In a home with an open floor plan where one area merges into another, a rug is a fantastic way to separate the rooms by purpose, to add comfort, and to add color. Because the rug anchors the room, you will want to purchase the right size and meet your family’s needs. To learn more about selecting the correct rug material and size, check out How to Buy the Right Rug.
Do you find yourself tired of a room and not sure what to do to change it? In an ideal world, we would get rid of everything and start fresh, right? Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case, and we have to work with what we have. You would be amazed at what you can do with what you already own and a few tweaks. Let’s figure this out.
What don’t you like?
What is the one thing in your room or home that you love that brings a smile to your face? The things we love offer us inspiration. Let’s say it’s a rug, a beautiful pillow, a cherished vase or piece of art. How can we draw from that and carry that feeling of “love” into a room?
Pick a theme
Choose a color and material combination that you like. For example, if you love the look of metallic, why not pair your favorite metallic with a color you like, then sprinkle that look in the pillows, throws, candles, vases throughout the room. As in this stunning bedroom where gold metallic and black offer a completed look:
Look at What you Own Differently
Can you take what you own and modify it to look completely different? For example in my article, Desk Transformation, I took a timeworn dark wood desk, had it cut down and painted to fit into a new space. Another example detailed in, How to Transform Old Furniture, I took my old mahogany bedroom furniture and had it painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to give the room an entirely fresh and new look.
Find the Perfect Rug
Nothing ties a room together quicker than the right rug and the correctly sized rug. That is usually the issue I have found with clients; they don’t realize how big a rug should be. Review my decorating article on How to Buy the Right Rug for more information on this topic. I believe this comes down to what you like. Houzz offers an excellent guide for matching furniture to rug styles, click here to view. However, you can mix styles if you maintain a theme or a way to tie all the design elements together.
Paint the Walls
A fresh coat of paint can completely offer you a new look and is a good start to any redesign. What color to choose? If you are unsure and want something that will go with anything, “greige” may be your best option. Greige is a warm combination of gray and beige and the spectrum in that range can go from light tan to dark gray. You will want to try the paint in your room, with your lighting before making a choice. A few paints that have been popular are:
I know the DIYer loves to take on these projects; however, if you find yourself stuck, something just doesn’t feel right, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a color consultation. In an hour or two I can help answer your questions and coordinate wall, flooring, fabric, furniture, and accessories for a perfect look.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.
For this decorating article, I am focusing on questions often heard and offer some tips to help you. If you have a favorite suggestion or time-saving advice, please feel free to share in the comment area of this article.
How do I deal with my long narrow room?
I’ve worked with many different types, sizes, and arranged homes and one of the most common problems are bowling alley rooms and homeowners rarely knowing how to deal with them. Often they will keep all of one area together and not know what to do with the in-between area. A long and narrow room needs to be broken up into two functional areas serving purposes of their own. I would not create a “wall” between them as it will feel closed off; instead, you can use see-through screens, plants and group furniture based on purpose. For example, one end of the room could be arranged with comfortable seating, lighting, and TV watching. Next to that could be a game area for kids with decorative storage for games and toys.
I have the opposite of a green finger, what kind of plant can I grow?
One of the easiest is a pothos. As it grows, you can easily cut off what you don’t want and maintain the preferred size. It thrives in many different rooms with various light and temperatures! If you are looking for a small table plant, consider an English Ivy. Super easy to care for, it won’t grow large and bushy, and you can trim to maintain to your preferred size. Another idea that adds interest is an air plant. Have you seen the lovely hanging or table terrariums? Click here to learn how to care for air plants.
How can I choose colors that will work with my décor?
Have you ever had the experience where you purchase a pillow or throw with the color (or colors) you love only to get it home and discover it doesn’t quite work with your décor? Understanding the Color Wheel and how colors work together is the place to start. For a fabulous explanation of the Color Wheel, click here to view a video from BHG. After seeing the video, you will have a better understanding of how colors work with each other in a harmonious way or in a complementary way to create a dynamic look.
What size rug should I get and how should I place it?
This topic is one I often hear from clients who either don’t know what type, color or size throw rug they should purchase for a given space. The first question to answer is, “What is the purpose of the throw rug?” The answer will determine the size. Throw rugs add comfort to wood flooring, tie together a sitting area, and often it can complete the decorative style. If you are unsure, you can always measure off and tape (using removable painter’s tape), an outline on the floor, to see how the proposed rug will work. For detailed tips on picking a rug size, click here to view an article from Wayfair.
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By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.