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Personalizing Your Space

Interior Design BRPersonalizing a space is essential in creating an environment and atmosphere that reflects an outward expression of ourselves. Yet too often I see spaces that have been copied out of catalogs or are a hodge podge of assorted items that don’t work together let alone belong together. The goal is to create a home and office that shows who you are. Many clients struggle to find an identity in their surroundings by using furnishings and decor that don’t relate to one another and to which we don’t have a personal connection. Our spaces outwardly reveal ourselves like the pages in a book reveal the characters. When we don’t have a sense of our personal tastes or can’t convey that externally, our surroundings suffer.

With the availability of interior furnishings at our fingertips, we can get lost in choosing the right look that shows who we are. It is the same with someone who doesn’t have a fashion sense and who doesn’t know in which clothes and colors they look best. The fabrics, textures, color shades don’t jive and work against the person, detracting from their appearance. When we don’t have a sense of the same concepts in our home, we lose our way with mix of fabrics, textures, colors and scale that compete with each other and don’t create the necessary harmony required for a cohesive space. There is many a straight, single male who will default to choosing a black leather couch to sit in front of his big screen TV and think that’s styling. I beg to differ.

Mood, harmony, and function are 3 key ingredients we need to make a space work effectively. What’s the feel we are going for? Many don’t even consider the mood or tone they want in a specific space. This critical piece of the puzzle is either totally ignored or nominally considered. How do we want to feel when in our living room? What’s the mood of our home office, kitchen and family room? These questions need to be asked and answered so we can gather the materials to best reflect that. This will significantly impact the choices we make regarding our furniture  and accent choices.

Harmony, another key element, lets us know if the pieces we’re choosing work together and support the overall mood as well as if they work in concert with each other. I often see a variety of pieces and accessories that were purchased on a whim or because they were on sale. This approach cheapens the feel of the space as these misaligned components detract from the space and don’t harmonize it. We try to make them work yet they end up working against each other instead. And other times I’ll see decor piled atop of other decor that detracts from the space instead of enhancing it.

Third, we consider function. How is the space meant to function–how are we purposing the area, what activities will occur there and who will be using it? Are we creating an eating area that will double as the kid’s homework area, mom’s planning space and the mail drop off? Then we need to consider the furniture that can be used for high traffic as well as flooring and have the right storage solutions to handle the workload. We also need to consider the scale of the furniture of the area in question so it fits the space and doesn’t overpower or look too small in a large room. And are we purposing an area for too many activities? Do we need to cut out some of those and move them elsewhere, if possible?

Consider creating a space that accurately reflects you as well as creates the feel you want in that area. Edit and delete what you don’t want and need and create a space that shows off you. If you should need help, give us a call at 510.501.1213.

Making Color Work for You

Don't fear picking the right color

Don’t fear picking the right color

Color is a personal choice. It evokes particular feelings and creates a sense of place for us. For some color can cause people to recoil in fear and panic and lead to paralysis. They can feel overwhelmed when faced with a palette of 500 choices and default to beige, white or some other neutral because they fear they’ll make the “wrong” choice. Calling on a trusted professional to help guide them to that best choice helps simplify and demystify the process.

When I am working with a paint consultation, I take into consideration the existing colors, if they have any ideas about what they want, the light of the room and the existing furnishings. We all have our favorite and least favorite colors. When I ask clients any colors they like or don’t like, I am whittling down the choices to hone in on a specific area of color. Bright, saturated colors are generally an easy one to eliminate unless we are painting a kid’s room. And dark, moody tones aren’t a general choice though, in the right room, can be striking and dramatic. By doing my initial investigative work, I can cut away a large selection of colors so we can get closer to our choice.

Next, I explain about light and light reflective values in paint. Light is constantly bouncing off of surfaces and an East, South or West facing window will naturally have lots of light entering at specific times of the day. We get natural light from the sun and outside world as well as from lighting inside that creates reflection and light to bounce off various surfaces. White paint has the highest reflective value and derivations thereof. The more white the paint holds, the higher the reflective value and as you move down the paint strip, the light value decreases whereby light is absorbed. What that means is if the room is already naturally bright, the room can take a darker shade or lower light reflective value which helps ground the space and helps balance the light intensity. Conversely, a naturally dark room, say a northern facing room that gets little natural light, needs the light values increased to help brighten the area and alleviate an oppressive feel.

