Decorating for the Artistic Soul

Don’t Ignore What’s Special About Your Home

Posted on: September 26, 2009

Many homes, especially the older ones, have unique and interesting architectural features.  It could be an unusual archway, built in bookcases, gorgeous carved moldings, a precious window seat, or a cavernous fireplace with a heavy oak mantle.  Whatever it is, make it the focal point of your room, and decorate to show it to advantage.  Don’t ignore what’s special about your home!

You can accent that unusual archway by standing a statue, tall plant, or perhaps a grandfather clock next to it.  If it is unusually wide, you might like to hang a soft fabric drapery, inside mounted and tied back  to the sides of the arch.

Highlight the bookcases with contrasting color, or if they are natural wood, with a glossy oiled finish.  Spot light various groupings within the shelves.  Intersperse books with curios, candles, plants, vases, or small collections.

Beautiful crown moldings look even better when you have fabulous wall art to go with them!

Whether that window seat is in your living room, bedroom, or a family room, you can still create a wonderful little reading or crafting nook out of it.  Picture this…soft cushions for sitting, a pillow at either end to rest on, and a tiny chest at one end.  Put your book, magazines, or craft items in it.  At the other end have a ceramic dog or cat curled up on the floor… or a basket of yarn balls.

Your conversation grouping should embrace that magnificent fireplace.  A plush area rug, a couple of ottomans in front of the fireplace, and a sofa facing it, along with either a couple of chairs or small love seats on either side will be perfect.


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