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Design Insight

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Hop On the Velvet Love Train

At Chameleon Design, we have a longstanding love for velvet fabric. It’s one of those comfortingly cozy, textural elements that can be used in design styles ranging from modern, to bohemian, and even minimalistic. This dramatic material is often underused and can be seen as heavy and overwhelming, but when incorporated in the right ways, velvet becomes the grounding focal point of any room. While it looks chic and subtle in a neutral hue, it vividly transforms the vibe when chosen in bold, bright colors like vibrant green, cobalt blue, turquoise, or burnt orange. Some of our models with the most vibrant color schemes incorporate an ottoman, sofa, or accent chair in a crushed velvet fabric, and the elegance it adds to each space is unmatched. If we only want to incorporate a small touch of velvet, we tend to do this in the form of throw pillows, alongside pillows in other materials for a fun mix of textures. It’s a delicate balance, but working with this popular fabric is well worth the effort when you see the luxurious results.

white lips 3D wall art, white bedding with yellow, orange, and blue pillows, wood and white painted bedside table, yellow table lamp, potted plant in bedroom, The QUE

Go Sculptural with Dimensional Art

For many, wall décor is viewed as somewhat of a design afterthought. Here at Chameleon, we flip that idea on its head and turn the wall art into the star of the show. That’s the intention of 3D wall decor– it immediately catches the eye and creates a memorable impression. Dimensional art makes a wall come alive with texture and movement, and adds an element of playfulness and charm. It’s unexpected and super fun to integrate into our clients’ model homes and sales offices. We like getting creative with it to tie together a room’s theme, era, or color palette. A playful lip-shaped art piece, a succulent wall, and an assortment of sun hats are only a few of the delightful objects we’ve used to make walls pop-pop-pop. One caveat we keep in mind when utilizing this design feature- keep nearby elements simple to avoid an overcrowded look. When done right, dimensional wall decor offers endless possibilities to liven up any room. It’s the perfect excuse to really let creativity shine and stray away from the expected!

cream sofa with yellow and cerulean blue pillows in living room Indigo

Pillow Talk

Never underestimate the power of a throw pillow to pack a serious design punch in your model homes. We’re all about creating BIG moments in rooms using small accents that add personality. Throw pillows accomplish this in spades because they deliver comfort, texture, and color in equal measure. They can take any living room, bedroom, or even a hallway to the next level. Pillows can elevate an otherwise neutral sofa – we especially enjoy layering several for intrigue (plus, who doesn’t like that cozy feeling of lounging in pillows!). For our clients’ projects, we love mixing pillow patterns, textures, and sizes while threading in the room’s theme or palette to unify the design. Don’t forget your patio or deck area — throw pillows in UV and water-resistant fabrics will help create the outdoor living vibe that’s so popular right now. An especially playful way to “speak” to homebuyers is by incorporating pillows with fun words, phrases, and graphics. It’s all about creating opportunities for buyers to see themselves in the homes and adding those special touches that stick with them even after they walk out the door.

workstation with white desks and orange accents Terracina

Creating Cozy Corners

Play up your home’s nooks and crannies because before you know it, you just might create your new go-to comfort spot. Corners in a home tend to get neglected because people are afraid of creating a cluttered look or don’t know how to style them. When done right, a corner can become a room’s focal point, a productivity spot, or even a mini retreat. To enjoy a quiet moment, all you need is a corner near a window, task lighting, an upholstered chair, and an ottoman to kick up your feet. Transform a small niche into a mini library or workstation with a built-in cabinet and shelves. In the bedroom, create a charming refuge with just a chaise lounge and side table. Sometimes a corner is all you’ve got for a laundry room — make the most of it with a stackable washer and dryer, shelving system and plenty of storage baskets. Don’t forget to make the open-air corners a little cozier too! Tuck a little hideaway in your outdoor space. Even the smallest of patios can accommodate a compact table, chairs, and potted plants to create a little slice of al fresco heaven. It’s your home, so make every inch of space count.
wet bar with marble slab feature wall PGA West

Drink to That: Beautiful Home Bars

Live every hour like it’s happy hour in these inspiring spaces made for relaxing and socializing at home. At a time when there’s still uncertainty about nights out on the town, many households are interested in creating dedicated spaces for unwinding at home. The home bar is making a comeback, much to the delight of cocktail lovers and wine enthusiasts. But homebuyers don’t have to be connoisseurs or aficionados to enjoy this trend — a little evening escape is a wonderful way for anyone to enjoy their new home.

