Residential Design Tips


Color is one of the best ways to create the illusion you want. Adding color to your interior design need not be drastic. Instead of painting a wall, you can hang a mirror, clock, shelves or piece of artwork. Instead of buying a new coffee table, decorate your existing one with books, candles and a large bouquet of freshly cut flowers
If you are buying new furniture, measure your room and the furniture. Scale the room & furniture on cutout newspaper: 1 feet = 1 inch and see if the furniture are proportionate to the room. Make sure there are ample spaces to walk around your furniture.
Feel free to mix and match different styles of stuff, like contemporary furniture with oriental pieces. Just don’t overdo it. Make sure they blend together
One way to beautify a room even if the walls are plain white is by putting moldings or cornice on the ceiling edge and baseboards.
When choosing a new color for a wall, paint a section of the wall and observe it for a few days at different times. It is a good idea to paint one shade lighter than your sample swatch. Almost always, the color on your sample will look brighter on a big wall than on a small swatch
If your kitchen is small (or any room for that matter) use light colors: off white, beige etc. but you can accent the room with bright colors if you like to brighten up your kitchen. Dark colors will make a room look smaller than it’s actual size
Like any other room, if your bathroom is too small use a large mirror on top of the sink or one whole wall – it will make the bathroom look bigger.
Put small indoor plants on small pots in your kitchen and bathroom. Plants gives a fresh feeling to the interior design of the kitchen and bathroom
If you have shelves to spare, put cookbooks, small indoor plants and other accessories to make your kitchen more appealing.
During holidays change the look of your kitchen by putting themed table cloth and chair slipcovers to cheer up the room.
Consider the size of your living room when you buy the furniture. Don’t buy oversized pieces if your room is not that big. It will make your room smaller and cramped. And also don’t buy tall furniture if your ceiling is low, they will make the ceiling appear lower.
If you plan to put several picture frames on the walls. it is a good idea to group them together by theme and arrange them inside an imaginary frame. They can be the focal point of the room
Aside from your direct light source above the dining table (a chandelier for example), add some pin lights around the room and a dimmer switch to make your surroundings more pleasing to the eye. Do the same with your living room.
If you are starting your interiors from scratch, you can start by choosing fabrics first and base the color of your wall from it, then you can select furniture that compliments the color of walls and the fabrics that you are going to use.
The bedroom is your private space, among all rooms in your home, your bedroom’s look and atmosphere should be the most relaxing and reflective of your personal taste and style.

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