While a large part of our interior design practice is residential remodels (kitchens, master suites and bathrooms), a fast-growing part of the business is commercial interiors.
One of our recent (very visible) projects was the interior design of "Central Standard," an excellent burger and craft beer restaurant that recently opened near 18th Street and 53rd Avenue in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Our greatest design talents are space planning because in our opinion “Good design all stems from a good plan!” We use computer-generated schematics (CAD drawings) to help clients visualize their projects. For commercial design, utilizing CAD is a must.
For residential kitchens (and other rooms) dark cabinetry, which some manufacturers call “Espresso” or “Java” are currently very popular. Cabinet door styles have gone back to full overlay slab fronts and shaker style is also popular.
Light countertops and quartz are very popular particularly in bathrooms.
In the kitchen, the hood as a focal point is still dominate. Massive, ornate hoods seem to be out and sleek “stove pipe” style hoods with tile all the way to ceiling behind the hood are the thing now.
In all, a more pared-down sleek look is in with a more modern feel.
We get many concerns about whether or not to mix hardware finishes.
We're not a stickler about this and don’t mind mixing oil-rubbed bronze door hardware throughout the home (which is still really in) with, say, stainless handles in the kitchen and polished chrome in the bathrooms. In other words, mixing it up is okay in our book.
We are a member of the American Association of Interior Designers (ASID) and we have been in practice for 16 years.
For residential projects, we usually begin with simply getting the furniture placed correctly which then helps other things fall into place.
Even if furniture is "hand-me-downs," getting it spaced correctly in the room can actually improve the appearance.
We also recommend getting lighting arranged correctly. A chair with a good reading lamp (25"-28” high) also can make a space more comfortable.