April 03, 2013
Making one change in a room can give the space new life. The unique texture of wood floors in the Urban Pioneer collection by Anderson Hardwood Floors are a good example. No two boards are alike, and they are as beautiful as they are economical.
According to designers who talked to House Beautiful magazine about easy decorating that can be accomplished in one day, small home design changes can have a big impact.
One quick fix for a room design involves changing the color of the wall behind book shelves or inside a cabinet by wallpapering the back of the storage space.
Jean Larette, whose design business is based in Marin County, California, believes that wallpaper has a greater impact than solid color paint. The result often inspires people to rearrange their shelves to let the beauty of the paper peek through, he told House Beautiful.
If the shelving is used strictly for books, vary the arrangement by lying some books horizontally in a stack while standing others upright. They may be arranged by size, color or according to the subjects.
Change window coverings
Florida-based designer Jim Howard recommends giving the illusion of a larger space by using curtains or other window treatments that are the same color as the adjoining walls.
"You can achieve a similar look by painting rods and rings with a color that complements the curtains. Rub the paint on with a rag - it creates a softer effect," he told the magazine.
Custom drapery or fabric roller shades can be matched to any color or fabric pattern to coordinate with furnishings and wall color. Roman shades also are available in a wide range of fabrics and have a softer look that works best in a residential setting.
Let artwork draw attention
New York City interior designer Eric Cohler told House Beautiful he likes to bring sparkle to artwork accessories by using bright, colored frames around a white mat, or a white frame around a colored mat. Hanging them in an under-used part of a room or dark corner will brighten that spot and draw attention to it.
Howard agreed with Cohler's idea to choose a space that isn't the expected location for a piece or artwork. He suggested putting pieces in unusual places, such as above a door or leaning against a mirror. When hanging several in an asymmetrical collage, he said they should be at least three inches apart.
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