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Design & Decor - 5 Principals you need to design by!

Posted on 22 October 2016

If you are anything like us, we are always curious to dive into the brain of the most well-known and reputable designers to understand what makes them so good at what they do. So this week The World of domu is drawing inspiration from renowned American interior designers on some of their top lessons when it comes to designing and decorating. The recently published book “Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration”, highlights the following five elements - Intuition, Perspective, Sourcing, Exuberance, Scale. This week we offer our own twist on what these elements mean to us!

Trust your gut! Learning to trust your own taste can lead to an amazing space and a design that resembles you and not what you see on the glossy covers of a magazine. Taping into your intuition means feeling how a room should look like almost as soon as you walk into it. It’s having the ability to put something that might seem out of place or unexpected and making it work! For instance, if you are working with traditional décor, why not start small and experiment with adding this contemporary Clifton Beach Coffee Table?

Amanda Nisbet, one of NYC’s most distinctive designers, put its eloquently – “trusting your intuition can produce design magic”. We like the sound of that.

Photo By: Nathan Fischer

Creativity is all about perspective. We want to encourage our readers to open their eyes to a fresh way of looking at their decor possibilities. Try to see your space in a brand new light. Forget the functions of a room in order to get those creative juices flowing. How do you want to feel in this space? It’s all about catering to the individual who will be occupying the room – in this case below, the focus is on playfulness and fantasy.


Furniture selection is like choosing art. You want to choose carefully. It takes time, research and something we could all learn to acquire little more…patience. We know by our own experience it’s hard to resist buying that beautiful accent armchair, but you really need to stop and think how it will work with your space. Be sure to have fun with it, part of the thrill is the hunt. You will know when you have completed your room, as John Dickinson said, “a room is finished when you can no longer take something away without it being missed”.

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One of the beautiful things about interiors is that it has the ability to change the way we feel as soon as we enter a room. Some are inspired by a neutral and traditional space; others however are energised by an interior filled with colour and pattern, in other words, exuberance.

One way to channel this look is to not be afraid to experiment and take risks. You can start with layering some smaller décor pieces such as this Retro Blue Occasional Chair with this decorative Multicolour Cushion and Uniqwa Furnitures faux fur Lebombo Stool.

Something Anthony Baratta, an NYC interior designer, said really spoke to us: “Good decorating has the power both to hide the flaws and celebrate the strengths of architectural background”. And we couldn’t agree more.


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A lot of what makes a room design a success is when balance is achieved, but finding that balance can prove to be tricky. The room in question is there to help you. Pay attention to the architecture and the size of the space. If it’s a big room, choose pieces in proportion to that space. For example a smaller room should have some large sized furniture – it gives the illusion of a larger space! You don’t want to overdo it, but find a few pieces you absolutely love.  

And if you want to know more about balancing your home, don’t forget about art! You can check out our last month’s post on the tips for finding the right art piece and the right wall for your collections.


The Design Co.

Natalia Selivanova

This weeks blog written by Natalia Selivanova IG: @nataliaselivanova_


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