Low VOC or Zero VOC paints.)
  • Introduce a chalkboard wall to save on paper and brainstorm ideas.

Eclectic Designs:

  • Blending and layering of bold colors and graphic patterns.
  • Large-scaled patterned wallpapers and grass cloths are back in vogue.
  • Clean, simple and flexible office furniture styles.
  • Office seating upholstered in bright bold fabrics with neutral pillows.

Color Trends:


  • It’s THE color for this year’s palette. Wall color or accessories.
  • If it’s good for the White House, it’ll be great in your house.
  • Epitomizes warmth and a sunny outlook toward the future.
  • Sparks imagination and innovation.


  • Defines refined luxury and elegance.
  • Represents a sense of royalty and power.


  • Natural colors of sand, trees and moss green.
  • Creates a sense of balance and harmony.
  • Aqua/Teal will be a hot summer accent color.


  • Charcoal and slate grays are the new neutrals and showcase the brightly colored furniture.
  • Metallic grays in furniture, leather and metals are hot this year – and blend beautifully with each of these trend setting colors.


  • Ecologically driven neutrals and organic tones.
  • Muted colors always evoke a sense of calm – but infuse some color for accent to keep you jazzed and awake.

For that finishing touch, check out for the coolest office accessories.

I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
© 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc