Color Trends: A Look Back on Pantone’s Colors of the Year

We are surrounded by colors in every moment of our lives. They influence us, affect our moods and personalities, and offer a vibrant spectrum that's unavailable in a world of only black and white.

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...]

Guest Post: A Response to LED Lighting in Religious Settings

LED technology has sharply progressed to the point where it can create lighting that is aesthetically pleasing. Source: SladenFeinstein.com

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...]

Painted Roof vs. Green Roof: Which Energy-Efficient Roof Design Is Right For You?

The biggest consideration that you should have when choosing to build a green roof is that coordination among the design team is critical.

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...]

The Importance of Lighting Design in Places of Worship

Lighting is crucial to how a place of worship functions.

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...]

Hi-Tech Play Rooms Vs. Low-Tech Playrooms

We need to seriously evaluate how technology alters the way our children view, think about, and interact with the world around them. Source: Facebook

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...]

Aging in Place: Choosing Between Bathtubs and Showers for Seniors’ Spaces

For handicapped bathtubs and showers, remember to make the tub safe, accessible, and to make sure that it's designed so a person can maneuver comfortably about with a cane, walker, or wheelchair.   Source: Houzz

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...]

Modern Office Designs: Cubicles vs. Open Offices

Designated cubicle or office spaces are a waste of space if an employee is mostly on the go.

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...]

Straight Lines Vs. Curves – Which Do We Prefer and Why?

Science is able to prove that people prefer curves to straight lines in architectural design.

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: Choosing Between Bright & Airy and Dim & Cozy

Data analysis shows us there are direct correlations between ambiance - i.e. a restaurant's design - and the customers' feedback, how much they eat, and how much they spend.

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...]

How Good Design Can Influence Your State of Mind

Architects and interior designer can create buildings and spaces that are intentionally designed for contemplation and meditation, often conjuring up feelings of calm, ease, and tranquility.

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...]

Universally Designed Homes Yield Longer, Happier Lives for Seniors

Accessible architecture and interior designs play an integral part in preventing the accidents and injuries in seniors.

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...]