The Best Accessories to Make a Room Pop

Accessories and other small details are really what make a room come alive. Furniture and paint are great, and are the major components of a room, but it is the tiny details that pull everything together and add subtle touches of style! Garrison Hullinger Interior Design knows all about using accessories to the best of their ability, and in this blog we will be discussing how best to use these small details to really make your rooms pop!


Practical Accessories Are the Best Kind!

Here at GHID we love our accessories, but it is important to strike a good balance between form and function in your home. We believe in functional and useful accessories that serve the dual purpose of looking fabulous and also being really handy! Our designers’ favorite accent is none other than the simple decorative box! It doesn’t get much more simple than a box, and it doesn’t get much more practical either! Decorative boxes can contain the clutter of a coffee table, and then easily hide away when you need the


Use Big Pieces Rather Than a Lot of Small Ones

It is up to your personal preference of course, but here at GHID we prefer to decorate with a few carefully selected large pieces rather than a lot of small pieces. There are tasteful ways to display your collections of small items, but we prefer a simpler and more streamlined look. Our designers like to keep things in scale with the larger furniture pieces so that nothing looks out of place. The accessory has to go with everything else and not break up the theme or style of the space.


Don’t Be Afraid to get Creative!

Our designers love getting creative when they are picking out accessories, and you should too! For example, objects like books make great accessories. The term “coffee table book” doesn’t exist for nothing! Don’t be afraid to add in a stack of books to a table if the colors work well. Pieces found at antique stores can give your home a unique look too, especially if you refurbish them. Look for inspiration in unexpected places, and really bring your rooms to life in ways that will make your space stand out from all the rest!

GHID’s designers love accessories that are practical, in scale, and creative, and we think that these three tenants of design can help anyone put those finishing touches on a room that just needs a little extra something. Happy designing!

How to Decorate With Wallpaper

Wallpaper is in! Yes, you are reading that right. Wallpaper is back in style, after having a long run as something to be avoided. Designers are starting to use gorgeous wallpaper to great effect, changing the perception from “dated and dusty” to “chic and classic”. Wallpaper does not need to look like it came from your grandmother’s guest bedroom. It can look incredible and make any room pop, if used properly! Today we will be sharing with you some useful tips on how to decorate with wallpaper

Don’t Overdo It

Rule #1 of wallpaper is to not go overboard with it! Something with so many patterns and designs needs to be used in moderation. The design itself is up to you. There are plenty complex patterns, which may very well suit some rooms, but most wallpaper will be simpler images or geometric shapes. A useful rule of thumb for making sure you do not go too overboard is to find a good horizontal line in the room you are wallpapering and only place wallpaper up to there. This cutoff point can be where a piece of furniture ends, but it all depends on how much wallpaper you really want.


Keep Designs Appropriate

Every room is different, therefore the pattern on your wallpaper is going to be different depending on the room you are planning on putting it up in. Generally, a simpler design is better, especially if you are planning on wallpapering floor to ceiling. However, your room may call for a more complex design! If your furniture and flooring is on the simpler side, and has less patterns, you may want to go with a more ornate wallpaper pattern, and make that the focal point of the room.


Start Small

The best way you could start out decorating with wallpaper is to start small and work your way to a larger quantity. If you are nervous about decorating with wallpaper then consider using it on an accent wall to get started. If you like the look, then spread to other walls in a room until it is as covered as you would like it to be! This is an especially good idea if you are toying with a more complex pattern that you are unsure about. An accent wall can be brought to life with a good wallpaper.


Choose Between Patterns and Wall Art

Sometimes when a room gets too busy with different conflicting patterns and colors, you may have to make a sacrifice with what you put on your wall. A piece of framed art on a wallpapered wall can look off-putting if the colors and patterns clash. If your wallpaper is busy enough, consider making it the focal point of the room, rather than making a piece of art the focal point. Let your wallpaper be your art! The way that designers use it, it certainly is art!


