We’re gonna let you guys in on some of our best kept secrets for designing a beautiful space, while also keeping it functional. Creating a space that is purposeful, remarkable, and unique is so much more than just laying out some furniture and putting cute objects on a shelf. When it comes to designing interiors, every single little detail is so important. We’ve broken it down for y’all and made a list of some of our best interior design hacks and tips!
Bye-Bye Ugly Living Room TV
Ahh, the dreaded living room television. We’ve all faced some sort of struggle when it comes to living room TV placement and trying to make that big black rectangle in the middle of the room look pretty. We started using the Samsung Frame for our clients in their living rooms to give the illusion that there’s no television, just artwork. This TV functions normally when turned on, but when turned off, is set to whichever piece of artwork you choose to be displayed right on the screen. Samsung really had this figured out too, because the screen is dimmed and matted when the artwork is on, so that it actually looks like a real canvas – no glare or reflections. Plus, you can choose which frame you want to match the look of your space!
Secure Your Rug
A great rug can bring the entire space together, making it feel cozy and cohesive. But have you found yourself constantly messing around with your rug so that it’s not crooked and moving around? Well say hello to your new best friends, rug tape and rug pads. Get a rug pad that fits your rug and place it underneath, then slap on some rug tape to stick it to the floor, and voila! No more runaway rug. We use this for all rugs, no matter the size, but it’s exceptionally helpful for kitchen and hallway runners, as they have no furniture on top of them to keep them in place.
Test Your Paint Colors In All Types Of Lighting
Picking out the perfect paint color for your space can be one of the toughest decisions to make. We’ve all found ourselves comparing paint colors that look almost identical, but in the end the final decision is so important for the entire room! Here’s a pro tip that makes paint selections a little easier – test out your paint colors in all types of lighting. See how the shade looks in the morning, during the day, and at night to get a better understanding of how it’ll look in your space at different times. Also, look at it with the lights off, then some lights on, and with all the lights on.
The Wonders Of Wax
We’re gonna let you in on one of the super cheap, helpful products that we swear by, museum wax! Museum wax and tacky wax are game changers when it comes to home decor. We like to use a little pea-sized amount of this gooey wonder and stick them behind picture frames to hold them in place and keep them from becoming crooked, and also for drawer organizers to keep them from moving around.
Performance Fabrics Aren’t Just For Outdoors
If you have children, pets, are an avid red wine drinker, or just want your furniture to last much longer (don’t we all?!) then say hello to your new best friend, performance fabrics. This type of fabric is basically magic, as it is made up of fibers that have inherent stain and moisture resistant qualities. Performance fabrics can include different features, but in general any spill or stain on them can be blotted out by using either water or a mild cleaning solution. And don’t you worry, there’s no noticeable difference between a performance fabric and a traditional upholstery fabric in regards to how soft and comfortable it is, and its appearance. We absolutely swear by it and almost always use them for our clients, especially for sofas, dining chairs, and accent seating.
Never Underestimate The Power Of Window Treatments
If you feel like your space is missing something, the first thing you should do is consider your window treatments. Sometimes all a room needs in order to feel polished is the right window treatment. Use roman shades for areas where you don’t necessarily want drapery touching the ground, such as in kitchens, bathrooms, and windows that have furniture close to them. Drapery panels and curtains work really well for more open areas, such as a living room, study, and bedroom, in making them feel less overwhelming and to make the room appear larger.
Another tip in regards to drapery is to hang them half an inch higher than where you want them to hit because they will start to sag once they settle in. We also make sure to steam the drapery for our projects whenever they are first installed to give them a more crisp look. You don’t need an industrial steamer to achieve this, a simple handheld steamer works just fine!
Go Big Or Go Home
Sizing and proportions are such an important factor in interior design. When it comes to light fixtures and area rugs, the bigger the better! Light fixtures are one of the key statement pieces of a space, so don’t underestimate the power that the size of them can have. The same goes for rugs, they tie the whole room together and make the space feel cohesive.