Before any design project really gets underway, I always kick things off by creating a design scheme. It’s an important part of a successful design project for a bunch of reasons! First off, it is a great reason to spend time with my clients and really understand their style (which is obviously super important!). Also, it really sets the foundation for the purchasing and installation process.
Design schemes capture the overall feel of any design. You want it to evoke the same emotions that walking into the final space would. So, even though the final design often includes different details, the overall look is still the same. When creating my design schemes, I do try to include some specific examples of what will be included in the final design. And for this coastal modern design scheme for a Cardiff new construction I just completed, I wanted to make a point to include:
Art work from local photographers / I included pictures of Cardiff beach to give a sense of locale to homes. I like to collaborate with local peeps as much as possible!
Shibori hand dyed textiles / I love shibori and sourced it from a local artist in Los Angeles.
Incorporate Vintage Finds / I found these Franco Albini rattan stools (score!) and used them to help bring some unique interest to the space.
Rug / To anchor the space, I wanted to include a rug that reflected a beach-boho vibe but in a soft subtle way. It was important to still keep with the coastal vibe and I did that by finding one that had colors you find out at the beach.
Lighting / And because I love all things gold and vintage, I brought in this brass and clear glass fixture. It brought a bit of bling to the space – the reflective quality against the textures of sandy/ warm/ wood/ beauty tones was just too good to not include!
Side Tables / I wanted to bring some natural finishes into the design and did that with driftwood legs. I also did driftwood accents throughout house – you’ll find them in the master bathroom and in the color of tile in some other rooms.
Barstool Seating / Mobile or flexible seating is almost a must in a great room space so I used these wood top stools with black metal legs to tie into the black steel frame windows throughout house.
See how I brought design scheme to life below!
Photography by Luna Photo