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I’m often asked, “How can I use what I have and create an updated look without breaking the bank?”  Here’s how I’d answer that question…

First…

Identify your design style.

  • Traditional: Curved lines, lots of detail, items placed in pairs and darker wood tones
  • Modern: Clean lines, not a lot of texture, graphic patterns, uncluttered and light wood tones
  • Rustic: Lots of texture, stone, metal and industrial accents and distressed wood pieces

Second…

Decide what to keep and what to let go. Keep in mind less is more.  I encourage people to use pieces that have special meaning.  Like grandmother’s rocker or chest. These sometimes require refinishing or painting. Mixing styles makes a room more interesting if done correctly. That being said, sometimes you have to part ways with things that just won’t work.

Third…

Lay the foundation.  Start with the large upholstered pieces. I recommend you keep those in neutral solids and invest in quality timeless styles. Try not to get caught up in the latest fad. Layer in patterns and color using pillows, rugs, accessories, and drapery. One sure fire way to elevate the style of your home is by updating the lighting. Use something unexpected.  Introduce a modern flair to an otherwise traditional room.

I  walk my clients through the process by helping them select furniture that is the right style and scale for the room, making sure the traffic flow and function of the room are considered.

Finally…

Be realistic about your budget. Communication is key. It may take a few attempts before you and your designer are on the same page. There are no right or wrong answers to decorating YOUR home.  At the end of the day, you are the one living there and it has to make you feel good when you walk in.  Your home needs to tell your story.

You can ask ten different designers their opinion and you will likely get ten different answers.  I  walk my clients through the process by helping them select furniture that is the right style and scale for the room, making sure the traffic flow and function of the room are considered.  I take their personality and lifestyle into consideration creating the look and feel they desire. Have fun and enjoy the process.

 

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Dana Voulopos

Interior Designer at Tuscany Fine Furnishings
Dana Voulopos, is an accomplished, award winning Interior Designer, with Tuscany Fine Furnishings. Tuscany Fine Furnishings provides “Lifestyle Full Service Interior Design,” encompassing a variety of design services, contemporary knowledge of our wide assortment of furniture collections, combined with Tuscany’s seasoned award winning designers.
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