As we start to focus on specifics, I have card with a square cut out of it which I use to isolate the color so the client will look at only that space. It works as a sort of view finder. I can hold the swatch and compare it to the existing color as well as add in accent colors or other colors we are considering as a process of elimination. It will show the light value and the undertones of another color that weren’t previously visible–one off white will look more yellow or more pink when compared to another. Clients are consistently surprised at this. We then check the colors to ensure they work with the existing furnishings and the room overall.

I then will guide clients to accent and trim colors to complete the space. Many default to painting trim and ceilings white because we think that’s what they are supposed to be. The ceiling, by the way light reflects off of surfaces and onto that space, is a naturally lighter surface. By painting the ceiling a lighter shade of the color used in the room or something that complements it in a lighter value, the ceiling becomes a part of the whole concept and isn’t this white patch that doesn’t necessarily relate to the room as a whole. A room with a 7′ ceiling needs a lighter shade to help lift it and keeps it from feeling like it’s closing in on us. A higher ceiling, say 10-12′, can take a darker color to help bring it closer to us and help the room feel more intimate.

Choosing colors can be tricky yet with many paint companies providing matching color combinations, it can help reduce the guess work. If you are feeling stuck with color specifics and need interior design help in Oakland, Walnut Creek, Marin, Berkeley and SF, call Creative Space Organizing at 510.501.1213 to help you choose the right color today.

Organize Now!

Organizing your home

Organize your space for Spring

With the turning of the season, as we awaken from our winter doldrums, we may have noticed an accumulation of things cluttering our spaces: piles of old papers, documents needed for taxes buried under old mail, clothes that need mending, bags of holiday wrap and a host of miscellaneous items strewn on the dining room table. Now is the time to address those things.

Clearing space clears our minds. It gets us out of the groggy spell which clutter induces. We can redirect our energies to putting our time and attention on the things we need  by getting into action. Where previously we’d face this accumulation of stuff and want to go back to sleep, when our areas are cleared, we have the freedom and choice to make new decisions. We become energized and motivated as we reclaim trapped/blocked energy.

So how do we get there? We got to this point by not making decisions and not paying attention to our things. We habitually piled things in corners and on tables and, over time, the piles grew and became more unwieldy and unmanageable.Procrastination was our friend and it supported us in waiting until “tomorrow” or “later”. Yet tomorrows came and went and the piles grew bigger and more unmanageable until we could no longer get into our garage or close a cupboard door.

So how do we get out of it? It takes one paper at a time, one pile, one box and bag, and to continue sorting and making decisions of what to keep and what to discard. Do we have designated places for what we’re keeping? Do we have places that can take these items and do they make sense for holding such things? Is our space too small for what we have? Do we need to eliminate more? Are we using the storage space to the best of its abilities? Can it be used better and more effectively? Why are we keeping piles of old magazines? Are there clothes, tools, kitchen items that have outlived their usefulness? Make those decisions and the clutter dissolves.

So how do we maintain it? Maintaining our spaces requires new habits and  new behaviors. If we keep throwing our mail onto the dining room table, if we toss our clothes onto the floor, if we keep saving boxes, plastic and paper bags then we will quickly revert to where we once were. Only by instilling new behaviors can we change the outcome of the space. When mail comes in, we make an immediate or near immediate decision about what’s recyclable, what’s to shred and on what’s to take action. When we undress, dirty clothes enter the dirty clothes bin and clean ones get rehung. We make decisions in the moment so the lapse of time doesn’t create another cluster of things. New behavior leads to new habits. It takes less time to put the item away in the moment than to handle it multiple times and never reach resolution.

With the arrival of Spring, what a perfect time to address problem areas and get clarity and order restored to your home and office. Start making decisions about your things so they don’t rule you and your space. Creative Space Organizing offers professional organizing  and interior design for Oakland, Marin, SF, Walnut Creek and Contra Costa and the surrounding area.

Personal Organizing: The Power of Procrastination

Organize now

Make a Decision and get organized

Waiting, waiting, waiting for something to change. Waiting and hoping that the pile of stuff will somehow disappear and instead it continues to grow and expand. Each day unmade decisions continue to mount and the clutter does too. What started as frustration builds to embarrassment, shame and overwhelm. The longer we wait, the more the internal pressure to do something grows and yet we seem unable to take action.

