• Display objects in an odd number combination for balance! Although we tend to think in even numbers, displaying in odd numbers or groupings is more pleasing and balanced to the eye. (Example: A table displaying one significant object, 3 objects, 5 objects, etcetera.)
  • If on a limited budget, start with one key room you will use most often and furnish it as completely as your budget allows.
  • Buy quality! Nothing compares to a quality purchase that can last a lifetime.
  • Resist quickly furnishing rooms with inexpensive furniture.
  • If you are fortunate enough to have an expensive home don't fill it with cheap furniture. The quality of the furnishings should match the quality of the home. (We see this mistake all too often!)
  • Understand that, today, furniture stores carry the most narrow selection of furniture and accessories imaginable. (This is due to imported furniture being ordered and shipped in container quantities to stores). What is missing in the stores is available through the design trade. Tranquility has access to literally thousands of unique and quality furniture and accessory manufacturers.
  • A goal worthy of accomplishing is to have at least one significant "statement" piece of furniture in every room. (This could take several years to accomplish for the average family.)
  • Select furniture that can work in more than one location in the home. A small chest can be used as a night table, as an occasional piece in a living room, at the end of a hallway, or in a secondary entrance vestibule. (This philosophy can be fun, creative and practical.)
  • Correct room proportion and scale are the hallmarks of a beautiful, balanced room.
  • An attractive room that is lacking in correspondingly comfortable furniture should not be considered a successful one.
  • Less can sometimes be more. A more minimalist decorating approach using a few key pieces, often used in a more contemporary design, can be more sophisticated and can have great impact. For a designer, it demands more critical consideration in scale, selection, and placement than a more traditional, cluttered design scheme (i.e. the Ralph Lauren look).
  • Select a central color scheme for a more open, room to room flow.
  • Using different colors throughout your central rooms tends to close down the volume and flow of the rooms. Use this concept when you want more individualized spaces and in creating a more traditional look.
  • A neutral color scheme can be quite striking and effective but demands a high level of quality in flooring, furniture, and fabric texture to be highly successful! Neutral wall to wall carpeting should not be used. (Absence of these qualities risks the room resembling a generic suburban garden apartment). There also needs to be some contrast in accessories to prevent the room from being visually flat and lacking dimension.
  • Don't expect great results attempting to select paint for your project with a paint swatch in the paint store. The color hue of the paint is a reflection of the light in a space. It can be different in each room, on each wall, in each house, and in each area of the country. Buy at least a quart of paint or preferably a gallon, and paint a wall corner to corner and let dry thoroughly before you pass judgment on the color. You may have to go through several color shades to get just the right one, but it's worth it.
  • Hardwood flooring and classic shades of marble flooring tile never go out of style. Nothing dates a home more than when trendy flooring goes out of style (and it's expensive to get rid of)!
  • Of equal importance to the previous tip! Trendy bathroom tile may be the worst culprit to quickly become a dated, out of style mistake. We see some bathroom tile trends that are out of style in less than a year of being introduced. (You certainly don't want to have tile of that type cast in concrete in your home!) We at Tranquility will help guide you to tile and stone that will pass the test of time.
  • Know that there will be complete color changes in home fashion every 8 to 10 years. Here are ways to address this:
  • A) Be trendy in accessories only, replacing them when the style changes.

    B) Decorate with traditional furnishings and color palate that is always appropriate but not cutting edge style of the day.

    C) Buy timeless case pieces (dressers, buffets, breakfronts, credenza's, etc.), applying "today" colors and trends to the upholstered pieces, replacing accent pillows and

    re-upholstering as styles and colors change.

    D) Completely redecorate every eight to ten years.

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