3 Designer Tricks That Will Transform Your Room – #1

Definitely a few designer tricks in this bedroom. Love the way they did the gallery wall above the bed, the soft color palete, and the combination of rustic and painted wood in the furniture.
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Have you ever been perusing room inspiration images and wondered:  “How did the designer pull that off? What makes their room so well-designed and inviting? How can I get my home to look that way?”

Well, there are a lot of simple tips and tricks that can give your space a designer spin, and we have talked, and will continue to, about those. But, if you don’t have the basics right, those can just end up acting as little bandaids – not solving the bigger problem. You might keep adding more and more “designery” ideas, but it never really gets “there”.

So, in an effort to help you solve that problem, we’re sharing 3 – not super-glamorous, but effective – designer tricks that you can start using today.

Designer Trick – #1

Start with a plan.

Oh that. Really?  So boring, right?

It may seem like it, but here’s the real scoop: Designers usually have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise that allows them to create amazing spaces. And because of that they may be able to create a pretty great room on the fly.

Beautiful white kitchen with center island and dark wood floors - pendant lights.  Designer tricks.

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But guess what? They rarely ever do. Good designers usually always start with a plan. They know that if you have a clear vision of where you are going, it will be so much easier, and more fun, to get there.

So as tempting as it is to jump right in and fill your room with every fad and passing fancy, it’s always best to take a step back and come up with a plan.

Do the work of collecting inspiration, measuring, and pre-planning and you’ll be much happier with the end result. Here are some links to help you get started with your plan:

  1. Define your design style
  2. Steps to take before you shop, and while you’re shopping, for your room

And if you’re thinking it’s too late for you because your room is already designed (but you’re just not happy with it) this applies to you too.  You can use these same tips to step back, reassess, and make your room the best it can be.

Stay tuned for more designer tricks, (#2), in our next post!

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