It may be as significant as a coach’s last words to a team who goes out to win the Super Bowl. Or as simple as a secret key ingredient to your favorite family recipe passed down through generations.
It is nice to be on the “inside"; to know what truly makes something great. It is all in the details -- the little things -- that make a world of difference.
In the world of interior design, these details are what transform rooms from feeling mediocre to spectacular. A well-executed room requires all pieces to work together in harmony. Sometimes you can put your finger on it ... other times, things remain an “insider secret."
Today, I am going to share some insider tips when designing a room of your own. They may feel small (or even insignificant), but trust me, you won’t be disappointed with the results!
1. The bigger the rug the better. So many times I walk into homes, and the rugs are too small. The larger your rug, the larger it will make the room feel, so measure your space and go as big as you can. If you have custom capabilities, factor in around four inches from your wall.
2. Paint the ceiling half strength of the wall. Ceilings are like a fifth wall: They should not be neglected! Consider painting your ceiling half strength of your wall color to create a continuous and soothing effect.
3. Raise curtain panels to the crown moulding. If your ceilings are low, try raising your window treatments all the way up to the crown moulding. This will give the illusion of a heightened space. It works every time!
4. Add some contrast in color and texture. Whether you are going with a neutral or colorful space, make sure to introduce some contrast in color and texture. This will give a luxurious and layered look that will intrigue the eye and make you want to linger for a while ...
5. Chandelier sizing. When determining a minimum chandelier size for your room, add the length and width of the room together. For example, if your room is 12’x14’, the minimum size for your chandelier should be 26” wide. You can always go bigger -- but rarely do you want to go smaller than that number.
Click on the slideshow to see these insider tips executed in various rooms.