6 Tips from an Interior Design Pro
Yep, you’ve heard this before. It’s true. In interior design and decorating, details are the difference between a beautifully finished home and a boring home. Let’s start this story right… Details are the “icing on the cake,” the “cherry on top” and the “cream of the crop.” Of course, you make many selections in your home, like cabinets, counter surfaces, tile and flooring among others. Space planning and functionality are paramount as well as inviting spaces that are comfortable and approachable. But those finishing touches—the details—tell the whole story. Let’s make those spaces pretty too!
Your home offers many areas for those little details that provide maximum impact. Here are SIX important areas where you should pay attention to the details.
1) LESS CLUTTER
Coming home after a long day to an unorganized and cluttered space can be exhausting. De-cluttering creates more space and a calm environment. It’s a detail that will not go unnoticed!
2) ART, PHOTOGRAPH and MIRROR PLACEMENT
Art is personal, playful, beautiful and dramatic. Display your pieces in their best viewing opportunity; individually or in a grouping. Art and mirrors help promote the feel in a space and are visual features that make a big impact. A mirror is an art object in itself and is often used for functional purposes but appropriately placed, reflects light into the room, reflects a perfectly placed piece of art or a wonderful view. Don’t place a mirror where it reflects a less than desirable view when viewed from adjacent rooms. Pay attention to the height when hanging art. Art is hung on center at eye level (around 60-62” typically) but that can vary. And, make sure that your art and mirrors are hung level.
Don’t underestimate the impact of lighting. Light fixtures and lighting are one of the most important aspects of your home, and it is an aesthetic detail you don’t want to ignore. Of course, lighting has many purposes and those should be considered when making your selections.
4) DECORATIVE ACCENTS
Select the right decorative pieces to complement your furnishings. Accent pillows bring color, texture and pattern into the room. Pillows are an accessory that you change with the seasons. Place a tray on your coffee table or ottoman and stack a few books; add a candle or a sculpture. Fresh flowers always bring enjoyment and life to the room. Decorate your mantle with an odd number of objects; lean a mirror or small framed art. Incorporate objects and photographs with the books on your bookshelf, and don’t be afraid to stack the books instead of stand them. These little details have major impact!
5) PLUMBING FIXTURES
This may not be recognized as a detail, but it should be. Fixtures are works of art. The faucet is the exclamation point on your sink! Why not make it pretty –that sink gets a lot of use. A simply beautiful bathroom fixture is the jewel in the room. What about the master bath shower? All kinds of fixtures and gadgets are available to help your shower experience be an enjoyable one. You’ll notice, others will notice. Many selections are available in several brands, styles and for any budget. Make selections for effective function, but also, if you will, as a showstopper.
6) PAINT COLOR
In my book, paint is a detail. Color gets noticed. It sets the mood in a room, highlights artwork and enhances the architectural details. We all view color uniquely and it reflects your personality and style. It’s your home, enjoy what makes you happy!