Monday, January 24, 2011

Focus on Phoenix Art Group

Trying to find the right artwork to accent your home furnishings can be a time consuming and arduous task. Whether you need original paintings; multi-dimensional art from acrylic, wood, metal or mixed media; digital art; poster prints; photography; or hand-made or manufactured frames, we've got just the line of artistic accents to fulfill your need for serious style. And you already know - we only hand select the finest brands, the best quality and most unique pieces for our showroom and to use in our interior design.

From a series of original paintings with complementary frames to a single sculpture for a prominent focal point to lines of art that are better suited to less prominent spaces or more limited budgets, Phoenix Art Group has tons of art selections to accent any interior style from minimal, to abstract - to traditional.

Think styles, colors and mediums to inspire ideas and make your home truly distinctive among their extensive collection of fine art.

We understand that your project is unique. We know that you might be working with a budget, as well - that's why we selected this extraordinary collection of fine art for our Dallas furniture showroom and interior design services. Phoenix Art Group has the capabilities to meet your need for lasting beauty and extraordinary value.

Anywhere you have a need for beauty, creativity, color and style to accentuate you home decor; visit us for the finest in all types of home furnishings and accents - as well as our award-winning interior design services. We're proud to feature and use the artwork of Phoenix Art Group in our designs.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Going Global In Your Home Design

For 2011 trends in interior design - there has been a resurgence of interest in patterns and textures that have a global influence. Creating an atmosphere with taste of other cultures and a very unique style is easy, and each influence can have a different effect on your interior space.

A serene touch of Asian style, or South American flavor in a European home or maybe a 'Wild Wild West' theme in a beach vacation dwelling is possible without having to relocate to another country. You can have worldwide flair in your home, wherever you live.

New trends for furniture include rich, ethnic-inspired wood pieces and decorations. You can use wall hangings, antique blankets or other items made with luxurious and exotic textiles as well. Use these textiles to add pattern, texture, shape and definition to your walls or throw them casually over a sofa for a colorful accessory.

Moroccan and Indian items have been most popular and is always a bold, dynamic look. But, Aboriginal, Native American and African tribal patterns, including bold geometrics, are still front and center when used correctly. (in other words - never EVER go overboard with pattern. Use pattern to ACCENT your space, not DOMINATE it)

There is global influence of the color palettes across the world-mixing earth tones of browns, grays, and greens, with vibrant uplifting global accents of pinks, blues, oranges, yellows and purples. Rich jewel tones are the cornerstone of any global design and shows best on luxurious finishes and textiles like velvets and satins.

You can also add global intrigue by using souvenirs from world travel. Try using items from travels such as postcards, train tickets, jewelry picked up in a market, photos, coins or small paintings and have them assembled in a shadow box. Group your framed items so that they have a common denominator such as similar frames, a common color or related subjects. Each will have its own personality yet something in common that pulls the collection together. They will also look fantastic placed on a fireplace mantel, surrounded by travel books or hung on a wall with several other similar images.

Contact J. Douglas Designs Interior Design and Fine Furniture today to learn how we can utilize patterns and textures to bring a ‘global’ look to your interior space!

Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 Color Of The Year - HONEYSUCKLE

If you ask J. Douglas Designs where to get ideas and inspirations for color, you would soon learn about the Pantone FASHION + HOME Color System. Most interior decorators (and designers, painters or artists of other types) are VERY familiar with the Pantone color system, and we typically rely on Pantone’s trend predictions for color.

AND the PANTONE COLOR OF 2011 is… (drum roll...)

It's A Color for All Seasons

“Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it!”

Honeysuckle is an upbeat and dynamic shade of pink. It can provoke romance and glamour, and it is the color of love's first blush. Pink delivers feel-good emotion in the same way that a beautiful flower blooms, one layer at a time. Honeysuckle is a very versatile color that can fit into any room!

In a living room, subtle touches of pink in an otherwise neutrally hued room add flair. Using color in small doses keeps a formal room from feeling overwhelming. This bold color can wake up a white kitchen or it can bathe your entire kitchen in a warm, soft, relaxing light that creates warmth and coziness. And of course, this pinkish/red hue is perfect for any nursery or a fun, vibrant bathroom for a hip teenage girl.

Contact J. Douglas Designs today to learn more about how with our award-winning furniture and interior design experience - we can help you add a little pizazz to any area of your home - even just with the right color - to turn your space into the beautiful retreat you've been waiting for.