We know you've heard this already but boy, can plants add life to a space. Literally, having a green, healthy, living, breathing organism constantly in your space is like having a soothing, calming friend just chilling, without being in-your-face all the time.
Not to mention the physiological benefits. I mean who doesn't want the benefit of more oxygen in their space throughout the day? Or what about cleaner air? Plants such as Golden Pothos, Mother in law's Tongue, Peace Lilly, Bamboo Palm and sooooo many others help filter out toxic chemicals or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which occur from off gasing of paint, plastics, rugs and other items readily found in the home. The pattern created by the shapes of leaves layered together helps to add visual interest to any space and is often described as 'texture'. Which brings us to the next item on our list...
O-Ma-Gawd! Texture. Texture in design can be described as the rhythmic change in appearance of a surface usually resulting in the creates of a pattern. Texture in Interior Design can be found in various materials throughout a space such as wall, flooring, ceiling covering, furniture and accessories.
The change or difference between light and dark is described as contrast. Contrast can be high or low depending on how much one element stands out from another. High contrast has a bolder appearance, such as black & white and gives a more formal, classic, elegant feel in most cases, while low contrast gives a more soothing, calming feel.
Have you ever heard the saying "Lighting can make or break a space"? Well, it actually can. Imagine being in a conference room during a meeting, trying to take notes and you can barely see your notebook because the lighting is so poor. It's also kinda hard to create a romantic setting with bright glaring lights, unless it's sunlight ;) Lighting can create that romantic feel through the colour of the light (colour temperature), the amount of light (dim) and its placement. In the interior setting there are several layers of light that should be used in a space to create that AH-MAAAZING look and feel: ambient (general), directional and sparkle (also known as play of brilliance). You also need to consider the function of the space and what is being lit. So, you have your general lighting (generally overhead, sometimes wall sconce) to be able to see most elements in the space; directional, will help highlight particular features of the room or tasks and sparkle, adds interest (like a diamond necklace ;) Points to note: sometimes the ambient and sparkle collide, into one piece, like a chandelier, fancy pendant light or cool semi flush mount.
You are uniquely blessed with qualities and gifts of no one else. Incorporate elements that you love into your space; items collected from that trip last March, a unique handmade item (perhaps something you made), photography you took or even frame your child's artwork and proudly display it. It will be a nice talking point at your next gathering. No one is going to have the same combination of items that you have in your space, so by design, your space is uniquely yours.
Take heed, incorporate these elements into your space and hear those oooo's and ahhhhhh's coming in. Now, don't you feel great that you took our advice? Need more advice, let us know.