In a reimagined
space, there is an easy solution to almost any problem.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that smaller rooms require lighter
paint colors to brighten them up. Actually, it's just the opposite. As strange
as it may sound, smaller spaces appear larger when painted a darker color.
Darker colors hide ceiling lines and corner shadows to make walls and ceilings
appear further away. It is important that you don't paint the room black,
of course, but a darker hue of the already-chosen color will definitely do the
To gain the illusion of more windows, try adding mirrors. Larger mirrors create
a sense of depth, like windows. They also reflect other windows in the space,
tricking your mind into believing there are more of them and multiplying the
Less Is Always More
Put everything you want in the room you are redesigning and when you are
finished, edit yourself by removing 25 percent of it. A person entering a room for
the first time should be able to experience the space as a whole and not be
overwhelmed by its contents. Remember, the more you have in a room, the smaller
For exceptional atmosphere, add a torchiere to reflect light from the ceiling
onto the whole room. Recessed lighting adjacent to walls will create a
scalloping effect, which will in turn provide not only general lighting but
accent lighting as well. Table lamps and picture lighting will illuminate
surfaces and artwork for a distinguished feel.
Everything Has to Match
Today, pretty much anything goes as long as you do it with a sense of style.
It's not what you have in your space, but how well it is all pulled together
that really counts. Surprisingly enough, a contemporary piece works great with
a traditional foundation and vice versa. What you are striving for when mixing
periods is balance and texture, with the ultimate outcome of achieving a sense
of harmony and comfort. Remember, you can't buy good taste!
Can Make or Break a Space
Even the best furniture arrangement and the highest-priced accessories can look
awkward if their background is a poorly done paint job. Drips and brush marks
on windows, moldings and floors are a sign of very bad interior design. Even
though paint is known to be the least expensive way to update a space, it pays
to hire a professional who knows the correct coat coverage, sheen and
application process. Not only will a properly painted interior look like a
million dollars in even the most modest of interiors, it will also be durable
enough to stand the test of time in an active household.
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