Ever get the feeling that you will just NEVER be finishing decorating your home? I hope it’s not just me!
We’ve been in this home for almost 4 months now, and every day I’m still putting decor together. And moving it. And replacing it. And putting it back where it was to start out with. Considering the fact that when we moved from our last house I still didn’t have THAT one the way I wanted it…well…I think decorating is just part of life for me these days.
And I guess that’s okay. Because if I finally get the house exactly the way I want it…well, then what?!
So when Tabitha Gits sent me over this post, I was ready! I’ll take all the tips I can get! How about you?
As you probably know, designers do not follow rule books to achieve great results. As humans, we are creative by nature and love to follow our intuition. That being said, when it comes to home decor, you SHOULD follow SOME rough guidelines to get a great result every time.
Here are some decorating tips that will work for every room in your house:
Give Your Furniture Room to Breathe
Resist the urge to overcrowd any room in your home. If you are working on a tight budget, this is very good news for you. Spend your money on fewer quality pieces if you want a room to look better. For instance, a few high-backed chairs will make a room look more elegant.
Pick Paint Last
Always pick the paint of any room last. As there are thousands of colors to choose from and each one looks different in different homes, wait until you choose your furniture first. If a certain color looked great in your previous design, that does not mean it will complement your new one. Choose a color that will complement your new rug, furniture, and upholstery.
Create a Focal Point
Each production has supporting cast members and leading roles: this holds true for the design of your home. You need to choose the star of a room then draw attention to it by making it a focal point. If you choose to let everything take a center stage, you will end up creating visual noise.
Your focal point might be a mantel or an intriguing piece of artwork that stands out from the rest. Whatever you choose, make sure that the item draws attention to itself.
Arrange Furniture Properly on a Rug (so it doesn’t look like the above photo!)
You can arrange your furniture in three main ways on a rug. If your rug is large enough, place all the furniture legs on it. This will create a luxurious feel, but leave at least 12 inches of floor surface beyond the rug’s borders.
If a room is small, keep all furniture legs off the rug to make it appear bigger. However, be careful not to pick a very small rug that will end up getting lost among the furniture. Pick a size that will almost touch the front legs of your furniture.
In the final technique of arranging furniture on a rug, place the front legs of your seats on the rug. This will visually tie together all the pieces and lend a feeling of openness to the room. Check out http://www.carmelapartments.com/kapilina-beach-homes-ewa-beach-hi/, to see how you can use rugs to manipulate the appearance of your space.
Hang Artwork at the Correct Height
Museums and galleries hang their artwork so that the center of every piece is 60 inches off the floor. On average, the human eye is at least 57 inches off the ground. If a room has high ceilings, you might be tempted to hang your artwork higher.
However, you need to hang it on a human scale not the structure’s scale. Whether you are hanging your daughter’s stick figure drawing or a pet portrait, you should hang it correctly. You can learn more here on what kind of pieces you can hang in your home.
Do not hang on to pieces that do not fit into your new home’s décor. It does not matter who gave it to you. If it does not fit in, find a new home for it. On the other hand, if your collectibles match some new items in your home, hang on to them.
Tabitha Gits is a super-connector with ManageBacklinks.io who helps businesses with building their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. Tabitha frequently writes about the latest advancements in the SaaS world and digital marketing.
Thanks so much for this post, Tabitha! How interesting that the human eye is at least 57 inches off the ground! I never even thought of where the eye would fall when hanging pieces on my walls! What a great thought! And I know it’s true, about getting rid of collectibles. But MERCY. That’s hard, isn’t it?!
Did YOU come upon a new-to-you home decorating tip in this post?
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