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Accent Walls Series #3

Monday, December 7th, 2015

We’re in the third and final part of our #AccentWallSeries now so we’re going to take a look at more ways to execute this design technique! We’ve talked about adding wallpaper and installing reclaimed wood or trim, but now we’re going to adventure into more unconventional ideas.


Need more storage space in your home? What better way to add storage then to make it into a statement piece. Accenting a wall with built in bookcases is a great way to give your space depth and perception. Painting them the same color as your walls will help blend them in so they’re not too overwhelming. BONUS – they provide the perfect excuse to go shopping for nic-nacs!


Stone or tile can also be a great way to accent a wall, especially in a kitchen or bathroom where these materials will stand up against wear and tear. Try extending your kitchen tile backsplash up to the ceiling or tiling behind the toilet or vanity in the bathroom. This will help add color, texture and variety to the space where just plain paint might not be enough.


Textiles are another fabulous way to get into the groove of accent walls. They are simple and easy to place, and provide detail to spaces that lack it. You can hang a tapestry on any wall and switch it out depending on your mood. Textiles are great for seasonal decor – so hang a floral print in the spring and a more rustic print in the fall to help spice up your room!

There are many other ways to incorporate accent walls into your space, not just the examples listed in our series. You can use ceiling tiles combined together to form an accent wall, leather or other fabrics, large art pieces or even natural looking elements such as fake flowers. Let your creativity flow!

Whether you are looking for a more permanent design or a seasonal switch up, accent walls are a great way to go. Do your research and investigate the different types that suit your lifestyle and home decor. Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and try something new. An accent wall could be just what your space needs!


Accent Walls Series #2

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

In the first post of our #AccentWallsSeries, we introduced the topic and discussed how important this common design feature can be. Now we want to dive deeper into the different ways to accent your walls.

When accent walls were at their peak, paint was the number one way to address the wall. You felt daring if you used a color that was two shades darker. Now we are trying more than just adding paint!


Wallpaper has made a HUGE come back in the decorating world. Unless you have ignored every decorating magazine and TV show out there, you know this to be true. Most of my clients don’t want to invest the money into wallpapering an entire room, so that’s where accent walls come in. Singling out one wall is much more affordable (and less time consuming!) than completing an entire room. Plus it’s not nearly as overwhelming and can be very tasteful so long as the right paper is picked out.


Wood paneling or trim can be another great way to define your style and add uniqueness to your space. From Victorian to modern to rustic, this extremely popular trend is very versatile and easy to install. Trim gives dimension and interest to a space, and paneling provides texture and warmth. Also, for those of us who don’t have easy access to reclaimed barn wood or pallets, check out!

That’s all we have for today’s post! So don’t miss out on our next batch of ideas and ways to accent your walls when we continue our #AccentWallsSeries in a couple weeks!


Accent Walls Series #1

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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Accent walls, really? I admit, I felt accent walls were overused in the mid 2000s but now I am enjoying them again. Selecting the best wall to accent is key! There are several reasons to accent your walls.

First, it’s a quick and easy way to update any room. Who doesn’t like instant gratification? With one wall you can totally transform an entire space. You can also add accent walls to any room not just a bedroom or living room, but a kitchen, bathroom or entry way to boot!

Second, accent walls are budget friendly due to the fact that you are only addressing one wall instead of an entire room. And don’t think you’re limited to just paint color, accent walls can include many different materials, shapes and forms.


They also allow you to showcase key elements of the space, such as architectural interests. Extending the stone surrounding your fireplace up to the ceiling will direct your eye and make a statement.

So be bold and don’t be afraid to create an amazing accent wall! They can be easy to install, provide storage space, brighten up a room and can be added to any space. Look out for our next #AccentWallsSeries post in the coming weeks to get a more in depth look at the different types of accent walls that are trending NOW!


Is Your Mantel Crying for a Seasonal Update?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Finally the weather is changing and my overall attitude is better. You creative ones know what this means…it’s time for a redesign! I enjoyed the white elements my mantel had during the winter; it reflected the snow outside my window. Now, my mantel is crying for something fresh and vibrant. As interior re-designers, we approach a small project just like we approach a larger space.



The Process:

1.) Remove all items from the mantel: No cheating, even the heavy items have to come down.

2.) Group all your options by color, texture and type of item. (Candles, antlers, etc)

3.) Create the focal point or the largest piece was placed first. Keep in mind, you need to fill 2/3 of the space of the mantel or it will be wimpy and we can’t have wimpy. (Try an asymmetrical arrangement by placing the item off-center.)

4.) Follow your color story. In this case, the colors in the artwork told the color story. Balance your color on each side. Even in asymmetrical arrangements there needs to be color balance.

5.) Give a variety of textures. Wood, glass, greenery, horns, shine, metals and bark are all examples of ways to add interest to the design.

6.) Force your eye to move. How are you going to do that? With the elements you have used throughout the arrangement. Not even sure why thats important? When your eye moves around the mantel or the room it creates, space, depth and interest. By placing items high, low, forward and set back you demand attention and interest.

7.) Stand back and elevate the design as you go along.

8.) Shop for missing elements. Don’t have the right item for the next layer? Go shop your home, your yard and even your closet. I have used belts, scarfs and jewelry to alter the color, texture or to and interest.

9.) Snap a photo. Inspire yourself. I keep an album with ideas just for my mantel.

Secrets from a Decorator: Finials add the Finishing Touch

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Rotated-3What is a finial?  It’s the decorative topper of a lamp with the purpose of holding the lamp shade to the lamp harp with the harp connecting to the base.  That’s the function of the finial but the creative part of the finial is totally in your control.  Most lamps are purchased with its coordinating basic finial. Let’s take it up a notch.

Let’s face it.  We place the lamp, we plug it in and then we forget it. As long as we can see to read or find our pathways we don’t revisit or update our lamps.  This last week I needed a lamp finial for a client so the search began.  Online to specialty lamp stores and then I just happened to check out the lighting section in Pier One…Bingo.  The finials ranged in price from the on sale $3.50 – $19.00.  I purchase the perfect one for my client Rotated-1and then of course I added one for me.  I admit I had lost a finial in our recent move and completely forgot about it.  It’s the extra attention to detail that will set your room apart.  I went right back to Pier One and bought a few more just to update and increase the value of a few more of my lamps and to have on hand for my clients.

What can be more economical than $3.50?  Attach an object of interest (rock, beach glass, pine cone, antique jewelry or any unique object) to the basic finial that came with the lamp.  This small element can take an ordinary lamp to the unique, “Where did you get that?” level.

It’s quick, economical and dramatic.



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Sandra Racz – Park City, UT – Phone: 435.901.1205