Top Ten Ways to Update Window Treatments

Windows are more than just sources of fresh air and natural light; they are a decoration, a place to showcase personality and style. Affordable Windows recommend quality windows to save on energy bills, when windows look like they’ve seen better days, it’s the perfect time to update them with one of these top ten design trends. It’s time to throw open those drapes and reveal your inner stylist!
1. Nature Indoors
Decorate a ledge or windowsill with items from nature. Bowls of brightly colored fruit (wooden or resin are a good option if the window gets a lot of sun), or add small, low-maintenance potted plants to bring the outdoors inside. Pair these items with exposed wood blinds (view the Bill’s Blinds Ltd website) or natural woven shades to take full advantage of the natural look you want.
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2. Color Coverings
Plain white shutters or blinds offer a clean look, but don’t draw attention and are not as fun as colored window coverings. Pode contactar a melhor empresa de reparação de estores Lisboa neste site. Install some new coverings in complementary colors like ocean tones—blues, turquoise, teal, and soft greens—or pair brown with the latest jewel tones of persimmon, orange, and gold. Go even softer and match your home’s neutrals with dove gray, lavender, and similar dusty hues.

 

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3. Luxury Fabrics
Rich fabrics such as damask, satin, fur, suede, leather, silk, and velvet, when used in window coverings can create instant luxury to any home décor.  Luxurious fabrics will always be popular with those who want to enhance the look of their home. Take luxury to the next level and upgrade every element of window decor with crystal, beads, tassels, and metallic rods. Your home will feel as elegant as a French palace!

 

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4. Bamboo
For an environmentally friendly update, bring on some bamboo! Replace metal window hardware and draperies with bamboo.  The design world is trending more towards natural looks and away from metals and sparkles. Bamboo is resilient and sturdy and will withstand the test of time.

 

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5. Soft Textiles
Soft textures like grosgrain and velvet can be used as a ribbon accent on otherwise plain blinds and drapes.  They are also a creative way to hide route holes for the strings used in most blinds. The best part about adding these soft textiles is that they can be switched up depending on the season, the holiday, or just your design mood.

 

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6. Simple Lines
Sleek and simple lines, whether in silhouettes or accents, make a window treatment instantly modern. Finish the look with chrome or clean enamel hardware. A quick and simple way to implement this modern look is installing a panel-track system to combine soft, light fabrics with easy use and a perfectly updated window.

 

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7. Bold Prints
Simple and neutral – it’s not your client’s thing? Choose a bright, bold floral or geometric pattern for the fabric used on their window coverings. The windows and the room will be instantly infused with spunk and youthfulness. Keep the pattern large rather than small to avoid a too busy or overwhelming look.

 

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8. Silk Panels
Silk window draperies continue to be popular in the design world. While more expensive than other fabrics, silk brings a shine and lightness that is guaranteed to upgrade any room. These panels can be adjusted to always allow the desired amount of light into a room as well as being easy to take down and clean.

 

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9. High Tech
The natural trend is uniquely contrasted with the ongoing technology boom. Incorporate technology into your design by controlling blinds and curtains with a remote, a light switch, or by using the Internet.  No matter what the design of your room—natural, modern, luxury—going high-tech with your window treatments will bring your designs into this new era.

 

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10. Green
Green is more than just a soothing color; going green with décor is a way of designing rooms that are environmentally friendly. Fabrics that contain UV repelling fibers reduce glare, reduce heat transfer, and reduce your energy bill, with the furnace repair englewood nj you can check your costs, install and repairs any heating system.  wood stoves, gas stoves, pellet stoves and more from the best brands in the industry. From affordable to high-end home wood heater, Central Coast Heating have everything you need to start heating your home efficiently and effectively. Fabrics are going green in many other ways as well. Some contain antimicrobial and anti-fungal fibers woven in, which are great for those who have mold problems at home, just don’t get us wrong, as this won’t solve everything, you will still need to get a mold removing air purifier system if you have a mold problems at home. 

 

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With some simple, trendy upgrades, you can turn your windows from just a typical light source to an avenue for your personality and style!
Kim Kapellusch
The Academy of Home Staging
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Student lands dream job shortly after graduating from The Academy of Home Staging & Design’s Interior Design Certification Course.


