Laura’s Art Room (Before + After!)Daily Interior Design Ideas

Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) If you’ve ever bought a new house or had to redecorate an entire apartment from the ground up, then you know it can take a while to get the whole thing done. I totally understand why people make the joke that if you’re renovating a space, you’re usually ready to redo the first room you renovated by the time you get to the last room on the list. My art room has been kind of the most neglected space in the house since we moved in over two years ago. I just didn’t have a vision for what I wanted in that space, so it kind of got left in “decorating limbo” where it was half done for the longest time—until now! Although it took me a while to compile all the components, I think I’ve finally nailed down the perfect “creative space” vibe I was looking for in my art room.

Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) I was excited aboutthis room’s potential when we first moved in mostly because of the giantwindow. The overall room was pretty, well, dull compared to what I knew it could be. The medium tan walls and brown carpet made it feel rather dark—even with that giant window! Once we switched out the brown carpet for a light grey carpet, painted the trim and walls white, and added this awesomesputnik pendant light, it felt much brighter and airier.

Colorful art room transformation (before + after!)Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!)Colorful art room transformation (before + after!)I love the fun and pops of color that my colored mat gallerywall adds to the space. The black frames looked a little heavy with the white shelves underneath, so I painted them white and I think it helps keep the space looking fresh and light. I was wanting some low shelving beneath the gallery wall, and I got lucky because Josh was building a custom record cabinet for Elsie and first built it to the wrong measurements (hey, it happens). So guess who’s got two thumbs and stole the rejected first build?? Me (please picture both my thumbs pointed inward at myself here). It fits the space perfectly, so it was a very happy accident on my end. Also, how cute are the vintage telephone and kitty planters? I love flea markets.

Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) I made that bench recently for our two cats to sit on so they can stare out the window as part of their “neighbor cat watch” program they are both enrolled in. Seriously? What is it with cats and looking out windows? I would say 99% of the time when we pull up to the house, at least one of them is looking out this window with intense concentration.

Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) I had major debates with myself about what kind of storage I wanted to use in the art room, but I love when people use unique objects in unexpected ways. So I wanted something a little different. I thought maybe a locker room type of feel would be cool, and Elsie happened to have a set of lockers in her mudroom that she wasn’t going to be needing anymore, so I scored on that one! After a coat of pinkpaint, they settled quite nicely into the space. I cut pieces of wood to make shelves on the inside of each compartment (it didn’t come with any of the original shelves) so I can stack bins, boxes, and my sewing machines in neat compartments. (Prints on the locker are from Alphonnsine, Gingiber, a vintage postcard, and a magnet I made with our miniphoto magnet DIY).

Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) One of my favorite things that I’ve done in our house is this goldmoon wall behind my art table. I’m telling you people, get a projector! Your list of DIY possibilities will explode. I grabbed a vintage office chair for my drawing table at a local flea market and just added the oversized architect lamp a few weeks ago. (I’ve been wanting one for years—finally!)

Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Love that “XO” print and question markmarquee light. I’m always looking for ways to add a bit of cheeky fun to a space, it’s what makes the room so much more interesting to me. Also, I’m a sucker for a black and white rug and the large cowhide is great for the space.

Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) I bought an old filing cabinet and painted it gold to hold all my spray and acrylic paints. Filing cabinets are such good organizational pieces and they look really cute in painted colors. Also, that Ric Rac Cactus on the shelf is one of my favorite kinds of plants. I buy one pretty much anytime I see them around.

Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) Colorful art room transformation (before + after!) I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get the room together, but I’m so glad that it’s finally complete! It’s been way too long since I’ve done more fine art types of projects, so I can’t wait to get back into my pencil drawings and play around a bit. Thanks for taking the tour with me! You can see the rest of our home tours here if you’re interested 😉 xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

If you’ve ever bought a new house or had to redecorate an entire apartment from the ground up, then you know it can take a while to get the whole thing done. I totally understand why people make the joke that if you’re renovating a space, you’re usually ready to redo the first room you renovated by the time you get to the last room on the list. My art room has been kind of the most neglected space in the house since we moved in over two years ago. I just didn’t have a vision for what I wanted in that space, so it kind of got left in “decorating limbo” where it was half done for the longest time—until now! Although it took me a while to compile all the components, I think I’ve finally nailed down the perfect “creative space” vibe I was looking for in my art room.

I was excited about this room’s potential when we first moved in mostly because of the giant window. The overall room was pretty, well, dull compared to what I knew it could be. The medium tan walls and brown carpet made it feel rather dark—even with that giant window! Once we switched out the brown carpet for a light grey carpet, painted the trim and walls white, and added this awesome sputnik pendant light, it felt much brighter and airier.

I love the fun and pops of color that my colored mat gallery wall adds to the space. The black frames looked a little heavy with the white shelves underneath, so I painted them white and I think it helps keep the space looking fresh and light. I was wanting some low shelving beneath the gallery wall, and I got lucky because Josh was building a custom record cabinet for Elsie and first built it to the wrong measurements (hey, it happens). So guess who’s got two thumbs and stole the rejected first build?? Me (please picture both my thumbs pointed inward at myself here). It fits the space perfectly, so it was a very happy accident on my end. Also, how cute are the vintage telephone and kitty planters? I love flea markets.

I made that bench recently for our two cats to sit on so they can stare out the window as part of their “neighbor cat watch” program they are both enrolled in. Seriously? What is it with cats and looking out windows? I would say 99% of the time when we pull up to the house, at least one of them is looking out this window with intense concentration.

I had major debates with myself about what kind of storage I wanted to use in the art room, but I love when people use unique objects in unexpected ways. So I wanted something a little different. I thought maybe a locker room type of feel would be cool, and Elsie happened to have a set of lockers in her mudroom that she wasn’t going to be needing anymore, so I scored on that one! After a coat of pink paint, they settled quite nicely into the space. I cut pieces of wood to make shelves on the inside of each compartment (it didn’t come with any of the original shelves) so I can stack bins, boxes, and my sewing machines in neat compartments. (Prints on the locker are from Alphonnsine, Gingiber, a vintage postcard, and a magnet I made with our mini photo magnet DIY).

One of my favorite things that I’ve done in our house is this gold moon wall behind my art table. I’m telling you people, get a projector! Your list of DIY possibilities will explode. I grabbed a vintage office chair for my drawing table at a local flea market and just added the oversized architect lamp a few weeks ago. (I’ve been wanting one for years—finally!)

Love that “XO” print and question mark marquee light. I’m always looking for ways to add a bit of cheeky fun to a space, it’s what makes the room so much more interesting to me. Also, I’m a sucker for a black and white rug and the large cowhide is great for the space.

I bought an old filing cabinet and painted it gold to hold all my spray and acrylic paints. Filing cabinets are such good organizational pieces and they look really cute in painted colors. Also, that Ric Rac Cactus on the shelf is one of my favorite kinds of plants. I buy one pretty much anytime I see them around.

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get the room together, but I’m so glad that it’s finally complete! It’s been way too long since I’ve done more fine art types of projects, so I can’t wait to get back into my pencil drawings and play around a bit. Thanks for taking the tour with me! You can see the rest of our home tours here if you’re interested 😉 xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Marvellous Malachite – Element OneDaily Interior Design Ideas

So…let’s talk malachite.

I’ve been loving agate looooong time now (see right here), but malachite may just have usurped it in my affections:

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Pipped it to the publish. I suggest appear at it. Seriously.

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There’s anything about the natural swirls and bright emeralds that will get me every single time, and it seems notably smasheroo with brass.

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Search how pleased this bird is with her fancypants ceiling:

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Don’t blame her though, it’s great. Bravo Ms Designer.

