There are a lot of things to consider as you prepare to decorate your home or office but according to a recent article in the Daily Herald, proportion and scale are the most important factors you’ll need to consider if your space is small. In their article Proportions and scale critical when decorating small spaces, there are a quite a few interesting ideas.
Christine Bunn writes, “When it comes to interior design, you’ve got to get the size of your ideas right. Nothing is worse than when a clueless homeowner sets out to do a do-it-yourself project and copies a design feature from a photo without giving proper thought to the size of the room. The fact that the designer’s home is sized differently than the home in the photo slips right by, leading to disastrous consequences.
While internet sites like Pinterest and Houzz are amazing and packed with design inspiration, many people get in deep trouble when they ignore proportions and scale in a room. You cannot copy the proportions of a fireplace in a room with a 14-foot-high ceiling and squeeze it into a room with an 8-foot-high ceiling. It will be ridiculous.
While this sounds like an obvious consideration, you would be surprised by how many clients I’ve encountered holding their design wish lists — with dozens of photos from the internet — in hand. When I point out the fact that their kitchen is three times smaller than the one in the photo and it won’t fit a big island, they look at me like a deer in the headlights.
I once designed a fireplace for a room with a ceiling height of only 7 feet 6 inches. My client kept showing me a photo of an enormous Tuscan-style fireplace in a McMansion. She could not seem to understand that her fantasy fireplace would not work in her room, even after I proved it with a tape measure, and despite seeing her builder’s painful expression when seeing the photo.
This photo demonstrates a keen awareness of space in a room — a perfect design. There was no wishful thinking or ignoring the facts when designing this room. The end result is comfortable and attractive. The stone fireplace is a triumph because it is built to fit the wall space. The stones are sized just right so the facade isn’t overbearing. The homeowner may have wanted a long hearth for guests to sit on, but this design respects the ceiling height and window placement. The warm, wide-plank walnut floors and the organic tones of the stone tie the room together.”
If you’re dealing with a small space and you want to make it look bigger, remember that curtains are a great way to make your ceilings look taller. Just hang your curtains from just below the ceiling and you’ll be amazed at the difference. Half Price Drapes offers long curtains in many patterns or you can have order custom made curtains.