Interior Design Savvy
On-trend inspirations for stylish room or home make-overs
Courtesy of Designstorms
The interior of your home serves as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of daily life, but it is also a reflection of your personal taste. Some people embrace a warm, traditional look while others relish clean lines and a modern aesthetic.
Lighting Goes Big
Tips from Local Design Pros
If a full-scale interior makeover isn’t in your budget, you
can still make some simple changes to rejuvenate your current look. Update your home with these smart suggestions
from professional designers.
n Add a vase with some flowers. “Fresh flowers always make a big difference — from cherry blossoms in the spring
to some sort of cool branch arrangement in the fall,” says Amy Storm of Designstorms in Glen Ellyn. Display them right
out on your coffee table.
Switch out your rug. “Rugs
are an easy thing to change,
and a new one can have a big impact on any room,” says Kelsey Haas of Strawflower Shop & Rug Merchant in Geneva.
Try paint, or swap out a few basic pieces. To refresh a space, Barbara Freeman of 610 Home
in Geneva suggests painting
a piece, such as a table, or replacing a few simple items
for maximum effect. “ Updating throw pillows or lamps is a good way to start,” she says.
Consider new curtains or blinds. “Window treatments really finish off a room, and they have a big impact,” advises Gina Nunes, interior designer at Polay Interiors in Elmhurst.
n Incorporate accent items for symmetry. “Mixing metal fixtures is about having a balance of them in a kitchen or bathroom,” suggests Anna Heck-Lewis of Haven Interiors Studio in Geneva, who points out that accessories can help to tie in the different finishes in a particular room.
Use existing pieces for inspiration. “What needs to stay in this room?” This is a question Michele Polay of Polay Interiors in Elmhurst asks her clients, because it can be a great starting point for an overall design concept. After all, most people have a piece of furniture or an expensive rug that they don’t want to part with. “Use that, and pull from it,” she suggests.Edit Module