The Three Elements of a Successful Room Makeover
Today I’d like to share with you three elements of a successful room makeover. The room needing a makeover began as a sort of bonus room at the top of a flight of stairs, near second floor bedrooms, but with a wonderful view of horse pastures through a large set of windows. What our client wanted was a Parisian inspired salon, for quiet contemplation, creative work, and elegant “boudoir” entertaining. Our client is a writer/composer who needs calm and quiet in order to focus on her work. The existing room was the opposite – visually chaotic, with furniture and decor of conflicting styles – which prevented her from doing her best work. See the existing space below:
The room makeover is composed of three parts:
- Floor Plan
- Furniture and Finishes
- Interior Architecture
FLOOR PLAN: First, Sally created a restful environment, suitable for creative thinking, by designing a floor plan that was visually balanced and whose elevations had symmetry.
FURNITURE, FABRIC AND FINISHES: The second challenge was creating a calm, relaxing look. Since Sally had worked with this client on several other rooms in the house, she knew our client loved all things French. So she proposed a “Champagne and Snow” French styled salon, bringing in many shades of champagne beige fabrics, with touches of white, To add the necessary touch of glamour, Sally wanted to frame the lovely evening view through the windows in a twilight violet color, which she used for the drapery panels. She added some toss pillows in a violet silk satin, too. Notice all the trims which were used on pillows, as well as framing the upholstery pieces. The details augment the whole.
The drapery, framing the west facing windows, is a violet silk tone on tone stripe, with 2 layers of French silk trimmings. The drapery was made larger than the windows required, and offset, to fool the eye into thinking the room is more symmetrical than it actually is. See how the wall space, to left and to right of the drapery is the same? The drapery panels themselves are not the same size, but they frame the window in the same way.
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: Finally, while Sally was working with our client on the room plan, furniture and fabrics, I worked on the architecture of the room. With budget in mind, I carefully selected panel trim and combined a White River frieze with a new crown, creating a delightful French style interior that complements and enhances the French style furniture and finishes Sally and our client had selected. (To learn more about creating French Style Crown moulding, click here.)
Every room needs a focal point. The piece de resistance” is the plaster relief hung on the wall over the sofa. Sally selected this for its drama, and the simplicity of the white colored plaster, giving oomph to the room by its three dimensionality. Sally often says a piece of sculpture in a room can really elevate the space. See our casual in progress photo below:
Let’s recap the three important elements of a successful room makeover.
- FURNITURE PLAN: Make sure the plan meets the functional needs of the user(s) of the room via the furniture layout.
- FURNITURE, FABRICS AND FINISHES: Know what the look of the room is going to be prior to making your selections. This can be done via idea books, creating Pinterest boards, etc. This establishes a framework and guidelines for you. You can then “test” your selections against the guidelines. The questions, “Do they fit?” and “why? or why not?” are easily answered.
- INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: Idea books/Pinterest boards are very helpful here, too. The objective is to create a room/space in which the architecture of the room complements and enhances the furniture/decor and vice versa.
Sally and I hope you have found this useful. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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