If you are like me, and you enjoy decorating your home but don’t have a degree in interior design you will love the professional advice I have for you today! Having a home that has your style and stamp on it along with a decorator look is a home decor enthusiast’s dream come true! I want my home to have a style all of its own. One that looks and feels like me AND goes the extra mile to have a polished look that only a profession can bring! Here are 10 tips a professional decorator would give you about creating a home with an interior decorator’s look.
YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH LIGHT OR NEUTRAL COLORED WALLS
If you are unhappy with your room and don’t know why it may be your wall color. Light and neutral walls are very on-trend right now but they are also a long time classic! Going light automatically brightens up any room and creates a clean backdrop for home decor. I know picking out the right wall color can be daunting and sometimes we opt of live with the same color for years and years!
Head the room that you can’t get quite right and think about how it would look painted in a neutral color? Painting it may make a big, big difference and change the whole look of the room!
PUT A MIRROR IN EVERY ROOM
I have a mirror in every room in my house except my kitchen. I love what a mirror does for a living space. It bring light and depth to a room. And mirrors are a great way to expand visual space! They can make a room look bigger and work as art too.
Just a couple tips about using mirrors… don’t put mirrors over mantels. They only reflect the ceiling! And ceilings are generally not worth repeating! And it’s said that it is bad Feng Shui to put a mirror facing the bed. I don’t happen to put too much stock into Feng Shui, but just sayin’!
REMOVE OUTDATED WINDOW TREATMENTS
One big, big, big way to improve the look of a room is to get rid of outdated or heavy window treatments. Ornate fabric and trims and fussy styles are a thing of the past. Take them down. Less is actually best.
I know this may be hard for some of us, I’ve received many emails about drapes. Yes, they might have been expensive and yes, they might be custom made but you have probably gotten your money’s worth. Take down those ornate drapes and opt for simple ones, especially if you have great windows!
INVEST IN A GREAT SOFA
A sofa is the largest and most visible piece of soft furnishing you have in your home. And it gets used more than anything else as well. If there is one piece of furniture to invest in it is a good, durable and well-made sofa! Unless you can replace it as the styles change choose a solid, neutral colored sofa. You will get more years for your investment.
You can add pillows and throws to a sofa to add color, pattern, and style!
DRAPES SHOULD TOUCH THE FLOOR
If you are deciding to go with store bought drapes to dress your windows make sure they at least touch the floor. Better yet let them puddle a little. This will give them a designer look. And the higher you can hang them above a standard window the better. You want drapes to look long and lush and full!
This may mean that you buy drapes that are longer than you normally would. But do it and have them hemmed to fit perfectly. No “high water” drapes, please!
Years ago the rule of thumb was to stick to one metal when decorating a room. If you had a brass chandelier then the rest of the metallics in the room should also be brass. Some rules are not only meant to be broken but throw out! And this is one. Mixing metals makes a room a more interesting and adds a great designer look!
I love love love the look of mixed metals. It’s rich and fun and sassy!
LOTS OF PILLOWS EQUALS LUXURY
It’s true! And this designer trick is music to my ears. Adding lots and lots of pillows to a sofa or bed equals a luxurious look! Just do it… you will love it!
TEXTURE INSTEAD OF MORE COLOR
I know you may not believe this but I am wild about color! I love mixing patterns! I love using bold color together too. My home does not reflect that, however. After decades of color, I’m finding I like to LIVE with neutrals and I don’t get tired of them. Now much of my furniture is not room, or color palette specific, and can be changed around!
A designer would tell you, don’t add more color to your home unless you can easily change it when it runs its course. Instead, add texture! Texture is the life breath of interesting decor. It may be subtle but it is powerful. The next time you think a room is missing “something” try adding some more texture!
SLIPCOVER OUTDATED FABRICS
If you have had furniture for decades and can’t part with it because it is in good shape slipcover it! Your home will thank you for it. On average, it only takes about seven years for furniture to start to go out of style. If you have chosen a trendy fabric you might want to think about slipcovers!
They are far less expensive than reupholstering or buying new and they look amazing! I am a huge fan of white or ivory slipcovers. I’ve washed mine several time and they come out looking perfect!
BE DETAILED ORIENTED
Add accents and details to a room like a pro. Don’t overcrowd a room with lots of collectibles and “stuff”. Go for a streamlined look! I am THE embellishment queen, but I know that often less is really more! Add layers to a room to give them a designer look. Go for accent pieces that really make a statement in a room.
Now that we have 10 tips from a home decor professional what is your best decorating idea! Please share with our StoneGable community!
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