Kiki Interiors - Decor and Staging

Monday, March 2, 2015

Interior Decorating - Do's and Don'ts

Don't: Use White Decor If You Have Kids or Pets
If you have pets or children, white rugs and upholstery are just not in the cards. People love the way they look but never realize that you have to hermetically seal your household to keep them clean.

 10 ways to make an old home feel new

Do: Find Inspiration in Your Travels
Travel as much as you can, and stay on the alert for inspiration wherever you go — you could find a great floor plan in a museum's period room, or a color in a painting. And don't just rely on your camera. If you draw something, you'll really absorb the detail. Or just amazing pieces that you love, display them in an artful way - this is such a great way to show off your style and surround yourself with what you love. After all your home should reflect who you are and what you love.

 Texture and interesting pieces are not always enough - seek out balance by moving your pieces around until you are happy with not only the look but the feel!

Don't: Forget About Seating
Today everyone likes rooms sparse, but for a living room, you need the sorts of chairs people can pull up together, so that they want to come into the room and sit down and chat. think about pieces that can do double duty (especially for smaller spaces) like drum stools, cubes, ottomans - they can act as seating when needs or surface space, plus this is a great way to add colour and texture to the space.

My house is an old bungalow so the rooms aren’t large, but it has surprisingly high ceilings. I decided to take advantage of this by raising the curtain height and playing with scale by adding a large chandelier and an oversized coffee table to a room that is actually quite small. The oversized furniture and chandelier actually make the room feel much larger (design rules be damned!). And I love having lots of seating.”

Do: Use Dramatic Color in a Small Space
Color is best used in small spaces that you pass through. A dramatic color in a room where you're going to be spending a lot of time might feel too heavy or dark, but if you use it in a foyer or pantry, it makes the whole house feel colorful. It also makes the house feel bigger, because it turns a space you might not notice into one that catches your attention. Plus if you are toying with the idea of bold colours in your home, a small room is a great place to start to see if you like it and can live with it...

 Love this for our half bath since its the one that gets used when we're in the pool.

Don't: Be Afraid to Splurge on Great Pieces
Invest in one great-quality piece. It sometimes hurts in the beginning, but you end up having that piece forever, and it can really carry a room, or even an entire house.

What are your thoughts on wallpaper making a comeback? Do you prefer big and bold prints or soft and muted like this pretty dining room?

Do: Test Paint Colors in a Big Way
When you test paint colors in a room, make big patches so that you can really see if you need to go darker or lighter, or if it is the right colour for that room depending on light and the other elements in the room like the flooring.  Paint in the store can look completely different in your home and can look completely different room to room.  Also take a look at the paint at different times of the day.

Above, we have a sample of Repose Gray painted on the wall and a large piece of poster board. Isn’t it crazy that both are the same gray?! The one on the wall looks purple-y and the one on the poster board looks like a perfect muddy gray. The difference is our walls have warm yellow undertones which are making the gray look purple because the two are complementary colors. Super quick art lesson:

Don't: Ignore Architectural Details
Respect the architecture of a space. That's not to say you can't be surprising — I might use period furniture in a modern room, but I'll make sure the lines and silhouettes are appropriate. The whole room has to hang together.

 Watch Hill Guest House | Bardes Interiors

Do: Trust Your Instincts
'Be true to yourself, and trust your instincts.' We all have different points of view — that's what makes each of us special — and our rooms should be a reflection of that. But if something looks off, it probably is.  We all have a natural inclination towards symmetry and balance
subtle texture in the wallpaper adds just the right amount of design without taking away from the eclectic decor

Don't: Make a Room Too Formulaic
Start a room with a classic furniture layout that's functional, then add in funky pieces to loosen it up, relax it, and keep it from feeling too formulaic. With the trend continuing toward open concept living in small spaces but with functional floor plans, it is important to have a cohesive look but add unexpected elements to make it fun and not formal.

Love the element of surprise with this aqua/minty green chair. Decor Resolutions | Fuji Files for Camille Styles

Do: Draw the Eye With an Interesting Piece
A photographer I worked with taught me the importance of the axial view. When you're looking down a corridor, you want a wonderful object at the end of it to draw you forward — a sculpture, a chandelier, anything to define the space and pull you in.

Love the DRAMA of this artwork against the darker walls, the composition drawing your eyes up, up, up the stairwell!  Well done!

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