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In my last post about how to properly hang art, I made a rather bold, and maybe even controversial statement: A home that has no books or art has no soul. This is my personal opinion and I stand by it!
Then I talked about how to hang art like a pro. Now I’d like to show you how to use books and accessories to round out the decor of your home that, no doubt, features your art all re-arranged and re-hung, right?!
When someone calls me into their home to help with the design or decor, often they’ll say something like, “It just doesn’t feel right, but I don’t know how to fix it.” Often the room is underfurnished, underaccessorized, has wall decor that is either out of proportion to the room or hung too high or in the wrong place or a combination of all of those, like this master bedroom. In this case, a large, Venetian mirror was meant to fill up the wall, but it just isn’t up to the task and seems too ornate relative to the lack of ornamentation in the rest of the room.
The vaulted ceiling starts at 8 feet off the floor and slopes up to a peak of 11 feet, which gives the room an enviable volume of space, but makes it feel cavernous and uninviting. The lack of color and architectural detail doesn’t help and it feels like it hasn’t been fully moved into. Although I commend the homeowner for the books that are on the shelves, they’re too few and small for the space so are almost as bad as none at all. They look lonely and under appreciated.
The clients here absolutely love blue, and live near the beach so wanted it to have a summery, beach feel. By painting the walls deep blue, adding cornice moulding at the ceiling line and keeping the shelving and fireplace surround crisp white, right away there is high contrast giving a feeling of warmth to the room. By adding a couple of shelves to the pre-existing units on either side of the fireplace so the spaces between them were not so high and combining books and accessories and wall decor, it gains a feeling of personality and comfort.
Watch this digital evolution of accessorizing on a handsome, solid wood, empty shelf unit, courtesy of Anne Quinn hand-made furniture in Toronto (www.Anne-quinn.com) :
Do you have an area of your home that doesn’t look quite right but you can’t put your finger on the problem? Send me a photo and let me help you set it right!