Earlier this month on Instagram Stories, I asked you to send me any and all interior design questions you have. I answered some questions on Instagram and wanted to share my response with five others in today’s blog post.
In today’s post, I’ll share answers to your interior design questions, including how to add color to a neutral home, how to prioritize wants over needs, how to create a cozy feeling for open space, etc
1. I have a small house with white walls and neutral furniture. How to add color thoughtfully?
This is when textiles are your best friend. First, I would consider looking at rugs to background a color-neutral room. My favorite choice is the Swedish kilim rug. (I’ve shared twelve of my favorite places to buy carpets in this blog post, if you’re curious as to where to start your search!) I also like to grab a block print quilt or throw and drape it over the back of a neutral sofa. It creates a lovely layered look.
Also, I would consider bringing in color through a lighting option like a lamp. You can even test the waters in a small way by swapping out the lampshade you already have for a colorful version. If your style is more traditional, consider trying a patterned pleated lampshade. If it’s more modern, consider colorful glass lampshades.
Finally, I recommend bringing a piece of art in a palette that you love. There are a lot of interesting prints on sites like social6It’s also an affordable way to experiment with bringing colorful art into your home.
There are so many great ways to add color to a neutral space. Give it a try for yourself once or twice and enjoy the process!
2. When should the ceiling be painted the same color as the walls? We are redoing our small yet full of natural light kitchen.
There is no right or wrong answer in this scenario. It’s more about how you personally want the space to feel. Do you want it to feel close, cozy and separate from the rest of the house or do you want it to feel tall and wide? If the former, paint the ceiling! If the latter, leave it as it is.
If you want to define a space in a different way from the rest of the house, painting the ceiling can do the trick. Also, if the color you’re using has a medium tone (rather than a really dark color), you’ll still feel like a bright space, especially if it’s filled with natural light.
3. How do you prioritize wants over needs when it comes to buying a home?
Deciding how to prioritize home buying is personal to each individual. It’s about knowing what you value most, understanding the lifespan of any given part or material, and making choices based on your preferences. Personal interior design style.
If there are a lot of things you want to buy or projects you want to tackle, it can be difficult to prioritize everything in the correct order. In this case, I find it helpful to focus on one thing at a time. Ask yourself go, What is most important to me to update right now? What change will have the biggest impact on my life at home now? Let that take precedence; Once you tick that off the list and have a budget for something else, you can decide on your next priority.
It’s about knowing what you value most, understanding the longevity of any given part or material, and making choices based on your personal interior design style.
After you’ve decided on your current priorities and are trying to figure out how much you want to spend, I think it’s a good time to consider longevity. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel and are wondering whether to start with a temporary makeover (e.g. painting cabinets or shutting down hardware), consider cost and time. If the temporary makeover costs are not too high and it will allow you to save money to remodel the kitchen. really? want to do for a few years, it might be worth the wait and do a temporary makeover first.
When it comes to smaller purchases like decorations, it can also be helpful to have a general understanding of where you personally want to spend more money and where you want to spend less. I prefer to spend money on things I know I will have for a long time, like carpets and artwork, and less money on things I might want to trade in more often, like lamps and pillows throw.
4. What’s your advice for designing a room around a low, angled attic ceiling?
I like the idea of using shorter areas in these types of rooms (where you can’t stand) as opportunities for storage. It can be as complicated as hiring someone to install custom built-in software, or it can be as simple as assembling cabinets from IKEA. If there is space between the top of the cabinet and the angled ceiling, use it as an opportunity to display books or jewelry on a beautiful coffee table that speaks to your personality.
I also love the idea of painting the walls, trim, and ceiling the same color in a room like this (or covering the walls and ceiling with the same small print wallpaper). I think this will make the space feel very cozy and inviting.
5. How to make an open space feel cozy with high ceilings? I live in a house built in the 90s with brown walls everywhere.
I will first look at the lighting in these spaces. If you have pendant lights, I recommend hanging them at a lower height than you might initially think. This would also be a great opportunity to include a larger-scale fixture with a warm texture or shape (e.g. globe or cloud lamp) that emit softer light. And don’t forget about lamps and task lighting to really increase the cozy factor!
Next, I will think about the layout. If each space is large, consider ways to create smaller nooks and crannies in each room. Dividing the space into zones is one way to achieve a more cozy atmosphere. In the family room, for example, there may be an opportunity to create two or three individual nooks and crannies. Here are a few options: a seating area, a reading nook with plush chairs and couches, or a corner with a small coffee table and chairs.