Good Colors for Painting a Common Hallway in an Apartment Building

Choosing colors can be a frustrating thing to do for many, as the color choice has influence in so many other aspects of the design of a space.  The wrong colors can make the space look overwhelming, suffocating or too sterile.

In this video, Erica Lugbill, discusses how to choose a color for painting a common hallway, such as in a condo or apartment building

Erica Lugbill is the owner of Lugbill Designs a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago, IL.

 

 

 

When painting a hallway of an apartment complex, it shouldn’t be suffocating and cave-ish.

The idea is to create a light, airy, and neutral space, never making the hallways feel closed in. An ideal hallway is flowing to each and every individual apartment, not too distracting or one that doesn’t clash with the paint colors inside the apartment.

This video demonstrates how the tan walls on the apartment complex were done right. A nice neutral color that go with everything, not too dark but still interesting and it’s not white–don’t want to paint it white or it will look to sterile.

There are other colors that will make your hallway flow and feel spacious. The color Erica chose for this hallway are only one of the options.  As she suggests, grey and warmer tan tones would also create the same effect on the hallway.

Keep in mind that when painting a hallway white is out of the question.  It is too sterile.  On the flip side, extremely dark colors will make the space feel smaller (and a bit eerie)

Enjoy these tips? Check out more videos and design tips of Erica’s on website – Lugbilldesigns.com

 

 

A Quick Pick-Me-Up: Window Treatments

Windows are easily overlooked in most people’s homes. By adding a little pizzazz to your windows, you can take your space from drab to fab!  As we’re designing for our Chicago interior design clients, windows are some of the lowest hanging fruit, in terms of making maximum impact for minimal budget.

There are countless options when it comes to sprucing up your windows. Do you want to add curtains just because you think they look beautiful (I am totally guilty of this!), or are you looking for a more functional option (i.e. blocking sunlight, or providing privacy from nosy neighbors)? There are so many fun ways to dress up your windows, from roller & roman shades, to blinds & curtains. Yes, it is possible to have functionality, AND be aesthetically pleasing.

Looking for specifics?  Here are some of the options you have when it comes to your windows.

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Roller Shades

flat-roman-shades

Roman Shades

blinds

Blinds

curtains

Curtains

 

My personal favorite is a combination of roller/roman shades and curtains. The curtains add a soft and beautiful frame for the shades.  Designer tip: Don’t be afraid to mix different window treatments! It’s what give your space character, and maximizes functionality.  For example:

 

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Roller shades & curtains combo

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Roman shades & curtains combo

 

 

 

No matter what you choose, make sure to personalize them to match your unique style and needs.  And of course, have fun with it – go with the option that you think will best suit your lifestyle/space!

My Design Philosophy

All design firms specialize in something. They have something that sets them apart.  At Lugbill Designs, we believe in creating beautiful homes that are functional and represent our client’s lifestyles and personal tastes. Our end goal is to transform a home into a space that is visually stimulating and luxurious, while staying livable and comfortable.

How do we do this?  We use our trained eye to combine unexpected patterns, materials, textures, and interesting color palettes to create a truly unique end product.  The truth is, every person is different.  Each person has their own preferences when it comes to paint colors, furniture, and accessories, and so on.  There is no avoiding that fact.  Each person requires different functionality.  Many people have the functionality part down, but design suffers because of it.  We fuse functionality with stellar design.

We believe that each person deserves inspired and individualized design. We work alongside you to create a space that reflects your unique lifestyle and personality, while staying within your budget and time frame. We can find the materials, source the contractors, pull the permits, and manage the entire project from start to finish.  From the initial planning process, to construction, deliveries, furniture, artwork and accessories selection- we are there every step of the way.

Our clients keep returning to us for our passion for design and our ability to make the design process fun and engaging, while getting the job done.

Lugbill Designs offers custom artwork creation. It is a great way to personalize your space.

Did you know?  Lugbill Designs offers custom artwork, created to go perfectly with your space.

We work with all interior design and remodeling projects.  Please love us because of our:

  • Our laid back, interactive approach to interior design
  • Our ability to create a luxurious, yet livable space
  • Our ability to connect with our clients and translate their personality into their home
  • Our upfront pricing that gives you options on where to save, and where to splurge.

