Living in a great big house feels wonderful! If you have always lived in a spacious 3,000 plus square foot house, moving to an apartment, smaller home, or condominium can be quite a shock. Even when the new place has an excellent floor plan, is in a wonderful neighborhood, and is full of all modern conveniences, if you don’t know how to use your space properly, you may soon feel like the walls are closing in on you.
Decorate with these 15 essentials to make your new home feel elegant and roomy.
1.) Lots of white and shades of white.
2.) Lots of mirrors to reflect space and light. Try a wall or half wall of mirrors across from glass doors or the largest window in the main room.
3.) Grand sweeping window treatments in whites and creams-try silks and damask or voile sheers,
4.) Elegant upholstery in creams and off whites.
5.) Gold and brass accents such as picture frames, lamps, and hardware; spread special pieces that make a statement throughout your home, such as a sculpture on a stand, a grandfather clock, antique armoire, electric fireplace, curio cabinet, showcase lamp, genuine fur throw or collections.
6.) Silk floral arrangements in white with roses, hydrangeas, tulips, or live potted orchids. Be sure to add fragrances that you love and purchase fresh floral arrangements.
7.) Dinnerware in white and glassware in clear or trimmed in gold
8.) Glass tables and end tables with gold bases or rich looking dark wood end tables and coffee tables.
9.) Lots of crystal or brass lamps with ivory shades; add gold tassels for a special touch.
10.) Ivory candles in every room on elegant candle-holders of crystal or brass. Light your candles for ambiance on special occasions.
11.) Fresh fruit in a clear glass pedestal dish that won’t take up much space.
12.) Majestic live palms in the main room to freshen the air. Try adding other plants including vining plants in the bathroom for a sauna like feel.
13.) Grand oriental rugs in off-white or pastels.
14.) Dramatic full wall picture arrangement on the largest wall-have a theme that goes throughout your home such as seaside, floral, hunt club, etc.
15.) Add touches of a bold color that correlates with the season of the year to add interest (accent cushions, throws, candle-holders, vases, rugs). If you are a person who loves color, add bold colored oriental rugs and curtains to bedrooms (focus on one bold color per room).
There are so many pluses to downsizing: It takes less work, costs less money, and is full of conveniences. Following these tips will help make it work wonderfully for you!
Welcome to your new home!