After you’ve lived in a home a while, the light fixtures, so meticulously chosen when the home was built, can seem to fade away into the background. But what all good designers know and what builders incorporate into their model homes, is beautiful lighting, placed strategically to highlight the desirable features in a home. Lighting fixtures are a relatively inexpensive home update that can provide a lot of class. Be careful to maintain the same finish throughout the home when you update fixtures so your home doesn’t feel mismatched.
Sometimes people are tempted to push their furniture to the edges of the room and even up against the walls in order to make the room feel bigger. I’ve even seen some home stagers use this method to try to create more floor space in a home listed on the market. Personally, I think it looks a bit tacky. And if you look carefully, you’ll see that professional decorators that work with new home builders make an effort to keep nice clean sight lines all the way to where the flooring meets the wall.
Notice how the decorators directed the eye upward in the two rooms in the image below by placing the shower curtain and the window curtains higher than normal. Most of us have a tendency to place curtains just above the window or just within our reach above the shower. But look at the difference when the curtains are placed all the way to the ceiling. This is especially stunning if you have higher ceilings in your home.
If you choose to use this method you will need to buy the longer curtains, and you will need to use a window curtain in the bathroom rather than a traditional shower curtain. I haven’t done this myself for everyday living and don’t know how practical it is but I imagine with a shower curtain liner on a separate rod you may be able to accomplish the look you desire with a little creativity. I would love to see pictures if you decide to use this method in your bathroom.
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Ellen is the founder of Harmony Realty, a socially conscious realty company. Ellen believes in empowering her clients through education and open communication. Ellen is a number-cruncher at heart and takes great pleasure in following and analyzing the trends of the housing industry. She loves communicating the big picture to her clients and helping them to understand how the market affects their sale or purchase. Her honest and down-to-earth approach allows her clients to make informed and intelligent decisions to get the most out of their offers and negotiations.