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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Bathroom Revamp: 7 Ways To Visually Create More Space

Whether you live in a teeny tiny apartment or a huge house, there is a guarantee that you will have one small bathroom. Every time you go in you feel cramped, almost claustrophobic. We’re coming to your rescue to solve all your “small” problems! We have broken it down into 7 different ways to make the room expand luxuriously.

Decor Theme

White & Silver Bathroom

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     The first thing you notice when you walk into a bathroom is the theme or style of the room. Most people go for nautical or “Under the Sea” themed, but we suggest a different take. You want to make it feel clean, but bold. Use white as much as you can, because it gives a soft clean ambiance. Anything bold would go really well in the room as well, just keep it simple and forward.

Floating Vanity

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     A floating vanity is a smart way to add more space. Now, not only do you have countertop space, but you also have space underneath to store bathroom bins. Storage bins are marvelous and so convenient when it comes to hiding all the items you want to keep from getting cluttered on counter.

Glass Shower Doors

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   We know this next one is not the easiest to change, but keep it in mind when you’re building a home from the ground up…glass shower doors! Because they’re see through, they increase the amount of space that you can see when you first walk in creating the impression that there is more room to walk around.

Welcoming Light

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     The colors kind of go hand in hand with the style or theme of the bathroom, but just a reminder that whatever your theme is, use light colors. You want to use the colors that will reflect the lighting, whether it is artificial or natural, you want to bring about more light. Not only will it make your bathroom look larger, but it will also bring about positive energy and good vibes!

The Mirror

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     We always mention mirrors as being a huge help when trying to create more space. A mirror is a vital part of the bathroom, but you want to make sure that it is a large mirror if it is in a smaller bathroom. Not only will it be more fun when doing your makeup in the morning, but it will also bring about the illusion that there is so much more visible space. It is an awesome trick you can use in any room of the house, but it definitely comes in handy in this situation.

A Corner Sink

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     A corner sink shoves everything you need in one small space, but it has a clear, clean appeal added to the room. It also leaves no room for a cluttered mess on the counter, because it only has enough room on the counter for essential items.

Tile Wall Decor

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     Putting tile from the ground up the wall to reach the ceiling is our last but most impactful idea. By doing this, you will emphasize the verticality of the room giving the appearance of a higher ceiling making the room look luxuriously large.

Some of these ideas you will have to plan for before building the bathroom or during a renovation, but some include just a little decor switch-a-roo. You can use these tips to really create a stylish and beautiful (and functional) small bathroom!

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