Our Favorite Design Trends

It’s the beginning of 2014, and so many design trends are being talked about this year.  We chose a few of our favorites to highlight.

Popularity of open layouts continue to grow.  Open plans promote interaction among family and guests, as walls are not a barrier.  With that, the kitchen continues to serve as the home’s “hub” while the rest of the home flows freely off the kitchen.

Mixing and matching furniture, colors, patterns, and design motifs are also seeing a rise in popularity. Most design magazines are showing saturated hues such as navy and plum in velvet, suede or corduroy and accessorizing with bold throw pillows, lamps and blankets.

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Lamps Can Warm Up Your Home This Winter

Across the country, winter has proven to be pretty brutal, and we still have a long way to go before Spring.  There have been dramatic changes in temperature from one day to the next, and if your part of the world hasn’t seen record-breaking low temperatures, you’ve seen record-breaking rain fall. 

As the temperatures continue to drop, we move indoors to seek comfort and warmth, and the one thing that you have control over is what’s happening inside your home.   A lack of light will make your home feel more like a cave than a retreat. Lighting plays an important role in being able to see, but it also affects our mood too. Finding the right lighting can be the solution to creating an inviting home for your family and guests. 

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Byron Collection Helps Win a Silver!

Builder’s Remodelers Association of Greater Boston awards Whitman Homes team with a silver award!!  Awards were given out recently at the Seaport Hotel & Convention Center under the Best Single Family Design under 2,500 sq. ft. for their work at The Pinehills model homes.

Bristol County Lighting Gallery supplied the exterior of the home with Quoizel’s Byron Outdoor Collection.   

Congratulations to all involved in this project to receive this very prestigious award! 

 This fixture gives the exterior of your home both beauty and an exclusive sense of style.  It features a Victorian Edison-style bulb for an historic look and is enhanced by the copper-hued plate directly behind it.  The clear beveled glass and the Imperial Bronze finish completes the look.

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Choose the Right Size Chandelier for Your Entryway

You only get one chance at making a first impression.  When your guests enter your home, the foyer fixture will set the tone for the rest of your home, so what impression do you want to give.

When choosing a fixture for your foyer, size and scale are both very important considerations.  Selecting the wrong size chandelier for the space, may have the fixture look minuscule in comparison to the room or might be too overpowering for a smaller space.

Consider your entryways:

  • Ceiling height. Start by comparing the height of the chandelier to the height of the space. A wise rule of thumb is to allow 84 inches of space between the bottom of the chandelier and the floor.  If the ceiling is less than 84 inches, a chandelier is not recommended for your foyer.
  • Width. A quick way to determine if an entryway can accommodate the width of the chandelier is to add its length and width in feet. For example, an entryway that is 10 feet in width and 12 feet in length can accommodate a chandelier that is up to 22 inches wide.
  • Decorative features. Don’t forget to include a ceiling cap, the dimensions of an odd shaped entryway, or unique window features into consideration when choosing a chandelier. Every entryway is different and you should choose the chandelier that’s best for your unique space.

Contact Quoizel today for ideas on how to make your visitors feel welcome when they enter your home!

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How Color Affects the Mood of Your Room

Do you realize that lighting can dramatically change the overall mood in a space?  Use decorative lighting to set the tone and atmosphere of each room in your home. Soft warm white is the most common for home lighting, but warm yellow, blue and pink tints are also being used as technology changes.

The warm white light or even pink tint can be soothing or romantic when illumination is low or invigorating when it is bright. Light with just a soft yellow glow is welcoming and friendly and gives off a sense of optimism, enlightenment and happiness while a tint of green, purple or blue gives an element of relaxation. Dimmer switches are great and provide different levels of light to enhance a mood.

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