Also stunning as upholstery – this goldy bamboo style chair is creating me a tiny weak at the knees:

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Photograph-Filled Scrapbook PagesDaily Interior Design Ideas

Photo Filled Scrapbook PagesHey, pals. I’m so obsessed with scrapbookingright now. It is addictive. My final submit was aboutcomplete web pagephotos, and today I am back, teaming up with Canon USA, to sharetips for filling pages with multiple photographs. I really like the look of scrapbook pages filled with colorful photos. There is just one thing about seeing lots of memories packed onto one particular page that’s so joyful and warm to me.

Today I’m right here to share some concepts for packing pages with satisfied recollections!

Time to print! I employed my Canon PIXMAMG7120printer to print the images for these pages. I just place many3″ x three” pictures on eight.five” x 11″ sheets of their semi-gloss photopaper to consolidate printing.

Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages For thisvery first web page I employed a 2″ circle punch to generate twenty circles. I adhered them in a grid pattern and then utilised a sewing machine to stitch small lines in between everysingle circle.

Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages This webpage is a excellent answer for instances when you have a good deal photographs you adorefrom an event, but you never want to end up with 20 pages. It truly is perfect for detail photographs and would search great paired with a complete-page photo in an album.

Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages Pocket pages! I used these square pockets to place together photos from our journey to PalmSprings last 12 months. I enjoymixing them with colorful patterns.

Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages I like to journal right on my photographs as significantly as achievable. I have in no way been good at adding extended bodies of journaling to my scrapbooks, so rather I consider to include small bits right here and there.

Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages I stitched this pocket closed following I filled it with sequins. Entertaining!

Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages Far more circles!

This time I utilised a greater (2 one/two”) punch to make circles, and I embellished them with a number of paper factors and a journaling card circle.

Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages For this web page I pieced together square pictures, journaled on them, and additional a bunch of enamel dots to give it texture and color.

Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages XoxoSupply supply list: Enamel Dots, Patterned Papers, Sequins, Photograph-Protected Pens.

Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages (via A Beautiful Mess)And this final webpage is a pocket web page layout manufactured with a single huge photo. If you don’t have a broad format printer, and you want to fill a page with a single giant photograph, you can print it on much more than one particular piece of paper, and then piece it with each other in the pocket pages! I really like the seem of these massive, broken-up pictures.

Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages (via A Beautiful Mess) Photo Filled Scrapbook Pages (via A Beautiful Mess) Now who’s in the mood to scrapbook? I know how I am spending this subsequent weekend. :) xo! Elsie

Credits: Writer and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photographs edited with Norma from The Folk Collection.

Integrate Knits Into Your Winter DecorDaily Interior Design Ideas

Throughout the wintermonths, it is customary for numerous men and women to commit far moretime in their houses to stay awayfrom the cold outside. So it would make sense to make your home a cozier location for the duration of this time so that you can get pleasure from your time curled up by the fireplace or beneath blankets.

Knits are a nice way to make your residencereallyfeel a lot more warm and cozy throughout this time. No matter whether or not they contribute to actualwarmth depends on how you use them. But even if they do not, you can still use them to generate a cozy environment and distinctivetype in your area. Right here are a handful of straightforwardmethods to integrate far more knits into your winter décor.

Pillows and Blankets.

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This is the best way to includeknit products to your home. Knit pillows, throws, and other objects to cover your couches, chairs, and beds are both cozy and sensible for staying warm for the duration of the winter months. In addition, these can give you a excellent way to integrate more colours and textures into your rooms.

Wall Art.

Not as significantly of a useful selection, adding knit products to your wall can basically aid in creating the total cozy atmosphere you want for the duration of the winter months. It’s not a very classic choice for wall art, but there are lots of possibilities, like blankets, tapestries, and other wall hangings.

Lamps.

