As Long Island continues to celebrate its reopening this summer, people are once again enjoying outdoor adventures.
Yet even if the pandemic ebbs locally, it looks like the notion of home as a sanctuary – and more – won’t be forgotten anytime soon. It is therefore important to maintain a cheerful atmosphere in your home, with design elements for the home and personalized decoration. Be fearless! Pick a color palette that speaks to you, ditch that mindset and zhuzh these white-on-white neutrals.
Recently chosen as one of Long Island’s Top 15 Interior Designers, Claudia Grunberger of Grunberger interiors, in the Grand Cou, knows a thing or two about creating uplifting spaces.
“I always like to play with color in a design scheme. I could use it in a subtle and understated way, or I could be bold and adventurous, ”she shares. “It’s amazing what a transformative color can have. ”
People are adopting stronger, more vibrant hues in their homes to boost mood and energy.
“The pandemic has had a huge impact on our relationship with our homes and created an increased awareness of how good interior design can improve our quality of life. Our homes need to function like never before, ”Grunberger adds. “And, with an upsurge in sales and home renovations, design services are in high demand. “
People crave comfort. “The fabrics are soft to the touch and full of texture – curls [looped or curled yarns], sheets, cottons, organic velvet, ”Grunberger notes. “Wallpaper has never been so popular: grass linens, wood veneers, linen weaves, silks and vinyls are available in a full range of colors and add dimension and texture. to one piece. Bold patterns and digital murals are especially on trend and are a great way to inject personality into a space.
She adds: “The latest trends are also aimed at creating a comfortable look with curved furniture, with an emphasis on natural materials, like rattan and terrazzo, and light woods (especially oak) for the floors / wardrobes. The history of the gray color fades in favor of browns; warmer tones replace cooler tones.
Blue (especially navy blue) remains a classic favorite, while a richer, earthier palette gains momentum – olive, cinnamon, rust, butterscotch. Walls painted in saturated colors can create a stunning focal point.
For a Great Neck family, Grunberger used cheerful colors throughout. The kitchen dining area features colorful floral drapes with coordinating artwork and accessories, adding a whimsical touch. The living room has a Ralph Lauren aesthetic with a warm mix of colors. The golden woven wallpaper is balanced by a traditional Turkish carpet in gold, olive and red. The red onyx fireplace is the perfect choice for deep woodwork and echoes the colors of silk draperies. The plaid and paisley pattern cushions add visual interest and comfort.
In the teenager’s bedroom, a chartreuse ceiling balances the dark gray wall, hot pink vinyl headboard, and colorful wall art. In the girls’ second bedroom, the designer chose metallic dog wallpaper, perfect for her animal-loving client. Teal walls, a bright geometric rug, patterned bedding and pillows, and a remodeled mid-century modern armchair in a houndstooth print with colorful piping complete the look.
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Also chosen as one of Long Island’s Top 15 Interior Designers, Amy Luria of Design and styling by Luria, in Port Washington, says many customers are looking for interesting textures, light and lots of color.
In a kitchen project, she used unique tiles on the backsplashes and chose white cabinetry with wainscoting. And the island was painted a refreshing blue.
“Lighting is an important thing now; people are more aware of it because it improves mood, ”notes Luria. “And art is great too. People are hanging textured, [3-D] mixed works of art on their walls.
Nowadays, even counters can feature a color. “I really like Cambria; they come out with exciting quartz textures and colors, ”she adds. In another kitchen, Luria chose a backsplash with Confetti tiles in a round mosaic.
Donald Altman, psychotherapist, former Buddhist monk and award-winning author of The Code of Mindfulness and Simply Aware, offers wellness advice for working from home. He says, “Place your workspace near a window or somewhere where you can have a view of nature or the sky. “
“We need to focus and calm ourselves using the tools of our awareness and the intentional shaping of our surroundings. If you work at home, you can create a calming environment that immerses you in the moment, regulates your emotions, and motivates you.
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