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One Room Apartment to Tuscan Villa – Rules to Make your Decorating a Success

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TITLE: One Room Apartment to Tuscan Villa – Rules to Make your Decorating a Success
AUTHOR: Pamela Cole Harris
WORD COUNT: 669
URL:http://www.homeandgardenmakeover.com
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One Room Apartment to Tuscan Villa – Rules to Make your Decorating a Success

Making a French chateau library out of that extra room in your modular home can be a challenge (we are talking monumental challenge here!). And making your one room apartment into a Tuscan villa can stretch the limits of your imagination (You’ve been watching too many episodes of Trading Spaces again!). But Tuscan villa, French chateau, English cottage or Santa Fe adobe — whatever your dream décor may be, there are basic rules of design that will help make your decorating task a success:

1.Scale and proportion - If you are trying to make a Tuscan villa out of a one room apartment, make sure it’s a small Tuscan villa. Take into account the scale of the room, remembering that the people who will use the room will also be part of that scale. If you want large comfortable seats in a small room, you will need to reduce the number of other things that will be in the room and make sure that the other accessories seem correctly proportioned in relation to one another. Remember that a small delicate tea table may look wonderful next to a wingback chair, but will seem at odds with an over-stuffed club chair! Also the smaller the space, the smaller the prints on upholstery or wallpaper you choose. If you have a large space, let yourself go with large splashy prints!

2.Line - Line defines a space. Vertical lines in your room give more height, dignity and formality (think of the stateliness of Grecian columns or pillars!). Horizontal lines give a sense of space, width and security (think of a bed or a chair rails!). Diagonal lines give a sense of motion, transition or change (Think of eaves or a diagonal slash of paint!) Curved lines give a sense of freedom, softness and sensuality (think of curved, plush cushions or sofas!) Remember you don’t have to stay inside the lines! Don’t place all your furniture against the wall like a police lineup or firing squad! Bring some out into the middle of the room or at least move a piece or two at an angle to the wall.

3.Balance - Balance is equilibrium among the forms in a room. There are two types of balance: a. Symmetrical which is a balance between objects on either side of an imaginary line; b. Asymmetrical is a balance between objects of different sizes.

Large and small items in the room should be distributed evenly. The whole room should seem comfortable to the eye. There should be nothing jarring or awkward. If something does seem out of place in the room, take it out.

4.Harmony and Rhythm - When a room is harmonious, all the elements in the room relate easily to each other. When a room has rhythm, it means that colors or patterns are repeated in a way that stimulates the eye and mind. Remember however, that too much pattern in a small room can be overwhelming.

5.Focus - Focus is what your eye notices or rests on when you enter a room. Make sure it is something that you want the eye to rest on, not something you want to hide!

The best advice if you want to design your dream room? Educate yourself about basic design principles and then trust your instincts! Don’t listen to your best friend, your mother-in-law or the neighbor down the street! Trust yourself! After all, you will be the one who lives with the room.
That being said, I do have one small piece of advice. If you find yourself trying to figure out how you can make a moat around that modular French chateau, you’ve just gone too far!

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Pamela Cole Harris is an editor and writer with 35 years experience. Visit her website, http://www.homeandgardenmakeover.com, for a free newsletter with remodeling, home improvement and decorating ideas for the financially challenged and creatively deficient. Or for unique content for your website, written especially for your keywords and audienceFind Article, visit http://www.pamelacoleharris.com.

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Pamela Cole Harris is an editor and writer with 35 years experience. Visit her website, http://www.homeandgardenmakeover.com, for a free newsletter with remodeling, home improvement and decorating ideas for the financially challenged and creatively deficient. Or for unique content for your website, written especially for your keywords and audience, visit http://www.pamelacoleharris.com.



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