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.

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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!

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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.

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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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