Six Tips for Creating Designer Style
by Jessica Ackerman
We are all unique, and so creating the perfect room is mainly about having successfully expressed your personal style or taste. Even a designer knows that a scheme is only successful when it reflects the owner’s personality and lifestyle.
With this in mind, all designer interiors have 6 things in common, and by incorporating these guidelines, your scheme is bound to make an impression:-
|1. Make the best use of your architectural features; such as exposed beams or an impressive fireplace or a great view.|
2. Invest in at least one great original designer feature, such as a fabulous light fitting, a work or art, or a piece of furniture and make it your focal point.
3. Play with texture, not just with color. Texture can be added through the use of curtains, soft-furnishings and rugs.
|Brick and stone make for fabulously tactile environments, but even a cave can be made more interesting with the addition of a contrasting smooth wall or feature. |
Contrasting surfaces are essential to avoid an overpowering effect and create interest. The saying: “too much of anything is bad” is also valid in design.
4. Always stick to your color scheme. Designers use sample boards to help them successfully merge fabrics, paint mixes and textures. Create your own sample board to organize paint samples and fabric swatches and you in creating a perfect combination of color, texture and style. In addition to color and fabric swatches, include samples of flooring, such as tile or wood samples, and photos or samples of distinctive fixtures, such as faucets, molding or leaded glass windows. This will keep you on track, stylistically speaking.
5. Create ample storage to keep clutter at bay. The illusion of space is essential in design, allowing each carefully selected item to stand proud in its own space. When one has spent time, money and effort to coordinate a room, it’s a shame to have the effect spoiled by irrelevant clutter.
6. Design your space around its function:
Each room has a purpose and consequently a dining room needs an eating area, as much as a living room needs an area for socializing.
Define spaces through design. For example, a dining area that is part of an open combination living/dining room space can gain impact by painting the wall behind the table in a darker or contrasting color.
A conversation nook in a living room can be grounded and defined by an area rug, a coffee table or ottoman centered in the space and the furniture arrangement.
What is most important when designing a space is that lifestyle is considered. A casual family space for viewing movies will be designed differently from a formal symmetrical living room arrangement that is off limits to kids and pets.
Article author Jessica Ackerman has extensive knowledge in interior design, and she is a senior staff writer for
Wall Decor and Home Accents.com.
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