Designers are a mysterious bunch. We can look at an empty space and see an engagingly decorated home. With the blink of an eye, we see
Although we do possess a bit of clairvoyance when walking through a new space, believe it or not, designers don’t have a secret rule book we consult for every project. Our Interiors Bible is more like a recipe, a collage of tried-and-true principles, a mish-mash of inspirational resources, and a generous pour of our unique tastes. So whether you’ve just moved into your first apartment or pushing the reset button on your home decor, check out a few of our not-so-secret designer tips!
ONE. Crowd Control
If you have to shimmy, stretch and yoga warrior pose past your friend to get to the empty seat by the window -listen up. Back off, man! Optimize your furniture layout as to not overcrowd. Give yourself room to walk through and around the furniture arrangement. In other words, pick your furnishings carefully and really think about how many people will be using the space, the function of the space, and its flow. Here are a few quick notes when working on your room layout
Living Space. Yes, you are the most important person in any room,
Study/Work Space: Locate those electrical connections for media and place furniture accordingly. Nothing is worse than trying to stretch your
Bedroom: If possible, position your bed so the
TWO. Tricky, Tricky Rugs
Next. Paint Transformation
Trust me, I know from experience. Paint transforms! Probably one of the essential tools in any designers arsenal is introducing a new color or neutral into
Trend Alert! Richer, darker, moodier colors are taking
If you’ve just moved into your place -put the paintbrush down and step away from the Moth Wing paint can. I suggest not painting as soon as the ink dries on your lease. Move in. Settle in. See how the patterns, colors, and textures of your furniture collection affect the interior before selecting paint.
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- The Rule of
Two’sand Three’s. Group small items on coffee tables, end tables, nightstands, and bookshelves in groups of 2 or 3. Why? Because that is what they taught me in design school -and something about proportion.
- Art isn’t just for hanging on the wall. Layer it or lean it on a piece of furniture and let it become a
collageand focal point in the room.
- Add a pop of greenery
!Bringingthe outside inis a great way to wake up a deadspace.
- Embrace organization.
Nobody,and I mean nobody, likes a slob. Use trays, magazine ladders, and baskets to clear/hide the clutter and keep the room looking fresh.
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