3 design details to carry into 2015

3 design details to carry into 2015

HGTV star Joanna Gaines, the decorative eye behind the homes featured on Fixer Upper, is known for helping homeowners create a rustic yet clean aesthetic for their houses. Gaines will often tell her clients that when it comes to decorating the ideal home, using classic, traditional styling pieces that will stand the test of time, and supporting those elements with interchangeable accent pieces, is the best way to achieve a long-lasting and satisfying interior decorative scheme. 

"It is easier to swap out throw pillows or blankets than a chandelier or mantle piece to achieve a trendy, updated look."

Here at Metropolitan Window Fashions, we tend to agree. There are so many trends that people love to incorporate into their homes year-to-year. Whether it be a particular color, texture or type of wall art, homeowners like to switch up their designs regularly for a fresh, new feel. When that happens, it is easier to swap out throw pillows or blankets than a chandelier or mantle piece.

Creating the best look for you and your family shouldn't be intimidating though. There are a number of easy ways to incorporate smaller, more accentual pieces into your home that are sure to give you a personal and inspired feel without requiring too much of a time or financial investment.

If you are looking for a couple of fun ways to elevate your interior decor from good to great, here are a few tips to get you started:

Camouflage: Items like radiators don't exactly make for the most attractive features in a given room. Sometimes, the only way to improve your home's interior look is to cover or camouflage these elements in order to effectively hide them out of plain sight. Using a wooden radiator cover can go a long way to add a little bit of decor flair to a space while covering up an unsightly looking machine. Laying a marble tabletop on the surface can also add some sophistication. Using lattice as a cheap way to cover the front facade of radiator covers is also a great option.

Custom Window Treatments: Another key accent element that many designers focus on in the home are the window treatments. Available in a number of fabric and style choices, custom window treatments can make all the difference in how a room looks and feels, providing a newfound sense of privacy while also helping you control everything from the amount of a light in a space to how a color scheme comes together.

Pictures: While they may seem like a small addition to a room, they can actually add a lot of personality to a space. Hanging pictures in your home is a great way to showcase memories, family members and nostalgic items throughout your home. According to advice from photographer Pat McNulty, in a post for Design New Jersey, there are two things you need to keep in mind when hanging artwork.

"1) Mats generally should be wider than frames," McNulty said. "2) To find the ideal height for a picture that will be viewed from a sitting position, sit in a chair across the room, hold the picture at eye level and then shuffle across the floor holding the picture at this level until you reach the wall. Mark the height on the wall with a pencil and hang."

Wondering where to begin? Contact Metropolitan Window Fashions today to schedule your free, at-home consultation with our design experts.