Ask the Designer: What is Your Favorite Decorating Trick?

Ask the Designer: What is Your Favorite Decorating Trick?

Beth Zeigler
Sep 30, 2008

093008ask-01.jpgWe're always interested in finding out what successful designers favorite decorating tricks are. Watching Top Design is one way we get our answers but when the season is over we cull ideas from our design magazines and blogs. We spotted these tricks in Real Simple's September Issue. Find out which decorating tricks are popular with a handful of top designers.

What is Your Favorite Decorating Trick?

Jamie Drake
Coat your boring wood furniture with high-gloss paint. White can be dazzling and crisp, or use a vibrant color to really make a statement.

Images from Design Sponge

Philip Gorrivan
Installing fabric or wallpaper on the ceiling adds depth and takes advantage of a large surface that otherwise would go unnoticed.

Photo from NYMag.com via AT;LA
Susan Hable Smith Using liquid starch as a wall adhesive lets you apply fabric--in an artful pattern or to cover up expanse--and easily take it down without damaging the walls.

Image via Ohdeedoh

Suzanne Kasler
To paint a really bold color on the ceiling. I've done that when I want to punch up a room but would rather not use a bright color on all four walls.

Image from Gio Ponti via AT;LA

Foley & Cox
We find whimsical illustrations from vintage children's books and put them in modern white frames. The give character to a playroom, a child's bedroom, or a bathroom--where you don't want to expose valuable art to steam.

Image from Domino via AT;LA

Charlotte Moss
You can get a lot of mileage from repurposing an inexpensive sheet. Try using a pretty embroidered one as a tablecloth in the dining room, or cut a piece from a graphic one and wrap it around a lamp shade.

Image from buzzville

What are your favorite design tricks?

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