Interior Design -- In General....
twelvegates
April 8, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Although I feel I do a fairly OK job with decorating, I know I play it safe. I generally go with neutrals and but my color in area rugs (middle eastern rugs, like chobi and oushak) and pillows and throws. When I look at some of the photos of rooms on this site, I see designers that know how to bring in color in lots of ways. I've read about a design rule where you choose a pattern, pick three colors from it, and use them through the room. Can anyone link me to a great article or book that really helps me understand how to push the boundaries a bit. My rooms are nice, but....boring, I think. TIA.
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I think you should continue doing what you're doing, which is looking at lots of photos of attractive rooms and analyzing what the designers have done to achieve these results. There are no hard and fast rules. Design is an art! However, you are free to reinterpret anyone's designs and learn from the best.
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0825sam
Try searching the houzz ideabooks - there are so many articles about different ways to decorate, rules of thumb, breaking rules, etc.
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smgolf12
Or you can follow a discussion of someone who has the same problem (like a boring room) and read what the pros say or recommend.
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twelvegates
Thanks for the responses...I have got quite the idea book going..
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zenhome
There is nothing more sophosticated looking than a neutral tone-on-tone space. Look at Michael Abrams photos on this site and the beautiful rooms he has done all in neutrals. He is one I would look to for inspiration. Sometimes colour is overrated, lol! Sounds like you have a good design esthetic twelvegates.
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twelvegates
Thanks for the advice. I'll check out Michael's pictures.
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suzanne_m
I just would like to inform you that I changed my username from smgolf12 to suzanne_m.
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