INTERIOR DESIGN: 3 TIPS FOR TRANSFORMING YOUR ROOM FROM BLAH TO BEAUTIFUL

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Photo courtesy of Circa Lighting

Does your interior feel “blah” or boring even though its filled with furniture? Often the reason a space looks unfinished is because rooms either lack the key ingredients to make them come alive or the key ingredients aren’t placed in a way that creates harmony and variety.  So here are my 3 tips to transforming your interior ordinary to extraordinary!

1. A Color Story – The first thing that’s usually missing in a home is color. And I don’t necessarily mean bold color, just a lack of cohesive color throughout.  Take a look at this bedroom design above from Circa.  Even though the grayed out blue isn’t dramatic, by placing it on the headboard, bedding, bench, and drapes it creates a color story of calm and quiet for the person who sleeps there.

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Photo courtesy of Kravet furniture

In contrast this dramatic living space by Kravet above shows how you can create drama in a room by using bolder colors like the warm reds  used throughout to draw your eye around the room along with the blue that plays a supporting role and nice contrast in the interior design.

 

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan Charles furniture

2. Accent lighting – Having ample accent lighting in a space makes it more inviting and interesting. And as a general rule, I  you need at least three lamps in every living space to add ambiance to your interior design.

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Interior design by Karen Mills. Photography by 29 Pixels.

3. Groupings of large accessories – Most people tend to buy small accessories which when grouped together often creates a feeling of clutter that adds to the tension in your space instead of enhancing your interior design.  Instead strive for a balance of accessory sizes with more emphasis on large than small.

Another key to successfully accessorizing includes selecting colors, styles, and textures that will enhance your design and grouping accessories together to create vignettes or points of interest throughout your space. For example when I’m adding the final touches to a project as an interior designer, I often mix not only sizes of accessories but also textures which gives the vignette or grouping a more interesting mix.

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2 thoughts on “INTERIOR DESIGN: 3 TIPS FOR TRANSFORMING YOUR ROOM FROM BLAH TO BEAUTIFUL

  1. Joy Butler

    I agree that it is important to have a cohesive color scheme when decorating your home. By doing this you can bring a theme that can travel from room to room. Having neutral colored furniture with accent colored accessories could be a great way to do this.

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