We're pleased to see the Pantone Color of the Year is Marsala - a warm, rich hue, completely functional in multiple residential and commercial design applications. The new color can be used more as a background than an accent (as opposed to 2014's Radiant Orchid...). We love trying to use the new colors in a creative way. Pantone's Colors of … [Read more...]
Color Trends: A Look...Pantone’s color of the year is a Marsala,...
Guest Post: A Respon...We recently posted an article on the importance...
Painted Roof vs. Gre...Some of the most energy-efficient improvements...
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Hi-Tech Play Rooms V...High-tech playroom design may seem like the best...
We recently posted an article on the importance of lighting design in places of worship, pointing out that lighting in these spaces must attend to several goals, not the least of which are safety, task/utility, ambiance and energy efficiency. We're posting a response to that article by lighting designer Carrie Slife. Carrie works for Sladen Feinstein … [Read more...]
Some of the most energy-efficient improvements you can make in your home take place at the top. One of them involves your roofing system. The solar heat gain that accumulates via hot roofs causes your HVAC to run overtime, which also keeps those energy bills significantly higher than necessary. An energy-efficient roof design mitigates solar heat gain, … [Read more...]
Thoughtful lighting plans should be a foundation of any design, but they play a particularly important role when it comes to designing places of worship. The physical building plays multiple roles for a spiritual or religious community. For this reason, the lighting plan is a critical part of how the building functions. Take a Holistic Approach When … [Read more...]
High-tech playroom design may seem like the best thing for your child, but studies show that too much screen time is not a good idea. While it's true we live in an era when technology is a driving force, it's also true that we need to seriously evaluate how technology alters the way our children view, think about, and interact with the world around … [Read more...]
If there's one principle that should guide architecture and interior design, it's that function always precedes form. That's most certainly the case when it comes to universally designed bathrooms and kitchen spaces. These spaces are designed with the long-view in mind; ensuring a home functions efficiently and safely for residents, regardless of their … [Read more...]
What's your idea of modern office design? Do you picture an office with wide open spaces and colorful bean bags? Do you like the idea of a few cubicles or walled offices here and there with plenty of additional communal space? Or, do you shake your head at the newfangled workplace, mourning the days of quiet offices with long hallways and plenty of quiet … [Read more...]
If you were to ask us, "Which do people prefer in architectural design: straight lines or curves?" The answer would be easy: curves! If we go back and review some of our favorite projects, we can see that many of our clients' favorite architectural features have to do with the curved details. Things like arched windows or doorways, bay windows, or rounded … [Read more...]
Restaurant design runs the gamut from bright, airy and colorful designs bursting with energy to dim and cozy establishments that strive to make their guests feel as if they're seated at the only table in the house. Data analysis shows us there are direct correlations between ambiance - i.e. a restaurant's design - and the customers' feedback, how much they … [Read more...]
It's no mystery that clutter-filled spaces contribute to mental and emotional stress. Thus, it doesn't require a stretch of the imagination to see how thoughtful architectural design can have the opposite effect, creating feelings of calm, ease, and tranquility by virtue of aesthetics. In fact, architects and interior designer can create buildings and … [Read more...]
Universal design is about more than convenience or making life more comfortable after one's mental or physical capabilities have diminished. Accessible architecture and interior designs play an integral part in preventing the accidents and injuries that often contribute to seniors' mental and physical declines in the first place. Universal Design Elements … [Read more...]