Calm Living Spaces
Is your space stressing you out? Relax and get some tips on how to create a calming atmosphere in your home.
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According to Joseph Schiavo, a simple layout and neutral design elements create a harmonious space and he provides these ideas for toning down a hectic room:
Designer Ashli Mizell helps homeowner Peggy Friend convert her chaotic living room into a serene sanctuary:
Schiavo thinks a room has to be as simple as you can manage to serve its purpose. It should look as if nothing needs to be done so select things that are easy to maintain and if something isn't working, remove it.
Be extremely sensitive to how colors are communicating with one another in order to create a space that's in harmony. Use a fairly neutral color palette, but that doesn't mean that it has to be just cream — it can be all shades of a color with other colors introduced as well.
This living room is certainly attractive, but it's definitely not calming. Lots of clutter and bright colors don't put the homeowner at ease.
The difference is clear. Where there once was harsh color and disorganized furniture, there's now peacefulness and simplicity. It's definitely a room that's easy on the eyes and ultimately more relaxing.
curtains, throw pillow, leather and wood chair (Donghia Furniture/Textiles Ltd.)
faux fur throw (Pierre Frey)
glass nesting tables (Usona)
black window painting by Vladamir Makarov (Mimi Ferzt Gallery)
clear glass vase (IKEA)
Resident designer Carriann Arkowski works her magic on an oddly shaped room.
Soothing blues add color while creating a calming effect in this living room.
An indistinct great room is transformed into separate family, dining and sitting rooms.(4 photos)