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Tips & Guidelines
Tips & Guidelines
So, you've decided you want to give that room a new look. Yup, you know the one. But oh, where to start? There are so many things to consider, such as color, texture, and style.
And, there are so many ways to go about this. It’s always a good place to start by sorting and cleaning your space. After that, you might want to consider painting, or changing the furniture to something more comfortable. Needs, comfort, and style will all play a role.
If you are preparing to paint your room, start with the walls and the ceiling. Working with wall coverings requires a plan to coordinate the pattern, style, and color. Experiment with a variety of materials such as wood, vinyl, and paint samples to find the right match for the space you're trying to cover or accent. But whatever you do, don’t rush things. Take your time and listen to what your instincts tell you. If a color or style just doesn’t feel right in the planning stages, chances are that it definitely won’t pan out the way you want.
To help you along, here are some key tips and guidelines to inspire and get a plan started over what you would like to see in your dream room and home:
Take note of the preexisting features in your home you can highlight for house decorating ideas. Architectural details such as crown molding, wooden beams, hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves, and mosaic-tile backsplashes are all worth focusing on.
These details don’t just look expensive; they are expensive. Make them as prominent as possible—keep them clean, clutter-free, and the focal point of the room. For example, don’t splurge on an expensive painting just to have it compete with a showstopping fireplace.
If a dated light fixture or piece of furniture constantly makes you groan, get rid of it. The project doesn’t have to break the budget: Drab wall colors can easily be painted, and outdated knobs and hardware can be inexpensively replaced. Even dated kitchen cabinets can be painted white and instantly brought out of the ’80s.
The same thing is possible with old or outdated furniture and decor. You can make your own pieces or easily update what you have with pieces that are a better fit for your style and space. It doesn’t have to be expensive to make a huge impact.
Magazines are a great source of home decorating ideas and inspiration for how to accessorize a room. Inside any design magazine, there are pages and pages of home décor ideas. From designer furniture to sophisticated accessories, magazines and trend blogs are a great source of home decorating ideas and inspiration for how to accessorize a room.
However, homeowners should expect to shop around for decorating on a budget-friendly version of anything they see in a design magazine. Magazines and many top design websites offer the latest trends, but they are also offering up products and services that are a little more expensive than the average home can afford.
When in doubt about paint color, choose a classic neutral. If you're looking for colors that will always look good, then you can't go wrong with beige, gray, greige, and yellow. These colors are classic and timeless, and they will never go out of style.
What’s more, they pair well with everything. Limit bold accent colors to accessories, and you’ll never have to repaint an entire room because a bright color choice got to be too much.
If neutral colors aren’t your thing, bold colors can scream “elegant” with a bigger punch. There’s an assumption out there that rooms decorated in dark colors are gloomy and depressing. Some people even say that dark rooms feel small and claustrophobic. But nothing could be further from the truth. When dark palettes are executed properly they are cozy, dramatic, and full of life.
Deep hues are the way to go. For example, a deep red or navy wall with gold, gray or purple contrast within the decor can exude glamorous energy that for sure can feel luxurious.
Certain stains and finishes play well with others, for example, cherry wood marries well with oak, and hickory blends tend to work well with almost everything, but the vast majority do not. If you’re looking to match your floor to your cabinets, or your faucets to your doorknobs, go for an exact match, or make a real contrast; aim for at least three shades darker or lighter. An almost-match has the tendency to look cheap.
Break up the woody look by adding other hard surfaces to your space. Lacquered and painted pieces are good options. They don't count as wood for this purpose because you can't see the grain.
Natural lighting and source lighting is very important to a room. Make sure you don’t block windows, and also be sure to add table and floor lamps throughout your space for a statement.
Carefully considered bulbs and fixtures create an inviting environment that encourages people to linger. One of the biggest missteps is overly bright lighting. If a room is lit the right way, everyone looks their best and feels relaxed and comfortable, but they don't know why.
One of the most basic interior design tips is to follow the rule of threes. Objects look best when organized in odd numbers, especially threes, and leave a generous amount of white space on your walls and surfaces.
When it comes to looking luxe, less is always more. File paperwork out of sight, find a home for everything and clear the clutter.
If you’re looking for a way to add some color to your space without having to redecorate, adding a pop of color to a single accent piece is an easy way to change the feel of a room without spending a lot of money or time.
Whether you’re looking for a bold color to liven up a space or something more subdued to tone down a color, adding a pop of color to one accent piece in a room is an easy way to change the feel of a space without having to redecorate. Just make sure that the color you choose goes well with the other colors in the room so your new color doesn’t feel completely out of place.
When it comes to decorating our home, we often focus on big-ticket items like furniture and wall colors. But small details, such as pillows, can also have a big impact on the feel of a room.
