What is the one thing you absolutely need for your home for spring: Part 1

Tonight I asked my facebook friends what is the one thing they absolutely need in their homes for spring. I received so many different responses. With the change of the season, many homeowners feel inspired to decorate and remodel their homes.  To help you with your spring interior design efforts, I will be sharing my top decorating tips/concerns for my viewers.

Tonight’s Topic: How to create more space!

Decorate on the Diagonal: One way to add visual interest to a room and make it appear larger is to place your furniture at an angle. This arrangement works best for rectangular dining room tables, beds in square bedrooms, sofas and desks. Placing furniture at an angle works because the longest straight line in any given room is its diagonal. When you place your furniture at an angle, it leads the eye along the longer distance, rather than the shorter wall, making the room seem larger. As an added bonus, you often get some additional storage or display space behind the angled piece.

Lighting is a key element in opening up a space. Let the light into the room. By letting the natural light flow into the room, you will be surprised at how this will open up the room and make it look larger. If you do not have a lot of natural light, you can add some lighting features to the room to make it look bigger. You will be amazed at how this small addition can make a big difference.

If you have access to natural light, make full use of it. Bring it into your home through windows. Full height glass panes work best. Having a large picture window can make a room seem bigger because a barrier between the visitor and outside view has been removed. Instead of seeing a dimension-defining wall, visitors see an expansive view of the outdoors. Make sure window coverings are sheer, or are pulled back, to bring more light in. If the view is bad use hanging plants and potted flowers near windows. Lamps will bring in colour and focus attention. Track lighting is my total favorite. This is an inexpensive way to add a dramatic effect to a focal point. Which brings me to my next tip.

Mirrors can make your room look larger. Use a focal point and angle your mirrors towards it, which will give the illusion of depth. The mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. They bounce light deep into the room, making it appear larger. This is especially effective with near a window so the outdoors can be reflected. Mirrors on the walls and glass tabletops will make it seem like there’s a more open flow. You can also use mirrored cabinet doors to make spaces feel large and uncluttered. Making these small adjustments can make any room look bigger!

Stay tuned as I answer more of my viewers top concerns and must-haves for spring!!!