The Roanoker September/October 2017 - 5
When making a significant investment in
transforming your perfect-home-in-theperfect-location by making it your own,
keep these design tips in mind.
You can almost never go wrong by opening up your living
space. When you have an open floor plan that easily flows from
one area to another, you increase function but also bring friends
and family together. It is possible that we are so self-sufficient
and isolated with everything at our fingertips by cell phone, we
lose the beauty of togetherness. By opening up your space, you
may just open up the lines of communication and encourage
some good 'ole fashion quality time with the ones you love.
COLOR YOUR WORLD.
Color-whether bold or subtle-reflects the mood of a space.
Bold colors can be exciting and stimulating, especially when
introduced in unpredictable ways. Common ways of splashing
a space with color are through bright throw pillows, plush rugs
or bold window dressings. More courageous ways of ensuring
your guests enter your world with Oohs-and-Ahhs may be
painting an entire wall a vibrant shade of fuschia. Or, perhaps,
dramatizing your room with a complete white or neutral palette
with a single vivacious focal point. Whether we're talking about
your house or, more aptly, your home, don't ever settle for
run of the mill. Add your own dash of color to everything and
everyone you come into contact with.
LIGHT IT UP.
Have you ever walked into a dark room and just felt downright
depressed? Light plays a significant role in our lives. It's
important to take this into account when considering a design.
You can really add drama with a you-can't-miss-me chandelier
in a main entry. You can also make the heart of your home-your
kitchen-cozy, warm and inviting for your family to sit down
and stay a while by adding under cabinet lighting for late night
snacks and pendant lighting over bar or counter areas for task
lighting. Don't be afraid to consider lighting not only as a basic
need but as a design element. The same is key in our lives-be
known for lighting up any room you walk into!
OUT IS THE NEW IN.
There are many ways to love and appreciate the outdoors
without actually having to leave your home. Incorporating live
plants and other natural elements like wood accents bring a
little bit of the outside in. If you're really adventurous, add a
four-season sunroom or patio room that lets the sunshine in
each day without having to worry about weather or pests. You
can also incorporate outdoor living spaces by adding an outdoor
kitchen, a firepit, or, perhaps, a vintage swing on your front
porch. As a child, coloring outside the lines was erroneous-as an
adult, being on the inside may not always let you experience the
freedom of branching out.
DON'T BLEND IN.
A key component in any design is to give a room a focal point,
whether it is beautifully framed artwork, an ornate piece of
furniture or a large picture window. It's okay to experiment and
do something out of the ordinary. Don't let HGTV dictate your
style-create your own! Dr. Seuss may have said it best when he
said, "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
THE BOTTOM LINE ISMAKE IT YOUR OWN.
If you're unsure of where to start, find a local Class A Contractor
with a Certified Interior Designer on staff that can walk you
through the process from start to finish. They can help you
plan, as well as produce your finished product so that you are
completely in love with your home.