Thursday, October 31, 2013

How To Visually Heighten Your Headboard

Space isn't limited to the floor. Interior designers knows how to utilize the entire space of a room, including ceilings and walls.

One way to utilize space is by extending the headboard, or at least the look of the headboard. Creating the illusion of a taller headboard adds a feeling of richness and luxury to your bedroom. Tall headboards can be expensive, but they make a bedroom look and feel grand. "Extending" the headboard without actually purchasing one can create that same feel. The increased height draws the eyes upward making the room appear taller and the space more regal.

A few ways to do this is with a picture gallery, wallpaper, paint and drapery.

When using a gallery wall to extend the height of a headboard, you want to make sure that width of the gallery is similar to that of the headboard. Here are examples of a gallery extending the height of a board.

In this situation the photos are similar and symmetrical, but they don't always have to be so. The photos can be various sizes a asymmetrical, so as long as they aid in the look of a headboard.

The second way is with wallpaper

 In both spaces wallpaper has been used to extend the headboard. In the second photo especially you can see that wallpaper has been used solely as the headboard.

The third way is with paint. Painting the wall behind the headboard can have a huge impact on the overall look of the headboard.

Although the image above isn't of a bedroom, it shows the impact that paint can have when trying to extend the look of a space.

The last way you might want to consider when trying to extend the look of your headboard is by using drapery. This look not only adds luxury and height, but also a touch of romance. It's also a great way to add pops of color.

In every method the same thing is achieved, height, luxury and interest. There are many other ways to do this apart from the four mentioned, such as hanging a rug, or a large mirror, planks of wood. It's really up to you, so as long as the mission is to extend those headboard and draw attention to the height of the ceiling.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

How To Handle Low Hanging Windows

What to do when your windows are awkwardly distant from the ceiling? 

Camouflage them with blinds or roman shades.

Hanging blinds above the window sill, flushing them with the drapery rods creates the illusion that the window itself is actually taller than they actually are. So instead of hanging your blinds the traditional way, go high above the window itself. 

Here is an example of very low and short windows being made to look higher and taller.

This trick is not exclusive to low hanging windows. You can use this trick for the sake of making any window appear more grand. 

Here is an example of standard windows made to look even taller.

You may not have the finances to put in brand new windows, but you won't need it if you use this simple trick. The illusion of taller more grand windows by proper placement of blinds and drapes can add luxury and grandeur any small or mundane space.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

How To Properly Hang Drapes

How To Properly Hang Drapes

Too often homeowners or apartment dwellers tend to fall into the same decorating trap: hiding their lovely windows with curtains. Think of drapes as the hair on your head and the window as your face.

 Frame it, don't hide it!

You want to hang your drapes as close to the ceiling as possible and off to the sides of your window.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B. 

Hang them HIGH and hang them WIDE!

Following these simple rules can make any window appear larger and therefore more grand.

Ideally, you want to go as high as possible, but keep the height of the ceiling in mind when hanging your drapes. If the space between the window and the ceiling is too great, causing the space to look awkward, that can be easily remedied with roman shades. This will be explained in the next post.