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6 Expert Hacks Our Interior Designers Swear By

By: Amy Wicks

July 5, 2018

When it comes to home design, we love a good mood board, and we’re all for collecting inspirational images on Pinterest, but nothing can replace the ease of working with an interior designer when you want to see a room come together fast (and on a budget!)

Here’s why: our designers have access to the best pricing–thanks to Laurel & Wolf’s longstanding relationships with all the best retailers and wholesalers–and they have years of experience in creating spaces that are deeply personal to their clients.

With this in mind, we asked a few of our favorite designers if they would be willing to spill their best design secrets; the hacks they use time and again, when they want to do a quick room makeover.

Focus on a Focal Wall

Interior designer Lori Evans suggests honing in on one or two areas in your space. Love color? Paint one wall your favorite color and let everything pop! Love texture? Create a statement wall with some appeal. “Wood strips from your local home improvement store, wallpaper with some texture and fake brick paneling can enhance your room and make everything look richer,” she said.

6 Expert Hacks Our Interior Designers Swear By

Consider New Coffee Table Accessories

“Pick a great tray that is a different material than the table and fill it with a succulent, coffee table book, and decorative items,” said Rebekah Correll, an interior designer from Charlotte, North Carolina. “Use different heights and textures to give a layered look.”
6 Expert Hacks Our Interior Designers Swear By

Slipcovers and Pillows are Your Friends

Your red floral sofa may be too busy for the room and might be throwing everything into disarray. So, Lori suggests opting for a neutral slipcover and injecting personality with fun, colorful pillows. “Pick up on the wall color, the rug or even the artwork,” she said. “Mix patterns and go crazy! My formula is typically a pattern, a solid and a geometric. Keep the colorways somewhat cohesive and you’re in business.”

6 Expert Hacks Our Interior Designers Swear By

Create a Professional-Looking Gallery Wall

Rebekah suggests incorporating your art, family photos, and hanging plates and other cute knick-knacks from around the house. “This is a super easy, inexpensive way to fill up a wall,” she added.
6 Expert Hacks Our Interior Designers Swear By

Buy a New (And Probably Larger) Rug

One major design mistake is buying a rug that’s too small for your space. Lori said your carpet should go underneath the furniture pieces, at least the front legs. “If it’s floating out in the middle, it’s making the room look smaller and choppy,” she said. “You can ground the space with a nice, new, big rug.” Lori’s favorites: a Seagrass woven look or soft, patterned rug.

6 Expert Hacks Our Interior Designers Swear By

Shop Your Home

Gwendolyn Gibbish, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, believes it’s important to take stock of what you already own before making a fresh start. “Take a second look at pieces you might have hidden away in a closet or rearrange pieces from other rooms in a new space to make them feel different and updated,” she said.

6 Expert Hacks Our Interior Designers Swear By

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