The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

Shh – want to know a decorating secret? How about five? In interior design, there are plenty of tips you can use when decorating your space, but some of the best tricks are still being kept secret. Such as…

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

You don’t need to have a sofa

Most homeowners think there’s an unwritten rule stating you have to have a sofa in the living room – but it’s not actually a rule! If you want to set up a living room that’s intimate and encourages conversation among family and guests, use upholstered chairs or a love seat instead. This will also allow you flexibility when deciding on the arrangement of the room, as you’ll be able to move the upholstered chairs to meet the needs of different occasions.

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

Wallpaper is a quick fix

Have a boring wall or a scratched closet door? Use wallpaper to cover it up. Wallpaper featuring a fun print or colorful design offers an easy way to hide any eyesores in a room. It’s also good for adding visual interest to a space and can be a great substitute for wall decor – especially in a small room.

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

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Dining room seating doesn’t have to match

While it’s easy to buy a dining room table and chair set, you’re missing an opportunity to get creative and show off your unique taste! Instead of having only dining chairs, place a bench on one side of the table. Or, pick out two different chair styles that complement each other and set them up in an alternating arrangement.

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

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The ceiling can be decorated, too

Think of your ceiling as a fifth wall and take advantage of the blank canvas to add color or design to your space. If your walls are a neutral color, paint the celing to be bold or use wallpaper to add texture.

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

Real rugs can be used in the bathroom

High-quality rugs like Tibetan rugs are designed to handle wear and can even deal with moisture. Instead of using a bath mat, give your bathroom a more elegant look and feel with a real rug.

Don’t let these secrets stay secret any longer. Use them to enhance your home’s interior design and help you create a space you’ll love.

By Wendy Weinert

Give a room new life with an accent wall

Give a room new life with an accent wall

Is your space starting to look a little blah lately? Do you feel like the room just needs a change? Then you may want to consider painting an accent wall. Accent walls offer an easy and inexpensive way to liven up a dull room and make it pop. All you have to do is choose which wall you want to accent and the right color for your space.

Give a room new life with an accent wall

Choosing an accent wall

The wall you decide to accent will largely be determined by the existing features in a room and how you plan to set up your space. Accent walls are meant to be dramatic, so it’s best not to paint a wall that is mostly covered with furniture or décor accessories. Otherwise the color will lose its impact and your room won’t pop as much as it could. That being said, you also don’t want your accent wall to be completely bare, which could cause the wall to overpower the rest of the room! When it comes to accent walls, balance is key, so choose a wall that maybe has a few hanging accessories, but avoid one that is mostly blocked with by a tall dresser or something similar.

Give a room new life with an accent wall

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Choosing the right color

When you’re painting all four walls in a room, your color choice is generally limited. A bright or dramatic color often overwhelms when it surrounds the entire room. That’s why it can be a lot of fun to do an accent wall in your space. Because you are painting only one wall an accent color and leaving the rest neutral, you can go as bold or bright as you’d like! If you really want to make a statement in your space, consider using wallpaper that features a fun pattern or design instead. Wallpaper is just as effective as paint, and can be easily replaced when you’re ready for a change.

If you’re sick of looking at white walls, then using paint or wallpaper to create an accent wall is a perfect solution. Don’t be afraid to go bold and make a statement with an eye-catching color like red or bright blue!

By Wendy Weinert

The cluster effect: How to make it work in your home

From textiles to home décor, the cluster trend – layering and grouping décor elements – is here to stay. Now it’s easier than ever to implement this favorite strategy of interior designers into your home, no matter what your style preferences. Here are three ways to add the cluster effect to your favorite rooms.

LIGHTING CLUSTERS

Cluster designs can be found in various lighting pieces, but perhaps the most popular iCorbett Big Bangs in chandeliers. Add a cluster chandelier to your favorite room for an instant transformation from boring to beautiful. For example, the Corbett Big Bang Silver Leaf Sixteen Light Pendant features a beautiful brushed iron and glass detailing in an elegant cluster design. As light illuminates the cluster, it only further enhances the eye-catching focal point that provides a room-widening effect.

TABLETOP VIGNETTES

Why do homes in magazines always look so polished? It’s because accessories are arranged into vignettes that mimic still-life art. There are a few general guidelines for creating stunning vignettes. Start by grouping similar items together in odd numbers, for example three vases of varying heights. Mixing textures like shiny metals with organic materials like bamboo provides visual interest, but make sure the grouping coordinates with the room’s overall design. Finally, build vignettes around a light source, such as in front of a window or next to a lamp.CoffeeTable

WALL GROUPINGS

Updating your home with wall décor is a great way to give it personality, but how and where you place those pieces either enhances or detracts from its style. Try clustering small- and medium-size items together for a cohesive look. Choose pieces with at least one element in common to tie the group together. For example, select different photography and use the same frame for each, or different plates that each feature turquoise accents. If you have a larger piece, use it as the center and strategically place smaller items in at attractive cluster surrounding it.

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Wall Tapestries Aren’t Just For Castles And Villas

Today’s wall tapestries are for every space. A great alternative to framed art, tapestries are full of texture, rich detail and color. While you may not have to insulate your castle with a tapestry anymore, these textile art pieces will breathe warmth and life into your room.

Contrary to popular belief, not all tapestry themes have unicorns and fair maidens. Tapestry themes can range from traditional images inspired by the medieval or renaissance periods, to contemporary artwork pieces. Hang them on a simple rod or something more elaborate. Make a bold statement or use tapestries to anchor your décor style. What theme matches your style?

Contemporary:
Traditional:traditional tapestry chateau
Countrycountry tapestry rooster
Floral:

tuscan tapestryIt’s time to decorate with wall tapestries for a unique look and bring your walls to life.