5 Design Dos and Don’ts to Try Now

Know when to play it safe or take the risk

Being home gives us the time to truly understand how we use our space – what we love and what we find challenging about our rooms, and which projects we can finally dedicate some time on. While some items on the wish list might involve a full renovation with lots of prep, planning, and budget, others may be a smaller scale refresh for a more immediate change. Get a head start on your mini makeover with these five design dos and don’ts to try now.

Do add some texture

Sometimes all a room needs is layers to give it depth and personality. Cane and wicker are having a major moment for their relaxed style and easy way to add texture and warmth to a space. Try adding a cane-back accent chair or use a basket as a planter or vessel to corral throw blankets or towels.

Serena accent chair

Don’t shy away from dark colours

Saturated colours have an inviting, luxurious appeal, and work especially well on textured materials like velvet and silk. To try the look now, pair a richly hued velvet sofa with colour coordinated drapery and walls. Mix in a bit of metal to add a touch of glam.

Emerson sofa with tuxedo arms

Do try an upholstered wall

For a dramatic way to add warmth and texture, consider an upholstered wall. They are especially great in apartments or attached homes where they can help insulate against sound. If this is beyond your DIY skill set, try the look now with an upholstered headboard for a restful feeling in the bedroom.

Hanley button tufted headboard with panels

Do add an oversized floral

Shake off the winter doldrums with a fresh spring floral. Add a bold and modern print to the bedroom to usher in a new season. Pair with crisp white sheets to give the bedroom an uplift.

Serena bedding collection

Don’t skip on space saving solutions

Wall mounted and nested furniture options are perfect for smaller spaces. If you’re looking to reclaim some floor space, try a swing arm table that can be tucked out of the way when it’s not needed. Similarly, nesting tables can be spread out when you need more surface space and then tucked back together when you don’t.

Lattice wall mounted table

Photography by A Plus Creative (1, 2, 4), Angus Fergusson (3), Hudson’s Bay (5), GlucksteinHome (6)

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