Monday, April 3, 2006
Room for Improvement: Guestroom
We hate to admit it but almost all of us have a room that's cluttered and chaotic. But with a little rethinking and reorganizing, there's hope for even the messiest home. In tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin Amado shows us how to make sure we don't waste space.
WSVN--Today's room for improvement is a small multi-purpose room that is lacking any style, so of course we're are here to help to make it happen in one day and it will be our version of Spring cleaning given the change of season.
Martin: "How do you use it right now?"
"It's like a guest room for my family that comes from out of town. I would like to do some kind of a change, remodel this so it can look different."
There is a lot of furniture in the room so of course we are gonna have to edit. The second challenge is turning that bed into an attractive feature, but I think I have just the thing, so let's begin.
So when you are working in a small room the placement and the scale of the furniture is very important. Right now this armoire is an obstacle, it's creating visual wall when you first walk in, but by flipping it to the other side it's going to make the entire space appear much larger.
The spring cleaning of curtain panels is made much easier every year if you happen to have rings. You can take them off and put them back on much quicker.
By leaning three pillow shams up against the wall and using these oversize neckrolls as arms we're creating the illusion of a sofa.
Lots and lots of beautiful pillows and who would ever know that that ugly bed is underneath.
You would never typically hang a wall art this low, but in this case it works because it adds to the entire collection.
Normally when you hang wall art you do so on a horizontal plain, but if you can and you have the sealing height, actually go verrtical and it makes the room appear much taller.
If you are an avid reader of magazines a magazine rack is the stylish way to keep them organized, and we're done.
This morning we found a cluttered room where the homeowner had given up on decorating. After some stylish solutions we have now maximized every square inch, making it a true multi-purpose space for a budget of under $600.
Martin: "When I count to three you can open your eyes,one, two three."
"Oh my god, oh my goodness. From what it was this is wonderful. I can't wait until my kids come from college, now for spring break."
When you take the time to organize the space and create a pleasant surrounding it really makes a difference in how you feel, so lesson of the day new space can equal new attitude. Happy spring I will see you guys next week.
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