Sometimes, designing a space can be overwhelming especially if you do not know where or how to start. Here are a few tips for achieving the perfect space in your home! Mix Different Shapes Play with the lines and shapes in your space. For example, a round rug in a
square room will expand the space and make it feel larger. You can use a round
piece of furniture to achieve a similar effect. This small play on shapes makes it more difficult for your brain to define a
specific boarder on the space, causing you to perceive it to be larger than it
actually is. Leave Space Above Or Below Key Elements Floor to ceiling shelves, columns and partitions are certainly functional
and can provide a design aesthetic; however, I find it much more interesting to
mix the space up by raising a bookcase off the floor, using a different
material for the top of a fireplace, or using half-height walls if a partition
is necessary. A similar idea applies when using wainscoting or paneling. The contrasting
texture and color provides more visual interest and makes the space more
appealing. Try Every-Day Items for Decor Do not feel like you need to spend a lot of money on art,
accessories and other decor. Everyday items make great
alternatives. Nicely-framed children's art makes a great conversation starter.
If you are crafty, try your hand at making
wall art out of an old map. Even fabric, stapled to a board with some
batting or set in a mat within a frame can give contrast and a pop of
color. Use Patterns and Palettes to Set the Tone Want a fun family space? Use strong patters and bright colors. Need a
soothing master suite? Use a soft color palette with complementary colors.
Remember, contrast and irregular shapes provide stimulation while parallel
lines and monotone colors are more soothing. Choose
a color palette to match the desired tone of the space. Do Not Forget Practical Elements Design is all about creating a space that makes people want to be in it. Our
minds often lean towards the look of the space, but it needs to be practical as
well. This practicality can be as simple as comfortable furniture. It can also
be more abstract such as providing privacy and security when needed. If you do not know a contractor in the area, see if there is a national chain has a
local dealer. Usually, their website will specify the areas in which they operate.
For example, if you have security concerns in your design plan, call a national brand that you trust. Then, localize
the provider accordingly, using ADT in Philadelphia or
whatever city you happen to be in. You do not need to stress over finding
the perfect contractor. ADT is a good company and they have someone
local. You can do this with practically any service. Remember, design is about creating that perfect space for yourself! Do not
be afraid to think outside of the box to create a space that you will love.
Welcome to my blog. I am an Interior Decorator based in Chicagoland, Illinois. Married and a mommy to my 9 year old son. Through this blog, I will be sharing my passion for design and my inspirations with you. Occasionally, I will also be showing you my home and some of my clients' decorating projects. I am a firm believer that a beautiful home can be achieved in any budget through creativity and smart shopping. Currently, I am offering e-design (online decorating) service at an affordable rate to help you create a home that reflects you, a home that will make you smile every time you walk through the door. Hope you have fun following along. Email me at mixandchic(at)yahoo(dot)com if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!
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