The Academy of Home Staging & Design graduate, Trisha Elena Guillen of Trisha Elena Designs LLC, had a tip from a friend that Columbia University was looking for an designer for a remodel project for a student area on campus.


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“These programs were essential in the progress of communicating my vision and staying organized.” ~Trisha Elena Designs, LLC

Trisha Elena Guillen of Trisha Elena Designs,LLC, a recent graduate of The Academy of Home Staging & Design’ s Interior Design Certification Course, was given a tip by a friend that Columbia University was looking for a designer for their large remodel project for a brownstone on campus.
After communicating with the clients, as well as, Columbia University contacts, interviewing, presenting a portfolio and providing a plan of action, all skills that were enhanced and refined during the Academy’s 5 day Certification program, Trisha was hired for the project, beating out 3 other Interior Designers. Trisha jumped in with both feet.

In a recent interview, Trisha explains the parameters of the project “The job included a redesign plan for six main spaces, including a living room, dining area, foyer, hallway entry, study room, and basement. The redesign plan included new flooring, paint, furniture, rugs, window treatments, artwork, and accessories for these spaces. The goal was to keep all redecorating within a budget of around $30K, a separate budget from the structural enhancements and changes with flooring and paint. “I am so happy that I had finished my program at The Academy so I had the confidence and tools to complete an amazing look for this client.” The client asked Trisha to design a space that was light and modern with plenty of seating. Trisha said, “They liked glass, very light neutral shades, and delicate fabrics, however, we had to make sure that the space would be durable for groups of students to use frequently and comfortably as well as provide upholstery within the standards of fire and safety codes.”

Trisha’s design solutions included incorporating mixed metals for a light, modern look yet durable structure, neutrals in concrete, wood, and lacquer as well as for décor, and navy accents for upholstery in performance fabrics that would resist wear for longer. The main challenges of the space included the lack of seating for large meeting groups, storage, and natural light. Trisha comments, “In a common meeting area, it is crucial that the space inspires creativity and participation while fostering a collaborative environment.”

In the foyer, Trisha created a seating nook with small settees and a tiny coffee table from Worlds Away. For the dining space, Trisha chose fashionable Eames chairs, perfect for long hours of meeting and studying and comfort, and used these same chairs in the large study room so that they could be moved in for meetings. In the living room, she chose steel coffee table pieces that double as seating and added in an extra corner study nook with x shape stools. Trisha lightened up the space by choosing new Benjamin Moore paint in a crisp white for wainscoting and very light gray for walls, as well as neutrals throughout the decorating color scheme. Upholstered furniture pieces were chosen with legs to provide an open airy look versus heavy pieces. Concrete and steel made up her material choices throughout the design, allowing durability along with a contemporary, light space. Mirrors played a huge role as well – The mirrors by Ballard Designs used in the living room opened up the room and bounced natural light into the space!

Trisha managed all aspects of the project including onsite management and double checked every step. Following The Academy’s core training, she believes that communication and organization are the most important aspects of any successful project. Throughout the project, Trisha provided weekly and/or as needed updates with regularly updated budget charts, detailed steps of the plan, and next steps in order to keep the client in the loop as well as the university. “I also utilized many of the programs and techniques that I learned while at The Academy of Home Staging.”The tools, documents, advice, and processes taught and provided during the course were used throughout the full project.”

Kim Kapellusch, owner and founder of The Academy’s 5-day Interior Design intensive for beginners in Los Angeles, CA. says The Academy teaches strong client communication and transparency with standards in business that provide a clear vision to the client, tracking client satisfaction and needs, and how to efficiently move the project forward.

“These strategies and software tools taught at The Academy, were essential in the progress of communicating my vision and staying organized” said Trisha. The Academy of Home Staging & Design is proud of their students and of Trisha Elena Guillen.
Trisha, and all students of The Academy of Home Staging & Design are able to be successful in their Design businesses because of the tools learned from these hands-on courses.

