Building a foundation, four walls, and a solid roof is easy. Creating a home takes passion, inspiration, and smarts. That’s the philosophy behind Taylor & Taylor, a design firm based in Florida and managed by William & Phyllis Taylor.
The Taylors didn’t start their career together. Each designer in this power duo apprenticed separately in Florida with other leading design firms. They worked on airport concourses, colleges, resorts, custom homes, and other large projects. In 1983, they merged their design mindsets and started their own firm called Taylor & Taylor, Inc.
Now, they work in South Beach and are backed by a team of architects and designers.
In 2014, the Taylors released their first book called “Classic Florida Style; The Houses of Taylor & Taylor.” Now, we’ve pulled a few of the best tips from their blog to help you get an insight into what this design firm is creating and how you can use their design advice in your home.
Tips for Ceilings
The Taylors recently published a blog post about ceilings. In it, they describe the 10 things to consider about ceilings when designing a house.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that your ceiling should follow the goldilocks rule. Too short and you’ll feel cramped. Too tall and you won’t feel comfortable.
When decorating, include the design of your ceiling into your décor. Beams, accent colors, and crown molding are all ways to add elegant touches to your room. They also note that the lighting in your ceiling should be central – not on the outskirts of the room.
Tips for Furniture Placement
Another blog post we loved was their tips about furniture placement. In it, they talk about how to create a unique, welcoming home. A few tips to follow include:
- Always having a sofa table behind a floating sofa
- Always having more than one seating group in the living room
- Always using an area carpet to draw the room together.
Tips for Doors
The final featured blog post from Taylor & Taylor is their tips on doors.
Perhaps the best tip is to always have your doors open enough so that they’re not leaning out into the room. This will give your space a more open feel and welcoming vibe.
They also suggest making your front door inviting. Use sidelights or shutters to make a boring door look more welcoming.
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