8 Interior Design Tips For Mom

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and we’re totally focused on interior design tips for Mom here at MDK Designs. While Mom’s can be the most difficult to shop for (after all, who could be more selective – and have better taste – than they do?) we’re convinced that your Mom would absolutely love interior design tips and ideas from the heart for Mother’s Day.

To celebrate Mother’s Day and help you impress your own Mom with a fabulous and thoughtful gift from the heart, we’ve put together 8 interior design tips for Mom.

Interior Design Tips for Mom

1. Give Mom an Interior Designer for the day

Many Interior Designers offer consultations. Though these consultations you can learn so much about current trends and tips to make your home feel like your own personal oasis. If your Mom has been dreaming of updating her kitchen or giving the backyard patio a facelift, consider giving Mom an Interior Designer for the day.

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2. Organize that mud room

Mom’s love when homes are organized – and so do we. For Mother’s Day, consider organizing the mud room that needs attention, or perhaps the master bedroom that requires a deep carpet clean. Nothing is better than being surprised with a clean home.

3. Purchase the duvet she’s been dreaming of

interior design tips for momTrends for 2016 in the bedroom point to textures and patterns, and interior design tips for Mom point to needing a new duvet! If she’s been dreaming about updating her bedroom or guest room, consider purchasing a brand new duvet. New duvets can completely change a room without requiring a large investment. This duvet from CB2 is one of our favorites.

4. Invest in some great knives, perfect for display in a kitchen

Everyone loves to display their new knife set, and it’s even better when it comes in a stunning display. This set from Wusthof, for example, is an eight piece deluxe box set that is finished in a dark cherry wood knife block. It’s the perfect addition to a kitchen, an even more impressive gift from a family member, and one of our favorite interior design tips for Mom.

5. Book a house cleaner

This is a luxury that most of us take for granted; however, consider booking a house cleaner for your Mom. Although we’re certain she loves the way she cleans and organizes her own home, there is a great feel knowing that you simply don’t need to worry about cleaning your own home for one week.

6. Consider landscaping for her backyard 

From cutting the grass to planning the new vegetable garden she’s been dreaming of, consider landscaping gifts for her backyard. If she loves to garden herself, consider spending the day with her and greasing your elbows to give her some assistance. Two sets of hands are always better than one in the garden.interior design tips for mom

7. Bring the outdoors inside

Bringing your herbs and vegetables fresh from your garden is so trend-worthy in 2016. We love the idea of having your own vegetable garden, and we especially love this idea to keep your herbs contained and fresh in the kitchen. This herb keeper is just one example of bringing the outdoors inside, but it’s one that we love for Mom’s.

8. Update the living room with throw pillows

Throw pillows can make some major updates to your living room for a very minimal investment. The best thing about throw pillows is that they can be changed on a whim. Consider purchasing a few different options for your Mom so she can update her living room when she wants, as she wants.

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all of our Mom’s, we wish you a very happy and celebratory Mother’s Day! We appreciate your hard work and dedication to your families, and certainly hope your loved ones have spoiled you with these interior design tips for Mom.

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Interior Design Pattern Tips for Your Home

Interior design patterns play a significant role in transforming the look of your home. For example, when designing a floor plan for your new home build there are so many things to consider. From the kitchen to the mud room, to deciding where your gorgeous new chandelier will be placed, the interior design pattern decisions are endless. These decisions are both big and small, but all will have significant impacts on the end result of your home.

It can be difficult to keep track of all the best practices you need to know as you work with an interior designer to plan your home. If you want to get a head start, we’ve put together our top 5 tips you need to know for the interior design pattern of your home.

Interior Design Pattern Tips

1. Place the mud room near the front entry interior design pattern

We recommend placing the front room near the front entry. In this case, it will be accessible to many of your house guests, as well as your family. To make this decision, think about the style of your house and the surrounding rooms. Determine if they are traditional or contemporary. You will want to ensure that the mudroom reflects the style of your home, The reason why we recommend placing the mud room near the front entry is because you’ll want to drop coats, umbrellas and bags in this area, making it easily accessible near the front room for the interior design pattern.

2. Give Vastu a try for your kitchen

According to Vastu Shastra, the interior design pattern system of architecture, which literally translates to “science of architecture”, the kitchen is the most effected area of the house for energies. This part of house is to be situated on its corresponding place i.e. South-east governed by element Fire. The kitchen is the important part of home and is the primary contributing factor in general health and well-being of occupants.

