Index of Resources
The MMID Interior Design Resource Center provides a wide variety of resources and tools for professional interior designers and homeowners.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our daily conversations with clients often surfaces some of the similar type questions. You may be seeking an answer to these interior design and home decor dilemmas too. In the coming months we will be posting FAQs that we hope you will find helpful. In the meantime, if you have a question, feel free to reach out to us.
Marta and her team use 3D renderings and walk-thru technology to help clients visualize the space. The rendering technology we use creates images that are incredibly life-like. It can be difficult to distinguish between a rendering and a “real picture”.
We hear time and time again that this technology helps our clients make decisions they feel confident about. Renderings are also a great way to communicate design details that can otherwise be difficult to convey.
Tile is one of the most versatile mediums in your home. Selecting the best tile to use for your new home or home renovation project can be confusing with all the options available today. When it comes to tile selection, there are several factors to consider such as material, cost, placement, and installation. Because tile is available in such a wide variety, it can really bring some exciting character to your home. Read more about selecting tile for your home interior in our blog post The Thick and Thin of Tile Selection.
A mirror can serve many purposes when applied to an interior space. Even when used in the most obvious application, it can yield many other benefits that the user may not be aware of. While the use of a mirror can add to your space visually, it can also create a whole spectrum of graphic effects. Read more about how to select the perfect mirror for your home interior in our blog post Mirrors! They can reflect your personality.
Rugs have the power to affect the entire area that they’re in, and that’s a powerful tool when it comes to redecorating. A new rug could be exactly what you need when you’re looking for a dramatic, quick, and inexpensive change. Read more about selecting rugs for your home interior in our blog article One Items that Packs the Biggest Punch – Rugs.
A professional interior designer will help you create the home you have always dreamed of, while reducing material costs, project time, and helping you avoid costly mistakes. The ideal designer will also make the process fun and a hassle free experience. Here’s our top tips.
- Look for an interior designer with formal training
- Make sure they can match to your life style and design style
- Make sure they can keep your interior design budget in mind
- Clear communication on the cost of their services is important
- They should have a deep network of experienced resources and suppliers
- Inquire about how they stay up to date on style and design trends
- They should have a process that will help you navigate choices
- Ensure they will coordinate with the builders, sub-contractors and vendors
- Inquire if they pass on savings from wholesale purchases to you
- Personality and chemistry fit between you and your designer is critical
Read more in this recent blog post about How to Find a Good Interior Designer.
Deciding where to place the TV can be a dilemma in many households. Put it front and center or tucked away and hidden? These considerations can help settle the debate.
- Do you use your TV much of the time? You’ll likely want it front and center.
- Would you prefer your TV to blend into the room? A console or entertainment center can help take the focus off the TV. Other high-tech options are available to complete conceal the TV when not in use.
- Do you want your TV to be a focal piece of furniture in your room or blend in?
- Do you have limited space? A wall mount option is the most kind to small spaces.
- Is your TV competing with your fireplace as a focal point? Managing two focal points in a room is a tricky dilemma, especially if they are on different walls.
- What distance and angle should the TV be from the main viewing area? According to THX (a high-fidelity audio/visual reproduction standard for movie & entertainment areas) the optimal viewing angle is between 28 degrees and 40 degrees from the viewer’s eye level to the screen. Distance should be 5 – 7.5 ‘ for a 50″ screen, 6-9’ for a 60″ screen, and of course further for the larger screens.
Read more about our tips on how to make your TV an effective part of your home decor in our recent blog post It’s a Love-hate Relationship with our TV’s.
There is so much to read on the web. Marta and her team are constantly sifting through relevant articles on home and commercial interior design to share. We’ve listed some of the more valuable and interesting articles below. Enjoy!
BAMBOO is a natural surface covering material that has many of the properties of hardwood flooring, even though it is actually produced from a type of grass. It shares many of the positive benefits of a hardwood floor, as well as the drawbacks and vulnerabilities. The more you understand the properties of this material, the better informed you will be when making a purchasing or maintenance decision.
Read the full article at THE SPRUCE.
Ipe and Teak are two of the highest quality woods available today. These two lumbers are both prized for their beauty and durability, but despite their similarities, Ipe and Teak are two very different types of wood. If you are seeking a high end lumber option and are considering using Ipe or Teak for your project, read the full article at ADVERTICIA.COM
Khoi Vo is Professor and Head of the Department of Interior Architecture at UNC Greensboro. In this article, published by Triad Business Journal, Mr. Vo discusses the importance of Interior Design in today’s Healthy Workplace. Read the full article published in Triad Business Journal.
The Office of the Future: Designing a space worthy of your company’s potential
This in-depth article explores the latest trends for modern office interior design. Contemporary interior architecture and design have evolved to provide stimulating, efficient, and productive working environments. Read the full article published in the Triad Business Journal.
The new Washington Post corporate office in DC, offers a creative workspace for this publishing giant. Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, bought this 142 year old legacy media company in 2013, and the new offices provide journalists with inspiration for the digital age. Read the full article published in the Triad Business Journal.
Explore the features and trends for creating a productive workspace for your team in this insightful article from The Triad Business Journal on Putting the “Place” in Workplace.
Selecting the best kitchen lighting is important. Your kitchen is the stage for so many different type of activities from entertaining, cooking, homework, and even cozy chats. It’s one of the most complex lighting challenges in your home. Read these 27 kitchen lighting tips from the pros at Lamps USA to help you decide which type of lighting is best for your kitchen island and workspaces.
Upcoming events that should be on your “short list” if a home remodeling, redesign, or new construction is in your future.
The Marta Mitchell Interior Design team uses numerous complex tools and software platforms in their design process. We have provided some simple design tools below that will be useful (and fun!) for you.
Books & Magazines
These books and magazines are dedicated to the topics of interior design and home decor. Another great resource for inspiration.
Interior Design Newsletters & Blogs
Newsletters and blogs can help you explore different styles, trends, and ensure your home interior and decor stays current. Below are several of our “must read” sources.
Marta Mitchell Blogs & Resources
Sherwin Williams Paint Resources
STIR® is a digital and print publication by Sherwin Williams. It is often a go-to source for interior designers, architects, and specifiers. While the print version is distributed once a year, articles are available online throughout the year. Get inspiration from this awesome resource from Sherwin Williams. Visit the STIR website for more.
From baby-blue ball pits to a rosy-hued dance floor, the Color Factory NYC offers immersive color experiences. STIR® talked to the museum’s director to learn how the interactive installations can change clients’, designers’ and architects’ perceptions of color. Learn more about this awesome destination in the latest edition of STIR.