Why Hire an Interior Designer?

Interior DesignMany people do not realize the benefits of hiring an interior designer. For homeowners who invested a good amount of money into their home, it is only fitting to showcase its beauty in the best way possible.

Choosing to hire an interior designer does not come with specific qualifications. Whether you are unsure of what design elements to include in your home, you would like to learn how to incorporate current household items, or you simply lack the time needed to decorate, an interior designer can assist you.

Why hire an interior designer? There are many great reasons why hiring an interior designer can not only ease your mind, but also bring out the best in your home:

  1. Meet your budget, and your timeline. When working with an interior designer like Danziger Design, your designer will pay close attention to the budget and timeline. Designers have many resources and contacts that can help when determining where to go for the items needed to compliment your home.
  2. Save money overall! You can avoid costly mistakes that come with decorating/remodeling a home. By sticking to your budget, utilizing resources, and knowing what design elements are worth the money you plan to spend, a designer can save you money in the long run.
  3. An expert eye will provide the ‘WOW’ factor you desire. An interior designer can make a professional assessment of what needs to be done with your home. The end results will prove to ‘WOW’ you and your guests. As designers, they are creative, intuitive, and can create a space that compliments you.
  4. Selling your home? Home sales may increase. If you were going on a job interview, you would want to put your best foot forward. The same concept can be used to describe your home when it is for sale. A well decorated and designed home can increase its desirability to prospective home buyers. Families buying a home prefer to see a space that has great potential.
  5. You will learn a lot from your designer. The tips and advice you learn from your interior designer will never go to waste. Not to mention, you will gain a lot of great contacts that you can use in the future, such as contractors, painters, plumbers, and more!

Many benefits can come from hiring an interior designer. Most importantly, though, your vision for your home’s interior can come to life. Allow Danziger Design to bring out the best in your home, this year. Contact us to learn more about our interior design packages! Don’t forget to visit our Houzz Profile to see some of our recent projects.

Who Turned Out the Lights? (Proper lighting is overlooked!)

proper lightingProper lighting is essential at home, yet it is often overlooked because it seems to be a minor detail compared to other design elements. Lighting has the ability to greatly impact a home’s design and your daily life, though. It is truly an important element that deserves more attention and recognition than it normally would.

A properly illuminated home will allow you the potential to set the perfect mood, successfully accomplish tasks , and create an inviting space for guests. Proper lighting has the potential to transform any space in your home.

When it comes to illuminating your home, you may be familiar with the three basic types of lighting: accent, task, and ambient. Each type of lighting serves different purposes that can add warmth and structure to your space.

Ambient lighting is essentially general lighting. This type of lighting serves to illuminate the entire space and provide overall lighting throughout the room. This type of lighting is typical and often achieved through ceiling fans, wall sconces, and floor lamps.

Task lighting is a bit more specific compared to general lighting. The purpose of task lighting is to illuminate a specific area of the room. For example, a task light could be installed above your kitchen counters to provide extra illumination when preparing food. In a study area, you may find task lighting in the form of a table lamp.

Accent lighting can be considered “mood lighting.” Homeowners who want to highlight a particular piece of art or object in their home would use accent lighting. Accent lighting is often done through track or recessed lighting.

Each room can be illuminated in a way that fits a particular mood or design of the space. For example, if you are lighting a bedroom, ambient (general), task, and accent lighting can all be utilized to create a welcoming and warm space.

To learn more about proper lighting for your home (or any other design elements), contact Danziger Design. We will provide you with great options to consider that can transform your space. Danziger Design can help you achieve your dream design for any space in your home. Take a moment to view our portfolio to see some of our design work. We serve Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

If you are interested in learning more about our interior design services, contact us today!

Dealing with a Small Space? Consider these tips!

small spaceWhether you live in a smaller apartment or condo in the Washington, D.C. area, or you are presented with small spaces in your suburban home, do not be intimidated by the square footage.

Small spaces aren’t as daunting as they may seem. You can do a large amount with a small space. Consider some of the tips below and remember that even tiny things can make a huge difference!