What can we do? Procrastination is the fear of the future–some dreaded and imagined fear that paralyzes us from moving forward. So rather than act, we avoid, we wait, we defer, we put off until some other time. Yet that “other time” never goes away. And what increases is the pressure to do something different. I’ve had some clients who have a room they dread entering because of the piles of things that await them every time they enter the room. The piles don’t disappear just because the door is closed. Anxiety mounts as we stare at our stuff.

My job is to ascertain what is going on for the client and to support and empower them to move from fear into action. For me, all I see is a variety of stuff. It’s just things that hold no meaning or energy. That works to my advantage because I can easily approach the piles and begin handling the items and helping the client make decisions about them. I had a recent client whose home office had boxes of papers that needed sorting as well as 4 bins of clothing. So we opened one box at a time and cleared all the clothes quickly and went through the piles of mail and other papers. There were 2 large envelopes from Kaiser that she feared opening and I unzipped them and found, to her delight, were updated policy manuals that she could recycle. She imagined them to be a host of forms that she’d have to face. Again, the fear of the imagined was greater than the reality of its contents. Once opened, anxiety disappeared and she could move to the next item.

There is power in action. There is power in facing the fears, which, as I’ve said, are imagined. We’ve transferred some scary, unknown associations with our things and turned them into literal monsters. My job is to hold the client’s hand and to walk them into the dark closet, turn on the light to show the monster isn’t real. The above client felt so relieved and grateful after our time together. She could see the room from a different perspective and the items there weren’t scary to face.

As we move out of procrastination, by facing each item, each room, each cupboard, the decision making process engages and we start eliminating, keeping what we want and deciding where it should stay. Once the excess is eliminated, the items kept hold a new meaning because we’ve made a decision about them and those things have a greater value. Organizing is a process and cycling through a space one, two or three times, the once kept items may no longer feel valued and can be eliminated as the client accelerates in the process.

You don’t have to fear the fear. The stuff is only stuff. Having someone walk through the fearful places aids us in making decisions more easily and gets us to the clarity and order we so desire. Call Creative Space Organizing if you should need additional support and help at 510.501.1213. Personal organizing and interior design for home and office in Oakland, Berkeley, Marin County, SF, Walnut Creek and the Bay Area.

Gray is the Hot Neutral

Gray is the hot neutral

Use gray to contemporize your home and office

Gray, once thought of as depressing and drab, is hot, hot, hot in interior design with designers pairing it with citron green, bright yellow, tangerine and purple to make the color come alive. When thinking of gray, we may conjure images of an overcast day, feeling alone, forlorn, distant, brooding. While grey has the ability to evoke some of these emotions, it can also create a feeling of warmth, coziness, sophistication, and wrapped in a cocoon.

Gray has emerged from the back room of storerooms and industrial spaces to take center stage in fashion and interiors because it plays so well with so many colors. Gray in its pure form, is a mix of black and white and can vary in its value depending how much white or black it holds. Yet many other variations of gray exist with blue or brown undertones, warm yellow or pink undertones and can be bright and light and dark and mysterious. With such a huge range of grey options, you may wonder where to start and how to pick the right shade.

It’s important in deciding the shades of gray that they don’t compete or create dissonance with each other. Mixing cool and warm greys can work yet the undertones of each need to make sense. When paired next to each other, does a grey with pink undertones and one with yellow fight each other? Do the grays create a feeling of harmony and cohesion? Do they push upon the other and create disharmony. Working with a color expert or interior designer is key in getting these shades right. Grays can be layered one atop the other with variations in value. This creates visual interest and can push light tones forward while dark aspects recede.

Because gray is a neutral, we have lots of permission with which to pair it. Gray doesn’t compete. It works to serve the colors around it. When it’s paired with brighter shades, it grounds the colors from popping off the wall or other areas to which they’re attached. Purple takes on a regal air. Orange stands out without being overly pushy. Turquoise adds a tranquil feel as it floats upon the gray.

Mix in texture. Texture is key when working with gray. Color consultant, Christine Harper of Lifestyle Color Consulting in Oakland, has a mantra that says, “neutrals with texture” that makes a room visually interesting and engaging. When we mix textured rugs, pillow and throws in various shades of gray, a whole new world awakens. The textures pick up lights and darks that add richness and vibrancy to the pieces themselves. No longer is gray seen as flat and drab but rather exciting and inviting.

