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Every residence design project is pestered with its own style challenges, a few of which need a skilled expert to help address. However, there are points that I see homeowners do over and over again that land them in a scenario where their theme and interior layout just don’t work.
You might think this is the result of a series of very poor judgment calls. But just because the end is a catastrophe doesn’t mean these rooms were doomed from the start. The fact is, it only takes following a few guidelines to take your interior from amateur hour to championship status.
So let us consider a few of these “do’s and don’ts” to help make your home the envy of the block.
- 1. Do not push the furnishings up against the wall.
Don’t trap your furniture against some flat surface; give it room to breathe. Allow everything to float into the room so that each component can enjoy it’s own space.
You paid for the whole couch, why not let your guests see the whole thing. This also means that each element will be closer to the rest, forcing guests to engage each other no matter where they park their seat.
- 2. Don't buy little, economical toss cushions with solid forms.
Cushions need to be generous, overstuffed and formable. Use soft, plush, down-filled cushions that can readily take shape. There are other great fill options, as well.
Make use of the classic "designer's chop" to make sure they’ll shape up: a fast martial arts slice to separate the cushion's “blockiness”. Do away with any kind of dead cushions that sit like a swelling.
Say goodbye to postage-stamp-sized cushions and also matchy-matchy ones that featured the furnishings. Rather, overstuff an 18-inch pillow cover with a 20-inch insert for a professional appearance.
- 3. Don’t pretend to be Michelangelo.
Be thorough and deliberate or leave it the professionals. Painting over is never a good idea, as it will show all of the little imperfections left behind from the old coat.
If you have never worked with a color wheel I wouldn’t recommend blending colors either. It takes experience to appropriately read tones and create new colors. Seek advice from a pro on this one.
- 4. Do not give up lighting to trim your spending plan.
The mistake I see usually is lights that are too tiny or that don't properly cover the room. Use the right wattage based on the size and color of the room.
Lighting, more than other element, asserts style, just like a selected piece of jewelry defines the style of a little black gown. Also, don't be afraid to use your furniture to help manipulate the light in the room.
- 5. Do not go for the tiny rugs.
An area rug is meant to draw attention towards the furniture not away from it. Acquire one huge enough to lie under at least the front legs of each furniture piece in the area.
- 6. Do not isolate areas.
Develop circulation from one room another by visually connections. Repeat a pattern or carry an accent shade or another visual element (such as a leg detail) from one room the next, and so on.
- 7. Do not forget that drapes should be big enough to drape.
Have you ever heard the term less is more? Well with drapes, more is more. Specialists utilize fabric that are 2, even 3 times the width of the window for fully functional drapes.
With fixed sides you can escape fabric twice. Don't cut corners. Go big.
- 8. No “matchy”.
Matching is boring. You don’t need everything to look the same – just related. A designer's job is to develop an accumulated look.
Look for a collection of pieces with something in common, such as style, theme, shade, history, material or mood.
- 9. Always remember minute bits that make an item unique.
I sometimes find the hardest thing for my customers to comprehend is that the details make the layout. Nailheads, custom pillows, millwork trim and inlaid floors develop a custom look that's drop-dead gorgeous.
As soon as you educate your eye to notice these nuances, you'll see that a chair hand-crafted by a proficient artisan may not be as fitting as a machine-cut industrial piece. Piping, welding, or even nail-heads; each thing by itself may seem like junk. But as a complement to the appropriate theme they can be just what your room needs.
- 10. Don't stop layer.
Developers make use of layering as well as repetition of elements and concepts to attain a professional look. The majority of people get the principle of layering when it comes to style. In layout it isn't really a lot different.
Pick something you like and after that repeat the shade or the pattern. One caveat is to remember the right time to stop. Quitting before the look ends up too “matchy” is key.
Subtlety can help combat uniformity. Drape, wallpaper, pillows, throws, bedding, accessories-- all are terrific alternatives for layering in a room. You make the call but remember: layering good, matching bad!