Today, due to various reasons, a lot of us are “DIY’ers” but sometimes that creates problems. Notably, not everyone knows what to do to make their home shine the way they want. Interior Designers are not only trained, but also very talented and creative, in pulling a space together. We’d like to share some tips to help you take your interiors to the next level, if you are working with a designer, or going it alone. So buckle up, you might be a bit surprised.
Lower and Group Artwork
The goal of art placement is that it should be at the viewer’s line of sight, thus being more comfortable to look at. Many people mount art too high on walls, which looks disproportionate. So bring them down! And while you’re at it, group smaller pieces together. It’s much nicer to see a bare wall, rather than a big wall with a tiny piece of art. You can group them in a symmetrical collection, or completely organic, whatever your preference.
Add More Pillows
Don’t worry, it won’t look stuffy. Sofas, tight backs in particular, benefit from extra pillows. Not only are they nice to look at, but they can offer more back support for your guests of various heights. Just remember to keep them “fluffed” and invest in down filled options. They don’t all have to match, actually try to not do that! Use coordinating fabrics and patterns for a real custom look.
One overhead fixture in a room does not cut it for lighting. Consider these three levels of light: ambient, task, and “sparkle.” The ambient light is the overall general lighting of the space, typically what provides the main illumination (can lights, for example). Task lights provide focused light where you need it: undercabinet lighting, desk lights, etc. The sparkle is the extra fun layer of light that may not provide much illumination, but makes up for it in looks. A beautiful chandelier, lamps, etc. Don’t forget about sconces, and bring on the table lamps.
Use a REAL Bath Rug
Think about it, area rugs are made to be walked on, especially if they are wool. They stand up to a lot of foot traffic. So why are we so trained to put a fuzzy, color coordinated bath mat in our bathrooms? Sure, a soft fuzzy bathroom rug can be very lovely to walk on. But also consider a more traditional rug, which elevates style.
Incorporate Multi Use Pieces
A piece of furniture doesn’t always need to serve one purpose, especially in small spaces. The easiest way to do this is use an ottoman as a cocktail table. You can rest your feet on it, guests can sit on it, and you can put a tray on top to hold whatever you need.
Use Practical Fabrics
When you are investing in furniture, make sure you select fabrics that will last. If you are furnishing a living room that will rarely be used, the sky is the limit. But, in your everyday spaces, make sure your fabrics will withstand the beating. Vinyl and leather are great materials for dining chairs in particular, which are easily cleaned.
Wallpaper has been making a comeback, and you can use it in many ways. Use it as an accent wall, in a small powder bath, on the backs of bookshelves, on closet doors, etc. Don’t forget about grasscloth, the organic look and feel creates a very calming space.
Don’t think you can only use one sofa in a space. Using two sofas, or loveseats, that face each other creates an air of sophistication no matter what the style is. The main goal of any room is balance, and this creates it in an easy way. Or, skip the sofas and just do chairs, two and two. As long as they are visually balanced. Asymmetry has its place as well, and if you can’t stand the symmetrical look, just make sure no matter what pieces you match, they create enough weight on each side of the room to be balanced.
Silver and Gold
Make new friends and keep the old. Why do we think we need to be one or the other? Both silver and gold can be mixed well and gives you a glamorous look.
While we’re on the topic of mixing, don’t feel pigeonholed into one style. Bring in vintage and antique pieces, mix traditional with modern, the list goes on. The beauty of good design is the absence of the “matchy matchy” seen in big box furniture stores, so embrace it!