Design Tips: Transform Your Home Like A Professional
Today I’m going to go over some basic Design Tips to transform your home like a professional. These are what we keep in mind when planning and delivering a project.
Some may be old hat to you but hopefully some will be new and enlightening.
- Do let paint be the last item you choose in the room. There are only so many fabrics and carpets to choose from so start with those items first. Choices for paint are pretty much limitless so choose the fixed items first then adapt the paint to coordinate.
- Do layer your lighting. Using just overhead lighting is not ideal. Bring some of the light down to eye level by adding lamps to a room. It will make the room much more intimate and inviting.
- Do use dimmers! Please, add dimmers to your recessed lighting. I like them added to lamps as well but at the very least add them to the recessed lighting to add atmosphere to the room when you need it.
- Don’t just do two matching cushions on a sofa. Have three. It is much more interesting.
- Do decorate in odd numbers. It’s always more interesting than an even number. Three candles instead of two, three cushions instead of two etc.
- Don’t be afraid to paint a vintage find. It can add a whole new level of interesting.
- Do raise the vanity height if you are renovating your bathroom. You will appreciate the extra height, as it is more ergonomically correct than the older lower vanities.
- Do use sconces (or pendants) flanking the bathroom mirror. They give the best light for shaving and makeup application. Overhead light causes shadows.
- Do hang dining room chandeliers at 60-66” above the floor over the table. This increases the intimacy for dining and helps the light relate to the table.
- Do keep at a minimum of 15” between the sofa and coffee table. People need legroom.
There are many tips to help you along the way. We will be offering tips regularly on our blog so be sure to check back with us.
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