    • When you have a blank canvas, your options will seem endless. As previously discussed on our blog this month, there is nothing wrong with a little extra space. Clutter can cause anxieties and, unfortunately, it can make a small space seem smaller. Know when to stop adding design elements to your small space. If it feels like too much, it probably is.
    • Painting the walls in your small space with lighter colors can make the room appear larger. Unlike dark colored walls, lighter colored walls will reflect light instead of absorbing it. Dark colors, although comforting or cozy, make the room feel smaller. Go monochromatic with light hues and expand those walls! Also, you can paint your ceiling so the room will feel taller.
    • You may be familiar with the mirror trick. It’s true! Mirrors on a wall can help to create an illusion of more space. Keep in mind that the placement of the mirror is important. If possible, place a mirror on the wall across from a window. Similar to light colors on a wall, the light will reflect off the mirror and make the room appear more spacious.
    • Don’t be afraid to throw it away! A perk of living in a smaller space is that you will often feel the need to declutter. There is no need to save something that is cramping the, already, small space. However, if you are unsure about an item, use hidden storage pieces, such as an ottoman, where you can tuck it away until you need it.
    • Leave those windows uncovered. Although it may seem a bit invasive to do this, it can illude your mind to believe that your small space has depth. If privacy is necessary, use sheer or lightly colored drapery on the windows.

There are many design tricks that can make your small space appear larger. At Danziger Design, we can make the most of your space, both large and small.

We offer full service design, conceptual design, home transition assistance, or simply a design consultation. No matter what your needs, Danziger Design can help! Visit our website and contact Danziger Design to learn more!

The Odd Dilemma: Too Much Space?

More SpaceAn interesting statistic from a NPR article states that, “The average American house size has more than doubled since the 1950s.” Yet, we still complain about not having enough space. The problem that we may face is not that we do not have enough space, it is that we have too much stuff in our space.

As your year comes to an end, begin consolidating, getting rid of, and organizing items throughout your home. You may find yourself in an odd (or unfamiliar) dilemma: Do you have too much space, now?

Before rushing to fill the new space in your home, consider this: Is extra space a bad thing? No! There are many benefits to de-cluttering and revealing extra space (other than having more room for storage).

  1. Revealing more space by decluttering can not only clear your home, but it can also clear your mind.
  2. You will see that your home is a lot larger than you may think. Upgrading your home may not be necessary if you clear out some unnecessary items throughout the house. You will uncover space that can be utilized in a new way.
  3. You can save money by avoiding making an impulse purchase for the new found space. You will be able to identify items you do need and plan accordingly to fit a specific budget. Hiring a professional to assist you when designing/organizing your new space can help you to save money. Danziger Design can work with you to make great use of the new found space in your home, without the need for impulse purchases.
  4. One of the best reasons to appreciate more space (and less clutter) is that you will save time and avoid stress. When looking for a misplaced item or space in your home can be stressful, irritating, and cause anxiety. Decluttered and organized spaces throughout your home will save you time and reduce stress, especially when in search for a particular item.

Enjoy the empty spaces in your home. Use the end of 2014 and the start of 2015 to keep clutter out of your home. Contact Danziger Design to learn more about how you can utilize the new space you reveal and improve your home’s appearance in 2015.

Interior Design for Guest Rooms

guest roomThe holiday season is a prime time for guests to visit your household. Unfortunately, with the lack of time and patience during the holidays, we tend to neglect the aesthetic appeal of guests rooms and other rooms in the home. While having scrumptious food on the table is a plus, boring your guests with outdated decor and design can impact the excitement on the holidays.

When people visit your home, do you think your guest rooms provides a ‘WOW’ factor? Perhaps your guest room needs a transformation into an unforgettable space that will leave your guests in awe. Over the holidays this winter, ask your guests what they would like to see for next year. Is there anything that needs improving?

Being a great host starts with being confident in your home’s appearance. Working with a professional interior design company, like Danziger Design, is a great way to showcase your home to look its best. If you have no idea where to begin, need help putting your ideas together, or you just do not have the time to style and decorate your home, Danziger Design is here to help.

Figuring out what design elements to incorporate into your guest bedroom can be tough. Danziger Design is happy to help you find the elements that gives your guest room the ‘WOW’ factor your friends and family will never forget. View our portfolio to see some of our design work in guest rooms around the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia area. If you are interested in our interior design services, please contact us, today!