Want to get that sophisticated, fun,"grown up" room for college? How about one that is both stylish and functional for limited residence hall or apartment space? Gregory Augustine from August Interiors did an extreme makeover in a room in Goodman Hall as part of Fox 29’s College Campus Tour on August 28. Before he left campus, we made sure that we got all of the details.
Missed the broadcast? Watch the segments, which also feature University of the Sciences’ students Lydia Watkin PharmD’12 and Joseph DeVito PA’10: Segment 1 (2:57) | Segment 2 (3:12) | Segment 3 (3:33)
Below are tips for fixing up your space and the Ikea furniture and accessories that were used in the room. Note: before you do anything in your room, check with your resident advisor or landlord to make sure the modifications are permitted.
Tips from Gregory Augustine:
· Emphasis the height of your room to make the space seem larger. Long drapery panels can help and a tall mirror reflects view points when leaned against a wall.
· When adding furniture in your room, try to match your new pieces with the furniture provided by the school. Consistency when matching colors/finishes lends to the illusion of more space. Furniture with light natural wood finishes were selected to match/coordinate with the existing furniture colors.
· Limit the amount of colorful/patterned items you bring into the room to give the eye areas to rest. A graphic rug, a few key pieces of art and patterned/ colorful bedding have a better impact when all other items are neutral.
· When making a small space seem larger, do not stack furniture of same heights on one wall; balance out various heights of furniture to create visual vignettes of smaller spaces/areas within the overall small space. This can be achieved through artful arrangement of existing and new pieces.
· Mix and layer different types of materials. Clear Lucite, aluminum metal & fabrics help soften the hard lines and sterility of the existing wood furniture without adding extra bulk.
Free up valuable surface areas by using floor lamps to provide necessary lightening. Ikea item: "Samtid" floor lamp, $34.99.
Express your personality and color choices with bedding. Ikea item: "Unni Trad” bedding set with twin quilt cover and pillow case, $39.99.
Soften your window & add height with clean, modern draperies - note the simple grommet top header and silver metal rod. Ikea items: "Lenda" curtains, $39.99 for set of two panels; "Skuggig" silver curtain rod set, $19.99 with “Artfly” curtain rings, $4.99 for a set of 10.
Substitute bulky furnishings with clear Lucite furnishings to help add a spacious feel. Ikea item: "Tobias" chair, $99.99.
Instead of hanging a poster on your wall with scotch tape, add some polish with a simple, inexpensive frame. Ikea item: "Ribba" frames, $15.99 each.
Use graphics and patterns on your floor; a geometric rug can provide a sense of order while keeping things visually interesting in small spaces. Ikea item: "Stockholm" rug, $179.99.
Small, upholstered foot stools add surfaces to sit items such as books and coffee mugs, yet provide additional comfortable seating for guests. Ikea item: "Stockholm" footstool, $129.00.