Top DQ Questions of the Month

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Published on September 21, 2017

The end of the month is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time for our monthly round up of questions from Design Quickie! Every month we get tons of questions for our designers, and they’ve picked a few super-useful answers to post on the blog. After all, everyone needs a little advice now and then.

Q: How many throw pillows is too many throw pillows?

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A:  Never too many throw pillows in our book! Although, it definitely depends on the size of your furniture and how you use it. If you have to constantly remove pillows or shift them around just to sit down, you may have too many. However, if you and others in your household prefer to have the option of tossing them around as needed, then there is no problem in an excess amount of pillows.

Q: How do I decide on an accent wall?

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A: We love doing an accent wall behind a focal point — so behind the headboard in a bedroom or a fireplace, TV, or gallery wall in a living room! Keep in mind that an accent wall draws the eye towards that wall, so make sure it’s a wall you’d like to feature!

Q: What type of rug would warm up cold tile floors?

A: Go with a wool or polypropylene rug! Wool is a classic fiber for insulation and durability, but polypropylene will be more affordable and often times softer.


Q: How do I make my open layout space work as two different spaces?

A: For multipurpose rooms, we like to try and create distinct “zones,” whether it’s framing the dining space with artwork, or perhaps setting a rug under the office space in a bedroom. This lends a sense of organization to the space that is essential to a well designed room.

Well, there you have it. Certified professional designer advice for all of us amateurs! Now it’s time to go and put all of their excellent advice into action. For all the other design questions you’ve always been afraid to ask, be sure to chat with our designers (for free!) in Design Quickie.