For More Information on Home Staging or Interior Design Certificate programs call 800-574-5576 or click here: The Academy of Home Staging & Design.
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Designer Spotlight Series: Wanda Colón, Former HGTV & TLC Host

This week’s Designer Spotlight Series features a very special guest…someone who is certainly no stranger to the “spotlight” and has become a new (and very welcome) member of the iHomeRegistry community.

That’s right…it’s Wanda Colón, from HGTV’s “24 Hour Design” and TLC’s “Home Made Simple”— and she’s here to talk to us about her experience working with famous private clients, the key to staging homes, who she admires in the design industry and more!

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Wanda Colón

1. What attracted you to iHomeRegistry?

As a busy Interior Designer in Los Angeles, I’m always looking for the next new software and/or tool that will allow me to communicate my design vision to the client. Time saving and one stop shopping for this tool is a key factor for me and the entire staff at Style My Space & The Academy of Home Staging and Design. iHomeRegistry allows us to create a fluid design plan with visuals for our client, including a 3D rendering. 

2. How did you get started in the interior design/decorative arts business?

After graduating from college, my first big design job was a restaurant redesign in Reading, PA. It was called The Firehouse Bar & Restaurant. Then I made the move from PA to CA in 2001. I started working for a design firm called Interior Motives, where I also did murals and finishes for our clients.

3. Tell us about your time at HGTV and TLC. How did that come about?

I lived in the same building as Lee Snyders from Design on a Dime. I spoke to his then talent manager and gave her my portfolio. She had me shoot a reel and we started submitting my photo and reel to HGTV, TLC…I auditioned for 24 Hour Design and had 3 call backs to re-audition for the show. Initially they went with someone else. I remember I thought “What, this can’t be” I really felt like it was mine to lose so I followed up with a thank you note and to keep me in mind for anything else. They called a week later and said they reconsidered their first pick. I did HGTV’s “24 Hour Design” for 4 seasons and then had the opportunity to go to TLC’s “Home Made Simple” where I did 6 seasons.

4. You’ve had some pretty well known private clients, including Kelsey Grammer, Paul Stanley, Cher and Johanna Carson. Tell us about working with them.

Of course, the initial meeting, I would ask myself “How did I get here?” and “Am I good enough?” But, what I quickly realized is that they have the same concerns as my client down the street. I would have to say meeting Kelsey for the first time, I called him Frazier on accident. I was mortified, but he assured me it wasn’t the first time. My favorite famous client is Paul Stanley. He is super creative, an amazing artist and gave us a lot of creative freedom. I’m a breast cancer survivor and during my treatment, he ran into a mutual friend who told him I had cancer. He called me asked me if I needed anything and donated a huge painting to my cancer fund.

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Before: Marina Del Rey model home

5. Where do you find your inspiration?

Literally everywhere! When designing someone’s home I want to know where the client has traveled, what they are interested in…it’s super personal to create a space for someone. My goal is for my clients, friends, and family to come into the space and say, ”Wow, this is really you!”

6. If you could design a home for anyone in the world, who would it be?

I would have to say it would have been a blast to collaborate with Frank Lloyd Wright. I just recently toured the SC Johnson house and building in Wisconsin. I was so impressed not only with the overall design but the creative spirit he brought to everything from structure to the functionality of the office chairs.

7. How does the Academy of Home Staging & Design distinguish itself among competitors?

First of all, we are a full service design company. Our sister company is Style My Space where I am the lead interior designer. Kim Kappellush, founder of Style My Space and the Academy, runs the Home Staging part of the business. We have our own warehouse of furniture and have the ability to stage over 100 homes at a time with our own inventory. Kim founded the Academy of Home Staging and was open to us developing the Interior Design aspect to the academy. So what makes us different is that we are successful at what we are teaching. So, anyone coming to the academy is learning from our experience.

8. How have YOU distinguished yourself in such a rapidly growing industry?

I minored in fine arts. I consider myself an artist first and I bring that to the table. Teaching at the Academy also keeps me on track with anything new in design. New software, programs, trends and I get to work with the professionals at the design centers like LA Mart. Being in the know is really important in this industry. So I have a relationship with everyone from my vendors and contractors to the employees in retail stores. When we shop I have a first name basis mentality. I want my clients to be able to go back to Crate & Barrel and be able to ask for the rep that I like to work with.

