Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts. www.christopherporikosdesign.com
During a design project, it seems the ceiling is the last thing anyone thinks about. But in reality, it should be one of the first surfaces dealt with when working on a design plan. It is also the largest open space in a room. Aside from a chandelier, pendent lighting or even recessed lighting, not much else happens there. Now I’m referring to the average room or home, not a multi-million dollar home with tray or coffered ceilings.
Traditional design at times can be a bit formal. Furniture pieces tend to have fully rounded arms, skirted bases, rich and at times heavy fabrics like damask and velvets.
Many times when designing the last layer of a project, plants and flowers come into play; the more creative the better. I once had a client wanting a garden for flowers and herbs, but no yard, she just had a small patio. So we used the garden wall.
We all know choosing the right sofa can be a little scary. What size or style? Skirted or exposed leg? Round arm or track arm? A three-cushion or two-cushion sofa? Cost? Function?
Many of us see a bookshelf and assume they are just for books. But those shelves are actually valuable space to show off some of our best treasures.
Paint. A fresh coat of paint always makes a space seem new. Choose a color that reflects your personality; maybe a nice light color that adds life to your room.
Area rug. Sometimes all a room needs is a nice splash of color and pattern. Just make sure to choose the right size to suit your room.
Accent pillows. With all the new design trends out there today, pillows are the easiest and least expensive way to update any space in your home.
Lampshades. Many places sell lamps and shades separately today. If you love the lamp base but need a change, just swap out the shade. It’s an easy update for a room.
Cabinet hardware. Another quick and easy addition for updating a cabinet is to change out the hardware. This will add a new look for any space.
Towels. By simply adding a few new towels in the bathroom or kitchen will add new life. Hanging them over the stove handle or even folded in a basket on the bathroom counter will do the trick.
Drapery panels. Adding draperies to any room will automatically change the feel. A pre-packaged panel from a discount store is a good starting point.
Bedding. Changing your duvets, shams or even sheets will always update your room. Nothing like a nice sets of sheets to welcome the end of the day.
Plants. Adding a few plants and/or flowers will change the feel to any room.
Lighting. Change the light bulbs to another wattage. Sometimes a softer light is all you need to change the feel of a room.
Last year I wrote a blog about designing in a small space. I gave some interesting, creative and helpful tips on how to achieve your goal.