Transform your home with these amazing interior design ideas and strategies.
Can't figure out how to complete a gallery wall? Or are you afraid to use a bold paint color, like black? Below, some of our favorite designers reveal their best interior design secrets for doing both (and so much more). These are the tricks they rely on when designing homes, and you won't be disappointed.
Apply Powder Coatings to Bathroom Fixtures
“Powder coating! I love to custom powder coat bathroom accessories. Recently we worked on a project where we used a bright yellow Vola faucet and custom powder coated the trash can and towel ring to match. It is such a fun way to add a pop of color! Generally, if it's metal it can be powder coated, and you can pick any color under the sun.”
—Amy Sklar, Amy Sklar Design
Map Out Your Gallery Wall
“Let’s face it, once the hole is in the wall, we’re unlikely to move framed pieces around. A great way to hang your pictures for a gallery wall without making mistakes is to create templates out of cardboard. I re-used cardboard from the boxes that my art actually came in. Just trace, cut out, and hang on the wall. Move around until it’s just right. Be sure to use a good quality painter's tape like Frogtape to make sure you don’t pull the paint off!”
—Taniya Nayak, Taniya Nayak Design
Hang Bold Wallpaper in Your Bathroom
“One thing we love to do in small powder rooms or spaces with funny angles is add a beautiful, bold, busy wallpaper. The wallpaper conceals soffits, jut-outs and weird angles—plus it makes a super tiny room seem much bigger—because it tricks the eye into not knowing where the corners are.”
—Erin Gates, Erin Gates Design
Use Large Art to Make a Small Space Seem Bigger
"If you have a smaller space, try to use one large piece of art as a focal point. One large piece of art will make the space feel larger and grander. Too many small pictures tend to chop up the space. I try to use this concept in at least one space in each of my client’s homes. It could be a foyer that needs an anchor or a smaller living room that needs a focal point."
—Tracy Morris, Tracy Morris Design
Keep Your Bedskirt in Place with Pins
"To help keep your bedskirt in place over time, use upholster pins on the deck of the boxspring. Pin through the shirt top and boxspring so the skirt hangs evenly."
—Katie Raffetto, founder of Katie Raffetto Interior Design
Use Performance Fabrics Indoors
"Performance fabrics have come a long way and are no longer just for outdoors. For high traffic areas and spaces with little ones afoot, indoor/outdoor textiles are a great solution to keep your pieces looking great, and they now feel great as well. I often have skeptics questioning my white sofa as a mom of two. I’m quick to clarify and sing the praises of Sunbrella, as most stains are easily blotted out, and the covers are spotless after a simple wash. Other great performance fabric uses are outdoor rugs in entries and play rooms and for kitchen seating."
—Jana Bek, Jana Bek Design
Turn to Black Paint for an Accent Color
“Whether a building's architecture is traditional or modern, we love to paint window mullions charcoal black. The key is to paint just the one- to two-inch-thick trim that touches the glass, not the entire window casting. Clients are often nervous that the dark paint will feel dark or heavy, however it actually turns the window into a picture frame, drawing your eyes through each room to the view beyond.”
—Emilie Munroe, founder of Studio Munroe
Create a Calming Space with Colors and Patterns
"There are some great ways to add pattern and color, while still maintaining a calm and minimalist feeling. I love adding quiet, painterly patterns in a soft tonal color palette with a mix of white, gray, and taupe. Texture is key and can create a lot of dimension and movement. For example, you can add something rumpled and cozy against crisp bedding, whether a chunky throw or an embroidered coverlet. For a little more impact, start with something simple like a stripe or go for a monochromatic look in varying shades of one hue. If adding pattern and color, choose a multi-colored palette and mix up the pattern scale with an assortment of small, medium and large scale prints."
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—Rebecca Atwood, founder of Rebecca Atwood Designs
Layer Different Textures in Rooms
"There’s little we love more than a layered look. We built the St. Frank brand on colorful, pattern-heavy textiles and styled them in unusual combinations. The key is to contrast the pattens—a geometric with a floral or a small scale with a large scale. If this feels a bit unapproachable, the easiest, lowest stakes way to start is through pairing pillows. Play around with the use of pattern on the pillows on your sofa or bed before moving to more involved surfaces such as wallpaper and drapery where this also works beautifully!"
—Christina Bryant, founder of St. Frank