DS Tip Of The Week: Don’t Be So Pushy!

It’s Monday AND the first day of Spring. Time for some #MondayMotivation!! Here’s your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!

This week we look at furniture arrangement. Samantha Price is an interior decorator based at our beautiful Oak Creek store. Samantha points out that many people have a tendency to think furniture needs to be pushed up against a wall. Instead, she says don’t be so “pushy!”

She explains, “In a lot of spaces, most commonly the long narrow room, furniture against a wall makes for a real awkward space, with no real definitions. An entertaining space should be more cozy and not spread out across a room. An area rug is a great way to help ground and define a specific space. After the main pieces are placed, sometimes the leftover space can be overwhelming and undefined? An accent chair and a table are always a great solution. It can create a visually pleasing area of interest, while offering extra seating when guests come over! Furniture pieces do not always need to create the look of everyday use. Sometimes the definition of a space within a space can be the eye catcher.”

Here’s a Before and After of one of Samantha’s recent projects:

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DS Tip Of The Week: Accent Wall Tones

When it comes to interior design, sometimes it’s best to do exactly the OPPOSITE of what you think you SHOULD do!

For example–accent walls.  When considering an accent wall, think more of a darker tone of the color selected on an appropriate point in the room you would like to accent.

That brings us to this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week.  It comes from Menomonee Falls Interior Decorator Beth Kealy.

Beth will let these pictures do the talking.  She explains, “In this picture the fireplace wall above the mantel protrudes beyond the window portion of the wall.  I went with a darker shade of the wall color to accent the fireplace and make it pop.”

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Meanwhile, this example talks about what NOT to do.  Beth says, “In this photo the accent color is green in a yellow room.  This cabinet is also the main television viewing location.  It does not make sense to have this corner wall be accented.  It is a wall that is constantly being viewed due to the TV, and would be unbalanced and not a good choice.”

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DS Tip of the Week: Tricky Triangles

It’s Monday, and you’re probably feeling tired and a little uninspired.  Well, here’s your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!

This week we look at ways to make your wall mountings and shelving displays as pleasing to the eye as possible:  Think TRIANGLES!

Dawn Adamec is an interior designer based in our Waukesha store.  She explains, “Just look at the wall.  Figure out the best way to arrange wall hangings, or to set up small accent pieces.  Look for opportunities to create triangles.  This creates interest.  The triangle focuses your eye to the center, and then draws it out.  It’s very appealing to the eye!”

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We post a new, quick and easy decor tip each and every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.