About Amanda

Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Dog Lover and Gardener. Online Entrepreneur. Interior Decorator. Internet Marketer. I am a Girl who loves working with colour, texture and light. And one of my favorite quotes is "If you think you're too small to make a difference you obviously have never been in bed with a mosquito" Michelle Walker I am also know Mandie on The Little Black Dress: The Essentials for Life.

How to Choosing Interior Paint Colors: Choosing The Trim Paint and Trim Colors

Choosing Interior Paint Colors: Choosing the trim paint and trim colours

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The video below it great, it explains how to choose trim colour, the whys the different sheens of paint…

To find out more or get a quote please call (780)267-7432 or (587)410-3760 or email me at design@amandaschroter.ca.

Friday’s Design Quote

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To find out more or get a quote please call (780)267-7432 or (587)410-3760 or email me at design@amandaschroter.ca.

Pantone 2014 colour of the Year!

I was looking around at the different colour expert site and the consensus is Purple is the colour of the year.

“CARLSTADT, N.J., Dec. 5, 2013 – Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority, …announced PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the colour of the year for 2014.”

2014 Colour of the Year

Picture and quotes from: http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/pantone.aspx?pg=21128&ca=10

“While the 2013 colour of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the colour wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Click the link below for last years colour forecast. http://designedbyamandaschroter.com/2013/07/28/colour-forecasting/

 

To find out more or get a quote please call (780)267-7432 or (587)410-3760 or email me at design@amandaschroter.ca.

 
  

Selecting Paint Sheens

The truest colour in paint is Flat sheen paint, but in the past the most difficult to impossible to clean.

Well, selecting paint sheen just got easy when Benjamin Moore developed a product called Aura. Reason is that even the flat sheen is washable. Gone are the days where Flat paint is impossible to wash. Benjamin Moore Website says this,

 “Our groundbreaking Colour Lock system protects paint colours from fading and rubbing off—even after repeated washings.

Developed for premium-quality Aura® interior and exterior paint, our Colour Lock system is formulated with proprietary waterborne resins and colorants that lock in colour particles tightly throughout the paint—not just on the surface, like many paints on the market.” – http://www.benjaminmoore.ca/en-ca/for-your-home/colour-lock-fade-and-stain-resistant-paint

Candice talk about this in this short video.

How Light Affects Paint Color

LightingI often have client who think that we might meet my at office but as you listen to this video you will understand why it is so important for the designer to be in your home for the colour consultation.

The lighting in your home is unique to your home. – Amanda

You will also learn that the type of indoor lighting you use affects how paint colour appears on the walls of your home.

Candice Olson talks for a minute on light in a room.

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Why 3D Rendering is great for those who are visually challenged!

3D Rendering

“Wow. It looks amazing! That is so much more then I expected. 🙂 I could never imagine using that front room but I look at that and my first thought was “I would use that all the time!” -Amanda Z.

Why 3D Rendering?

Computer Drafting and 3D Rendering are great for those who are visually challenged. If there are walls in the way or you have become too familiar with an room it is hard to imagine how great the room will look after the changes are complete. An interior designer / decorator’s job is to help you find the home you always wanted in the home you are living in and using 3D Rendering can make it easier for you to see the finished space.***

What is Space planning?

 When starting a project one of the first things that must be done is planning your space. This is called Space Planning.

“Architecturally designing any space with all the amenities and mechanical gadgets to make it more functional for the occupants. Besides amenities, gadgets and good communication systems, it includes better sound and light control within the space. – http://www.triangleofficeguide.com/real-estate-glossary.html

“A term used to refer to the analysis and design of spatial and occupancy requirements, including, but not limited to, space layouts and final planning. – http://www.miltonterry.com/Glossary/Space-Planning.htm

So space planning analyzes your space, its function and your requirements  then works to incorporate all of it. 3D Rendering is a visual representation of what the space will be like when finished. 

As I have said in previous posts 3D rendering keeps you, the designer, and contractor on the same page when it comes to the finished look of the project.

After you are done the planning, products will need to be selected and ordered.  Your designer can help you find the most appropriate products within your budget to complete the project and ensure your contractor has the specs.  It is best if you pick the products as soon as possible because some products have a long lead time for shipping and this can delay your project.

This is just a taste of the work involved, but if you have good people alongside helping you with your project, it will look great when it’s done.

Designing Your Success,

Amanda Schroter

To find out more or get a quote please call (780)267-7432 or (587)410-3760 or email me at design@amandaschroter.ca.

***3D Rendering is an estimate of how the space will look. Due to differences in computer media and real objects as well as not having the exact rendering for every type of furniture your rendered space may not look exactly like the finished product.

Do you have trouble picturing what your room or home might look like?

3D Rendering

 In the left hand corner is the 3D Rendering and the other two pictures are the before and after. 

Here is what a before the redesign, design concept and after looks like. 3D Rendering help you plan. It also helps all involved to stay on the same page work towards the finished product. 

  • Do you have trouble picturing what your room or home might look like?
  • Do you want a change but are you unsure where to start?
  • Do you like everything in the magazine but do not know what to ideas to incorporate into your own project?

 

 To find out more or get a quote please call (780)267-7432 or (587)410-3760 or email me at design@amandaschroter.ca.

 

One Way To Save Money and Time On A Renovation Project!

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“3D Rendering – 3D Rendering is the process of producing an image based on three-dimensional data stored within a computer. 3D rendering is a creative process that is similar to photography or cinematography, because you are lighting and staging scenes and producing images. Unlike regular photography, however, the scenes being photographed are imaginary, and everything appearing in a 3D rendering needs to be created (or re-created) in the computer before it can be rendered. This is a lot of work, but allows for an almost infinite amount of creative control over what appears in the scene, and how it is depicted. – http://www.3drender.com/glossary/3drendering.htm

What does 3D Rendering do for you?

I have people ask me what 3D rendering is quite often. It is one of the tools which helps my clients get the full understanding of the vision for their house project whether it be re-doing their kitchen, bathroom, living room…. the list could go on. I have clients use this service to feel more confident about their purchases and as I said before to help them see the big picture of what their project could look like when done. 

Your money is important and indecision in a renovation can cost you a lot of money. When you are thinking about starting a home project it is important to get it right the first time. So why not get the vision of what you want done down on paper? This way everyone on the project is on the same page and there is less chance of misunderstandings or changes to the project.

The price on this depends on the project size and complexity. I know that a project will go more smoothly if everyone has the same vision.

To find out more or get a quote please call (780)267-7432 or (587)410-3760 or email me at design@amandaschroter.ca.

Colour Forecasting

“Pantone Autumn 2013 A Palette of Many Moods”

Most of the colour we see in our homes comes filtered down from the fashion world.

Pantone is well know for their colour forecasting.

Keep an eye on accessories this fall because you will likely see these colours in the retail stores.

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