Ask The Designer: “How Do You Decorate a Tough Space?”
How Do You Decorate a Tough Space? This weeks Ask The Designer featured Question comes from:Tina Bousu @ An Eclectic Twist
We asked the super talented Tina “How Do You Decorate a Tough Space?”
TINA- “My Toughest Space was……. My ORC space was the toughest to date. The size of the room was only 64 sq ft and had NO windows/natural light. I solved those issues by being picky with the furnishings and choosing a comfy but super stylish sofa that was the correct size for the space. Instead of a coffee table I used 2 small side tables together with minimal bases to keep it feeling open. I used an acrylic bookshelf which gave me storage without feeling heavy. And an old ladder which I used as shelving, it had a small footprint but gave me style and a spot for my vintage books. I broke with traditional thought and went big and bold on the walls. With such a small space I wanted major impact and instead of going the tiny equals light color route I went black on the main wall with a rustic wood ceiling and blush pink on the other 3 walls. The black draws your eye up to the wood ceiling which makes it feel bigger! The blush pink goes beautifully with the black while keeping it fresh feeling. For light I went with an oversize chandelier that had 8 lights on a dimmer, this way it feels much brighter yet you can tone it down if you choose to.
I’m very happy with how it all came together. It’s now a fun, interesting, beautiful and comfortable space.”
I think for me it has been my family room, mainly because of the scale of the room and the fact that it is an open concept. This is my first home with the open concept layout, which means everything must work together. I can no longer have multiple colors stories going one in separate rooms hidden by walls. There must be a good flow and continuity for these spaces or it becomes complete design chaos. The scale is also challenging since I the room to look furnished, but just throwing a large sectional sofa in there to fill space and calling it a day is so not me. I decided to take a cue from hotel lobbies with multiple seating groups with different sets of chairs but keeping a cohesive feel.
Great question Tina!! I remember following your design in the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge, and your space turned out wonderful, it was one of my personal favorites.
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