I want to sincerely thank everyone for the outpouring of support I received after my post on Tuesday. Putting it out there was so uneasy for me (will I be judged, will they think I am fishing for compliments, self-doubt - all of those things go through your mind). You made me feel empowered and certainly energized to keep going. Thank you.
After a recent trip to visit a client, I noticed a particular 'tip' that Mom and I often give that keeps emerging as we visit more and more homes. We often tell our clients to soften all of the right angles in a room by adding oval or circular elements.
Unless you live in a turret, most rooms are comprised of right angles. When you add in furniture and soft goods, it usually adds to more right angles. A rectangular TV, rug or sofa, a square coffee table or side table, a blocky media console, and certainly frames and millwork on the walls... they are all so angular. It can do a number on the eye when just following only angles through a room. Adding curvilinear or round elements can really give the eye a break and soften the feel of a square or rectangular room.
If your sofa is a big rectangle, flanked by square end tables - try an oval coffee table. A drum shade or round light fixture on the ceiling will also soften the edges in a room.
If you have a lot of art on the walls and very straight-lined furniture, try a French-style settee or a demilune accent table. And certainly Reason 102 that gourd lamps are so popular - their organic shape can really accent a room.
You might think this is pointing out the obvious but you'd be amazed at how many pictures you'll now notice with only right angles!
Do you have a lot of right angles in your home?