Now that spring is here, celebrate the warm weather by giving your house a fresh look. Abby Woodard, owner of Abby Haygood Interiors, provides five simple tricks to help you do just that!
Proper Rug Sizing
So often I see rugs that are too small for the furniture grouping. The rule of thumb here is to make sure each piece of furniture is “grounded” by the rug, meaning that the rug at least runs underneath the grouping. Make sure it doesn’t just barely touch the furniture legs, but feels like the furniture is resting on top of the rug.
See the difference it can make?
Mix it Up
Mix up the scale of your fabrics to give visual interest in the room. Work with a solid, small, medium and large scale patterns. Make sure not to have 2-3 different fabrics with the same size scale of pattern, it can be too much. Take a look at this bedroom by Caitlin Wilson. It’s a great example of how to layer fabrics. There are three different scales here: the small scale geometrical coral acts as the solid and a backdrop for the medium scale chevron and the larger scale floral sets itself apart from the other two because its organic movement contrasts against the other graphic patters.
Image by Caitlin Wilson
Having two sets of throw pillows can be a fun way to enjoy your home year round. Purchase or make toss pillows in the brighter end of your color pallet during the spring and summer months and another set for fall and winter using the more muted, deeper tones in your pallet. You can also use more peppy prints in the spring and summer such as florals and geometrics with a pop. Use fabrics full of texture for fall and winter such as chenilles, velvets, wool and plaid patterns.
On a Budget?
If working on a budget, start first with a good quality sofa and then work your way around the room. Your sofa will be the workhorse of your home and selecting a piece that is made to last will be a wise choice.
I recommend using white linens and towels versus colored or those patterned and embroidered. White can be easily bleached to stay fresh and new looking. I’m drawn to the pattern in the Williams-Sonoma Moroccan Gate Towel to give some interest. White monograms work well also!