Have you got spring decorating fever? Ready to make a change, but not sure what or how? In the April issue of House Beautiful, Susanna Salk said when talking about her new book, Be Your Own Decorator, (click on the book name to see the you tube trailer) “Designing our homes is one of the few creative ventures where we can-and should-draw ideas from the pros without fear we’ll be branded a plagiarist… I want you to be inspired rather than intimidated by my most favorite rooms from some of the best designers and tastemakers around.” She continues, “Unlike many artists in other mediums, interior designers never hoard their secrets. They are a gloriously generous bunch, much more concerned with making the world a more beautiful and livable place than worrying about whose idea it was to put that vase over there.”
So be inspired and not intimidated. Here are a few tips from designers to get you started.
When it comes to collections, adopt a museum approach. Gather all of the collection together in one spot. A large grouping has more impact than lots of small pieces spread throughout the home. John Loecke, designer
Bigger is better. One large piece of art or mirror creates a “Wow!” factor in a room. Donna Talley, stylist
Put out fresh accents for a seasonal change. Whites, seashells, light, airy objects are perfect summer accessories. Jessica Savage, designer
Throw pillows can make an instant impact in any space. I’m a big fan of 24″ square pillows. Look for bright colors and bold graphic patterns to make the biggest statement in your room. Tobi Fairley, designer
Looks like Kerry Ann Dame and Layla Altman of Pillow Folly are “fighting” over their pillows but you can see there’s so many to choose from you won’t have to fight over them.
A stylist’s trick to a sumptuous bed: layering. A coverlet; large European shams; crisp ironed pillowcases; folded duvet at the end of the bed; one long pillow (not a bunch of tiny throw pillows). And don’t forget a bench at the end of the bed. It’s a must! Donna Talley, stylist
Use wallpaper in an unexpected way. Paper ceilings. Your eye travels upward and it’s a nice surprise. John Loecke, designer
If you want even more tips from the experts, head to the May issue of House Beautiful to learn 101 Designer Secrets.
- Lorre Lei