10 Décor Tricks Designers Swear By
Through years of experience and troubleshooting, designers have picked up some decorating tricks and smart practices which always result in the polished, put-together spaces we love to look at. Arm yourself with the below insider knowledge to ensure your next decorating project comes out as beautifully as the work of the industry’s top talents.
Even if you spend time meticulously measuring your space and creating the ideal furniture plan, once you place your items and new purchases arrive, there may be blank spaces or empty spots which still need that "special something." Whether it's a lamp for a side table or a bench to tuck under a console, save some of your overall décor budget for these unexpected items that will perfectly complete your space.
Designers are experts at taking eyesores and transforming them into special moments. To make each and every detail of your space stand out, swap out the standard grilles and vents on your home’s air ducts for more decorative, eye-pleasing versions.
Adding highly decorative or thick crown moulding can transform a room from standard to extra special without altering any other elements. Intricate dentil moulding adds a sense of history and luxury to even the smallest and most nondescript spaces
Incorporating a black element into your space brings in contrast and depth. No matter the style of your interior—modern, traditional, or eclectic—introduce a black element such as a piece of furniture, painting, lampshade, or accessory to add some edge to your interior.
When crafting vignettes and arranging moments, designers know to keep an overall triangle shape in mind in order to create a visually pleasing composition. Use objects of varying heights to replicate this look, with the lower, more squat items placed on the edge of your arrangements and the taller pieces toward the middle.
When ordering tile of any kind, it's an industry standard and always recommended that you order at least 10 per cent more than your project will require. The spare pieces will save you in case of breakage in transit or any colour defects.
Banquettes are not only beautifully decorative, but an excellent space-saving solution if you'd like to incorporate a seating area into a tight space. Since the bench-like seating surface is stationary, you do not need to account for the excess space chairs require to be pulled out from a table, and a banquette's ability to wrap around a corner means more people can fit into a tighter area.
If you’re hanging a rectangular mirror over your mantle or sofa, you may be inclined to position it horizontally. But designers know that to add interest to a room and create a visual boost in ceiling height, you should hang a rectangular mirror vertically to draw the eye up to create the illusion of a loftier space.
If you're faced with large bookshelves to style and are lacking adequate tomes and accessories to make them feel full, use a designer trick and lay the books you do have on their sides and stack them on top of each other. Center the stack in the middle of your open shelf and with three or four pieces, your empty space will feel much more full than it would if you arranged the books vertically, as would be expected.
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