You know those people who seem to have great taste without even trying? You’re about to be one of them. Here, top designers share the best insider tips and tricks in the business.
START WITH YOUR COLOR SCHEME
For a head-to-toe makeover, the first step is creating a palette. “I come up with a basic color scheme for the whole house, and then I take that from room to room,” reveals Gary McBournie, a designer based in Boston. “The color scheme here is actually really simple — a royal blue, a paler blue, a soft orange, a grass green, and that’s pretty much it. But it plays itself out in different ways in different rooms.”
PUT INVESTMENT PIECES FRONT AND CENTER.
If you truly love something, you’ll want to put it on display. “Use and enjoy your antiques and unique finds, especially in a utilitarian room like the bathroom,” advises designer Bunny Williams.
FAKE HEIGHT WITH LOW FURNITURE.
“Create strong verticals and avoid the horizontal,” recommends designer Todd Romano. “I adore large mirrors because they add scale to a room. I also kept the furniture low-slung, so the rooms seem taller.”
GIVE WINDOW TRIMS A SPLASH OF COLOR.
“Window trim is an often-overlooked opportunity to make a statement,” says designer Meg Braff. Jeffrey Bilhuber agrees. “I often end up painting them green, to blend in with the landscape,” the eclectic decorator says. “Or sometimes I paint them pitch black, so the muntins practically disappear in the evening.”
WARM UP A ROOM WITH MIRRORS.
Mirrored panels like the ones lining this alcove can be elegant — but don’t just slap them up, designer Jan Showers warns. Large sheets of mirror will look commercial, so try a sectioned pattern in the traditional French style instead.
DON’T SKIMP ON THE SOFA.
Don’t postpone a makeover because of naturally messy kids. “Put your money into a comfortable, well-made sofa that you’ll have forever,” advises Krista Ewart, a designer based in California. “You don’t have to deny yourself that expensive designer fabric you love — just put it on something small, like a pillow.
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