I was perusing the May issue of House Beautiful the other day. It’s their “Big Advice” issue with tips from multiple, well-known designers. Here are a few of the tips I thought were helpful to consider.
- “Too many chair and table legs can make a room “nervous”. A skirted piece or two will make it feel grounded.”
- Pillows should bring something new to a room scheme … introducing a new color, adding a graphic pattern to a room of solids, or layering on texture. “One pair of pillows always looks skimpy. Use two pairs.”
- “Pick your paint colors last.” Choose your flooring, fabrics and furniture first.
- “Never, ever paint an entire room until you’ve lived with big sample boards of three possible colors for 24 hours.”
With today’s limitless paint color schemes, it makes sense to find a wall color that works with the rest of the room instead of picking a paint color first. You can paint swatches right on the wall instead of using sample boards. — Picture above: Samantha Pynn, Inc. design
- “There’s no rule that a living room has to have a sofa.”
- “Beware of using more than two pairs of anything in a room.”
- “You never really know what a mirror will do until you hang it.”
I LOVED this tip, but it’s not always realistic for most Southern California homes.
- “Love your closets. Paint them, paper them, hang pictures in them to inspire you. And, definitely light them.”