We hope that these tips are helpful in your decision to use wallpaper. Decorating with wallpaper in 2015 may seem surprising but designers everywhere are doing it to great effect and making the most of it. Comment and let us know how you are using wallpaper in your future projects!

Garrison Hullinger’s Residential Design Process

The process for designing is different depending on what sort of design is needed. On today’s blog we will be going through Garrison Hullinger’s process for residential designs. Read on to find out just what goes through the minds of our designers when a client wants to bring a fresh look to their home!

Get to Know the Client

Here at GHID, our designers don’t just whip up a design and start moving furniture! They take time to get to know the client, especially in terms of what they like and dislike. Identifying what colors, patterns, and styles can be classified as “yes”, “no”, and “maybe” really helps the designers narrow down what to do with the project. Knowing the client’s personality and priorities also helps the designers work through certain aspects of the planning, in ways that the client may not even see coming!


Determine How the Client Will Live in the Space

We can provide the most stunningly beautiful design on earth, but if it’s not something that the client can live in on a day-to-day basis, then it means nothing. After getting to know the client’s priorities and daily habits, our designers can plan around the client’s needs. The end goal is really to design an environment that fits with what the client needs out of their home and will help them live their life in their home in a better way.


Make Sure Every Piece Fits Together

No matter if the design is a remodel of a single room or if it’s starting from the ground up, the design must be consistent. If rooms of the house are different styles, then it just doesn’t look good (unless of course, the client wants specifically themed rooms!). It is imperative to keep in mind how everything will work together, both in the interaction of colors and patterns, but also how rooms flow into each other and function together. For example, do the kitchen and dining room interact in such a way that allows for an easy delivery of food into the dining area?


The Final Reveal

Every designer’s favorite part is the final review. The weight off of their shoulders after a months-long project is a huge relief, and the look on the client’s face when they walk into their beautifully designed home is priceless. We design with purpose and design with the client in mind, so the final product is always something that meets the needs of the people living in it every day. When the blindfold is lifted and the client sees the design, they know that it was designed their way.

What is New Urbanism and Why Does it Matter?

What is New Urbanism?

It’s not an interior design trend, but we’re going to talk about it today anyways! New Urbanism arose in the 1980’s in the US, and is an urban development trend that promotes neighborhoods that are diverse and contain plenty of open space. In addition to that, New Urbanism also addresses issues with traffic congestion and walkability, claiming that by following the strategies of the style, public transit, bikes, pedestrians, and cars can all function together.


The Charter of New Urbanism

I can sit here all day trying to sum up what New Urbanism is, but this excerpt from the New Urbanist’s charter perfectly sums up what they are all about!

We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.

This movement is obviously focused on making neighborhoods as friendly as possible for everything, and diverse in population and in style. Essentially, New Urbanists want everyone to have a great experience living where they do!


What Does It Mean for GHID?

So how does New Urbanism affect Garrison Hullinger Interior Design? GHID does more than just residential interiors. We also do commercial design. New Urbanism allows GHID to tackle both in the same vicinity. Neighborhoods that feature a variety of single-family housing, apartment complexes, and small businesses including restaurants are treasure-troves of diverse opportunities for design. Can you imagine an entire city block of housing and businesses designed by GHID?? We can!

4 Essential Elements in Hotel Interior Design

1. A Lobby Designed to be Versatile

The first impression of a hotel is the lobby. Many hotels choose to stun their guests with massive atriums and eye-catching decor. While these visual factors are great, the new necessity in hotel lobby design is for the lobby to be a multi-use space available for use at any time. To support travelers of all types, a hotel lobby should feature a combination of social and more private areas for seating and work, as well as a variety of seating options, multimedia kiosks, and stunning visuals that will make a guest want to spend time relaxing and meeting in the lobby. Waterfalls, green walls, and bars can attract guests to spend more time in the lobby than in their room!


2. Technology Integration for the Modern Traveler

Even though many guests may not spend much time in their rooms, it is important to design rooms with the modern traveler in mind. Guests want to be able to utilize technology for gathering knowledge and increasing comfort, just like at home. A television and some electrical outlets just don’t cut it anymore. Digital controls over lighting and temperature, as well as ways to charge devices and connect them quicker and easier are in high demand, and all of these features need to seamlessly integrate into the design of the room itself.


