From The Pros: Tips From a Windsor Interior Designer
Ready to restyle your Windsor or Loveland home interior but don’t know where to start? Partnering with a professional Windsor interior designer can elevate the entire look, feel, and function of your layout during a mid-sized to major renovation. However, there are also several tips and tricks you can implement yourself during a mini-makeover that can have a substantial impact on your space. Here are nine professional tips to try when updating your Windsor home interior design.
Artwork hung too high is a common design misstep that can have a significant impact on the room, drawing attention to the endless void of wall between furniture and painting as well as offsetting the visual balance of the space. A simple formula can help with proper placement. Hang artwork so its bottom rests approximately three to eight inches (lower for large pieces, higher for small pieces) above the furniture beneath it.
Once you’ve mastered hanging artwork, you’re ready for mirrors. Here is a general rule of thumb: center your mirror approximately 57 inches up to ensure comfortable eye level for passersby. If you’re working with a smaller room, hang your mirror opposite of a window – it will catch and reflect the natural light, instantly making the space feel bigger. Additionally, using a floor to ceiling panel not only makes the room seem more spacious, but it can also make the area feel warmer.
Rug Size Matters
Rugs can add texture, color, and style to any space; however, they can also prove challenging to decorate around. If you have a rug you love, begin by considering its size to arrange the rest of the room’s furniture around it. Larger rugs (eight-by-ten size) allow for chairs and sofas to have front legs placed on the perimeter of the rug, with the back legs somewhere else on the floor. Smaller rugs mean you can keep the couch off of the carpeting, but chairs can have font legs placed on it. Additionally, use different rugs to create separate living and sitting areas for added visual interest.
Create A Focal Point
Every room should have a focal point – the one feature that instantly anchors a room, commands attention, and makes a statement. Choose your focal point wisely. Start with the built-in features, such as a fireplace, bookcase, or elaborate window. If you can’t find a suitable option, make your own. A large piece of eye-grabbing furniture, a compelling work of art, or even a brightly painted wall can all serve as your room’s centerpiece.
Showcase Your Favorite Pieces
Put your favorite pieces where you’ll see them. Center the items you’ve invested the most in, or simply like the most, and work your room around them so you know they’ll be used and enjoyed.
Color The Ceiling
Painting the ceiling delivers multiple design benefits. Use a slightly lighter shade than the walls to instantly brighten up a space (even one with very little natural light). Painting the ceiling anything other than white can also draw the eye up, immediately elongating a smaller area. Need to ground the room? Choose a dark color. Navy, chocolate, and even black (yes, really) can bring the scope of the room back to scale.
Less Is More
Overcrowding a room is a common mistake in a makeover. Resist the temptation to overwhelm the space! Instead, use your budget on a few higher-quality pieces that will last and avoid making the space seem cramped and congested. You’ll save money and enjoy being able to roam easily through your new design without fear of bumping into things.
Don’t Get Too Matchy
Matching, while a safer option, can often make a room feel static and one-dimensional. Additionally, finding items with a singular look can be restricting (and possibly expensive). Opt instead for mixing colors, textures, and materials for better flow and a multi-layered final look.
Paint The Walls Last
Unless you’ve found a swatch you simply can’t live without, make your paint color the last thing you choose in a new design. Begin the process with the more significant items, like furniture upholstery and wall hangings, to create your color palette. From there, you’ll be able to easily narrow down a shortlist of potential paint shades that will work with the other items you know will be sharing the room. Bonus tip: Paint almost always looks different on the walls than it does on a swatch square. Take the time to create a sample square in your room and watch how it changes throughout the day in different lighting to know if you like it enough to commit.