Just about everyone has their own personal style when it comes to home decoration. Some homeowners prefer a sleek, industrial look, while others opt for calm or soothing spaces. Others prefer a look inspired by nature, with plenty of greenery and organic materials. This means that your home may be decorated in a way that is vastly different from the decor at your neighbours or friends house. It also means that in any one article about home decoration, you may only see one or two ideas that you love. Luckily, this article is for everyone. These quick home decor tips are relevant for all homeowners, no matter your personal style!
#1: Pick a Paint Colour Last
It’s always tempting to choose your wall colours first. Pick a few colours you love, throw on a fresh coat of paint, and then move the furniture in. Although this approach is tempting, it unfortunately has some downsides! First of all, it is much more difficult to match decoration to an existing wall colour. If you’re trying to pick every piece of furniture or each accessory based on the colour you have chosen, you will find yourself more limited in terms of what you can do, and your final product will suffer as a result. Instead, decide upon furniture and decorations that compliment each other and appeal to your personal sense of style, and arrange them in your room. Then, based on the tones and “feel” of the room, you can choose a paint colour that really adds the final touch and pulls everything together. Remember that there are thousands of different paint colours, and even choosing something like a light, neutral gray may end up feeling slightly “off” if it has undertones that are different from the furniture you chose.
#2: Use Different Layers of Lighting
No matter what room you’re decorating, you can always add different focal points with various lighting. Home decor professionals use this technique to create intrigue and variety. Rooms with only one overhead fixture can look flat and slightly boring. Try adding an extra touch with under cabinet lighting to highlight your kitchen backsplash, or a wall fixture that brings focus to your favourite piece of art. Experiment with softer or bolder lighting to maintain the right feel in each room.
#3: Keep Scale in Mind
It can be tempting to pick up a piece you have fallen in love with at the store as a sort of impulse buy, when all you came for in the first place was a new set of curtains. We’re all for buying things you love, as long as you keep a few basic rules in mind! One of these rules is scale. Although a certain piece may look fantastic in the store, it may end up looking dwarfed and insignificant once you place it in your living room. Alternatively, it is also easy to buy something that looks perfectly proportional in a large open show room, but turns out to be way too large once you place it on the intended side table. Similarly, when you are choosing decoration pieces, it is important to balance different sizes. A large statement piece combined with smaller complimentary pieces will be much more pleasing to the eye than a full wall or table of identical objects. Finally, when you do use multiples, such as small framed photos or coffee table knick knacks, groupings of 3 and 5 often look nicer than even number pairings.
#4: Hang Art at an Appropriate Height
It can be tempting to hang your artwork in the middle of your wall, no matter how tall the ceilings are. This is a common mistake! You want art and other focal points to be near the average human eye level, about 57 inches. Even if you have soaring ceilings, your art needs to relate to a human scale, rather than the scale of the structure. If you’re planning to do a gallery wall, the same sort of rule will apply. Ask a design expert for some tips, or look online for templates that can give you a good sense of what does and doesn’t work. Taking a photo of your room and printing it out is also a great way to get a sense of what looks good. Try drawing on squares and rectangles to represent where you want your frames to go, either on a printed out copy or using a digital photo editor. This can help you decide whether you need larger or smaller pieces of art in different spots, what might look out of place, and so on.
With these simple tips in mind, go forth and decorate! One of the most enjoyable aspects of home ownership is making the space your own. Get creative, and don’t forget to use these guidelines to get the most out of your home decor!
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