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After: Marina Del Rey model home

9. What are the top one or two keys to staging a home? 

Create a space that has mass appeal to the market and make it special. Personally, I like having that statement art piece.

10. What is your favorite home you’ve ever staged? 

Early in my career I designed and staged a model loft in Marina Del Rey. I had a decent budget and total creative freedom.

11. What is the most important room when it comes to home staging?

First impressions are always great so the first room people see really sets the tone for the house.

12. Who is your design “role model”?

Once again Frank Lloyd Wright…his conviction to his designs is what we all aspire to.

13. What does the future hold for the design/decorative arts business?

The sky is the limit. I love the way design changes and the exposure on TV shows has given interior design the access to everyone. Interior Design is no longer just for the wealthy. It has become available to everyone. Which in turn makes us grow as designers.

Learn more about Wanda and her work with the Academy of Home Staging & Design HERE

Spring Colour Trends in 2014

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Fashion and interior design sometimes go hand in hand, so just as fashion week colours and styles change with the times, home-staging trends evolve, as well.

Spring colour trends 2014 are all about finding the right balance of bright and pastel to draw attention and pair perfectly together. Pastels are a great way to balance out an extremely bright or drastically dark look without immediately deciding to use a neutral beige or cream colour.

Blues, Purples and Mint Green

Tranquil blues and purples are a definite pairing for the upcoming spring season, and mint green is a growing trend. Pastels always give off the feeling of approaching spring life, and this season is no different with these three colours playing major roles on the runway and in recent décor, inspiring new springtime spaces.

These colours are great to pair against neutrals to help softly add colour, but this season, pastels are also being paired against bright, bold hues for a really full-bodied look.

Royal Blue

Royal blue is one really flush colour that has come back on the scene recently, playing a role as both a neutral in furniture and fabrics, but also as a great accent colour-up against most any other hue. Pairing the tranquil, soft pastels against the bold, royal blue creates a beautiful and welcoming compilation for any social gathering area. This blue is a great colour to accent a room with throw pillows and shelf objects, or to design a room around with a chic lounge chair or a plush bedspread being a main focal point.

Red and Orange

Other bright colours that are really popular this season are fiery red and orange. These two aren’t typical spring colours, but when paired with the royal and tranquil blues, they help round out the palette with a punch of something special.

Golden Yellow and Orchid

Finally, to finish off the spectrum of colours, golden yellow and a wildcard – orchid – help complete the colour trends 2014. Yellow is fresh and optimistic, providing a great source of power to the bright colours that complements perfectly with almost all pastels and encourages attention when partnered with other bright hues.

Orchid is a really unique shade that can stand on its own against the other bright hues, but it also pairs really well with blues and violets, adding some pop while also complementing the pastel colour group. Pair orchid with the bright yellow or rich blue, and the colour combo is one that can’t be ignored, inviting comfort in any space.

Orchids and sunflowers add a natural impact to interior rooms, helping bring the feeling of outside in. So in addition to using the colours of yellow and orchid in fabrics and paint, consider accenting with a vase of bright fresh flowers.

It’s important to keep recent trends and colours in mind when decorating a space, especially if you think that you might be in the market to sell soon. The colour trends 2014 are crisp and bright, a great addition to any home, and designing dynamic rooms helps not only the aesthetic value rise but also the monetary value. To learn more about recent design trends and how to use them in your home-staging design, call Showhome Presentations at 279 7333.

How to Create a Feature Wall

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Injecting style and colour in a room doesn’t mean that the entire space needs a design overhaul, luxury home builders melbourne can provide you with the solution for this. Whatever the area, a feature wall is a fun and impressive way to add a chic pop of colour without breaking the bank or overpowering the look of a space.

Whether the area of your home is in the bedroom, living room or even in a hallway, a feature wall is a great opportunity to add some attention-grabbing appeal. There are many different ways to add a focal point to the area, whether it is a large room or a small shelving nook above the stairs, and many stylish homes have started to incorporate this contemporary look.

