THE DESIGNERS “BRING IN OVERHEAD INTEREST with inexpensive paper lanterns, bunting, and string lights.” These pieces prove essential to the patio, adding bright colors to the pastel ceiling and refreshing the room’s cozy charm.
Pattern should have personality. Whether you choose to blend patterns that are a nod to the past, an ode to a place you’ve traveled or simply an exercise in artistic expression, have fun with it!
“Interior design should be fun,” they write. “It should be an adventure—one whose end result is rooms that burst with personality and that put a smile on your face the moment you step through the front door.”
KEY PIECES OF DÉCOR
Get down to the details with stylized décor pieces. Lighting, vases and clocks are great because they’re both functional and decorative. “Think eclectic frames and matting treatments to amp up the pattern play and keep the eye constantly engaged,” the designers write. These décor elements add subtle yet playful character to the room.
Add travel pieces or family heirlooms to embellish the room your favorite with mementos.
Common living spaces and bedrooms can feel cluttered by too many décor pieces, so also make use of your entryways and hallways to display family photos or traditional paintings. As the Madcaps say, “Passthrough spaces should be savored, not overlooked.”
And use your big statement pieces to anchor the room and make an impact. The gents are particularly in favor of eye-catching classics like canopy beds and curvy armoires, but even something as simple as your stair risers are great places to make a memorable design move.
Prints Charming by John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, published by Abrams © 2017; abramsbooks.com.