Saturday, 18 September 2010
Use Angles to Your Advantage
A while ago, someone posted about starting from a blank slate when rearranging and redecorating, by removing everything from the room. Yesterday my living room was bothering me, because of toys and crumbs everywhere, and the kids had pushed the furniture slightly out of alignment (I need some non-slip furniture feet). So I decided to triple my cleaning workload and remove everything from the room. Well, almost everything. I chose not to move the bookshelf this time, since it takes forever to unload and then replace the books. I crammed everything into the kitchen (a mere two hours before I needed to begin cooking supper).
It is amazingly refreshing to start with an empty room! Most of the time when I rearrange, the furniture is not placed against the walls. That may be because we only have one (half)wall in the whole room. The others are interrupted by windows, doors, walkways, and fireplaces. Also, there is no proper focal point in the room, so I feel free to experiment. I've never tried this particular arrangement before. I wanted to mostly block Nico's access to the lamp, and also discourage his meddling with the bookshelf.
The bookshelf is behind the loveseat at an angle in a weird corner. Our laptop desk is against the only wall, and just about everything else is angled in the room. I think the key to having angled furniture look like a real room rather than randomly-placed furniture is to place the main pieces at right angles to each other, regardless of where the walls are, and to have a properly-sized rug to anchor everything.
You also get a sneak peek at my new curtains that I'm making. I have two of the four panels kind-of done. But I will be adding a solid-colour band of fabric along the bottom because the store didn't quite have the amount of fabric I needed. So pardon the too-short curtains, and the wonky curtain rod for now.
My last batch is mint is long gone, and I haven't cut the last crop yet (I'm not sure if I will or not...I have lots already.) But I found a use for the string I stapled up: It's the perfect place to dry Juliana's fingerpainting. I should have thought of this for her birthday party, rather than having every available flat surface covered with drying masterpieces.