Elements & Learning Book
How to integrate great design by taking a critical eye to detail and learning what works and what could be improved using interior design principles
A great way to extend store bought drapes is by adding a boarder. However the rod here should have extended at least 6" wider on each side of the window so that it didn't shroud the view. The rod could have also been hung as close to the ceiling as possible to elongate the space.
Brackets under the cabinet make it appear to be a custom piece Remember you can easily add molding to existing molding especially if moldings are painted. Here the study of line, texture and light in a neutral color pallet is timeless, fresh and modern yet traditional---note the nail heads too. CL
This chic and eclectic room is timeless since it's layered with solids and geometrics like the chevron rug never go out of style. Remember it's pattern/prints that are the first to date spaces. Also note the use of aqua starts at the shell of the room in the simple pattern-free drapes then is brought into the center of the room with the tufted ottoman. Same with the black. From the wood trim to the chair then under foot--for visual balance.
Using drape as an alternative to doors is such a great idea--however, the rod hung low over the arch gives the room a rather short squatty feel. When hanging any drapes for better visual balance, place them up towards the ceiling as far as you can. This will elongate the room and make it feel much taller.
I love the texture layering here BUT... I'd have opted for a sofa and two matching slipper chairs that could be placed opposite the sofa so people could actually see each other in conversation. Here guests have to line up like they're in a town hall meeting. Beware the pit sectionals!
A warm orange is one of my favorite accent colors. It lives easier the say red a (color most people get wrong). It adds warmth and pop and looks great on traditional furniture shapes. Here the abundance of it set off by the killer (primitive-mod) graphic element really works. Note chairs clustered around a coffee table are far more versatile then sofas.