Last week you were introduced to Project Manager Juliana Rini. This week we are sharing some of her top design tips. Juliana loves the nostalgic patterns that are trending right now because they bring an element of fun and whimsy to a space. Getting inspired by the old to make something truly unique for the client is just one of Juliana’s specialties.

  1. Get inspired. To find inspiration for interiors, look beyond design. Inspiration can be found in music, art, and life experience. Best advice (Patrick Soran, professor at the Art Institute): “Your first idea is usually not your best, so thank your brain and move onto the next one.”
  2. Use what you have. Repurposing elements, whether it is furniture or materials, is a good way to not only save money, but also to bring personalization to a project.
  3. Think outside the box. Try to bring something unique to each project. Everyone has plastic laminate cabinets, so what can you do to make yours unique? Using the same pattern laminate for the cabinets and countertops, with more minimal hardware, offers a sleeker, monolithic look.
  4. Mix and match. Look beyond your usual resources to find pieces for your project – hospitality carpet in an office or conference room, restaurant seating in the break room or residential accessories in a corporate space.
  5. Keep the client in mind. When designing for a company, find out what they want to portray or how they want to elevate their brand, and find unique ways to incorporate these elements into the design, whether it is the feeling you should get when you walk into the space, or a subtle color representing the brand.