Many of us look forward to changing our lifestyle when we retire. For some, this means downsizing and moving to a smaller home. For others, renovation is the answer. The interior decorating principles covered in this course can be important tools to help you design a perfect, stylish, and safe space.
-What’s your Style? Defining your personal style is a great place to begin your decorating journey. It’s a way of uncovering who you are in order to more easily identify which design direction is right for you.
-Making your Home Safe: What can you do to make your home safe so that you can live in it longer? We will discuss ideas and products on a room by room basis.
-Choosing New Colors: Nothing changes how your home looks and feels like a new paint color on your walls but choosing that perfect color isn’t as easy as you might think. Learn how color is affected by the many variables and how you are affected by color.
-Choosing the Best Products: We are inundated daily by advertisements for new gadgets, products and materials but which are the best for our purposes? We will discuss options for flooring, countertops, appliances and more.
-Living with the Past: Rather than storing them in the basement, why not incorporate some of the furniture and accessories you’ve inherited from family members into your décor? Learn to do this in a way that is fresh and contemporary.
-Displaying Prized Collections: Collections amassed over a lifetime are an important source of satisfaction but how do you display them so that they have impact?
-Space Planning: This concept is especially important in terms of safety as well as functional design. Learn how to place furniture for optimum mobility and feeling of spaciousness.
-Small Space Decorating: Living in a smaller space doesn’t mean you have to compromise beauty. Learn tips and tricks on how to make a small space feel fabulous.
-Be a Style Master: Bring it all together in this session. Learn how to work the details like hanging pictures, decorating or styling a bookcase, creating vignettes and much more.
Source information will be provided at the end of the classes for the participants.
Johanne Yakula, a frequent instructor for ELLA, loves to share her passion for design, art, antiques, and history.