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Lampshades are generally covered with fabric, but adding a knit material more than your every day shades can make them far more interesting and contribute to the overall winter ambiance. Producing a singleoneself can be pretty straightforward, just use circular knitting needles and knit like you would a little cowl scarf. Alternatively, you can cut out component of an previous sweater to use, or just purchase a pre-created 1.

Cozies.

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Related to the concept of knit lampshades, you can use knit materials to cover lots of other items about your residence. From teapots to chairs, there are lots of cozies available in merchants, as nicely as patterns obtainable if you are interested in creating your own.

No matter what kind of knits you decide on to integrate, you can effortlessly make your personal or simply acquire them at a craft or residence retailer. Then get pleasure from a significantly warmer and a lot more inviting atmosphere in the course of the coldness of winter.

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Emma’s Favorite Blog Posts of 2014Daily Interior Design Ideas

Holy-cow-it’s-almost-2015!!!! I hope you have your New Year’s resolutions ready, guys, because time waits for no one. But before we plunge into the new year, I think it’s super healthy to take a look back and remember some of the good things that happened in the previous year. So here’s a look at my top 25 moments/blog posts/things I did/things other people did/etc.

1. Elsie started a new feature this year called Scrapbook Sundays (you can find all of the series here). I love it. I really don’t have a whole lot to do with the feature, so I feel I can go ahead and brag about my sister. She is killing it with the paper crafting right now.

2. Obviously there’s going to be food on this list. I mean, you saw that coming right? I tried to narrow down what my favorite savory dish was this year (that I made, not just something from a restaurant as that adds too many contenders). It’s a tie between homemade miso soup and lentil and tempeh wraps. Both of these dishes are SO delicious I could probably eat one of each everyday.

3. In 2014 I decided to try this crazy idea of starting a book club with my blog readers. I loved it! I can’t decide on my favorite read from the year… but I think it’s either #Girlboss or The Fault in Our Stars. I love both, for uh, pretty different reasons. :)

4. The award for most used/most beloved office item goes to the ABM office coffee cart! I am a coffee addict. Actually one of my resolutions this year is to drink more water because I tend to lean too much on coffee (it’s actually not the same thing—go figure). But coffee. Oh coffee, I love you.

5. Around the office when we are planning a post that is more about sharing than teaching (could be tips, personal story, etc.), we nickname these “talky posts.” They are more rare, but I’ve had a few favorites this year. My top favorites I shared this year were my post about failing and starting again called On Changing Dreams and a post I shared on 10 Tips for a Productive Life (which I need to review).

6. It’s hard to pick a favorite Sister Style from the year. Other than a recurring blog feature, this is also one of the more consistent ways I spend time with Elsie. So for that reason they are all my favorite (geez, I’m sentimental today!). But I love this one. Notice my blunt hair cut I got early last winter (almost a year ago).

7. I love everyone who writes for ABM. They rock! One of my favorites from Mandi this year was her homemade cake domes. Pretty, easy to make, and super useful if you like baking cake (and I DO).

8. I was blessed enough to get to travel a bit this year. I loved every minute of every trip I was on and all the people I was with. But probably my favorite was our trip to Costa Rica. It was just epic.

9. Favorite sweet treat this year? I ONLY GET TO PICK ONE?!?! I’m still going to have to make it a tie between no bake cookies and my skillet cookie. So good and simple. Runners up: all the crème brûlée I’ve made this year (lavender, espresso and sweet potato).

10. Every now and again Trey writes a blog post. He’s a great writer, and I keep trying to encourage him to write a novel or something. He’s just really good. But, I digress. One of my favorite articles he wrote this year was on tips for job hunting. It’s a good one.

11. One of my favorite projects that Josh worked on this year was Elsie’s stained wood walls in her dining room. Every time I’m over there it just feels like a restaurant. So fancy!

