Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Words for the Design Wise

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!  I hope you are all having a great week so far.  If not, no worries.  The weekend is drawing near!  Speaking of weekend, last Saturday I caught up on some of my blog reading and while doing so, I came upon an interesting post by Sasha of Everything Fabulous.  Sasha's blog has so much personality and features a variety of topics, ranging from fashion and beauty to inspiration and green living.   It's definitely one of my regular reads.  Today, I thought I would share one of her interior design posts inspired by Bettina Prentice's NY apartment.  Enjoy!  

1. Display objects in odd numbers. Odd numbers always look better in vignettes that are supposed to be casual and look "natural". 

2. Hug What You Love! The idea is for your accessories and vignettes to highlight (hug) your statement pieces (that you love). A very simple way to highlight the shape of the frame is by placing shorter items near the bottom of the frame leading up to the taller arrangement which echoes the height of the frame. The accessories are basically just hugging that corner of the frame to give it more ooomph. 

3. The Rule of Thirds. You already know that you should use odd numbers, so the rule of thirds shouldn't surprise you! Everything looks better in groups of three! 

4. Choose 3 colors and split the number of items with one color having the most items, and the two secondary colors with an equal amount of lesser colors in the scheme. 

5. Varying heights is also important. A good idea is to stack items to create height. You can try shaping your vignette in a V, W, or M. This will ensure that you have various levels of interest. 

6. Choose objects to support the style and theme of your room. If your room is formal, a symmetrical design works best. If the room is casual, asymmetrical groupings are better. 

7. Stick to a theme. Group candles, for example, or family vacation photos. If the vacation photos are from the beach, add a seashell. 

8. Vary the textures of objects. Mix hard and shiny accessories with rough and natural. Use weathered wood or iron architectural elements to introduce an unexpected texture. Photo frames, which come in finishes from shiny enamel to beaded, offer an array of texture options.

Hope you find these tips as helpful as I did!

Design tips courtesy of Everything Fabulous Blog; background image via Lonny Dec. 2011

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