9 Decorating Tips to Make Any Room in Your Home Better
We all love beautiful surroundings but you may be confused about where to start when it comes to decorating your home. You may even feel a little intimidated by all the options you can choose from.
Don’t worry – it’s not that difficult. You can get a great result even if you don’t have formal decorating experience by following these basic home decorating rules. These aren’t tricks or skills that take years to master. Anyone can do them.
1. Give Your Furniture Some Space
Yes, less in more. Gracious living means having enough space to maneuver with ease. This is really great news if you are working with a tight budget. You don’t need to fill your rooms with lots of furniture. You can, in fact, devote more of your budget to fewer but better-quality pieces.
Your home and your rooms will look better than if it’s over-stuffed with bargain finds. The high-backed chairs shown in this image, for example, stand out because they don’t have to fight for attention. So don’t be afraid to remove some pieces and make some space where none existed before.
2. Don’t Let Your Room Look Like Theme Park
Some people fall in love with a theme to such an extent that they carry the concept overboard. The Cape Cod cottage look, for example, is a very popular look often drawn upon. The typical look includes beadboard, a blue and white nautical palette, paintings of boats and piers, seashells in strategic locations. If copy a look or style too closely, your room will lack personality and will not be a reflection of your personal style.
In the example room seen here the beachy look has not been overdone and has been subtly achieved using a palette, fabrics and art that produce the seaside effect without becoming a cliché. You get the seaside feeling using subtle touches and not getting carried away.
3.Rugs Can Make a Big Difference
We all buy rugs to complete the look of our rooms – but how much thought do you put into your rug purchase and placement. Did you know that there are three ways you can arrange your furniture on your rug.
Place All Furniture On the Rug: Create a luxurious feel when you place all of your furniture legs on top of your rug. You can only do this with a very large rug. The bigger the rug, the better. Just be sure to leave at least 12 to 18 inches of floor surface on all four sides of the rug’s borders and between the rug and the wall
Place All Furniture Off the Rug: If you have a small room, keeping all furniture legs off the rug is a great cost-effective choice. You don’t want to pick too small a rug, however, or it will look insignificant. Your rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces without actually touching. This approach to placing rugs is best when you’re layering a patterned rug over a larger solid or textured rug.
Place Only the Furniture Front Legs On The Rug: Place just the front feet of all your seating pieces on the rug. This will tie the arrangement together visually and create a well-defined space while still providing a spacious, open feeling.
4. Every Room Needs A Focal Point
Every room needs a focal point to draw everything together, so pick one focal point and let the other items in the room take a secondary role. Your focal point could be anything, from a dramatic range hood in your kitchen, a fireplace or piece of art in your living room, or a chaise or headboard in your bedroom.
Choose a piece that will draw attention. In this room the fireplace and the lighting work together as a cohesive focal point, bringing your eye right to the centre of the grouping.Keep in mind that if you try to combine too many focal points, all you get is a lot of competing visual clutter or noise. If you’re looking to create a focal point with a fireplace, you can do so using one of the many Dimplex Flameless Fireplaces we carry.
5. Consider Sight Lines
It is important to consider the line-of-sight from one room to the next. How does a doorway frame a room? What do you see? How can you enhance it? It is possible to create distinct spaces that open to each other, and relate to each other, but which have a common thread, such as colour, linking them.
Take into account the view from one room to the next. In the image on the left, the component that links these different spaces is the flooring and the blue found on the foreground chairs, the mid room chair and in the farthest room on the walls.
Your focal point should be visible from one room to the next, so that it feels like you’re being naturally drawn from one room to the other. That’s why the best spot for a focal point is usually directly across from the entrance to any given room. In the image on the right the seating arrangement draws the viewer into the room because the sight line is such that the art is clearly visible.
6. Hang your Wall Art So It Works For You
The most common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it’s not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. One good rule of thumb is to make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard, For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it.
Another common dilemma is how high to hand your art. Galleries and museums hang artwork so that the midline (center) of each piece is 145 centimeters (or 57 inches) to 152 centimeters (or 60 inches) from the floor – and you should do the same. If you are decorating a room with high ceilings you might want to hang your art higher. What is important to remember is that your art must relate to the people in the room looking at the art, and not the overall size of the room.
7. Layer Your Lighting
Illumination is a crucial element for any interior design scheme. Well-executed lighting—by way of dimmers, LED lighting and old-fashioned DIY—can jazz up a humdrum space, provide a splash of chic and enhance the ambiance of an entire home.You can add layers of lighting to create interest and variety. In a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing attracts attention. So pick a focal point or two highlight those with appropriate lighting Don’t forget to add ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for interest.In this kitchen seating area, the backsplash is lit, the artwork is highlighted and the cabinet interiors are filled with light. One central lighting fixture would not have had nearly the same dramatic result.
8. Don’t Be Afraid To Be Bold
When did decorating your home become such a serious business? So many people get hung up on the perceived rights and wrongs of decorating a room that they become paralyzed from doing anything. Do you think it looks good? Do you like it? Does it make you smile? Did you have fun putting it together? Those are the only things that should matter when it comes to setting up your living space.
Sometimes, you just have to throw those so-called “rules of decorating” right out the window and explore new ways to do things. A great place to start is by using unique materials in nontraditional places. Are you tired of seeing drywall around every corner? How about covering a wall with salvaged brick?
The point is, in the final analysis, it’s your personality is what makes a room really great, so don’t be afraid to make your own statement and have fun. The more things you try, the more you will learn what works and what doesn’t. Don’t be afraid to incorporate unexpected elements for a touch of drama. In this image, the unconventional ottoman provides a place to sit, and the library-style bookshelves and oversize chandelier add an unexpected touch in a conventional living room, but the result is stunning.
9. Pick Your Paint Color Last
There are thousands of paint colours available, all with a variety of tints, tones and shades. To make choices more complicated, because light sources vary, each paint colour and shade will look different from home to home. If you’re moving, a paint colour that looks good in your current home might not be a good choice in your new one. You want a colour that will best complement your upholstery, artwork, rug and whatever else, in your new surroundings. So when selecting a paint colour, you can really only pick that colour only once your furniture and accessories are in place.
In conclusion, don’t worry, even though you might feel intimidated by all the choices you need to make when decorating – it’s really not that difficult. You can get great results even if you don’t have formal decorating experience.