Each week, we’re bringing you top tips, favorite products, and Q&A’s with the designers in our Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network.
Tip 1: My design work is always governed by the elements and principles of design. I love a relaxed and beautiful design concept, with a southern coastal feel. Before making decisions on lighting and colors, evaluate your interior space at different times of the day. The orange and corals in this photo work because it’s part of the sunset. We pair it with lighter tones of aqua from the water and sky. Play with color and do something different; have fun!
Tip 2: Our upholstery fabrics are chosen wisely. They are resilient, comfortable, and beautiful. Durability is important so that each piece of upholstery can be enjoyed and used everyday. Velvets and silks are blended and often washable. Even the most luxurious fabrics are often practical.
Tip 3: It is important that your fabrics and furnishings are compatible with your home’s surroundings. In the South, for example, intense sunlight, humidity, and sandy grit on your shoe soles are part of life close to the beach. Design your space to suit your comfort zone and use a more casual style than you would choose in a house in an urban setting.