One of my favorite things that HB does is their designer tips every couple of months. (Could be because I make this stuff up as I go along and these people actually know what they were talking about) So, I was excited to see 101 Designer Tips. I wont cover all of them, but here are a few of my favorites.
#1 – Start your living room plan with the best seat in the room and work from there. – DD Allen
#2 – To give rooms architectural detail when the don’t have any, paint a 1 1/2” to 2” lining stripe around the ceiling and up the walls in the corners. It’s a rich touch, a way to get a lot of look with just paint. – Marshall Watson
#7 – If you have a painting that looks too small above your sofa, don’t center it. Offset it a few inches to the left. The negative space – called ‘ma’ – becomes part of the image – Richard Mishaan
#9 – Don’t hang a mirror between windows. The spatial void it creates distracts from the view. – Carey Maloney
#25 – A good paint formula for ceilings is the trim color plus 50% white. – Allison Caccoma
#31– The days of twin beds are over. When twin beds are required, first consider a pair of full-size beds. They’re only 15” wider than twins and much more comfortable. – Betsy Brown
#34 – Don’t use end tables lower than 30”. The lamplight will be much better and the proportion is better. Bedside tables should be 36” to 38” tall. Don’t be afraid of tall tables. – Ginger Barber
#35 – I get bored without color in a room. Interesting, strong, clear colors are easier to live with in the long run than pale colors. People always think it’s the opposite, but in actuality, soft colors get boring much quicker. – Richard Keith Langham
#59 – When painting your walls, go bolder and stronger than you’re comfortable with. After it’s finished, if it’s too intense, gray the color with its complement (use a color wheel) and wash it on – you get an expensive decorator look in hours and it’s so easy! Pour the paint in a paint tray, then with a wet rag slosh and rub the new color over the old savagely. The color will then be a quieter version of itself and you should immediately love the effect. This has worked for me 99 times out of 100. – Jim Howard
#65 – To create flattering light, have your lampshades lined in a soft pink or use GE soft pink 100-watt bulbs. -Richard Keith Langham
#73 – Throw pillows with Turkish Corners are so much plumper and more luxe than regular knife edge squares and they really soften a modern sofa. –Nick Olsen
#99 – Always line curtains in the same materials all through the house so there’s continuity from the outside. – Susan Zises Green
Check out the May issue of House Beautiful for the other 88 tips!
NOTE: This is not a sponsored post. I wish.