When you deal with affordable housing, it is important to complement the architectural features of a home with a variety of color, texture and fabric.
Not much matches in this home because people who are buying their first home generally do not have a series of matched pieces of furniture. The mixture of items introduces character and personality to each room, and gives people confidence that what they currently own will work.
Every chair around the dining table does not have to match. What is important is to surround yourself with furnishings that are comfortable.
Two square natural wicker trunks positioned end-to-end create an extensive textured cocktail table surface within easy reach of every seating piece.
Touches of color are brought in with jewel colored floral accent pillows. They match the seat cushion of a wicker arm chair and artwork displayed on the wall behind one of the sofas.
More natural wicker is used in the adjacent dining area where a haystack-shaped wicker base with country overtones supports a circle of glass. The traditional wood chairs with woven rush seats that circle the dining table are in a different finish than the pine hutch. Yet the eclectic grouping blend nicely.
Simple panels of fabric mounted on stained rods frame the sides of the windows in both areas. They’re good looking and affordable treatments that could easily be duplicated by someone who sews.
Medium blue and white ceramic tile, in a checkerboard pattern, covers the backsplash area in the kitchen - a relatively inexpensive treatment with an updated country look.
A stained country table in the breakfast area is a reproduction. Long rustic twig benches along two sides are topped with navy, gold and deep berry contemporary paisley cushions that match the shirred window valance.
The same paisley is repeated in the adjacent family room, where it is used for four overscale accent pillows on the lofty high-skirted sofa, a seat cushion for a wicker arm chair and a shirred valance.
Upstairs, the queen-size bed in the master suite is lushly dressed to look rich, warm and inviting. Pillow shams and a matching bedskirt in a large-scale jewel tone floral contrast the medium blue, navy and ivory striped bed covering.
A two-drawer natural wicker chest and a three-drawer wicker dresser flank the bed and function as nightstands.
The adjacent sitting area is furnished with a blue denim sofa, with a rustic wood trunk in front of it. A small armoire stores a TV set.
Two remaining secondary bedrooms are designed for younger family members.
A boy’s soccer-theme room has a double bed covered with a navy and white ticking striped channel quilted comforter. It matches an accordian style pull-up fabric window shade. The wicker Parsons style desk is teamed with a director’s chair with navy blue cloth seat and back.
A series of royal blue and yellow tennis balls stenciled at chair-rail height around a girl’s tennis-theme bedroom indicates you don’t have to be an artist to achieve the same look.
It is a treatment that personalizes the room in a simple and inexpensive way. A real tennis racket and a wood Wimbledon plaque displayed on the headboard wall reinforce the sports theme.
The floral bouquet covering on the royal blue skirted daybed, a matching window valance and a scaled-down flip-down desk with a director’s chair introduce feminine touches to the space.
Star-studded wallpaper in the family bath is an informal pattern youngsters of all ages can easily relate to.
When you are dealing with people who are buying affordable housing, it is important to target decorating ideas that give them confidence in buying their home.
Many do not have the confidence to put color and fabrics together unless they see it used. A furnished model can give them confidence that what they see is achievable without spending a great deal of money. It shows that they can use what they have.
By adding a few new pillows and Bench Cushions, a new dust ruffle and simple window treatments, they can give their existing pieces a fresh look in their new home.
Textures and patterns and how you put them together and trim them off is what makes the difference. Staying with basic neutral backgrounds and combining tapestries, brocades and stripes makes for a much more charming and more lived-in home.