Living in a luxurious nexus such as Southern California, it may be hard to consider that the perfect piece of furniture or room accessory might not be readily available to the region. With the proliferation of online shopping, some of the world’s most high-end furniture and housewares designers are opting out of global brick-and-mortar stores in favor of easier to maintain online boutiques. This transition has led many luxury home owners down the road to a type of design called point-and-click.
Using websites such as Pinterest makes it easy to find inspiration and be your own interior designer, even for the vast spaces of Southern California’s supreme residential architecture. Here are a few pieces of advice for those who are ready to take on the design of their interior through point-and-click methods.
Prep is important
When shopping online, it can be easy to get carried away by myriad of choices the internet offers you. Do your best to avoid impulse buys, it can become rather difficult to find storage for that random wing chair you thought you’d need. A helpful tactic to avoid accumulating too many pieces for one room is to really plan for what you need based on what you want and what you already have. Choose pieces that are complementary to the way you actually live. If you’re more apt for a laid-back lifestyle, that formal wing chair may not be an ideal piece for you. Establish your color scheme based on your interests for the room and go from there.
Once your online-purchased items have been delivered, unpack them carefully and examine them thoroughly. If you find any sign of damage or an inherent flaw in the piece, document it with a photo and immediately contact the company from which you bought it. This will ensure that your items are in good shape and will be able to withstand years of use.
Shopping online can be somewhat difficult when it comes to envisioning a particular piece in the actual space. Scale is immensely important in design and for that reason you should learn to measure rooms, furniture and art obsessively. This will help you to visualize the configuration of the room and design accordingly.
As visual as design can be, it is also tactical. Before ordering something online, you may want to get an idea for the way something feels. Online retailers typically understand this need and will send out swatches of fabric, wood finishes and other tactical elements of their products. Take advantage by ordering some samples for yourself and seeing how they fit in with the rest of the room.
Design takes time
One important notion to remember when ordering online is that design takes time. You’re not always guaranteed that a particular item you’ve ordered is in stock, so you may end up waiting just a little longer for that perfect piece that ties the room together. Fret not, because if you’ve done your research the result will be well worth it.
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