1. Hang Drapery at the Ceiling
Hanging drapery high and wide (when ceiling height and space permit) make the window feel larger and it keeps the drapes from blocking too much of the light. It also makes the room feel bigger and more open.
2. Create an accent wall
Accent walls can be a powerful in your home. They break up the traditional look of having four walls that are painted the same color. They draw your eye to a particular part of the room, and give the room more depth. This is a great way to experiment with pops of color, wallpapers, and pattern.
3. Don’t Forget your Ceilings
Think of your ceiling as your 5th wall.
“The goals of a good kitchen work triangle is to place the three most common work sites the most efficient distance apart and to minimize traffic through the work zone”-Chris Adams
• Refrigerator - the cold storage work site
• Sink - the cleaning/preparation work site
• Stove - the cooking work site
Make sure that your seating area is centered around your focal point (ie. Fireplace/ Accent Wall/TV) and to create either a “L” shape or a “U” Shape with your furniture. In an L shaped layout, if space allows place a smaller piece diagonally across from where the 2 pieces come together.
The ideal distance from the edge of the sofa to the edge of the coffee table is 18”. This is close enough to reach for a drink, put down a magazine or stretch out your legs.
7.Light Up your Space
Lighting can make a space feel brighter and bigger. Along with natural light and overhead light, make sure to have a lighting fixture in 3 corners of the room to create a balance.
Mirrors are on of my favorite accessories because they can make a room look bigger and brighter. Put one opposite of a window to reflect the natural light and, or lean one against a wall in a dining room to reflect the chandelier, and add double the light in the space.
Make a lasting impression with your friends and neighbors by painting your front door with a pop of color. It will differentiate your house from the others on the block and reflect your personality.
Choose a small space like a powder room to go BOLD. Use dark colors, interesting materials, or funky patters and textures to really create a statement room.
More than just covering your floors, the right size area rug can define a space in your home.
12. Painting Tip
Before you pour your paint in your paint tray, cover it with a layer of aluminum foil. When you're done, simply remove the foil and throw it away. Your paint tray won't have a drop of paint on it and will still be good as new!
13.Give Old Pieces New Life
If some of your old furniture is looking dated, give it a new coat of stain or paint it a fun color! Spray paint is your friend.
NOTE: Don’t forget to sand the piece first, and seal after to protect it.
The arrangement of a medley of photographs and pieces of artwork that have special meaning. There’s something lovely about arranging things into a perfectly masterminded yet haphazard cluster. Gallery Walls are a great way to showcasing many of your items in a small area while creating a focal wall.
Paint your trim wood trim white or a color that works with the design of your room. White will update the space while adding a crisp clean outline and a color gives your space a contemporary feel to your rooms.
Typically you think of a piece of furniture having only one purpose. That does not have to be the case. Get creative on the placement and purpose of your furniture in your space. It may have more than one purpose.
Trays are one of my favorite accessories because they are very universal and can be used in MANY applications. Think about using trays to showcase or to highlight a certain space in your home. Trays are great for keeping things organized and give you that quick, put together look.
Use vinegar and hot water to clean your paintbrushes.Rather than just rinsing your brush with water, soak your paintbrushes in a mixture of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 hot water for 30 minutes. For stubborn brushes, soak overnight.
19. Mix and Match
One pair of pillows always look dinky so pile on the pillows in contrasting patterns, colors and textures. Don’t worry about having both side symmetrical, just try to keep each side balanced off the other.
Don’t be afraid to infuse white in your our space.. White will never go out of style and adds a freshness to your space