Whether you’re just moving in or you’ve been in your home for years - if it doesn’t feel quite “put together,” you’re not alone. Have no fear: your designer tips are here! We’ve compiled a list of tricks to address the most common mistakes we see. Here’s a quick crash course on how to make your space feel beautifully complete!
Be a Copycat
The first step designers take in planning a new project: gathering inspiration. Look for images of spaces that have similar attributes, layouts and challenges to the one we’re working on. Gather photos of rooms with colors, textures and patterns you’re drawn to. What common themes do you see in these spaces? Are they layered or minimalist? Bright or calm? Formal or relaxed? Pinterest and Houzz are great resources for design inspiration.
Choose a Color Scheme
Design clients often worry about what is “in” versus what they love. The later will last you much longer! We recommend selecting a neutral color that you can use throughout your home, then layering on two to three accent colors. Consider your whole home, even if you’re working on one room at a time, to ensure a cohesive look throughout.
Consider the texture of each element you select and how they compare/contrast. For example, a smooth ceramic bowl looks beautiful on a rustic wood table. Linen drapery can add a casual vibe to a room with leather seating. A shag rug is a great foundation for a metal coffee table. Try a few combinations to see what you like best!
One of the most common decorating mistakes homeowners make is scale. Fewer, larger furniture pieces will always look better than many small pieces, regardless of the size of the room. A great way to ensure you’re getting the right size furniture: outline the measurements on the floor with blue painter’s tape. How does the size of the prospective piece feel in the space? Do you have enough room to move around it?
Treat Your Windows
(Most) windows don’t feel complete without drapery, shades, blinds or shutters. Not only do they add aesthetic value, they also offer light filtration and privacy. Check out our quick guide to window coverings to help you through the selection process.
Don’t forget art and accessories! This is often what makes top-notch designer spaces feel complete. Think beyond family photo frames and books, too. Try a stacked set of pretty boxes to fill out your bookshelf, an oversized metal tray to corral items on the coffee table, or a decorative object on a nightstand to add interest. As for art, the guiding rule is to select pieces you love and don’t be afraid to leave a wall blank.