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Three interior style secrets you need to know

It was a lot of fun to ask a few of Canada’s top experts to reveal their style secrets, those little tips and tricks that make a room ready for its close-up, for a Toronto SUN piece. The only problem was I didn’t have enough space on the page to include all their Super Genius Ideas™.  So here, dear reader, are a handful of bonus tips:

Tamara Robbins Griffith – Manager, Public Relations & Social Media, HomeSense

“Clutter is a problem. When your eye is overwhelmed it can’t appreciate the beauty in a room. Take time with a friend or professional organizer to go through belongings and do a thorough purge of items you don’t need or use. Then invest in some great storage boxes and baskets to further minimize clutter and keep things tidy. This will go a long way in enhancing the other beautiful items that you invest in or want to showcase.”

 

Interior stylist/designer Margot Austin

 

“Lamps, pillows, art and accessories that are too small are a scourge to a room. They  end up looking like clutter and often look cheap (because that’s often how bargain places get away with lower prices – make it smaller). Buy less, spend more, buy bigger. If you have small items, group them together so they read as a single larger whole.”

 

 

Arren Williams, co-founder, Casa Cubista (through Saudade Toronto )

 

“People sometimes get confused by too much choice, so they buy everything from one retailer. That will always look flat, because it will be the same materials, same finishes, same aesthetic. You need something vintage or cool or even a little bit crazy to give a room soul, the same way a really great pair of kooky earrings can make that outfit sing.”

 

 

Feature pic of Casa Cubista tableware courtesy of Chez la Fille du Boucher

 

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