I recently wrote about six tips to make any room better but that just scratched the surface. There are so many simple things we do that you can do too to make your result more streamlined and elegant. Consider these and see if you can’t find an idea or two to improve your room.
1. Consider sight lines. Your focal point should be free and clear from one room to the next, so that it feels like you’re being drawn between them. That’s why the best spot for a focal point is usually directly across from the entrance to the room.
Here a seating arrangement around artwork draws the viewer into the room because the sight line is clear.
The oversize sunburst mirror frame fills up the wall space nicely here, while the sand dollars make an interesting grouping below. They would be much too insignificant individually. Threes and fives make for more pleasing arrangements than even numbers.
4. Add layers of lighting. In this kitchen seating area, the backsplash is lit, the artwork is highlighted the cabinet interiors are filled with light, and the tray ceiling is highlighted. One central lighting fixture would not have had nearly the same dramatic result. Professionals build layers of lighting to create interest, intrigue and variety. In a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing stands out. Pick a focal point and perhaps a secondary focal point and highlight those. Add general ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for interest.
Incorporate unexpected elements for drama. The unconventional ottoman seats, library-style bookshelves and oversize chandelier here are all unexpected in a conventional living room, but the result has charisma. Eschew expected pieces and interpretations if you want a room that will really wow.
Go with something personal that makes you smile and, above all, is comfortable. Overly designed rooms don’t really translate in modern life. A pillow collection and an art arrangement that are seemingly haphazard, as shown here, create a dressed-down look with plenty of style.
Excerpted from the original article, by the same author, originally published on Houzz (see the original article for sources)