Design Lesson
Apr 13, 2015

Design solutions for your walls and windows

By: Lauren McPhillips

Design solutions for your walls and windows Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Apr 13, 2015

Design solutions for your walls and windows

By: Lauren McPhillips

 

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Design solutions for your walls and windows

Problem: Our walls are bare – how can I give them some personality without spending a fortune on art?

There are plenty of places to get inexpensive art for your new home. Scout out independent artists on Etsy and Society6, frame your favourite patterned fabrics or display collectibles you’ve found on your travels, like a beautiful pastry bag from Paris or silver medallions from Peru.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Michael Nangreaves Credits: Style at Home

Design solutions for your walls and windows

Problem: My new loft has floor to ceiling windows, meaning no privacy

The easiest solution for high condo windows is roller blinds. Opt for white rollers that give you privacy throughout the day without blocking out the natural light, or for a more dramatic look, hang long velvety, custom-made drapes.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

Design solutions for your walls and windows

Problem: Our new rental won’t allow us to paint our builders beige walls – how do we inject more colour into the space?

If you can’t paint the walls, paint your furniture! Tie the room together by painting your bedside tables, benches, dining chairs and even coffee table.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Design solutions for your walls and windows

Problem: The ceilings in my new home aren’t the 9-foot stunners that I would have loved

Make your rooms appear taller by hanging drapery close to the ceiling (approximately two inches from the top or molding). Extend the rod a bit on either end as well to give the appearance of large windows.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Design solutions for your walls and windows

Problem: Our new apartment has a little nook with a large window, but we don’t want to block it with a window seat or bookcase

The awkward little nooks of your home are the biggest gems. Make the space into an at-home coffee bar, sourcing a reclaimed wood beam and wedging it between the walls. Add a couple of stools underneath and you have the perfect window perch for your morning coffee.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Design solutions for your walls and windows

Problem: Our older house has drafty windows

Upgrading your windows is one of the best investments you can do for your home. In the short-term, you’ll save money on heating, and in the long-term, you’ll find it adds to the value of your house when selling. Look for double- or triple-paned glazed glass and don’t forget about replacing the frames!

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

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By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Yvonne Duivenvoorden Credits: Style at Home
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