To Stripe or Not to Stripe?

Why would you consider painting a wall with stripes of varying sizes and colors?

Choosing to paint a striped wall creates a focal point in the space and sets a great design tone. This focal point can be bold or quiet. You can choose how much of a statement to make. In our case, we went bold. We varied the width and color of each stripe as well as the direction to achieve the amount of impact we needed.

Designing your striped wall starts on paper. You can actually start the design of the room with the stripe. We achieved harmony in this room from using a color in the stripe to paint the surrounding walls. We then repeated the colors in the furnishings too. Great interior design will always use one or two excellent ideas in a space and carry/repeat the concept throughout the room.

Are stripes outdated?

If you home doesn’t have an architectural feature to work with, stripes are a great way to improve upon the vanilla architecture. The trends of stripe patterns and color trends are ever changing, but one thing is for sure, stripes are always in. So don’t be afraid to stripe and make your own style.


Arizona Interior Design Firm featured for its evidence-based design in Phoenix Skilled Nursing Facility.

 Blue Desert Interiors was just featured in AZRE (Arizona Commercial Real Estate) magazine and online for our beautiful Evidence-Based Design in a local Phoenix project.  The article, “The Right Prescription: Evidence-Based Design in Healthcare Facilities” focuses on how our design and material selections positively impacted to the healing environment for Care Meridian’s traumatic injury patients.

We opened this lunchroom to allow for easier wheelchair access plus more inclusive family gatherings.
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CareMeridian featured on Blue Desert Interiors’ website

Home Security and Technology

We all like to believe that when leave our house each morning we’ll return to find it in the same condition; ready to welcome us home and unplug from the crazy day.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone.  Home robberies do happen.  So to help prevent this, as part of the interior design process for home hardware, we always like to recommend the best ways to safeguard our homes.  The door to your garage is a vulnerable point.  It’s easy to leave unlocked as we rush out the door, or even if we do lock it, it’s just the bottom catch latch.  As part of the update to my own home in Scottsdale, I added a much better way to secure the door that even makes life simpler!  I prefer an electronic combination deadbolt.  They come in many styles, like this Schlage Plymouth version, for roughly 130.00.  I prefer the clean lines of this version, shown here in a brushed nickel.  It’s available in many more finishes, including a very current oil-rubbed bronze that I used.  I haven’t found it in stock at a local hardware store so you can search online or contact us to purchase.  No electrical service is needed as a small battery powers the lock.  After you install the device, it is a very simple matter with clear instructions on how to program it.  After you set up your unique 4 digit code, you’re ready to go.  When you leave your home, you simply hit the bar on top and it glows engaging the spinnable knob.  You then rotate the knob and engage the deadbolt.  After a few seconds, the knob disengages the bolt securing your home.  2 seconds to creater security.  The other advantage is that there is no more digging into briefcases or purses for the key when you return home, just enter your pin, knob engages and rotate to open.  This is a great weekend project, so don’t wait on doing this one.
You’ll be thrilled with the quality of the product, ease of install, added security and great design options!

Art Deco Metalwork Inspiration

by Mark LaPalm

Where you draw inspiration from is part of the success of good interior design.  One of the best ways to research styles is through books that cover certain periods or details.  These 2 books are some of my favorites for metalwork!  Art Deco Decorative Ironwork by Henri Clouzot has a wonderful sampling of both furniture and architectural elements specifically from the period.  My other favorite is Wrought Iron in Architecture by Gerald K. Geerlings.  This is invaluable for interior designers since it addresses craftsmanship plus the history by region; Italian, Spanish and French just to name a few.  If you love metalwork and Art Deco, these are not to be missed books.