Slip covers often get a bad rap but they are truly wonderful things. They can serve as a means of changing your furniture’s look to reflect the seasons. These easily removed coverings allow you to have a sophisticated look without constantly worrying about people dirtying or spilling on your furniture.
Going supersize gives you instant interior design brownie points. Not only does upscaling a key accessory or piece of furniture make a striking style statement, but it also creates a comfortable, cosy atmosphere in a room. Lamps offer the perfect way to play with scale, as they can create a big impact without taking up too much space.
Minimalistic and modern furniture is the idealistic ‘look’ of an urban loft. Clean lines of seating areas, décor, and few decorative items are key. Use simple forms and allow for plenty of space to walk around furniture to take full advantage of space, height and views.
Cover the walls with tall vertical art or even tapestries. Filling as much of the wall as possible helps bring the whole room into your decorating scheme, and makes it feel more homey. You could even try painting a mural, or using a theme like a favorite flower to use throughout the wall in small bursts.
Travel, magazines, journals and trade shows help to keep a designer up to date with new products and materials, and even design ideas.
The size of the rug—say, for under the coffee table—will dictate how you arrange furniture around it. With an eight-by-ten-foot rug, situate the sofa and any chairs so that the front legs of each are somewhere on the rug but the back legs are not. With a five-by-eight-foot rug, keep the sofa completely off, but still place the front legs of the chairs on it. In a large family room, use two rugs to create two separate living areas.