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A Metro Atlanta Design Firm Specializing in
Designing Your Idea Of Home

B Interiors is a residential interior design firm serving North Atlanta with a reputation for creating comfortable spaces that don’t break the bank. Let’s face it. Some things are better off left to the professionals: Taxes, haircuts and plumbing. Save the time and money you’d spend trying to do it yourself – and invest in a professional designer who has the education, experience and expertise to help you organize your space and create the environment you’ve always dreamed of – no matter how big or small. Good design is an investment, but doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Designs are current and we incorporate an educational background in art, design and architecture to design solutions specifically to meet your needs and your budget. We can do as much or as little as you like, and we work with a host of trusted professional contractors to complete your project.

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  • Beth was fantasic to work with.  She had great ideas for our spaces and she was completely respectful of our budget.  She listened to all of our "wants" and "needs" and was great to work with.  We have worked with Beth on several projects in our home since 2006." 

    C. McLaurin

  • "We have contracted with Beth for several decorating jobs at my 1960s split-level home.  We wanted to update to a more modern design rather than traditional, and Beth had wonderful ideas within our budget range.  She is timely, fun to work with and quite a professional.  Her ideas helped us change our home and make it exactly what we dreamed!  We purchased new modern furniture for our bedroom and Beth found fabrics that made the bedroom tasteful, fun, and not "too flashy."  She also arranged to have original artwork designed to match our taste and color selections.  Beth is knowledgeable of all design styles, has experience, and works closely to find style at affordable costs.  She worked well with our contractor, my husband and me.  We all enjoyed our experience and the outcome is just wonderful."

    M. Lawrence

  • "I used Beth with B Interiors to help design my master bedroom.  She listened to all of my needs and preferences and helped design a beautiful bedroom.  She was able to use some of my existing pieces and make them look brand new.  She brought me beautiful fabric choices with various textures.  I love the way it all turned out.  I would definitely use Beth again.  She was a pleasure to work with."

    N. Crews

  • "Creative, timely, respectful and fun are all adjectives I use to describe my experience working with Beth.

    She is creative, has a keen eye for details and is realistic when it comes to project budgets. She knows that not everyone has an unlimited budget for their home projects. I appreciated her honesty and patience during the process.

    I'll use her again...."

    L. Bradley

    N. Crews

Top 5 Biggest Paint Color Mistakes

IMG_1601One of the design issues I am asked about most frequently is paint colors. Let’s face it; we’ve all seen some pretty bad paint jobs. You know, where people just paint right over the electrical wall plates instead of removing them, or wall paint all over the trim because no one took the time to apply painters tape.  

But what’s worse (IMO) is a wrong color choice. Everyone has seen (or made?) at least one of these mistakes choosing paint colors. My advice, or course, is for you to hire a designer (like me, for instance) to help you select the RIGHT paint color for your space. It is a small investment that will save you from second-guessing yourself and will give you peace of mind…Because everyone has made a color blunder at some point. Which one are you guilty of?
 
1. Choosing the paint color FIRST. You might have a general idea which paint color you’d like before you start redecorating, but it is always best to select a specific paint color LAST. You want to have all of your furnishings including rugs, furniture, artwork, window coverings and accessories selected BEFORE you decide on a paint color. It is WAY easier to match a paint color to a pillow or upholstery fabric than the other way around! So, plan your room FIRST and then select the paint color to support all of the other things going on in the space.
 
2. Choosing a color that is way too bright or intense. Not all those colors on that paint chip book are intended for your walls! Bright colors look great in smaller doses like accessories, lamps or art, but not as the background of your living room. Here is where the difference between a Tint, a Tone and a Shade comes in. A Tint is a color + White, a Tone is a color + Grey, and a Shade is a color + Black. Paint colors that work best in most interiors are either TONES or SHADES, in my opinion. They have a muted, muddier, less intense appearance, and will have more longevity in your space, meaning that it will take longer for you to grow tired of it!  
So what do you do if you’ve already made this mistake?
 
If you like the color, take that can of paint back to the paint store, and ask them to add some grey or black to “tone down” the color intensity (pun intended). And repaint. A friend did this after she painted a wall in her master bedroom bright orange, and was thrilled with the results.
 
If you DO want to try a bright color on your walls, it is better to do it in a smaller room. Then select neutral (white, grey, tan, black) furnishings so your wall color really stands out.
 
 
3. Making a decision based on a tiny chip. Paint chips are teeny tiny and you often are looking at them in your local paint or home improvement store which is lit
with fluorescent or high bay light fixtures. NEVER choose a paint color in the store.  Solution? Buy a few sample pots and paint a section of one wall in the room and evaluate them as light changes throughout the day. If you don’t want to “test” a color on your wall, then paint pieces of poster board or foam core and lean them up against the wall. Then see how morning or afternoon sun affects the colors, and see how they look under artificial light in the evening. This is really important when you consider you’re going to live with this color for several years.
 
