Best Ideas To Upgrade Every Room In The Home

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There is nothing quite like the eye of an interior designer. Having a professional choose furniture or design a room will always elevate it.

This isn’t just about knowing what pieces coordinate best, which finishes to choose or what the latest trends are, but how to put it all together from custom windows and doors to art and other aesthetics. .

I spoke with five interior designers to learn what their best ideas are right now. What are the most practical choices to make when renovating? What are their best tips to give your home a designer’s touch? These ideas may potentially make you rethink your choices and surprisingly save money.

Rearrange Your Living Room

While most people focus their living rooms around the television, but Lucy Loneragan of Mavens of Design suggests moving the television to another room. She believes it’s best to arrange the furniture around a fireplace, art or the view. “If space allows, I prefer to designate a separate area for the TV, be it a media room and or an actual theatre. If your living area must serve as your media room, try to hide your TV behind cabinetry or artwork so it’s not always on display.”

Then there is the most common dilemma­—should the sofa be up against the wall? Loneragan says no, especially if the room has an open concept. She also suggests choosing a curved sofa to create “fluidity around seating areas.” However, if you prefer straight lines, she recommends putting a narrow credenza against the back of the sofa.

But above all else, she says the most important thing is to have comfortable furniture. “You’re never going to lounge on your furniture if it’s not comfortable—so make sure you’re choosing soft, comfortable fabrics with plenty of down throw cushions.”

Build A Better Bathroom

Renovating a bathroom is a challenge no matter what size it is. But, Ariel Fischer of Noa Blake Design has some great ideas. For larger bathrooms, “You can never go wrong with light, neutral marbles like Carrara, Calacatta and our latest favorite, Dolomite,” she said. These stones can provide a great alternative to white mosaic marble, which can end up being very costly.

As for smaller bathrooms and powder rooms, Fischer says wallpaper can really make the space without too much work. “Wallpaper is an awesome way to go bold without major commitment. While tile and cabinetry changes can be a massive undertaking, removing wallpaper is a cinch. There are endless options from poppy colors to playful patterns to rich textures and everything in between, so paper can be a really great way to make a bathroom feel styled effortlessly.”

Create A Cohesive Kitchen

For those renovating an open-concept kitchen, Jodi Berger of JLA Designs suggests focusing on functionality and flow. “There should be a designated spot to prep and another to eat and gather. For larger spaces, it is important to create balance and symmetry through the use of your cabinetry, appliances, and furniture.”

Kitchen islands and peninsulas are also trends not going away any time soon. Berger says they’re ideal because they allow the kitchen to be a place to socialize. She also emphasizes the importance of using lighting fixtures to define each space within the kitchen. “Through the use of mixed metals and textures we add interest and depth into the open space. Creating a warm and inviting environment conducive to our clients’ lifestyles is key to a successful open-concept design.”

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