Home decorating and interior design have a new bold freshness. One of the major contributing factors–and a plus in our minds–is the presence of color. For so long it seemed as if the all-white room was de rigueur. Designers stressed neutrals this and texture that. No more!
Some rules too, have been dispelled. No longer is a setting so matchy-matchy. The bedroom suite has been broken up. In its place are an eclectic but finely-weighted mixture of case goods that have taken its place. What we mean by this is for example, a mid-century modern chair can feel at home in a traditional grouping as long as the furniture is at the correct scale. How much space a piece of furniture takes up is important to an ordered life. That means that negative space–the places where there are no furnishings–is as important to the brain as what’s physically there in light and contrast.
“How much space a piece of furniture takes up is important to an ordered life.”
How does a homeowner, a non-decorator-educated person develop a sense of style and balance? Here are some suggestions:
- Pore through shelter magazines. Tear out pictures of rooms you are drawn to and put them in a binder. Over time, you will find some similarities and recognize more of what appeals to your sensibilities and natural preferences.
- Visit showcase houses. In the fall, charities and fund-raising industries often use and develop decorator showcase houses you can purchase ticket’s to. It’s a great way to see the latest trends and see how rooms are put together by artists in real scale. (Visit the video for an example.)
- Watch design shows on television and make notes on things you are crazy about. The series will generally have a few website pages devoted to individual episodes so you can download or copy ideas.
- Subscribe to “flash shopping” sites. Every day in your email box will be announcements about furniture and accessories on sale for a limited time. This will acquaint you with top and popular brands of furnishings as well as educate you on pricing, (and discounts–hooray!).
- Develop a Pinterest page. As you see items you like on the Internet, “pin” (or add) them to your own site Pinterest site. You can develop a virtual scrapbook that others will add to and subscribe to. It’s good fun and free.
Anyway, this is just a start to your private education in decorating. Over time you will develop an eye for good quality pieces and learn a little more about scale and how others put rooms together themselves. In addition, subscribe to this column and get emails about new articles, techniques and ideas to help you discover the style in you.
Watch the video called “Design on a Dime” that features Iman, Housing Works, Traditional Home magazine and other interests, which have put together a design venue and showcase.