- Home Decorating
Tips for Creating an Elegant Room
Elegance, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. For one person, sparkling crystal chandeliers and sumptuous fabrics might be a major elegance indicator. For another, natural fabrics and minimal furnishings are the epitome of casual elegance.
Whichever the case, there are basic characteristics that define elegance in general terms that we can agree upon. Find out how to bring just the right balance of elegance into your home while staying true to your personal style.
Create a Comfortable Flow
This one is fairly straightforward. The placement of furniture in your home should allow people to move easily from area to area. Too much furniture will limit traffic flow and create a claustrophobic feeling for guests and family.
In small rooms, less is more. In large, open rooms, carve out separate furniture groupings to create intimate areas for friends and family to mingle, read, watch TV or relax. The key to elegant furniture placement is creating a comfortable living space that doesn’t look too rigid or cluttered.
Include a Variety of Lighting
Every elegant room needs a combination of natural, ambient, task and accent lighting. During the day, rooms should be bright with light from the sun. In the evening, you should have the ability to provide overall illumination (ambient) to recreate daytime light levels; targeted lighting (task) for reading, dining, cooking, games or crafts; and mood lighting (accent) to add drama to the proceedings.
The best sources of ambient light are chandeliers, ceiling fixtures, track lighting, wall sconces and recessed cans. Task lights include pendant lights, under cabinet fixtures, desk and floor lamps. Accent lighting can be anything from picture spotlights to candles – any light that is used to highlight objects or create a specific mood.
Go Easy on the Glitz
Every elegant room deserves a little bling. Just try to restrain yourself. Instead of overdoing it with mirrored surfaces, sequins and rhinestones, use surfaces that reflect light naturally like glass tile or grasscloth wallpaper with a subtle metallic sheen.
Alternatively, you can use accessories for smaller bursts of glitz. How about an elegant silver bar tray with a set of crystal decanters or an edited collection of silver frames filled with family photos?
Create a Sophisticated Color Palette
Working with a neutral color palette is a safe option to create a sense of elegance in any room. Be careful to avoid the monotony of a purely monochromatic room by injecting pops of color. Use shades one up or down on the paint color chip to create depth. For instance, go with a lighter colors on the upper half of your walls and one shade darker on the lower half. This is a surefire way to create contrast with elegant, neutral colors.
Consider gray as your go to color to add an air of sophistication. Or, opt for the classic combination of black and white for the ultimate in elegance. You can bring touches of a complementary third or fourth color with the inclusion of pillows, artwork and rugs.
I can't emphasize this enough. Nothing spoils the effect of an elegant space more than household clutter. That means those stacks of newspapers and magazines, remote controls, paperwork, toiletries or anything that disrupts the aesthetic of your room. A simple solution is to make a place for everything and put everything in its place.
Baskets, bins and storage cabinets are great places to store away daily clutter. Stylish magazine holders help clear off the tops of tables and counters. Place toiletries and beauty products in decorative containers to simplify your morning routine and give the bathroom an elegant appearance. Pick up after yourself when changing clothes, placing dirty items in the laundry hamper. Hang and properly store clothes to wear another day.
Select Meaningful Accessories
Don’t purchase accessories just because they are trendy. These items should be meaningful additions to your elegant home decor and not just a mish-mash of things to fill a void.
Accessories should be a reflection of your personality and a source of pleasant memories. Whether it is a vase filled with freshly cut flowers from your garden, treasures from travels or a special work of art; choose items that you love and will enjoy sharing with others.
So, what are you waiting for? Reward yourself by creating an elegant home environment!
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