If you’re bored with your surroundings right now, you’re not alone. You may be doing some DIY projects or shopping online for new home decor pieces to add to the mix. You also may be considering some room rearranging. But before you start shifting your spaces, heed this advice from six local interior designers, who share their top do’s and don’ts for reimagining your most-loved and well-used rooms: the living room, home office and master bedroom.
Local Designers’ Top Tips for Home Rearranging
IN THE HOME OFFICE
“For your home office, do try and hide all papers in neat boxes or behind cabinets. Don’t put your desk in front of a window if you have a computer with cords!” says Lisa Flake of Caldwell Flake Interiors.
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“When rearranging an office, it is important to make sure it is functional as well as pretty. Do use baskets, bins and organizers to hide everyday essentials from view while keeping them easily accessible. Don’t feel that you have to use standard office furniture just because it is an office,” suggests Marianne Strong of Marianne Strong Interiors. “Think outside of the box and use unique pieces for a desk, storage pieces and seating. It should feel inviting even though it is a workspace!”
“For your home office, do make sure there is a comfy club chair and ottoman,” says David Lee Walker of Richard Tubb Interiors. “This is a great alternative to a desk chair when using a laptop or other device. It’s also a great place for a spouse or partner to hang out while you’re at your desk. Don’t place your desk facing a wall. You shouldn’t be punished because you are working.”
“Do rearrange your spaces! It’s fun, creative and inexpensive to move furniture, accessories and art not only within a room but from one room to another. Your things will look different when used in a new way,” shares Marjorie Johnston of Marjorie Johnston & Co. “If you need a place to work at home, consider the dining room table, which is often the largest surface in the house and the least used room. You may adjust lighting and seating for comfort and function.”
IN THE LIVING ROOM
In regards to your living room, David says, “With more living rooms housing televisions, you must strike a balance between aesthetics and function. Do place the seating to be conducive to conversation and visiting. Don’t place the sofa in the entrance of the living room. Try to avoid walking into the back of a sofa.”
“In your living room, do swap out lamps and pillows from other rooms to give this space an immediate makeover. Don’t put any furniture overlapping the fireplace,” says Lisa.
“Do get rid of things that you don’t love, need or feel sentimental about. Editing is healthy,” says Katherine Justice of Design Supply. “Don’t be afraid to incorporate color, especially in your accessories — art, pillows, books, etc. Done are the days of monochromatic designs!”
“I rearrange my furniture constantly and always have fabric and wallpaper samples draped all over everything. My house if a constant working laboratory of things I want to do for myself and my clients,” says Cyndy Cantley of Cantley & Company. “Do move things around and pull from different rooms, and pull some things away from the walls. But don’t try to make your room and home something it is not. If your living room is not large enough to float a sofa and still have the 36-inch rule, you can not float your sofa.”
IN THE MASTER BEDROOM
“In the master bedroom, do position the headboard on a wall opposite of the entry whenever possible. Don’t hang a mirror without having something under it,” says Lisa.
“In your master bedroom, do place the bed on the largest wall, ideally opposite of the entry door into the bedroom. Don’t place the bed on a sidewall. Try to avoid walking into the side of a bed,” David advises.
Have fun with your rearranging — and cheers to stylish spaces!
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