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The Five Best Interior Design Tips To Use In Your Own Home
Over the years I’ve worked with some great interior designers in my home.
However, for some spaces (like my laundry room and our guest bathroom) I’ve completely relied on my own design skills. When I do rely on myself, I try to incorporate a lot of the advice and tips I’ve learned from the professional interior designers I’ve worked with.
Today I thought I’d share some of the best tips and advice I’ve gotten through the years from the pros, in case you want to use them in your own home.
Here are the Top Five Interior Design Tips To Use In Your Own Home:
1. Don’t be afraid to mix metal finishes.
While there’s nothing wrong with staying true to one type of metallic throughout a room, there’s something really pretty about a space when you mix the metal finishes. It’s also very freeing!
In our kitchen we have a mix of brass hardware, stainless steel appliances and polished nickel lights. Somehow it all seems to work!
I love this layered, less sterile approach to working with metals in the home. I did a whole post a few years back with a gorgeous kitchen – it really illustrates this point!
2. Never under estimate the power of paint.
Before our high gloss butler’s pantry was this gorgeous shade of blue, it was a drab, dark wood space.
We changed the hardware and then had it professionally painted a Fine Paints of Europe custom blended high gloss blue lacquer… and that’s it!
This post with the before and after images of this space really illustrates the difference paint alone can make to a space (paint is also a great way to revive a piece of furniture!)
3. Start a collection and show it off!
I picked up this tip from paying close attention to magazines and stylists. Grouping “like” objects in a vignette or display is such a great designer trick.
Try it with the same color or the same object or both! Maybe you’ll even be inspired to start a collection, but I’m willing to bet you can create one in your home with objects you already own.
As you can see from the photo above, I have a penchant for blue and white pieces. I utilized this same idea for all the faux coral in our butler’s pantry (above). It’s a fun idea for styling your home.
4. Don’t forget the ceiling.
Often refereed to as the “fifth wall” – the ceiling should not be over looked;)
In fact, paying attention to the ceiling is one of my favorite ways to get a designer look. I chose the photo above of our living room, because the ceiling is painted pale blue or “haint” blue. Our’s is Benjamin Moore’s Morning Sky Blue. We left the molding white, to really make it pop!
chandelier // mirror // wall sconces
5. Hang your drapes higher than the window itself.
This actually applies to almost all window treatments, not just drapes.
It’s sounds like such a small thing, but it can make a big impact. Always hang your drapes higher than the actual window (window moulding or opening). You can see from the image of our dining room above, our drapes are at least seven inches higher than the window. We brought the drapery rod up to the end of the ceiling moulding for a clean and elegant look. It makes your windows and your whole room look taller!
I hope you enjoyed all the advice I’ve gotten from the pros through the years. I still have a bunch more…so, if you’d like to hear more of these tips – be sure to let me know!
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