As you probably know already, I am a great fan of interior decorating and recently got around to updating my kids' rooms. However, if - like me - you are always thinking one step ahead with your home, then it is probably the main living space which occupies your thoughts more than other parts of the house. Of course, exactly what can be done comes down to budget, but some of the things on my wish list are a bit cheaper than I had first thought before I started researching them.
Often superb for rooms which you want to make larger, lightly toned living spaces in small homes can look a little too bright with the addition of a large mirror – almost as if it is trying too hard to appear more spacious than it actually is. However, a dark black and ornate frame does the trick of making a mirror appear like an extra window and not too in-your-face. Not only does it work in sitting rooms but dining areas can especially benefit from a couple of matching mirrors placed in parallel on one wall.
It is surprising how, even when pulled apart, vertical stripes on curtains 'add' height to a room. Ideal for low-ceilinged homes, vertically patterned curtains are a definite to add to any living space wish list.
These have to be the perfect way of bringing more light into the back of a smaller home. Less expensive than you might think, bifolding doors open up the garden in a way that conventional sliding patio doors never do. Ideally, opt for ones with strong runners to prevent unwanted problems of jamming up down the line.
Nooks and crannies can be found in any home and are often underused in living spaces. Corners can be put to good use with the installation of a bookshelf or a corner display cabinet, but if these ideas don't appeal to your sense of style, then why not make yours an additional informal seating area for the kids with a two-tone bean bag?
By installing new curtain rods in a higher position, closer to the ceiling than the top of window frame, it is possible to create the illusion of a larger aspect. Especially if the window frame and recess are painted in light colours, with the curtain rod being darker, the eye can be fooled into thinking that the windows are bigger than they actually are – a cheap way of 'creating' more light and a spacious feel.
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