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Tips & Tricks Thursday – Keep It Simple

Today’s post is all about keeping it simple.

Sometimes it can feel like a daunting task to keep up with all of the interior design trends.

I get that.  

But a lot of times, the easiest ways to refresh your interior come from some basic (we’re talking Decorating 101 stuff here…) design ideas.  Maybe you’re implementing them right now, and …. maybe you’re not.

Regardless, I think it’s always good to take a refresher course every now and again.  So, today’s T&T is all about 10 simple design tips for helping your interior look fab!

1.  SIZE MATTERS

Choose artwork that’s about two-thirds as wide as your sofa (if you’re clustering pieces, this would refer to the overall dimension), and hangs roughly 8-10 inches above the back of your sofa.  That way the size of the artwork isn’t competing with the size of the sofa, and everything is in great proportion.

Ron Marvin via Lonny

Ron Marvin via Lonny

David Hicks via Pinterest

David Hicks via Pinterest

Vanessa Francis

Vanessa Francis

BHG via Pinterest

BHG via Pinterest

2.  USE AN ACHOR

It’s important for any clustered artwork to have an anchor piece – like a console or settee.  That will help to set the dimension of the display.  If you’re using the entire wall for display, use the placement of larger pieces and bolder colors to create balance.  

Recently via Decor Pad

Recently via Decor Pad

Burnham Design

Burnham Design

3.  Rugs Are Your Friend

Think about finding a rug that spans close to 60 percent of your room (leaving about 2 feet parameter around the edge of the room), so that it lays easily under your furniture.  It’s a great way to distinguish your furniture groupings. 

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

Ari Heckman via Lonny

Ari Heckman via Lonny

4.  Floor Lamps

A general rule of thumb is that eighty-six inches is an ideal height (it hides the bulb whether you’re sitting or standing). Think about using a floor lamp on one side of your sofa, and a table lap on the other.  It offers balance without feeling too formal. 

Made By Girl

Made By Girl

Carlyle Designs

Carlyle Designs

Elle Decor via Pinterest

Elle Decor via Pinterest

5.  Play Up Pattern

It’s always fun to play around with patterns, and mixing them is easier than you might think.  First, stick to one standout pattern per room, designating the boldest pattern to one of the room’s component pieces – walls, sofa, or rug.   Then bring in two or three smaller patterns that carryover a similar color palette.  I love the idea of mixing more organic prints with something geometric. 

Burnham Design via Lonny

Burnham Design via Lonny

Melissa Culligan via Lonny

Melissa Culligan via Lonny

Ana Donahue via Pinterest

Ana Donahue via Pinterest

6.  Mirrors

A great way to add some grandeur to your dining room sideboard is by adding a mirror.  Hang it about four inches above the top of the sideboard, and be sure to keep about six inches on each side.  

via Lonny

via Lonny

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

Elle Decor via Pinterest

Elle Decor via Pinterest

7.  Curtains – Keep it Long

Always remember that drapery panels should skim the floor, not hover above.  They should have about a half-inch break, or you can keep about two to three inches for puddling and volume.

via Lonny

via Lonny

via Lonny

via Lonny

8.  Sconces

Generally, sconces should be mounted on the wall about five feet above the floor (Now, I’m talking in places like the dining room, here… they would be a bit lower if you were using them as bedside light.).  If you’re putting them over a piece of furniture like a console or a buffet, leave three to six inches of space between the sconce and the edge of the mirror/art that it’s flanking.

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via Pinterest

Morgan Harrison Home

Morgan Harrison Home

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via Pinterest

Decor Pad via Pinterest

Decor Pad via Pinterest

9.  In the Bedroom

Artwork is a great way to refine your space, and incorporate your personality.  Think about utilizing the space on the wall behind your bed.  There are two different “zones” to take advantage of.  

First, the space right above your headboard is perfect for showcasing multiple pieces (think clusters) or even one large showpiece.  Just be conscious of proportion to the overall space.  We still want to keep the whole look in balance.  

Second, is the space above your nightstands.  I love the idea of stacking artwork vertically.  Again, just be sure that the overall visual is balanced with the center headboard.  

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

via Lonny

via Lonny

Decor Pad via Pinterest

Decor Pad via Pinterest

via Lonny

via Lonny

Here’s how I did it…

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10.  Color Palette

It’s all about 60/15/15/10.  

A great way to create a cohesive color scheme is to follow this general rule of thumb:  Choose one color for 60 percent of the room, and use two accent colors (15 percent each), and a final color – maybe one that’s brighter than all the others – to add some “pop”.

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via Pinterest

Meredith Heron Design

Meredith Heron Design

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

Tiina

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

    October 31, 2013
    • Always good to get back to the basics sometimes, right? 😉

      T

      November 1, 2013
  2. Skylar #

    Great reminders of 101!!! and WOO HOO on the little man…xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    October 31, 2013
    • Thanks, Skylar!! I can hardly believe it myself! Can’t wait to celebrate.

      xo,
      T

      November 1, 2013
    • We are over the moon!!! xo

      T

      November 4, 2013
  3. Great tips and images!

    October 31, 2013
  4. I love all of these rooms, tips, and tricks!! I’m working in brainstorming some ideas to give my master bedroom a face lift. This is great inspiration. Thank you!!

    November 3, 2013
    • Thanks! It’s always great to get a little inspiration, right? 🙂

      T

      November 4, 2013

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