My House Beautiful magazine just arrived and this month they are featuring 101 Tips from from the Experts. I love read little ‘best tips’ from designers because I always learn something. These are my 10 favourites:
1. Once you’ve used a fabric in a room, never use it anywhere else in the house. Do not match your fabrics! Do not let your fabrics make your room look too decorator-y. Garrow Kedigian
I think Jeffrey is the master of creating an undecorated room. And I totally agree that unless it all matches, like a room decorated entirely in toile, you should not repeat the same fabric twice.
2. It is my firm belief that upper cabinets are just not useful and actually impede the easy use of a kitchen. I therefore strongly advocate replacing them with simple open shelving. In one fell swoop, you have instantly enlarged the sense of the room and made the countertops below that much more comfortable for casual food preparation. Kathryn M. Ireland
Sigh. I feel like I’ve posted this 10 times already I have love it sooo much! I love the simple-not-in-your-face curvy brackets that support the shelves. A look I want in my kitchen.
3. Install an outlet 28″ high behind console tables. This allows you to add lamps without an unsightly tangle of cords. Ashley Whittaker
This is a common mistake in an entry that I have seen often. If you have not planned to install your outlet so it’s hidden like the suggestion above, do not place an open console in that spot, it looks bad with the straggly cord hanging there for the world to see.
If you do have a console table like this, install a basket with a plant in it to hide the cord.
4. A Bench at the foot of the bed should be no less than 2″ shorter than the mattress width. Tobi Fairley
I did not know the 2″ rule for benches at the foot of the bed. Luckily, I do that by instinct already, the bench at the foot of my bed is very close.
5. Don’t ever put a round dining table in a long, skinny, rectangular room, and vice versa–never a rectangular dining table in a square room. Just don’t. T. Keller Donovan
Good advice to heed when you are about to try and force something or fit something from your last house that clearly does NOT work in your new space.
6. While Looking at one of my first New York apartments, David Hicks told me diplomatically, ‘Dear boy, if you’re going to paint the walls white, you need art’. Peter Dunham
So true, white is so bossy as I talked about in this post!
7. Float something in the room–a sofa, a lounge chair–to avoid the ‘dance hall’ look. Think of it as an opportunity to show off the back (do something to with the back). Brad Weesner
8. Keep a minimum of 15″ between coffee tables and sofas. Alexa Hampton
This is an excellent tip. The end table in the above living room would look ridiculous and wrong butted up right next to the sofa, but 15″ away, it looks just right.
9. You can’t use a roller to apply high-gloss paint. You’ll end up with ‘orange peel’ walls, a texture you don’t really want. Todd Klein
10. Never use a sonce over a mirror in the bathroom–it will cast unflattering shadows across the face. Sconces that flank the mirror will give a more realistic and flattering light. Rob Southern
Get rid of the overheard bar light if you can when you renovate!
Which tip is your favourite?
Have a Happy weekend my Lovelies!! xo Maria
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