Archive | February 2011

This Year’s Most Popular Colors

A number of color trends have been surfacing lately, revealing the colors that will be most “in” throughout 2011. Since spring is just around the corner, we’ll talk about these next seasonal trends first. Spring 2011 will usher in an array of bright color combinations, design site ShelterPop recently pointed out. Not only will Pantone’s Color of the Year, Honeysuckle, make appearances, but it will be mixed with peacock blue and the most popular neutral these days: gray.

But looking a little further into the future, fall 2011’s top hues have also come to light. With the New York Fashion Week earlier this month, Pantone released its fashion color report for the fall. Fashion and interior design trends tend to coincide, so Pantone’s “sensible and spirited” fall palette will be prevalent in decorating too. Here are the top 10 colors they predict for women’s fashion this fall—notice that Honeysuckle shows up again here.

So, what do you think of this year’s color trends? Would you like to see them in your home’s décor?



4 Top Bath Remodeling Trends

Bath design by CMR Interiors.

Bathrooms are a really popular room to renovate and redecorate since they’re small and most homes have more than one. If you’re considering a bath update this year but aren’t sure what’s in vogue these days, check out some of the bath design trends the National Kitchen & Bath Association expects to be big in 2011:

  • Classics: White, creams, beiges, are the most popular bathroom colors.
  • Quartz takes second place but honed and flamed granites are popular and still the white marbles
  • Vessel sinks that are more flat and follow the length of the counter or are square but undermount still is most popular
  • Gold and Bronze finishes from Kohler for faucets.

Learn more about these trends from NKBA. If you’re interested in a beautiful bathroom makeover, contact CMR Interiors in Chicago today. Our services include turn-key interior design, design consultation and expertise in new construction selection.

Rules of Thumb for Hanging Drapes

We love the way drapes make a decorated room feel complete, but they must be placed well and suit the space to optimize the interior design, looking as lovely as possible. So how do you know if you’re choosing curtains that are the right size and placing them well? There are some basic rules of thumb to follow that can get you on the right track for hanging that finishing touch. We found an excellent tutorial you can check out from Canadian House & Home, and here are some pared down tips to keep in mind:

  • If there’s at least a foot between window and ceiling, place the curtain rod halfway between them.
  • For a lower ceiling, hang the rod very close to it to give the room the appearance of added height.
  • Curtains that reach the floor—without extra fabric—usually look best.
  • Drapes should look full, meaning the panel is wide enough to double the width of the rod.

Contact CMR Interiors in Chicago for help designing a completely beautiful room.

Photo by Jonny Valiant via Canadian House & Home blog

Top 10 Bookshelves: Part 2

This is the second and last part of CMR Interiors’ top 10 bookshelves. Didn’t get to see the first one or want to refresh your memory? Be sure to look back at Part 1 of our Top 10 Bookshelves. If you recall, we decided to scour the web in search of our favorite bookcases out there since we love the idea of these handy shelves in interior design. Not only are they great for stashing their namesake books, but they can also be used for displays of pretty accessories, collections, artwork, picture frames and more. But we won’t keep you waiting any longer—here are the next five (the last three are slightly less expensive):

Baker: Laura Kirar: Frazier Etagere from Flegels

Baker Pyramid Bookcase

Bourdonnais Double Bookcase Tall from Ballard Designs

Pillaster Bookcase from Ballard Designs

Sonoma Bookcase from Ballard Designs

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Top 10 Bookshelves: Part 1

Bookshelves are perfect in home design not only for storing books, but also for displaying decorative accessories. They can be practical and pretty, but with so many styles out there, how do you know which bookcase to choose? Well, we at CMR Interiors have narrowed it down for you. After scouring the options, we picked out our top 10 bookshelves to share with you. We’ve put five in this post and will update later this week with the other five. Here they are:

David Iatesta Baldwin Etagere

David Iatesta Magothy Etagere – Minor

Restoration Hardware Aviator Bookcase

Restoration Hardware French Library Shelving

Baker Furniture: Etagere

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Organized & Tidy Playroom

Some parents struggle with interior design since—let’s face it—oftentimes kids’ toys come in bright primary colors and look less than attractive. But you don’t have to compromise beautiful home décor if you have children running around. Instead, designate a space just for the kids and keep the majority of the toys and books put away when they’re not in use. Here’s an example of one such kids’ playroom by CMR Interiors:

You can see the key here is storage. Plenty of cabinets, drawers and matching baskets are the perfect place to stash toys when the kids are finished playing, and these will help teach them to put their things away. Stuffed animals are kept cozily in the cabinet while other items—the dinosaur and other favorites—are left out on display. There’s also a keyboard set against one of the striped walls for kids to practice learning to play.

Do you want an expertly designed playroom in your home? Contact CMR Interiors at 888-696-5133.

Lovely Story and Design

While browsing the web, we came across such a sweet story from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles that we couldn’t help but share with you. Interior designer Phoebe Howard helped homeowner Tom Chapman and his new wife Karen make their townhouse a home by delivering chic interiors in a neutral color palette. Moving into the home just around the time the couple wed made it a true story of “a new beginning.” But onto the eye candy. Here are some of our favorite photos from the space, taken by Mali Azima:

You can see the dining room has excellent symmetry:

Here Phoebe Howard smartly painted the inside of the custom cabinet green.

Here the fabulous window treatments help make the low-ceiling bedroom look larger.

And the master bedroom has a comfortable seating area, with the furniture dressed in chenille upholstery.

You can read the whole story and see more beautiful pictures of the space here.

Interior design by Phoebe Howard and photos by Mali Azima