You may be looking to freshen up your design to match your enthusiasm for the new season upon us. Here are a few well known tricks that designers employ to make the greatest impact. First, remember all good interior designers will tell you that the most important aspect in designing your home is that it reflects your personality and style.
Sometimes the smallest things can make the greatest impact. Mirrors, paint and lighting can truly transform a room. Paint smaller rooms in softer lighter colors to help make the room feel larger to maximize a small living space. On the other hand, if you have a small powder room, go dramatic in color. A bold color will make more of an impact. Mirrors create an optical illusion of space, making a room seem larger than it actually is. Be sure to look across from the mirror to ensure it will reflect light or something of interest. Reflecting a blank wall will defeat your purpose. Placing a mirror directly across from a window will add instant light. Decorative mirrors can be used in lieu of art to fill empty wall space.
To satisfy your spring cleaning goals, integrate storage as a design element. Wicker baskets and old wooden boxes are economical yet stylish. The natural materials add texture and warmth to a space. You can add them to any room to store collections you would like to hide such as magazines, towels, blankets and toys, just to name a few. They can also be useful on your kitchen counter to store fruits and vegetables while allowing them to breathe and ripen.
A shopping trip is not required. One of my favorite places to shop can be another room in my home. Be creative; just because an item always has been in one area that doesn’t mean that special object or piece of furniture can’t find a new home. An old dresser or credenza can make a great buffet. Take a good look around; silver platters and wooden trays can make a great addition to a luggage rack or tea cart. If you have old books such as your childhood stories, copy pages to use as framed art for a nursery. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with what you already have. Pieces that may never have been noticed before can come to life in a new space.
Don’t forget to pull out your table cloths. Bright, crisp cloths can change the look of any room. Then top off your table with some fresh flowers for that spring feeling. You also may want to reconsider slip covers. They can serve as a means of changing your furniture to reflect the various seasons. Slipcovers have gotten a bad rap, but these easily removed coverings allow you to have a sophisticated look without constantly worrying about people damaging your furniture. Slipcovers are ideal for rooms used frequently for children.
Mix it up! Combine patterns, color tones, and textures. Merge the old with the new and the inexpensive with the lavish. There is nothing wrong with placing a family heirloom alongside your modern sofa. Your home should tell a story of your past, present and future. Pieces should coexist beautifully together reflecting your style. Your fabrics can do the same whether they are in your furniture, rugs or pillows. Varied colors that complement each other along with textures and patterns can bring warmth and interest to your living space.
Bring in an area rug to anchor a setting and give added texture color and personality. Tile, hardwood and other hard surfaces cry out for an area rug, especially in the cooler months. An area rug can add fun and functionality. You can change your area rug, throws and pillows to reflect the seasons, using warmer tones and fabrics for cooler months and lighter, brighter ones for the warmer seasons of the year. There are many lovely cotton washable rugs which are ideal for homes with children.
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