I come across this a lot with clients and even interacting with a lot of you through this platform – you have an idea of what you are trying to achieve with your home, but you are not quite sure how to execute it. Even if you have no background in design and it might not be your forte, there are some simple switches you can make to hone you design skills. I have a talked a lot about layering, specifically in this post which is a great starting point. See some of my other tips below!
Narrow Down What You Like
I get this question all the time. How do I define my interiors style? I find it hard to answer every single time because for me, it can’t be summed up in a few words. I find style so personal and mine is such an amalgamation of different influences. I think we are often looking for key search words to type into Pinterest and find something exactly like we are looking for. Instead I encourage people to look inside and narrow down what you like and start your design process from there. You don’t want to get stuck on thinking I like modern or traditional or rustic. etc. Your space can be all of those styles you just have to look at what inspires you.
Stick To Solid Building Blocks
This is how I approach just about every project for myself and for clients. Whether you are starting from scratch or reworking a room, working with core building blocks will help to unify the room. It is great to have an idea of a direction you want to go in before you start buying random pieces. Building blocks such as a beautiful rug, a large sofa or unique casegoods can end up setting the tone for the room which all other pieces are worked off of. You want your core building blocks to be more of an investment and something that fits the room perfectly. I think of them as tailored pieces of clothing that fit your body like a glove. It is noticeable when you put thought into the main pieces and the rest of the room will flow so much better!
Pattern Mixing Isn’t That Hard
A lot of people have a fear of pattern mixing thinking that they might clash. My rule of thumb is to find patterns that compliment each other instead of competing with each other. When it comes to pillows I do this through the scale and colors of each pattern. If you have a wide stripe, pairing it with a block print style will balance it out. You don’t want two tiny prints side by side or it will end up looking busy. See more on my favorite pillow combinations in this post.
When In Doubt; Go Neutral
There is something so chic about a layering of monochromatic tones. If you are unsure about a bold color, stick to a neutral. I find neutral tones to look very elevated, not safe. They can end up making a room look better opposed to forcing a color that isn’t right. Color can always be added in accents such as art, pillows and coffee table books so it might look simple until the room is fully finished.
Finishing Touches Are Equally As Important
I might not spend as much money on accents for a room as I do on core building blocks, but I really pay attention to detail. You could be buying some accessory at Target or Home Goods, but look for materials that are heavier and therefore you need less. I am always a sucker for a great textured vase that can be empty or functional with flowers in it. White marble accents also look very high end and don’t have to be expensive. We also just added this new piece of art above our sofa and I love how it made that little vignette look so fresh!
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Photography by Torrey Fox