Get a model home look with these 9 designer tips and tricks

Do you enjoy touring Model Homes and wished you could recreate the look in your own space but have no idea where to start, well It isn’t as hard as you might think. Here are 9 designer tips and tricks that will help you get that Model Homes look of your dreams!
1. Mixing textures: 
The easiest way to add and mix textures in the home is through fabrics and textiles.  Texture is the key to any successful interior design.  While color, pattern and proportion are also important, a room empty of textural contrasts is simply boring.
In the picture below we've added accessories to the space to contrast the smooth leather on the couch with beautiful textured throws and pillows, then we anchored the furniture with a gorgeous jute area rug. The play on texture compliments the smooth surface of the leather couch bringing the space to life and giving it interest and a finishing touch.

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2. Draperies: 

Draperies have a number of subtle benefits. Drapes soften the light, protect the homes interior from the heat and cold, and help absorb noise, they help create a calming, cozy and pleasant space adding warmth and style that dramatically transform any space.  When in pursuit of the perfect  drape, fabric choice is a key element to think about. Determine how the curtain will function in a space before deciding on a fabric.

For a sunnier vibe, consider a lightweight fabric, like linen or cotton. It creates a casual, airy feel in most spaces.Add drama to a space with heavier fabrics, like suede and velvet.  Draperies add style, interest and elegance to your home interiors.


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 3. Area Rugs:

 In my opinion an Area rug is one of the easiest ways to inject color, textures and pattern into a space. They  can visually soften hard surface floors and  unifies the furniture placed on it. Personally I won’t start working on a space until I’ve selected the area rug. The perfect area rug should be the right mix of comfort, style and color.  When choosing your rug size make sure your furniture fits onto the rug completely.  Sofas always look better with all sides on a rug rather than off .

A good rule of thumb when figuring out the size of your area rug is to measure the circumference of the placed furniture and add two feet on every side.  For example, under a dinning room table the additional two feet will give enough room for dinning chairs to be pulled out and still remain on the rug. 


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4. Accent walls:

Accent walls can definitely transform a plain  room to look like its been torn out of the pages of a  model home magazine. An accent wall provides a  great opportunities to experiment with color pattern and texture, weather with paint colors, wallpaper designs, wood, tile or brick treatments it's an easy way to liven up a space, and depending on what material you choose, they can be quite cost effective. Accent walls can create

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.5 Personalize your space:

Every interior design project should embody the personality of the homes occupants. You can achieve this by adding some of your everyday personal belongings, as well as family treasures and antique items. This will add uniqueness and personality to the space making it both  interesting and original. 

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6. Lighting: 

When it comes to your home lighting is important to create a comfortable environment. Lighting can heighten the drama of a space, You can use lighting to change where the focus is in a room, to highlight artwork and architectural details like interesting wall treatments. right lighting can do wonders for your living space.  

The lighting in a home changes the mood of a room just as it does the perceived size of a room. Placement and type are important aspects of interior design, and they work together with color , room size, availability of natural light and furniture selection. The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style.

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.7 Mixing patterns:

 Mixing patterns in a space is a great way to add interest, color, and depth. Mixing patterns might seem difficult task to undertake but here are some designer tips and tricks that will make it easy as pie! Here again we apply the design rule of three. Use at least three patterns in a room, the key to successful mixing is to vary the scale, from small to large,  patterns. Try to use colors that are of the same intensity. Distribute patterns evenly throughout the room. Don't place too many patterns on top off each other (break them up with solids).

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8. Accessories and The Rule of Three:

There is what's called the  The Rule of Three , it is a design principle which affects every room of your home. The Rule of Three dictates layout, size, and shape of objects, the work triangle of a kitchen, even the color, pattern and fabric designs of your room.

Whether using three colors in a room to create a wonderful color story, or clustering accessories on a tray or bookcase, The Rule of Three can truly make one of  the biggest impacts in a space Three is the magic number when it comes to design  especially when it comes to accessorizing your space, so much so that 30% of our entire design is made up of accessories.  

 Accessories play a very important role in completing a space. This is where we add the finishing touches and bring out the personality of the home and those who live in it.  

In the photo below you can see The Rule of Three comes into play and the impact it adds to a room By simply placing two candles in this beautiful cayenne colored tray with a potted plant  we created the perfect vignette for the bathroom counter top  adding a finishing touch to the whole space.

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Liven up your home by bringing in some  greenery. I find that adding greenery whether artificial or live they add that certain something that cannot be imitated! Not only do plants add a element of color and interesting texture to your space, if you have a green thumb live plants generate more clean oxygen in your home, making your family happier and healthier. Add a potted floor plant or a tabletop succulent to your design style, and enjoy the freshness of springtime whether you’re outdoors or in.

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Well there you have it! 9 Designer tips and tricks to help you create that model home look you always wanted.

Leave me a comment below, I'd love to here about what your working on and how these 9 Designer tips and tricks inspired you to achieve that model home look you've been dreaming about!

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