Whether your design style is formal, casual, spare, or a funky mix, take a thoughtful look at the design elements and furniture arrangement in your space. Is your room in sync with your style? If not, use these tips to do a little redecorating.
- Using Fabrics Creatively:
Fabric weaves, finishes, and patterns express varying degrees of formality.
Eclectic – linen is a good choice for eclectic rooms that are sleek yet casual.
Casual – whether contemporary or country, dress sofas & chairs in the same
textural denims, plaids & cottons you wear on weekends.
Formal – matched fabrics convey a formal look, as do elegant silk, damask, and
- Frame a View:
Window treatments play a major role in building your style.
Eclectic – loosely draped curtains express a casual, clean or eclectic look.
Minimal – stick to unadorned shades, blinds or shutters.
Formal – consider traditional drapes with flowing floor –to-ceiling panels,
Valances & elegant trim.
- Furniture Tells a Story:
Tailor furniture for the way you want to use your space.
Casual – Oversized roll-arm sofas & chairs with an abundance of pillows.
Modern – 20th century classics such as Barcelona & Wassily chairs.
Formal – antiques, reproductions featuring classic details such as camelbacks
on sofas or ball-and-claw feet.
- Factor in Texture:
Most important to give visual interest and personality.
Casual – rough textures such as berber carpet, natural fibre rugs, wicker furniture
Work in casual & eclectic rooms.
Formal – smooth textures such as lacquer, glass, mirrors and polished woods
convey a sleek yet formal attitude.