Tricks of the Trade

Architectural Columns

     When decorating a space, not all rooms are created equal.  Some rooms have overbearing features and lines that challenge furniture placement or architectural details that dictate style. Ceilings may be too low or overall space too minimal.  This is where a few “tricks of the trade” come in handy. 

     Suppose you have a support column in the middle of your room or a jut in the wall.  These would be considered negative features. Because it would be difficult to hide the column, building it out to be more aesthetically pleasing changes it to a positive feature. The jut however, is better camouflaged. Surrounding it with a closet will blend it into its surroundings to make it less obvious.

   If a room has bulkheads, lowered portions of ceiling housing heating ducts or electrical wiring,  these too, might be considered negative features. However, with some creative flare, that can be changed.  For instance, if there is enough room in the bulkhead to install recessed downlights, a much appreciated form of functional or mood-enhancing lighting can be brought into the room. 

Architectural Detail

    Applied architectural detailing is another element to be taken into consideration when decorating.  Does the room have distinctive detailing and exude a certain style through its architecture?  Such detail could include ornate center and crown mouldings, trim, baseboards, and doors.  Does this detail enhance your design, or hinder it?  If you choose to work with it, you will need to continue with the theme throughout.  If you want to create a more modernist style in the room, you will want to remove these decorative details or camouflage them by painting them out in the same color as the ceiling or walls. 

Architectural Detail 2

     0pportunity to employ still other tricks of the trade presents itself when addressing ceiling height or the size of a room. Emphasizing vertical lines with floor-to-ceiling length window treatments and striped wallpapers, as well as painting the ceiling white will give the impression of a higher ceiling, while using the same light paint color on all the walls and trim and applying the same window treatments on all windows in a color that blends with the wall color visually expands the space.  Other tricks to make a room appear larger include the use of seamless wall-to-wall carpeting instead of area rugs which break up the space, keeping the room uncluttered with a minimal amount of furnishings, and incorporating mirrors and other reflective surfaces into the decor.

Add these “tricks of the trade” to your roster and you will have the tools at hand to overcome obstacles when working with a challenging space.


~ by shirleyliseblogspot on February 26, 2013.

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