Ups and Downs
A sassy hat and a pair of double-take-inducing shoes can really spice up an outfit, right? Ditto that idea for a room. By sprucing up the highs and lows, you can transform a room’s look and make everything in between seem more upscale and fabulous.
Ceiling the Deal
For example, the Retro Glamour Chandelier created by Cyan Designs and available through Horchow. It’s brilliantly purple, shiny, and dripping in dramatic flare. Why yes, it’s as expensive as it looks — $2,050 plus shipping and handling, to be exact. But before you gasp and emphatically state that it costs more than your monthly mortgage payment, look again. Invest in those delicious swirls of vibrant color, and your room will assuredly experience a renaissance. All eyes will be drawn accordingly.
Of course, if purple baubles aren’t your style, there’s always the warm, charming look of ceiling beams. A clever company called FauxWoodBeams.com offers a plethora of ceiling treatments — rustic beams, planked systems, and decorative trusses — that turn ordinary rooms into extraordinary retreats. I’m particularly intrigued by their ceiling systems that recreate the look of solid ceiling planking in relatively easy-to-install panels (most of the 24-inch-by-48-inch panels cost around $65 each). Just cover seams with a faux wood beam, and voila! A room goes from drab to fab.
If budget and/or subtlety are priority for you, don’t forget the simple touches. Ceiling medallions, crown molding, and corner trims can add hints of regality to a room, putting the “up” in upscale without downsizing your bottom line. These decorative pieces are in stock at most home improvement stores.
Down With That
The right choices for under foot can be equally as revolutionizing. One popular trend that’s showing staying power is the use of boldly patterned area rugs. These leading edge looks incorporate exaggerated scale accents often found in smaller interpretation on room accents such as curtains and pillows. Take for example the Sabrina rug, available through Horchow. Sabrina’s curvy, exaggerated damask print is magnified and dramatized in a reversed-out color palette, setting the stage for an incredibly sophisticated room. Though the black-and-white combination is a traditional favorite, Sabrina is also available in a purple/black colorway.
The rustic intricacies of Tabaka floor tile make any room it adorns seem to have a history — as if there’s a few generations’ worth of stories to tell. The Old World patterns, washed out color tones, and authentic, weather-worn textures capture a look of antique ceramic pottery, though the canvas is actually highly durable porcelain tile that stands up to wear and traffic. Yes, tile flooring of just about any kind is an investment, but it’ll last a lifetime. Think outside the kitchen or bath for this great room-worthy line, available locally from Mission Stone and Tile.
I’d love to have an extra room in my house just to try some fun products. Numero uno on my list would be the über-cool modular carpeting from FLOR. These innovative products make rooms into quick change artists. Because the carpeting comes in modular pieces, you can mix and match patterns and colors and even remove the carpet and take it with you to another location. While FLOR offers many transitional, classic choices, I think the Character Sketch line looks like a lot of fun.
What’s up or down at your home? Share your ideas here.