The 10 Best Decorating Tips From A Designer

Who wouldn’t want a couple pointers here and there on decorating from a designer? We would love to share some with you, so we have round up what we think are the 10 best decorating tips! Let us start by saying everyone should decorate to mirror their personality; therefore, these decorating tips might apply to multiple homeowners differently. Everyone can definitely play up each idea however they would like, though!

Don’t Follow Trends



A certain idea is a trend because it will come in and out of style, and sometimes, it’s a trend for only a second. It will be out of style before you even have time to use it in your decor. We suggest not going with the flow and following trends, but instead, sticking to classics that are simply timeless.

Always Keep It Changing



You don’t have to go above and beyond and completely re-do rooms all the time, but switch out some pillows or a throw, maybe even hang some different wall art. This way you never feel as though your decor is boring, and you actually will prevent yourself from getting that urge to completely re-do the room.

Hang ‘Em High



We’re sure you hear all the time to hang your window treatments high, but it’s actually really important and can make a huge difference to the overall look of a room. It makes the window appear taller, but make sure your take into account those extra inches when looking for the length of the curtain. You want them to go all the way down, either just barely touching the floor or puddling on the floor.

Have Some Investment Pieces



Invest where it matters most to you personally. These are the items that will last you the longest, so make sure you absolutely love them.

Don’t Settle



Look around and keep shopping until you find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s out there; you just have to search a little bit. Whether that means a pink velvet couch or a teal shag rug, trust us. It’s out there.

The Rule of Threes



It’s always a good idea to group decor items together in threes. This could mean you use three candles of different heights or three vases with size variety. Either way, keeping things grouped in threes brings about a balance that wouldn’t be there otherwise, and having balance in your decor invites positive energy into the home.

Hang Some Mirrors



Mirrors are very important to include when decorating, because they make a space look larger. They’re also great to use in a room with a bit of natural light, because they will reflect the natural light and spread it throughout the room.

Mix & Match



We mentioned in the beginning to decorate mirroring your personality. We think you should get fun and creative. Mix things up a bit. Your furniture doesn’t always have to match. You don’t always have to have all the same chairs at a dining room table. Play with some colors. Just don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit.

Bring In the Plants



Including greenery when decorating actually brings great feng shui. It welcomes positive vibes expressing growth and success. Plants purify the air around you and provide more oxygen. So not only are they great for your health, but they also really help pull a room together.

Use Rugs



Rugs can really just complete a room or space. They expand the room making it appear larger, and they give you order to where everything should be placed. Rugs can also be used as the accent piece to a room without being over the top considering large furniture is on top of it.

We hope you have enjoyed our list of the best decorating tips and can incorporate them into your home decor with your personal style twist.


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Livable Living | 6 Decorating Tips for Newlyweds

These days when it comes to planning a wedding, interior design typically takes a supporting role. Pinterest boards are no longer sporting fun around the house DIY projects, but instead those of hairstyles and decor for the big day. And rightly so!!

So, what happens after the honeymoon? Back to reality, you have to live together?! Combine two styles into one?! Just because you love each other, doesn’t mean you have the same taste in interior design. The designers at A.Clore Interiors have gathered some helpful hints on how to help ease the tension and stress that comes along with the marriage move in:

1| Plan Ahead – There is nothing wrong with a little prior planning! As designers, we know it takes time to gather furnishings, colors, accessories, etc. You don’t have to run out and buy your whole new living room tomorrow, but it helps to have an understanding (if you don’t already) of what each other will tolerate on the decor front.

2| Create a Virtual Mood Board – This will help organize your design thoughts. There are several websites and applications that will allow you to pin your ideas to an “imagebook” or “board”. Some of our favorites are Pinterest, Houzz, and Olioboard. Warning: It is addictive. There are thousands of inspiration photos at your fingertips (literally). You will start to see what the other likes, this should be the fun stage!


3|  Make an FF&E List – This is Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment; some couples may have more than others so this varies. It will help to make a list of all the items you both have to create an inventory of furniture and appliances. This is a great way to have an organized list to sort out what will be kept and what will be sold or donated. You may make some friends and family happy on this step. You’re welcome!

4| Give and Take – You will most likely have to do some level of compromising. But is’t this true of  marriage in general? Why should interior design be any different? There are multiple ways to combine design styles into one space. We believe that not everyone fits into one particular box. Our job as designers is to find which box both clients share!! If you take that approach, you will be able to understand each other better and come out with a design you are both proud of!


5| Start All Over – Theres nothing like a blank canvas!! By getting rid of all your pre-existing furnishings, you can build the space with a fresh eye and really get the chance to combine both your styles. Over time, your home will represent your couples signature and personality.

6 | Give and Take – Huh, this one again? Yes. This step will be repeated through out the entire process!

We have only scraped the surface with advise on combining his and her styles. It has become a rare art form that the designers here at A.Clore Interiors seem to have perfected.  Far beyond the “mixture of masculine and feminine”….Here are some inspiration rooms we feel show how a mixture of styles can make a space cohesive:





Wishing you a happy home and a happily after ever marriage!


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