The art of showcasing a home's best features is to use the architecture of the space as a guide. As in traditional design, the foundation principle of redesign is "form follows function." However, in redesign you never sacrifice the use of the room in order to make it look pretty. The redesign process "thinks outside the box" to creatively assess alternative uses for various pieces of furniture and accessories.
Redesign's goal and philosophy is to achieve a stylish, comfortable room at little or no cost, valuing placement over purchase. In a well-redesigned room you will not only see the difference but you will feel the difference. The room feels warm, relaxing and exudes a sense of cohesiveness. A successful redesign will reflect the personality, history, and interests of the homeowner in the very best setting possible. The contents of the room tell the stories of those who live there.
Accessories put your personal stamp on a room and reflect the things you love most. Here are some key tips on accessorizing:
- To tie a vignette or grouping of accessories together, layer objects on a table in relation to a piece of artwork displayed on a wall. Arrange items of different heights, from small to large, front to back, to create visual interest. The eye will follow the composition. Use color to unify objects of various shapes and sizes.
- Extra doses of the same color, repeated at intervals can make your room pulse with lively rhythm. Accessories are an easy way to add touches of your key color palette in a room.
- When displayed strategically, accessories with similar shapes, forms or patterns create rhythm and unity in a room.
- Large-scale accessories provide the necessary visual weight in a spacious room or serve as dramatic focal points in small rooms.
- A bold wall color behind bookshelves provides visual interest. A subtle wall color serves as a quiet backdrop where the displayed items get all the attention.
- Decorating with lamps is an art. Deciding which light source to use, and where, is a science. Different spaces require different kinds of illumination. There are two basic types of lighting - indirect (called ambient light) and direct (called accent light). A well designed room needs both.
Indirect light, or ambient light, illuminates the room in general without focusing on a specific object. Overhead and natural light are two sources of indirect lighting. In spaces where you want to relax, use 60 watts in uplights.
Direct, or accent light, provides focused light. It can highlight an object or provide illumination for a particular task. Lamps, with translucent shades, candles sconces and tract lighting all provide direct light.
- Green plants, artfully arranged, can make a room feel more pleasant and inviting, drawing people in with their natural appeal. If your room has large windows and your furniture is low, elevate the focal point of the room by adding tall plants, preferably in a grouping, to provide a dramatic and lively foreground.
- Glass-fronted cabinets offer still more opportunities for arranging functional and decorative accessories. Resist the urge to pack them as storage space. Treat them like prime real estate. Allow only a select few items to reside there and keep plenty of open space around each grouping, to preserve the view.