August 16, 2013
Balance and scale don't apply only to architecture. They're also concepts that home decorators should consider when they are decorating the interiors of their houses. Just as beautiful workmanship defines the look of oak wood floors like those in Anderson's Brevard Strip collection, design concepts help homeowners create room designs they can enjoy.
Nowhere is that more true than in the living room, which often is the part of the home most likely to be used by guests. But making this room into the showpiece of the home risks creating a cold and distant atmosphere in the very space that's intended to welcome visitors.
Warm and cozy Adding several conversation areas is one way to provide balance and add a touch of coziness. In front of a living room window or in a corner of the room, for instance, a small niche can be arranged with two chairs and a small table between them.
When home decorators prefer a more casual feeling in their home design, they can get that by painting a wall color that's less neutral, but coordinates with the furniture pieces and will play off their elegant touches.
A focal point
If there is a fireplace in the room, it can serve as a focal point with an equally weighty piece of furniture - such as a large bookcase or hutch – to counteract it across the room. Having two loveseats face each other in front of the fireplace is often more inviting than placing one long sofa along a wall.
Sometimes, a large expanse of windows is a natural focal point because so much natural light streams in and it is immediately seen when someone enters the room. A wood cornice across a sizeable window brings an architectural detail into the room. For a softer touch, a valance may be upholstered in a fabric coordinated with other patterns in the soft furnishings.
Another suggestion is to use furniture that's already in the home, but upgrade pieces with new upholstery, a selection of pillows or slipcovers, which can be changed seasonally. The fabrics on a sofa and a loveseat may be different as long as they are well coordinated.
A living room can become an elegant space by the simple addition of special features - curved arms and backs on seating, metallic accents or a glass-topped coffee table. These are the types of details that add something special to a room.