Interior designer, Jan Showers has a unique style. It’s glamorous, but it’s never over the top. It’s timely but it also incorporates traditional stylistic appeal. It’s comfortable yet chic. With such a diverse approach to décor, you might wonder where she gets her inspiration. According to her website, she finds it in art, travel, fashion, fine antiques and objects, and nature.
Her eclectic taste and fine tuned eye for décor has landed Showers as a prominent designer in the Dallas area and the country. Perhaps most notably was the recognition she received from Architectural Digest – her company is considered one of the AD100 list of top design and architectural firms. House Beautiful also recognized her as one of “The Top 100 Interior Designers in America”.
With these and other distinguished awards, Showers has made a strong name for herself. Here are a few of her best design tips to help you get her refined, chic style in your home.
Use Your Entry Way
When someone walks into your house, what’s the first thing they see? Your entry way. Use it to make a statement and show off your sense of style from the moment your guests enter. With wall coverings, paint colors, and simple décor, you can set the expectation for your guest for how you want him or her to feel in your home.
Add Simple Luxury
Showers suggests keeping the curtains in your home looking and feeling luxurious without overpowering your space with large print or pattern. For the average ceiling height, she suggests steering clear of swags or heavy cornices.
She also suggests keeping patterns simple and using them sparingly. Instead, focus on adding strong colors to make the space feel vibrant and warm.
Let the Light Shine In… Not On
It’s a little known trick in Hollywood but overhead lighting is used to make people look older than they really are. Don’t create the same effect in your home. Use eye-level lighting to make the room more inviting and make you look a little bit younger in your own home.
Design for Conversation
You don’t invite your guests over to your house so that they can leave an hour later. Make your décor more inviting by arranging your furniture to inspire conversation. Place tables near chairs so that people can sit down with their glass of water, wine, or coffee and converse.
Create Eye Popping Displays
Show off your favorite pieces in eye-catching displays. Incorporate various shapes and heights to add dimension to your room and bring it to life. You can even mix textures!
What is your favorite design tip from Jan Showers? Is there any tip that you plan to incorporate in your home?