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Room redo: Local interior designers have ideas for you

Picture an empty room. A blank canvas. How would you love to decorate it in the coming year? What colors and textures would you bring into the space? What accents? What about furniture?

That’s what we asked local design professionals.

Most are members of the Interior Design Association of Western New York. Most also are participating in the 2019 Decorators’ Show House, opening this spring and co-sponsored by the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News.

Here are some ideas they told us they are itching to do – and hoping maybe their clients are feeling it, too.

Erin Kent, Erin Kent Interiors

“I love that gold is back in and very, very prevalent right now. The gold, the brass, the brushed gold. It’s warm, and I love mixing it with gray or black and white. It warms up a cooler palette and can be used with a lot of colors,” she said.

“You can do it in artwork, on hardware finishes or on the accents and accessories in your house,” said Kent, who is decorating an office at Show House.

Susan Reedy Jackson, Reedysign Interiors

“The thing that I want to do is simplify. I want to paint my foyer, which opens into my dining room, off white. I might put shiplap on the walls to add a lot of texture and then keep the artwork to a minimum. Maybe just change it out with black or dark wood frames,” said Jackson. The foyer is currently a pale beigy-gold.

“Maybe because it’s winter I just want to brighten it up – maybe with Benjamin Moore White Dove. But there will be a lot of visual interest with the shiplap,” she said.

Julie Deuble, lead designer at Sierra Unlimited Construction

While white and gray are classics for kitchens and baths, Deuble is itching to do color.

“I would love for someone who has a strong point of view to come to me and say, ‘I love aubergine and I want some of my kitchen cabinetry to be this drop-dead color of plum. Let’s do it.’ And that would be a blast,” said Deuble, president of the Interior Design Association of WNY, which has a Show House team decorating a sitting room.

Julie DeAngelo, owner of Bridge Interiors

“What I’m currently working on is a gray and pink room – something to brighten it up and bring on the springtime. It’s our home office. The walls are going to be gray – mostly because of the line of work I’m in. I change things all of the time. So I figure I’ll do gray on the walls and my accents are pink and gold.”

It all started with artwork – a pink and gray print. “That’s what inspired me,” said DeAngelo, who will decorate a bedroom at Show House.

Michelle Peller White, owner of Chochkey’s and member of the IDA Show House team

White finds inspiration for decorating projects everywhere. Furniture showrooms. Magazines. Online. Even on television.

“I might see a luscious emerald green velvet sofa on a commercial and am drawn to that commercial – not even realizing the product that is being advertised – but that color and sofa sets my mind as to where I can utilize that piece,” she said.

That happened recently. Now, she’s envisioning an emerald green velvet sofa somewhere.

Robert Reeder, Robert Reeder Interiors Inc.

While Reeder noted that French blue-greens and rich salmon tones are very popular, he loves a new color on the block.

He described it as “a new red” – rich, bright and fresh. Not quite ruby. Not quite the old maroon. More like the red arils found inside a pomegranate, but a little bit deeper.

What would he do with this new red? “I would use it with warm grays, and then I would introduce some other warmer cream tones, perhaps even some taupe tones,” he added.

You can even introduce some lime green accents.

“So the room is relatively neutral. This becomes the accent to the room, which is really quite exciting,” Reeder said.

Also key: art with the kind of impact a fireplace delivers. “Art is becoming the fireplace on the wall,” he said.

Kristin Ertel and Laura Wax, principal designers, L2K Design

The designers, who will decorate the Show House entry and foyer, brainstormed a few ideas that feel right for now:

• Jewel tones – blues, greens, yellows. “You could do accents with the jewel tones or even a pop of color with a piece of furniture. The walls could be neutral or you could do texture on a wall with molding or large-scale wallcovering,” Ertel said.

• Bold statements. “A lot of times people play it safe and do all neutrals so that they can change things out, which is fine,” Wax said.

But you can make a statement by picking a dramatic piece of artwork or window treatments with some vibrance, she said.

* In case you missed our story on the "undecorated" Decorators' Show House 2019, before its transformation by local design pros begins.

Take a sneak peek of the future Decorators' Show House

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