10 Interior Tricks We Nabbed from Designer Studio and Home Tours
It’s safe to assume that someone who makes, say, the most charming pinch pots or stop-ya-in-your-tracks silver necklaces takes the same kind of care when putting together a home or studio. And the spaces we toured in 2017—though open and airy—were packed with brilliant ideas. Behold: ten genius interior tips we picked up from designers this year, all ready to thwart any wintertime cabin fever.
1. GET HUNG UP ON SOMETHING INTERESTING
Your walls aren’t the only options for displaying art, and not everything that hangs needs to be in the lighting family, y’know—Kiersten Crowley of Uni Jewelry rings in a day at the studio with a giant bell.
2. REDUCE, REUSE, ROTATE
Urte Tylite of Still House relies on the decor version of shoppin’ your closet: “I got a great tip from a customer who told me she keeps a box in her closet, and a few times a year, she takes down her living room decorations and shops from the box to pick new things.”
3. MAKE HARD-TO-REACH SPOTS EASY ON THE EYES
Do like Maria Stanley and veto using that unreachable shelf for storage you’ll need a stool for; instead, treat it as a display case of sorts for plants and pretty artwork.
4. COLOR EVERYTHING BUT THE WALLS
If you’re not too keen on committing to a paint color, just get your hands on a bunch of bright rugs, blankets, and tapestries to hang, fold, and splay around your place—that’s the Artemis Design Co. way.
5. HAVE A LITTLE FUN WITH YOUR SEATING
You don’t have to buy a big, expensive couch to make things cozy—the duo behind Franca turned wooden crates and a whole pile of patterned pillows into a daybed worthy of your next cat dog n
6. TURN YOUR LIBRARY ON ITS SIDE
Take a page from Emerson Fry’s bookcase and lay books flat—it’s better for their spines, and you won’t have to worry about the structural integrity of a whole row when you pull out one novel.
7. PUT YOUR BORING THINGS IN NON-BORING CONTAINERS
Chloe May Brown knows that even something as mundane as your coffee-making station can be cute when organized in handmade ceramics.
8. DON’T ALWAYS BE SENSIBLE WITH PATTERNS
While traditional rules might say kilims and abstract florals don’t go together, we’d like to submit Hillery Sproatt’s entire home as evidence to the contrary. She advises layering patterns the way you would in a collage—sometimes too much is just enough.
9. GO MODULAR
You might be familiar with Julia Child’s famous pegboard kitchen—and we’d venture a guess Szeki Chan of Szeki 7115 is, too. Her simple, endlessly rearrangeable shop wall is the kind of custom storage space worth ripping for your own cluttered closet.
10. LET WHITE PAINT FLOOR YOU
Were white-painted floors a traditional choice for the century-old Mississippi home of Niett Metals designer Nicole Rottler? Nope. Do you want to imitate them in your space? Course you do.