You want your home to look beautiful and stylish, but you don't have the money to hire an interior decorator. In many cases, doing it yourself is best anyway, because your natural style preferences and personality come out. This article deals with some of the things you should keep in mind when decorating your own home; you might consider this information the 'do's and don'ts' of decorating.
Good Bets for Success
To make the most of your home, consider the architectural design and location. Your goal should be to maximize the architectural assets of your home while incorporating your own unique style and personality. This helps you achieve the perfect balance, and lessens the need to redecorate on a frequent basis.
Use a signature piece to decorate every room. Whether modern, abstract or elegant, this piece can serve as the basis for decorating the room. Once you have chosen a signature piece of wall art, for example, you can begin to incorporate colors, textures and design for the rest of the furnishings to complete the look.
Combine Various Design Elements
You want your home to be unique and appealing, right? In order to accomplish a look that is totally yours you want to blend various design elements. Wood pieces, bold patterns, stripes, plaids and florals can all be used together to add interest and depth to the room. A wood floor is dazzling on its own; throw a couple of boldly hued geometric patterned rugs down and the floor comes to life! Same thing for solid colored sofas and other furnishings - add boldly colored throw pillows and throws with varied patterns.
Pay particular attention to the scale of a room. Furnishings should be of similar size and shape. The repeated use of shapes, fabrics and colors helps bring the design of the room together, making it look as though it was professionally decorated.
A Few Things to Avoid
When you decide to decorate your own home, there are a few things you should not do. For one, don't let a friend or relative tell you how to decorate! Of course you are willing to listen to their suggestions, but it is your home and the goal is for you and your family to feel comfortable and pleased with the decor and design.
Many people make the mistake of placing furniture against the walls leaving it spread out in order to give the room a more spacious appearance. This is a mistake! Furniture should be arranged in an intimate grouping, away from the walls. Group your chairs, tables and sofa around a large area rug to give the room a more personal and welcoming look and feel.
Don't Try to Display Everything You Own
You may have many collectibles you have picked up over the years. Many people have an attic, basement or closet packed with their favorite accents and accessories. When you decorate a room, don't try to use them all. This can give the room a messy and cluttered look. Instead, save some of them for later! You can refresh the room later on by switching out the old collectibles and decorating items for the ones you have stored. Using less also helps add to the importance of each piece you have carefully selected to display.
Remember these tips the next time you feel a need to refresh and update your home. You can have a professional look and feel - even when you do it yourself!