6 Decorating and Remodeling Tips

Below, we would like to share some advice on where to start when tackling design projects. So whether you’re furnishing a new home, updating your kitchen or just want some inspiration to refresh your rental, here are six top tips for “tweaking your decor”.

  1. 1. Determine Your Style

How do you want your space to feel? Here’s a trick to help you hone in on your style: take a look at your closet. Do you prefer tailored pieces or do you prefer looser and more comfortable items? Do you gravitate toward certain colors or patterns? Another way to help you think of key determine your style is to think of key words that define how you want a space to feel. Traditional, formal, elegant? Playful, humorous, inviting? Monochromatic, streamlined, modern? Take note of design inspirations in every facet of life. We often use these as a starting point to discuss with clients when we are hired to help them design the interiors of their homes.

2. Figure Out What You Don’t Like

It is a lot easier for people to express what they do not like. By putting dislikes into the equation, we can eliminate some things and narrow in on others. For example, a bold large-scale print might remind you or something in your childhood that you do not want to see in your own space. Likewise, a certain color might evoke feelings of a past design trend that you aren’t eager to repeat. These memories and reactions are very personal and individual, but also define our tastes.

3. Build Around Your Space

Space planning, which impacts scale, is essential. People often use furniture that is too large or too small for a space. Our advice is to build around the furniture that you actually have space for. Think about the balance of a space.  For larger rooms, consider establishing zones for different activities: a seating area that is conductive to conversation; another area for television viewing; a work area with a desk or table for projects or games.

4. Sample Your Paint

Paint selection is one of the most important and cost-effective decisions you can make. Proper paint choices harmoniously connect spaces. Consider the house as a whole. Take into account how colors affect our mood. Some colors make people feel happy, calm or even agitated. Sample actual paint colors on your walls when looking at options. Observe them in natural light, morning light and at night. The chips at the paint store are a helpful starting point, but what looks good on paper might not translate into your interior.

5. Mix High and Low Price Points

Consider an “unknown” artist or designer and buy based on shape, comfort and how the art or furniture works for you and your needs. The most humble objects can have the most soul and be the most beautiful thing in a room. Do not be afraid to mix high and low price points. Not everything must be precious to be important. The opposite can be said with splurging on something that you really love.

6. Start From the Ground Up

Design can be overwhelming. People often want to know where exactly to start. For any room, we usually suggest that you begin from the ground up: Decide on the floor covering. It doesn’t matter if you want or have hardwood floors, area rugs, tile or wall-to-wall carpeting. Thinking about your floor first will dictate how other pieces are layered in the space. If you select a neutral tone or natural fiber without a pattern or color, you have more options with colors or upholstery. Last, but not least, we advice that people take their time when designing their homes. When taken care of, these items and decisions can last for years.