Related: Interior Design Trends for the Spring

3. Listen to feng shui for your master bedroom

Because you want a good energy foundation for your bedroom, which is meant to be the most peaceful and nourishing energy, it is best to locate your bedroom above an area with peaceful or balanced activity. The best location is in the back of the house where it is more or less ‘hidden’ from the main energy traffic.

4. Place the main floor bathroom between the entrance hall and kitchen interior design pattern

One of the questions we are often asked is, “where do I place the main floor bathroom?” and our recommendation is always between the entrance hall and kitchen. Why? For many reasons, but mostly because you do not want your guests to wander through various rooms to get to your bathroom. During dinner parties, and for simple layouts, it’s far easier to place your bathroom in an easily located area of your home.

5. Ensure your living room has two outside walls.

In feng shui, the living room should be located in the part of your home that has at least two outside walls. You should avoid having the living room nestled deep insight your home, and instead place this room in an area that will allow energy to enter the room from the outside. The placement ensures fresh and clean energy for your home. It’s not just the location of the room that you want to consider, but also how you place the furniture in that room and also what type of furniture you get. So if you want to have a nice and inviting living room then you should get something like this gloss TV unit white to make the room feel more welcoming.

There are so many “rules” for room placement and the interior design pattern in your home, but we ultimately want to ensure that you enjoy the layout of your home and design a living area that is functional for you. From layout beliefs like feng shui to simple practicality, ensure that your home is practical for your family.

 

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7 Spring Interior Designs Trends You Need to Watch For Now

With Spring upon us and the weather starting to turn for the better, what better way to celebrate sunshine than with a quick Spring Interior Design refresh in the home? Now is the ideal time to clear out anything you’re no longer in love with (or even really like) and give your interior decor a refresh. To help start this process, we’ve gathered the latest home trends that you should be prepared for in the Spring. Below are the 7 Spring trends you need to watch for now.

1. Black and white decor black-white-decor

Minimalism is totally in for Interior Design Trends in Spring 2016, and so is black and white decor. Although color palettes were all the rage last Spring – especially palettes with pastel features – this has been replaced with black and white. In fact, black and white decor has increased 40 percent since last year on Pinterest.

2. Minimalism is in

Minimalism is here, and it’s here to stay for 2016 Spring Interior Design Trends. From kitchen decor to living room furniture, and even master bathrooms, opt for minimalist, yet functional.

3. Marble accents

We haven’t seen marble for a long, long time, but it’s back for the 2016 Interior Design Spring trends. It was huge at the NY NOW showcase, but don’t worry – it won’t break the bank. This Spring trend is all about the small touches of marble, such as clocks, coasters, additions for your side table and even candleholders. Think minimalistic, remember?

4. Light, fresh flooring

Though dark, fresh hardwood was in for 2015, light and fresh flooring just screams 2016 Interior  Design’Spring’ trend. We’re seeing plenty of sophisticated gray hardwood flooring – and don’t be afraid to pair this with wooden wall art or even an accompanying wood dining table.

5. Black stainless steel appliances

black-stainless-steelTo accompany the light and fresh flooring, we’re loving the Interior Design trend of black stainless steel appliances. Houzz even predicts that this is the Interior Design trend of the future, and we’re excited to see it kick off in Spring.

6. Statement bathroom mirrors

Although a plain, rectangular mirror will absolutely get the job done (it’s functional, we get it), we believe this will be the year of the statement mirrors, especially in bathrooms. Look for unique mirrors with vintage frames, or even smart mirrors with LED lighting.

7. Country kitchens

While 2015 was the year of vintage, Spring of 2016 will be the season of the country kitchen. Modern and rustic farmhouse kitchens are all the rage, especially on Pinterest.


 

From black and white decor to country kitchens, from statement mirrors to light and fresh flooring, there will be plenty of 2016 Spring Interior Design trends that any home will love.

Have questions about these trends? Contact us here.

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6 Easy Ways to Enhance Any Room

With the Fall nearly in full swing, we’re already dreaming of what’s ahead for 2016. Although there are plenty of trends to bring into your home now, sometimes you simply don’t have the time for an entire home makeover.

That’s why we’ve compiled 6 easy ways you can enhance any room as we enter the new year.

Are you ready to implement these tips and tricks in your home?

1. Think accessories (bookshelves are our favorite).

Reading is an essential part of the lives of many of our clients, so we often recommend this feature for small, but meaningful home improvements. Think about accessories, such as bookshelves, that can be added to any room. If you’re updating your living room, consider placing a comfortable reading chair to accompany this area. Not only will your room showcase your fascination, it is also a great conversation starter.

