From Messy To Sleek | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

I have my theory about Harmony in the home, it doesn’t come from any particular science, only common sense.  Three words starting with the letter D will block a good energy: Dust, Dirt and Disorder. Often, I go into homes where the mess is made of bad habits, lack of cleaning knowledge system and lack of organizational skills. As a designer, from time to time, I find myself teaching how to stay organized, how to create a method and good habits that will keep my design visible six months after the renovation is completed. It takes a long time to tech people how to live in clean spaces in order to have a clean state of mind. It takes efforts and disciplines to break out of bad habits. Living in a mess could make your life feel upside down. This picture below says it all and even though this home is not usually this bad,  it gives a sense of disordered life. This house is one of those restyling projects that keep growing, it has been a domino effect. In open spaces, the floor is common to all the rooms in the major area of the house, which means, without any doubts, that restyling one room requires restyling the next one, thus getting rid of useless stuff has been one of the main needs to allow the design to flow, to communicate with furniture, colors and finally for harmony to take over.

Back in August 2016,  I wrote about this fireplace wall to remodel – – and how I was thinking of changing it from this  traditional and anonymous look  to a modern and sleek look.

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It finally happened. I choose this metallic look (below), with much of my surprise, it was well received.

(sample wall finish: Gyorgy Sofalvi)

The mess is gone, the room starts to look decent. The new furniture are not there yet and I can’t show the rest of the room. A new stain went on the hardwood floor, which now doesn’t look like a butcher block anymore. Followed a new, modern, LED lighting in the ceiling and the walls have new warm colors.  I choose a palette of three colors, tone on tone, from light, medium to dark, which create a beautiful warm rhythm in he room. This living room looks so much larger and inviting and this is the result.
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In the next projects, I will  convince my next client to get this same metallic finish in different colors, perhaps a Tuscan rustic, a watercolor effect, or even a space effect, as shown below.

Wall treatments such as these are work of art and nothing else is needed, only a striking piece of furniture, or a super theatrical light. Ciao,


Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina Cirasola transforms and creates spaces realizing people’s dreams in homes, offices, interiors and exteriors. She infuses your everyday living with a certain luxury without taking away a comfortable living. Valentina is well-known for bringing originality on any project and for thinking outside the box. Her interiors are not made with cookie cutters, only follow client’s inspiration, lifestyle and personality. She offers on-line design consultations through Skype and the traditional in-house consultations, helping people with their design challenge anywhere in the world. She is the author of three books, all-available on


Consider Your Wall A Canvas | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

I am a pensive person, when I think, I lay on the floor and stare at my ceiling or I sit comfortable and stare at the walls. I cannot just have bare or white walls, they must communicate with my thoughts. With so many choices why keep the walls white?

In most homes, it is customary to fill walls with a lot of pictures and photographs, or objects of interest, in some other homes, walls are decorated in the minimalist style, meaning plain and empty. Once I had the urge to paint a picture on one of my interior doors and a painter friend tried to discourage me. Why paint a picture on a door and not on a conventional canvas? She said, but as you know the world turns around people who have different ideas and not around static people.

If you are an artist, would you consider painting your walls with your artwork? In the picture below (courtesy of Grandiroad), you can tell the picture behind the console is a large rug, but with a little imagination, that wall can be painted with any of your artwork and it will become an open gallery for anyone to enjoy it.

Artwork(Above: Bergen Console – Grandin Road)

The other solution is to apply large print wallpaper, even digitally reproduced from your own photograph. The process is no more expensive than any wall finish treatments and the result is stunning.


The large print wallpaper will keep the room clean and interesting, with a lot of details to look at. No need to add accessories, keep it simple and uncluttered.
What is the room you can redo with this idea? Ciao,

Copyright © 2014 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val Admiring World Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior and Fashion Designer, working in the USA and Europe. She blends fashion and interior well in any of her design work. She loves to remodel homes and loves to create the unusual. She needs your story to design your dream. Check out her books on

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