5 Updates To Lighten Living Spaces
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When homeowner Alex Schlam moved into this South Park home with her family, she knew exactly whom she wanted to decorate it: Maegan Swabb, owner and principal designer at M. Swabb Decor + Style, who designed the Schlam’s first house. “I loved everything that she did, and I knew I wanted her to do it all again,” Alex says. Maegan gave the blank canvas a casual-cool vibe using blush tones and indigo blues. It’s young, hip and totally family friendly.
1. Keep paint colors simple.
“You can’t go wrong with white,” says Maegan, who frequently uses Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee, Dove White and Simply White shades. It serves as the perfect backdrop for pillows, throws, artwork, rugs and greenery, all of which can be easily swapped out should the mood—or great new find—inspire you.
2. Float furniture.
There are so many benefits to moving some of your larger furnishings away from the walls. It can provide better flow, help divide an open-concept floorplan, create intimacy or take advantage of a focal point or view. “Anchor the space with a rug,” Maegan advises. “Rugs are incredibly important to completing a room.”
3. Layer the windows.
Though the less-is-more concept might make sense when you’re lightening up your interiors, when it comes to window treatments, more is more. Hanging sheers behind a heavier drape or adding curtains over blinds not only lets you control the amount of light and privacy in a room, it also adds depth, warmth and effortless luxury. Install a double drapery rod and experiment with different textured panels. “It adds so much to the feel and scale of a room,” Maegan says.
4. Splurge on inserts.
“Always, always, always get pillows with down inserts—unless, of course, you’re allergic,” Maegan insists. “Anything less will look flat and cheap in no time.” Down lasts and can be quickly reshaped and zhooshed before company arrives.
5. Aim a little lower.
Hang art and photos at eye level rather than miles above a sofa or console. It’s a simple way to fashion a gallery-like effect.
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