Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Guest Post: Warming Up a Large Space with Decor

I apologize about lack of blogging. I know you all understand how being a mom, working a full-time job and taking care of your home doesn't leave much time for blogging.  I really want to be better at keeping up with my posts.

To start off the New Year, I have the pleasure of introducing you to a guest post by Christina Johnson. She offers some very good tips to warming up your space. WE all have those rooms that we never know what to do with. I think you will find her suggestions very helpful. 

 Warm Up a Large Space with D├ęcor
Article submitted by Christina Johnson
If you are a homeowner and are looking to add some warmth and charm to a large,cold room you are in luck. There are many design ideas that you can choose from that will take that once wide-open and uninviting space and transform it into a room that everyone will want to spend time in.
There are several ways to begin these types of projects, but the first and most important step is to take a moment and decide what you really want to accomplish. Will this room be the focal point of your home going forward? If so, you may want to consult with your family members before hand. You should also consider what you would like to use the room for; a large living room can be broken up into an entertainment area with your TV and media and another space can be for a workspace or library.
For example, if the room has windows on all sides, consider the windows as your focal point to begin dividing your space. You can place a couple of chairs and a table with a lamp in one area for those who like to read and place a computer desk and light fixture near another window to encourage use.
Characterize your spaces with unique touches like throw rugs, dividers or even the room’s own special design features. Beware of the size of your rugs if you choose to divide your room this way. They should be a minimum of 1/3 the size of the space. You don’t have to perfectly match each rug in the room but they do need to stand out as dividers of the space and be unique to each. Furniture when arranged in different seating areas will also create dividers.
Keep continuity in your wall color. If you apply different wall colors for each space, it will start to look cheesy and tacky. Remember, while you want your spaces to be different, you can achieve this task by incorporating pieces of artwork and furniture. Your wall color should be as neutral as possible and maybe a bit darker. Colors like chocolate, olive green and navy blue work well because when you apply dark colors to the walls, the room appears smaller.
Since you have such a large space, feel free to use large scaled pieces of furniture like a large sectional sofa to have for watching TV or an overstuffed chair that is perfect for curling up to read. If you use large pieces of furniture, try to stay clear of bright colors and patterns. Instead, opt for neutral colored furniture that matches your wall colors. You don't have to match the colors, but try to stay in the same family. You can then use your accessories like rugs, throw pillows and artwork to bring splashes of colors throughout the room and in each space.
Remain focused on the overall look of the entire room and don't focus on any one area. You should avoid any spaces that can be considered ‘wasted or empty’. The object of this project is to present a fully-functioning room with different spaces. For continuity, place a small stool or planter in any areas that look ‘empty’.
Select more textured pieces to accentuate your room rather than plain covered fabrics. Aim for rugs that are more plush and perhaps patterned as opposed to smooth and boring. This includes your wall coverings as well. You can easily distinguish one area of the room from another by simply adding a large framed picture on one wall to define the space and smaller framed pictures on an opposite wall to add depth.
Christina Johnson who works remotely for Elliman Prudential in the New York City Apartments and  Rentals market. She is using her journalism major to combine what she loves most, writing and her career. Her specialties include home decor design and DIY home improvement projects.

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