Richmond interior decorator Suellen Gregory offers five of her favorite tips and tricks:
I have glass on all the surfaces in my bedroom and I have put all of my favorite photos under the glass. It keeps the surfaces free of picture frames which can look busy and cluttered. I look at all of my favorite people every day.
Buy what you like and begin a collection. It makes such a statement. Your interiors will be personal and you’ll have fun doing it. Books, pieces of coral, glass candlesticks — all of these things look great together.
Buy the best art you can afford. Get to know our galleries, begin looking and recognizing what you are drawn to — oils, works on paper, certain artists. Richmond is rich with wonderful art!
I love old wing chairs and slipper chairs. You can find them everywhere — antique shops, flea markets. They are inexpensive to buy and not terribly expensive to recover. A slipper chair can be slipcovered with just a few yards of fabric and can make a really wonderful statement in your room.
I love good lighting; it can be interesting, stylish and sensible in terms of what it’s purpose is. Chandeliers, pendants, floor and table lamps can be equally decorative and functional. Lamps can be painted, shades can be updated, finials can be changed. There are so many possibilities.