Friday, July 22, 2011

Designing Eye: Big Solutions For Small Spaces

Many people live in a small home, a small room or just a small space. And often these spaces can feel pretty cramped. But if you believe, as I do, that small can be just as beautiful as big, use these guidelines to maximize your space with stylish, transforming and eye-deceiving tips.

Sheer drapery adds an open feeling

• Go vertical. Draw the eye up with vertical lines and tall pieces. Eliminate chair rails, which cut the room visually in half and make it feel smaller. Use vertical striped patterns, and make sure your window treatments go all the way to the ceiling.

• Look through it. Use glass tables, which don't take up much space but also don't stop the eye, creating an illusion of largeness. Sheer or mesh window coverings allow some sunlight in and add a more open feeling.

• Remove or open doors. An open entry between rooms will prevent the space from feeling boxy and broken up.

Larger art and larger scale furniture makes the room appear larger!
• Go big. Hang large artwork on the walls to give the appearance of a larger space.

• Mount lights. Wall-mounted sconces take the place of lamps, saving space while lighting up the room.

Extend the wall color up to the ceiling for a larger appearance!
 • Connect the ceiling. Wall treatments and paint colors that continue onto the ceiling gives the walls the appearance of extending up indefinitely.

• Large furniture. Look for a large-scale piece, such as a round table in a corner or a big, comfy chair, to trick the eye and make the space feel larger. You can make a compact room feel much bigger by choosing a few large, bold pieces rather than many smaller ones.
• Hang mirrors. With mirrors you can play with light and reflections, which creates the illusion of a bigger space. Especially effective placed across from a window.
A smaller space simply requires a more creative approach with decorating. Small is beautiful!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Top 10 Reasons you need a Decorator!

1. You have ideas, but don't know how to implement them.

2. You have a difficult room...too many focal points or details in the wrong places.

3. You don't have the TIME, ENERGY OR DESIRE to do the design or decorating work.

4. You need a major make-over, but you're on a budget.  Decorating mistakes are expensive, and a decorator can make sure they don't happen.

5.You have major work to be done, but you need to work in stages.  A decorator can set you up with a prioritized plan and a time line if needed.

6. You think you know what you want, but are insecure about whether your ideas will work or not.

7. You want to update a room without throwing everything out and starting over. If you don't have a talent for creating an eclectic space, call a professional.

8. You have furniture and accessories that don't quite fit, but you just can't let go of the family heirlooms or you can't afford to replace them.  A decorator can help you "Re-Purpose" old hand-me-downs.

9. You are trying to achieve a specific style or period of design in your decorating, but just can't quite make it happen.

10. You are unsure about color combinations, proportions, mixing patterns, composition, and style.

All the indicators above are reasons to call for help!  A "consultation" will go a long, long, way in avoiding mistakes and regrets!