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Top Winter Design Tips of 2018

Although the first day of winter isn’t technically until December 21st, that hasn’t stopped Mother Nature from sending snow and frost our way.

And since we’re already experiencing winter weather, we at Birmingham Design Studio want to share with you some winter design tips and trends.

Here is our list of the top 5 winter interior design tips of 2018:

Dark Palettes

Our favorite dark palette colors include deep greens, purples, grays, and browns. These colors take dominance over other colors in each room they’re in. They also reflect comfort and a more laid-back energy that people usually have in the winter.

Blankets

As with every winter season, blankets and throws are popular again!

This year, the trend is focusing much more on comfort than it has in the past. Some examples of this

include

  • Soft and cozy fabrics (cashmere, faux-fur, wool),
  • Mismatched comforter and pillow sets,
  • Decorative pillows, and
  • Extra throws and blankets on top of comforters.

Sparkling Accents

Sparkling accents bring a sense of winter and the look of snow inside your house, without bringing in any of the cold.

A little goes a long way with sparkle though. Too much will be distracting and oftentimes too bright.

Some types of sparkling accents include white snowflakes, gold stars, or poinsettias in rose gold pots.

Wreaths

Largely considered a Christmas tradition, we think that wreaths should be popular all winter long.

Wreaths can be hung on the front door, in windows, or over the mantle. Considering that wreaths fall into the darker green color palette we already love, that’s another positive. Wreaths also symbolize growth, which is great to keep in mind going into the New Year.

If you want a real wreath, you will have to replace it a couple of times, however artificial wreaths are also sold.

Textures/Patterns

Textures and patterns from all over the world have been popping up in clothes and in homes this season.

Some of the most popular textures are

  • Rugged nomadic styles,
  • Intricate block prints,
  • Rich mohairs,
  • Velvets,
  • Paisleys, and
  • Glittery sequins.

Persian Rugs Represent the Best of Oriental Rugs

Why are Persian Rugs typically better than other Oriental Rugs?

Birmingham Design Studio

Fine Persian Tabriz Rug.

I’ve been in the Oriental Rug business for 30 years now and have dealt with many types of Oriental Rugs. While there are many fine rugs produced in different countries, in my opinion fine Persian Rugs are far superior. That opinion is based on following reasons.
 

  1. Fine Persian Rugs are like pieces of art. Each rug has a soul and conveys the beauty of an art that dates back over 2500 years.
  2. The workmanship and degree of detail is unmatched by any other Oriental Rug.
  3. Persian rugs are produced in different parts of Iran and exhibit unique designs, color palette and weave characteristics of the area they are produced in. Each city, village and tribe have their own signature style.
  4. Because of the variety of designs available in Persian Rugs, they’re easy to use in Traditional, Transitional and Modern Interiors.
  5. The testament to quality of Persian Rugs is the auctions in Sotheby’s and Christie’s where you see Antique Persian Rugs fetching very high prices. Good Persian Rugs don’t just get old, they become precious antiques.

How come I don’t see fine Persian Rugs in many of Rug Stores, Furniture Stores, Design Centers, and Interior Design Studios?

Offering Fine Persian Rugs require knowledgeable rug experts on staff and substantial investment in inventory. They are one-of-a-kind works of art for people who appreciate their beauty, workmanship, history and can afford the best, and you can’t get the same exact one in a different size. Mass produced less expensive rugs that are being promoted heavily in shelter magazines or by sales people/ designers at national and local chain furniture stores don’t require knowledgeable rug expert or large investment to carry and are much easier to sell in volume. So you may never be presented with the best choice for your home.

How do I find a Persian Rug that’s ideal for my room?

Your best bet is to find a reputable dealer near where you live who specializes in Persian Rugs and has been in business for many years. They should be able to find a rug that works with your decor and budget.

  • Ask them to take the rug home and see it in your space.
  • Look at it during the day and at night. Also view it both from the light side and the dark side.
  • Ask what makes that rug special and why the dealer thinks it’s a good choice for you.
  • The rug should feel at home when you lay it down in its intended space.

Avoid auctions unless you’re an expert. Definitely avoid “Going out of Business” sales unless you know the dealer has been in business for many years and are very familiar with the quality of their merchandise and what they normally carry. Also buying online from a photo could give you a lot less than you bargained for.
 
With the variety of designs and colors available it’s impossible to walk in to a showroom and expect to find the rug of your dreams right away. We talk to our clients to find out what they like, their room, fabrics, furniture, decorating style, how they use the room  and then search throughout the country and over seas to find the perfect rug for them. Then we allow them to take it home to make sure it works and shop us around if they wish. When they are comfortable to make a decision then we talk about them acquiring the rug.

For more information feel free to contact Kamran or Kristi Karimpour or check us out on Facebook or Instagram!

October Design Tip

Design Tip: Want to make your ceiling look taller than it is? Paint the ceilings white to make the room look bigger. Hanging curtain panels higher than the windows will also visually elongate your walls.

September Design Tip

Design Tip: Want to create a relaxing space? Use a tone-on-tone palette, then make the room dynamic by using a wide variety of textures. You can do things like putting a faux fur throw blanket on a light linen sofa and adding a distressed wood coffee table with it.

Design Tip

Design Tip: Goodbye greige, designers have fallen back in love with color. However, too much of a good thing can be too much. To create a pleasing palette, limit your main colors to three choices. Mix in some neutrals to get the perfect, balanced look!

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Design Tip

Design Tip: Mix metallic finishes to make an impact in any space. Adding two classic finishes, like gold and silver, will give a room timeless beauty.

Design Tip

Design Tip: Create strong verticals and avoid a lot of horizontal pieces to fake height in a space. Use large mirrors because they add scale to a room. Also, keep the furniture low-slung so the rooms seem taller.

May Design Tip

Design Tip: An easy way to spruce up any piece of art is a good frame. Frames come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Custom framing can completely change a painting and dramatically change your space. 

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