If you're looking for a way to add some extra style and personality to your living space without breaking the bank, consider replacing your existing throw pillows with a set of accent pillows. You can find accent pillows in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, so you can accentuate your favorite design elements while still keeping a neutral feel.
Another easy and affordable home decor idea for your living room and bedroom is to hang unique art pieces on the walls. From family photos to DIY art, framed works can make a house feel like a home. Hanging art on the walls of your home is a great way to add decoration, style, and function to your living room and bedroom. If you’re on a budget, one of the easiest ways to add art to your walls is to buy or DIY a frame. There are lots of unique forms of wall art that you can buy, like canvas framed art or metal framed art, and they can be a lot cheaper than buying paintings or other framed art. You can also DIY your own frame, which is a great way to customize and create your own artwork without spending a ton of money.
Before mounting any work, you should figure out where everything should be placed and the proper way to hang it. It’s important to choose pieces of art in the right size and scale for the wall you’re decorating. And keep in mind, that you don’t need artwork on every empty wall.
Your eyes will be tricked into thinking a space is larger than it actually is with some sneaky mirror placement. Well, those tricks are all about using mirrors to make a space appear larger than it actually is. When you have large mirrors in a room, they will reflect the space back to make it appear larger than it really is. If you want to make a room appear larger, one effective way to do so is to put mirrors on the wall opposite the view you want to appear larger.
What do bookshelves mean for your home or office? Maybe you have a long-time dream of decorating your home full of bookshelves. Or maybe a new bookcase has emerged as a home decor idea of choice. In either case, the bookcase on your bookshelf is an important space in your home.
Bookshelves are one of the most versatile pieces of interior decor around. Use them to create space or fill up an entire wall of your living room. An open bookshelf is a great way to make reading and browsing in your home more enticing.
Intersperse with a few framed photos, interesting bookends, and eyecatching decorative items. This creates a feeling of space and you have bookshelves without it feeling cramped along a wall. Make sure it is neat and tidy—that alone speaks volumes.
Area rugs can really transform a space. Area rugs help ground furniture groupings, define rooms, and add more interest to an area. Area rugs are a great way to add texture, color, and style to a room. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can be used to add warmth and texture to a space, ground furniture groupings, and define rooms. It is recommended that your furniture at least touch a portion of the rug when setting up your space, but the most effective use of an area rug is when it is used to wrap the entire space, thus creating a carpet feel but without the hassle of keeping the carpet clean. This allows you to bring the benefits of a carpet without the hassle of regularly cleaning it.
When it comes to area rugs, there are an endless variety of styles, sizes, and materials to choose from. Some are hand woven using traditional techniques, while others are machine loomed using modern technology. Some are woven using natural dyes, while others are artificially colored. Some are hand-tufted using traditional methods, while others are machine tufted using modern equipment.
Dining room tables, stand-out rugs, chandeliers, and sofas all have the ability to upgrade a home’s sense of luxury. Identify a few key pieces that you see and use often, especially if they’re ones that are visible from several other rooms, and decide if it makes sense to budget for a splurge. If you have more than one statement piece in mind, don't assume you have to choose only one.
It's possible to work in more than one item that attracts attention in a room, you just have to put some distance between them, visually and in real terms. If you decide it’s a go, choose colors and fabrics that are easily cleaned and not easily stained or destroyed.
The easiest option for affordable home decor won’t always pack the biggest punch. If you have a dresser in a bedroom with a matching mirror, it makes the room much more interesting if you hang a different mirror over the dresser. No need to throw that matching mirror out, just hang it in another room. Distribute soft touches around the room to create a warm and inviting feeling.
Expensive items tend to have weight and volume to them. Accessorize with weighty accent pieces; vases, picture frames, and ornaments should all feel like they’ve got something to them.
Avoid flimsiness at all costs: add an extra panel of curtains to your curtain rod, search for quality carpets and throw blankets that feel great to the touch.
If your room lacks a preexisting focal point, create one using artwork.
One option is to create a multi-panel piece, one picture blown up and printed onto three panels hung next to each other, or a gallery-type display of frames.
No need to wait for a dinner party to elevate your usual table setting. Something as simple as fresh-cut flowers can make it seem like you’ve put time and effort into your dinner table.
Or if fresh flowers seem to have too short of a lifespan due to busy days flying by, place some pillar candles on a small tray surrounded by pebbles or dried flowers around the bottom of the candles. Voila! Instant elegance.
If you have a dining room table you don’t use unless company is visiting, keep the settings there to fake your way to looking like a master host.
A staged tablescape will make the space feel more elegant.
These are the key points that I like to use, when I want to redecorate a room. There are many things to consider, and I’m sure that, while reading this, you might have come up with some of your own relevant points.
And that’s great! It means that these key points, to start planning your home decor journey, have helped to get your brain in gear and thinking about the many possibilities of what is needed, comfortable and beautiful.