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100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10

Part six of 100 very useful decorating tips from best interior designers gathered by .

  1. People don’t take into account how they’ll look in a room when choosing a color. I just did an apartment where the woman has blue eyes with a bit of a purple tint to them, so everything is lavender to purple. She simply glows. And I recently did an orange foyer. I chose a particular shade of orange because my client has brown hair, and brunettes look great in orange. Then I took that exact same orange – not just any orange, that exact shade – and ran it through the house. It keeps popping up in different ways. A colour has got to move  – it can’t look like it’s landed 

    Stan Topol  100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10 Stan Topol

  2. Keep a minimum 15” between coffee tables and sofas 

    alexa-hampton  100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10 alexa hampton

  3. I like to use velvet on sofas and chairs because it’s so comfortable. But only low-pile velvet. If you put plush velvet on them, you’ll see the shadow of a person’s behind when they get up. Big mistake! 

    elle decor, Daily, montana, big sky, yellowstone  100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10 Susan Ferrier 1

  4. I like my curtains just twice the width of the window, not puffy. And a 1” break on the floor – no puddling.  I like the look of a long, lean line, more a column than a ball gown on the walls.

    Christina Rottman  100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10 Christina Rottman

  5. When painting your walls, go bolder and stronger than you’re comfortable with. After it’s finished, if it’s too intense, gray the color with its complement (use a color wheel) and wash it on – you get an expensive decorator look in hours, and it is so easy! Pour the paint in a paint tray and, then with a wet rag slosh and rub the new color over the old savagely. The color will then be a quieter version of itself, and you should immediately love the effect. This has worked for me 99 times out of 100.

    Jim Howard  100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10 Jim Howard

  6. A few very, very large-scaled pieces make a room appear bigger. It’s kind of counterintuitive, but it works. Here’s another thing that’s counterintuitive. Paint a small space a dark color. Just go for it. I had a small room in a house once with a tiny, tiny window. I painted it chocolate brown, and it came alive. It was so sexy. 

    elle decor, Daily, montana, big sky, yellowstone  100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10 Susan Ferrier 2

  7. Slather a reflective, glossy glaze on any lower ceiling to create the illusion of height. Conversely, if the ceiling seems too high in a space, use a matte-finish paint, preferably in a cola or a darker tone, or cover the ceiling with raffia or paper.

    Barry Dixon  100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10 Barry Dixon

  8. To give rooms architectural detail when they don’t have any, paint a 1 1/2 to 2” lining stripe around the ceiling and up the walls in the corners. It’s a rich touch, a way to get a lot of look with just paint. 

    Marshall Watson  100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10 Marshall Watson

  9. It is my firm belief that upper cabinets are just not useful and actually impede the easy use of a kitchen. I therefore strongly advocate replacing them with simple open shelving. In one fell swoop, you have instantly enlarged the sense of a room and made the countertops below that much more comfortable for casual food preparation.

    Santa Monica home of textile and interior designer Kathryn Ireland  100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10 Kathryn M

  10. Measure the depth of your dressers, desks, and other furniture before purchasing a rug. The rug should stop before the furniture in most cases.

    Angie Hranowski  100 Decorating Tips From Designers 6/10 Angie Hranowski


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