You’d think the less you put in a room, the bigger it looks. It’s counter intuitive, but nope. The interesting pieces you add to a room create their own individual spaces that add to the feeling of space as a whole. Sure, there is a point of diminishing returns and you can over stuff a room. But there’s a long beautiful way to go before you get there.
You may have heard that darker colors make a room look smaller. Doesn’t have to be so at all. Let’s start with how to choose a dark color. Today’s deep tone trends are in neutrals. Yes, dark colors can be neutral too, and you’ll find there’s as many ways to go with all your choices as with a light wall color. It’s all about making that darker wall just one element in the room, not the boss.
Continuing our journey of dispelling design myth has brought us here. Design Myth number two: Different prints don’t mix well. The truth is you can do all kinds of things with different patterns and prints and find they all like being together. Let’s try it out.
The bedroom suite of furniture has been with us for a long time, and as a foundation for a bedroom it will always be a classic. Matching isn’t all wrong, and in this room we chose 3 matching pieces. The neutral look of these pieces lets us have fun experimenting with other pieces. Mix it up and things get very interesting. When you think bedroom furniture, stretch beyond the bedroom suite. Use it for a foundation, and then add some fun.
Headboards make a great statement in your bedroom, and there’s so many beautiful ones to choose from out there. But - if you enjoy re-purposing things, or using things in un-expected ways, here’re some very creative ideas on how to create a headboard, when you have no headboard.
A head board is a bedroom star in a number of ways. It makes a mattress a bed. It’s like the mantel of a fireplace, it’s a place to style like no other room has. When you add or change a headboard, the whole room notices the difference and lights up. We’re going to show you 2 different headboards, 2 different styles.
When furniture can be both great looking and provide storage, it's a win win. Gone are the days of ugly storage bins. These days you get the storage and a lot of style. Consoles are so great for showcasing, and storage. Vases, bowls, you name it. The items you love, and want to see. These days, storage furniture can be found all over the place. You can declutter and still have everything close at hand.
Lighting is very important to the ambiance of a room. It’s the glow and warmth that makes everything else in the room look better. Changing your lamps out is an inexpensive way to make a big change in a small area, and often encourages you to make other changes. Lamps aren’t just about light. They’re about sculpture and texture and color and interest. A smaller accessory with a lot of punch. Very important pieces in any room.
The sofa is the main piece of furniture and gets a lot of attention. But there are other very important pieces in a room. Let's start with a simple sleek sofa, and let the others pieces shine. We're going to take this 3 ways: Neutral, Color, and Pattern. Chairs aren't about just somewhere to sit. They complete a room, and can add quite a punch.
When you are entertaining, a party is not a party without some mood lighting. It needs to feel comfortable and inviting. Different from the everyday. First up, the elegant look. All glass, traditional, very sleek, yet using different sized candle holders adds a unique twist. Second, let’s flip it to more rustic. All wooden candle holders. Again, all sizes, all different kinds of wood looks, including a cute little sleeping cat. More casual and warm. Finally, something funky. A tree sculpture with hanging votives. Different, unexpected and so cool looking, I love it. And don’t be shy about spreading it to other areas. Never use your overhead lights for a party. Use table lamps and let your home flicker with soft candle light everywhere.
If you are having more than 4-6 people over in a smaller space, you may need some extra seating. First, and most obvious, you can always pull a chair or two over from the dining room. Second, consider picking up a cube ottoman or two. They are comfy and have storage. Lastly, these unique cushions provide the perfect accent. Use one or 2 per person. It's as easy as that, and everyone stays comfortable.
So, you are thinking about throwing a party, but maybe concerned about the amount of space you have in your home. In this series of episodes, we will show you how to get your living space ready to entertain. And it’s easier than you might think. “First, every party needs a bar. Somewhere your guests can help themselves without needing a bartender. It might surprise you to know that there are pieces in your home that will work perfectly for a bar.