Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Room for Improvement: High Ceilings
When it comes to decorating, bigger isn't always better. In fact, in most homes high ceilings can often leave an empty feeling. But in tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin Amado shows us how to turn empty into elegant.
WSVN -- OnRoom For Improvement we have a two story home with a vaulted ceiling in the living room. A lot of space to work with can be a big plus, but it can also pose a challenge in making it feel cozy. But I'm up to the challenge, so let's meet the homeowner.
Martin: "Room for Improvement."
Diana: "Hi, Martin. I want a space that can be for me that I can enjoy but still be family friendly."
Martin: "It's a great space -- tall ceilings, but, at the same time, a bit of a challenge for you."
Diana: "It's a little overwhelming because the ceilings are so high, and there's so much wall space. I'm really kind of stuck."
As you can tell, the space is huge, but it's looking more like a dance floor than an inviting living room. Building off the color red, which Diana already has in the space, we're going to give the living room a lot more style.
The first thing we are going to address is the one window. We are going to add some curtain panels and it's going to dramatically change the look of the entire space.
Instead of emphasizing the height of the window, which can make everything else look miniscule in comparison, I installed the curtain rod in the middle of the window. It lowers the vocal point visually and at the same time makes the entire space appear much cozier.
There's a lot of heavy furniture on this side of the room, and this part is looking quite bare. It's really throwing the room out of balance, but a new layout will help improve the traffic flow.
To balance out the sofa on this side, I'm going to place the love seat on this side.
Now we have a better distribution of the furniture around the entire room.
The family photo is cute, but the wall art is more dramatic. So, goodbye and hello.
Grouping a collection of similar items together makes more of a statement and this large wall can definitely handle it.
You have to be careful when angling furniture, because it takes up alot of needed space. It can be quite tricky and you can only do it with the right size furniture. In this case, it's just interrupting the traffic flow, and it's going to look much better flat against the wall.
You should always try to have a live element in a room, and this small plant is the prefect fit.
These two vases will help frame the entrance and give the foyer a bit more presence.
Now we can bring Diana's candle sticks, which were the inspiration for the entire design, back into the picture, and the living room is done.
This morning the tall ceiling and lack of decorative elements made the living room appear uninviting, but now it makes a great first impression from the moment you open the door.
Diana: "It's beautiful. I love the candles. The pillows. Everything looks great. It's amazing. I was afraid of color, but it's gorgeous. Just the right amount."
So, after 16 years of living here and renovating their home, the decoration now finishes the transformation all in one day. I'll see you next week.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Martin Amado's Website: www.martinamado.com/stylist.htm