 

 

 

LD Introduces How to Design Videos

Ever wish that you had some guidance when picking an accent wall color, or figuring out the best way to hang window treatments? Is it easier for you to understand a concept when you can physically see it? Well, you’re in luck. Lugbill Designs is happy to announce a new design how to video section on our website. Check out this section for practical advice on a variety of topics including:

Interior Design Videos

The Video section of LugbillDesigns.com

Painting, Kitchen & Bath, Bedroom Design, Furniture & Accessories, Home Improvement, Window Treatments, and Design Students.

From the obscure (What color to paint a bedroom wall with a black comforter), to the simple (How to best protect furniture when painting), to the practical (What other finishes go with chrome), we have a collection of over 30 videos, all hosted by top interior designer, Erica Lugbill. We plan to add more videos on a regular basis, so check back frequently, or follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, or Google+ to be informed when new videos are added. If you have a video that you would like to see us us create, let us know and we’ll put it on our list!

Choosing Paint to Hide Wall Imperfections: Video

Choosing a paint that hides imperfections is always a good choice.

One of the best things that you can do when moving into a new condo, is to choose the best paint type for your interior walls. You have a few options, but there is one that hides wall blemishes better than the rest. You may think that you’re walls won’t get scuffed, but guess what? Life happens. You need to consider what is practical for the long run, and for your lifestyle. With that in mind…

Today, I’m going to be covering what kind of paint to choose when you’re trying to hide wall blemishes. The best paint is always a flat finish, and I know you’re thinking flat. I can’t wash it, I have kids, I have dogs, how am I going to take care of it? They have a great product that is a flat enamel paint, or a flat paint with a ceramic base. The great thing about it, is it’s washable and extremely durable. So, you don’t have to worry about it holding up. Flat paint works best, because it doesn’t pick up the light and draw attention to a blemish, like a semi-gloss or an egg-shell would. So, while you’re at the paint store, be sure to ask for a washable flat finish paint, or a ceramic base, flat finish paint, to get you started on the right foot with your project.


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How to Hang Curtains and Liners

Custom Window Treatments

Custom window treatments are a great way to put the finishing touches on a room.

No matter where you live, one thing is generally constant. Each home has windows, and they pose an excellent opportunity to personalize your space. Unfortunately, window treatments come in all different shapes and sizes. Because of this, some people have trouble taking concept, to installation. If you use store-bought panels, things are a little more straightforward. However, if you decide to create custom window treatments, you’ll need to deal with the design, measuring for fabric, picking the fabric, finding a seamstress, and last but not least, installing your creations.

Explaining all of the ins and outs of custom window treatments goes beyond the scope of this article. However, check out the below video to watch Erica give tips on how to properly hang window treatments, curtains, and liners.


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How To: Hang Lightweight Artwork

Lugbill Designs offers custom artwork creation. It is a great way to personalize your space.

If you have lightweight artwork that you need to hang, have no fear! Lightweight artwork is easy to install, and shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. You may not know it, but Erica (owner of Lugbill Designs), often creates custom artwork for her clients. Her preferred medium is canvas, which is very lightweight. Check out the simple instructions from none other, than Erica herself!


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Home Staging 101: Resources, Tips, & Tricks

To anyone getting ready to sell their home, the idea of staging can be an intimidating thought that conjures ideas about feng shui or concepts of interior design. But this need not be a complicated task, and when done correctly staging the home can help give it a much-needed advantage in a difficult marketplace.

The idea of staging is to clean and arrange the home in a way that makes it most attractive to buyers. While there are countless websites or books that can help with this topic, at its heart it is simple—turning the home into a blank slate of sorts, a place potential buyers can imagine their own details. The first step is to take a thorough examination of the home, looking in every room and try to see it as a buyer would. If it helps, bring in a friend or family member to give you a fresh perspective, someone who wouldn’t be afraid to make difficult suggestions to you.

Home Staging ChicagoWhen it comes time to start the staging, address the basics first. The house needs to be clean and free of clutter. Potential buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in the home, but if all they see are the dirty dishes in the sink and piles of laundry, they might not even finish the visit. Eliminating the mess also makes the house seem larger, more open.