4. Not considering your home as a whole entity. The rooms in your home should flow together so your house feels like one, cohesive unit. That’s why it is important to use colors throughout your home that relate to one another. Bright green in one room and bright

blue in another doesn’t flow well. It is better to paint with neutrals with subtle changes from room to room.   Then add pops of color with furnishings or accessories. With today’s open floor plans, it can be tricky stopping and starting colors from room to room. So it’s best to consult with a professional before making a final decision.

 
 
 
 
 
5. Living with a color you don’t love. If you’re disappointed with your color choice(s), it’s not the end of the world. Yes, it’s a pain to have to repaint a room once it’s already done. But paint is one of the easiest and least expensive design mistakes to correct. WAY cheaper than changing out tile that was hastily chosen for your bathroom.  So choose the right color and get going. Don’t live with it. It’s your HOME. Make it YOURS.   
 
When you’re ready to change your color scheme and you aren’t confident about your ability to make the right choice, just call me.  I LOVE choosing paint colors, and I’m pretty good at it.  :-) 

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True Or False? White Walls Make a Room Feel Larger

Sorry sports fans, but the answer is False.

I know, it’s a common misconception.  But indeed, it is false.  It is one of those interior design myths that’s proliferated into magazines and other media. I’m sure you’ve seen the headline on some magazine or blog:

“How To Make A Room Appear Larger”

“White Rooms Always Look The Largest. ” ~ Forbes

“Lighter colors tend to open up a space, while darker hues give a closed-in look.” ~ Bed Bath and Beyond

“Maximize your space by using light colors, specifically on the wall.” ~ Apartment Therapy

“For the illusion of a larger room, use a color scheme that’s light… ” ~ Lowes

Thousands of online magazines, forums and bloggers believe that painting a small room white will make it appear larger. Their justification is that white is reflective therefore creating “expanse,” while dark colors absorb light making a room feeling more closed in.

A light color will give the feeling of light and airiness because it reflects the light. But that is not what we are talking about. We are talking about the size of the room. And reflections of light come forward making the room appear to be smaller by making the walls appear to be coming towards us.

Let’s consider the white ceiling.  Painting it white actually makes it appear to be lower.  Here’s a question for you.

“If you want to look thinner do you wear, white or black?”

It’s not a trick question. Don’t think too hard.  You know the answer. 

It’s the same principle.  Dark colors recede.  Light colors advance.

This is physics, not an opinion; not a debate; pure science. Here is the proof..

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The black recedes and the white projects. The white square also looks larger, doesn’t it?

It’s not. The two squares are the exact same size. And the two outer squares are also the same size. The white one appears to be thicker.  Four walls and a ceiling painted white will look bigger and closer than they really are. Therefore the room will appear to be smaller.  Here are some examples.  Don’t these black walls recede?  This is a trick for small spaces — paint the walls dark to make it feel LARGER.

Look how elegant this living room looks painted dark grey.  You see the beautiful furniture and objects FIRST, and the walls last, right?

And check out this dreamy blue bedroom…serene isn’t it?

And what do you think of this dark ceiling?  It seems to disappear into deep space.

So, have I convinced you??   If so, will you gently correct folks who insist that light rooms look LARGER?  They don’t. They look lighter, yes, but smaller. This  is why LARGE rooms (especially with a lot of windows) look fabulous painted in a light color!

My point is… Don’t be afraid to paint a room as dark as you like because you’re afraid that it’ll look smaller. That is baloney!

Now which paint color to choose…..that is another story…for another blog post!

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My Visit to MTI Baths Factory

Blowing the dust out for our test drive

Blowing the dust out for our test drive

The MTI Alissa 5, another model we test drove.

The MTI Alissa 5, another model we test drove.

MTI Elise 5 - this is the one we chose for the client

MTI Elise 5 – this is the one we chose for the client

Two tub molds

Two tub molds

Pouring the stone mixture into a mold

Pouring the stone mixture into a mold

Fine powdered stone

Fine powdered stone

Powdery substance comes from the huge vat

Powdery substance comes from the huge vat

Today I took a client to visit the MTI bathtub factory to see how their beautiful engineered stone freestanding tubs are made, and to select one for her “new” master bath. These elegant tubs literally look like pieces of sculpture, and can be described as “art for your bath!” They start with stone powder, mix it with polymers, heat the substance, and pour into a mold. The tubs are then baked for several hours. Once they dry, they are sanded and polished into a fine matte or glossy finish, whichever is ordered by the client.  We had the chance to sit in several tubs to test them out.  Everyone at the company was so friendly and helpful, and they make an amazing product. Lead time for tubs is only about 2 weeks. We ended up selecting the Elise 5 tub in a Matte finish. It will coordinate nicely with the Carrara marble tiles we will be installing soon. Project starts in a couple weeks!  Stay tuned!

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