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Adding Texture With Patterned Floors

Adding pattern is a great way to liven up a home, and doing so isn’t always relegated to wallpaper and fabrics. Patterned floors are a design element often overlooked in home decor. Neutral appearances or hard-wearing materials are usually the top considerations when selecting flooring, but implementing pattern into the design of your floors could be just the right move.

Whether painted, tiled, or inlaid, patterned floors are a unique way to create the perfect mix of a modern, warm, and eclectic style. It can be a gorgeous way to give an otherwise simple room some personality and texture, and the options are endless. We’ve selected a few of our favorite examples to give you a little interior inspiration:

Photo: egueyseta.com

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: studioone-off.com

Home Design Trends // Bold Florals

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runway into the home, big, bold floral prints are here and they’re making a statement. Think large-scale patterns, vibrant blooms and big, bold hues. Floral prints are a bold commitment, yet they make beautiful decor statements, so if you’re a bit hesitant here are some small touches that you can incorporate into your decor without going overboard:

Mademoiselle Chair, Kartell

Poppy Print, Crate & Barrel

Tufted Settee, One King’s Lane

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Brightwater // Seaglass Sales Gallery, Huntington Beach

Brightwater in Huntington Beach is a unique new coastal community offering beautiful ocean views. Seaglass is the “middle” product type in the Brightwater master plan, offering discerning buyers more spacious floor plans and options like game and media rooms that define the essence of casual coastal living.

The Capri Sales Gallery was recently featured on the blog, and we also want to share the Seaglass Sales Gallery, which is equally impressive. The design concept for this particular space was to have a more traditional, “California coastal” feel.  We wanted it to look beachy, but not overly so.  The horizontal paneling and wingback chairs create a feeling of coastal comfort, while soft colors, aqua pottery, coral and shells add to the seaside feel. Artwork is by a local photographer and captures the local landmarks and wildlife. Photos of the models for both plans are coming soon, and in the meantime here are some photos of the Seaglass Sales Gallery to give you a taste of what’s to come:

Brightwater Sales Galleries, Huntington Beach, CA, 3/10/13.

Seaglass Sales Office

Sales Office

Meeting Room

Meeting Desk

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Brightwater // Capri Sales Gallery, Huntington Beach

Brightwater is a unique new coastal community offering unobstructed views of the ocean in Huntington Beach. The homes are designed with an eclectic mix of Hampton, Monterey, Cottage and Traditional styles, with a casual, beachy feel. Of the three neighborhoods within the community, Capri has the smallest product type, making it a great option for younger buyers.

Chameleon Design recently finished the Capri Sales Office. The design concept was to create a “boardwalk” feel with the emphasis on living outdoors. The office has a collage wall with photos illustrating the Huntington Beach lifestyle: surfing, biking, walking trails, etc., as well as local landmarks. The floor plans and site plans can easily be viewed on flat screens in the middle of the room. We look forward to sharing photos of the models, which we begin installing next week, but in the meantime, here are a few of the sales office:

Brightwater Sales Galleries, Huntington Beach, CA, 3/10/13.

Capri Office

Brightwater Sales Galleries, Huntington Beach, CA, 3/10/13.

Sitting Area

Brightwater Sales Galleries, Huntington Beach, CA, 3/10/13.

Sales Office

The Modern Bath

A bathroom is more than a room of necessity. It should be beautiful, as well as efficient and easy to clean. Modern bathrooms are distinguished by clean lines, simple geometric fixtures, and sleek surfaces. This forward-thinking style has emerged as a popular trend and it’s not going anywhere! It can be adapted to your distinct taste by mixing classic design principles with modern features for a transitional look. Or you can go for an all out modern/minimalist look by combining geometric shapes, glass, metal, and even concrete surfaces.

