Insider Quick Tips


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Design tip from Laura Ridley, ASID, CID

Ridley Interior Design

Fallbrook, CA


Laura Ridley has 20+ years of experience in design. Her clients like how she listens to their needs and incorporates suggestions that will blend their tastes to create the home of their dreams.

Insider Quick Tips

To help when you need to update your home, I’ve created these “inside designer tips” to share with you:


  • Many people forget to decorate two rooms — the entry and the powder room. These two spaces can have the highest impact in design, color and personality. They set the stage for the rest of the house, so don’t ignore them.

  • I love to do accent walls of color or design. Find at least one wall that can be a focal point with a splash of bold color, wallpaper, paneling or an oversized piece of artwork. It will add drama to a room. 

  • A simple way to freshen accessories and artwork is to take everything down off the walls and tables, buy a few new pieces, then mix up the look by hanging artwork and placing accessories in different rooms or on different walls than where they were before. Always start with the largest pieces first because it is easier to find locations for smaller items.

  • Instead of using a comforter on the bed, just use layers of fine sheets and linens. A duvet can also be made out of your favorite sheets. It is a very clean and simple look — great for summer, too.

  • If you need privacy or want to cut off an ugly view by a window, add a decorative film to the window instead of using a window shade or draperies. Window films come in a variety of etched looks from subtle to opaque. They transmit light and add beauty to the area.

Categories: Home Design