Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Publication Date: 2015-05-19

Design Insights

Interior Design Trade Secrets: Wallpaper, Fabrics and Pillows

Continuing with my series of interior design trade secrets, today I focus on some of the fun aspects of decorating: wallpaper, fabrics and pillows.

26

“I love to use paper-backed linen on the bedroom walls. It gives it a softness that paint can’t match” (Libby Cameron)

“If you love a fabric but it seems too strong, check the reverse side – it may just do the trick” (David Easton)

“Once you’ve used a fabric in a room, never use it anywhere else in the house. Do not match your fabrics! Do not let your fabrics make your room look too decorator-y” (Garrow Kedigian)

“When ordering fabric, add 2 yards to the final order. You never want to be stuck with a ruined cushion and a discontinued fabric on a piece of upholstery. Call it insurance against a rainy-red-wine-day.” (J. Randall Powers)

“Try an even number of pillows on a sofa or even a long kidney pillow. Nothing looks more dated than pairs flanking pairs of pillows” (Madeline Stuart)

“Throw pillows with Turkish corners are so much plumper and more luxe than regular knife-edged squares, and they really soften a modern sofa” (Nick Olsen)

“When making custom pillows, use a stuffer pillow insert that is 2” larger all around than your finished pillow. For example, if you want a 22” square pillow, use a 24” square insert” (Lindsey Coral Harper)

“Use wallpaper in unexpected places: on the ceiling of a paneled room, in closets, hallways and small foyers. A great pattern or texture in small spaces can be a prodigious twist” (Lindsey Coral Harper)

“Use a patterned wallpaper to strengthen a room, and an unpatterned paper to soften the space” (Barbara Barry)

“When doing curtains or shades, take them all the way up to the ceiling – it will increase the height of the room” (Vicente Wolf)

“I like my curtains just 2x the width of the window, not puffy. And a 1” break on the floor – no puddling. I like the look of a long lean line, more column than a ball gown, on the walls” (Christina Rottman)

“The minimum break for drapery panels than hang to the floor is ½”. Anything less is like wearing high-water pants” (Julie Massucco)

“The only time white curtain lining should be used is with white curtains” (J. Randall Powers)

“Hang curtains. They make a room seem finished. Think of them as the lipstick of decorating” (Peter Dunham)

“All decorative pillows look better with a detail around the edge – whether something as simple as a welt or a more elaborate trimming such a cords or beads. Pillows without a detail just look cheap” (Richard Rabel)

Close

Subscribe to our Newsletter

At Dering Hall you can shop for more furnishings, find top design professionals, and browse photos of exquisite interiors and architecture.

Sign up today to receive our latest home furnishing picks & news.

By joining, you agree to our Terms of Use