Designer Hints with Tamara Mack of Shop Mack

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

Pillows! Pillows are the perfect way to bring color, pattern, and texture to a space.

They are also relatively inexpensive, any they can easily be swapped out for an instant update.

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

I generally start by getting to know the client and the colors s/he gravitates towards. I’ll look for an inspiration piece such as a piece of art, a rug, or even a favorite sweater. Then, I will help build the color palate by using the selected hues for design pieces.

3. The secret to styling a mantel?    

The key to styling a mantel in the variations of sizes and shapes. Grouping three or five items in different sizes and shapes will definitely create visual interest.

4. Designer pet peeve?

I’m not a fan of design that clashes with its context. I cringe when I walk into a family home with young children and see fragile settees, sharp edged tables, and delicate accessories. Your home should be beautiful, but your family needs to feel comfortable living in it too!

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

Be yourself! Design is subjective, so don’t let trends overpower your intuition. It’s important to use design in a way that makes you happy.

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