O50’s, YES YOU CAN! SERIES
Are you now listening louder to what your home is telling you and everyone else? You are going to love knowing these 3 ways to make a huge difference in your home’s message!
1. Control the clutter
Last week’s post discussed what is your home’s message for you and for others including entering into your home. This first image is the ”in progress ” entry that I designed for an exceptionally long hallway/entrance. My goal was to create a visual composition through this custom made unit of large chests with a connecting bench. I added electrical wiring in the chests so these goreous lamps would not have unsightly cords. Large custom mirrors were framed in the same gorgeous red finish.
Of course, most of us will not have this super huge entry space to deal with but the design principle goals are always consistant incorporating scale and proportion, lighting, and controlling the visual clutter.
Does your home have visual fatigue from not controlling the clutter? Another definition could be defined as sensory overload from consciously or unconsciously trying to absorb each items or element in a space. Consider walking through your rooms as a stranger, I know, hard to do, but please try. Look at the amount and placement of every single accessory meaning lamps, plants, walls, furniture, every single thing in your rooms. What is your honest reaction? This my friends is exactly what others see and feel when they come into your home.
Is this important? You betcha this is very important and if you’re not sure, please read last week’s blog on the why’s your home holds the potential for healing those daily stresses which is so necessary for your health and well being. We all know that stress is a cause of inflammation which is a cause of tons of diseases. Therefore, yes, this is very important information.
Check out last weeks blog post here!
Perhaps the biggest mistake homeowners make in their homes is not understanding the impact of scale and proportion. This is why in my book, Design Smarts, in the section on Space, I discuss this design principle at length. What does clutter have to do with scale and proportion you might be thinking? Too many small tables, chairs, and accessories visually convey a sense of confusion versus a calming, orderly, and nurturing message.
2. Control the lighting
Is your lighting sabotaging your home’s message of being a peaceful cozy place to restore and regroup? I believe this one factor alone is the major cause to not feeling the intimacy of any room at any given time of day. I also believe that overhead lighting is the major culprit.
Whatever happened to having lamps strategically placed and better yet, turned on! I have tried every single type of ceiling can or chandelier light bulb on the market today. How can I claim this statement? Because I am a lighting fanatic so to speak. Using lamps in combination with overhead lighting (on dimmers of course) goes a very long way to address most lighting needs plus achieving the effect you desire in your spaces.
Lighting is my quest to make our living spaces give that soothing, renewing experience when home, even kitchen lighting is super important plus having dimmers too!
3. Control the space planning
Very few consider how furniture placement affects everything and not merely the look of the space. If I came over to your home or apt or condo for a visit, where would we sit to have a chat over a cup of coffee? Would the only option be your kitchen on bar stools or perhaps in a large great room with furniture placed far apart?
Where do you land for your restorative down time in your home? Are there comfy chairs or properly scaled sofas, a good reading lamp with a correct height and size table? Cozy fabric versus leather for textural comfort?
It is really, really surprising to me to discover or observe that most homeowners do not consider this extremely essential space planning basic when buying or placing furniture in their homes, apartments, or condos. But you can be the exception with learning and understanding these Design Smarts principles. Take a look at this cozy but functional great room and see if you can identify these design points from this post.
You all must know that your comments spur me on to keep delving into what can make your lives richer both in your homes and your lifestyles. When I receive comments like this one from Dell, I am so pumped to do even more for you all because she totally understood her need to change her home’s message when she returns there.
“I toured the Junior League Showhouse in High Point NC on Monday, after reading Hear Your Home. The very small laundry area was wild with patterns and colors. I enter my house from the garage into my laundry room. So it was like, between your article and that tour, my drab laundry room was telling me to get with it! Bought beautiful bright fabric today and paint in a bolder color than I would otherwise have used. Now to get out the paint rollers and sewing machine!”~Dell Nichols
Stay tuned you all for the next post and additional ways you can make your home something exceptionally special for you and your friends and loved ones.
Thank you so much for being on this ageless pioneering journey with me!
Living and Loving life together,
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