The kai Interior Design Blog

HOW DO YOU THROW A THROW PILLOW YOU ASK?

Throw pillows create an inviting atmosphere while also adding style and design to any room.  They come in an endless variety of patterns, shapes, colors, and textures, which add interest to any space and allow you to further express your style in your home.  It’s sometimes puzzling as to where

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WHAT’S IN AND WHAT’S OUT FOR 2024

With a new year comes fresh home design trends.  From furniture shapes to paint colors and beyond, here is a sneak peek at what’s to come in 2024! 1 – CURVES Curvy lines, whether used in sectional sofas, dining or cocktail tables, promote a soft, calm energy that makes for

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Handy Design Styling Tips for Your Home

In this blog, we have included various hacks, tricks, and rules that interior designers everywhere use to achieve an amazing look every time. If you’re looking to refresh your home and need help getting started, we’ve got some great tips for you!   Pillows  Pillows are one of the best

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INCREDIBLE FIREPLACE LOOKS

Hearth and home are terms forever entwined. History and literature are littered with the heartwarming images of families gathered around a roaring fire. While we tend not to rely on our fireplaces for heat or cooking anymore, fireplaces still remain an integral part of most home design. Whether traditional wood-burning,

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7 TRENDING AREA RUG IDEAS

Whatever your home decor style, area rugs are a must-have for any space.  They can make or break your look.  They serve to ground and balance your room and they can make a defining statement about the room they’re in. We’ve compiled a list of the hottest trends in area

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7 DREAM KITCHEN ISLANDS

Kitchen islands have long been the hallmark of a serious cook’s kitchen.  They don’t just offer extra storage, they offer much needed extra worktop space.  In many kitchens, they also offer extra seating, generally in the form of bar seating.  If your kitchen has the room, an island can turn

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Surprising Interior Design Trends

Many living spaces have received a lot of care, love, attention and introspection since the pandemic. Most people spent all their time hunkered down indoors with no idea when they would ever get out so, naturally, our attention turned to our interior surroundings and how to make them suit our

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AWE-INSPIRING DECORATIVE PAINT IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME

You already know that paint has the power to transform a room, but sometimes four walls all in the same color can start to seem a little dull. That’s when it’s time to enter the world of decorative painting. So if you’re ready for a change but not sure what

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TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST COUNTERTOPS FOR YOUR KITCHEN

Choosing the right countertops for your kitchen can be a daunting task. With so many options on the market, it’s hard to know where to start. And if you’re not careful, you could end up with a countertop that’s not only ugly but also impractical. In this blog post, we’ll

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A BAKER’S DOZEN COOL BATHROOM TILE IDEAS AND DESIGNS

The most exciting part of designing a bathroom is choosing which beautiful materials and colors you’re going to spotlight. And that’s where tiles come in. They’re basically the bathroom MVP. If you’re planning a bathroom renovation, you may be married to the idea of all-white and marble-everything, but read on

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT WHEN PREPARING TO SELL YOUR HOME

According to real estate experts, there are certain room colors that will help you sell your home fast and for more.  You’ve probably heard from real estate agents that home buyers notice what colors the walls are painted in your home. Color preferences are subjective, but it’s a well-known fact

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DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2023: WHAT’S IN AND WHAT’S NOT

WHAT’S OUT: Most designers are predicting that shades of gray are on their way out.  Personally, I couldn’t be happier.  Let’s get inspired with new colors!  Many design articles are stating that even cooler colors will soon be a thing of the past.  I say YAY!!!  Let’s see pops of

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THE SECRET TO MONOCHROMATIC DESIGNS

When it comes to redesigning a room, the first decision can sometimes be determining what color you would like to use.  Color choice can be inspired by a fabric or a rug.  It can also be inspired by a painting or a collection of pottery, for example. I’ve worked with

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7 GREAT IDEAS FOR AN OFTEN FORGOTTEN AREA…

When it comes to home decor, we all have blind spots. One aspect of interior design that many people overlook when they’re styling their home is the ceiling. Even the most expertly designed room can look a little blah if the ceiling is just a wide-open, flat canvas. The good

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BEST PRACTICES FOR INSTALLING ART

For some people, hanging art on their walls results in the type of anxiety that should be reserved for first dates and dentist appointments. It used to be the case for me too!  Dinging up walls with nails and screws can be the first source of our nervousness around hanging

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9 UNIQUE PLUMBING FIXTURES FOR BATHROOM SINKS AND SHOWERS

In our last blog, we looked at novel and interesting ways to make your actual shower space look and feel unique.  In this newsletter, we will introduce some absolutely fabulous plumbing fixtures to add to those great bath and shower ideas!  As you plan your bathroom renovation, consider some of

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8 SHOWER TRENDS FOR A LUXURIOUS SHOWER

Wouldn’t you love to walk into a beautiful spa-like shower in the morning? There’s something almost magical about starting your day in a beautiful, warm space. Bathroom fixture trends tend to move a little more slowly than other home decor styles primarily because of the expense and hassle of replacing

