By simply using the right pieces in our homes and offices, we can often make a small space feel much larger. Try these ideas:
Add height to a room with tall, stately pieces of furniture to raise the eye. You can also use a tall floor lamp like a torchiere, or even a sculpture.
Hang art a bit higher in a small room.
When purchasing furniture, opt for the rounded look instead of squared-off pieces; the softer corners lend themselves better to flowing easily from one space to another.
Though the furniture should feel light, don’t confuse or clutter the area with a leggy look. Too much furniture on legs will look busy. And don’t forget about the tables, a cocktail table with a sturdy base is more family-friendly.
Pull a color or two from room to room with paint, window treatments, accessories or rugs to keep your eye moving.
Feng Shui is all about using resources wisely. New trends in home building and design are geared towards smaller but better spaces. Less space, used more efficiently is a better overall plan. Here are some simple tips to make a small space live large:
Subtract in order to add. Remove all nonessential furniture and accessories to streamline the room and add more visual space.
For lighting, use wall-and ceiling-mounted light fixtures to leave the floor less encumbered.
Paint the entire space one color to avoid unnecessary lines.
Raise the roof- not literally, but optically. Use paneling or paper with a vertical direction, or try a band of color just below the ceiling or crown molding to raise the eye.
Make the windows taller by extending the window treatment above the top of the frame. Today some people are hanging their drapes just below the crown!
Keep consistent with the floor coverings throughout the room. Use carpet, tile or wood.
The powder room is a highly visible part of the home seen by guests, friends and family more often than nearly any other room. And, because of its smaller size, it is easy to make a big statement with a relatively low budget.
More than any other room in the house, the powder room today provides a unique opportunity for homeowners to experiment with their sense of style without breaking the bank. It also provides a means to significantly boost your home’s value. Powder rooms are currently in such high demand that many realtors confirm the addition of a powder room or half bath to a home that formerly had only one full bath can mean a return of $15,000 to $20,000, depending on location.
Here are a few ideas to upgrade your powder room:
* Faucets and bathroom accessories
* Vessel sinks and furniture-like vanities
* Open sink bases, pedestal sinks, corner-mount lavatories and in-wall toilet tanks
* Natural materials, such as glass, stone and wood with soft metallic finishes like bronze, brushed nickel and wrought iron
* Interesting art, rich color and elegant materials
* Sculptural accents, such as specialty lights and mirrors
In Feng Shui, color is thought to bring balance and energy into spaces. Even if we are not ‘into’ Feng Shui, we all understand the effect of colors around us on our mood.
Sometimes, we have no control over the color of walls and floors, such as in a corporate building or designated office. So, we work with accessories. A rug can be a wonderful way to add color, texture, warmth and personality to a space.
Since one of the first considerations for a rug is color, consider how color could best convey the atmosphere and look that you desire:
Red: provides vitality and ambition, a good color if you need strong, can-do attitude around you.
Orange: can act as an anti-depressant by adding joy.
Yellow: is a mental stimulant and is uplifting. Particularly useful in a room where there is little or no natural light.
Blues and greens: these calming colors set an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, which encourages therapeutic surroundings.
Purple: is thought to be spiritually stimulating, particularly useful where you need a creative vibe in a room.
Use an area rug on a prominent floor to help define the space, or in smaller areas, to direct traffic into the room. Select a rug that has an interesting pattern and style that you enjoy to add personality to a room. A nice rug is a great addition to nearly any home or office.
Looking for a fresh touch for your interiors? House plants provide oxygen, positive energy and eye appeal. However, they must be vibrantly healthy. Consider these options for long-lasting and easy care. And remember, the biggest mistake most people make is over-watering!
Top Three Plants for Indoor use:
Pothos - This plant survives offices, it survives bachelors, it even survives college dorm rooms! Interesting yellow or white variegation on a green, heart shaped leaf on a trailing clumping vine. This is a low light specialist and very tough. Water it once a month and give it some room. Trim it regularly or it gets out of hand.
Spider Plant - This plant has wonderful air quality features and a pretty shape with long, thin leaves. The variegated colors of green and white add interest. It likes medium light levels and needs a high spot so it can drop its shoots.
Snake Plant (Mother in Laws Tongue) - This survives over-watering far more than most. The many different cultivars offer a variety of looks. Light requirement is low. Big size range too, from 6″ to 4′ tall.