Thursday, February 26, 2015
5 Tips For Designing the Perfect Space!
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.