Urban Living Home By Jackie Morra at the Toronto National Home Show
How do you make an urban small space feel bigger and more open with decor ?
I find that sometimes you have to be physically in the space to truly see the recommendations come to life. Firstly, the proper use of paint is essential, use similar tones in the wall colours and large furniture pieces to create a more subtle transition. It's also great to use more contemporary, light colours with different paint sheens and finishes, and murals like the one below of a concrete wall or barn board in the dining room, then use bolder colours and textures in the fabrics and accessories. Room layout is also a common issue, making sure furniture is to scale and traffic flow is optimized. Sometimes less is more, only have pieces of furniture that serve a purpose and preferably multifunctional. Minimalism is definitely underrated, reducing clutter and being organized is a necessity in smaller spaces. I also think proper lighting goes a long way, the space must be well lit to avoid dark corners which only makes the room appear smaller. Start with something you love and build the space around it and if you dont love it live without it! For more ideas on urban living spaces visit the 900 square foot condo layout I created for the National Home Show at http://www.jackiemorrainteriors.com/urban-living/urban-living-home-toronto
I am not afraid to use color, but how can I appropriately use bold/bright hues without overwhelming people?
Start small with bold colours trying one accent wall or even a few accessories such accent pillows, a lamp shade, a throw or artwork that has the bold colour in it. If you love the colour you will embrace wanting more of how it makes you feel. It is the emotional connection to the colour that is vital.
The Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint (308) is a latex paint, tintable to any colour, that turns virtually any interior surface into a chalkboard. It is easy to apply, dries in a matter of hours to a durable eggshell finish, is easy to clean and fully washable. It also is formulated to minimize any lingering odours, making it ideal for a child's playroom, bedroom or even the kitchen as a message centre for shopping lists and household reminders. Jackie Morra has decided to use chalkboard paint in her Urban Living home as the backsplash for the kitchen. See a variety of colours Jackie has choosen that are great in an urban space frrom Benjamin Moore colors and various ways to use different types of finishes at this year's National Home Show Urban Living feature.
I love the fact that so many people and companies within the decor and building industry have become more eco-conscious, using recycled, re-purposed materials, reducing their carbon footprint and reducing harmful processing practices in manufacturing. Describing this rapid and necessary change as a "trend" within the industry is a misnomer however. Calling the shift in environmental awareness a trend would seem to indicate that it is public opinion that is leading the way and perhaps companies are doing this because it is the latest style and they can ultimately increase sales by marketing themselves as environment friendly.
In reality, the fact that the world has become more in tune with the concept of being "green" is out of necessity. It has become more and more apparent that our natural resources are not infinite and that acceleration of extreme climate change is ever present. That means we, as a global community, are forced to make these changes whether "trendy" or otherwise out of inevitability rather than choice. I'm glad that thinking green is here to stay and that many individuals and industries are doing their part to champion the cause as it requires a collective effort for everyone to do their part.