The sad truth is that we're not all made out to be decorator material. That's because it can be difficult to know what colors you need to match colors between pillows and couches, what kinds of materials make a home more inviting, or how using different lighting can transform a room.
And that's why some of us may be doing a decorative disservice to our homes. These tips to liven up, warm up, or even reinvent some of your favorite rooms, are especially important if you are planning to sell your home.
Let's start with lighting.
Lighting has the ability to transform a room's mood. With it, you can change the same space from a reading room to a romantic atmosphere, simply by utilizing reflection, tracked lighting, candles or dimmer switches.
Shifting light around a room using reflective surfaces can not only create ambiance, it can make a space seem bigger than it really is. Tracked lighting helps highlight any specific pieces of art or furniture in the room, which helps acts as a visual queue. The warm glow from candles can entice the senses. And dimmer switches are an easy way to control the overall amount of light in the room.
Materials, shapes and fabrics in your home can create a lot of different visual and physical feelings. Sheer, wispy materials create a more romantic space, while thick, burlap materials provide a more somber tone. Depending on the materials you use, you can set the kind of mood you're looking for. Shapes also go a long way in creating feeling. Blocked shapes represent more sterility and modernism, while curved shapes soften a room.
And finally, let's talk colors.
Washed-out, bright, or saturated colors determine if a room is warm and inviting, or all business. Choose the right color by determining what you want the room to say to you or to guests. Choose what works for the room.
It's safe to say that all of these factors need to coordinate with one another. If you're still unsure about things to look for, talk to a friend or professional about what you can do to make an ordinary room stand out. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.
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