2. Fresh coats of paint.

If you have a handy arm, updating feature walls – or even your entire room – can be done with simply your time and energy. We love fresh coats of paint to go along with the seasons, as long as you’re sticking with similar palettes. For example, if your room currently features a grey or blue tone, stay in the same color palette. Your furniture and accessories will thank you.

3. Pops of style and trend.

We like to think of living areas as wardrobes. You can fill it with new colors and accessories each and every season (within reason). For this upcoming season, identify a few patterns of colors that make your room look inviting and exuberant. For example, consider integrating some animal prints in your pillows or throws, or add a metallic side table in place of your current, traditional feature.

4. Wall quotes that have meaning.

Depending on the room, we love wall quotes. Especially in a home office, wall quotes truly showcase your personality. Keep yourself and your guests inspired when they walk into your home.

5. Add a piece of art.

In a perfect world, your home should look as spacious as possible – but we’re not all blessed with large foyers and high ceilings. To help make a small room feel large, you’ll want to include something that draws the eyes upward. That’s where art comes in. The placement of a unique piece of art can create a dynamic look that balances your room and scale. Remember – it doesn’t have to be large. It simply needs to pull your colors, textures and patterns together.

6. Shop for a new rug.

For a room with hardwood throughout, adding a new rug can work wonders to update a room. Just like we recommend with paint colors, remember that your rug should stay within similar color palettes as this will help avoid adding any other changes to your room. Consider shopping for a vintage rug at your local antique shop.

Remember – updating your home for the New Year doesn’t need to be costly. With simple tips and tricks for small changes you can make now, your home can feel fresh and new for 2016.

 

 

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10 Trends for Interior Design in 2016

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With 2016 nearly upon us (can you believe it?) we’re starting to look ahead at design trends for the New Year. From color palettes to accent decor, 2016 promises to be a greater, more eclectic year in Interior Design.

Are you ready? 

Below are 10 trends we’re excited to see in 2016.

1. Sustainable Design

Sustainable design will be an everlasting trend for urban home owners. As consumers and designers explore different materials with greener, more sustainable solutions, we will truly begin to see this in all areas of the home. Think recycled plastics, wood and more.

2. Mixing Metals

We’ve referenced this in our Fall trends, and we’ll see the trend continue to 2016. The matching of metals and colors are so gone this season. Instead, think differently. Metals can be used in any room of your home, from accessories in your living area to lamp stands in your master bedroom.

3. Create Nostalgia

The color palette for 2016 will be all about creating nostalgia. With tranquility in mind, think about industrial, minimalistic colors such as grey, silvers and blues. Combined with soft textures and rich palettes, create nostalgia using stimulating colors this year.

4. Animal Accents

Either on print, pillows or rugs, dream about animal accents. Zebra print, leopard print and more will make your accents filled with personality.

5. Combining Designs

Much like mixing of metals, combining designs will be all the rage in 2016. Think about mixing modern and rustic designs, such as a rustic bathroom vanity with modern tile.

6. Freestanding or Vintage Tubs

We love the urban, chic look and feel, and this couldn’t be more true than in freestanding or vintage tubs. Should you have the room in your master bathroom, these tubs create the look and feel that any character home desires.

7. Natural Floors

If you’re thinking about updating your flooring this year, think about natural flooring. Driftwood, pine, or planks with traditional knots. Combine with elegant furnishings and home accessories.

8. Oversized Furniture

The Great Room will be of great focus in 2016. We’re dreaming of oversized sectionals, furnishings and lighting. As we enter the cold winter months of 2016, cozy and oversized furnishings will have all the focus.

9. Appliances

Much like sustainability, kitchens are all about the latest and greatest appliances. From fridges to stovetops, we’re focused on the most cutting edge appliances and accessories for the year.

10. Quartz Stone

Quartz stone and countertops are still the highlight of 2016. Why? Because there’s little to no maintenance. These surfaces bring true elegance to your dream kitchen or bathroom, and we see little sign of this trend slowing down.

We are so excited about the trends ahead for 2016 and we’d love to tell you more. Are you looking for home renovations or updates in the New Year? Let’s talk.

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Fall Into These Decorating Trends for 2015


As the Summer draws to a close and the weather becomes cooler, our evenings are spent more and more frequently indoors instead of on our back patios. Although we’re certainly going to miss the long Summer nights, we’re excited about Fall and the interior design possibilities that are ahead.

After all, with new seasons come new trends – and we’ve identified our top 5 favorite trends for Fall 2015.

