Design Tips for Creating a Warm, Inviting Space By Debra Lynn Henno 1. Resource inspirational images of style and colorways that evoke an emotional response. Is it inviting? Appealing? Inspiring? Publications, Pinterest, and HOUZZ are some excellent ways to resource inspirational images! 2. Once style and colorways are established, resource furnishings, fabrics, and art that work with the style selected––for example Transitional/Updated Traditional, Farmhouse, Beachside, etc. Pinterest Boards for each room are very helpful in visualizing furnishings, fabrics, art, and accessories together. Renderings of the spaces are another helpful tool in visualizing the overall space. 3. Create a furniture layout with floor plans or use blue tape throughout spaces to place furnishings within the desired spaces. The goal is to achieve an overall composition that is balanced in scale and color. Be sure color is not overused in one area and lacking in another––a room should organically capture the eye as a whole! If the natural light is limited in space, lighter tones can brighten the space. 4. Draperies, rugs, throw pillows, throws, and a mix of plush and woven fabrics create an inviting and warm space. Different textures including wood-painted finishes, metal, leather, wicker, and more create interest and warmth within a space as well. A vintage or antique piece is another way to instantly add warmth, character, and beauty to a room!
Living Lavishly Vol. 9 showcases the local resources, talent and expertise we have here in the Central Coast of California.