Decorating – 5 Essential Keys

Getting closer to that big move to your new home this Spring/Summer?  Let these decorating concepts permeate your thinking as you get closer to the big day:

  1. Space – A real beginning point that tells you what you have to work with in each room.  Start with the physical dimensions. Then visually expand by keeping the color contrast between walls and windows to a minimum. To make a room feel cozier, create a high contrast. Natural light and light diffusion through window coverings create dramatic visual effects in a space.
  2. Color – Is the major mood determinant for a room.  It intensifies as you increase the area of coverage.  Here are some Rules of thumb:
    • Allow your main color to occupy 75 percent of a room (including floor and wall space)…
    • With 15 to 20 percent for your secondary color and…
    • 10 percent for an accent color.

    Neutral-toned window treatments go well in rooms where you’ll spend a lot of time or when you want other furnishings to make bold statements. But when you want window treatments to be the special accent or coordinating feature that pulls a room together, Hunter Douglas offers an abundance of colors, textures, sheens, and treatments to provide privacy and light control and meet your decorating needs.

  3. Lines – impact the overall feel of a room. Vertical lines add height and dignity. Horizontal lines suggest relaxation and informality. Round windows, fabric folds and soft objects lessen the harshness of a room’s lines.
  4. Form is the shape or combinations of shapes of the elements in a room. If you have square windows, window treatments can lengthen them and give them a taller, more rectangular look.
  5. Texture – adds interest to a room. Window treatments in metal, wood, and a vast palette of fabric colors, patterns and finishes offer many textural options to explore. Dramatic contrasts are in.

More Decorating Tips for Sharper Perspective

  • Avoid clutter by displaying only a few large and wonderful objects you love.
  • Use a few large pieces of furniture to make a small space appear larger.
  • Utilize the same floor covering throughout to make all the rooms feel bigger.
  • Group related items on a wall to create a strong focal point and pull a room together.
  • Make comfort and convenience your top decorating priority when arranging furniture.
  • Focus next on composition (color, balance and scale) to create visual interest and add your personal style.
  • Present a consistent exterior image with white backing on all window treatments.