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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