Lindsay’s Tricks of the Trade: Lesson 1

Hey, everybody! Starting an interior design project on your own can be daunting indeed. But here are some tools and ideas that our girl Lindsay’s discovered that are sure to make your design life about 10,000 times easier. Look for more of Lindsay’s brilliant tips in the coming weeks and months!

And now without any further ado: Lindsay’s Tricks of the Trade!

Hi, everyone! My name is Lindsay. For many years, I’ve been an interior designer here at Elements of Design, and I’m now very proud to be a part of Ella & Boss. (Go visit! It’s pretty cool. And, I’m told, iPad compatible!) Over the years, I’ve come up with a few simple tricks and shortcuts that will help make your space the best it can possibly be in no time, and I’d love to share them with all of you! Here are my first two!

1. Painting

Choosing the right paint color for your space can be totally frustrating and overwhelming. First off, the sheer number of colors to choose from is virtually infinite, and then once you finally choose the color of your dreams and put it up on the wall, it can still turn out to be a nightmare. Say you choose to paint your bedroom a pinkish taupe, because it compliments the other colors in your room. Well, depending on the time of day and the amount of light in the room, that pinkish hue you love so much could fade to reveal other colors that don’t fit into your design. For instance, it might be pink and complimentary at 9AM when the sun is streaming through your window, but then later on in the day when there’s less light all of a sudden the greenish hue comes to the fore to clash with your aesthetic. No good at all.

Well, I’ve devised a way to make choosing a paint color easier and it’s as simple as can be. Hopefully, you’re familiar with the “paint fan.” If not, it’s essentially a ginormous book that you can pickup from virtually any paint store, containing every possible paint color available from a particular company. Needless to say, they can be quite unwieldy and confusing, the different color families aren’t always together, and searching through a 1,000 paint colors to find the exact one you want can be frustrating and time-consuming. So here’s a simple way to narrow your choices by making it easier to pull individual colors or color families from the pack.

What you’ll need:

1. One Paint Fan
2. One Pair of Pliers
3. One Short, Thin Length of Chain or Rope

What to do:

1. Twist and pull the screw cap off of the bolt holding the fan together, and remove the bolt.

2. Insert rope/chain and fasten.

That’s it! Yes, I know it seems astonishingly simple, but you’ll be amazed how much time, energy and frustration you’ll save. And once you’ve simplified the process of picking your color, you can rest assured that you’re choosing the right one. Never again will you find yourself the victim of a nasty surprise that you have to paint over!

2. Measuring

These little guys are my new favorite tools, so I just had to share! Tape measures are EXTREMELY important in our business, because in order to best utilize a space, you need to know its dimensions. I always have like six within easy reach, on my desk, in my car, in my purse, etc. Maybe I’m addicted? I don’t know. Anyway, isn’t it so frustrating when you’re trying to measure something big and the tape gets all twisted because you can’t get the end to grip? Especially since an inaccurate measurement can lead to total disaster! Well, thanks to fabricator extraordinaire, Susan Pilchard, there’s finally a solution! Tape-Ease! Just snap these little guys onto the end of your tape, and you’ll never have to worry about an inaccurate measurement ever again. And they’re available at any hardware store! (And, no, before you ask, I’m not getting paid to say that. I just really, really like them! Haha!) Check it out:

Susan, in her infinite wisdom, gave us like 10 of these, and I’m very proud to say that we’ve only lost like two! 🙂 Thanks so much for the tip, Susan!

That’s all for now, but be sure to stay tuned for more of my tricks and tips! See you next time and thanks for reading!

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