We all know that lighting is essential to helping you see clearly, but did you know that it also helps set the overall mood of a space? To create the best ambience, it’s important to incorporate a variety of light sources, including recessed and decorative options like a hanging pendant or chandelier. Don’t forget about using various accent/task lighting options, too, by integrating floor and table lamps at different heights around the room.
Another key element designers focus on when planning a room is the overall layout and function of the space. Here’s an important factor to consider when studying the “traffic flow” in a room: Are you constantly walking around furniture when you enter and leave the space? A well-designed room will not only make the area look visual appealing, but it will be functional, too.
Avoid getting stuck in a design rut by always placing sofas or large furniture against the walls in a large room. You can set up an intimate space by moving furniture away from the walls to establish a defined seating area. Challenge yourself to think about alternate layouts that will direct attention to a focal point, such as two chairs in front of a fireplace.
While many of us live by the theory that each end of the sofa should be flanked by a pillow, you don’t have to stick with just two. Make it interesting by adding layers with multiple comfy cushions that also add texture and color to ramp up your style. Kick things up another notch with colorful throws to boost appeal.
With just a few simple touches, you can fashion a spa-like escape. Start by making sure the countertops in your bathroom are neat and clean, which means placing items like the hair dryer or makeup in drawers and cabinets. Utilize embellished boxes to tuck everyday essentials in a decorative container for easy access. Another way to craft a restful retreat is with luxurious white towels rolled up and placed in a basket. Add an element of relaxation by splurging on nice soaps, lotions and a plush bathrobe.
A sophisticated touch in any room is a pair of curtains that fit the windows correctly, meaning the side curtain panels actually touch the floor. If the fabric doesn’t hit or slightly puddle on the floor, they should be considered high waters and should be avoided.
These little touches are sure to make your home special, enabling you to add show-stopping details that will look like you hired a decorator!