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8 Tips From Seasoned Interior Designers.

By: The Balance Design Team

As designers, we find so much joy in spreading our knowledge of how to make your home more comfortable and authentic. In fact, that’s part of how Design Pulp got started! We put our heads together to come up with 8 tips from our team of interior designers that you may not have heard before.

Photography by Tracy Cox for Balance Design.

1. Start with the rug, and make it a good one. If you begin with a well made wool (preferably hand-knotted) rug, you can build the room around it. It’s a lot harder to find a rug that works in your color palette than it is to base your color choices on the rug you love. Plus, a quality rug will withstand guests, pets, and life in general.

2. When selecting lighting, make sure to take notice of electrical outlet access. You don’t want to fall in love with the perfect lamp only to realize you have nowhere to plug it in!

Photography by Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

3. Choose art that you feel connected to. Meet the artist, research the piece, shop local — whatever makes a piece of art near and dear to you. It’s going to give personality to your space and tell a story through you.

4. Invest in what matters. Like rugs, a sofa should be something you pay close attention to the quality of. A good sofa should last 15 years, so make sure it’s one you love and feel comfortable in.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

5. Forget what you may have heard about bold color. Often times using bright/bold/dark colors will make your space look bigger, not smaller, and it’s always a good way to bring some vitality to a room.

6. Measure your space before making purchases. This will help you determine the scale of furniture you need, which is usually the biggest issue people run into: buying too big.

Photography by Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

7. Good window treatments finish a room, but they’re more complicated than you think! Hire a professional to take measurements, suggest hardware, and install them.

8. Stay true to yourself. What do you want from your home? What is your lifestyle like? Make sure that your space is visually pleasing to you but also functions in the way you need it to.

Design Insight: Inspired by the Environment

By: The Balance Design Team

Nature is the true origin of inspiration. Everyone at some point in their life has stopped in their tracks at the sight of something magnificent in nature. We are no exception. Find out what truly takes our breath away, and ways to incorporate that beauty into a nature inspired haven.

Stephanie’s Pick: Icelandic Texture

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Photo by Christina Wedge

This ever aware sheep in Iceland is set amongst the beautiful and rugged Icelandic landscape. For me this photo evokes an independent spirit and a nod to simplicity.

Sheepskin

Photo courtesy of Domino

This Scandinavian home employs the natural texture of the sheepskin rug, and its fresh simplicity inspires me to not only relax in this room, but also get to know the beautiful Icelandic landscape as well!

Elisabeth’s Pick: Punchy Poppy

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Photo by Elisabeth Paulson

The Botanical Gardens is an enduring source of inspiration for me and this paper-fragile zinger of a poppy is one of my all time faves. The pod itself stands on its own but then surprises us with gorgeousness every spring.

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Rubylite Side Table by Resource Decor

This “Rubylite” side table is punchy yet perfectly refined. Made with stainless steel in satin brass finish, pearlized Damson Mica shelf, beech solids with clear or smoked glass, I can’t wait to see this poppy-inspired piece installed.

Shelby’s Pick: Ocean Crests

Teal Ocean

Photo by The Poetry of Material Things Tumblr

If I were to choose a ‘spirit color’ it would be deep ocean teal. I have a similar painting in my living room to this picture, something about the varying shades of deep blue cut with the crisp white of the wave is perfection to me.

Teal Kitchen

Photo by Mercury Mosaics

The depth of teal surrounded by crisp white is a nod to nature’s use of a deep color surrounded by a crisp neutral. This space evokes the ocean in a sophisticated way, punching up the bar with a beautiful hue but continuing to stay classic with white tile and a white countertop. Serene and beautiful!

Danielle’s Pick: Bird of Prey

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Photo by Ray Barlow photography

I’m a total bird lover, and not just colorful, tropical, pretty birds. I like the fierce ones that have an intensity in their eyes.

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Photo by Marco Matarese Photography

This golden yellow sofa against a textured grey and white wall mimics the yellow of the beak and eyes of the peregrine falcon against its layered feathers. In both cases, the boldness of the color is amplified by the neutrality surrounding it. Truly fearless design.

Melody’s Pick: Deep Sea Dive

Dark Jellyfish

Photo by Alexander Semenov

The depths of the ocean are largely uncharted territory. I have always had a deep love and curiosity for the ocean and its creatures of the deep.

Blue and Orange room

Photo by Rue Magazine

So, when I see a space with rich dark bold colors like these, I cant help but be in awe. These hues create an immense calm that washes over you, and you feel as though you can conquer the deep.

Use whatever inspires you to create a space that brings you back to nature, and speaks directly to you.

Clearly Chic: Transparent Furniture

By: Danielle Cornely

Photo courtesy of Savvy Home.

Photo courtesy of Savvy Home.

It’s July, it’s hot, and we all want a nice, cool place to lounge in until autumn. Clear furniture keeps your space feeling open and airy, whether you’re in a studio apartment or a multi-room home.

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H Studio’s Verona Chair is sleek and stylish without sacrificing comfort. A clear back and legs support a customizable upholstered seat.

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Just because you want to keep your space organized doesn’t mean you can’t still put your treasures on display. This acrylic chest will help you stay tidy without bulky opaque containers.

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Ghostly and ethereal, this translucent table mimics the delicate folds of cloth.

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Love the lucite look but still need some color in your life? Try this acrylic table from Emmanuelle Moureaux for a funky, unique solution.

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Don’t worry, fellow edgy furniture lovers — clear furniture can still be fierce. The Frequency Cabinet by Mattia Bonetti may be made from clear acrylic, but its gold-plated brass spikes make it impossible to miss.

Acrylic and lucite are classic yet modern, and a perfect solution for when your space is starting to feel a little heavy and oppressive (like mid-summer in Georgia).

Need We Say More? Pentagon Cane Chair

By: Danielle Cornely

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Sit yourself in this high-backed Cane Chair and become as imposing as its pentagon-comprised silhouette.

Color Obsession: Magenta

By: Kate Donnelly

As Maggie Prescott in Funny Face said: “Think Pink! Think Pink! If you want that quel-que chose!” Magenta’s vibrant energy has made it a popular hue in furniture, fashion, and art for centuries. In Victorian times, it was all the rage for the ladies of the French court. Today, we are still as in love with magenta as ever. Here are some ways to incorporate this dynamic color into your world:

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1. Currey & Co. Chandelier 2.Painting by Lisa Golightly  3. Fabric by Joel Dewberry 4. Tory Burch Clutch 5. Refurbished Velvet Chair  6. Perfume Bottle Lamp  7. DIY re-painted antique dresser