WPL’s Ten Tips to Winning Interior Design

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Interior Design, Tips & Tricks
WPL’s Ten Tips to Winning Interior Design

In a recent discussion surrounding the year-end review of what had and had not worked, the principals of WPL Interior Design, observed that designers who had practiced in the field longer and had engaged in all aspects of the design process were more likely to successfully take command of a design project to completion. That…Read More

Tips on Framing and Hanging Art

Tips on Framing and Hanging Art

There are some rules in interior design that should never be broken and one of them is always frame your art to enhance the art not to match your interior. In other words, the frame does not have to match the sofa, it should complement the art and highlight its beauty. Good art travels well…Read More

Architectural Millwork in Interiors – It Makes a World of Difference

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Interior Design, Tips & Tricks, Woodwork
Architectural Millwork in Interiors – It Makes a World of Difference

Frequently an interior can be devoid of any architectural interest other than a door and perhaps some windows. Sometimes a fireplace or several doors. As designers we always think of ways to enhance the interior architecture of a space. Almost always in traditional architecture one way to do that is millwork. “Millwork, woodwork, finish carpentry,…Read More

Selecting the Best Paint Color

Selecting the Best Paint Color

As designers we are often asked to fix people’s paint mistakes. We frequently hear, “I thought __________ (fill in a color) would look good in this room, but when it went up on the walls it just looked awful.” Many times the color family selected is right, but not the specific color. For instance yellow…Read More

Tips on Accessorizing Your Home

Tips on Accessorizing Your Home

Accessorizing your home can be a daunting task. We have seen people build entire homes and have clear opinions of what they want when it comes to their space plans, overall style, kitchen design, bathrooms and furniture.  Yet that same person sometimes does not have a clue what to do with their shelves and surfaces…Read More

LED Lighting 101 – A basic introduction

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Interior Design, Lighting, Tips & Tricks
LED Lighting 101 – A basic introduction

You may have seen all the LED bulb options lately, and like most people you are probably confused as to which bulbs to buy. Here is a basic intro into LED bulbs and what to look for when selecting LED bulbs for a residential interior. First let’s use the right terminology. We, as interior designers…Read More

Color Trends from #HighPointMarket

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Colors, Design Trends, Tips & Tricks
Color Trends from #HighPointMarket

Twice a year, spring and fall, we go to High Point, North Carolina to see what is going on in the furniture industry. 75,000 designers, furniture dealers, manufacturers and buyers all meet in North Carolina for the High Point Market. There are 12 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space with 2,000 manufacturers showing…Read More

Window Treatments – What’s Hanging on Your Windows?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Tips & Tricks, Window Treatments
Window Treatments – What’s Hanging on Your Windows?

Window treatments come in all styles, shapes, colors, sizes, types and qualities. They are one of the most diverse groups of interior finishes and cover a very broad spectrum of materials. They can be very plain or very elaborate, inexpensive or very costly. They can make a statement or blend into the background. So what…Read More

The Art of Arranging Furniture

The Art of Arranging Furniture

One of the many tasks Interior Designers are called upon to do is layout furniture within a space. Designers study and practice space planning furniture within a room and they develop these skills to a point that upon entering a room they can usually instinctually see two or three arrangements in their head. It is…Read More

Scale: What is it and why is it important?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Interior Design, Tips & Tricks, WPL Design
Scale: What is it and why is it important?

So what is scale? And how is it applied in the field of Interior Design? When we say something is to scale it means it is a standardized measurement using actual dimensions that are represented by a smaller unit of measurement. These smaller increments of measurement allow us to represent a larger object in a…Read More

Lighting for the Aging Eye in a Residential Setting [Guest Blogger]

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Design Trends, Guest Blogger, Tips, Tips & Tricks
Lighting for the Aging Eye in a Residential Setting [Guest Blogger]

GUEST BLOGGER :: David Rodstein of Rodstein Design Forget the chandelier or sconce with candelabra bulbs to increase lighting for task. It is lighting to be looked at only. Increasing the number of bulbs and their wattage only creates disabling glare. If the space warrants, do without. One will need higher light levels to read. Aimable table, floor…Read More

Movies and Television as Design Inspiration

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Design Trends, Tips & Tricks
Movies and Television as Design Inspiration

Right in the middle of awards season between the Golden Globes and the Oscars it comes to mind that as fans of great interiors frequently we are inspired by Hollywood. Have you ever watched a television show or movie and been more interested in the interior design of the space than the actual plot and…Read More

Feeling Blue?

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Colors, Room Design, Tips & Tricks
Feeling Blue?

Blue is not a color we use often in our design practice, at least not for interiors. It features predominantly in some of our closets but it is not a color we gravitate too frequently as the basis of a color scheme. It is not that we have anything against blue, we love blue, but…Read More

Lighting 101

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Lighting, Tips & Tricks
Lighting 101

The easiest way to understand lighting is to think of it as these three basic types: General or Ambient, Accent and Task Lighting. GENERAL (AMBIENT) LIGHTING This is usually your primary source of light in the room. It can allow for entrance and egress, function within the room and also tasks (yet isn’t specific to…Read More

Changing the Look and Feel of a Room

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Bedroom, Before & After, Tips & Tricks
Changing the Look and Feel of a Room

When it comes to changing the look and feel of a room, nothing is more cost effective and immediately satisfying than painting it a different color.  But many people are tentative and insecure about color, and will revert to the safety of a neutral (like beige) that can leave a room lifeless, even boring, and…Read More