As days grow shorter and more time is spent indoors, it is natural to want to fix up and improve our homes. Sometimes we feel that everything has got to go and nothing is right. Often with just a few simple changes, our homes can look beautiful again.
The most dramatic change for the least effort and money is to change the paint colour. Pick a room, or even a few walls, and don’t be afraid to go very bold. The only thing to remember is to have some of the wall colour mixed in amongst the furnishings and accessories. This can be as simple as a few cushions, a vase and a throw. Try red or even black for a dramatic look on the walls. Don’t be afraid of colour as there is no wrong colour. The use of colour is a very personal choice as it is so very emotional. Colour speaks to us on a very primitive level and the same colour does not have the same effect on everyone. Always do a colour test and look at it in many different lights. Once the painting is complete, reserve judgement for a few days. Often we think we don’t like something simply because it is new and we are not used to seeing it that way.
If it is not wall colour that needs changing, try adding texture. A room needs many layers to it, but these layers can’t be gained by simply adding more stuff. It is texture that will provide interest without adding bulk. The use of leather, velvet, silk, rattan, faux fur, wool and wood are great ways to add depth to a room. This is why accessorizing is so important. Keep the big expensive items basic and incorporate trends and texture in the smaller items. This way change is easy and even seasonal change is not difficult to do. For spring, light colours and textures can replace the coziness we desire in winter.
To truly have an inviting room, the furniture must be placed in a way that is welcoming. Always keep the entrance to a room open and light. Place heavier furnishings farther into the room. Nobody wants to walk through a tunnel, but we all want to be enticed to enter a room. Never feel that furniture has to be slapped against the walls either. Although not always easy, the use of angles provides interest and visual appeal.
Often a critical eye is needed to see the opportunity for change. Sometimes we get so used to seeing our home the way it is that we never ask why. As the days grow shorter and less time is spent outdoors, take a good look at your living space and liven it up a bit.
Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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