How to style your open plan living area so that it feels cosy

Colour, Inspiration, Styling

Do you have an open plan living space or room that is so big it feels cold and disconnected with your lifestyle?  We all want our interiors to be friendly, inviting spaces that we just love to hang out in.  Today I thought I would give a few easy tips on how to make those big spaces of yours feel smaller.

Layer your space with furniture, furnishings and wow decorator pieces a well loved room is one that evolves over time and has many interesting layers too it.

Excellent example of a layered interior.

Excellent example of a layered interior.

Cushions and rugs - and a cat!

Cushions and rugs – and a cat!

Berlin Apartment Interior  Designer Peter Fehrentz.

Berlin Apartment Interior Designer Peter Fehrentz. Example of dark walls and flooring and addition of wow pink cabinetry and art introduce some wow factor to this room.

Image: House to home

Image: House to home

Image: Morgan Virginia

Image: Morgan Virginia Note: Extra nook at the end of the room, near the indoor plants.

Add some floor rugs, they are perfect for creating the foundation for little nooks/rooms within rooms.  Not to mention they are the beginnings of creating a cosy ambiance for your open plan living space.  Sit your lounge and occasional chairs on a nice big rug along with your coffee table.  Complete the look with lots of cushions, textured throws, floor lamps and candles.

Colour colour colour, in larger rooms you can be bolder with colour.  Choose warm tones, half strength painted walls will add some intrigue and interest.  Hang some large scale art, find pieces that you love and can’t live without, group them together for maximum impact.

Large comfy lounges and chairs are a must and they add that instant casual feel to a large room.  Due to your abundant floor space consider creating a few nooks where you can sit and read, have a coffee with a friend that is away from the central living area.  Also move your lounges away from your walls, don’t be afraid to have some perimeter space around your room.

Time for a coffee?  Go and sit in your open plan living space and begin dreaming of how you can turn it into an inviting haven.

Image: Iwoman.com

Image: Iwoman.com

Image: Houzz

Image: Houzz

 

 

Get yourself some Radiant Orchid

Colour, Concept/Mood/Colour Board, Interior trends

 

Radiant Orchid has been named Pantone’s Colour of 2014.  I think this is a fabulous, vibrant, fun yet captivating colour that can definitely be introduced to our interiors.  Lets explore some ways to do this.

  1. Use Radiant Orchid for upholstery on your accent chairs and for scatter cushions.
  2. Yellow or Gold compliments Radiant Orchid but don’t over do it.  Less is more.
  3. Radiant Orchid walls in the right room could work a treat.  
  4. Not wanting to change your whole interior? Buy some radiant orchid toned flowers to bring your room up to date.
  5. Play with the varying tones of Radiant Orchid, along with the shades and tints surrounding it using them for for a variety of elements in your room.  This will add depth and interest.
  6. Pair Radiant Orchid with white if you are wanting a subtler look, grey/brown for drama and yellow for a bold effect.
  7. Finally add some quirk to your room (i.e. an animal coffee table perhaps?) to make it more eye catching and memory making.

I’d love to hear how you use Radiant Orchid, feel free to comment below.

Below are some more ideas of ways to use Radiant Orchid in your home:

 

Colour me happy!

Colour, Inspiration

Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways – Oscar Wilde

I love colour. When used well it can really make a room sing. But how do you work out what colour to paint your walls?

I guess as a starting point it comes down to having a think about the room, it’s use, it’s user and it’s location.

Is the room small or large? If it’s small you don’t want to go painting it a dark colour as this will close the space in.

What’s the room used for? Children’s bedroom? Probably don’t want to paint this orange as it is a very stimulating colour and you may not get your children to bed at night, rather choose a restful colour blue or pink.  Accents of orange or red are fine just not in large doses.

Who is using the space? What are their colour likes and dislikes, how do certain colours make the user feel?

Location of the room needs to be considered when choosing your paint colour. How much natural light the room gets and the direction it faces plays a part too.

Lastly just choose a colour that makes you happy and enjoy your space!

Blue is the perfect colour for a bedroom as it is very restful on the eye. Image from hearthomemag.co.uk

Blue is the perfect colour for a bedroom as it is very restful on the eye. Image from hearthomemag.co.uk

 

Meanings behind colours used in logos.

Meanings behind colours used in logos.

If you have a room that doesn't get a lot of sun and always feels cold paint it a warm colour like this, you will notice the change immediately.  Image from designsponge.com

If you have a room that doesn’t get a lot of sun and always feels cold paint it a warm colour like this, you will notice the change immediately. Image from designsponge.com

Come home and relax in a tranquil blue lounge room.  Image from dislive.com

Come home and relax in a tranquil blue lounge room. Image from dislive.com

Who said you have to paint the walls?  Bring colour into your room with furniture, art or maps in this case and decorator items.  Image from elementsofstyle.blog.com

Who said you have to paint the walls? Bring colour into your room with furniture, art or maps in this case and decorator items. Image from elementsofstyle.blog.com

Love the art and blue velvet upholstered furniture against the light blue/grey walls, it just works.  If you have a room that gets a lot of sun, cool it down with blue or other cool colours. Image from revistaaxxis.com.ca

Love the art and blue velvet upholstered furniture against the light blue/grey walls, it just works. If you have a room that gets a lot of sun, cool it down with blue or other cool colours. Image from revistaaxxis.com.ca

Beautiful use of colour. Image from vintage revival.com

Beautiful use of colour. Image from vintage revival.com

A touch of primary green complimentary to the floor boards makes for a dramatic but welcoming kitchen.  Image from loftenberg.com

A touch of primary green complimentary to the floor boards makes for a dramatic but welcoming kitchen. Image from loftenberg.com

Don't you just love this Moroccan inspired bedroom?

Don’t you just love this Moroccan inspired bedroom?

Stunning paint work in this home.  Image from fashion telegraph.com.uk

Stunning paint work in this home. Image from fashion telegraph.com.uk

Further information:

Did you know My Decorator offers Colour Consults, why don’t you make an appointment for one today and we can help you choose the best colours for your space.  Just call 0439 081 072 to make your appointment.