by Stacey Aasved
To make a great first impression, paint your front
door a fun, glossy color. It will make your guests
feel welcome before they even knock on the door.
Your furniture should talk:
Arranging your sofa with two chairs opposite, and
a table in the middle will not only open up the room,
but will invite conversation.
Let the sun in:
When decorating windows, think sheers paired with
full length panels. Natural light is the best way to
warm up a room, so keep your window coverings light
and airy with linen and silk blends to allow the sun in.
Mirrors help rooms feel larger and brighter when
situated properly. Place at least one mirror in each
room. Take care to place them perpendicular to
windows (not across from them) allowing the light
to bounce from the windows to the room around it.
All about the lights:
Every room should have three kinds of lighting:
ambient, which provides overall illumination; task,
which is often found over a kitchen island or a reading
nook; and accent, which is more decorative.
The rug defines:
In a living room, all four legs of the sofa and chairs
in your furniture grouping should fit on the rug.
The rug should be used to define your seating area.
Sticking to colors like beige or grey will minimize
jarring transitions and make the room look larger.
White walls can appear dated and institutional, but
a soft grey or beige can make a world of difference
and will allow you to change accessories easier.
Raise the roof…visually:
By painting the ceilings white, and hanging curtains
5” to 7” higher than the windows you can visually
enlarge your space.
Bookshelves tend to be the worst clutter collectors,
with about 50% more “stuff” than they should have.
Reducing by half will make visual improvements.