If you need to buy some items, start shopping. It's a good idea to take measurements and some pictures of the room in progress, so you'll have the pertinent information on hand.
Here Angela added an upholstered ottoman, a French-style chair, and a pedestal table. "I also replaced one of the existing nightstands with an affordable skirted table," she explains.
7. Seek Out Attractive Window Treatments
Keeping the plantation shutters, Angela spruced them up by installing fabric panels and painted valances to give a touch of softness. Plus, because the shutters already provided enough privacy, the decorative panels required less fabric than full-width draperies. By choosing fabric within the same color palette as the walls and other elements, she successfully brought the fresh, golden colors of the room full circle.
8. Don't Forget the Floors
You may have carpet or another surface that will stay in place. But what about layering your floor coverings? Rugs and runners are great for changing things up without committing to a complete floor overhaul.
Both Angela and the homeowners appreciated the bedroom's hardwood floors. Still, there was a need for some warmth. In lieu of several smaller rugs, the designer opted for a large coordinating area rug, which unifies the space.
9. Incorporate Accessories
Decorative accents are important to the room's overall appearance. To complement the colors and fabrics, Angela and the homeowners sought out objects that reinforced the look. "I found a wonderful mirror to hang above the dresser, along with some antique plates that I arranged over the headboard," Angela says. Other elements consist of a pine serving tray, new picture frames, books, vases, and a beautiful orchid. Also, don't wait for company to add fresh flowers. Grocery store blooms can brighten a room with little expense.
10. Rethink the Ordinary
Angela saw the opportunity to include new bedding and decorative pillows as finishing touches.
One vast improvement in the room focused upon the entrance to the adjacent bath. Before, only a cased opening separated the spaces. By adding French doors with sheer fabric inserts, the homeowners have the privacy and elegance they wanted.
Now that Angela's done her job, it's your turn to take stock in the differences that you, too, can make.
Need confidence to design your interior color palette in a variety of rich hues, then read "Inspired by Color," beginning on page 136, in the March 2003 issue of Southern Living.