We really don’t follow a secret rule book when it comes to design guidelines. There are no hard and fast rules that dictate what we do as designers. We often use our intuition and experience to guide us but often it is just how the final room look in our mind that determines what we do.
Here are a few trick that anyone can do to help them develop a designers “eye”.
1. Resist the urge to over do a theme.
The “beach house” look is a very popular request. The standard hallmarks: beadboard, blue and white color theme, driftwood, sailboats painting. Just try not to draw too heavily on the standard clichés.
2. The art of arranging furniture on a rug.
All on: The rug is large enough to place all the furniture legs on top. “Bigger is Better” and therefore a more luxurious look. Just make sure you have at least 12″ to 18″ of floor showing on all sides.All off: In small rooms, keeping all legs off the rug is a cost effective choice. Just don’t pick too small a rug. It can really look skimpy and insignificant—an afterthought. It really should touch or be under the front legs of all the furniture. It also ties the seating arrangement together better if at least the front legs are on. This especially looks great layered on another rug. 3. Pick the paint color last.
Many people want to paint first, before any of the rest of the room is decided and before they move in.
There are thousands of paint colors in every shade, tint and tone. Each one looks different from room to room depending on natural and artificial light. You want a color that best complements your furnishings, artwork, and rugs. At least have a plan when it comes to paint. Decide on some of your furnishings first and then pick a paint color that complements them.4. Hang art at the correct height.
Galleries and museums hang artwork so that the center of each piece is approximately 60″ from the floor. This should also be the case in your home. The average human eye level is 57″.
In rooms with really high ceilings, there might be a tendency to hang the art higher. Please resist the urge. There is nothing worse than looking up at a beautiful piece of art.
5. Float your furniture.
Don’t push everything up against the wall. Remember that conversation groupings make for a cozier feel than shouting at your company from across the room.
Also, you don’t need to fill up a space with lots of furniture. Spend more of your budget on fewer but better quality pieces.
Gracious living means space to maneuver with ease.
6. Add layers of lighting.
Designers build layers of lighting to create interest, variety and drama. In a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing stands out.
General ceiling lights that enables you to clean the room is first. Then second is task lighting, like lamps, for reading. Finally, adding accent lights that highlight a focal point or artwork are added for drama. Stay tuned for my next six decorating tips coming soon.
And always remember to
“color outside the lines”