Accessorizing your room
with lamps, rugs, and art
In theater, television,
and movie production this is referred to as "dressing the
set". That is, creating the impression that the space the
audience or camera sees, is a complete room or actual
location. Without this "dressing", the viewer instantly
recognizes this is not a normal space, and the illusion of
reality is fractured. The same concept applies to creating
your own living space.
by Terry Canup
While you will not fracture the feeling of reality, you will
also not feel as if the space is natural, personalized, and
complete, without adding the finishing touches to your room.
Like watching a movie and there are no trees, cars, or
street lights on main street, so a room without wall
treatments, rugs or lamps, does not feel normal.
Even sterile rooms in hospitals have art on the walls,
mirrors, and individualized lighting. The space you live in
should feel comfortable to you and make a statement to you,
when you walk into it. Whether the floors are carpeted,
wood, composite, tile, or concrete, a good rug can call
attention to areas you designate. Find a rug that
compliments the colors of the room and the furniture within.
It can make those items pop by making them stands out to the
eye, or make them blend into the background.
You can also use rugs and lights as subliminal directional
devices to lead your guests gently to where you wish them to
be (or to sit). Once there, you can convey the impression
you wish to make with the appropriate wall decorations,
statuary, and lighting. They key is to tie it all together
with your furniture to form a complete space or room.
There are a wide variety of mirrors that can dictate the
image of the room equally as well as any rug, fixture, or
solid piece of furniture. There are mounted wall mirrors,
dresser mounted mirrors, tri-fold mirrors, free standing
mirrors, and wall leaning mirrors. There are mirrors that
are their own pieces of art. Each mirror serves its own
unique purpose, but mirrors in general increase the
perspective of size in a room. The eye is fooled into
thinking you are in a larger space than you actually are.
Mirrors also serve to reflect and distribute light. Careful
use of mirrors can accentuate areas of the room to which you
want people to pay attention. They can help hide the weak
points of a room.
Once you do this, you can make it feel like a home, or an
office, or a clinic, or a workout space. You have virtually
infinite possibilities open to you just by changing
fixtures, furniture, and room "dressing".
Give us a call. We'll help you
put it all together. (713-473-1903) Take a look at
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