Boca do Lobo has the privilege to get in contact and work side by side with some of the best interior designers worldwide. Thanks to more than 10 years sharing secrets, developing projects and creating luxury interior design projects, we are now ready to share with you some tips and tricks in the business. Find out here the 20 New Decorating Secrets by Boca do Lobo and get inspired!
START WITH A COLOR SCHEME
The very first step is to create a color palette. Pick a basic color scheme for the whole house and take that from room to room. It will play itself in different ways, in different rooms, creating a sense of harmony and balance.
PUT INVESTMENT PIECES FRONT AND CENTER
If you truly love something, you’ll want to put it on display, as you can see in this project by Brendan Wong Design that used Diamond Emerald Sideboard as the main center of attention in this modern entryway.
FAKE HEIGHT WITH LOW FURNITURE
Create strong verticals and avoid the horizontal. Use low furniture so the room seem taller.
GIVE WINDOWS TRIMS A SPASH OF COLOR
Window trim is an often-overlooked opportunity to make a statement.
WARM UP A ROOM WITH MIRROR
Mirrored panels can be quite elegant and are an important element to give your room a spacious look, like in this interior design project by Koket.
DON’T SKIMP ON THE SOFA
Put some money into a comfortable, well-made sofa that you’ll have forever. You don’t have to deny yourself that expensive designer fabric you love – just put it on something small, like a pillow.
AMPLIFY NEUTRALS WITH TEXTURE
Neutral décor can be interesting. Just include a variety of materials to enhance and reflect the beauty of neutrals, like this mirrored console table.
IMPLEMENT THE 50/150 RULE
For the perfect color family, mix one batch of paint 50% lighter than the base and another 150% darker. It is a very architectural way of using color, as you can see in this project designed by Mary Douglas Drysdale.
GO DEEP IN SMALL SPACES
Small living spaces don’t have to feel cramped. See how these living room chairs have smallish arms. Most of their square footage is given to the seat, so you can curl up in them. They feel luxurious and roomy even though they’re not big.
FAVOR VALUE-ADD PAINT COLORS
A temporary space can look beautiful, even with a small budget. “We are so used to having painters sand for ages to produce mirror-smooth walls, but I wasn’t about to spend the money to do that in a rental” said Max Sinsteden of hi bright green entryway.
DON’T SETTLE FOR “FLOOD WARNING” SIDE PANELS
For classic side panels, you really have to go all the way to the floor, as you can see in this master bedroom.
LOOK TO THE CEILING TO BRIGHTEN THINGS UP
Kitchens with floor-to-ceiling cabinets can look dark, but there’s how to fool the eye: paint the ceiling a slightly paler version of the walls and pick the right ceiling lamp.
MIX, RATHER THAN MATCH, YOUR TABLEWARE
You have a perfect example of that in this dining room set with Empire dining table mixed with Vista Alegre tableware.
LET GOLD AND SILVER HANGOUT TOGETHER
Metallic finishes already add plenty of sparkle, but the sheen will make a bigger impact in a variety of colors. The key is to use a lot of both, like this luxury bathroom by Maison Valentina, featuring also our Venice Mirror.
THINK OF RUGS AS YOUR PERFECT BASIC
Rugh with natural materials and neutral tones are always chic. They are the white t-shirt of the interior designer.
PILE ON THE PILLOWS FOR EXTRA LUXE
One pair of pillows looks skimpy. Use two pairs, in contrasting patterns, colors and textures. Take a chance on small pillows, they look like something that came with the furniture.
FAKE SQUARE FOOTAGE WITH GLASS SHOWER
Glass shower doors, like you can see in this project by Koket, add instant square footage.
PUT THROUGH BEHIND YOUR MIRRORS
When hanging mirrors, think carefully about what they will reflect.
TRY A “MORE IS MORE” MINDSET
It’s counterintuitive, but the trick is to use more.