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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.





Sandra Racz – Park City, UT – Phone: 435.901.1205