It doesn’t take a big remodel to transform the look and feel of a room. Changing certain features can make a dramatic difference. Here are a few things to consider when you want to transform any space.
Add a Decorative Mirror
A mirror instantly makes a room feel larger and alters the ambience. Use one beautifully framed mirror or hang several together to create a design focal point. If you do the latter, choose different mirror shapes for interest, but make sure the frames are the same or similar in color so that the design doesn’t lend a feeling of chaos to the space.
Change the Wall Color
Change the wall color to create warmth or add coolness, to complement decor and to make the room feel larger or more intimate. Color has an immediate effect on mood, so choose carefully with this in mind. Use darker hues when you want to add more drama and weight to the space, and choose lighter hues when you want to evoke peace and an airy feeling. If you want to bring the focus to a specific area of the room, paint only that wall in the new color.
Add Large Plants
Placing one or two large potted plants in the room will give it a breath of life. Greenery has a calming effect and makes any space feel more welcoming. Consider potted Areca palm trees, rubber trees or similar types of plants. Many types of plants also help purify the air, and this means the transformation won’t be limited to the visual change – even the air will be transformed.
Use Creative Lighting
Light is used to brighten a space, but it can also be used to create effects. Down lighting or up lighting directed towards a painting or wall sculpture pulls the attention towards that decorative feature. Back lighting bookcase shelves adds unique drama while contributing to the overall lighting of the room. Supplementing your overhead lighting with other types of lighting around the room adds a warm, welcoming touch to the room
Change the Window Dressing
Get rid of old boring blinds and replace them with a window dressing that adds subtle charm, such as soft, flowing drapes. Choose the colors and patterns that harmonize with the room’s decor style. For example, woven or canvas curtains in marine blue and white add an appropriate touch to a beach house design. If the room is done in neutrals and you need some color, add colorful window dressings.
Add a Throw Rug
A throw rug adds instant visual interest to a room and, as long as the pattern or colors complement the rest of the room, these can bring a cohesiveness to the whole design. Use bold patterns if you want the rug to play a large design role. Otherwise, stick with subtle patterns and textures and let it simply enhance your other decor.
Small changes and additions such as these are often all a room needs to go from bland and outdated to aesthetically stunning. If you are concerned about committing yourself to a particular transformation, remember that minor changes allow you to experiment a bit more freely with different colors, textures and features.