If you've ever watched HDTV you know that room makeovers are presented miraculously as though they took place overnight. If you have ever worked with a designer however you know of course that's just not possible...the big 'reveal' is a rarity, and more often there is a much longer process involved to get to the final result. One reason is that you normally go through at least a couple of rounds of furniture ideas work out all the kinks. Most people aren't ready to make a large purchase they'll be living with for a long time as a quick decision -- it takes time. In this case however I was hired to stage the playroom for purposes of selling the house. Using furniture the clients already had I supplemented with a few key pieces and rearranged the room to create a more inviting atmosphere. With a budget of $1200 the room was transformed.
Here's what I identified as the key problems / solution
- The furniture is haphazard and sits awkwardly in the space / rearranged the furniture plan to create designated zones, with a clear seating area
- The corner of the room is cut off due to the sofa placement / moved the sofa to the other side and relocated a cabinet to anchor the corner
- There is no focal point / placed artwork on the walls
- Not enough color or warmth / added pillows and a knit pout, and defined the seating area with a graphic rug
The best part? All items were purchased from IKEA and Homegoods and installed in one day. Finally, I got to enjoy my big 'design reveal' moment!