It's been said that design is in the details--and while we are all about large scale items that create focal points and big impact changes, this is very true. The details are a big part of design and oftentimes the part that people don't realize take a lot of time and make a big difference. It's the slight color variations that you don't see until you compare fabrics and the type of lighting that affects the mood of a space. These little details contribute to how someone feels when they walk into a space. They give a room flow or can make it feel disjointed. Today we're discussing a few of these little details. They may be things you haven't thought about before, but you will after reading today's post!
Light is important in a space and comes in all forms in rooms--lamps, windows, and reflections. One way to bring in light is by using mirrors. Instead of selecting art or a heavy wall hanging, mount a mirror for more light! You don't need to do anything giant and you'll want to be careful about which area of the house you hang it--not everybody likes to see themselves from all angles, but a well-placed mirror with a decorative frames adds some nice detail and catches the light. It's a multi-functional detail that can make a big impact!
Aside from reflective light, varied artificial light is also important in a home. Lamps are always the obvious use of artificial light but lighting can be brought in other ways too since different accessories are sometimes electrified. When selecting ways to bring in artificial light, consider the glow it's going to give. Something fluorescent can be harsh and irritating, but a nice soft glow is inviting. Darker lamp shades are a lot more moody than white ones and are usually more appropriate for bedrooms rather than common areas. These are all just little things to consider!
Nature. Bringing in nature is vital to a warm space. And we've got a secret--the plants don't have to be real! If you can find a good looking fake plant, more power to ya! By using that, you'll get the impact of greenery without the hassle of being required to care for it. You don't have to go overboard, either. A simple potted plant in a window or some fresh flowers as the centerpiece. It just contributes to the flow of the room.
First impressions. For many people, there is a separation between the outside of their home and the inside but these two spaces meet at the front door. For this reasons, it's important not to neglect your front door. It's the first impressions people will have of your home--the entryway. A nice wreath on the door or some plants (low maintenance, of course!). Even a doormat! Just something that says, welcome! I'm glad you're here!
Scents and smells. Nobody likes to walk into a stinky house. Something that's beautifully decorated but smells bad is very unfortunate. In a way, you want your home to be appealing to all of the five senses. You don't have to ridiculous about it, so if you have an aversion to heavy perfumes or have allergy issues, go with something clean. Change your scents out for the seasons too. It's always inviting to walk into a house full of cinnamon and pumpkin during Fall, but for spring Lemon or Lavender is better. A good smell immediately appeals to guests and will instantly increase the overall perception of your home.