20 March 2010

Decorating advice from today’s top Designers and Architects

Found these little gems on the Architecural Digest website. Which is fab, by the way - inspiration galore!

1. Treat each room like an off-white canvas—then start painting. (Karin Blake)

2. Consider the space between the shadows and the sound. Good design captures a place and time, incorporating a sense of the past while looking toward the future. Everyone suffers from too many good ideas. Simplify, simplify, simplify. (Wallace E. Cunningham)

3. My design tip is and always will be to provide comfort at all times. Soft furnishings are the architecture of a room, but along with being beautiful, they must too be of extreme comfort. Seat depth should be pushed to the maximum that a space can take. I always do a minimum of 32“ seat depth and have gone up to 60“ in some cases for pure lounging pleasure. As for home theaters, give up on those reclining chairs and install deep down-filled lounging beds with multiple sized pillows for ultimate comfort. You’ll find your movie viewing pleasure is increased 10 fold! (Martyn-Lawrence Bullard)

4. Every piece is important. Not just any coffee table should be selected. The coffee table should be selected. Custom millwork heightens the sense of scale and provides an elegant framework for furniture and art. (Juan Montoya)

5. My best advice to any client is: learn how to express yourself. When a designer is brought into a project, there is little time to get to know the client well. Some clients are very good at expressing their likes and desires, but for others it is overwhelming and intimidating to explain to a professional the exact design direction they want to take. If a client is finding it difficult to verbalize their thoughts, I ask them to gather photographs from various books or magazines to help jumpstart the process. For some clients it is easier to look at a photo and discuss what it is they like about a space. This also gives the designer something to react to. These initial meetings are so important to both the client and the designer. You are not only setting the foundation for the design direction, but you are also developing valuable communication skills that will serve you throughout the design process. (Thomas Pheasant)

6. It’s important to include a high/low aspect. Use places like Anthropologie and Pottery Barn as sources. It’s the modern equivalent of Nancy Lancaster using a wicker chair in a formal room. (Michael S. Smith)

7. The design of your house should be about your life and experience—express it. (Mona Hajj)

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