Archive for November, 2015

Interior designers aren’t generally exceptional people; they just know a lot more about where to buy chairs than most people. Their successes generally derive from a mix of mediocre results and charismatic presence. That said, they do need to know how to keep a room from looking way worse than when it started or else they may get a 3 star on Yelp. Here are a few tips to help you keep from messing it up:

Brushes and paint-roller on a colour guide

Brushes and paint-roller on a colour guide

Wait on the Paint

When it comes to decorating a room, there are so many decisions that need to be made regarding pieces of furniture, artwork, and upholstery that jumping into a wall color before you see your collection in person can be a huge mistake. If you fall in love unexpectedly with a piece of furniture that will change the course of your home decor plan, don’t put yourself in a position where you have to pick between that special piece and painting the wall again.

Less is More

Don’t let your inner packrat overcrowd your house. In terms of home decor, empty space is highly valued, which is great news for anyone decorating on a budget. Spend your hard-earned cash on a few great pieces and allow them to be highlighted by a lack of other furniture.

Hang Your Artwork at the Right Heighthanging art

Museums hang artwork so that each piece has a midline that is 4’9″to 5″ from the floor. This is because the average human eye level is at about 5’7″. You can bring the sophistication and accessibility of a museum to your home by doing the same. If you have high ceilings, disregard the urge to mount your paintings up higher; the point is for them to be viewed comfortably, not to highlight your soaring ceilings (which highlight themselves).

Do Rugs Right

The rug presents a common dilemma to the novice interior designer; furniture on or off or half on? According to the experts, it depends. If you have a large enough rug to put all the legs of every relevant piece of furniture on the rug without squishing all the furniture together, you’ve got a big enough rug for a luxurious look. If your rug is smaller, keep all furniture legs off of it but make sure it’s large enough to still be a significant addition to the room. If you’re somewhere in the middle, just put the front feet of all your seating pieces on the rug so that the arrangement looks like one cohesive group. The space will seem open, but put together.

Avoid Over-Theming

Unless you’re going to rent out your home as a vacation house, there’s really no reason to play up a theme too hard. You can go for the beach look without having pictures of sailboats and beaches everywhere, for example. Instead try using nautical rope as curtain rings or put up some pictures of beach plants to evoke the setting without being trite.

Layer Your Lighting

The right lighting can make a room seem to glow inwardly, a comforting change from the unflattering UV light of the office. ¬†Team up a lit backsplash ¬†with small directed lamps installed in the ceiling for a dramatic look that’s unattainable with one central light fixture.