As agents we often show homes to prospective buyers looking for the home of their dreams. In these economic times, all too often these homes are vacant with little to no furniture in them. What many find most challenging is how to decorate and place furniture in awkward shaped rooms or spaces. Hampton Roads has a diverse collection of architectural styles, which leads to homes in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few tips to help with some of your awkward rooms, spaces or architectural details.
Angled Walls – Decorate in one uniform color this draws attention away from and disguises any awkward angles or odd shapes. If you prefer wallpaper in lieu of paint, choose a small scale pattern to help disguise any lumps, bumps or cracks. Do not use stripes or geometric patterns, as it will only emphasize unusual architectural details.
Sloped ceilings or knee walls can make design difficult. In these cases you can minimize the effect by placing shelves, chair molding, picture rails or curtain rods parallel to the wall or floor they are closest to. Also, paint the wall above the picture rail or chair molding the same color as the ceiling so as to disguise the sloping ceiling and pull the space upward.
Create focal points – A common known trick is to create a focal point like a fireplace, shelves, picture, etc. to draw the attention where you want it. Do you know how to create a focal point? Look around the room to determine the “biggest” feature, such as a fireplace, picture or built in bookcase. If the room has no obvious features, then identify the largest furniture pieces. The focal point should be interesting to look at with visual and textural appeal. The focal point should be the first thing you see upon entering the room. Build your furniture placement around the focal point. A quick tip, both wall color and/or lighting can highlight your focal point.
Small spaces – For small spaces look for non-standard sizes of furniture to fit into those awkward corners or nooks. Use one paint color throughout the space. Minimize the number pictures; too many pictures will make the space feel small and cramped. Play up the space to create a cozy inviting area and get creative with a multi-functional furniture piece that double as storage. In narrow rooms, use mirrors to reflect the light and create the illusion of more space. Minimize clutter, less is always more.
The keys to overcoming awkward spaces are to identify the challenging, create a focal point which draw the eye away from the architectural detail or defect and focus on your rooms best qualities. Happy decorating!