The key is getting the right tones and shades to work well together and to accent appropriately with different colors to create a sense of cohesion and style. Yes, a room can be done in all gray so long as they play nicely with each other and they are balanced well with texture and value. Pairing gray with brighter colors adds a modern flair and gives the room a contemporary feel that feels fresh and alive. So, go ahead and try some gray and watch how it adds style and sophistication to a space, modernizing the look and offering you plenty of freedom in which to experiment and play with other colors. If you should need help with this, call 510.501.1213 to get the right gray for you.

Keep your Drawers Focused

get your drawers organized

Simple steps to organize useful items

Drawers act as compartments to store our smaller-sized items, including undergarments, tools, utensils, bath and beauty products, loose change, pens, pencils and more. Yet too often, the out-of-sight rule applies and we end up tossing things haphazardly into  these space until things are ajumble and we can’t find what we need as they pile with random slips of paper, items from a variety of categories and things we don’t even use.We have the opportunity to revisit these spaces and see what’s in there and make decisions about these items.

When I work with client’s drawers, I like to take everything out so I can see what is going on. In clothing drawers, people will often have had a category started that has devolved over time where random clothing items end up in the mix and need separating. Often there are clothes that they haven’t worn, that are holey, and no longer serve their needs. These go away. When working with socks, make sure you keep only current paired items and randoms get tossed. Any undergarments whose elastic is overstretched, eliminate. Get drawer dividers so socks, undies and bras can be neatly sectioned into groups so  you don’t have a pile of socks and other items buried atop the other and spend time looking over and over for a matching set.

When working in the kitchen, I often find the requisite “junk drawer,” a catchall that seems an accepted and expected drawer to own. These drawers often hold useful and important items that we need yet are mixed with packets of ketchup, soy sauce, sweeteners, matches, old receipts, take out menus, rubber bands and more. You can’t see what’s in there and you have to rifle through the junk to find what you need. Again, take everything out, wipe out the drawer and insert drawer dividers that contain the most vital and used items. Make it a rule that only those necessary items remain and nothing else gets dumped there. We don’t need to save soy sauce packets and multitudes of chopsticks from take out. Invest in a couple of nice pairs and toss the rest. Tell the take out you don’t want or need them. Keep items key to the kitchen area and move the rest to where it needs to live. If you can’t  see it, you can’t use it. Other kitchen drawers can hold our silverware, our cooking utensils and other needed items. Limit the categories per drawer so it’s simple and easy to use and find what  you need when you need it.

Drawers in the garage follow the same rule, where like tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches are grouped together and nuts, bolts and screws are in even smaller compartments or jars for easy and quick access.

The goal with drawers is not to stash and hide. These are functional spaces that hold the items and tools we need and use. When they are treated with the intention to know what’s in them and have access to their contents, then we avoid throwing random things into them because we don’t want to make a decision about them. If you should need help with your drawers or other areas in the home, please call 510.501.1213 and let’s get you organized for the New Year.

 

Is your furniture layout working?

Furniture layout in a room is crucial to how the room functions in regards to its usability and aesthetic presence. Many people struggle with furniture placement and aren’t sure how best to utilize their furnishings.

Create zones/specific areas. Larger rooms are often misused because people don’t realize that the space can be divided and used for different purposes. I have one client who has a large room with a fireplace and built in bookshelves on one wall and sliding glass doors on the other with more built in shelving and cabinets on the other which houses some of her children’s artwork and has her daughter’s art table and supplies located there. She pushed her couch against the empty wall opposite the glass doors and has a small bookshelf for her daughter’s books and a large area rug. The space is being ineffectively used because there’s no where for people to gather while the fireplace area is going to waste. What I would recommend here is move the couch to the center of the area rug, facing the fireplace, add a coffee table and either 2 club chairs or a loveseat and end tables and create a “zone” there where people can visit and gather. I would more clearly delineate her daughter’s play area with an appropriate area rug that can withstand art supplies and make this room more inviting by adding artwork to to the walls and create a clearly demarcated gathering space for family/friends and play area for her daughter. Currently the room is a vast open space and doesn’t lend itself to creating connection and conversation.

