Cara Fazio & Maggie Ross of my Design Duo mystery series offer these interior decorating tips:
Whether you live in a tiny apartment, a sprawling house or a penthouse loft, surround yourself with things you enjoy. It doesn’t matter if it’s a flea market bargain, family heirloom or a designer chair, decorate with what inspires you, feels comfortable and makes you smile.
#1 Combine things you love and they will go together.
#2 Avoid going overboard with themes, matchy-matchy or collections.
#3 Dare to blend styles, as well as woods & metals.
#4 Color & texture add depth to a room.
#5 Furniture appears smaller in the showroom. Always check dimensions before buying.
#6 Bold colors, patterns or prints in fabrics, pillows and accent pieces are more easily switched out than an expensive sofa.
#7 Create vignettes. We call it spot decorating. Imagine each area as an artistic snapshot.
#8 Weave beauty with the W guide. Vary height and size whether you are hanging a wall grouping, arranging flowers in a vase or decorating a fireplace mantel.
#9 Capture the magic of three. Cluster a trio of candles. Three of something adds an artistic touch.
#10 Build your decor around an object that enchants you. It can be a painting, a fabric swatch, a Tuscan wall hanging or a flower pot from the garden. Maybe your favorite mug or toss pillow? Use the colors and design to guide your choices.
Make your home the place you belong, a place as unique and special as you.