I am often asked questions regarding design dilemmas and I will attempt to answer two here (cliff note version of course).
My bedroom is long and empty. I am not sure what (or how) to place in open areas. Any suggestions? I plan to get new bedding and window treatments, but I would like to fill some of the empty spaces as well…
With any large rectangular room, whether is living, family and/ or bedroom, the simpliest method is to divide the room into two squares. E.g. If the room is 30ft long by 15ft wide; visually divide it into two spaces of 15×15. Now you are able to assign function for each space. One can be the bedroom where you have the bed, dresser, night table and the other area could be what I like to refer to as “winding down space” Here you could place a chaise or chair with an ottoman, small table, table/floor lamp. If there is a large enough space you could actually have a complete seating area for two! Now, if you are unable to divide this space into equal squares. Do a smaller rectangle and a square and assign function depending on the size and proportion of your furniture.
My husband and I recently bought a house; we love everything about it except the entry. It is 1m wide, (the width of the front door) and 3m long. It’s also a major arterial point with much of the house accessed through it. It’s very bland and inhospitable because I just can’t think what to do with it. Furniture won’t fit, which is also a dilemma because we need storage.
Furniture will never fit! You need least 30 inches for traffic pattern; this is approximately 40 inches wide. Most narrow furniture is roughly 21inches deep so that will only leave about 9 inches for passage. Even if you use a console that’s 13inches deep that leaves you still less than 30inches….tight. This foyer however gives you the opportunity to express the personalities of who lives there. Not having photos to visually assess, let me assume that there are walls on both sides; you can do a very creative asymmetrical grouping of artwork. You also have a 9ft width of wall space to work with, so use this advantage be more elaborate in the sizes you use. Consider doing floor to ceiling grouping, it’s very dramatic. Using pictures of your family and close friends during happy times, e.g. vacation, parties etc. can make it a good story wall. One wall could be a floor to ceiling grouping and the other wall can be a larger art work or a grouping of (3) 24X36 art pieces or even decorative wall application (wallpaper, decals etc). Doing this will also help with the acoustics, as I am sure there is a resounding echo in this foyer. Consider storage in another room as this space was not built for it.
Examples of grouping
Inside the Lines
Tape out a rectangular area that you’d like your photos to fill, and arrange them loosely within the borders of the box. This is an easy wasy to decorate an oddly shaped or narrow space.
Above and Below
Using a horizontal line, arrange groups of photos above and below the line. Aim to cover about the same area above and below to avoid a top-or bottom heavy arrangement.
Arrange all of your photo along a vertical line. This works well in a space with high ceilings or a very vertical structure like beam.
I love this arrangement: