This spectacular version of wainscoting goes by a multitude of different names. Sometimes known as shadow box trim, box paneling, picture frame molding, shadow box molding or shadow box wainscoting… the names are endless, but the style is truly timeless.
This is where a bigger investment up front will pay you back tenfold in the long run! While higher end lighting can be quite an investment, you’ll find that choosing pieces you truly love will help create a timeless look for decades to come.
Want a more affordable designer secret? Read our guide to light bulbs for insider info on the right bulbs for every space.
If you’re building or renovating a home, the interior lighting design can feel overwhelming and intimidating. Even if you’re just making simple updates room by room, creating a whole house lighting plan can help you bring your vision to life.
Be Cohesive with a Palette
You all know I love a good cream color paint. It’s easy to transition, but no matter what paint palette you choose, choose a color palette for your room to keep it consistent.
A good color story typically includes three colors through furniture, pillows, rugs, art and accessories. Limit your purchases to those colors and play with pattern and texture.
Of course you can use more (I never go beyond five), but you’ll find the best results for amateur decorators (like myself) by limiting to three. Our spa bath is a great example of this!
Block print wallpaper is the prettiest way to bring an organic yet modern statement into your home. It’s charming, worldly, and simple enough to grace any wall.
Play with Scale
This one isn’t a secret so much as it is a trick of the trade. Learn about the scale of your furniture, accessories and even rugs, to help even the smallest room feel more grand.
Scale can be a bit challenging for those of us who are not interior designers. Start with the basics (in the living room it’s the sofa) and allow that to be your guide.Choose something that you can dress up, dress down and that will grow with you as your style evolves.
In our family room it is a 9′ sofa Belgian Linen sofa. It is a soft, neutral color, classic design and it translates to traditional, cottage and modern. I accessorize it with throws and pillows to transition it with the seasons – or my mood!
When selecting a rug, the bigger the better. A small rug will make a room feel smaller. Floating a seating arrangement on a rug draws your eye in, immediately shrinking the room.
Properly measuring furniture to get the scale correct can make or break the entire look and feel of your home. Learn how to measure furniture correctly, the first time, in this complete step by step furniture measuring guide.
Blend Old and New
Old or new, if it’s something you love, it will never go out of style. Incorporate family heirlooms, vintage or antique pieces you’re drawn to. It will instantly make your home feel warm, adding character and personality.
It takes a room from generic to interesting.
You don’t have to maintain a specific style period, but it is helpful to maintain a consistent color palette. It doesn’t have to match – in fact, it’s more interesting when it doesn’t!
Break away from a “set” of furniture and start collecting pieces you love, old and new. This can be a little scary at first, but you’ll be surprised of the depth it adds to your home. It’s a trick that interior designers have been using for decades!
No built in linen closet in your home? No problem! You can buy, build or repurpose a piece of furniture to create a linen cabinet to stow away pillows, throws, blankets, towels and more to protect them from dust.
Good Art Can be Found for FREE!
This is one of my favorite designer secrets, and in fact, you’ll see many of your favorite brands using free art from the public domain in their art lines.
This little secret is the best one to have in your back pocket for creating a home that is personalized to your tastes, and on a budget, too!