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|KarenMills.net : Interior Design: 3 Tips To Creating a Calm Respite|
Ever wonder how to create an inviting calm retreat that welcomes you home at the end of the day? Let me share some insight from my perspective as an interior designer.
1. Cozy conversation areas. When designing a living space for a client, I begin by laying out a floorplan with cozy conversation areas once I understand all the requirements of the design. If you have a smaller room, that may mean only one area, but with a larger space, create multiple conversation areas to keep your space intimate.
2. Calm more simplistic decor Next I layer in calming decor from fabrics and rugs to pillows and accessories in a mixture of textures that are often more simplistic in pattern. And if you introduce a more complex or busy pattern, go with simpler or more solid patterns keep the space calm.
3. Layer in lighting. And finally don’t forget about great lighting. Unfortunately after decorating and desiging hundreds of homes, I find that lighting seems to be the most overlooked area when it comes to interior design. At the bare minimum you should have at least three sources of accent lighting such as lamps in a space to give it that ambiance you love. But for most living spaces I would recommend twice that number of lamps to get the look you desire.
For more great tips on creating a calm living space, don’t miss my exclusive interview with interior design icon and author Barbara Barry this Sunday at 10AM CST on Living Large on News Radio KMBZ (also streams live on kmbz.com) on 98.1FM or 980AM, plus hear from HGTV’s Design on a Dime host and decorator Brice Cooper who has a different perspective.
And if you’re thinking about purchasing new furniture, then tune into Living Large with Karen Mills in Kansas City this Saturday at 10:30AM CST on the KMBZ Business channel as I interview nationally known interior designer and author Thomas Pheasant about the latest trends in furniture and the secret to selecting the right pieces.
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May God bless you my friends with a very Merry Christmas holiday filled with family and friends! Yours…. Karen