Kimberley Bell Interiors, Cary.
919-271-6144 or facebook.com/KimberleyBellInteriors Five words that describe your design philosophy: Color, pattern, contrast, shape and floor plan. Keep each of these keywords in mind when creating your design plan to ensure beautiful and balanced results.
Your favorite recycling/repurposing/craft project: I took a fathers heirloom collection of pharmacy objects and used them as architectural elements in a display case. I have yet to find anyone who doesnt have a treasure trove hidden away that can be turned into a nice vignette that shows their personality and what theyre attached to. Sometimes it just take a fresh eye to recognize the gems.
Best way to spend $100 for maximum decor impact: Paint or plants. Never underestimate the power of a few well-appointed plants within your home. Another favorite: Black lamp shades add drama.
Fun trick with paint that anyone can do: I always suggest painting the backs of bookcases, it adds so much to a room. Quick, easy and instant gratification!
Your favorite find: I found a fantastic pitcher at Home Goods that I converted into a lamp for a kitchen counter. This is an easy project for a do-it-yourselfer. Inexpensive lamp kits are available at crafts stores with easy-to-follow instructions. If you dont have the right tool, a lamp or shade store can drill a hole into the object to make room for the electrical parts. Or you can ask them to do the project from start to finish. Either way, you will emerge with a very lovely, personalized lamp.
How to make a patio or deck look festive for $50 or less: Here are the three Ps of patio fun: plants, pots and pillows! Pull candles from inside for an inviting evening glow.
Favorite design blog or website: Houzz.com. Its a place where you can type in what you are looking for, for example a certain type of granite that you are considering for your kitchen, and youll see it used in kitchen after kitchen. It will help you visualize before you commit to a project. You can also create your own folders for your own home/room projects. These come in handy when you work with a designer. You can highlight what you like and find out how that look can be incorporated in your space.
Tool you cant live without: My professional paint swatches, because I am fanatical about finding the perfect shade. When choosing paint, put your color swatch in various places around the room on the walls, on the counter; see how it looks with other fabrics in the room; does the shade complement the flooring. Look at the color in the morning and then again at night with lamps on for light changes throughout the day and can affect paint color. Professional tip: Paint colors will appear darker on the wall than what your eye perceives on the swatch. Hesitant about a hue? Go one shade lighter.
Biggest design no-no: Hanging pictures or mirrors too high on the wall, where they float randomly. Check Houzz and/or home decorating catalogs and magazines, which will give you a good visual for placement and how the scale of your furnishings fit together.
Your best tip for do-it-yourself designers: When it comes to lamps, go big or go home. Small lamps limit function and form. Go big, go bold. It will truly light up your rooms decor.