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This year we saw a few interior design trends take their departure. It's time to say goodbye to marque letters and Edison bulbs with the dawn of 2018 and welcome a fresh twist on a few of our favorite new trends from this year that are sure to last.

Understanding how to maximize a space and plan for its potential uses is key to successful commercial environments. Whether you are a new business owner hungry for your first space with tons of ideas flowing, or you are moving from one office to another in town and just need some help, hiring an interior designer can help you save time, money, and headaches.

A thought occurred to me the other day, while I was chatting with a colleague of mine.  She and I were having a brainstorming meeting, and she said, “Do you realize just how much we have to know?”

Many people have been commenting over the last few years about the growth we are experiencing here in Denver, and whether you like it or not it is not looking like it will be stopping any time soon.

I wish my drive to the mountains and my I-25 commute were a little better too, but this growth is affecting the Design & Construction industry in just as many ways.

Gone are the days of holing up in the office, keeping your head down in your cubicle, and grinding out as much work as possible.  The younger generations are entering the workforce and bringing with them a refreshing energy and enthusiasm for collaboration, community, and partnership that is leading us to design innovation across the board.  

It seems that as I encounter people and tell them what I do for a living I am starting to get the same response and suggestion from people.  It goes something like this:

“I’m an interior designer and I own my own firm.  We do commercial & residential interior design.”

“Oh, wow that sounds fun!  You know what neighborhood you should really get into…those people have large incomes and a lot of money, you would do well over there.”

I was lucky enough to be invited to tour Union station last month and boy can I tell you, there is a lot to talk about. The history was just enthralling, and we got to visit the hotel and hear from the design team about the challenges they faced in winning the bid and completing the project.

Take a look around wherever it is you are right now.

How many different textures can you count?

The flooring, the walls, the upholstery (or lack thereof) are probably among your first considerations. But don’t neglect to take a look at that ceiling that never gets enough love…the shades on your light fixtures, the accessories and artwork in the room. All of these things add physical texture to your space.

I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful seminar last week regarding color and how it is affected by light.

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