Your style, elevated.
How did you start designing?
From a young age, I always had an interest in design. My dad used to joke that my room was a museum. I’m probably the only 6-year-old who had custom made curtains. After a decade of working as a graphic designer and art director, I had the opportunity to work at a small, local interior design firm.
What are your favorite colors for your projects right now?
I am such a grey girl. Every room looks great grey, because there are a multitude of undertones. A single grey can go from warm to cool depending on the sunlight and time of day. I’m also a big fan of the recent greige (grey and beige) trend. It’s a perfect color for transitional clients who are looking to modernize from traditional furnishings. My whole house is universal grey by Glidden – it’s a color chameleon. And I love deep, inky blues - one of my favorites is Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore.
What are some of your favorite styles/trends?
I don’t have a set signature style. I like and appreciate all trends. My job is to help clients discover and elevate their own personal style. When clients show me photos of rooms that inspire them, I try to find a common, collective thread to understand what they love about the image.
Any tips for easy home upgrades?
Molding! Flat molding is a quick, inexpensive way to transform the most boring of rooms. An oversized grid pattern can instantly give a plain room some architectural interest. I recently did this in my own home and the project took only a weekend to finish. Wallpaper can also really enhance a room, and there are so many beautiful, modern options on the market.
Advice for prepping for an interior design project?
Be sure to do your homework and take the time to hire the right team. You want someone who has a process and will partner with you. Also, when working with a designer make sure to have a cache of images that inspire you, but it’s important to remain open to what will work for your specific space.
Erica Morgan Long has a background in fine arts with a BA in Visual Arts. After 12 years in marketing and design, she went back to her roots and received her certification in Interior Design. Erica is a current member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
This article was originally published on the Emily's Interiors, Inc. Journal.