Good Wednesday everyone! Those of you in the south, I hope you’re staying warm and safe. We got about 4 inches in Richmond. I’m thankful for my warm weather gear I invested in while living in Boston. Who knew they’d get so much use in Virginia!
OK back to decorating…
In addition to Friday Faves, I’m starting another new series called “Decorating Dilemmas”. In this series I’ll address common decorating dilemmas that we all face and providing solutions to these issues. Hopefully you’ll find this series helpful in decorating your own home.
First up is the long and narrow room. Maybe it’s a family room, a recently finished basement, or a combined living and dining area. Wherever it is in your home, these rooms can sometimes be hard to decorate because they’re usually overwhelming spaces. Below are some tips and tricks you can try to create the illusion of a not so long or narrow room.
1. Paint is your friend.
Avoid painting all walls a dark or bold color in a narrow room, it can close the room in even more. Go for more light and neutral tones to make the room appear wider.
2. Establish your focal point.
If you have a long room, try to make the wall furthest from you, when you enter the room, your focal point. A great trick is to paint that wall in a darker or bolder color than the rest of the walls. It brings the wall in and makes it appear closer to you. This look can also be achieved by creating a gallery wall, installing wall paper, or shelves on that wall.
3. Go easy on your windows.
Heavy, bold drapes will only close in a narrow room even more (unless it’s on your focal point wall). Lighter drapes, drapes in the same color as your walls, or no drapes at all will open up a narrow room. More light gives the illusion of more space.
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You CAN, however, use heavier, bolder drapes on windows on your focal wall. It has the same affect as paint in that it brings the wall closer to you like the below picture. You’ll notice the other windows are bare; heavy drapes on those windows would make the room appear narrow.
4. Use mirrors wisely.
Mirrors can help you and hurt you in these scenarios. If you put a mirror on the wall that is furthest away from you in a long room, it will only make the room seem longer. However, if you place a mirror on the narrow walls, it will make the room appear wider.
5. Group your furniture.
Furniture can often seem lost in large rooms, but not if you create furniture groupings. Breaking up a large room makes it feel cozier. The easiest way to do this is to define specific spaces by grouping furniture and using area rugs. If you have a large master bedroom, create one area for sleeping, and a separate seating area or defined dressing area. If you have a large basement area, define one area as a TV viewing area, and one area as a game area with a table, bookshelves for storage, etc.
Do you have a decorating dilemma? Contact me or leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to address it in this series!