When it comes to Decorating and Interior Design, there's a multitude of styles and approaches you can adopt, although there's no hard and fast rule, it's about yourtaste, style and overall vision for the room your working on.
We'd all love to have that Country Manor or L.A. house on the hills, but the reality is, we often are short on space, have rooms that are small or dark and generally we seek ways to make these rooms more than they actually are.
The difference between an average room and a truly amazing room can be achieved with some very simple tips and tricks. Below are some unique and clever ways to elevate your room into something rather special:
A classic clean look, but depending on your wall colour choice, i.e how dark, this can appear harsh depending on the contrast between colours.
To soften this contrast effect, choose a sympathetic companion colour for the ceiling, this will reduce the contrast and result in a room that appears more spacious.
Try a lighter colour on the largest surface areas, ie. the walls. Compliment with slightly darker woodwork, doors, skirting, even coving and cornice work.
This technique works best with a more natural colour scheme and really results in a more considered and decorated fell to the room.
You can further improve this technique by using the same colour on other items in the room, like shelves or furniture.
A very grand way to make a statement. This approach, creates a luxurious sense of calm, whilst removing the contrast of walls and trim.
This technique also helps to exaggerate the size of a room if done right.
Consider extending the cornice and trim onto the ceiling, again in your wall colour, to further extend the appearance of the wall.
This style works best on rooms such as the living room or anywhere that benefits from feeling cozy and inviting!
All whites are not the same, getting the right tinted white is essential to achieving the correct balanced look to a room.
Use warm whites to complement browns, taupes and other earthy wall colours.
Use a blueish whites to compliment more neutral greys and modern decors.
The balance you'll achieve will completely transform your room and keep everything balanced, providing a considered and premium look.
The usual aspects of decor apply here, dark colours draw a room in and make it appear smaller, whilst lighter colours open up a room.
Use this to your advantage by mixing them up.
For example, you can also prevent narrow hallways from appearing ‘tunnel like’ by painting the end wall a darker shade than the side walls.
Have a rectangular room? Painting different walls in different colours can make this appear more square.
Use the darks or lights to your advantage, and optically change the shape of your room.