For HomeBEAUTY BY DESIGN
By Daryn Mayer
Whether you are designing a home for the first time, or simply want to
freshen up the look of a room, it’s important to create a sense of
natural beauty and balance in order to ensure that every moment
spent in your environment inspires revitalizing serenity and
According to you fortifed™ guest expert, world renowned, New York-based
interior designer and best-selling author, Laura Bohn, of Laura Bohn Design
Associates “the key to creating a well edited home is to combine beauty with
functionality. “ For example you could combine unexpected hues and
shapes to give rooms depth and richness. You could mix Ralph Lauren
with Ikea and then choose materials that are durable and stain
resistant, adds Bohn.
Here are some more of Laura’s tricks of the trade, which will help
ensure beauty and balance throughout your home:
Balance Your Environment:
Use color to stay consistent.
Keep It Simple:
Repeat a color or shape, and be consistent in term of
style, colors, and design.
Add Depth and Richness:
“Pair unexpected hues and shapes. Combine similar colors and shades
using the same materials. Employ a range of textured fabrics, pale
woods, and faded colors.
Infuse Nature and Maximize Light:
Choose exterior materials like wood and stone indoors. Select colors
that can be found in nature such as blues, greens, grays, and wooden
tones. Choose art with landscape themes and colors. Re-orient
furniture so it faces the outside light.
Edit and Organize:
Less is more: unclutter, curate, put similar items together, and overlap
things like mirrors, paints, vases, and objects D’ART.
Create Focal Points:
Paint a rectangle on one wall behind a sofa in a color that highlights an
area, or add a piece of art to extend the space of the room.