Monday, April 17, 2006
Room for Improvement: Multi-Purpose Room
For many homeowners, their problem is cramming too much clutter. But if you want to preserve your home's personality, think less is more. In tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin Amado shows us why limited space does not mean limited style.
WSVN--When people are afraid of color, they usually gravitate to what else beige, beige, beige. It's very neutral and safe. Well, on today's room for improvement we're going to prove how you can still use that as a back drop and take it to a whole new level.
Wanda: "I originally used this room as a spare room where I put a lot of junk and now I'm doing some scrapbooking so I'm spending more time in here. I'm not afraid of color. I'd like to add some color. Something that will inspire me."
So we are still working with a tone-on-tone color scheme but we are punching it up with some color. It will still be soothing but very dramatic at the end.
So the 1980's called and they want their balloon balance back, so let's give it to them.
We already have a lot of beige in the room, so guess what color we are painting the room. More beige. You just got to trust me on this.
By keeping the background neutral it lets the color in the accent pieces stand out and that's the goal with this room.
So this is the old version and now we have the new. Much better, right?
If you've ever tried hammer a small nail such as this to install a frame holder it's next to impossible which hitting your thumb, so the trick is to use a longer finish nail to punch out the hole first and then go back and hammer it in.
Wanda has a lot of scrapbooking materials and at the moment, it dosen't look very attractive. A design trick is to take a cafe curtain on a tension rod and create your own hidden storage within an open bookcase.
You can even use dinnerware as part of your home decor. In this case I took a salad plate and a bowl and I'm using it as a candle holder and to place porperuii.
The ottoman ties the entire design together and we're done.
Before all you saw was dark furniture and a dated room. Now with a color palette of beiges and cool blues the room has a fresh new look for under $900."
Wanda: "Wow, it looks lovely, very nice. I love the combination of the brown and this blueish teal color. It's beauitful."
Martin: "So there you go use beige in your home decor without it being boring just by adding a few acent colors to make it come to life. I'll see you guys next week."
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