January 21, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on How to Create A Warm & Stylish Family Room
Let’s face it: we don’t all have the finances to hire an interior decorator who can make our rooms picture-perfect. And that’s okay (besides, doing it yourself is part of the fun, right?).
The trick is to look at a room you adore and understand the components that make it so worthy of your admiration. However, it’s not always easy to know what makes a room look so pulled together.
That’s why we sat down with our Design Team to get an expert’s take on one of the most popular room scenes in our recent catalog.
We uncovered out exactly how this look came together—and why it works—so we could share the knowledge you need to put together a similar look at home.
Why the room works
This modern classic room is visually appealing because it plays with texture and scale. Many of the items in the room add a warm patina.
Wondering exactly what that means? Let’s take a closer look.
Texture adds dimension and visual interest to a room. It’s an often-overlooked element to home decorating, but when incorporated in a room, it really makes an impact. Texture can be added through various fabrics, wood and woven surfaces. In this room, the rug, lamp, roman shades, fireplace and the rough-hewn coffee table all add texture.
When we talk about scale, we are referring to the size of items in a room, their proportions when compared to each other, and how each item fits in the room. Just as a room needs various textures, a room needs scale to create interest or drama. If all the items are the same size, nothing will stand out.
In this room, we deliberately create drama with scale by drawing the eye to the light fixture, the artwork, the textured vase and the curtains mounted several inches above the window frame. The prominent wainscoting provides additional height. Even without that architectural feature, though, all the items together provide plenty of scale, balance and interest.
One note of caution about scale: do not over-do the variation of scale. Furnishings need balance. For example, don’t put a small piece of artwork over a fireplace or a large lamp on a small side table.
Why it works, piece-by-piece:
- French Ticking Grommet curtains are mounted above the window frame to give the windows the illusion of greater height
- The pillows, 18” square, are at a larger scale
- The walls have high wainscoting, which increases the scale
- A jute rug adds a great deal of texture to the room and provides a focal point
- The metal and wood pendant lamp, with vintage rust metal work and wheat linen shade with metal trim, provides additional, unique textures
- The textured woven shades provide a contrast in texture to the surrounding curtains
- The coffee table, made of reclaimed wood, has a weathered look, and the warm patina adds warmth
- The houndstooth throw (and the puppy!) make the room even more cozy
Do you play with texture and scale when decorating your home? We’d love to hear how you make it work—add your thoughts to the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook!