Questioning if you or someone you know is in need of a design intervention? Check out the following tips on how to turn your home from a “don’t” to a “do”.
Do: Coordinate. Just because you have a cheetah print comforter doesn’t mean your whole bedroom needs to look like an African safari. It’s okay to pick a statement item and then choose coordinating, not identical pieces to go with it to give your room a feel of unity.
Don’t: Overdo it on themes. Do we love apples? Yes! Is carrying this theme out by having an apple patterned garbage can in your kitchen overkill? Absolutely!
Do: Moral of the story, too much of a good thing, is not a good thing. It’s okay to have accent pieces that mesh well together; it’s just never a good idea to center the theme of an entire room on a season, object or animal.
Don’t: Be a slave to trends (lava lamps, fire engine red rooms, avocado green toilets, etc.)
Do: Stick to timeless looks on major purchases. It’s okay to incorporate the latest looks in your home, just be mindful that home design is a constant evolution and that today’s “it” thing will be gone tomorrow so don’t devote a lot of time or finances to short-lived trends.
Do: Protect your furniture with stylish throw blankets,pillows or stain-resistant spray. But select pieces that you’ll both love and use.
Don’t: Live in someone else’s house.
Do: Decorate on your own terms and select accessories, colors and fabrics that reflect your own style. Anyone else’s opinion should be taken with a grain of salt.
Don’t: View your home as multiple rooms that have no relationship to each other.
Do: Make sure that your rooms have a flow to them. Choose colors, fabrics, accessories, etc. that complement, rather than compete with each other.
Do: If budget is a factor, commit to furniture that is stable and timeless so that you’ll get your money’s worth. It’s much better to spend a little more upfront and buy one couch than to buy the same type of furniture repeatedly because you didn’t invest in quality.
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