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Often we get excited when designing a new room and think about all the furniture we can fill it with. But from an aesthetic point of view, it’s just as important to pay attention to all the spaces and lines in between. These spaces shouldn’t be used for junk and clutter. Or as an opportunity to squidge one more piece of furniture in. The spaces should evolve as a design in their own right. Somewhere to create harmony and balance in your room. Today we’re going to look at some of the ways you can use these spaces to add a visual impact to your room.
Starting with a clean slate in the area you are redesigning means you can assess how many items should be places there and how much space you need to leave. For example, if you have invested in a plush TV cabinet you don’t want to overcrowd it with too many objects. But at the same time, simply placing a TV there will leave it looking sparse and uncared about. Using the example of the TV cabinet you will need to think about contrasting textures and colors that will accentuate this space. If the cabinet is wood, consider adding marble objects as a contrast. If the TV cabinet is glossy white, think about including greens or purples to make it pop. Make sure you create balance, though. Visually speaking our eye prefers seeing things in threes, rather than twos or fours. So consider adding just two extra objects to your TV cabinet. This could be a vase of flowers and a statement ornament. Or an iconic table lamp and an oversized candle. Working through your spaces in small areas will help you see the bigger picture.
Think about the spaces you have created in terms of lighting too. Is there a lot of natural light flooding into these spaces? If not, you may want to consider artificial lighting to brighten the area. Hopefully, you will have assessed where the sun falls at different times of the day in order to position your furniture correctly. And after doing this, it may be that the shadows caused by light work perfectly for your unfilled spaces. But if they don’t you may need to add lighting. This can be anything from indoor led lighting to chic floor lamps or vertical wall lights. Think about where the light will hit and the impact it will create. This way you can manipulate what ambiance you want to create. Lighting is important for both filtering and diffusing. And it can also be used to create romantic atmospheres and brighten up the home on particularly gray days.
The last issue with space is the use it can be for extra storage. We’ve said not to fill it with clutter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate sleek looking storage ideas to keep the clutter out of sight. For example, in the kitchen, there may be a space unused where you can fit a wine cooler or pull out larder. And in the bedroom, you may have space under the bed to add in pull out drawers to keep your sweaters in. Or even space in the wardrobe to include a rolling shoe rack. Never underestimate the beauty of space and the advantages you can take from creating it.