Rehang Art – For a quick change that makes a huge impact – rehang your art. Go room by room and mix it all up. Hang art low, it makes a larger impact this way. When grouping art, it’s about balance. It has to be weighted evenly, not necessarily symmetrical. As a matter of fact, we tend to use odd numbers of art when hanging gallery style. If you want some interesting wall art, consider framing stamps, comic books, and magazine covers. My eldest son is into music and we just found some frames at Ikea that are for framing record albums, which he collects. It makes for a much more interesting look than having a home full of mass produced art.
Cushions bring in a pop of colour and texture. When doing a room we always think in terms of texture – do we have a good mix of rough and soft. Make sure the cushions have different textures – flannel, leather, linen, suede – as well as the right colours. And what are the right colours, you ask? Well you want the joiner cushions, the one that repeats the colour and ties it together. Then you want the wow factor – the cushions that knock it out of the park. A great trick to elevate the look is to introduce a colour that isn’t in the room and doesn’t get repeated. It looks bold and daring. Just remember, don’t do matchy matchy – it’s just too pedestrian.
Area rugs can do so much for a room. Usually we go large enough so that the furniture is touching the rug. It’s important to have at least the front legs of the sofa and chairs on the area rug. Unless it’s a small rug that just sits under the coffee table or in front of the fireplace. Then it’s okay to have air around the rug. And like I mentioned last week, yes you can layer rug on rug. This is a cheap and cheerful way to dress up wall to wall carpeting that may not be the most current colour or in the best shape.
Lamps are like jewelry for a room. There are so many types available – floor, table, sconces – as well as so many different shapes. Mix up the types in a room. Having a matching pair on each side of the sofa is old school, unless the room is modern enough to support the symmetry.
Coffee table and dining table styling has really kicked up a notch in the last few years. What’s current now is to have a table styled with interesting objects. If it’s a large table, mentally divide it into zones and style each section. Again, go for balance over symmetry. Use trays to contain objects and hold groups together, like the candles below. Having a fresh plant on the table gives some life to the room. When decorating a table, it’s a great opportunity to use personal items and little treasures that give the room a sense of authenticity. We also like to include some round shapes on a square or rectangular table.
Books don’t have to be relegated to the bookshelf any longer. Take out any pretty hardcover books and use them to style with. They look excellent under lamps, with a group of candles on them, or as a place to display small curios. And they look great just piled up…on the floor, on a table, anywhere.
Throws add texture to a room and are great to cozy up in. We like throws because they offer a cheerful way to hide a not so pretty sofa. We also like draping a colourful throw over leather furniture to warm it up and break up the masculine look that leather furniture often has. King size beds can also benefit from having a throw at the end. Beds are such a large solid mass, that layering throws and quilts help break up the solid look and provide movement. We like using a few different textures to add interest.
It’s all the little details that combine to give a room the look. Styling takes time and lots of trial and error. It’s worth the effort though. In the end, if all else fails, call in a decorator for a few hours. You’ll be amazed at the difference.
We’ve been working on some big projects lately and been in construction mode. One of the homes is getting near the end, so I’m hoping we’ll have some pictures to show you in the next while. Remember, if you want to receive my blog direct to your inbox, click below and every Tuesday morning you’ll get mail!
Have a great week,
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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