12. Favorite product launch/awkward photo shoot? This one. For sure. Guys, if you haven’t heard about Happy Mail, where have you been!? It’s our stationary subscription and it’s awesome. Not only does Elsie do an amazing job designing every month and making it special, but the product is also an incredible value. Read more here. But, have you ever had to lay on the floor with envelopes all around you, trying to smile and look natural? Well… do it some weekend just to see. I dare you. :)

13. Laura has made about one million projects I’ve loved this year. That’s not even an exaggeration (well… maybe a little). But one that sticks out in my mind is this DIY feather pendant. It’s so pretty and has held up so well all this year.

14. A favorite project I did this year (with help from Trey) was our standing wrap-around desk in our home office room. Well, it’s a home office, music room, and sewing room. Sometimes a workout room too. We multitask. :)

15. A favorite post that Katie created this year was her homemade soap on a rope. Too cute and so useful.

16. I’m trying to make sure that Trey and I get some photos together at least a couple times a year. I just want to make sure I have photos of us as we age and live our lives together. This past June we celebrated our first wedding anniversary. We did a quick photo shoot with Sarah around that time, and I love all the photos we were able to get, especially this one. I have a printed version of this hanging in our bedroom currently.

17. I loved this DIY clothing rack that Ruby Ellen shared—so pretty!

18. I loved sharing so many of the before and after looks of rooms in our home on the blog this year. One of the very last ones I shared turned out to be a favorite, our minimal guest bedroom.

19. Favorite project made with leather in 2014? (Random award, that’s how I roll.) This magazine rack. I’m itching to steal it from the office and take it home. :)

20. We loved sharing room tours of the entire ABM office house with you this year. One of my favorites is this office room. See that desk in the corner? Pretty much 99% of the time I’m sitting right there when I’m typing posts (including this one). It’s a space where I spend a lot of time, so it’s fun sharing it with you all.

21. I love reading what LaTonya writes including this cute Great Dates feature she did with her family in their hometown (Brooklyn, NY… I guess that’s more a neighborhood than a town really, but you get what I mean).

22. Recently I had a lot of fun making this easy no-sew sweater wrap. I call it my fashionable Snuggie.

23. My favorite photo-based project of the year was probably when I put all my wedding photobooth images together using the Party Party app and printed them out as photobooth strips. This is currently hanging above our fireplace at home and I love it.

24. In 2014 we had the insane idea to buy a house in need of major repairs, fix it up, and share the process on the blog, and then donate it to Habitat for Humanity. We’re excited to share more progress and the final looks later this year. Fun times!

25. And last but not least, my favorite project from Rachel this year. That’s a tough one because she pretty much knocks it out of the park every time. The lady’s got talent (see her archives here). But recently she shared how to make these woven stockings, and I am for SURE making these for next year. I love them—so pretty! Plus homemade stockings just makes them all the more special.

2014 has been amazing, and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for us. Whatever it is, you can bet we’ll be blogging about it. Thank you for reading! You guys are amazing, and you made this past year truly special for our little website. Thank you, thank you, thank you. xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photos from previous posts on ABM, click the links included to find the original credits in each.

No. 210 by Buildall Homes Inc.Daily Interior Design Ideas

No. 210 is a residential task completed by Buildall Residences Inc. in Toronto, Canada.

The interior of this loft is warm and fashionable, and has a unique eclectic elegance.

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DIY Embellished Stacking Storage BoxesDaily Interior Design Ideas

Spring is rightaround the corner which means time for spring cleaning and organizing! Storage boxes are a great solution for officespaces, bedrooms, or craft rooms. They allow you to sort and store unsightly items, papers and other odds and ends while keepingshelving visually clean and pleasing.

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With loads of options out there for storage boxes, we show you one of the easiest ways to embellish these simple craft boxes which can give you customizable style on a budget. Read on for the easy 3 steptutorial and additional (optional) customizable ideas!

