Arlington Home Interiors Blog

Arlington Home Interiors is a full-service interior design studio based in Arlington Virginia that provides smart, functional living spaces for today’s modern families. Arlington Home Interiors serves Northern Virginia and the surrounding Washington DC metro area.

IS IT REALLY THE PERFECT COLOR?

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After looking at dozens of paint swatches, you’ve done it; you’ve found THE perfect color! But before you buy a couple gallons and prep, prime & paint your space - WAIT! Chances are, that color you just fell in love with will look totally different on your walls. And suddenly your ‘Tranquil Sunrise’ looks more like ‘Compost Pumpkin’. Yikes. Well, there’s a simple way to avoid this. Test, test, test.

First, buy a pint of each of your top color choices. (I suggest your top two picks.) Then, paint a two foot by two foot patch of each color on the wall, side-by-side. Make sure to paint in a couple different areas of your space, depending on the natural light in the room. When the paint is dry, you’ll want to see how the color(s) look in both the daylight and in the evening, too. If you find a color on the first try, fantastic. If not, head back to the paint store for another pint and repeat. 

Multiple trips to the paint store can be a pain but repainting an entire room or, even worse, living with a color you don’t love really stinks. Believe me, the extra time and effort you spend upfront will ensure a color you’ll love for years!

P.S. Our favorite wall paint, in most cases, is Benjamin Moore ‘Aura’ (matte). It costs a little more but it’s worth it for  a rich, non-fading, scrub-able color!!

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AHI OFFICE TUNES VOLUME 1

Of course you know how we love to share beautiful images and design ideas each month. Well now with Mark on the team, we’re excited to share the awesome tunes we’ve been humming along to in our office! We hope you enjoy this personally curated playlist featuring songs both old and new – from Bowie to Frankie Cosmos (who’s that?). Click here to start filling your space with the sounds of AHI Office Tunes Volume 1 - we’re anticipating this will be the first of many! Drop us a note and let us know what you think!

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MAKING A BIG IMPACT IN A SMALL SPACE

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In Arlington, many of the original homes are small Cape Cods and colonials. And while these charming homes may not have the same square footage as some of their new build neighbors, they offer wonderful reminders that there’s always an opportunity to make a big impact in a small space.

Recently, one of our clients was looking to refresh the dining room in their newly purchased Cape Cod to make the space truly their own. They wanted a kid-friendly space that reflected their love of color and mid-century leanings. So, we went with a happy, modern vibe.

We started with an over-sized pendant for visual impact. Then, we added a beautiful patterned wallpaper above the millwork for character and painted the ceiling to draw the eye up.

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We included a custom-sized woven carpet in stain proof polypropylene to further enlarge the room. Our clients sourced a vintage Scandinavian table and paired it with plastic and metal Eiffel chairs for easy kid clean up. The back of the original china built-ins were painted with a complimentary teal color and styled with pops of orange and white to tie everything together.

The end result was a visually enlarged space with fun and funky details to match our clients’ lifestyle and personality! And as an added bonus, Houzz recently featured this project in the 'Room of the Day' feature.

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PLENTY OF ARTISTIC CHARM IN CHARM CITY

This post started as a recommendation for the Matt Sesow exhibit at the Visionary Arts Museum (the best museum ever!!), but once I got started, it was hard to stop so now I have a full overnight Design Date planned for you and your special someone.

Baltimore is one of our favorite locations for a quick romantic trip. It was perfect when our kids were little and we didn’t want to leave them for long with my folks. Now we love it because it’s still charming and it reminds us of when we were younger (not that we’re old!). There’s no place like Baltimore. Lots to list, so I’ll keep it simple.

1.) Visionary Art Museum: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230 (check site for hours, tickets and current exhibits)

During our visit, the highlights were The Big Hope Exhibit and DC Artist (and friend) Matt Sesow's solo show.

This is a great museum to take the young artist in your life. Lots of eye candy from an over-sized floating pig to a giant head you can crawl inside to experience an amazing sound and light show (my son’s favorite).

Be sure to save time for their one-of-a-kind gift shop!

2.) Fork & Wrench: 2322 Boston Street Baltimore, MD 21224

Self-described as a 'Boutique Dive Bar', Fork & Wrench has amazing farm to table food in rustic industrial meets flea market décor. Delish and great for Instagramming pics to your friends - and perfect for a romantic dinner, of course. 

3.) The Inn at 2920: 2920 Elliott Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

If you plan to stay overnight, I recommend this beautifully designed boutique Inn, that is very serious about being earth friendly. Get a wonderful nights’ sleep in a fun part of town, and try something different from big chain hotels on the waterfront.

4.) Su Casa for Home Decor: 901 S. Bond St Fells Point, MD 21231

And the weekend isn’t complete without browsing for a little something for your home to bring back. It's a great place for unique gifts. Lots of wood and mixed metal pieces.

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