These articles provide education and inspiration.         

Casual/Cottage Style
In cottage styling, the choice is yours. Rule of thumb is that anything and everything goes. Whatever you love and makes you comfortable. The key words are charm and comfort in the casual or cottage home. > read more

Did you know your window treatments may be unsafe for your children?
Statistics reveal that multiple children die each year from strangulation injuries involving window shade cords. These deaths could have been prevented with child safe window treatments and preventative safety measures. > read more

The Contemporary Home: Clean Lines, Warm Air
Modern, now, simplistic. These are some of the terms that come to mind in the contemporary home. Sometimes thought of as stark, today's contemporary homes can be warm and inviting. Architectural lines are combined with textured finishes to add subtle softness. > read more

Crimes of Fashion: Home Design Mistakes Revealed
Has this happened to you? You dedicate all of your time and energy (not to mention money) designing a room with the perfect color scheme, the perfect furniture, the perfect window treatments -- only to find that it still doesn't look quite right? > read more

The Secrets of Designing with Color
Among interior design circles, the power of color is no secret. It has been shown to have profound effects on mood and reflects personality and style, as well.  Interior designers utilize this powerful connection to design beautiful rooms every day. > read more

7 Steps to Designing Your Dream Kitchen
Kitchens: they're not just for cooking anymore. Today's contemporary kitchens often work overtime as family rooms, gathering places, and even places to entertain! No longer is the person cooking the only person seeing the kitchen, so design and style has become increasingly important. > read more

Improve Energy Efficiency All Around The House
A few simple steps can go a long way toward increasing the energy efficiency of your home and reducing your energy costs. > read more

Quiz: Is Your Home Energy Efficient
For every 10 percent lost in energy efficiency, customers will pay 23 percent more in their utility bills. Is your home energy efficient?
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2008 Home Design Trends
With 2007 behind us, it's time to start looking forward to what the New Year will bring. For me, the New Year isn't just about making resolutions; it's about keeping design current with the very latest trends. Read on to find out what's going to be popular in 2008. > read more

Traditional Homes, Timeless Presence
Many people love the timeless appeal of traditional home decor. This style of decorating is still widely regarded as one of the most sought after styles. Warm and inviting, traditional homes blend understated elegance with grand design, often combining yesteryear with the luxury of today. > read more

Luxury or Necessity? Either Way, Motorization Fills a Need
Motorized shades are more readily available, offering new solutions for customers who either want it or need it. Most of you probably sell motorization to customers who desire this option, seeing it as one of convenience and luxury. > read more

What Does It All Mean? Understanding the Terminology
R-Value -
You may have heard it before: R-Value. But what exactly is it and what does it mean? > read more

Window Treatments and UV Protection
Window treatments add another important benefit aside from insulation - UV protection.
The sunlight streaming through your windows may seem beautiful. But keep in mind that it carries with it damaging UV rays that, over time, will damage your home's interior. > read more

The Victorian Home
A style named for England's Queen Victoria that became very popular in the 1800s, the Victorian home generally tends toward excess. Excess in accessories and trim. Excess in patterns through large florals or intricate wood work. > read more

Warm Up Your Home Decor
With the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder, it's no wonder people get the "winter doldrums". However, you (and your home) don't have to. Until the weather becomes more inviting, turn to your home for comfort from Mother Nature, who tends to be fickle at this time of year. > read more

TrendWatch: Window Treatments
Sleek and Simple - Window treatments with sleek, clean lines have taken over! Many of today’s most popular window treatments are now sporting simpler, more tailored looks, which open up the room, keeping it modern and uncluttered. > read more

Year-Round Energy Saving
With the arctic weather that is plaguing so many homes across the country, it’s an ideal time to talk about saving energy while staying warm and keeping stylish! But energy saving shouldn’t be seasonal. > read more

Interior Design Colors - Navy
Summertime often calls to mind this particularly dark, rich shade of blue: navy. And no wonder: it's the color of the ocean waves on a hot summer's day, and it's the color that's been used for years in summer decorating, particularly at the beach. > read more

Interior Design Colors - Teal
If you want to perk up your decor but you still want to keep the look subtle, teal may be the color you're looking for. It can add a note of interest without taking over the whole room, bringing both light and a splash of special color. > read more

Interior Design Colors - Taupe
The Random House Dictionary defines "taupe" as a "dark brownish gray," but that definition doesn't nearly do justice to this neutral color, which can be used in many different settings to excellent effect. > read more

Room of the Month Interior Design Guidelines : Summertime Porch
Ah, summer. In the Northeast, summer is the time for slowing down and enjoying the cooling breezes that come through the leafy trees, chatting with friends and family or settling into the good books you never seem to find time for in the hectic fall, winter, and spring.> read more

Special Report: Interior Design Trends 2008
The year 2008 will be brighter, lighter, and greener, at least in terms of home and office design. This is what three top designers from around the country interviewed for Sheffield School's Designer Monthly predicted at the start of the new year. > read more

The Little Things: Room Dividers
Designer Monthly's Little Things column places a spotlight on those home accessories that are often overlooked, and we'll show how they can be improved to make a world of a difference.> read more

Home Decorating Ideas & Interior Design Tip : Airy Dining Room
Here's a new interior design tip that's just in time for summer. In this Room of the Month we take a look at a dining room with a view, one which lets in plenty of light and greenery, holding the promise of long summer days ahead.> read more

Room of the Month Interior Design Guidelines : Open Living/Dining Room
This home is located in central Mexico City, but it is in a neighborhood so quiet, of pretty, winding cobblestone streets, that you'd never know you were in the heart of one of the busiest cities in the world.> read more

Room of the Month Interior Design Guidelines : Airy and Open Bedroom
For our Room of the Month, we've chosen to analyze this open and airy bedroom, using the Sheffield School of Interior Design Guidelines: function, mood and harmony. > read more

Room of the Month Interior Design Guidelines : Safari Bedroom
The room we've chosen for this month illustrates perfectly the principle that eclectic decorating ideas can indeed all work together to create a beautiful and powerful effect. The trick is in choosing the right design elements, not necessarily in choosing elements that are created with just one palette in mind. > read more

Room of the Month : Luxury Kitchen
Here at the Sheffield School of Interior Design, we have a tool for looking at the design of any given room. We look at the room in terms of three qualities, the Sheffield Guidelines to Interior Design: function, mood, and harmony. > read more

Room of the Month Interior Design Guidelines : Double Sofa Living Room
For this Room of the Month, we're looking at two different takes on essentially the same design, to illustrate not only how to use the Sheffield Guidelines to Interior Design — function, mood, and harmony — but also to show how the same furniture can have a different effect when put into a new arrangement. > read more

Room of the Month : Tiny Office Space
We've chosen this home office space for our Room of the Month to illustrate just how much big use you can get out of a small space, if you pay attention to the Sheffield Guidelines to Interior Design: function, mood, and harmony. > read more

Room of the Month : Basement Redesign
This month we're featuring the work of one of Sheffield's own students, M. Charles Beach, who took the Sheffield Guidelines to Interior Design — function, mood, and harmony — and put his own spin on them with his design business, M. Charles Beach Interiors, LLC, in Framingham, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. > read more

Special Report : Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2008
The 2008 Architectural Digest Home Design Show breezed into town and ushered in spring with a wink and a smile. The exhibit held annually at New York's Pier 94 by Architectural Digest magazine showcased the latest furniture, lighting, and interior design trends on the market. > read more