Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Room for Improvement: Living Room
High ceilings can be dramatic and make rooms seem so much bigger, but figuring out how to decorate those large walls can be intimidating. Tonight, our makeover maestro, Martin Amado is helping one family design a living room that makes those big walls work for them.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "If your home has 20 foot ceilings then you know its a daunting task trying to decorate it from the windows to the large walls. What to do with so much space? Well, that's the challenge we face on today's Room for Improvement and of course I'm up for it. Let's meet our home owners."
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement.
Shelby: "Good morning. Nice to meet you."
Martin Amado: "So Shelby and Dexter are the homeowners on this beautiful house. How long have you lived here?
Shelby: "We purchased the house in May of this year."
Martin Amado: "OK, and what is it about the space that your just not feeling?"
Shelby: "The walls are just so high and we just had no idea of what to do with the space."
Dexter: "We'd like to see something wow."
Martin Amado: "Well, that's the goal for today and I'll get to work. Thank you so much."
Martin Amado: "When you're decorating a large room, small items are not going to cut it, they get lost in the space. We have everything that we need, there's more outside, so we can begin to work."
Martin Amado: "The first thing that we needed to address are the large walls, so with simple molding we created this paneling effect to make this wall a dramatic focal point in the living room."
Martin Amado: "To make the art work appear larger, I left a five inch boarder all around and I painted the background a different color. Now it really pops."
Martin Amado: "All right, so we tackled our first issue. It looks amazing. Let's move on to the windows."
Martin Amado: "Whenever you have two windows stacked on top of each other the question that arises is do I treat them as one or treat them separate?"
Martin Amado: "I wanted to lower the eye level and not emphasize the tall ceilings as much, so I decided to keep them separate by using the Valance on the top and the matching panels on the bottom, we unified the look of the two windows."
Martin Amado: "Shelby and Dexter have this beautiful coffee table, but no end table, so I bought them this one. Remember not all wood tones need to match in a space."
Martin Amado: "The fish tank lid is a perfect merchandising ledge, so we can't forget about that."
Martin Amado: "Remember that less is more and just because we have a large coffee table, it doesn't mean we have to fill up the entire surface. We are done and I hope they like it."
Martin Amado: "This morning empty walls and bare windows dominated the space. By adding wood trim to highlight the art work and all the decorative accessories we gave Shelby and Dexter's home the wow factor they were looking for. Total budget under $1,800."
Shelby: "Oh, its beautiful.
Martin Amado: "So, its your same furniture, but now everything else round it just took it to another level."
Martin Amado: "We'll let you go, so you guys can continue to look around your house. Thank you so much for letting me do this for you, and to all the viewers thank you so much for watching and we'll ee you next time on another Room for Improvement."
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