6 Tips From Designer Ashley Gilbreath

February 17, 2016 | By | Comments (0)

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.

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Montgomery, AL based designer Ashley Gilbreath of Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design shares her top 6 decorating tips.

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Tip #1: Fresh Blooms. If you’re looking for a simple, cost effective way to enhance the atmosphere of your home, look no further than your garden or local grocery store! Arranging fresh flowers or foliage in a pretty vase brings life to a space. On the contrary, nothing makes a space feel dead and dated like fake flowers, so we suggest always sticking with real blooms and greenery for your home.


Tip #2: Hide the Ugly. Get creative with your cabinetry and storage to keep your microwave, including range microwave and countertop microwaves, out of sight! Every kitchen has to have a microwave, but hiding it behind cabinet doors will keep your kitchen space looking great.

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Tip #3: Mix and Match. When it comes to decorating your space, don’t be afraid to experiment with different patterns, colors, styles and textures. Instead of buying a “set” of furniture, combine upholstery styles with antiques, animal prints, stripes and artwork! By integrating unexpected elements, you will have a more eclectic space that looks collected rather than purchased!

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Tip #4: Drapery Do’s. If you’ve ever wished for a space to be larger and taller, try hanging your drapery as close to the ceiling as possible.

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Tip #5: Lumbar Love. Instead of using traditional throw pillows, we love to change things up by using euro shams and a long lumbar to complete the look of your bed!

Toe Kick

Tip #6: Don’t Neglect your Toe Kick. If you’re looking for a simple way to spruce up your cabinets or storage space, painting the toe kick under your cabinets will do just the trick! Painting your toe kick in a contrasting color (we love the paint color “Dragons Breath” by Benjamin Moore for this specific project) will show off detailed cabinet feet, in addition to hiding the dust that inevitably lives around that area.

All photos courtesy of Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design.



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