Hello, friends. A few years ago I studied the New York of Art and Design online course and really enjoyed the class. Once the classwork is completed, the students can apply for the Residential Interior Design Qualification Certification, RIDQC. I took the class more for myself than for a career. I wanted to learn more about decorating. I thought that since I do not have a ton of projects going on right now, I should share with you some fun things I learned during the course. We learned about the famous Dorothy Draper and her design choices. She is best known for decorating the five star Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. She used some decorating techniques that I thought would be fun to share. Even though she is dead, her design techniques are still fresh. A lot of these tips came from one of her books, Decorating is Fun! How To Be Your Own Decorator.
Customize a room to make your room feel as it is your own with your own expression and personality.
Make a room feel adventuresome and not grim and serious. She believed there wasn’t any rule that couldn’t be broken.
Turn up the heat. Get creative and have the courage to go against the stereotypes and try out your own thing. Don’t follow design trends.
Be bold with color. The drab age is over. She said colors need to be honest, fresh, and clear.
Simplify and streamline rooms. Get rid of the knick knacks. Each room should celebrate simplicity.
Pay attention to the decorating details. A lampshade can make or break a room. Consider all those details.
A room must have comfort and be livable
A room needs to be balanced. If it is not balanced it will be uneasy.
Don’t forget the ceiling. Dorothy Draper considered it the fifth wall.
Decorating is sheer fun. Don’t be too serious.
So, what do you think? Are you brave enough to incorporate design principles of Dorothy Draper into your own home? We think a lot of people fear that they will get tired of bold decorating in their own homes and don’t have the money to redecorate when they tire of a look. However, they love seeing bold choices in other peoples’ homes. Are there any tips here that you live by? Let us know.
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