Heritage School of Interior Design (HSID) asked their Instagram friends, @heritageschoolofinteriordesign, what top questions they have for Interior Designers. HSID CEO, Stephanie Thornton Plymale, answered the three questions they really wanted to know:
How can I decorate with mirrors in my home?
Decorating with mirrors can add style and depth to your home. Place a large mirror opposite a window to reflect natural light, creating a brighter, more spacious feel. Use mirrors to highlight focal points, such as above a fireplace or in an entryway. Arrange smaller mirrors in a gallery wall for visual interest. Experiment with different shapes, frames, and possibly heirloom mirrors. Consider leaning a full-length mirror against a wall for a casual, modern look. Mirrors can also be strategically placed in narrow hallways to create the illusion of more space. For a budget-friendly mirror, consider your local vintage, antique, and second-hand stores such as Habitat for Humanity.
How do I pick an area rug for my living room?
Choosing the right area rug for your living room is crucial for a cohesive look. Start by considering the room’s size and layout, opting for a rug that fits comfortably under your furniture. Take note of existing colors and patterns in the space, selecting a rug that complements or contrasts them. Consider the rug’s material for durability and comfort, like wool for warmth or a low-pile option for easy cleaning. Don’t be afraid to experiment with textures and patterns to add visual interest. Lastly, ensure the rug defines the seating area while leaving a border of flooring around the edges for balance.
How can I make my hallway more interesting?
To make your hallway more engaging, start by considering the walls. Add a fresh coat of paint in a bold color or use wallpaper with a captivating pattern. Introduce artwork, photographs, or a gallery wall to create visual interest. Incorporate clever lighting like sconces, pendant lights, or even a statement chandelier to add drama. Utilize the floor space with an eye-catching rug or runner. Install shelves or floating ledges for displaying decorative items, plants, or books. Mirrors can also make a hallway feel more spacious and reflective. Finally, consider a vintage statement piece of furniture or a unique accent, like a console table or a statement mirror, to leave a lasting impression.