~ Living Large With Less ~
Bigger isn’t always better. These days McMansions linger on the market. Homeowners no longer covet more space than they need. Households are shrinking. Homebuyers are aging and the number of single-person households is on the rise. People may be choosing to live in smaller spaces or have a cozier apartment or second home, yet they still want to live with grace and style, to feel comfortable and pampered in their homes. Decorating experts at Hunter Douglas, the nation’s leading manufacturer of custom window fashions, offer these tips for scaling style and elegance to fit more intimate spaces:
1. Clear out clutter
Most of us will admit to having more “stuff” than we need. A really rigorous editing of possessions
collected over time will result in your homeappearing more spacious. Contemporary window treatments that provide an expansive view of the outdoors work wonders for creating an open and airy feeling. Hunter Douglas window fashions like Silhouette® window shadings offer the light-control and privacy aspects of a blind together with the softened light and view-through of a sheer and protection from UV rays. For the most expansive view-through, the new four-inch vane size for Silhouette shadings has the widest spacing between fabric vanes.
1. Create Space
Create the illusion of increased space by enlarging openings between rooms and letting colors flow from one to the other. Mirrors enlarge a space by reflecting it and enhancing the light. They also act as virtual windows, creating a view where there is only a wall. But be careful to place a mirror so that it reflects something you want to see and don’t forget the real windows. Even if your window faces a neighbor you can have a view plus privacy with products featuring the Top-Down/Bottom-Up design option that lets the window covering open from the top and stack at the bottom, thus allowing light to stream into the room from above.
3. Consider color
Pale tones advance, thus expanding a room, while dark tones recede and shrink a space. So for a small room, unless you intentionally want to make it feel snug, choose lighter tones and keep the colors harmonious. Color can be used to connect rooms – the lines between rooms can virtually dissolve with a shared color scheme. Layering on color with a glazing technique will add visual depth to a wall. With an almost limitless array of colors, styles and fabrics from which to choose, Hunter Douglas has the perfect choice to complement your windows and your favorite color scheme.
4. Add texture
Remember that texture can be used in place of pattern to add interest without interruption. Hand-woven from carefully selected grasses, woods, reeds and bamboo, Provenance® woven wood shades from Hunter Douglas bring natural texture to your windows with numerous fabric styles. New Pirouette® window shadings with soft adjustable horizontal fabric vanes attached to a single sheer backing are also offered in stylish textured fabrics in a contemporary color palette that combine to deliver understated elegance to any room.