You keep asking……..so I’m answering!

Hello everyone! I thought I would appeal to those with curious minds and make a post that covers the questions I get asked the most. If you are one of those that have questions, maybe I can clarify some of them here for you.

How high should I hang my light fixture above my dining table?

The correct height should be 36″ from the table top to the bottom of your fixture. The light fixture is a detail that shouldn’t be ignored. Getting it at the perfect height will make it a conversation piece and create ambiance rather than give your guests an achy neck from looking up to admire it.

Should I buy a matching bedroom suite?

Please don’t! I know it is tempting but if every piece matches, the entire room becomes a blur and nothing really stands out. You need to tailor the pieces so that they compliment each other. Each piece should tell a part of the story.

Is Wallpaper outdated

Absolutely NOT! Wallpaper is an amazing way to infuse personality and texture into a space. If you are worried that you will tire of it quickly, have your designer select something that is a little more subtle or do a room that you don’t spend that much time in such as a powder room. You could also do a feature wall if it makes sense. If you are brave, there are so many beautiful bold patterns out there that are certain to make you smile.

Can I mix metals?

The answer to that is yes you can. You have to be careful in doing this as it needs to make sense. For example doing a black matte for your door hardware and light fixtures while adding a gold to your cabinet hardware works well. I wouldn’t mix more than 2 different metals as it will become visually confusing. The goal is to create a cohesive look that compliments every detail.

How large should my area carpet be?

Your carpet should be large enough for your furniture to sit on it completely or at least so that it goes under the first set of legs. An area carpet is like a big hug in a room setting. It creates a coziness as well as finishes the room with an added detail.

Are feature walls out?

Heck no! When deciding whether a feature wall is the right thing in your space you need to ask yourself one question. Why do I want this particular wall to be a focus? The answer should pop into your head pretty quickly. If it doesn’t then its not the right wall to select. A feature wall becomes the first place the eye lands in a space so choose wisely or get some help from your friendly designer. aka me

What is the difference between an Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator?

I get asked this question all of the time, so I thought now would be the perfect time to explain.

Interior Design is the art and science of understanding people’s lifestyles and behaviours, which in turn creates functional curated spaces within a building. (Interior Design,2020) “The interior design process follows a systemic and co ordinated methodology including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process” (What is Interior Design?, 2018)

Interior Decorating is the adorning of a space to make it beautiful.

Interior Designers decorate but Interior Decorators do not design.

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The Perfect Colour

…The key to finding the perfect colour is to find your starting point, whether it’s a fabric you have fallen in love with or a piece of art or an area carpet.  You need a beginning to create a middle and finally you will achieve an end result you can be proud of. 

The wall colour is really the final hoorah, it will tie everything together while making a statement or creating a subtle mood.  

As everyone knows, grey has been trending for quite sometime now.  We are finally infusing grey with bolder colours such as navy, citrine, blush, and jewel toned greens. These rich tones are making a comeback and have been forecasted in fabrics that were released for spring 2020.

How you choose to use these colours will set the tone in your room.  The quieter wall colour will create almost a gallery appearance  allowing the surrounding furniture and art, area carpets and fabrics to shine.  A bolder wall colour will demand attention.  Adding quieter accessories will help to create balance in the space…

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Spring Things: by Christine Flack

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…Another one of my favourite things to do during this seasonal epiphany is to change my accent cushions and throws inside of my home to reflect whats happening outside. ¬†I like to add brighter colours and florals. ¬†Adding an art gallery to a wall with botanicals or other seasonal themes definitely screams Spring! Large scale palm leaves are trending in wallpaper at the moment and make a bold statement.¬†

An easy way to embrace this awakening is to bring fresh flowers inside. Add a bouquet to an entryway or a bedside table.  This always enhances mood and just simply is pretty to look at! We all deserve a fresh floral arrangement! 

Now if you are looking for a larger project like repainting an exterior for that added curb appeal, BRAVO!  First you need to select a colour that will work with your exterior finishes.  A professional can help you if you are having trouble.  Choosing the perfect colour will draw the eye to the entrance of your home and welcome whomever is waiting for you to let them in.

If you are planning a project or need help with an existing one, visit my website, ChristineFlackDesignGroup.com. ¬†Click on Services then Design Concierge. In this section we can do a virtual colour consultation, design consultation, space plan and sourcing of products. ¬†With this Design Concierge service option, we can adapt to our current circumstance and embrace the idea that this is still the perfect time to start a project…

Our Changing Times- Guest Blog from Christine Flack

We are happy to announce that Christine Flack’s website is up and running! Go visit her at https://christineflackdesigngroup.com for all your interior designer needs!

This past week, COVID-19 has forced us to change how we live our lives.  Due to this, many changes have occurred and continue to occur day by day. A lot of projects have been cancelled and put on hold. This is understandable during this time of uncertainty. Hopefully in the next few weeks, things will get under control and we can continue to live our lives outside of the confines of our homes.

I for one can’t wait.  In the meantime, we have to find a way to move forward while staying safe. I offer a Design Concierge Option in my services.  This allows for services online with no home visit required. I will be extending this service to Colour Consultations so that while you are facing the next few weeks at home, you can start your painting projects to keep you busy. Paint is available through The Painters Place at 478 Dundas Street West with curb side pick up.  This is a great time to get a head start on any projects you have been planning but haven’t had time to accomplish.

I want to let my existing clients and any new clients know that I, along with my trusted partners, are pushing forward and getting things accomplished.  Cabinets are still being produced and installed with safety measures in place.  Furniture and Fabrics are still being sourced through my online showroom. Paint is still being mixed.

Things can still move forward in a modified manner.  I would like to try to keep my trusted partner The Painters Place, my drapery workroom, and anyone else that I can along the way busy during this time. If we can continue with design projects, together we can keep small business’ running.  

Just a reminder that any cabinetry and custom orders will take 10-12 weeks to be completed before any install or delivery can happen.  Paint can be mixed once order is placed and confirmed.

Let’s all use this time to allow our creativity to flow, finding joy in our new and improved spaces.  Together we can help keep small business’ alive.  

Stay safe and healthy

Christine Flack