Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Design Styles
Mixing humble materials with more luxurious ones is a contemporary approach to great design. In the dining room of the same family home, Saladino slipcovered chairs in washable vinyl, then placed them around a 19th-century walnut trestle table. “An antique table is appropriate here because it’s a non-intimidating surface. Children can spill their food on it, or drop their flatware on it, and they dent it – so what?” he says.
Do Hang Artwork Together
Grouping framed pieces together makes a strong, lasting impression, like in the family room of this Palm Beach home by designer Meg Braff. “By hanging six prints in a grid over the family room sofa, I got the impact of a much larger piece of art,” she says.
Do Incorporate Side Tables
Intimate spaces make for a warmer, happier home, according to designer Benjamin Dhong. The key to getting one right? Make sure that every chair or sofa has an accompanying side table. “When you walk into a room and you see a little table or a stool pulled up to a chair, you immediately imagine curling up with a cup of coffee or a drink,” he says. He did exactly that in this home’s cozy master bedroom, with a wood block table placed next to a French settee.
Do Understand that Mixing Patterns Takes Practice
Making busy prints work together isn’t effortless, so go easy on yourself if you don’t get it right on your first try. In this dining room, Markham Roberts choose similar colors to tie the rug and wallpaper together. “You just have to pull out your swatches, try things out, and trust your eye. If it’s hideous, try again.” Still having trouble? This is why there are pros.
Do Make a Small Space Work for You
A tiny kitchen didn’t stop contributing editor Frances Schultz from purchasing her dream home. She made the most of the narrow space by extending cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. Glass fronts make it easy to spot specific items, as do deep drawers in lieu of lower cabinets.
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