Monday, June 30, 2008

Design 101

Hooray for the red, white and blue!
I've been decorating for the fourth of July holiday.
I thought I'd share some of my design philosophy with you. (Doesn't that statement make me seem important and very knowledgeable? Hee! Hee!) In the last few years I've tried to incorporate two tricks into my displays. The first is to "go big". It's better to spend your hard earned cash on one big item that will have a lot of impact, than on a lot of small items that can appear as clutter. This was a hard one for me to learn because I literally like to get the most for my money. I want to show a lot for what I've spent. But I've learned that if I buy something big, it will fill up the room, catch my eye, and make me smile, much faster than a bunch of smaller decorations.
The second trick is to layer your design. An extra layer gives the display more dimension and depth. Store displays always use the layering technique. Layering finishes the display---you don't wonder if there should be something more. But, beware not to add so many layers that the display appears too busy. You need to know just when to stop.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, let me show you how to incorporate these techniques:
This over sized flag really makes a statement
on it's own.
Adding another layer with the candle light and stars
makes
the display look finished,
and now it really "pops" (4th of July pun).
The large letters and flags look great. . .
but with the addition of stars and vine balls,
the display appears more finished.

The stars repeat the colors in the flags and
the vine balls repeat the black in the letters and candles.
And everyone knows that good design repeats itself.

Okay, the design philosophy lesson has concluded.
Now, your homework is to go try these tricks
in your home.

6 comments:

Bonnie the Boss said...

So cute I love the one with the flag. I see those stars all the time and hate how they look so lonely. I always think there needs to be a little grouping of them. WTG!

Shirlee said...

Looks like you're all ready for your July 4th celebrations, mantle decor..check, cute vignettes..check, fabulous outdoor patio..check!
Now, what's planned for the BBQ? :0)

Shannon said...

I love both of these but the flag with the stars is awesome! How fun!!

Susie Harris said...

You have got it going on! I love that flag and you are oh so right! Ok now I have to go out and buy me some stars and flags and stuff for my homework. Cant wait! Love it joy!... Susie h~

Blanca said...

Looks great. Again love the red walls and that large flag is awesome.

Blanca

Darlene said...

I absolutely LOVE the flag and the big stars....another thing on my list.......

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