About 3 months ago, my grams moved into a two-room studio in Philly. This past week I came to visit and help her put together all her new Ikea purchases. Now that she's got all the basics down, we've been discussing what she could do decor wise, to give it those final touches.
There are a couple of laws we're taught in school when we begin to design a room.
The Law of Tonal Distribution - Every space should have three degrees of tonal value: light, medium and dark areas.
The Law of Chromatic Distribution - The main areas (floor, walls, ceiling) are most neutral. The secondary areas (window treatments, sofas)) are more chromatic. The smallest areas (small upholstery, accessories) are the most chromatic. This law can be completely reversed, but the degree of contrast must remain.
The Law of Adjacent Hues - When two hues are adjacent to one another, one should be of a different tonal value.
Another variable that is very useful is incorporating different textures into a design. Shadows play on the textures and create aesthetic interest and variety in tone.
|The Living Room Now|
With these laws in mind, I suggested my grams might want to add a rug for texture and a mirror above the sofa for some shimmer (as well as making the room appear bigger). I've also tinted the walls with some red and yellow to make it warmer.