by Crystal Spencer
Room by Room Interiors
When consulting with a new client I always ask them this question: “What would you like me to help you accomplish in your space”? Overwhelmingly, the answer is the same: “Help my room look finished and pulled together”.
Here are a few strategies I use to give a room beauty, balance and a finished off look. Give it a go!
FURNITURE & LAYOUT:
Set the focal point and make it the star of the room! Create an intimate, cozy seating arrangement around that focal point (typically TV/fireplace or largest wall). It’s much better to ‘float’ the furniture in a space, rather than pushing it all up against the wall.
Use an area rug to ‘anchor’ your seating area with all/most of the furniture sitting on the rug, at least by a few inches. If your furniture cannot sit or touch the rug, then the rug is probably too small. Floating a rug is a no-no, but you can layer a nicer smaller rug on top of a less-expensive solid, outdoor or sisal rug for a trendy look.
COLOR, TEXTURE & PATTERN:
Pick at least 3 colors to use in your room and use them at least three times throughout your space. Use an invisible triangle or zigzag pattern to direct placement.
Use the ‘60-30-10-rule’ for color proportion. 60% as the main color, 30% as the secondary color, and 10% as the ‘pop’ color.
Layer in texture and patterns. Use three pattern sizes - small, medium and large scaled patterns for a designer look. For example: a large-scale geometric, a wide-stripe (visually half the size of the geometric), and a smaller polka dot pattern.
ACCENTS & ACCESSORIES:
You should have more than one light source illuminating your room; three is ideal using our invisible triangle pattern. Your lighting should be bright enough to function but not so bright that it is jarring.
Properly sized art, accents and accessories are vital for a pulled-together look. Scale is the design concept people struggle with the most. Most pick out things that are too small or too similar. Force yourself to go bigger than you’re comfortable with. Go big for that ‘star’ art piece. Ditch the dinky light fixtures over your huge island. Use a big, bold pattern on an accent chair. Use 3 different sized candleholders verses a pair of matching-size ones.
Last but not least, leave the eye a place to rest, by not over-decorating. If the room feels too busy or cluttered, edit and pare down until it feels comfortable and balanced.
If your space doesn’t come together like you’ve envisioned, avoid further frustration and call in a professional like me to help pull the room together for you.
Crystal Spencer Room by Room Interiors
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