Something to keep in mind is that a lack of contrast will always give you a fresh and airy feeling, which many people favor for a bathroom. Sleek, white on white, Scandinavian design is a style that we love and it keeps us coming back for more. It’s modern and clean and but an an addition of wood can add warmth and the use of paint, tile, concrete and other stone products can add depth.  Whatever type of modern style appeals to you,  and no matter your space and budget size, your dream bath can be achieved with good design and thoughtful planning. Here are some of our favorite bathrooms that showcase the best of modern design:

Photo: Marmol Radziner

Photo: Marmol Radziner

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Home Design Trends // Boho Chic

Bohemian style has been around for a long time, and now it’s better than ever. This look is all about color, shimmer, texture and finding new uses for old things. Boho has always been favored by artists, world travelers and free spirits and now the trend has tipped mainstream.  Boho chic decorating uses the best colors and fabrics from the past, and combines it with comfortable, well-seasoned pieces. Look for plush fabrics with strong colors and patterns with contrast and a luxurious feel.   Here are a few items that we’re lusting over:

 

Turkish Towel, Etsy.com

Turkish Towel, Etsy.com

Cotton Pillow, Haus Interior

Cotton Pillow, Haus Interior

Coffee Mugs, LeifShop.com

Coffee Mugs, LeifShop.com

Vintage Moroccan Rug, Haus Interior

Vintage Moroccan Rug, Haus Interior

Home Design Trends: Stripes

Stripes are a classic pattern and decorating trend that never go out of style.  Their bold look has a wide appeal and can be used just about anywhere in the home from walls, to floors to furniture.  Horizontal stripes help to unify a space by moving your eye around the room, while vertical stripes give the illusion of height and lend to a more traditional look.  As far as width goes, use thin stripes in small spaces and wider stripes in bigger rooms.  Here are some striped pieces that could work for your home:

Photo: Dwell Studio

Photo: Dwell Studio

Photo: Missoni Throw

Photo: Missoni Throw

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

 

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Avo Plan 2, La Habra

We featured a model at Avo, a gated community in Northwest Orange County, on our blog a couple weeks ago and have another one to share with you!  This model is also built as a family home but it has a different style and color palette, so there’s something for everyone. The design is casual eclectic, as we mixed modern and rustic pieces with Moroccan accents. The flooring is bleached oak, cabinets are white and walls are painted a soft tan shade. The color palette we worked with includes mocha brown, celery green, soft gold with white and grey accents.  The home has a warm but fresh look that feels very relaxed.

Living Room

Living Room

Great Room

Great Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Loft

Loft

A New Spin on Staircases

If you are lucky enough to have a multilevel home, the staircase is a central part of traffic flow from the main floor living spaces to bedrooms and bathrooms, etc.  Staircases are fast becoming a priority for architects and developers, seeing the potential to add that “wow factor” to a home, be it a new design or a renovation project.  I am really attracted to the open staircases that I’m seeing a lot more of these days. The trend for light and spacious, open-plan interiors has led to a new trend in staircases with the more open look. They have such a major impact on the space, and a more open look creates an airy feeling, which is exactly what we’re all loving in residential design right now!

I also really like that this idea seems to work in a variety of different styles.   Modern is perhaps most common, but the style can work with anything, even Mediterranean!  Here are some photos that illustrate this cool look:

Photo: Quezada Architecture

Photo: Quezada Architecture

Photo: Urban Front

Photo: Urban Front

Photo: Pine Street Carpenters

Photo: Pine Street Carpenters

Photo: LineBox Studio

Photo: LineBox Studio

Photo: Rockefeller Partners Architects

Photo: Rockefeller Partners Architects

Home Design Trends: Polka Dots

Polka dots are great because they’ll blend into a modern or traditional setting, so any homeowner can experiment. A neutral color scheme with just a pop of color is a smart way to keep your decor sophisticated, but don’t be afraid to incorporate non-traditional colors when adding this trend to your home. Just remember that this is one of those trends where less is definitely more. You can’t go wrong with classic choices like black, white, or metallic ensure that your dot motif will remain chic for years to come. Here are some items we’re loving that make good use of this playful trend:

Photo: John Derian

Photo: John Derian

Photo: Fishs Eddy

Photo: Fishs Eddy

Photo: Bartsch Paris

Photo: Bartsch Paris