A clean, stylish and, most importantly, uncluttered room gives visitors an immediate impression of who the owners are. We have all entered somebody’s house and noticed their drab curtains, the peculiar colour scheme or the tired and worn furniture and instantly jumped onto our pedestals and thought how superior interior designers we were. However, it is rarely the case.
Below are only a few examples of how you can draw attention to your room’s natural light and emphasise its best features.
1. Have a clear vision
There is a good reason why almost all model homes or apartments have only white-walled rooms. Not only does white go with everything, but it is clean, refreshing and makes a room look bigger. It also allows you to showcase your favourite-coloured treasures and draws attention to the room’s most appealing elements. The best way for visitors to focus on that contemporary oil painting or antique green glass vase is to paint the walls white. Not only will this clear design scheme help to unclutter the room, but it can be easily maintained with minimal effort.
2. Don't forget about the flower power
A very affordable way to draw attention to a room is to use fresh flowers. Any austere or blasé space can be transformed into looking elegant, clean and welcoming with the simple addition of a few fresh buds. Fresh flowers add colour, personality and warmth to any environment and are a great way to add a seasonal aspect to your room’s décor. From daffodils in spring to pansies in winter, you can change the feel of any room by simply adding fresh flowers.
3. Decoration: served on a silver platter
Adding paintings, picture frames or objet d’art onto the walls is a great way to personalise your room. It is also a very subtle way of directing your visitors’ focus onto your most prized possessions. If using frames, try not to use gold or bronze and use silver instead. Metallic grey colours are chic and reserved and do not look cheap or brash like gold. In addition, big is not always better. Instead of using one giant family portrait, why not use a series of small, cleverly arranged silver-plated photographs of varying sizes.
4. STOP sweeping everything under the carpet
Vinyl flooring is a great alternative to drab, boring and, invariably, dirty carpets. Not only are they easier to clean and maintain but they can help to make a room look stylish and open. They are available in a range of colours and patterns which can add just the right amount of decoration and detail in an otherwise minimal and chic décor.
5. See your home in a new light
The best way to draw attention to your room’s décor is to makes full use of any natural light. You will be surprised by how much bigger and more open your room looks. Full height glass panes work best as these allow visitors to see an expansive view of the outdoors. However, if you room is not blessed with a lot of natural light, then strategically place some lighting fixtures around the room. Make sure you emphasise your room’s important furnishing whilst keeping sofas and tables well lit. There is nothing more off-putting than having a conversation in poor light.
By these small steps, your home sweet home will become not only your favourite place, but also for friends and family. So, what are you waiting for?
About the Author: By Brandon Barnes – Brandon lives in London, UK and is an expert in luxury real estate developments and interior design. He frequently writes for a variety of property blogs sharing his expertise and passion. This article has been created in conjunction with London Buying Agent Rhodium, who are specialised in properties to buy or rent in prime central London. To find out more please visit the rh-45.com website.