Handling Space Issues
It is not always an asset to have a
large house to live life peacefully and serenely. In
fact, a home larger than you actually need becomes a burden and
needs much more maintenance, cleaning, dusting, mopping, washing,
ironing and polishing. We have some good advice that deals with
space issues and how to handle rooms with different shapes and areas
while decorating. It gives you and idea on how to
rearrange your room to make better use of space and shape of the
- Evaluate the shape of your room as square,
rectangular or L-shape; your personality traits as Victorian,
French, rustic, modernistic, high-tech, Oriental or Zen-like; room
problems in terms of being narrow, having low
ceiling , architecturally sterile or too long and room assets as
having a focal point in terms of mirror or a fireplace, a window
with beautiful views or delicate
moldings before you start decorating it.
- Make a room plan beforehand including doors,
windows and things attached permanently to the wall. You can use a
scale of ¼" to 1'.
- Make cutouts of the furniture you want to
put in the room using the same scale as of the room floor plan and
try to visualize the room by placing them in the plan. 3-D virtual
plans on computer can give you better idea about the personality and
look of the room.
- Keep the pathways to move between the
furniture pieces free.
- Match the type of furniture to the
architectural elements of the room keeping in mind the focal point
of the room.
- A bland room can be funked up with paneling,
stenciling, using chair rails, shoji screens or even French doors.
- A room with low ceiling needs low furniture
lines, tall dressers or armoires that go all the way to the ceiling
and vertical stripes on wallpaper. You may also create the illusion
of taller room by painting same shade of light and cool color on
walls and ceiling delineation.
- For very narrow and long rooms, use warm
dark and matte colors on shorter walls and light and cool colors on
- Use versatile furniture with hidden storage
- Rooms with odd shapes and off-center focal
point can be divided into smaller areas that can be managed better
and allot a focal point for each. Area rugs, screens and dividers,
subtle hints such as change in scale of patterns on wallpaper or
slight difference in color of walls can be used to give more
definition to these separate areas.