1. Mixed Metals

In the Fall, you’ll see the mixing of warm metals (think coppers, golds) with cool metals (think silvers). Matching of metals and colors are so gone this season. Instead, dream big. Mixing of metals can be used in any room of your home, from accessories in your living area to lamp stands in your master bedroom.

2. Graphic Tiles

Much like taking risks with your mixed metals, graphic tiles will be seen in everything from commercial to home spaces. Combine graphic design with interior design to give you the perfect balance of urban chic and sophistication that your home needs.

3. Neutral Wall Colors

Although there will be plenty of risk with metals and tiles, wall colors will be moving back to neutral for the Fall. Consider playing with the palette of your home office and select a color that will be the perfect backdrop for your furnishings. Fresh shades of light gray color tones, beige, black and white will be on-trend for the remainder of 2015.

4. Let’s Go Retro

We said take risks, right? Going retro will combine the perfect rustic, yet modern style that is comfortable and oozes class. Dream about black and white geometrical prints, chalk boards and contemporary prints.

5. Vintage Romantic

Much like neutral wall colors, we’re loving the vintage romantic trends in interior design right now – and this will come full force in the Fall. Integrate soft pink and hues in your linens, candle holders, throws and pillows.

With these five key trends ahead for the Fall, we’re excited about interior design updates and changes. Remember: you don’t need to have a large budget to update your home this season. Contact us for more great, inspiring ideas.

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5 Tips to Decorate Dorms and College Apartments

With the Summer drawing to a close and September getting closer, it’s time to start thinking about dorms and college apartments. 

The best part? It’s time to start thinking about decorating for dorms and college apartments.

Whether you are going back to school or your children are moving out of the home, below are 5 tips to decorate for the school season.

1. Determine where to shop (and when!)

Where to shop (and when) can make all the difference. Will you be designing a modern dorm room with functional furnishings, or will you opt for a vintage chic look and feel?

And what about the ‘when’? 

Shopping one week before school begins will be a recipe for disaster. Think ahead and plan an entire day with your child – just make sure your shopping is done in August.

2. Have a set budget.

This is perhaps the most important. To avoid going over budget and into the red, ensure you have a set budget before you begin shopping.

We recommend having a budget for furnishings and a budget for school supplies, and breaking each one down with must-haves and nice-to-haves, so you can add and remove items as necessary.

3. Be aware of your space.

Dorm rooms can be small (remember college life?)

Ensure you have your square footage on-hand as you shop, so you purchase appropriately-sized furnishings.

Apartment-style furniture is often the best. Think small couches and side tables.

4. Have a plan for what you will do with your child’s room once they leave

We know – this one can be difficult. Once your child leaves, you can experience a sort of empty-nest syndrome (especially if the new college-dweller is your last child to leave your family home). To avoid emotional decision-making, have a plan developed now.

For example, you can choose to turn your child’s room into a new office or second bedroom, or you can keep it as-is for when your son or daughter returns home for the Summer.

Whatever the case, make sure you have a plan before your young one leaves your home doors.

5. Flying or driving?

Keep this in mind as you purchase your furnishings – will you be flying or will you be driving?

If you will be flying, keep in mind of that budget as your travel costs will be sure to increase. If you will be driving, ensure your recently purchased items will fit in your vehicle for transportation.

As you embark on your purchases for dorms and college apartments, remember the moment and the experience you have with your child. This is a whole new adventure in your life, and one that we encourage you to embrace.

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Top 5 Decor Trends for 2015

Now that we are in the second half of 2015, it’s time to look at the top decor trends of this year. With palettes and materials, lighting fixtures and furniture settings, this year has truly given us much to choose from so far. Interior design trends 2015

What are the top 5 favorite decor trends for 2015 here at MDK Designs? Find out below.

1. The Artisan Look

This has weaved itself into many areas of your home. The Artisan look, such as antique side tables, cracked outdoor furnishings and gold frames, has started to become a fixture within homes. We predict that this will replace your urban chic furnishings. Think of your black mirror frame being replaced by a smoked, textured feel.

2. Personal Embellishments

Personal touches to your home will be more important than ever in the next half of 2015. With small embellishments on furniture, such as stripes and french knots, or highlighting your room with metallics such as silvers and gold, the details will be key. With any piece of furniture, in particular, be sure to think about various ways you can truly make it your own.

