Top 10 Designer Tricks

Top 10 Best Designer Tricks

1. Paint Perfection – If you are growing tired of a room but don’t necessarily want to splash the cash with a complete overhaul a lick of fresh paint can make all the difference. Decide on what you want your eye to be drawn to in the room and build around that, if it’s a kitchen and you want your island to be your focal point, paint it in a contrasting colour to the rest of the kitchen to really make an impact.

2. Decorative Delights – Use decorative mirrors to create the feeling of light and space within you home, it’s a simple a cost effective trick. For larger rooms, or any room with a more limited amount of natural light, mirrors placed directly across from the windows, will add instant light.

  

3. Mix It Up – Textures, patterns, old and new, expensive and inexpensive, absolutely mix and match! There’s nothing wrong with placing family heirlooms alongside your modern couch. All good interior decorators will tell you that the most important aspect to decorating your home is that it reflects who you are, your personality and your style. There’s no reason why past and present can’t beautifully co-exist together so long as it’s done right!

    

4. A Breath Of Fresh Air – Add plants to your living space and add them to every room, small or large, few or many. Plants are an inexpensive means to accessorising your space and adding colour and texture. Not only are plants beautiful but many can clean household air and balance humidity.

   

5. Dare To Be Different – Paint and wallpaper isn’t just for walls – don’t worry I’ve not lost the plot! Think outside the box have you considered adding a splash of colour to the back of your display unit? It will transform what was an ordinary cabinet into something fabulous and it’s such an inexpensive solution to adding a bit of colour. Other unexpected places to consider are wooden floors, ceilings, door frames, fireplaces, or the inside of your closet – dare to be different!

   

6. Seasonal Rugs?? Throw rugs give warmth and can add great texture, colour and personality to your living space. Hardwood floors are beautiful and easy to maintain but they lack the comfort that carpeted floors offer, especially in the cooler months. You can change your area rugs to reflect the seasons using warmer tones and fabrics for cooler months and lighter ones for the warmer days of the year.

7. Marvellous Multiples – this can be anything from a cluster of lights, plants or mirrors. It’s a way to make a big design impact without having to shell out the price for one large design item; using multiples of smaller items can carry more ground and carry more design weight.

   

 

8. Make A Check List – Make sure you understand your space by taking a walk through your home with an objective eye. Make a mental checklist as you go of things that you like and don’t like about your space right now, and figure out why. This inventory will help inform the decorating decisions and purchases you make in the future.

   

 

9. FUNctionality – Always go for functionality and beautiful, it’s all very well having a room that looks incredible but if it doesn’t achieve the functionality aspects that you and your family require then the chances are it will become redundant space. Purchasing a statement sofa which is aesthetically pleasing but isn’t comfortable is an expensive mistake to make if you find yourself not using it. You can always compromise and use some of the elements for example texture or colour and implement it in to something that does meet your practical requirements.

   

10. Clutter Choas! – Bad arrangement of furniture is a common mistake but it’s easily fixable. If your guests are shouting to hear each other from one side of the room to the other then your seating arrangement isn’t working. If your bedroom feels small and over crowded it’s probably because there’s too much in it – take away the items that are closing in the space. For example clutter on the kitchen worktops detract away from your room looking good. Make room in your cabinets or drawers and declutter your counter to make your kitchen feel calmer (and maybe even larger). You don’t have to clear things off completely, but even a small reduction in counter top clutter will help a lot.

   

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Interior Trend Cycles Do’s and Don’ts

I’ve seen various colour trends come and go over the years and eventually most do a trend cycle going out and then coming back in much like the fashion industry. Trends often influence our decision on how we want the overall look of a room to be sometimes even subconsciously but don’t be afraid of bucking the trend and making choices that you love not just because they are the in thing at the moment. The danger of going for current trend is that it dates much quicker than timeless interiors and you could tire of it quickly. Unlike poor fashion choices that can be hidden in the back of a closet when you commit to the wrong home wares, you very literally have to live with them.

If you are keen to implement an element of a trend test it out on an item that you can affordably change as and when you like keeping it looking renewed. Consider working with a fairly neutral base then layer up coloured accessories on top, white walls and simple flooring can take bright shades and makes a great statement.

Your furniture tends to last a long time so make sure you choose wisely, scale is important you want to make sure the piece isn’t too large or too small and avoid the temptation to over crowd which can be a costly mistake and ABSOLUTELY measure up before making a purchase. Lighting and mirrors are probably the only items you can afford to over size as it creates a dramatic decorative statement but doesn’t dominate the room.

I’m sure we all have some interesting memories of interior trends from times of old, for me it was the contrasting wall colours with a wallpaper boarder running round the middle – rest assured if that trend ever makes a comeback I will not be jumping on the band wagon!

As Designers we have a big part to play in setting trends as we bring fresh insight to a space and creative innovation, every project is bespoke as every clients specification, taste and budget differ being able to bring fresh ideas and implement creative designs is all part of the thrill of working in our industry. Whatever your next project is Hunters Interiors are always on hand to give advice and guidance to ensure you’re thrilled with the end result.