Designer Hints with Patricia Sarnataro, featured in Traditional Home

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1. What is the best accessory to complete a room?

Art, sculpture and pottery make for wonderful room accents.

2. How do you decide on the color scheme for the room?

The client’s sensibilities always come first. It is important to discover what colors they lean towards. For example, there are many shades to choose from, warm or cool colors, soft pastels or bright and energetic tones, whites or beige, or dark and dramatic. It is especially important to have this awareness when picking paint colors. The second most important aspect is what kind of light the space is receiving from the outside. Are the windows facing north, south, east, or west? The predominate direction of light will affect how colors look in a room. Another example is northern light, which tends to make beige look grayer and sometimes more muddy. However, a southern exposure will cast a warmer golden glow into a room.

3. The secret to styling a mantel?

I believe that a great piece of art or a stunning mirror will bring focus to the mantel and enhance it’s look. However, I don’t think there really is a secret because it depends on the style of the space, as well as, the size and shape of the mantel. What tends to be more important to me, as a designer, is the wall that the mantel rests on.

4. Designer pet peeve?

I would say a TV over the fireplace is a big pet peeve of mine, but vertical blinds are probably at the top of the list!

5. Without fail design hint that you have learned over your career?

Lighting is so important because it creates the ambiance to a beautiful room.

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