What Houzz contributors are saying:
Keep calm“We live in a society that’s overworked and overstimulated, and this has a huge effect on our wellbeing,” Itai Palti says. “Our homes are usually the only place where we have a choice of how much stimulation we’re exposed to.”He recommends incorporating calm areas within your home. “Create spaces free of digital distractions and conducive to healthy interactions with family and friends,” he says. “This doesn’t necessarily mean a minimalist room – it could be a balcony for gardening or a hobby room, for example.”“I suggest the most important neuroarchitectural principle is to design around people, and not the TV,” Eve Edelstein says. “Position yourself to enjoy the sun when it’s out, make quiet spots for study, and create spaces that support the value of people coming together.”
Bring in an area rugBy its sheer size, an area rug can introduce a regal quality to your room. Not only can it anchor your furniture into a cohesive frame, it can also serve as a head-turning centrepiece, infusing warmth, colour, pattern and texture into your space. Tip: The larger your rug and the more furniture it can hold, the richer your room will look.Look for rugs on the Houzz products pages
The number-one question when choosing an end table: How tall should it be? The rule of thumb is that its surface area should be equal to or just below the height of the sofa arms. For a standard sofa, that’s around 25 inches, but get out the measuring tape to be sure (I did, and it’s a good thing – the arms on mine hit 28 inches). Most end tables are between 22 and 30 inches. If you can’t find tables you like within your target height range, err on the side of shorter rather than taller. Styles that jut above arm level not only can look awkward, but they also can make it hard for people to set down a glass or pick up a book.