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Judson Rothschild Guest Writer

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Published: Monday, November 1, 2010

                                                      BOZO GOES BIGTOP!

                                                      By: Judson Rothschild

There is a strange trend happening in the design world. A scary trend actually. It appears that everyone thinks he/she is an interior designer. People with marginal training and suspect talent, who have no 'eye', (we call these people Decorettes™ are showcasing their Design Disaster™ shenanigans in magazines (Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, etc.), and worse, hosting television shows (ABC, CBS, NBC, HGTV, Bravo, etc.) under the guise of being 'experts'! If these people were really 'experts' they would be telling you the truth.

How do we verify 'truth' in design?

The same way we verify it in life: if it's the truth, when you see or hear it, it rings true.

How many times have you heard or read: "The quickest and most cost efficient way to change the look of your space is by repainting your environment?" This statement is, in fact, true. "So, what's the problem?" you're asking. Well, look around you. Your self-appointed experts are not explaining the art and design of using paint. Instead, they encourage you to channel your inner most Bozo, splashing color, color, color, on your walls with unsophisticated childish mayhem! And while doing so, these 'experts' are teaching you how to shrink the look of your environment.

Encouraged by the 'experts' to repaint your rooms, you stand in the entrance of your living room, color chart in hand. As you gaze through the room, your eyes also give you glimpses of the dining room, the hallway, the den and the kitchen. What is your game plan?

STOP! Put the color chart down! Think carefully and follow your instincts.

The quickest way to shrink the size of the room is to paint the room a dark color. The quickest way to make the room look larger is to paint the room in shades of whites.

Why are these 'experts' teaching you to channel your inner-most Bozo with a primary color wheel? Because they are not experts, they are Decorettes™.

Experts lose nothing by teaching you the truth. If they told the truth, they would teach:

1) Your artwork and furniture should be the art, not the paint!

2) Your artwork and furniture are showcased much better against shades of white (there are at least sixty) and lighter colors.

3) By defining a consistent color palate throughout the house it keeps the eyes tracking through to the farthest rooms, bringing a lighter and brighter ambiance to your environment.

4) By choosing three different shades of white (or three different shades of a lighter color) you can create a subtle artistic backdrop by redefining your ceiling, your mouldings and your walls. Let me teach you how to accomplish this. For our purposes here, I'll choose white as the example.

a) The lightest shade goes on the ceiling. You want to use a flat paint. By choosing the lightest shade of white for the ceiling, subconsciously your eye will be pulled upward, giving the room the illusion of more height.

b) The next shade of white, the intermediate shade, goes on the moldings, doors, and windows. This paint should be semi-gloss. This medium shade of white highlights the details in the room while clearly redefining the ceiling and the walls. You've paid a lot of money for these moldings, windows and doors. Let's see them! If you have a contemporary space there are no moldings, so this shade goes on the doors and windows only.

c) The next shade of white, the darkest, goes on the wall. This paint should be flat or eggshell, but be careful. Anything other than flat paint will show flaws and defects in the walls.

These are basic concepts that Decorettes™ do not teach. "Why don't they?" you ask? Because they have no basic training or intrinsic talent. How do we know this? Because the 'eye' never lies! The truth is in the design. These people are too busy trying to come up with the "Next, Best, New" concept they have forgotten a quality design outshines the manipulated, gimmicky, non-functional design any day of the week.

Look through any current magazine or watch any current design show. The Bozos are everywhere, lying to you about their budgets while shrinking your rooms to the size of a postage stamp figuring that if they throw enough garbage in a room, and on the wall, that something is bound to stick! These clowns are so busy trying to outdo each other by creating these logic-defying god-awful rooms that they have forgotten what their real purpose is!

The job of a good designer is simple: To educate, not to mandate! Good designers use their talent and training to empower the client to make informed decisions, creating beautiful designs that hold up to the test of time. We are here to guide you to a better living environment, not one in which you feel claustrophobic.

Yes, there are exceptions to every rule. Of course color can be used in a room to create design and drama. But if there is no consistency to the thought process your "dramatic" room will look like someone picked a scab and threw it on your wall. Is that really the look you are going for? Apparently these ridiculous television shows and magazines think so.

If you want to bring a quiet elegance to your space while creating a warm, light and bright environment, you now have been given the information to do so. If you feel the urge to express your inner color God or Goddess, I would suggest starting in the powder room. That's a great place to create a bit of drama without spending too much of your money.

If you are thinking of selling your home and /or condominium, follow my suggestions, and when you get top dollar, feel free to send me a consulting fee bonus! J

Recognized internationally for his interior design and furniture collection, Judson Rothschild has built his reputation on creating timeless, elegant, quality designs with an impeccable eye for detail. A rarity in today's design field, Judson personally project manages every aspect of his designs. His interiors and furniture have been featured on, ABC, NBC, FOX, HGTV, as well as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, Interior Design, and other major publications throughout the world.

Judson A. Rothschild

ASID Industry Partner

PO BOX 16018

Beverly Hills, CA 90209

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