Former White House Decorator Kaki Hockersmith gives us her guidelines for great design.
Throughout the '90s, Kaki Hockersmith had the ear of the country’s most powerful couple: Bill and Hillary Clinton. While serving as the White House Decorator, Hockersmith worked with the then First Lady to add a score of new pieces to the President's home, along with older additions from the White House collection. The result was a renovation that showed off the couple’s enthusiasm for politics and history. Here, Hockersmith gives us three key tips for interior design.
Invest in Focal Points
"Get your wow factor with special pieces that carry the whole room. It might be a black baby grand piano or a fabulous cocktail table between two simple sofas, which have more expensive fabric and trimming on the throw pillows. If people emphasize focal points in a room, and don't try to make everything over the top, they will achieve a better effect and save money."
Invest in Original Art
"If you buy original art, it provides a focal point—an impact and interest without compromising or affecting your other decorative choices. Art stands alone, so buy what you love to look at without regard for the colors or patterns in the room."
Plan Your Space Before You Buy
"People often go out and buy things they like and then try to find a place for them. I recommend using scale drawings and space plans of rooms to act as guidelines for shopping. You have to work with the space you have, so using those measurements saves time and money since your purchases will fit the space. Are the chairs you're considering for your dining room too high or too wide for your table? Even those detailed measurements matter! So go shopping with the right sizes in mind."