Decorating an apartment can be difficult. Where do you start? How do you make the room feel cohesive? We sat down with one of our interior designers, Amanda, to dig into some of her tips and tricks for how she designed this gorgeous space at LC New Albany.
USE A WIDE RANGE OF PILLOWS
Don't be afraid to mix it up! Not every pillow needs to match. Incorporating a variety of different sizes, shapes, textures, and patterned pillows to your sofa or bed adds dimension. You really can’t go wrong as long as you remember that an odd number of pillows is visually more appealing. When it comes to styling a sofa, in particular, begin from the outside with the largest pillows (22"-24" square) and work your way into the middle, layering smaller ones in front as you go.
ADD PLANTS TO LIVEN UP A ROOM
You don’t have to have a green thumb to add greenery to your space; faux plants work just as well. Integrate smaller potted plants into open shelves or end tables and use larger plants, such as fiddle leaf figs or palms, to fill otherwise empty corners.
MOUNT TOBACCO BASKETS TO THE WALL
If you’re looking for something eye-catching and unique to mount above the couch, bed, or just to fill the space on a blank wall, try mounting different sized tobacco baskets. Just like the pillows, these look best in odd numbers. We found these at Hobby Lobby for under $50 each.
INVEST IN A BAR CART
Limited cabinet space? No problem. Add a bar cart to your space to display your glassware, mixers, and alcohol, and to clear up some cabinet space in your kitchen. We’ve been loving how Belvoir Fruit Farms mixers add a pop of color to the cart (plus, they taste amazing). You have to try the cucumber and mint lemonade!
PLAN YOUR DRAPERY BEFORE YOU BUY
Small variations in drapery length and position can make a big difference in their statement. Before ordering, measure from where you'll hang the rod all the way to the floor. To visually extend the window's height and make the ceiling appear taller, hang your drapery rod 2"-3" below the ceiling. To maximize light, hang drapes wide by extending the rod anywhere from 6" -10" on each side. To achieve a tailored look, have the drapery be flush with the floor. For a more romantic style, drapes should be 2"-4" longer than the rod-to-floor measurement, allowing them to puddle on the floor.
KEEP YOUR OPEN SHELVES SIMPLE
When it comes to accessorizing shelving, keep it simplistic and clean. Choose items that vary from small to large and balance their location on the shelves accordingly. Repeat decorative elements on alternating shelves. For instance, in this case, we switched up the positioning of the books. One last tip for shelf styling - and you may have already picked up on this one - group items in threes for the most aesthetically pleasing look.
Have any more questions for our interior designers? Let us know on social @lifestylecommunities and we’ll be sure to add it to our next Insider Tips from our Interior Designers post!