To make your project presentations pop like a pro’s, start with the details! It’s the content that counts. Make your project as real as possible with lots of details to draw the viewer in and make them comfortable.
I’ve been working on this room for awhile now and I’ll try to explain my process as I went along. Everyone does things differently, so feel free to pick and choose what works for you.
The goal is to maximise use of the 15′ x 20′ space by having two types of activities in one room. After clarifying what those activities would be, I picked my floor and wall treatments and then the furniture and rugs (after changing everything about a million times).
Layers of details came next. The details help me gradually make the space my own and also help me refine what works and what doesn’t. I know that I changed my seat and sofa materials and fabrics at least a dozen times until I was happy with the overall look of the space.
These are just a few of the many details that you have available in different HomeByMe library categories. Wall decorations (1) can be found in Rooms>For all rooms>Home decor, Electronics and entertainment (2) is in Rooms>Living room, Lighting (3) is in Rooms>For all rooms and Plants and Flowers (4) are also in Rooms>For all rooms. There are many other treasures to be found too. As I made my choices I customized many of the items with material and color choices to help them really fit into the room.
Since the room has an odd bump out, I accentuated it with a totally different wall treatment (1). The change in color and texture also helps break the room naturally into two seating areas, one for quiet conversation and enjoyment of the fireplace (2) and the other for enjoying a larger group with the vibrant action of the TV and music systems (3) (to be added in later).
The striped rugs also help visually elongate the space so that the two areas don’t feel as cramped.
I need to add a unifying element for the whole room. The low dark perimeter built-in does this and uses a color that plays off of the fireplace. It also provides spaces where I can add in more details to gradually build the room’s depth. I used a Nathan shelf in two sections (1 & 2) to create it. Check out this blog for details on how to add details using a Nathan shelf.
Lighting (Rooms>For all rooms>Lighting) is one of the most important elements in any room (1). Ambient light, shadows and the size and shape of lighting cones all make a big difference in how a room feels. There are two floor lamps with lamp shades that pick up some color from the bump out and one small accent lamp on the fireplace side to keep the light soft, but still usable for reading too. I’m relying on dimmable ceiling lights for the TV side. The mood of the lights can match the entertainment. Be sure to read this post about HomeByMe lighting.
Plants (Rooms>For all rooms>Plants and flowers) (2) are amazingly versatile with what they do to make a room comfortable. They add color, texture and either complexity or simplicity to intensify or complement your major theme. Here, they help me to join the two different spaces using a common form.
I’ve also added a couple wall shelves (3) on the bump out to provide some space for more details and to direct your eyes into the TV part of the room (Rooms>Living room>Shelves>Wall-standing shelves for this particular shelf).
Curtains (1) will give me more flexibility over the ambient light from the quite large window in the fireplace end of the room (Rooms>For all rooms>Home Decor>Curtains and Blinds). The fabric adds texture and also picks some of the color from the bump out.
Two accent vases (2) are colored to play off of the major room colors and to add more texture (Rooms>For all rooms>Home decor>Vases). Extra cushions (3) provide comfort and the chance for some brighter colors (Rooms>All rooms>Home decor>Decorative accessories).
The TV, other entertainment items and electronics (4) were added next. The low, dark perimeter form helps keep the big pieces from looking totally out of place. The smaller personal items help reflect that entertainment moves with you wherever you go (Rooms>All rooms>Electronics and entertainment>).
Sometimes an entire room is built up around a single piece of art, but in this case I waited until late in the process to choose my wall art. So many things needed to be taken into consideration that I opted for three large pieces to fit with the dominant purpose of each side of the room. The quieter, more contemplative side has a large photo of bare trees. The patterns of the branches accentuate the ever-moving patterns of the flames in the fireplace below. The entertainment area has a big photo showing the open road with adventure on the horizon and a big brightly-colored flower with smooth stones.
The final details are the personal photo stack, books, coffee mugs and some nibbling food. They help make the room look lived in and ready to welcome you. As I mentioned in this post, I purposefully rotated most of the personal items just a little out of square to give a feeling of comfortable informality.
I hope these suggestions help you with your own projects. However you approach your work, the real beauty is in the details! Have a seat and let’s talk awhile.
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