Miles Redd, my dear friend, the most amazing interior designer and author of “The Big Book of Chic”, is known for bold color combinations tempered by old world antiques with a touch of Alice in Wonderland magic.  So we asked him to share with us his top 12 decorating tips for adding a dash of glamour to any room.  P.S. – To my fellow Piscean and man that shares the same birthday as me:  HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR!!

MILES’ TOP TIPS ON DECORATING
1. I decorate from the ground up – get your floors and walls right, and the rest is easy.
2. Vary your walls. If you have paint in one room, consider wallpaper or a texture in the next. I love grass cloth and faux bois papers that imitate a   wood room for a fraction of the cost.

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3. Decorate your door. This is a spot for a pop of color – or I love to upholster them in leather with a decorative nail head trim – but this is often a spot where people just paint it a trim color – and it can be a real opportunity.

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4. Contrast is key. I love something organic next to something geometric, something crumbly next to something slick – that kind of juxtaposition creates interest

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5. Consider lampshades. They can transform a room. I like to buy simple paper shades in an empire shape – sometimes I paint them or add a fringe on the bottom.
6. Don’t forget the ceiling. White works most of the time, but sometimes-pale blue or a painted stripe, or even a wallpaper can add unexpected surprise.
7. Be careful with chandeliers. They look good in rooms with high ceilings or above a table – I tend to avoid them in bedrooms – mainly because I prefer canopy beds and they fight.

 

tips for decorating

8. Mix your styles and periods. Nothing is more interesting that contemporary art and 18th century furniture.

tips for decorating

tips for decorating

9. Invest in a good set of sheets from Schweitzer, Matouk, Leron, or Pratesi, and at least iron the pillowcases.  A well-made bed is key to good decoration.

tips for decorating

10. I love luxurious fabrics as much as the next guy – but a pillow makes a lot of impact. I tend to use very expensive fabrics on pillows. I love a silk velvet pillow on linen sofa, and it is certainly easy on the pocket book.

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11. Something old something new! I love the fabric houses and could not do my job without them – but vintage textiles really help things feel original. Consider Indian saris and kimonos when next upholstering a side chair.

tips for decorating

12. Something green and alive gives instant warmth – even if it is just one fern in an old wine bottle.
13. Don’t forget the sense of smell. I love a clean smelling room gleaned from nature: In winter, wood burning fires, paper whites, oranges and cloves, in summer, jasmine, boxwood, and fresh air.

tips for decorating

And why 13? Because 13 is my lucky number!

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