Common Design Questions:
Should I use matching wood colors in my room?
Matching wood tones can provide a sense of balance and harmony throughout a room, but a variety of different wood finishes can make it more interesting. When alternating wood tones are used, decorative accents such as picture frames, throw pillows and accessories can be incorporated to effectively bridge color differences and tie your color scheme together.
Is it acceptable to mix different metal finishes in the same room?
Different metal finished can certainly be used in the same room, but the important thing to consider is warm and cool tones. Examples of warm metals are brass, gold, copper and bronze. Silver, chrome and stainless steel are considered to be cool metals. It’s best to choose a dominant metal that is either warm or cool, then choose it’s opposite as a minor accent. If your space is primarily warm tones, use cools as accents to provide contrast.
What color should I paint my walls?
While there isn’t necessarily a “perfect” color for the walls in any given space, you should choose a color that both caters to your personal preferences and complements the other elements in the room. Walls can either be a dominant color feature in a room or can be used as a background palette to support colorful items such as furnishings, rugs, accessories, artwork, pillows, etc.
What is the appropriate rug size for my room?
Rug size is generally determined by the size of the sitting area you are trying to create. For a large area, one that covers most of a room, a rug should typically be placed from six inches to two feet from the wall. Many designers like to size the rug large enough to keep all of the furniture within the boundary of the carpet. A good rule of thumb is to extend a rug so as to keep at least two or three feet from the edges of a dining room table, allowing all four chair legs to stay on the carpet.
Is it necessary for wall art to match the furnishings in a room?
First and foremost, you should choose art that you like to look at - however, when designing a room, it’s beneficial to pay attention to the materials and textures in the space where the art will be hung. Try to find a balance between subject matter that interests you and a color palette that harmonizes comfortably with the other elements of your room.
What size chandelier should I use?
As a general rule, choose a chandelier that is roughly half the size of the dining room tabletop - if the width of your table is 48”, the chandelier should be somewhere around 24”. This principle can vary depending upon the room and the style of the chandelier, however in most cases it serves as a useful guide.