Make your furniture work in a space to your best advantage

Give space around things so they can breathe and people can move around them. Too often people crowd too much stuff into a space and they also don’t allow for enough space in which to maneuver around things. Did you know you need 36″ around a dining table from the wall and other furnishings? You should allow 15-18″ between a coffee table and sofa? Is there 6″ between chairs at a dining table and if there is an area rug beneath it, is there 36″ on all edges from the chairs so they don’t catch when pulled out? Pathways are essential in a home and office so we can move easily from one place to the next and when they are impeded, it can cause frustration as we constantly bump into or trip over furniture. On the other end of the spectrum, is there too much space between furnishings so they feel isolated, like they don’t relate or connect? Too often people layout furniture in a way that I call “the Stick Up” where all the furniture is pushed up against all the walls as if they are being held up. Again, move pieces into relationship to one another so they interact and create a connection.

  Is there too much or too little furniture? More often than not, I meet clients who have downsized from a large home to a condo or smaller house and they aren’t willing to part with their various pieces. They end up piling furniture behind one another so every nook and cranny has something filling it and the pieces go unused. We need to edit out the extraneous items and keep just what we need. A client recently downsized to a condo and had so much furniture, the rooms were cluttered to overflow and couldn’t be used or enjoyed. On the other side, some people need more furniture so the room doesn’t look like a lonely space, again, with no connection between items and not enough storage space, or surface space to use for drinks, lamps, and accessories.

Review your living and work areas and make sure they are serving your needs in regards to the functionality and usability of the space as well as the aesthetics so your areas are both beautiful and useful. If you should need some help with your layout, give us a call at 510.501.1213.

Is Your Artwork Being Seen?

Artwork needs to be seen to be appreciated. It needs to have the proper display area so owners and guests can view it and enjoy it on its own merits. Too often clients have art placed in a haphazard arrangement where it is crowded by too small of a space, it competes with other artwork in a shared area or it doesn’t make sense where it’s placed.

Give art the space it needs to be seen

Give art space. Art work, whether is be a painting, photograph or sculpture, needs room to breathe. It needs to have the proper wall space or, in the case of sculpture, requires a cleared area around it so as to have its lines, textures, and various planes visible and enjoyed. When we overcrowd an area, the art withers and its full presence diminished.

Make sure the art fits the space for which its intended. Too often I see paintings or photographs that are too large or too small for their intended placement. They either overcrowd and overpower the wall or look lost floating alone in space. A small picture can’t be responsible for holding up an entire wall just as a larger piece tries to break free when its cramped in a limiting space such as between two door frames.

Art needs relationship. Many times people will place a variety of similar types of artwork, such as family photographs all around a room, when they can make a much stronger impact when they are grouped together to create a story and a relationship. When artwork connects with other pieces in which they relate, the art comes alive by feeding off similar colors, patterns, textures in the other works. They start a conversation and that’s when the art becomes far more interesting. Creating a wall of photos from travels or of family members creates a powerful story that engages the viewer as the photos interact with each other and play off the ones surrounding them.

Recently, I was working with a client whose husband had placed many of the paintings too high. The middle of the painting should be placed at eye level. By bringing them down, they could be seen and appreciated. Another wall featured a variety of pieces with red frames. I removed two smaller pieces that didn’t belong and lowered one that was too high, then moved a red chair into a corner near them and they all started to talk together. Their connection, through red, made the story work. The dining room came together by creating an art deco theme, sort of a 1930′s club feel, where artwork and elimination of excess items created a cohesive theme, pulling it all together. In other homes, I’ve made simple movements of artwork from one wall to another and suddenly the artwork comes alive and is seen just by giving it more space as well as how it relates to other items around it.

Often times we just need a fresh eye to see an area anew. We see the same thing everyday and we stop seeing the problem areas. Make your art come alive by giving it the space and relationship to thrive. If you should need help, call Creative Space Organizing at 510.501.1213 for help.

Why Store It?

Keep the essentials

Keep just what you need

When organizing, the process of sorting and eliminating items are crucial first steps. We need to see what’s in the clutter and what can be kept and what needs tossing. Filtering through the “rubble” we discern the necessities then decide how to store them and where. Often clients need to save more the first time around because they aren’t ready to part with certain notes, cards, clothing, memorabilia, their children’s toys, etc. When we revisit such items, as they have progressed through the elimination sojourn, they are often more readily open to letting go of first round items that no longer hold such importance.

