5 Decorating Secrets from Top Designers

We’ve gathered up a few of our favorite decorating secrets from a couple designers that know exactly what to do and what not to do! There are basic mistakes that most people make with their home interiors that we’d like to help you avoid, so take a look at our little secrets. Personalize them, and apply them to your home!

Painting

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“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 tray; then, with a wet rag slosh, 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

Lighting

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“Mood is everything, and who wants to dine in a bright room? 60 watts for the dining room. I want it bright when reading, so 75 to 100 watts for the living room. It’s nice to have options—if you don’t have dimmers, then have some variety from 40 to 100 watts, so you can change the mood for the occasion. The bathroom needs overhead as wells as side lighting. Keep the overhead to 75 watts, with 60 watts on each side. The best lighting is at eye level, not overhead, which creates shadows. And the best light is diffused light from a white or off-white lampshade.”

-Barbara Berry

Pillows

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“When making custom pillows, use a stuffer/pillow insert that is 2” larger all around, than your finished pillow size. For example, if you want a 22” square pillow, use a 24” square insert. Your pillow will be perfectly plump and never flat!”

-Lindsey Coral Harper

Wallpaper

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“Use wallpaper in unexpected places, on the ceiling in a paneled room, in closets, hallways, and small foyers. A great pattern or texture in small places can be a prodigious twist.”

-Betsy Burnham

Valances

And the last but not least, one of the decorating secrets from Me!

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Creating the Ultimate Guest Bedroom

Which room should be the most relaxing and enjoyable room in the house? If you said the guest bedroom, you are correct! We always want to make sure our guests feel at home. The guest bedroom is one of the most crucial rooms in the house to keep in tiptop shape so that we can ensure a comfortable relaxing stay. There are many different items you can include in the décor to really have your guest bedroom rise above the rest, but we condensed it to six essentials.

Basket of Magazines

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The first essential item that really just brings a calming feel is a basket of magazines to pick up a light read. Always keep your magazines that come through the mail, so if your guest would like to take a magazine home with them, they can. Keep a variety of different magazines; different things appeal to different people. Don’t forget about the basket though! Pick something that goes with the rest of the room and any “theme” you might have going in the guest bedroom. Just be creative and make it look pretty.

Hangers Are Key

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We love the idea of having extra hangers in their closet for them just like a hotel. It has a very vacationing feel, and it’s extremely convenient. Try to leave about eight hangers in the closet for your guests.  They will be impressed and very satisfied when it comes to the end of their stay.

Extra Blankets & Pillows

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This is critical because that’s the number one question guests tend to ask: if you have a blanket. Don’t make them ask. Give them extra. Make sure the blankets and extra sheets are always clean and smell nice!

A Full-Length Mirror

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Everyone loves full-length mirrors. We could all probably stand in front of one all day. We want to be able to see our whole outfit all put together. We’re sure you can understand the simple joy and happiness you’re bringing to your guest when you put a full-length mirror in the guest room. They will love it!

The Bedside Table Essentials

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I grouped everything on the bedside table into one category: the bedside table essentials. There are four crucial items necessary for the night stand including books, an alarm clock, lamp, and the Wi-Fi password. Any books will do; remember, different genres appeal to different people. You never know when someone’s in the mood for some midnight reading.

You’re going to need an alarm clock on there, because you don’t want them having to reach for their phone or look at their watch every time they would like to know what time it is. It’s just inconvenient. You also want them to be able to wake up to the radio if they would like. This convenience is the same for the lamp as well. You need a cool lamp that spices up the room with style, but one that is extremely functional. This might be the most used piece in the whole guest bedroom.

Last but not least is the Wi-Fi password. Not many people think about this, but if you have it already set out in front of them, your guests will love you for it. With the social media being so big nowadays, it is just nice to leave it out for them. You can put it in a nice frame and make it look more like a piece of artwork.

Flowers

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Flowers are half for décor and half to add a scent. We have a recent post on how to make the perfect flower arrangement that you can read here. Flower arrangements have a classic, beautiful effect in a room. They work in every area of a room to make the space look softer and more relaxed. It helps that they smell so nice and fresh as well to give a calm soothing effect.

Well, there are our six essentials to conquering the guest bedroom like a pro and making it the ultimate space. Very simple. Very easy. Add this here; add this there. Just to acknowledge all the items again, we have a basket full of magazines, extra closet hangers, extra blankets and sheets, a full-length mirror, the bedside table essentials, and flowers. Your guests will be very impressed and extremely satisfied! We’re sure of it!

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