Ways to bring the Outer Banks style back home with you
Paint goes a long way!
If your home feels outdated, freshen up with a nice off white color. She also recommends sticking with one color in the common areas, and you can be bold in a room that is separated from the common area, like the game room or powder room.
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns! Throw pillows go a long way, and you can mix sizes. And, remember the rule of thirds for coffee tables, bookshelves, and other shelves. You can cluster 3 items with a variety of color, texture and sizes.
Artwork is a great way to refresh your home
Keep artwork on an appropriate scale on the wall, it should fill up 60% of the wall. Remember to hang artwork at eye level – the center of the artwork should be 60 inches from the ground. And same applies for a gallery wall, the center should be 60 inches from the ground.
Window treatments are a great way to upgrade your space
Throw away plastic blinds and upgrade to curtains or drapes, and go as high and wide as you can. Don’t be afraid to have the rod 2-3 inches from the ceiling, this will make the room feel larger. Go as wide as you can too, have the rod go 10-12 inches from the window frame. Curtains should also go all the way to the floor, and no more than an inch off the ground. For the puddle effect on curtains, keep a couple inches on the floor. She’d recommend for rental homes that an inch above the floor is good.
Lighting holds the key to great design
Transform your home with carefully chosen fixtures, multiple light sources, and the right bulbs. Don’t rely on overhead lighting alone, use illumination to guide you in crafting an inspiring and uplifting space. With floor lamps, sconces, and table lamps, you’re able to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Even if you have the most beautiful fixtures, the wrong bulb can ruin everything. Opt for ‘soft white’ bulbs at 2700 kelvins for a cozy ambiance. Consider dimmer switches for versatile lighting control. By installing a dimmer, you can adjust the lighting according to your mood and the activity in the room. Overall, installing dimmers is a great way to improve the lighting in your space.