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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Designer Tricks of The Trade


One of the things I love about Pinterest is all the information and images that it provides.
I have always been an information gatherer. I figure if I don’t know, then maybe some of you might not either, so I am going to start doing a post about things I learn each week, or things I think would be helpful to my readers to know.

For instance I saw this yesterday……..

hydrangeas secret
Click HERE To Read the How To!

Moving right along into the kitchen………..

Decorating secrets!

Very good advice .

Decorating Secrets - Interior Design Secrets - House Beautiful

I think this is a great idea whether you have pets or not, it sure would save the upholstery and it would look nice too.

Use the Color Wheel

By choosing colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel you will get a more calming effect, as pictured in the room below.

If you choose colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel they will make each other stronger. 

Such as Red and Green, or Orange and Blue. These two easy pieces of knowledge can be very helpful when deciding on what colors to put in a room.

Notice in the picture below how the yellow and blue combination is bright and cheerful. That is because they are complimentary colors, or opposite color families on the color wheel.

when it comes to color!

 Pinks and Greens are complimentary to each other.

If you are seeing pink/red undertones in a color and you don't want to see that, do NOT put it with any colors with green undertones, it will only make the red/pink come out more.

35 Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers. Almost all are great things to consider. I absolutely agree with this advice, about color on your walls

This is a BIG one people!!
So many of my clients would want to pull out that little tiny speck of color out of a fabric and put it on the walls.
 It doesn’t work, trust me.
Even if you choose a dominant color in a fabric try to muddy it up a bit on your walls. What works on fabric won’t always translate onto your walls. 

It can often make the room look color bookish, or contrived. Muddy or grayed-out colors tend to be a bit more sophisticated, and easier to live with when on your walls.

Adding black to your can of paint WILL NOT be the proper way to muddy or gray it up. 

A good tinter knows to add the color that is opposite on the color wheel to the pigment to do this.

If you don’t know color hire a colorist, or a designer, or find a great paint store with a tinter that knows how to add pigments to change the color to what you need for your project.

Spring time is a time we all start sprucing up our homes so I hope these little bits of advice will help you out.



Nancy Fetterling said...

Such great info, thanks so much, I will use each tip!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Great, very interesting advice!!!

Dream House Trish said...

Great tips, Thanks!!!

Unknown said...

Hydrangea and Peonies are my favorite flowers! Thanks for the tip about alum. My local florist also gave me a tip that helps my hydrangea last over 3 weeks each time I purchase them. When they wilt, fill your sink with a few inches of warm water and lay the flowers flat in the sink for about a half hour. Gently tap the water off the blooms, re-cut the stems and place them back in a vase of fresh water. After another 30 minutes in the vase they open right back up! I was amazed. After another week, they will wilt again, but just repeat the re-hydration process and you're good to go.

I very much appreciate the color wheel advice. We just purchased our first home a few years ago so we are in that stage of working around what you each had prior to marriage and building off that. It will be very helpful to keep the color wheel rule in mind going forward as we piecemeal our decor :)

Merlin said...

Awwww....I miss David Bromsted...Candice, etc. I miss the old HGTV. Time to start feathering our nests...it's SPRING!! franki

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Great tips, thank you!

Christine @ Suburban Charm said...

Thank goodness I read this post! I am trying to find a paint color for my master bedroom and was trying to match to a color in my fabric! Ugh! I am going to take my fabric into my paint store and see if the designer there will help me. I'm trying to find a perfect shade of taupe or stone that is not too brown or pink....my fabric has a beige background with cream hydrangeas and green leaves. Trying for a serene room...fingers crossed! Thanks for the great advice!!!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Great tips...I had to pin a few of them...

Mary Ann Pickett said...

This is so interesting and informative, Kathysue. Have a great weekend!

Woodside Park said...

These are fantastic industry tips, Kathysue!!! I really like the sofa fabric idea.....especially with 2 dogs and plenty of nieces and nephews! Happy spring! xo

Unknown said...

Great tips KathySue! Happy Spring, and good luck with your kitchen! xo Nancy