3. Use Colors and Textures More Than Patterns

When it comes to designing rooms themselves (and lobbies), it is much better now to move away from the patterns of yesterday, and focus more on textures that the guests can “feel” as well as bright pops of color that really stand out and brighten up the space. Modern hotel rooms need to be less boring and more interesting, and hotels are accomplishing this by doing away with old tired patterns and bringing in the modern trends of color and texture. This also leads to some interesting and unique designs, so guests will no longer forget what hotel they stayed at!


4. Personalized Spaces to Make an Impact

When you go to a chain hotel, every room looks the same, consistently. While some guests like this consistency, personalized or unique rooms can leave a customer with a lasting memory of their stay, and consider the hotel as more than just a utility. With modern technology, hotels can track customer preferences, allowing for some great customer service when it comes to returning to the same hotel numerous times. Other hotels even have themed guest rooms! How would you like to stay in a James Bond themed hotel room?

Hard facts about industrial design

Industrial design is a major trend in boutiques, restaurants, tasting rooms, and other gathering spaces – but it’s too sterile for your space, right? Think again. Garrison Hullinger Interior Design’s latest multifamily project, Rowlock, proves that industrial design can be as warm and welcoming as it is chic and visually interesting. Now that Rowlock is turning heads and stealing hearts at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon, we thought we would take a closer look at the details that bring industrial design to your space.


Expose the Raw Details

Exposed steel beams and hanging light bulbs in the lobby stylishly invoke the feeling of an industrial space while posh furniture and inviting colors keep the vibe trendy and comfortable. In industrial design, sometimes the unfinished look is best – so don’t be afraid to use raw materials to your advantage!


Eclectic Details From Concept to Completion

Here is a rendering of Rowlock’s lobby that Senior Designer Hannah Furseth provided our client during an early presentation. The results, shown above, are uncanny! The industrial details really stand out here- cool steel, rough reclaimed wood, hanging light bulbs and the feature wall of cabinet doors. Using “industry pieces” or a collection of items is a typical method of decorating in industrial design. In the Club Room we hung a series of wood rounds. In one of the model units there is a media stand made of metal and wood that holds a collection of books and pottery.


Use a Mix of Metal & Wood

The most tell-tale sign of industrial interior design is the mix of metal and wood. Raw steel and stainless steel being the most popular choices for metal. GHID chose to include reclaimed wood details throughout which have a great textural contrast to the raw steel. Our designers researched the history of the building’s location, and found that it once was home to an apple orchard, which inspired them to include reclaimed wood details throughout the space. The recycled wood creates a sense of history for this modern building, and reminded us of apple boxes and, of course, tree trunks.


Industrial Design Doesn’t Have to Mean Black & Gray

…though it often does. That is because one of the main traits of the design style is to have a “warehouse look.” Metal, concrete and wood. Instead of all neutral we chose to use a bright, spicy color palette that we hoped would appeal to the young, hip demographic of Intel employees our client wanted to draw. It was important to our eclectic design that we mixed highly textured fabrics, with luxurious smooth materials and also threw in some rougher more durable fabrics- such as kilims and hides


Make a Statement in Your Fusion of Styles

One reason that industrial interior design has taken off it that it is easy to personalize. The combination of mixing raw wood and smooth surfaces continues here, too, but in this space Garrison Hullinger Interior Design’s team fused industrial interior design traits with polished glam! The metal light fixtures have a perforated pattern casting light spots and sparkle throughout the space. To add to that glam look we extended the paint color in a tall vertical stripe pattern transforming a typically utilitarian spaces into a bold destination. The beauty of industrial design is that is mixes with modern, vintage, mid-centry modern, etc! So make your statement!


Up-close look…

Check out the detail gallery below and get more ideas for your design. To see our full portfolio of images for Rowlock, click here.