Monday, October 14, 2013
I receive numerous requests about room makeovers and where you would start if you wanted to remodel a space.
One formula that can be applied to almost any setting consists of three easy steps that homeowners can layout themselves.
1. Start on a clean slate
The easiest way to start any room makeover is to remove all the furniture, allowing yourself to work on a blank canvas or empty room.
If you remove all the furniture from a room, it allows you to you clearly see the advantages and disadvantages of the room.
Recesses and alcoves, walls at an angle, fittings that need to be hidden - all these become visible if the furniture is taken out of the picture.
Placing emphasis on the two large windows makes the room look and feel bigger than it actually is.
It's easier to see the bigger picture in an empty room. In a small apartment, for example, instead of trying to hide a window recess, you could fit a small console in the space to use as a desk.
Using some pine boards, you can easily knock up the console in an hour or two.
From there you could paint the potential apartment pale blue and brown to give it a fresh yet cozy atmosphere that is light and bright. This makeover works well for small townhouse apartments or flats.
2. Large features
Fixing up a room that is out of date or boring is just as easy.
Find the perfect balance for multipurpose spaces by creating a natural flow through the room.
Don't try to minimize large features, as you could end up making them more obvious.
Two large windows in a living room need to be emphasized and are impossible to hide. You could try making the windows stand-alone features, making the living room look and feel larger than it is.
By making the windows a feature, the room actually looks and feels larger than it is.
3. Achieving balance
Look to achieve a sense of balance.
A single, long window on one side of a fireplace for example could be used as the main feature in the room because the eye is immediately drawn to it.
To offset the single window, pay attention to the space on the opposite side of the fireplace.
Taller items will create a sense of balance and the eye will flow smoothly across the wall.
If you are lucky enough to have a recessed window, take full advantage of this otherwise lost space.
A custom-made sofa could easily fit into the space and upholstery in a matching fabric will create a place to sit and relax.
Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za