3. Prepare for Fall Colors

F672CBDC0FWe know, we know – we’re all enjoying this warm, Summer weather and cannot even begin to imagine the crisp air coming our way, but it is never too early to start thinking about the Fall. Our prediction for Fall colors? Greys and blues – and lots of them. We are thinking nantucket and pewter grey with indigo navy and cobalt blue. Blues and greys  are strong foundation colors and can be mixed with many other colors like yellows, ambers and reds that will be beautiful accents and highlights. Grey and blue will be very prevalent in everything from wall colors to accent furnishings.

4. Low-Maintenance Materials

This is music to every home owner’s ears. Low-maintenance materials will be front and center in the Fall and Winter of 2015. Think synthetic stone, such as cambria, or flooring in porcelain and bamboo. Easy to maintain and beautiful in all seasons, these materials will be seen everywhere.

5. Geometric Linear Shapes

You will see geometric patterns in your backsplash, throw pillows, drapery and rugs. Geometric and  linear shapes are great in design because the add depth and an abstract element. It is a very easy way to incorporate artistry and patterns in your decor. Don’t be afraid to use these in different areas of your home – walls, floors bedding and much more.

As the second half of 2015 of upon us, we are truly excited at the interior design trends of the next two seasons. How will you update your home for Fall and Winter 2015 trends?
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How To Improve the Curb Appeal of your Home

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We always say that beauty is not everything; it’s on the inside, that counts. After all, the interior should always exceed that of the exterior in every way, right?

We’re diverting ever so slightly from this notion with home design, and it comes down to one reason – curb appeal.

When selling your home or even having guests arrive for a dinner party, the exterior is the ultimate first impression. From a well-manicured lawn to the color of your home, from the stone on your driveway to the hedges outlining your property, the curb appeal of your home really is everything.

So how can you ensure your home has the curb appeal it needs for resale or those dinner parties?

Ensure your home has an updated paint color.

Your home color ultimately depends on the style of your home – traditional, modern or urban, perhaps? Although the color of your home is dependant on your style and overall taste, it is important to keep the quality updated. One of the worst mistakes you can make during the selling process is to not have your home’s exterior well-kept. Should you see chips on the siding of your home or discolor after weather and time, it is important to invest in a refresh of the exterior.

Invest your time in landscaping.

Investing in landscaping does not have to be a monetary investment; in fact, we encourage you to get outside and have fun with your lawn and garden yourself! From ensuring your lawn is freshly cut to removing weeds from your flower bed, investing time in landscaping will go a long way to the overall look of your home. Should you need to hire a landscaping company, we advise you read reviews and do your due diligence before having a business arrive on your property.

Keep exterior material clean and updated.

From stone on your back deck to the material on your driveway, ensure your exterior material is both clean and updated. This means pressure-washing yearly, removing the grit and grime accumulated from the weather, and replacing any material that requires updating. Much like investing time in landscaping, make sure you are investing time and resources in the materials around your home. Pressure-washing yearly can go a long way to long-term protecting and support of your exterior materials.

The curb appeal of your home is second-to-none in terms of importance and a first impression. How would you rate the curb appeal of your home? Tweet us.

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Using Lucite Material for your Home

The transparent trend of lucite material has returned to the interior design industry and it’s quickly taking us by storm. With a deeply rooted history, lucite’s light reflective surface is now making its way into the modern, chic home once again.

So how did lucite material begin? 

This material is often associated with Hollywood Regency glamor. It was commercially available in 1937 and was used in a variety of designs and applications. Fast forward to 2015, and this material has made a comeback as a versatile and beloved material for home interiors. Adding an element of splendor in just about any home, lucite has certainly not lost the Hollywood Glam it originated in.

What was it originally used for? 

We mentioned that lucite was used for a variety of purposes, and it’s true – this material was used in everything from military applications on submarines and airplanes to women’s jewellery and handbags. In the modern world, there was really no limitations to its use.

So what about interior design?

Lucite is a popular choice and an alternative to glass because the material is very strong, light and durable. In many projects, lucite is actually the preferred materials because it is shatter resistant and can be carved and dyed in a variety of colors. In addition, lucite is able to reflect light in such a way that it keeps it on the material’s surface. As such, it is perfect as an edgy piece to a classic, modern room, providing visual energy to the interior. Lucite can turn a traditional space into something marvelous, modern and amazing, as it has the ability to break up the visual weight of items such as wooden tables. Lucite made a comeback in the 60’s thanks to Modern Interior Design and was used in light fixtures, accessories and furniture. By 2002 Philippe Starck introduced the now infamous Ghost Chair and that was the beginning.

We love integrating lucite into the classic and modern home. Just remember: you shouldn’t use traditional glass cleaner on the material; instead, search for an acrylic cleaner.

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