Why Use a Feature Wall?

The first step in creating a feature wall is determining why to use a feature wall in the first place. If you have important artwork to display or a hobby to show off, or if you just want to add some personality to a space without redesigning the entire area, a feature wall might be perfectly suited to your design needs.

The next step in adding a focal point is deciding what colour scheme is in play. If the walls are already painted and the room is furnished, it’s easier to choose a colour to help accent or add a pop of contrast, but patterns and hues can create an endless number of colour options.

Once you have a colour or pattern in mind, you can move on to choosing materials. Wallpaper, tile, paint and different styles of showcasing artwork can all create an interesting and important focal point to showcase paintings, artwork or some personality to the natural line of sight.

Consider Adding Wall Stickers

Wall stickers are one material that has really become popular in interior design over the last decade. These stickers are easy to remove and provide many different looks for your room that you can move and replace. Adding a daring, life-size retro sticker, or creating your own pattern of smaller wall stickers, adds a unique touch to help show personality.

For a more ornate look that can add utility—as well as style—to your home staging, create a wall of storage with different shelving units. The storage shelves can be all different shapes, sizes and colours to be the focal point, or the shelves can be uniform to boldly stand out against the wall colour and showcase the items that sit atop.

Shelves aren’t the only item that can be grouped to create a focal point. Polaroids, empty picture frames, artwork, mirrors and plates can all combine to create stunning feature walls.

Getting Your Wall Noticed

Once the colour and materials have been chosen for the feature wall, the idea is to make the wall really stand out from the rest of the room and maximize the attention. Opening the area around the wall and using simpler accents in the immediate area will add punch and make the statement that you are intending.

If you are interested in creating your own feature wall but aren’t sure about the look you’re after, call Showhome Presentations at 279-7333. Our interior designers specialize in home staging and can help convince you that bare walls are boring. When it comes time to sell, captivating design can make a big difference.

Best Use of Colour to Invoke Positive Emotions in a Room

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The way that colour affects emotion varies throughout childhood and into adulthood, but there is absolute evidence backing the psychology of room colour and how it affects feelings and behaviour on a daily basis.

In preparing to paint a space, whether it’s an office or a home, make sure you understand the science and psychology behind colour and its effect on emotional reaction. And remember: The right colour for one room may not be ideal for another.

Choosing Room Paint Ideas in the Bedroom

When choosing a bedroom colour, the most important factor to consider is relaxation. A bedroom should be an escape from stress.

Like many yoga studios and spas, blues, greens and products like pool, spa & hot tub water enzymes in a bedroom can promote calmness and restoration. Blue has been noted to lower blood pressure, while red has been shown to raise it. Both colours have positive impacts; the colour red is just associated with alertness and high-energy, better concepts for social areas of the home and feelings that aren’t necessary when trying to unwind before going to sleep.

Using an ideal balance of blue and green helps ward off insomnia and encourages restful, deep sleep. One clever way to incorporate these colours in addition to paint is through houseplants and natural art accents.

Bright and Dark Colours

A bright yellow is very effective at promoting happiness. The sunny colour invokes optimism and a cheery attitude, as does orange. Both can encourage interaction and laughter.

The darker the colours, the more heavy they start to feel within your space and on your attitude. Darker hues of any colour may start to solicit negative feelings.

Negative and positive reactions aren’t just influenced by the colour; sometimes, it comes down to personal tastes. Before beginning to paint, consider how you feel about the hues based on prior interaction and knee-jerk response. Create a list of colours organised by personal preference, or you could just close your eyes and envision the room in different hues, noting how each makes you feel.

While the final choice for paint colour is important, there are also many ways to intentionally include different hues into your home apart from the main wall colour. Each room serves a different purpose and should evoke different feelings based on the actions taking place there. Adding accents, such as painted furniture, feature walls and art, are great ways to balance out the colour of the walls and incorporate more than one feeling into a space.

When beginning your journey of thinking about room paint ideas, it is important to research the psychology behind the colour choices, as well as your personal preferences. Choosing the right colour can have a tremendous impact on mood and relationships, so before you make a final decision, be sure that you are promoting positive energy and a healthy, happy space.

