20 Designer Cheat Sheets to Steal

Use these professional tools

By Sunshine Menefee
Staff Writer

You don’t have to be a professional to have access to a design library. There are lots of handy guides and visual out there to help homeowner’s create a well designed home. Even interior designers have cheat sheets and refreshers now and then. I’ve rounded up a list of my favorite ones to share with you.


1. Psychology of Color

Color is actually a very complex color and we all love learning about our inner psyche. This list is one of the most comprehensive and my favorite go to visual.


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2. Upholstery Estimator

For quick guesstimates, this is handy to keep lying around. Keep in mind that the variance is dependent upon the pattern repeat. A larger pattern will use more fabric.

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3. Lighting Placement

Placing lighting is a difficult task, but this guide makes is much easier. It goes into different rooms and show what scale fixtures should be.


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4. A Guide to the Gallery

Gallery walls are popular and sometimes intimidating. This guide lays out common combinations and sizes to take out the guesswork.



5. Rug Sizes

This should be in every homeowner’s home. Rug sizing and placement is a very common mistake. This guide will help you avoid it.

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6. Space Planning Dimensions

If you’ve ever wondered what the standard walkway or room for a table setting should be, this has your answer. It contains typical dimensions around the home.

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7. Furniture sizes

Another size guide, this one is for standard furniture. Keep it close for quick reference or when shopping.

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8. Pillow Arrangements

Get creative with these pillow arrangements that are always stylish.

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9. Window Treatments

This visual lists common window coverings. You and a designer will be on the same page if you’re both speaking the same language.

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10. Window Valance Styles

Again, this has a variety of window valances. There are more than you think!



11. Paint Undertones

The two most common paint mistakes I see are either a too bold color or the wrong undertone. What’s an undertone? Check out this visual.

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12. Paint Sheen

For every surface you’re painting, there is a right and wrong sheen. This guide goes into detail about each one and where is should be applied.

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13. Bulb Styles

Lighting is getting more and more intricate. This guide lists bases and sizes.

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14. Lamp Shade Styles

If you’re looking for a particular lampshade shape, this guide will let you know what to call it.



15. Sofa Styles

Not everyone knows the difference between a Lawson and a Chesterfield. This article sorts them out for you.

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16. Headboards

A definitive guide to headboard shapes and styles.

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17. Antique Feet and Legs

Things can get confusing when talking about antiques. Easily distinguish between a cabriole and saber leg with help from this visual.

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18. Traditional Chair Styles

Again, another great visual guide for dining room chair styles.

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19. Furniture Lingo

Know what you are talking about with this guide to design vocabulary.

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20. Tile Layout Guide

There are lots of pattern to install tiles. The guide spells them out and show a picture for reference. Tile patterns made easy.

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So now you too can have great design hints at your fingertips. Bookmark or pin these links to keep them close at hand and have you home looking great.

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