Add a Rug Tile and wooden floors have been trendy in contemporary and modern design, but you can't beat an area rug to warm up a chilly floor. Not only are they a great way to add visual interest to the room, but rugs on bare floors also help keep in heat, meaning they are warming your space. If you want to add texture, go for a plusher rug. For colour and dimension, go with a patterned carpet. You can even layer rugs on top of each (like the picture below) other for extra coziness on your feet. Rugs can also help with defining your space and be the missing link to pulling together your furniture groupings. Pillows Everywher, Pillows are another easy way to change up your decor and instantly make space seem cozy. Pile them on top of your sofa, bed, or even place a few on the floor. Pick pillows with different textures and materials to make it fun. And by adding one or two throw blankets and some pillows in your living room, you're inviting everyone to curl up and get comfy. The abundance of pillows in this room just makes you want to curl up, read a book and relax.
When design meets both form and function, it feels like money well spent. I mentioned in the previous post that we had a major heating issue in the house last winter. Upstairs was extremely hot at night. (It absorbed all the sun from the day and the rise of the heat from below). But the downstairs was an ice chest throughout the day. We have one system for the house, so when we'd heat the downstairs, it'd make upstairs perfect for hot yoga. We now use the fireplace as a heater to the first floor, and it's working beautifully. We've barely had to run our heater this fall. So here's our cozy modern living room. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm glad we waited a year plus to add the fireplace. It took us that long to get to know the room and the house.
Be intentional with planning it, The difference between a space in your home left blank that looks like it's supposed to be there and one that just looks like you forgot to do something with it? Purposely leaving a spot blank and having a reason for it. In other words, having a reason why you've left an area blank — to let other spots in the room shine, for instance — is a better reason than just not having something to put there, and that intention will show. Use it to tease something to come, By letting a design element slightly encroach into negative space (say a piece of art hung in the turn of a hallway in such a way that you can only see a part of it, beckoning you to explore it), you tease the viewer, pulling them into your space and creating visual tension. Feel free to fill it if it just doesn't feel right,If you've sat with negative space for a few days and your new negative space isn't bringing you a sense of relief — if it's not breathing a fresh breath of peace to your room, but rather making you itch like you want to fill it with something — fill it with something! It might not be the right area to leave intentionally blank.
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