Decorating a large room with ample square-footage can seem like a daunting task. Francine Gardner—a designer and owner of the chic Manhattan store Intérieurs—offers her tips on how to fill a room with meaning without adding clutter.
Think Big Picture
Before you do anything, try to envision the space as you would an Impressionist painting, with its mood imparted by different shades and colors. Then select objects and finishes that will make your imagined room a reality.
Have a Plan
Use a floor plan to lay everything out. Make sure the space will function well, that the traffic flow works and that the furnishings' proportions are comfortable.
Don't stick with what's expected. Find objects that are special and that you really love. Don't be afraid to simply display them and let them be what they are, even if they serve no real purpose.
Accessories and art should be things you treasure. Don't just accumulate "stuff." It's better to leave a space empty until you've found exactly the right piece to fill it.
Go for Timeless
Choose things that won't date quickly and that you won't get tired of. But remember that timeless doesn't mean boring.
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From the Spring 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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