There are countless styles when it comes to decorating homes but there are several tried and true tricks that work for any style space. Read on to learn 12 tips for creating an inviting, interesting space with ease.
- Choose the Paint Color Last
Since there are thousands of paint colors that appear different based on the lighting, your paint choice might vary in appearance from home to home. You also want a color that complements your decor, upholstery, and other aspects of your space. Choosing a paint color last ensures you know exactly what the color will look like and how it will mesh with the surroundings.
- Give Your Furniture Room to Breathe
It is crucial to resist cluttering a room with too much furniture or decor. Adequate living space equates to less of a hit to the budget and more room for moving around with ease.
- Hang Artwork at the Appropriate Height
Art galleries and museums display artwork so that each item’s midline falls between 57 and 60 inches from the floor (this is in line with the average eye level of humans).
Even in a room with a massive ceiling, it is still essential that art relates to human scale, not structural scale.
- Know How to Situate Furniture on a Rug
Generally, there are three basic ways you can arrange furniture pieces on a rug: all furniture on top of it (best for large rooms), no furniture on it (best for small rooms), or just the front legs of furniture on it.
- Resist the Urge to Focus Too Heavily on Themes
Focusing too heavily on a certain theme can detract from the individuality of your home. Incorporate a few key pieces of a theme but be careful not to overdo it.
- Create a Focal Point
Select a key place to serve as the focal point for your room and allow other items to hold a secondary place. Too many focal points will result in visual confusion.
You may choose to feature a dramatic stove hood within the kitchen, a unique headboard in the bedroom, or a bold art piece. Focal points anchor a room and create an intriguing, interesting atmosphere.
- Consider Lines of Sight
Focal points should be clearly seen from each room. It should feel as if you could draw a line to connect the two. This means the ideal spot for a focal point is directly across a room’s entrance.
- Downsize Your Collectibles
Even if a piece carries sentimental value, consider finding a new home for it (even if that just means a separate room) if it does not fit the space.
- Vary the Scale
Since items that are too large can appear overwhelming and smaller items may appear insignificant, it is important to use varied scale and proportion. Also, remember that arrangements of threes or fives are generally more visually pleasing than even numbers.
- Add Various Layers of Lighting
One central lighting fixture lacks the ability to create adequate lighting and dramatic interest. In addition to general ambient lighting, include one or two other light sources in the room and even make them unique pieces for added interest.
- Make a Bold Statement
Personality can take a space from good to great. Be sure to have fun and make your own personal statement by incorporating unexpected elements.
- Prioritize Creativity
Ultimately, go with comfortable decor that has a personal touch. Overly designed rooms can look stuffy and cold whereas your own personal creativity will produce a stylish, personal look.