Monday, February 20, 2017

How did this "Nook Stacular" Space come Together

By: JoFer Interiors

Materials used to create this small nook area
Here is an overview of what materials you will need in order to build a "to scale" reading and nook area that suits your needs and current real estate space within your home.

 1. When choosing a Paint Color we went with a subtle and calm grey palate of charcoal blue. This light neutral shade gives off an interesting hue depending on the lighting in the space. As with any paint regardless of the brand name, you have to pay close attention to the area you are applying it to. For instance if your wall seems a little rocky (not smooth), or has holes of which you have patched with lets say dry wall putty, then we recommend a "Flat" shade of your paint choice.

   Note that the reasoning behind this is that any other class type (finish) including the so called mate or eggshell, will show off   those wall defects making them stand out like an eye sore. !Oh don't believe me! Try applying some cooking oil of your choice to any inconspicuous area of your wall were you might have used some of the good old wall putty. Know sit back or stand back a few feet and watch that spot stand out and stare right back at you.  

  Conversely on smooth silky unadulterated walls with no defects, you may have your way with any paint class your heart desires. Going for a focal point?, you may go as bold as a Glossy finish. Either way just remember that your paint finish will definitely be determined by the overall quality of the wall surface.          

 2. Matching the paint color of the room divider to the wall color makes it feel like the concept was not forced into the design idea of the space and gives the wondering eyes some continuity. When it comes to designing small spaces, Continuity = Flow which in turn results in room openness  

 3. When choosing our embellishments for the space, we went round for the mirror to complement the rectangular shape of the french door(space divider). The flower pot that grounds the gold plated corner table is a simple inexpensive clay pot from the Home Depot. The beautiful color the pot displays are one of my favorite spray paint colors from (Rust-Oleum), Metallic Champagne Pink and Iced Grey [Source: Home Depot]. I used the Iced Grey as a base coat and the former as the top final coat to give the pot a subtle metallic Rosie shimmer.    

 4.Choosing the appropriate plant

for the space it seemed to be a matter of choice at first, but as I learned about how plants act in their environment, It took a little more effort to choose the appropriate one. Please don't get me wrong on this, there is no rule of thumb when it comes to using flowers and or plant indoors if your intent is to simply have it last for a short period of time. 
Materals used to create small apartment nook area

  In this space we wanted something that would last month in and month out, so we went with a perennial ZZ Plant [Source:House Plant]. These are also available at local hardware stores, as the shown on this picture to the right. This is a Hardy Plant that does well in low light indoor areas and does not need direct sunlight. A little daylight and some shine from the indoor lighting does the trick. Conversely, when the greenery gets too tall they can be pruned in the early spring and in the summer months to be used as back-drops for your favorite flower arrangements. We view this option as a "win win" choice.
Note:Please beware of plants that may be toxic to your pet. 

5. Using Artificial flower may seem like a great idea but if you want to keep your decor relevant to the season(s), making sure you remember to switch them out. You may also chose to use artificial perinatal flowers or plants that go well with any season of the year. Again; I prefer getting the benefits of having a decor item that brings both warmth and enhances the purity of life, as such given by !Real! living plants.

6. You may visit this site [Non sponsored Source: Better Homes & Gardens]for information on Best indoor low light plants. I found this to be very enlightening when attempting to incorporate the outdoors to our indoor designs.  

Conclusion: What ever the choices you make always have in mind what the space would be used for and how much time you are looking to spend in maintaining the space. keeping your color palate somewhat neutral will allow you to be versatile in keeping the space updated and fresh as the seasons change.

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