Design Quickie: Top 5 Questions from July

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WORDS BY Gillian Grefe

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Published on August 10, 2017

In this month’s edition of Design Quickie Q’s, we talk rugs, mixing and matching patterns, and more!

DQ Rug

Q: What size rug should I get for my bedroom?

Ideally you want about your rug to extend at least 18″ outside of your bedframe, so you have a comfortable landing strip when you get out of bed.


DQ Shelf

Q: I have too many accessories. How do I find the balance between a cluttered and a styled shelf?

Be sure to mix pieces in different heights and try to form smaller groups of object on each shelf, allowing enough space so that each vignette has room to breathe. This keeps the space looking organized, but keeps the eyes moving around the vignette. With books, alternate between displaying books vertically and stacking them horizontally — and be sure to use the horizontal stacks to raise up smaller pieces of decor.

Q: Tips for making a small, dark space feel lighter and brighter?

For dark spaces, the most important design aspect to think about is lighting. Consider all your options! Chandeliers give you a great overhead light source and also serve as a focal point for the room, while sconces can add light without taking up floor space in a smaller room. Table and floor lamps can work as accent lights for a more ambient feeling. You can also hang a mirror in the space to help bounce light around, making the room feel larger and brighter at the same time.

DQ PatternsQ: What’s the best way to mix and match patterns?

Aim to mix up the size and style of your patterns and scale, but keep the color palette in the same family. By varying the size and style of your patterned items (pillows, rug, etc.), and keeping a consistent color palette, you’ll have a cohesive look with minimal effort. For example, a large, geometric, buffalo check pattern can pair nicely with an organic floral motif – as long as they share a common color!

DQ art

Q: How do I know how high to hang picture frames or mirrors?

Typically you want the center of artwork or mirrors to be hung at eye level – approximately 5’ from the floor is a good rule of thumb. For gallery walls, give at least 3” between frames to give each piece ample room to “breathe.”


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