Reimagining the family home: thinking outside the box!

Have you ever questioned why you are redecorating a room, thinking to yourself “I don’t know why I’m decorating this room because we never use it?” This might be a sign that it is not being used to its potential and it’s time to let your imagination run free and start thinking outside the box. Often times we restrict ourselves to old fashioned ideas that don’t work in our busy lives. Ask yourself these questions about your space and see if you are using it in a way that works for you:

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Does the space function properly to meet your needs? If you’re using a terribly lit little space to do your sewing and crafting, you will understand exactly what we’re talking about here! Make sure that your space has the ability to function properly for your intended use. Just like you don’t want a media room to be too bright, make sure that rooms used for close tasks like sewing have enough light to be functional.

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Is your living room, or any other room, out of date and underused? Are you ready to open your mind to new possibilities about the use of your existing space? Present your new ideas to your family in a positive light, suggesting benefits to everyone’s lifestyle. This will make the process of redecorating painless, in a supportive atmosphere. You will be thrilled when an uncomfortable, underutilized space finally becomes comfortable and functional. Convert a large living room into a dining room and host more parties!

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Why cling to outmoded rooms when you can have the space that you dream of? Think outside the box to reclaim and rediscover functional space that already exists within your home. Ask yourself the questions above and if you’re ready to reimagine your home, you’ll love Buy the Yard Interiors in Ancaster. For more information, please give us a call at 905-648-7979.

Home Accessorizing Part II: Vertical Surfaces

In part 1 of our article on home accessorizing tips, we discussed design principles for accenting horizontal surfaces such as mantels and tabletops. This time, we’re focusing on vertical surfaces, the most spacious of which are the walls. Whether yours are large or small, there are plenty of decorating ideas that you can use to create interest and add style.

Many of the same principles for decorating horizontal surfaces apply equally to vertical surfaces. Remember that your main goal is to achieve an effectively balanced theme using the elements of colour, size, texture and depth. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pictures and artwork provide endless opportunities for jazzing up a plain wall. If you have a single, spectacular piece, place it by itself to create a focal point inside the room.
  • Smaller pieces are also very effective when clustered together into a mini gallery on a single wall. Aim to create a pleasing balance with frames of varying sizes, shapes and weights.
  • Mirrors are not only attractive, but they also have the power to alter your perception of a room’s dimensions and lighting.
  • A grouping of smaller mirrors can help reflect light to brighten up a dark space. A large, door-sized mirror inside a spacious room can add drama and create the illusion of increased expansiveness. For effective balance, make sure to scale the mirror to the size of the room.

Texture is a greatly underused design element, but one which imparts dimension and visual interest to a room no matter what the colour scheme. Picture a bronze or metal sculpture adjacent to a fireplace, or a brocade wall tapestry behind a hallway accent table. Whatever accents you choose, remember to build them around the colour theme and proportions of the room and its furnishings. If your accent also serves as a functional item, such as a reading lamp, make sure that its height and colour don’t interfere with effective use of the item’s usefulness.

For more information on expert consulting and custom products to beautify your home, please call us at 905-648-7979.