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VERY CLEVER HIDDEN STORAGE IDEAS

Just as we all wish we had more time in our lives, many of us also wish for more storage space in our homes. There never seems to be enough space to hold everything you have. Even though you might organize areas and clear out items to create more space

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TOP OUTDOOR FURNITURE TRENDS FOR 2022

Spring has definitely sprung!  Now is a great time to consider your outdoor spaces and what enhancements you may like to employ to make your backyard your dream destination! The opportunities to create something beautiful and unique to your home are endless! There are many options out there so it

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8 KITCHEN LAYOUT MISTAKES TO AVOID

The kitchen is one of the most important contributors to the overall look and appeal of the interior of your home. If your kitchen appears less than optimal, your home’s decor will fall flat. Choosing fixtures and finishes that will ensure that your kitchen will pop is key. Space – At

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10 OF THE NEWEST KITCHEN CABINET COLOR TRENDS

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home.  This is the room that does the most to express your family’s unique style and character.  This room also gets the most wear and tear in your home. That’s why decorating your kitchen is so

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CRAZY COOL BUILDINGS IN THE U.S.

These buildings are known for their unique style, far-out shapes, and awe-inspiring designs. Pictured below are some of the most remarkable structures in America. The Goose Creek Tower (Dr. Seuss House)The 12-story building between Talkeetna and Willow, Alaska, has been given a nickname called “Dr. Seuss House.” The tower stands

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5 AFFORDABLE TRICKS TO UPDATE YOUR HOME

Most of us have had a year or more to look around our homes and decide that we are in desperate need of some updating.  There are ways to make your home look more elegant and expensive without breaking the budget.  Of course, we can help you with this, so

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8 TIPS TO ACHIEVING A MINIMALIST STYLE DECOR

As many interior designers will tell you, the first step toward minimalism is to take a look around your home or office.  Look at all of the furniture, artwork and accessories.  Does everything need to be there or can you do away with it?  A lot of our clients are

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10 OLD THINGS THAT ARE NEW AGAIN!

In 2019, House Beautiful defined the aesthetic of the “grandmillenial” as a stylish young person with an appreciation for granny chic. Since then, we’ve only seen more evidence to support this, with everything from 80s patterns to 70s color palettes reappearing in current interiors, products, and pop culture. Making the old new again is showing

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NEW TRENDS FOR 2021

It’s hard to believe that 2020 will soon be coming to an end and what a year it’s been!  There are a number of things happening in 2021 with regard to interior design and they are all very exciting.  Since so many of us have been sheltering in place and

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RULES FOR ARRANGING FURNITURE

Arranging furniture can be a pretty overwhelming task when you consider filling a room in a way that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Interior Designers typically have a mental list that they run through as they help you with furniture placement. CHOOSE A FOCAL POINT – Sometimes focal points

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DON’T HESITATE TO BREAK THESE DESIGN “RULES”

The seven principles of design are: Balance, Rhythm, Pattern, Emphasis, Contrast, Unity and Movement. A successful design incorporates many or all of these elements. A professional interior designer can help you create an engaging space but don’t be shy about choosing a designer who isn’t afraid to integrate these principles

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LET’S REFRESH FOR 2020!

There is a phenomenon in interior design and that is that people generally want to keep things forever! Design trends come and go and there are definitely some things that just don’t work anymore.  We no longer use matching furniture sets or accent walls and I’ve listed a few more

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What’s Your Interior Design Style?

When contacting an interior designer, it’s a good idea to be prepared to answer questions about your design style so that you can get closer to what you’d like the look and feel of your new home or room to be. If you contact an interior designer who wants to

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WHY IS THE COLOR BLUE SO POPULAR?

If you were to take a poll around the world asking people to name their favorite color, chances are good that across every culture the most common answer would be “blue.”  Studies have shown that about half of us favor blue over all other colors – about twice as often

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FLOORING OPTIONS ABOUND BUT HOW DO I CHOOSE?

As I’m sure you are aware, there are many types of flooring materials. Many clients are turning to vinyl or laminate flooring materials because they are typically less expensive than engineered wood or site-finished, solid wood plank. There are some differences between vinyl and laminate that may help you decide

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LIGHTING AND ITS EFFECTS ON AGING IN PLACE

LIGHTING AND ITS EFFECTS ON AGING IN PLACE Whether we are older ourselves or know someone who is older, this blog is for you.  Baby Boomers will be the largest senior population in the history of our country and the majority want to stay in their homes as long as

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOR AND COLOR THEORY

Colors tend to evoke many feelings, particularly in Western culture.  Color can be a good place to start when you’re beginning a new interior design project.  Ask yourself what feeling you would like to emit in your home or room? Let’s start with neutrals – The color brown induces a

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DESIGN TRENDS

Since interior design trends follow fashion, just about anything goes right now.  Just as you can wear slim or wide-legged pants, mini or maxi dresses and mix and match patterns and colors in your wardrobe, the same can be said for interior spaces. Whatever you like and feel comfortable with

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