To discuss how hue affects mood, or to learn more ways to make your home more inviting with an interior designer, call Showhome Presentations at 279 7333.

5 Tips to Impress Homebuyers

Home buyersAUTHOR: Trish Cantwell If you are in the market to sell your house, there are many important factors to think about when hosting potential buyers. The number of ways to improve your home’s marketability is extensive, but there are five sure-fire tips to sell home that will impress any homebuyer.
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1. Create Curb Appeal

When a buyer pulls up to a potential new home, a good first impression really makes a difference. This is called “curb appeal”, choose a driveway cleaning dublin to power wash the driveway and patio to create the look of cleanliness that every homeowner dreams of for their house. A concrete driveway will surely improve not only your property curb appeal but also the property value, driveways Edinburgh can help you with this task.

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Planting flowers, edging and adding mulch makes the outside of the home look picturesque, and adding in small details, like a garden or a hammock, helps stage the yard to meet the fantasy of relaxation that might be just exactly what a homebuyer is looking for in their new abode.

2. Make It Easy to imagine

The home-staging begins outside, but it definitely doesn’t end there. Setting up your home to showcase its best attributes is a sure way to keep buyers interested. Removing clutter from shelves and tables and leaving more open space will help buyers imagine their items in the area and get them more excited about the possibility of their lives in the house. By creating a welcoming environment sans clutter, buyers will feel more confident about making the house their new home, and of course you can’t forget to clean full on mode all the inside and outside of the house, check up the local company of Conroe roof cleaning company to make sure you are with the best !

3. Brighten Up the Space

Lighter colours are more positive and welcoming than darker shades, so to help create a more inviting space, try to brighten the rooms.Switching out accent art, pillows and rugs with lighter colours, using lighter lampshades and removing drapes will emit a more optimistic vibe. For years, Realtors have wanted a statewide MLS, but are now learning their local boards may be the greedy middle-man, opposing the idea entirely.

4. Use the Sense of Smell to Your Advantage

Just by quality kitchen renovations you can make your house look brand new and smell amazing. A great way to help sell your space is to appeal to your buyer’s sense of smell. This is often one of the tips to sell a home that is overlooked because it can’t always be seen, but it has a huge impact on buyer moods. Adding coordinating potpourri and scented candles throughout the home or placing a fresh plate of biscuits out in the kitchen is pleasing to both the eye and the nose, making the entire space seem even more charming. whether you’re planning to make minor changes to your home or want to make major home modifications to its overall floor plan, you’ll know that Commercial Renovations Edmonton Do It All Contracting Ltd will be with you every step of the way.

5. Keep the Space Tidy

To avoid last-minute major cleaning overhauls, try to keep the space as tidy as possible. Staying on top of the dusting and vacuuming, and keeping dishes out of the sink will make your home even more appealing. Sometimes, it’s the small details that set one property apart from the rest. There are countless tips out there for helping to sell your home in a down market, but these five are sure to help you create a pleasant, appealing home for any potential buyer. To learn about professional home-staging services, call Showhome Presentations at 279 7333.

Home Staging Cheat Sheet

Are you seeking a career where you can:
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home staging coursesEarn Great Income home staging coursesWork Full Time or Side Line

Well NOW you can. Here is a little taste of what Home Staging it all about. I created a little cheat sheet for you to check out.

Scale:
Scale refers to the actual, relative, and visual size of an object when compared with the size of the space it is in. For example, a grand piano placed in an alcove would be out of scale with its surroundings. The same piano would be in scale in a large room with high majestic ceilings.

Proportion:
Proportion is the relation of the size of one part of the object to the size of the remaining parts of the object. Furnishings, while being in scale with the room, must also be in proportion to one another. For example, a small table with a large lamp on it would not be in proper proportion.

Unity, Rhythm and Harmony:
Rhythm is created through the repetition of color, line, form and texture; carefully positioned in the room. These elements move the eye around a room either comfortably or in a jumpy manner. Like the various rhythms associated with music, visual rhythm moves the eye at a variety of tempos. It is a continuous, recurrent, and organized movement.