This is a balancing act of letting go and deciding what to keep with my nudging them to rethink what they’ve kept to ensure they really want and need it. I have one client who I call my archivist who has archived her entire life from childhood school work through high school, college up through today. We know where holiday and birthday cards for each year live as well as all of the school and artwork for her 2 children, divided out by school year. This, for her, holds a lot of value and importance and so we’ve taken the time to separate out this data and store it where it can be accessed if needed in a protected way (ie, clear bins, marked, with silica gel packets to avoid moisture). Another client has a challenging time letting go of magazines and other information. In his case, in order to meet him where he is, we have stored past issues of his favorite magazines under the house. I personally don’t agree with saving of reams of magazines since they will more than likely never be looked at again and new information is flying at us at warp speed that we couldn’t possibly take it all in. A few favorite images, recipes, ideas, can be scanned into a computer and saved digitally for later reference. Even then, most of us will rarely look back at those things until one day we are forced to and then we end up tossing out wondering why we saved it in the first place.

Ultimately, it comes down to the meaning we ascribe to our things. Things in and of themselves have no meaning except what we give them. Are the things we are keeping truly worth keeping and why are we keeping them? The “one day”, “someday” scenario comes into play here as in, “one day I might need this,” or “someday I hope to use this.” Unless a new day of the week has occurred without me knowing it, one day and someday are not new days of the week. We need to be really honest when deciding what to keep and store. Sometimes a client needs to go through a full round and then decide to let it go and other times, it is something of value and it needs to be kept.

One of the greatest ways to delude ourselves is all the millions of dollars Americans spend yearly on storage units. Things we think we need or things we don’t want to deal with, we put into storage to hide them away. We spend untold thousands of dollars on things that aren’t worth keeping. And because it’s out of sight and out of mind and automatic payments accompany it, we forget ALL about it. If we tallied what it’s cost us to store these things and their true monetary value, we’d purge those things pretty quickly.

Make a decision and ask if you really need to store it. What’s it’s value and worth to keep it and if you truly need it and want it. If you should need help with these decisions, call 510.501.1213 for help.

Interior Design 101

Redecorate your space

Rethink how a space is used for function and aesthetics

Remodeling, redecorating, designing a space can feel overwhelming when given the list of options available. Choosing paint colors can confuse some while picking the right furniture can stump another. How best should a room’s furniture be laid out? What is the purpose of the room? What mood do you want to create? Do the elements work together or do they fight one another?

Interior Design encompasses a host of key components that many people aren’t aware of and don’t think about when considering making changes to their spaces, hence the need, in many cases, for an interior designer, who can help guide one in the process. Guidance and direction are key here. Depending on the scope of the project, whether it’s a full remodel of a kitchen, bath or other room, or redecorating a specific space, along with the intended budget, a designer can guide a client to the right resources and contractors to keep the project flowing smoothly. The designer can foresee some common pitfalls and help the client avoid them ahead of time. He can guide the client to avoid costly mistakes that people unknowledgeable can and do make. The designer will offer options at varying price points, as well as quality, to provide the client the best choices for her needs.

Interiors encompass the places we live and work and need to be both comfortable and functional as well as meet our aesthetic needs. The items placed within these areas need to fit both the scale of the room as well as how the space is going to be used–a functional craft area, a lounge area for reading and relaxing, a formal dining room or an office area that also serves as a guest bedroom. Placing an oversized sleigh bed in the office, if the room isn’t large, could impede on the flow and productivity for the office use, especially if the desk chair is bumping into the bed or a storage supply door is blocked. Is the lighting the right kind for this office? Is there task lighting and is it sufficient for the user’s needs? Is there enough storage for papers and do the colors of the room make the user sleepy and tired or energized and enticed to work?

Harmony, mood and function all need to be considered in a space. Do the pieces work or clash against one another? Is the mood creating the right “feel” for that space or is it jarring, alienating, or at odds with how the space is used? Does the room function for it’s intended purposes so the users both enjoy the space and work productively as well? A small room with oversized furniture and lackluster lighting will severely detract from a room’s effectiveness and usage. Bland, boring colors or dark and morose colors in a room that receives little natural light, will impact the mood of the space, causing it to feel depressing and uninviting. By painting lighter and brighter hues and adding a mirror that can reflect light into the room as well as create a sense of spaciousness, the room’s feel and mood changes considerably.  Again, something a trained eye can help solve.

When approaching interior design changes, there are a host of available options from online sites to a variety of magazines and TV shows that can guide and direct one to helping clarify the way. If you should feel overwhelmed and need help, contact Creative Space Organizing at 510.501.1213 for help in your interior design planning and execution.