I often have clients ask me how they can make their small spaces feel larger. So I thought today I’d share a few easy changes you can make to any room to make it feel larger then it actually is. Sometimes it’s all about
Did you know that interior styling can impact the way you feel in a space?
Have you ever felt happy in an interior or the opposite sad or depressed? How do you feel in the rooms in your home? Are you and your family or visiting friends feeling how you want them too?
Today I want to talk about exactly that. How we can ensure the rooms in our homes emit the feelings we want them too.
There is nothing worse than being in a space that you don’t feel great about, and worse than that
No I’m not going to break into song Mariah Carey style……. but I do want to share what I feel makes a room go from beige to wow, or drab to fab
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.
- Use Radiant Orchid for upholstery on your accent chairs and for scatter cushions.
- Yellow or Gold compliments Radiant Orchid but don’t over do it. Less is more.
- Radiant Orchid walls in the right room could work a treat.
- Not wanting to change your whole interior? Buy some radiant orchid toned flowers to bring your room up to date.
- 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.
- Pair Radiant Orchid with white if you are wanting a subtler look, grey/brown for drama and yellow for a bold effect.
- 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:
Over the past month I have found myself saying to clients “It’s okay, you don’t need to fill every corner of the room – sometimes less is more”. It’s like the fashion stylist advice I’ve read or heard about when you are getting ready and have your winning ‘outfit’ on, take one accessory off. Sometimes I think it’s the same with interiors. Have you ever walked into a room and there is so much stuff in the room that the beauty of the space is drowned out? I’m a tad passionate about this subject, can you tell?
Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying go all out minimalist and banish that layered lounge room with it’s warm friendly welcome, I’m just saying let’s reassess and don’t be afraid to move a few items out of the room so that it can breath again. Especially if there is a hero feature piece in the room, give it space to sing!
A key element to knowing if your room is too cluttered is to look at the interior style you are trying to achieve. Modern, Contemporary, Classic, Industrial, Retro styles definitely lend themselves to the less is more approach. Traditional, Country Cottage, Rustic, Vintage etc… are more content with clutter. When I say clutter I don’t mean mess, I mean having a decorative item in every corner, nook and cranny of your room. They may be gorgeous pieces but this brings me to my next point.
The art of rotation. Freshen it up. Just like when you go to your favourite home interior store and the window display and store displays get changed on a regular basis do the same at home. I have a storage nook where I put my decorator accessories, cushions, rugs, art and rotate them on a regular basis (okay sometimes not as regular as I would like) it gives my home a breath of fresh air when some old newbies come out of storage and get positioned in new vignettes.
Same goes for walls, leave some of them bare. Groupings of art are far more impacting then scatterings.
I love going to homes where the interiors reflect the personalities of the owners, homes that are filled with furniture and items that have meaning to their owners. Isn’t this quote from William Morris inspirational? For me implementing what I am writing is a constant challenge. Being an Interior Designer I often stumble upon so many ‘things’ that I just ‘need’ but I think if you decorate using the things you LOVE than you are on the right track to creating a home not a house.
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
After all a home has soul, a house that is too minimalist doesn’t!
What do you think? I would love to read your thoughts below.