Lee Snijders Breaking The Rules Of Design


Here are Lee Snijders simple design tips that break the rules of traditional design standards and check out Lee Snijders Designs for more tips


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  • Mid to dark tones actually can make your room look larger, because they absorb light, giving the room depth.  Lighter colors reflect light, causing your eyes to stop on a flat plain.
  • The easiest way to pick a color for a room is to choose the least dominant color out of an art piece, duvet cover or area rug. 
  • Accessories and plants are the fastest way to transform a space, not paint.  Paint however is the cheapest way to transform a space.
  • Mix in silk plants with live plants.  Use live plants below and silk plants up above (where it is hard to water a plant) in niches.  By incorporating both, it is hard to tell which ones are the real ones and which ones are the silk ones.
  • By pulling furniture away from the walls and into the room, you can now accessories adding more depth and a sense of intimacy in the space.
  • You can give the illusion that a room is taller, by placing all of your artwork vertical, by placing tall plants in the corners and using taller linear furniture pieces.  This will draw your eye line up to the ceiling, creating forced perspective.  To make a room look longer, place everything horizontally (low profile furniture, horizontal pictures), causes your eye line to move from one side to another.
  • Using dark and light stains can add additional color and contemporary contrast.


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