Ample Lighting– Lighting can make or break your design! You should have varying heights of lighting in your space. Natural, Ambient, and Task lighting all play important roles throughout your day. Add dimmers to adjust the perfect level for whatever mood you might be in.
Don’t be a wallflower– Pull your furniture off the wall (if you have room). Even if you can only pull the sofa off the wall 8-12” do it. This will actually make your room feel larger and cozier.
Go white or off white in your living room– White rooms have been trending for a while now and I don’t see it ending anytime soon. (Hint: Benjamin Moore’s color of the year 2016 -Simply White) White paint makes a room feel open, airy, fresh and bright! It provides the perfect backdrop for your accent colors. If you like switching colors often like I do, you won’t have to repaint, just switch out some accessories and throw pillows. Viola!
Add Architectural interest– Not only will you increase your home’s value you will also elevate the aesthetic backdrop of your room. By adding applied molding, wainscoting, crown molding or ceiling details you have instantly added a level of texture and richness to your room.
Mix up your seating– Matchy, Matchy is out. In fact I’m not sure it was ever in-style! Avoid buying furniture sets from your local furnishing stores. Be original! Select complimentary fabrics or finishes for each piece of furniture. If you are not confident in doing so contact a professional to help you!
Hang drapes as high and wide as possible on your windows– Do not block any of the window!
The standard 84” ready-made panel just doesn’t cut it! If you can’t afford custom drapes look for the next length available usually 96” made for the standard 8’ ceilings. By hanging high and wide it creates the illusion of space and brings your eye around the room.