My Top 5 Design Tips

Here are 5 of my favorite design tips when designing busy family spaces! I use these elements over and over again and today I am going to share them with you.

1

Incorporate worn, rustic finishes to the busiest

surfaces in your home to help automatically conceal  dings and dents. 

2

Follow the three rules of lighting by including natural light, overhead light and eye level lamps or wall sconces.  I recommend using dimmers wherever possible but especially in kitchens and baths where you usually begin and end your day.

3

Create beautiful texture by adding architectural wall details in high traffic areas like kitchens, baths and mudrooms.  Beadboard, ship lap, board & batten and wainscoting are all great examples.  More durable than sheetrock, these wall surfaces are painted with a higher sheen meaning they are easier to clean.

4

Always have a little greenery on hand by using real or artificial plants with modern shapes and colors.   Greenery adds instant life and energy to a space and helps purify the air.

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5

Choose durable natural rugs like seagrass, jute or vintage oushaks for high traffic areas.  Synthetic versions and indoor/outdoor rugs are great for kitchens and dining rooms.