One of the biggest problems I see is separating commercial design from residential design. Everyone is familiar with home design and products used there. Commercial has fire ratings, a corporate look, and can hold up to heavier wear.
Look for inspiration in paintings, rugs, fabrics or even your closet. If you can wear it, you can live with it. Wood is not neutral, it has a color; it is often orange, red, or yellowish. Try to blend with your wood because it is part of the whole. If you are not matching an
This home is a good example. I developed the living area around an existing fireplace with a dark paneled room. Using paint and drywall the space felt larger and brighter. A dining area was located in front of a sliding door. The kitchen, bath and laundry were located based on ease of plumbing and a