RM: Any options for avoiding the big-box new-build lighting that always comes with new builds?
HH: We strive to not rely an excessive amount of on recessed lighting. It’s nice to have it as further means to gentle up a room, however we all the time desire to construct out the room with layers of sunshine quite than attempting to unravel all of it with overhead lighting. Right here we used sconces, desk lamps, and central ceiling lights to make the rooms really feel cozy with out compromising lighting for the duties and temper of the room.
RM: For renters, or those that can’t change their area in main methods, what are some easy methods so as to add historic allure?
HH: Intensify an inside architectural element with a trim shade in distinction to the wall shade. This trick is particularly nice if you happen to’re renting and have white partitions. You may change the entire temper of the room, and the distinction shade serves as its personal ornamental layer, which might make a sparsely furnished room really feel extra cozy and settled.
RM: Lightening spherical: 5 issues you may have in your arsenal for including on the spot character?
HH: 1. Antiques rugs for certain! Herald a rug made earlier than 1920 (after they have been nonetheless largely made by hand and with pure dyes) and that one factor brings character, shade and sample into the room with out overwhelming it.
2. Textiles for bringing in layers of sample, both via window remedies or throw pillows. On this condo, we introduced in an vintage hand-woven Kashmiri paisley scarf for a layer of shade and texture on the espresso desk. It additionally doubles as a throw blanket on film evening.
3. Books. Don’t really feel like it’s worthwhile to color-code your books! Organize them by topic so you will discover them and step again to benefit from the collage. Should you’re involved about it getting too busy and messy, don’t add objects to the identical shelf. Both do exactly books or simply objects on a shelf. That’s an excellent commerce secret to fall again on.