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Supplies:

  • spraypaint in 3 differentshades
  • high gloss spray lacquer or finish (optional)
  • set of 3 stacking craft boxes (available online or at your local craft store)
  • labels
  • pen

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Instructions:

1. Separate the top and bottom of the craft boxes and spray with spray paint. Here we used 3 shades of blue green and painted the smallest box the lightest and the largest box the darkest (visually having the darkest box on the bottom keeps the vignette weighed down). Your options are unlimited here- go for a monochromatic looklike we did here, get crazy with 3 different bold and bright colors, or totally change things up and cover your boxes with patterned paper or fabric instead!

Helpful hint- if you spray these boxes you will need to apply a few coats as the cardboard may soak in a bit of the first coat. If you use a spray paint with paint and primer the coats will be thicker and you will need to apply fewer. Also the lighter the color the more coats of paint it will take to completely cover the box.

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2. To protect the paint and give it a high shine, we finished off the paint job with a clean high gloss lacquer finish. We sprayed 1 evenly applied coat of this to get the desired look. This can be used to cover fabric or paper also.

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3. Place your label in the center of the front end of the box. Here we used simple craft paper labels from the office supply store. Just a few other ideas for labels include chalkboard stickers, metal book plates, or sticker letters.

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Write, stamp, or print the name of the box on your label and fill it up! Neatly stack your boxes in the office or other home space. They look great on a shelf full of books or left simply stacked out on a desk or dresser top. Use them all together or split them up based on your needs. Make a few sets to keep everything in your workspace neat and organized!

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Living Room Decorating Ideas that Expand SpaceDaily Interior Design Ideas

The livingroom is often the first room that visitors see when they walk through your front door, and the space sets the tone for how guests feelabout the rest of your home. Your living room is also a place for entertaining friends and relaxing with family and its designshould reflect that.

While making the space physically larger would involve expensive remodeling, there are many ways to make the room look bigger that are simple to execute and budgetfriendly. Check out the following easy-to-do and creative living room decoratingideas.

Focus on the Floor

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The floor takes up a significant amount of square footage and thus is one of the most high impact spaces in your living room. Ue one flooring material, such as wood or carpet, throughout your living room and adjoining rooms to visually expand the space and create flow with your design. In that same vein, avoid interrupting the eye with contrasting floor coverings. Use sofas and cabinets with legs, so the floor fades under the furniture rather than stopping suddenly at a wall of wood or fabric.

Take Advantage of the Walls

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The place where the walls meet the floor defines the size of a room both physically and visually. You can’t alter the location of your walls without a construction crew, but using living room decor that emphasizes the wall’s height draws the eye up and makes the room appear bigger. To accomplishthis hang floor-length curtains close to the ceiling, use tall bookshelves to compel guests to look up or install crown molding.

Arrange for Traffic Flow

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Uninterrupted movement is one sign of a large space, so arrange your furniture in a way that allows everyone to move easily from one area to the next. Determine how someone enters the room and where they’re most likely to go, such as to a sofa or deskchair, then arrange the furniture so people can use paths without obstruction. Make sure to allow enough space to perform tasks common to the room, such as opening and closing window coverings and reaching for light switches.

Add a Focal Point

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Emphasize a focal point or accentpiece in order to take people’s attention away from the size of the room. This can be anything from a feature wall to a mantle, or a bold piece of furniture that creates contrast with the other walls. Another option is to add a contrasting accessory. Look for an object in a style that differs from the rest of your decor. For example, if you primarily rely on traditional pieces, try something avant-gardelike some modern art. If you prefer minimalist modern furniture, choose something that’s traditional, such as an antique armoire, as your focal point.

Use Mirrors to Reflect Light

mirror above simple seating area

Mirrors push walls away and reflect light, which makes the space look bigger. Use them in front of your most attractive decor, such as flowers or rich drapes or windows, to reflect beauty and please the eye. Avoid using a mirrored wall, which can look too retro and alter your aesthetic. Instead, rely on one large framedmirror propped on the floor, or group several smaller mirrors on a wall.

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