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13 expert tips on designing your home

By April 3, 2019 No Comments

We’ve had hints and tips flowing in on social media from some interior design experts. Little adjustments on your current home and different uses for stuff you having lying around could really elevate your house into a masterpiece. Here’s some of the best advice we’ve found from some qualified decoration gurus.

1. Liven Up Ordinary Spaces With Wallpaper

“I love to use wallpaper in mundane spaces. Hallways, pantries, powder rooms—all become moments of joy and funkiness. Areas of transition can be places you enjoy spending time in.”—Fawn Galli

2. Invest In Antiques

“Great art and fabulous antiques only get better with age. It’s better to cry once and have a forever piece.”—Chandos Dodson Epley

3. When In Doubt, Paint It Out

“Never underestimate the power of paint. You don’t have to break the bank to achieve a new look. A fresh coat in a vibrant color takes an old piece of furniture or empty white room and gives it new life.”—Chauncey Boothby

4. Go Dark

“Don’t be afraid of dark. I used this rich Benjamin Moore Midnight Blue on an accent wall—darker than I’d ever dared. It made the whole space come to life.” —Jean Larette

5. Be Creative!

“Get creative when thinking about form and function. A client in a traditional Georgian home needed it to work for her modern way of entertaining. We opted for an asymmetrical, organic space that encourages guests to float through the room while engaged in conversation.” —Kate Coughlin

6. Have Fun

“Make sure you’re having fun. What’s more fun than making your own home more beautiful.”—Eche Martinez

7. Focus On One Investment A Year

“Buy one good piece of furniture every year, and in five years, you’ll have five pieces. Everything else may change, but these will remain constant.”—Jeffrey Bilhuber

8. Make Sure It All Fits

“Being able to visualise the scale of a piece is critical. In our office, we say, ‘When in doubt, tape it out!'”—Kylee Shintaffer

9. Incorporate Inherited Pieces

“Don’t be afraid to use inherited antiques. Add a backdrop with exciting wallpaper: The combination is simply the best.” —Sara Gilbane

10. Establish A Colour Scheme

For a head-to-toe makeover, the first step is creating a palette. “I come up with a basic colour scheme for the whole house, and then I take that from room to room,” reveals Gary McBournie, a designer based in Boston. “It plays itself out in different ways in different rooms.”

11. Extend Your Backsplash

Eye-catching tile can make a statement in the kitchen as well as in the bathroom. Cover as much of the wall as the budget allows, recommends designer Angie Hranowsky. Matthew Quinn, also a designer, agrees: “It feels more like a French bistro this way,” he says of this blue-grey backdrop.

12. Add Velvet

“I don’t think it will last too long, but the look of velvet is a big trend.”—Sabrina Soto

13. Fake Square Footage

Glass shower doors add instant square footage. To complete the illusion, run the floor tiles straight into the stall. “It makes the room feel larger,” adds designer Alla Akimova. “If I had changed materials, it would have interrupted the space.”

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