Elegant and Bright Living Room Design Plan

One of the recent designs I worked on was for a wonderful client, Cindy. She and her husband relocated from New York in a 1860 house reproduction, in a more rural area. One of their biggest issue  was with the living room: a long, asymmetric room with two doorways and windows on all the sides. They were really confused as how to better place their furniture in the room and after trying a different ways they decided to call me in.

The house they moved in is packed with old-time charm and character that both Cindy and her husband love, but they were looking to transition into a more light and relaxed design. One of the things she mentioned on our first meeting was that she also considered moving to Florida and always loved the look of those coastal inspired homes, but didn’t think it would be a good fit for the area and house they currently lived in.

First we took care of the layout and came up quickly with two options to make their floor plan functional and this is the one they loved:

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After getting to know them better, my goal was to combine the comfort of country living with elegance and the relaxed and calm feel of a coastal home in an eclectic style that would offer them both what they wanted. And this is how their mood board looks like:

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The next items on the agenda are a custom built-in bookcases to flank the fireplace and new fireplace surround that will conceal their TV.

If you would like to learn more about our design services, local or even if you are outside the Philadelpia area send us an email at info@reimagineinteriors.com or give us a call.

Tips on How To Choose and Hang Artwork – part 2

6. If hanging a group of pictures of different sizes your best bet is to lay them down on the floor for the optimal arrangement. There no real rules here, but the arrangement should appear cohesive and balanced. You can also trace the arrangement on a large piece of paper and then hang the paper on the wall as your guide.

7. Try making art the inspiration point for a whole room’s color palette and material choices.

Take this bathroom for instance. It has a very tranquil feel to it and it doesn’t look like the art was an after thought but everything fits in just right.

8. If hanging art on a wall with busy wallpaper, make sure the art you choose has a simple pattern and/or lots of white.

9. Try to keep pictures in a room in the same style because art display in a room bring cohesiveness and a curated feel. As an example, mixing contemporary abstract paintings traditional and botanical prints would not be a good idea…

10. Placing art vertically can add the illusion of height to a room. Same with placing art horizontally: it add width to a room.

Tips on how to choose and hang artwork – part 1

Tips on How to Choose and Hang Artwork – part 1

Having beautiful artwork pieces or family pictures is something that most of us enjoy but many times we are worried about choosing the right art and where to hang it on the wall. And then there are those who have no idea their pictures are not hung properly.

Here are some helpful tips to eliminate the second guessing on how high a picture should be hung.

1. As a generally rule of thumb, pictures should be hung at eye level of an average person, and while is hard to get it right in every case it is a good guideline to keep in mind.

If there’s a grouping of pictures always look at the grouping as a whole.

2. Relate to the size of the wall.
Choose smaller pictures for narrow walls and larger works for big wall spaces. A rule of thumb is to have the art fill two-thirds to three-quarters of the wall. For contemporary art, size matters: bigger is better to maximize impact.

3. The height at which art has to be hung should relate to the height of the furniture and not be hung too high. One of the most common mistakes is hanging art too high and when there is grouping to far one from another. Keeping the bottom edge of the frame 6-12 inches above the furniture piece should do it.

4. The width of a piece of art or group of pictures should be a at 3/5 the length of the piece of furniture it is hanging over, and should not be wider than the width of the furniture it is hanging over. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule but usually it looks like the art is overpowering the furniture and the whole room.

If hanging two or more pictures next to each other, the ideal spacing is 3 to 4 inches between them but no more than 8 inches.

5. To make it easier to hang a grouping of pictures side by side evenly you can use a laser level. A laser level will make things easier but it is also important to take in consideration the frames and where they have their hooks and/or wires.