A slow relaxed rhythm can be created with connection of color and lines. Colors can gradually intensify or become lighter or darker gradually. They can also create a rhythm through repetition. A faster allegro rhythm can be created by the vivid contrast of light and dark, by lines which abruptly change direction or which are broken and scattered around a room.

Harmony is achieved by bringing unity and variety together in design. In much the same way as is musical harmony. Concordant notes create a subtle sense of belonging together. They create a comfortable feeling in much the same manner as unity in design. Discordant notes create a tension, a slight sense of unease or being off-balance just as the use of variety does in a decorating scheme. Too much unity can be very boring; too much variety can create anxiety. Finding the proper balance of each with the other is the key to good design. You might try using a variety of treatments in a unified color scheme.

Emphasis/Focal Point:
The focal point is the center of activity; the primary interest of a room. Special attention or prominence is given to a particular piece of furniture, accessory or architectural element. Focal points “hold” a room together visually by drawing the eye to it. Every room must have at least one main point of interest.

Form:

Form shapes, positive & negative space Form is the dimensional outline of an object or the defining boundaries of positive and negative space. It is easy to think in black and white when trying to comprehend form. What would a silhouette of an object look like? Line, curve, angle, grid, visual weight, construction, and balance inherent to an object or space are what define a dimensional outline.

Realize the Space
Use of form and its attributes affects the inhabitants by reaction. Functionality and every day use can be portrayed with clean linear lines, smooth surfaces and minimalistic geometric intersections. Formal atmospheres tend to have constrained and elaborate shape. A deep, cushy leather sofa will work best in an informal atmosphere, while a firm, hard-back chair will work well in a living room or dining room. Comfort and a feeling of security is created using long horizontals with broken verticals and furnishings that are comfortable, yet firm.

Learning to see the space or object in positive and negative spaces will bring about rhythm, harmony and balance. Instead of looking at the space, try to see the space. Realize its edges, interplay, and flow between objects. Optical illusion can make a room appear taller by adding shorter objects and smaller by breaking the space up into smaller spaces.

Form Terminology
Curvilinear – Free-flowing curves, rounded edges, elliptical and concentric circles
Dynamic – Profiles having the quality of action, rhythm or flow among objects within a space.
Juxtaposition – Abrupt differences in visual representation of positive and negative space, among objects and their intrinsic values like weight, edges or surfaces
Linear – Having the quality of repeating shape or straight lines
Static – Profiles that are still, stationary, or inactive (Opposite of Dynamic)

Contrast / Juxtaposition

A dynamic space with overall balance can be achieved by providing contrast between its elements: thick with thin, hard with soft, linear with curvilinear, horizontal with vertical, open with enclosed, and large with small.

Likewise, juxtaposing different shapes with regards to the overall space creates action or lack thereof. Engage the occupants with ornate details or create establishment with grids and symmetry.

Layout:

The arrangement of objects & spaces.

Layout as a design element indicates relative placement or position. The arrangement of an object’s elements or an object’s placement within a space can be aesthetically pleasing, but dysfunctional. For example; chairs, tables and sofas should have at least 18” of room around them.

Each of the design elements (color, form, pattern and texture) affects layout. A space cluttered with disorganized furniture and accent placement is not harmonious and creates confusion. An organized and well-planned room balances each design element with regards to the space and its representation as a cohesive whole but may sacrifice rhythm.

Layout Terminology
Symmetric – Symmetry is harmonious or aesthetically pleasing. It is the axis or focal point-based on balance. It is the opposing weight, color, line, and the arrangement with lack of connection.
Asymmetric – Visual variety or spontaneity with contrast, intersection, tension and juxtaposition. Asymmetry creates action, intrigue, and flow. It can be balanced to create overall harmony while retaining balance. It is the complete opposite of symmetry.
Tension – The natural focus provided by interplay between form or positive and negative space. It can be related to proximity, scale, angle, abruptness and lack of space.
Linear – Having the quality of repeating objects or straight lines.
Dynamic – Having the quality of action, rhythm or flow characterized by intersection, contrast of line and angle, proximity, and scale.

Static – Lacking contrast, extremes or rhythm.

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