SECRET # 1 CREATING A THEME, MOOD & STYLE
Having a unified interior flows from area to area with a sense of comfort and well-being. It is pleasing to the senses and not shocking or disturbing. To create a unified interior, you need to establish a theme, mood and style before you begin your decorating.
A THEME is one central motivating idea that repeats itself in a variety of ways throughout your home.
If you love the great outdoors of the west, you could go with a Cowboy theme. This can be repeated through your home by using a boot fabric, branding iron bar stools, rustic frames, cowboy pictures, cowboy hats, boots and horses as accessories. You could theme your powder bath after the Grand Ole Opry, Kitchen – chili peppers and your daughters room – horses.
A MOOD is the way you want to feel in your home. The theme and mood must flow to be successful. For example, you couldn’t have a Formal Western Home. But you could have a Formal Traditional Home or a Comfortable Western Home.
A STYLE reflects your personal preference and should fit the way you live. Some examples of Western Style could be; Americana, Rustic, Cowboy or Indian.
Some examples of theme, mood & style are:
SECRET # 2 CREATING A COLOR SCHEME
COLOR HARMONY is essential in the flow of your theme, mood and style throughout your home. Color harmony includes the mixture of color, patterns and texture in a well-balance scheme.
A COLOR SCHEME can be created from the following:
Color should be distributed in the following way:
- Dominant Color – largest area of color, walls & floor
- Secondary Color – window treatments, bedding, large upholstery
- Accent Color – small chairs, pillows, lamps and accessories
Some color scheme guidelines:
- Fewer colors are easier to work with
- Carry a key color throughout the home
- Use all of the colors in your scheme in the entry
- Use color to define a focal point
- Do not use equal amounts of color in each room. A dominate color should be 60% of a room.
- Connecting rooms should have a common color.
- Repeat colors in wallpaper, fabrics and accessories.
The main goal is for your color scheme to flow harmoniously from area to area in a well balance fashion.
Your color scheme must also flow with your theme, mood & style. For Example; Black & Gold is great for Contemporary but it would be difficult for it to work for Country. As well as Salmon and Aqua can be a Desert Southwest, but not Western.
SECRET # 3 – ACCESSORIZING
Some Accessory Guidelines
- - Remember to continue your color scheme into your accessories.
- - With the matting and framing of artwork, floral arrangements, lighting bases, candles, and bedding.
- - Place your largest items first. Always consider the focal point of the room and do not let your accessories over-power it.
- - Never underestimate the use of greens. They soften any area and bring life into your home. But if you do not have a green thumb, use silks.
How do we accessorize in models?
- First and foremost, all of the accessories coordinate with the theme, mood, style and color scheme. A Traditional Theme will have gold frames where a Western Theme will have rustic wood frames. Traditional may have brass swans and Western may have a Fredric Remington Sculpture. Traditional may have crystal boxes and Western may have clay pots.
- We also use LOTS and LOTS of CUSTOM Floral Arrangements. Coffee tables, Dining, Kitchen Island Dressers and Baths.
- We use Larger more impressive pieces which repeat the theme & color scheme. Such as plates, pots, vases or boxes.
- We also love Tablescaping. We look at horizontal surfaces as a total picture versus just placing individual pieces. We set the dining and kitchen tables.
- And for fillers we love frames and books.
Keep in mind, while all of these things look great in model homes, they may not be functional in your home.
SECRET # 4 – HOW TO USE FABRICS
As with your color scheme and accessories, your fabrics must also follow suit with your theme. You wouldn’t have silk damask in a Western Home, nor would you have burlap in a Traditional.
Guidelines in selecting patterns:
- - If you want one pattern to dominate, choose the major pattern first, then coordinate the colors, textures and other patterns around it. Make sure a very dominate pattern is not over whelming a focal point.
- - Invest in a large swatch and live with it for at least 30 days.
- - A good way to coordinate prints is to choose secondary ones that are less intense, but in the same color scheme. Make sure that your patterns have a kinship. It is easier to have either formal or informal fabrics, not both.
- - If you are unsure about selecting secondary prints, stripes, dots, checks, and plaids make natural secondary patterns.
HOW TO USE FABRICS EFFECTIVELY
How to use one fabric in a room
- Living Room – Use the same fabric on 2 chairs, 3 sofa accent pillows, window valance and drape tie backs.
- Dining Room – Use the same fabric on the chair seats, table runner, window valance and drape tie backs
- Kitchen – Use the same fabric on the chair cushions, place mats and window valance.
- Bedroom – Use the same fabric on the duster, 2 shams, 3 accent pillows, window valance and drape tie backs.
How to use more than one fabric in a room.
- Living Room – 2 accents pillows, table topper and on the window treatment.
- Dining Room – 2 arm chairs and window treatment.
- Kitchen – Napkins, Ruffle on cushion seats and window treatment.
- Bedroom – Bedspread, inserts in duster, 2 shams, 1 accent pillow and window treatment.
Don’t forget about adding the extras of contrast welting, ruffles, fringe, tassels, and covered buttons to pillows, furniture, window treatments and bedding.
Budget Model Secrets
- Use matching sheets on custom window treatments & pillows. It will give the whole room a professional look.
- If a fabric is very expensive, only cover one side of the pillow with it, use a less expensive fabric for the back.
- Use extra pieces to make runners for tables & dressers.
SECRET # 5 – FRAME YOUR ROOMS WITH BEAUTIFUL WALLS
Be adventurous with paint – Paint is the most popular choice for wall treatments because it is inexpensive and easily and quickly applied. Paint can change the look and feel of a room in one day.
- - Use paint as a back-drop for a bed or a focal point of a room.
- - Be bold and add color. If you don’t like it, just paint over it.
- - Try faux finishes. They can add an expensive professional look.
- - If you have a small wall border, paint a 12″ stripe and place the border in the middle.
- - Paint wood moldings a dramatic color and use as a chair rail, crown molding or frame a wall for a wall gallery.
- Wallpaper behind a bed or even just two walls.
- Do something wild and crazy in your powder bath.
- You can paper above, below or both when it comes to chair rail. Just keep in mind the scale and boldness of the patterns.
- Use a border as chair rail.
- Border around a wall to frame it as a focal point.
- Borders can be placed at the ceiling, floor, chair rail, around a wall, window or door. Even above the back-splash in the kitchen. Borders are your most versatile and economical paper treatment.
Mirrors – Mirrors and the illusions they create are the grand magicians of wall coverings. You can visually double the size of a room be mirroring one wall and expand it almost infinitely by putting mirrors on two or more walls.Mirrors also add light into a dark room from their reflective quality. But, before you decide to mirror a wall, make sure you know what you will be reflecting. Is the view that will be reflected a good one? You wouldn’t want a double exposure of your kitchen or bath.
Wall Decals, Stencils and Wall Words - These are three great ways to add punch and interest to your walls and artwork galleries. As well as being perfect DIY projects.
So now that you know the 5 secrets to decorating model homes, it’s time to decorate your home to look like a model!