Whether starting from scratch or working with existing furnishings, the following design tips will help you create the life and the captivating and family room style you are considering. If you are unsure of the look you want to achieve or just need some inspiration, look at magazines, watch home design shows on TV, visit the new exhibition halls houses, or hiring an interior designer. When assembling all the different elements and layers of a room, fundamental concerns to keep in mind are style, scale, hierarchy, color and detail.
Style: In broad terms, style is generally described in terms of modern, contemporary, transitional, traditional or eclectic. However, more descriptive definitions include the choice of a theme such as Traditional Georgian, Modern retro contemporary French, and so on. Keeping a consistent style in a room can make a strong statement about that particular style. On the other hand, mixing styles can add an interesting complexity to a room. Choose a style and theme at the beginning of the design process to have strong leadership.
Scale: If the furniture is large and massive or small and petite, all should appear proportional, balanced and harmonious. Typically, large bulky furnishings should have bold accents and accessories. If a room is small, very large furnishings can make a smaller room. However, a few large pieces are better than numerous smaller pieces. Conversely, small furniture can be lost in a large room, especially with high ceilings.
A design solution to address spaces with high ceilings is to use long drapes. This sets the scale of the room and can create a spectacular impression. If the ceilings are low, stick with furniture that is lower than the height to avoid lower ceiling. To make a room look bigger, use mirrors. They give an illusion of more space.
If you are buying new furniture, it is a good idea to draw a floor plan to scale and add the furniture to the plan. This not only contributes to the understanding of the scale, but also functions properly if the space. Is there enough room to move, sit and walk?
Hierarchy: Establishing hierarchy provides organization and focus of the room. When it comes to a living room, positioning the couch and chairs is of utmost importance. Identify the focal point of the room. This could be a nice view outside, a feature wall with a group of pictures, or a fireplace. Use large pieces of furniture to reinforce the focal pint. Then follow with other smaller pieces.
Use area rugs to identify and organize spaces. The floor mat to visually link the couch and chairs together. If your living room and dining room is in the same room, a floor mat in the living room will help delineate the two spaces. In addition, a freestanding screen is another good option.
Colors: Of course, color has a dramatic impact on the character of the room. Identify an inspiration piece such as a rug, fabric, or picture to determine your color palette. If your theme is coastal, you may want to incorporate shades of blue or neutral. If your theme is traditional, strong reds, blues or greens may be most appropriate. Pale creams and beige color walls will give the impression of a larger space. Warm colors like red and yellow can make a space appear smaller. Light colors are generally more calm while bright colors are more stimulating.
When choosing a color from a sample, go at least a clearer picture of what you think you want the tone. When the color is placed in the wall appears more intense than when I was in the sample.
For rooms where you spend a lot of time, it is usually better to keep the colors neutral. Limit the use of bright colors to small areas. The bright colors work better for rooms or areas such as the bathroom, hallway staircase, or bedroom which are in use for a limited time.
Details: A great concept can be ruined by clumsy execution. Therefore, take the time to ensure that the furniture is in good condition and that the accessories blend well with the overall theme. There are times when the worn and weather look is desirable. But if worn, must be repaired, renovated or replaced. The accessories can be a different style of furniture, but they should blend in terms of scale and color.
The table lamp is an important accessory because it is both sculptural and functional. Lighting alone can change the whole atmosphere of a room. Make sure the size, color and shape are appropriate for the location. In general, drum shades look more modern and more traditional conical appearance. In a traditional setting, changing the style of a lamp from traditional to modern or contemporary is one way to give a room a more updated look.
Interior designers typically recommend using incandescent light bulbs because the light emitted is considered more conducive to creating an attractive environment. However, if you are trying to reduce energy consumption, compact fluorescent bulb is an affordable alternative to consider. The lighting quality has improved over the years and some people prefer them.
Place photos from eye level to avoid the lower ceiling. In addition, the lower hanging pictures helps to visually unify the pictures with furniture located below - if any. Limit the use of family photos in the living room. It is best to find family pictures, trophies, diplomas in a bedroom, living room or office. The use of multiple images to create a focal point, group them as an imaginary frame around them. Do not spread.