Why do we spend time and money updating/decorating a room in our home just to be left feeling ‘meh’ about the final product?? If this is you, you’re probably missing one of these easily overlooked yet simple interior design tricks that are quick and simple to do!
1) Layer, Layer, Layer
Have you ever noticed that even in the most minimal design images we love, the décor and style of the room never looks one-dimensional? That, my friends, is because design professionals know the power of layers. Whereas you or I may put a picture frame and a plant on an open shelf and call it a day (meanwhile wondering: why doesn’t my shelf look like any of the shelves on Pinterest?), design professionals are layering their hearts out and creating drool-worthy vignettes we all pin to death!
So… how do they do it? Instead of thinking of the shelf space from left to right, think of it as the 3-dimensional design element it is, with space to decorate from left-to-right, back-to-front AND top to bottom. (WOAH, right??) Instead of your picture frame and plant being lonely on the shelf, try putting the plant in FRONT of the picture frame, NEXT TO some stacked books with a votive candle ON TOP. Whaaaa? I’m telling ya – game changer. Same concept goes for pillows, wall art, table tops, rugs. Layering gives the room that extra texture, dimension, and overall polished design we’re all looking for.
2) Light up your life. Literally.
I could talk for days about strategically lighting a room and STILL have more to say. For the sake of these hacks, let’s stick with the basics. If you only have overhead lighting in a room, that’s why it looks amateur-ific. Think of really well-appointed rooms you’ve seen/walked into… Lamps of various sizes, casting different levels of light. Can lights in a grid across the ceiling. Spotlights/library lights shining down on pieces of art and bookshelves.
Folks, you can’t escape the light. It just has to happen for a room to look ‘done.’ And good news: There are options at all different price points for creating a great lighting scheme. At the very least, 2 -3 lamps with different shades/wattages will help showcase and pull together the other design elements in the room.
3) Doorknobs. Wait, what? Doorknobs??
Yes – doorknobs. And hinges. AND outlet plates. I know, it’s kind of boring, right? The devil is truly in the details, so simply overlooking the gold doorknobs/hinges all over your 1983 home could keep you from truly being happy with all of the other updates and décor you’ve spent time and money on.
These are simple updates/upgrades that can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of the space. They are also THE difference I see when walking in to a professionally designed space versus one that isn’t. Spend the money and time on these small upgrades to help ‘finish’ the entire look, and you will LOVE the final result!
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