Plus, bar spaces are versatile and can be created almost anywhere! Set the scene in an alcove, loft or den with open shelving or glass-front cabinets to show off wares. A simple under-counter bar cooler keeps all the best beverages chilled for the family. With the addition of a wine fridge, either in the kitchen or in the living room, all the prized bottles can be kept at the perfect temperature. Take the good times outside with a space-saving bar cart for a refreshing drink alfresco. But beware — these inviting spaces will make you want to end the workday a little early, which is fine by us. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?

entryway with black paneling

Enchanting Entryways

We’ve crossed the threshold into the new year. While there’s lots of chatter about the colors of the year, we thought we’d dive into the importance of setting the tone for a home’s style in 2022. January is the first month of the year and, like an entryway, a kind of first impression that sets the expectation of what’s to come. A well-styled entryway should make people curious about what other design delights they’ll find moving into the rest of the home. And because it’s an area of the home that sees a lot of use, incorporating practical elements is key. We like to think of an entryway as a functional space with flair, as a place to hang the proverbial hat (and coats) and to keep shoes stowed — all while showing off the unique character of the home and its owners. Entryways are typically smaller than the average room, so every design feature is important due to the limited footprint. Maximize the space by adding bench seating with storage, and of course, some wall hooks and a few baskets for personal items. Style a console table with greenery, a candle or two and a display bowl for keys. Let the walls do the talking with painted paneling, shiplap, or bold wallpaper. Mirrors also work wonders because they reflect light and provide a quick pit stop to check hair and makeup on the way out the door. To make a dramatic impression, opt for gallery white walls layered with a piece of large-scale art. As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression, and a smart model home entryway will always entice home buyers to want to see more.

blue and orange bedroom

Lovely layers

Much like we add layers of clothing to stay warm during fall and winter (and add a touch of the unexpected), layering in the home brings rooms to life. Just like you would throw on a scarf, wrap, or earrings to style an outfit, layering in interiors is an expression of character and personality. Without them, a room can look dull and flat, so it’s time to say goodbye to rooms that don’t inspire! Layering sounds more complicated than it really is, but the idea is simple. Think of a room’s major visual elements — flooring, walls, furniture, and artwork are some examples of layers that should all work together. It’s about thoughtfully selecting individual pieces that make a statement on their own while forming a cohesive look. For instance, color can be its own impactful layer and a jumping-off point for other elements that complement or contrast. Layering prints work well when the same color scheme is used in various scales. Adding in artwork infuses a space with dimension and personality. A gallery wall of abstract pieces or large-scale photography is a great way to achieve this. To further catch the eye, group décor pieces of varying heights and sizes together. Or simply throw a textural area rug on the floor for a pop of color or contrast. Layering is a cornerstone of well-styled interiors, and we love using this technique to create unique and distinctive spaces for our clients!

yellow and white striped walls in living room by Chameleon Design

Off the Wall Paint

It may seem like we’re getting down to design basics when talking about paint, but hear us out. It’s no secret that paint’s a low-cost way to enliven and freshen up a space, but it also has the power to be truly transformative. When you think about it, our homes’ walls are a kind of a blank canvas on which to express our style and personality through color. So much potential! Think beyond accent walls and wallpaper (though both are wonderful, too) and use paint to create shape, pattern, and texture. Paint techniques like stenciling, adding geometric shapes, creating stripes, and rag rolling (it’s a thing!) let your walls do some of the design talking and tell a story. Combining paint color and technique creates a one-of-kind space that’s uniquely yours. And don’t let the walls have all the fun. Nearly any architectural feature in your home is a candidate for some paint color. Imagine colorful doorways, railings, archways, and mantles. Painted stairs are having a moment and add some unexpected intrigue — definitely a ‘step’ in the right direction when experimenting with playful paint.

