Designer Tricks for the Do-It-Yourselfer

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

Ever watch those TV design shows and wonder how to replicate the look in your own home?

It’s easy to incorporate designer tricks into your space, no matter the style or existing decor. Focus on adding layers of color and texture, and notice how hues flow from room to room to create a cohesive design.

Choosing coordinating colors is easy when you have the right guide. Look for color palette cards that group colors by design themes to incorporate a favorite style, from traditional to rustic to contemporary. Then draw these hues into all elements of the room, including flooring, fabrics and light fixtures.

For example, the new HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams line of interior paints and supplies features eight designer-inspired color collections — each with 20 colors that work well together, no matter how many or how few are selected — along with expert design tips to help do-it-yourselfers create harmonious room-to-room color transitions.

“Many homes today have open-floor plans that require close attention to how colors flow between spaces,” says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Our collections are designed to take the guesswork out of coordinating colors, and to give consumers the confidence and creative spark to find their personal color style.”

Pull together a well-designed home by taking cues from the overall color palette to add decorative accessories. For example, a spicy orange vase on the dining room table can play off a bold accent wall in the kitchen. Or update the look of furniture with a glossy coat of paint. Personalize with family treasures and modern, metallic or glass finishes for an eclectic, yet timeless look.

Designers aren’t afraid to make a statement with a signature space. Why not play on the high-impact contrast of black and white in a foyer or infuse an electric jolt of pink in a master bath? There are no wrong choices, because color is personal — and doesn’t have to be permanent.

Another popular design technique is to turn flooring into a flexible decorating element. Flooring can significantly impact a home’s overall decor by enhancing the warmth and beauty of a room. To liven up a space, try layering a vibrant area rug over a hard-surface floor or a neutral carpet — it’s easy to change as design preferences evolve.