Interior Design Using Space Planning and Colour

funky and dramatic wallpaper mural with weathered growth rings of a tree and trendy bar chairResidential interior design and decor in Mississauga, Oakville, Etobicoke, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown and west Toronto has been our forte since 1993. Interior design can take many forms and avenues, depending on the needs and personal taste of the client. We can, for instance, bring a tired interior to life through the addition of texture and dramatic artwork and accessories. The colour palette may be subdued as seen in the grey colour palette in the photo below left, and yet, the room is vibrant and interesting. In another, more casual style of room design we may make use of a strong, optimistic colour palette. In both rooms below, the eye is drawn to points of interest and functional areas of the room design are delineated more clearly but without adding obstacles to movement in the space.

 upscale large living room with touches of dram and high contrast with upscale fireplace and fine furniture

Many times, architectural elements can make a strong statement. Pillars, fireplace and moulding details create a posh wow-factor. Crisp white built-ins and trim paired with dramatic neutrals establish a solid base to progress from. A monochromatic colour scheme can be sharpened with touches of hot neon colours, or softened with cream. Dramatic artwork adds more than a little impact to a room design. Sometimes, it has enough impact and power to carry the bulk of the design of the room.

living room vignette with bench and large abstract artwork with navy blue wall colour

Furniture arrangement is a key element of interior design and space planning. Tiny though a room may be, the furniture pieces can often be arranged to optimize conversational comfort(some photos courtesy of Better Homes or Houzz).  It often happens, even in larger homes, that furniture placement is not conducive to comfortable conversation. It is crucial in any home to keep clutter at bay. Many people add too many small decor pieces to their rooms in the vain hope that drama and interest will result. It is far better to have a few larger statement pieces that draw the eye across the room, lending a greater feeling of spaciousness, even in a small room design.

dramatic decorium burlwood dining table and funky metal and faux leather dining chairs with neutral area rug

Dramatic colour can often be used in a tiny space to good effect. Dramatic interior design effects such as repetition of interesting elements, the use of striking accessories, and artwork, and colour blocking can be extremely effective in the smaller home room design.Touches of neutral colour, lighter colours, architectural mouldings, piping details add elegance and class to even a small room. Symmetrical placement of furniture, lighting and accessories lends a clean, contemporary ambience. Diagonal arrangements, by contrast, add a new look of softness and a spacious feel. Furniture pieces which are able to do double duty make the best use of small living areas. Arranging seating away from the wall helps to make a large room more cosy. Storage is often an issue in the smaller home and this aspect of furniture doing double duty is very useful as well as effective and it looks good, too. dramatic dark blue butlers pantry with ceramic tile to the ceiling

The addition of a time-worn and cherished family piece of furniture such as an old trunk or cabinet inject personality into space planning. Artifacts gathered on holiday can be displayed creatively to add texture and depth to a room. So often, treasured furniture pieces and accessories are stored away because the home owner is unsure how to use and display these things to best advantage. Furniture made from dark woods looks stunning and add richness to serene neutrals. Darker exterior colours can elevate even a tiny home with dramatic appeal. Sedate elements combined with dramatic elements make a house a home.

healthy and happy orchid in an upscale serene living room

Pillows can be transient colour accents to greatly change a room seasonally. We can be more daring with these accent pieces. We are able to use more dramatic colour choices than we may be otherwise inclined to use. Décor need not remain static, year in, year out. Simple drapery panels in different fabrics can be swapped out seasonally, as can the accessories, to maintain a constantly refreshed space. Unique, handmade art pieces can be showcased to great effect, even in a small room. Bright tropical colours can be exchanged for deep jewel tones for an uplifting seasonal effect.   upscale sitting room with scarab beetle wall gallery of artwork

Since 1993 Mulberry Interiors, headed by colour specialist, Marguerite Roberts, has been assisting clients in Oakville, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Burlington, Brampton, Milton, Georgetown, Caledon, Toronto, and Vaughan. We specialize in residential interior design and decorating and are at our most creative when we use colour as our theme. We offer a full range of interior design products and services such as fine furnishings, custom draperies, window blinds and shutters, area carpets, artwork and accessories, paint colour consultations, space planning and decor advice.

Call Mulberry Interiors now at (905) 849-6423 to book a design or paint colour consultation. We look forward to working with you to increase your enjoyment of your home.

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