Laura. Home Ideas. September 25th , 2017.
A single element never overpowers a well‐designed room; it's a combination of things that make a space look right. But the strategic location of one special stuff or collection can lift a room out of the usual. For example: If thou have family pictures all over the house, try framing several and massing them in one spot on the wall or table in the living room.
New addition has to be placed properly. No matter how wonderful is the painting, sculpture or antique chair that you`ve just bought, you want to make sure it doesn´t make everything else in the room look shabby. Try a recent acquisition in more than 1 location ― in a corner, on a wall, placed at eye–level or even lower. Get out your graph paper and shift elements around on paper or just move the new purchase around the room and live with it for a few days in each test location.
If the room needs perking up but you‘re not prepared to invest money in it, train yourself to look at what you own with a fresh eye. An old machine part, for instance, can be shined up and displayed as sculpture; a real working tool can be beautiful silhouetted against a plain wall. And you get a big effect for little cost.
Always ask yourself, "does this look create a problem for me in everyday functioning? Will I have to rearrange things or move them constantly?" If any decorating touch requires too much effort to maintain, don`t waste time on it. When opting furniture, avoid the overly ornate. Simpler lines are easier to organize also more probable to stay in fashion over a long‐term. Decorate with a mixture of prints and patterns. Many fabric houses carry complete lines of prints that are designed to go together in the same room. But you can mix patterns on your own too.
Fads can be fun so long as thou don’t use up too much dollar on them. Color trends, for instance, are worth following in a small way at least ― they provide a rapid change and needn′t be expensive. When pastel is in, a dusty–rose bowl on the coffee table and a matching pillow on the modern sofa can give your room some needed pizzazz.
Watch new trends to view if they are based on classic interior design. But take your valuable time before thou invest. Nothing dates a room quicker than being too up‐to‐the‐minute. There really is nothing truly new ― just an adaptation or new use of an old principle or line. Looking at the contemporary version and comparing it to museum examples of antique furniture will show you the history of some of the today′s popular styles.
Provincial furniture, for instance, began as expensive, elaborate design for royalty and noblemen. When craftsmen in the provinces copied the court‵s favorite styles, the adapted and simplified them according to their own skills and the more modest purses of their country customers.
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