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By Ann Moore-Spencer
THIS WEEK WE OFFER YOU THE A-Z OF INTERIOR
DECOR, FOR YOUR QUICK AND EASY REFERENCE.
• A for Accessorising. Consider grouping similar items
together as a collection. When displaying your book collec-
tion, include other types of accessories on the shelves to
add some interest and variety. In general, group items in
odd numbers, in differing heights and sizes.
• B for Bed linen. Your bed is the focal point of most bed-
rooms. For a well-dressed bed, colour coordinate and layer
your bed linen. Soft and luxurious bed sheets are your
foundation. Add a bed skirt, comforter or coverlet, decora-
tive pillow shams, throw pillows, and a throw or scaldino
(mini-comforter) at the foot of the bed. If you prefer a
minimally decorated bed, you may only want to add a cov-
erlet or blanket.
• C for Colour. The single most impactful element in a room
is colour. Ensure you are comfortable with the shades and
intensity of the colours you have selected. Do not forget
the 60-30-10 rule: your main colour should take up about
60% of the space, secondary colour about 30%, and the
accent or tertiary colour about 10%. If using a monochro-
matic scheme, vary texture, shades and tints.
• D for Doors. For architectural interest, add moulding
details to your plain doors. Paint your doors in an accent or
contrasting colour or give your door a rich stain. Ramp up
your curb appeal with a designer front door. But, please do
not highlight the door if you would prefer that it not be
• E for Entry. A mirror is a nice decorative touch for check-
ing your appearance before you leave the house. The
mirror will also help to make the space seem larger.
Add a side chair and a shelf or console table for keys
and handbags and some baskets or trays for the mail.
This is a good location for a plant or statement sculp-
ture. Remember that the entrance begins outside the
door: the walkway, the steps, porch, the door and the
foyer all contribute to the welcome experience.
• F for Focal point. The focal point of your room has the
leading role. Every room will feel much more inviting
and interesting if you arrange the furniture or acces-
sories around a focal point. Use accessories to play up
your room's best features. Further highlight your focal
point by strategically placing your best pieces to sup-
port the focal point.
• G for Green. Let us be environmentally friendly and
aim for green and sustainable interior decorating. Use
environmentally friendly paints, and renewable
resources such as bamboo flooring. Recycle, repurpose
and up-cycle old accessories, furniture and flooring. Use
lined drapery to reduce air conditioning costs. Use counter
tops, tiles, flooring, fabrics, etc., made from recyclable
materials. Prefer energy efficient appliances and lighting.
• H for Hardware. What an easy way to elevate the deco-
rative equity of a new or old piece! Paint out or replace
dated and old hardware. Consider newer finishes such as
oil-rubbed bronze, antique copper, pewter and brushed
steel ... and I am told that brass is on its way back.
• I for Inexpensive. Costly does not mean better. Just make
conscious and wise choices; reduce impulsive purchases
and stick to a plan. Remember, even though the more
expensive accessory may look way more attractive in the
store, the cheaper one has the same colours, size and
shape and will match your décor just as well. Add trim or
borders to ready-made throw pillows, bed linen and cur-
tains, and use colour to your advantage. Use expensive
tiles as inlays and borders.
• J for Junk. Do not let junk accumulate. Clutter is never
attractive and compromises the functionality of the space.
Remove old newspapers, organise magazines, toss broken
accessories and if it does not match, recover, repaint or
• K for Kitchen. Your lifestyle, the number, height and size
of the people using the kitchen, whether any of the cooks
is left-handed, whether you entertain in the kitchen, if you
use the kitchen for other activities (e.g. laundry), for
instance, will determine the optimal kitchen design. Plan
your storage around what you use and how you use them.
Place frequently used items in easy reach; within 22 -- 72
inches above the floor.
• L for Lighting. Lighting brings the room to life. Combine
ambient, accent and task lighting. Place dimmers on the
switches. Here's a tip: Multiply the area of your room by 1.5
for the wattage need to adequately light a room.
• M for Measure. Measure your room. Measure your fur-
nishings. Measure your accessories. Measure your patterns.
Always measure to ensure you have the right scale and pro-
portion for your space, and simply to ensure it will fit!
LOOK OUT FOR PART II OF THE A-Z OF
DECORATING IN AN UPCOMING ISSUE OF WOW.
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