HIGH POINT, N.C. -- On Monday's show, designer Libby Langdon shared with FOX8 a few showroom design tricks to use in your own home.
Some of the challenges designers face when setting up showrooms for the furniture market can actually be very similar to challenges many homeowners face in their own spaces, including lack of light, no architectural details, small space, visually a blank box, boring industrial carpeting.
Here are some of Libby's tricks when designing the showroom:
Challenge: Need to create the illusion of height and make the area seem grander than it really is.
Solution: Painting stripe works well to make a small wall seem taller, but it can also be too busy in multiple colors using too many stripes. Libby chooses to paint one large wide stripe in green, then light gray on the sides and black smaller stripes to separate the two. It really makes a color statement and can give you a high designed look.
Challenge: Since showrooms are completely made over and changed twice a year, you don’t want to do anything too permanent, like hang wallpaper. But you still need to add some pizzazz to make it eye catching.
Solution: If you don't want the commitment of traditional wallpaper on the wall but you still want to get a fun prints up you can always use peel and stick removable wallpaper. This has adhesive on it and can be applied to any wall but can be removed and used somewhere else down the road. Its great if you want to do an accent wall in a foyer or powder room - just papering one wall can add a lot.
Challenge: Most furniture showrooms don’t have windows, and if you do have windows you probably have very few. Some homeowners also complain of lack of light.
Solution: If you have no windows use a large leaning mirror. It reflects the lamplight at night and visually can make a space look and feel much larger.
Challenge: How to create a seamless flow and meld different design looks and colors in rooms so each vignette stands on it’s own. Often times people ask how to break up the look of their home but now make it too busy or how to keep a flow going.
Solution: Drapes are a great tool to break up one long wall. You can also use a patterned fabric as your drapes to help make it visually more interesting.
Challenge: You want to create a wow moment and catch the buyers eye, but you don’t want the surroundings to be so dynamic that the furniture you are trying to sell gets lost in the look. People want to know how to spice up their space but not go overboard and create a room that’s cool to look at but also one you want to live in.
Solution: When it comes to displaying your furniture in a showroom you want to go big or go home. Bold wall colors are a great way to make a statement. When choosing a bold wall color, Libby usually starts with what color fabric she's going to use on the sofa. If it’s a dark sofa she goes with a lighter wall and if it’s a lighter sofa sometimes she goes with a darker wall.
For more information, visit www.libbylangdon.com