Tips from a Top Interior Designer on Decorating and Remodeling

For more than 5 years, Elizabeth has been designing homes. Now, he’s launching his first Website, The Lizbenconsult, which takes readers behind the scenes of his design process and teaches them how to create a timeless and curated interior that will last for years. “It’s not just about practical advice, like how to show souvenirs from vacations, what to look for when buying furniture, and which paint colours work best in which rooms,” she says.

Below, Elizabeth shares some advice on where to start when tackling design projects. So whether you’re furnishing a new home, updating your kitchen or just want some inspiration to refresh your rental, here are his six top tips for “tweaking your décor.”

1. Take a Paint Sample

One of the most significant and cost-effective decisions you can make is which paint to choose. Proper paint selections bring areas together in a pleasing manner. Take a look at the house as a whole. If you paint one room at a time, you risk creating fragmented spaces. Consider how colours influence our mood. Colours may make individuals feel happy, tranquil, or angry. For contrast against crisp white walls, I’ve been known to paint interior doors a strong black.

When considering possibilities, try out actual paint colours on your walls. Examine them in natural light, in the morning, and at night. A favourite hue that worked for one project may not work for another. What worked in your friend’s house might not work in yours. The paint store chips are a good place to start, but what appears beautiful on paper may not translate well into your home. Try a few different hues on the wall with white paints, paying great attention to the undertones. Pinks, blues, and yellows can be used as accent colours. The warmth of the light is heavily influenced by its surroundings.

2. Use a combination of high and low price points

Pedigree doesn’t always imply superiority (whether it be art, furniture or dogs). Consider buying art or furniture from an “unknown” artist or designer based on shape, comfort, and how well the art of furniture fits your needs. The most insignificant objects in a room can have the greatest soul and be the most beautiful. Mixing high and low price points is not a bad idea. It is not necessary for everything to be valuable to be significant. Splurging on something you truly enjoy has the opposite effect.+

3. Begin at the bottom.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by design. People frequently want to know where they should begin. I always recommend starting from the ground up when designing a room: Make a decision about the floor covering. It makes little difference whether you desire hardwood floors, area rugs, tile, stone, or wall-to-wall carpeting. The way additional things are layered in the space will be determined by how you think about your floor initially. You have more colour and upholstery possibilities if you choose a neutral tone or natural fabric with little pattern or colour. If you start with an antique rug, you may create a colour palette by drawing colours from it. It’s critical to design these events in concert; otherwise, you’ll wind up with the circus effect, where there are too many activities going on and the room as a whole doesn’t work together. Starting with a sofa or upholstered chairs immediately limits your design. With dozens, if not hundreds, of options, something like an area rug provides additional freedom. This is where you may choose your options and begin layering items. Making your ultimate floor covering option first, then layering, is a lot easier strategy.

Last but not least Elizabeth recommends individuals take their time when it comes to home design. “These goods [and decisions] can survive for years if properly cared for,” Elizabeth adds.

 

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