Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Five favourite design tricks

Photo: 1stdibs.
Console table from West Elm.
It's not just about "a pretty face". Good design in my book is also smart, slick and solves real problems. Plus: it's affordable.

Many times you can achieve a lot with little means. Here are some examples:

1) Problem: Space feels cramped and needs something on the walls.

Solution: Add oversized artwork with lots of depth like in the adjacent photo.

2) Problem: The room has several smaller pieces of furniture that are only needed occasionally - such as accent tables, stools and poufs. Although practical for accommodating larger groups, they take up floor space and make the room look cluttered.

Solution: Store these pieces under a console table when not in use. If you have a built-in unit made for you, consider including "niches" where these pieces can be tucked away.  

3) Problem: You prefer a calm, neutral colour palette, but still want your home to feel fun and alive. 

Solution: Inject pattern and colour selectively. The back of a bookcase and cabinet interiors are two good places. Inside a wardrobe is another.

Photo: Parents.
Photo: Houzz.

4) Problem: Space is tight, but a small office is needed.

Solution: Look for ways to optimize your home. Is there empty space below a staircase that could work? Can you make a bay window do double duty?

Photo: Remodelista.

Photo: Remodelista.

5) Problem: Tight budget and empty walls.

Solution: Use wallpaper remnants or fabric for an inexpensive art gallery.

Photo: Dwell.
Do you have any design tricks that you want to share? To see more of my favourites, visit my Pinterest boards.

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