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Design Tips

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Are you more of a do-it-yourselfer? Let our Design Consultants show you some of the tricks of the trade to help make your room makeover project a success. They can teach you where to start, what you can do yourself and what’s better left to professional contractors, how to choose colors, patterns and textures, and how to fill in your palette with the right accents. Plus, be sure to check out our Pinterest Design Tips & Tricks Board for even more helpful hints to see your do-it-yourself project through to completion. And as always, feel free to ask our Professional Design Consultants for advice on your design challenges or set up an appointment for a complimentary In-Store, In-Home or Commercial Property Consultation.


It's always best to start at the beginning.

In The Wizard of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch advised Dorothy, “It’s always best to start at the beginning.” That might sound like oversimplification when deciding how to decorate a home, but here’s a way that might keep the fun and excitement in what many consider an overwhelming task.

To “start at the beginning,” think about how you want your home to feel. Do you want it to be calm and relaxed? Do you want it to be fun and exciting? Do you want it to be orderly? Do you want a combination of these or other feelings? So, how do your furniture and accessories speak to whatever feeling you decided you want for your home?

Again, start at the beginning. What is going to be the inspiration for the room? If you are going to have an area rug in the room, that’s a great starting point. It is much easier to find furniture fabrics that work with the rug you have chosen than it is to find a rug that works with the selected fabrics. If the room is not going to have a rug, consider choosing a wonderful piece of art or the boldest upholstery pattern first. Usually the boldest fabric pattern is used on toss pillows or a chair and ottoman. Once you have selected your piece of inspiration, whether it’s a rug, a fabric or a piece of art, select a color from that piece. Generally, choosing the most neutral of the colors in the inspiration piece is the safest. Time to go back to the questions you asked yourself concerning the feeling of the room. Calm and relaxing might mean neutrals or earth tones. If you want a more bold and striking appearance, pull a strong color from the inspiration piece into the rest of the furnishings.

what is going to be the inspiration for the room?

This is just an example of how this helpful tip can make your design project fun and easy.

Rugs America Lenai Blue Dahlia at Johnny Janosik Klaussner Woodwin Casual Skirted Sofa Kincaid Furniture Foundry Rustic Weathered Gray Rectangular Cocktail Table
La-Z-Boy NIGHTLIFE Contemporary Chair-and-a-Half with Sloped Track Arms Ashley (Signature Design) Lamps - Contemporary Ceramic Table Lamp Kincaid Furniture Foundry Rustic Weathered Gray Entertainment Console with Electrical Outlet

Once you have the flooring and main upholstery pieces, you have the bones of the room. The tough part is done. Now comes the fun; time to accessorize! Choose art, lighting, and accessories that compliment not only the colors and feeling of the room, but always choose things that remind you why this home is your home and not someone else’s. After all, there’s no place like home.