February 17, 2014
The best ideas from design professionals are often those that homeowners would never think of making themselves. But if there's one thing they agree on, it's to start your home design plan with classic features that have long-term impact. For instance, Anderson's Bryson Plank hardwood floors collection has long-lasting appeal that will go with a variety of decorating styles.
For Florida interior decorator Wrenda Goodwyn, any changes in decor should begin with a design scheme that's simple and direct, and one that calls for a decluttering plan for all the areas that need a makeover.
Start small by ridding the refrigerator of magnets or tackling the years-old stack of magazines. Then assess rooms to see if there is furniture that can be removed from spaces that are too crowded.
Goodwyn said many homes are plagued with visual overload. Homeowners should simplify their decor and put some space in their homes instead of additional furnishings. In her blog, Spectacular Spaces, the designer offers tips that her readers can follow immediately, try out for a time and - if the ideas work well with their existing furniture - include them in the decorating plan in their own homes. Think outside the box
Designer Jim Howard told House Beautiful magazine that painting curtain rods the same color as the walls where they are hung prevents them from standing out and taking away from the beauty of the window covering. Painting on the color with a cloth instead of a brush creates a softer effect.
To create a really standout treatment on standard shelving and cabinets, interior decorator Jean Larette often wallpapers the backs of the units and cabinets.
"Paint can't come close to the impact," she told the magazine. "It will inspire you to rearrange your shelves."
As with flooring, window treatments are decorative focal points, but they also address functional factors such as light streaming into a room, privacy issues and coordination with colors and textures of the other elements in a room design.
Goodwyn also has a number of quick hits that can be part of any room re-do. They include grouping collections together instead of scattering them and using the same color and style frame for all photos on display.
Getting rid of standard door knobs and electric switch plates and replacing them with decorative hardware that goes with the decorating style of a room is another designer trick that can be accomplished easily.