 

yellow and white striped walls in living room by Chameleon Design

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blue surfboard decal in kid’s bedroom by Chameleon Design

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white and brown diagonal paint in home office by Chameleon Design

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white shapes on grey wall in horse themed bedroom by Chameleon Design

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grey orange and white paint in sports themed bedroom by Chameleon Design

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color wall panels in home office by Chameleon Design

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geometric shapes on bedroom wall by Chameleon Design

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green grey and white stripes in golf themed bedroom by Chameleon Design

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colorful stripes in kid’s playroom with built-in bench by Chameleon Design

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yellow and white painted wall with moon decal in space themed bedroom by Chameleon Design

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sun and ocean painted wall mural in work space by Chameleon Design

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blue and green wall with white stripes in bedroom by Chameleon Design

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white and green geometric wall paint by Chameleon Design

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set of two wall planters by Chameleon Design

Natural Wonder: Biophilic Design

If you’ve ever felt reinvigorated after a walk in the woods or a stroll through a park, you’re not alone. It’s well known that spending time in or being near nature is linked to health benefits and an increase in overall wellbeing. It’s no wonder we’re drawn to biophilic design—the integration of nature in the built environment.

Biophilic design is more than adding a few houseplants, though greenery is an important element. It’s about leveraging architecture and interior design to create healthier spaces that make us feel as we do when immersed in nature: connected, safe, curious, and refreshed.

So what exactly is biophilic design, and how can you incorporate it in your home? Some key elements include:

Natural light. This could involve a home’s orientation, window placement and size, and any design that helps blend the boundary between inside and outside.

Biomorphic design. There’s an emphasis on furnishings that imitate objects and forms found in nature, like curves, rounded shapes, waves, leaves, and rock. The use of natural materials – wood, rattan, stone, leather – reinforces the outdoor connection.

Color palette. Think shades of green and lots of plants as well as other hues that are commonly found in nature, like browns, creams, grays, and warm terracotta shades.

This design style is proven to make us happier, more productive, and even healthier, with its focus on better air quality and light to improve sleep-wake cycles. It soothes, calms, and revitalizes, and who couldn’t use more of that in their life!

curved sofa in chic and modern lounge area by Chameleon Design

Well Rounded Design: Curved Elements

It’s no surprise we want our living spaces to be a calming oasis and soothing retreat from the outside world. We want our homes to wrap us up in a cozy blanket. Shape has a profound effect on how we experience our environment, and rounded edges in particular can create an alluring softness. Curved furnishings are everywhere right now because they create a feeling of serenity while adding drama and sophistication. When used in interiors, they relax, calm, and soothe, and offer a nice balance with more angular pieces. Like a wave or meandering stream, curves suggest movement and flow. They’re a wonderful choice for smaller spaces because they open them up while encouraging the eye to move around the room. A curved sofa makes a dramatic statement, but you don’t have to make a big investment to achieve the look. Curves and waves can be subtle, like a circular coffee table, barrel accent chair, or rounded dining chairs. Think beyond furniture and have fun with accents like wall art, rugs, and lighting. Don’t be afraid to play around with texture to create dimension—use fabric, wood, stone, and metals to accentuate the curved design and enhance the sensory experience.

curved sofa in chic and modern lounge area by Chameleon Design

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curved furniture in neutral living room by Chameleon Design

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curved dining chairs in dining room by Chameleon Design

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blue round coffee table in living room by Chameleon Design

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curved bar stools in kitchen by Chameleon Design

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round table and accents in living room by Chameleon Design

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curved furniture in living room by Chameleon Design

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curved furniture in open outdoor space by Chameleon Design

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curved desk in bedroom by Chameleon Design

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curved detail on entryway table by Chameleon Design

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curved white sofa in living room by Chameleon Design

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curved green armchairs by Chameleon Design

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curved chairs and round dining table by Chameleon Design

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round yellow jute rug in living room by Chameleon Design

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curved metal high chairs by Chameleon Design

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curved rattan dining chairs by Chameleon Design

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curved furniture in great room by Chameleon Design

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curved detail on entryway table by Chameleon Design

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