I have been looking forward to writing this month’s entry ever since I created my annual list of topics during the summer. The following is a culmination of all the finishes that I love to use as an interior designer. Obviously, not all would make it into every project as the owner/users, project budget and function of a space dictate what’s appropriate. Also, trying to be a well rounded designer, all interior styles and materials are workable and feasible. HOWEVER, if I had to pick signature items for myself, these would be it…
I’ve grouped my favorite picks into categories. Many overlap and work in other groups like the texture helps depict the style or color scheme. But I’ve tried to group them into cohesive ideas.
Please also check out my curated style boards on Pinterest: DDS Style Boards. I have boards for interior finishes, decor ideas, historic preservation, and mid century modern, as well as plain/simple, modern for the modern shy and a new tiny house board.
Now back to my list… let’s take a look at some examples of my favorite materials assembled together:
When you layer different elements you create depth and richness, both physical and visual. Using complimentary colors and a diversity of materials you create a balanced environment. If you’re like me you enjoy the beauty and richness that can be found in older pieces too. The trick when using vintage pieces is to mix them with new up to date materials around them bringing the interior to present day. If using all vintage pieces, the interior will appear just that, dated.
Now, to briefly address items I don’t like: paisley, chevron, and herringbone patterns. I don’t like polka dots much either, but for the right room I could squeeze a few in here and there. For reproductions, I’m not a fan of digitally printed or vinyl imitation of materials, it always looks flat and too perfect. Real authenticity brings dents and dings, scratches and scars, patina and dirt. However if your budget does not afford all of the real things, don’t worry. To quote from my July’s blog post Decorator, Designer, Architect…which one to choose? :
“Never let a designer tell you that you need a bigger budget for a better impact. Creativity and imagination can go a long way for a limited budget.”
Real materials can cost more, but can still be showcased just in smaller quantities. Also, function often requires something more durable, such as vinyls and polyesters, this is not a problem either. Today’s commercial materials can deliver a similar desired aesthetic and meet the building code requirements and durability standards for the location.
When choosing materials and finishes, create depth and interest. Interiors are to be experienced and enjoyed. The physical environment provides a visual energy, make sure its amazing!
Sarah Daricilar, NCIDQ
Studio Owner & Interior Designer
Daricilar Design Studio – Medway, MA