Once you have cleaned, it is time to get rid of all the clutter as well. For those who have lived in a home for a long time, this can mean addressing years or even decades of accumulated things that are no longer used and this alone can be stressful. So keep it simple and don’t try to get rid of everything at once. Take a room-by-room look at clothing or boxes, and use the general rule that de-clutter experts suggest—if you haven’t used it or worn it in the past year, get rid of it. Separate things into piles for the garbage, for donation and the last for a garage sale. Don’t think you can just throw everything into a box and shove it in a closet, because potential buyers will want to see what kind of storage space your house has as well. If you have a spare room or other space that is being used as a storage space for all this clutter, move it out and give the room a new purpose like a sitting room or library for your extra books. If it helps keep you motivated, think of the move ahead and how much easier it would be without having to move all the junk you don’t use anyway.

Now that it’s time to stage the house, keep in mind that you want it as a blank slate for the buyer to fill in with details. Remove bulk furniture, big pictures and the other things that might be taking up space. If you have unused space, try to fill it creatively with plants or bookshelves—if you can use something from another, more cluttered room, that’s an even bigger bonus. Some people think that placing all the furniture against the wall will showcase the size of a room, but staging experts say that placing them together in small groupings makes the space seem friendlier to users. Finally, be sure everything is clean, freshly vacuumed and neatly arranged.

Try to keep the rooms simple as well. If your choices of paint color are too bold or personalized, change to a neutral paint. Take a careful look at lighting as well, replacing light bulbs with tints that seem most attractive or adding new blinds that let in more natural light.

Megan Gates is an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to Nassau Rental Properties, Hamptons Real Estate, home improvement and the latest architecture, design and fashion. Follow her on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

“Man Cave” Interior Design

The term “Man Cave” has chiseled its way into home design over the past decade with a vengeance, although the idea has always been a part of the traditional American home. Dad’s room, the study, the den, or in some cases, the garage have all been in essence a man cave. It is simply someplace for men to get away from the wears of the world, providing the same relaxing experience others might find in a trip to a day spa. So what makes a man cave a man cave?

It is important to keep in mind the best Man Cave designs are extensions of the men for who they are designed. Here are a few “must haves” when it comes to designing the perfect Man Cave.

John Belushi Man Cave1. John Belushi
Love him or hate him, nothing beats framing the classic black and white photo of John Belushi in “Animal House” wearing his “College” sweatshirt in all of its glory. Putting it in a fancy frame lets people know, “I’m much more mature, but still appreciate the simple things in life like a good toga party and thinking the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor”

2. A Bar
Bars are getting expensive and drinking and driving is not worth the risk, so instead of having the man go to the bar, bring the bar to the man. Whether it is just a quick cocktail after work to put the day behind him, or setting up rounds for his friends when the big game is on, having access to his own bar will ensure the Man Cave is well on its way to Man Cave glory.

 

Bar in Man Cave3. Patio Access
Many times this gets overlooked, but for those men who enjoy a good cigar or a pipe to unwind, being able to transition from their Man Cave to their Man Patio makes any Man Cave that much cooler. In addition, wives will appreciate keeping the smoke outside the home instead of it wafting throughout the house.

 

 

Interior Design Man Cave4. “Turn it up…”
If Lynyrd Skynyrd sang it, there has to be some validity to it. Bring a home stereo into the Man Cave that can provide the ease of the Rat Pack to relax a man over a glass of bourbon, as well as crank up some old school Guns ‘N’ Roses when the need to rock out hits. Having a solid system to crank tunes definitely elevates a Man Cave’s status.

5. Make it Your Own
Whatever else trips the man’s trigger, make sure it is in there. Plaster the place with his favorite sports team memorabilia, pictures of his heroes or favorite games. Remember, even Superman and Batman have their own Man Caves, and whereas re-making the Fortress of Solitude might prove a bit costly, building his own version of it does not have to be.

                                                                                         Good Luck!

Megan Gates is an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to New York Luxury Real Estate, Long Island and Nassau Rentals, home improvement and the latest architecture, design and fashion. Follow her on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

What I am loving today…

I am doing a little research for a project, and so often I use bronze or pewter metallic paint in my designs. Today I am inspired by PLATINUM!! I am LOVING it!!! Check out this wall finish below, how sexy is this bathroom?

Platinum metallic wall finish

This finish was created by:
www.arteriorsfaux.com

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