Home Improvements - Expressing an Attitude
There are many issues to address when doing major home improvements. The
overall atmosphere and attitude of the improvements can be a key issue.
Degree of Formality
Certain things tend to go with each other. Silk, silver, crystal, brass,
china, oil paintings in gilt frames, and draperies to the floor have an
affinity for each other for example. Leather, built-in bookcases, old
books, paneled rooms, coffered ceilings, and dark wood are another group
of things that go well together. A third such group might be heavy
linen, polished cotton, glass and metal tables, woven baskets, and
wicker. There are the usual exceptions, but things that go together tend
to have about the same degree of formality. Their color and texture are
Light vs. Dark
Most people are happiest living in rooms that are bright and sunny in
the daytime and are softly lit without glare or sharp contrasts in light
at night. In most rooms, lamps and indirect lighting is the way to go.
Window treatments that leave most of the glass in windows uncovered when
they are open during the day are good for letting sunshine and pleasant
views in and give your home a cheerful feeling.
How much sun a room gets needs to be taken into account when choosing
paint. If a room gets a lot of sun, and you like the look, a dark color
will probably work. If the room is on the north of your home and has few
windows, you might be happier with a light tint of the color you like.
Small vs. Large
Small rooms can be a challenge. Window treatments, which control light
and privacy without taking up a lot of space in the room, make sense in
small rooms. Fitted interior shutters, shades, and café curtains tend to
work well. Save voluminous fabric, elaborate swags, and draperies that
"puddle" on the floor for large rooms with high ceilings. Furniture
needs to be scaled to the size of the room, too, although one
occasionally sees a small room with a few large pieces of furniture,
which look dramatically good and serve the intended function well.
The biggest key is to know what you want before you start. Get that
answer straight in your mind and you can't go wrong.
About the author:
Raynor James is with the FSBO site - http://www.fsboamerica.org - FSBO
homes for sale by owner. Visit our "sell my home" page -
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