Home Decorating Basics that Never Go Out of Style
Decorating your home can get easier even if you don’t consider yourself as one of those artistically gifted people in interior decoration. With these basic home decorating tips, you will always have some foundation knowledge in home decorating to guide you along the way. Learning the basics of home decoration will make you more confident in your decorating choices, making the process more fun and fulfilling for you. You can then explore your own creativity, make some changes according to what’s trending next or experiment just for the sake of art.
- Start with a single focal point. Choose the collection , the artwork or the piece of furniture which you would consider you focal point in the room. This piece will be taking the spotlight while the rest of your decors, furniture and other accessories will take secondary or supporting roles in the room decoration. Once you have picked that one piece you want to highlight in the room, making choices about the rest of the room will be pretty manageable. Simply consider the things that would go right with your focal point, especially those that would make the focal piece stand out and draw attention towards itself.
2. Consider room-to-room sight lines. When choosing the location of your focal point, the best spot is usually directly across the door. This way, your focal point can be seen clearly from one room to the next. When the focal point readily catches the eyes, it feels like you are being drawn between this room towards the other room.
3. Decide on the paint color last. While a lot of people start imagining the room’s decoration with the color of the wall, making the decision about which exact color and shade to use should actually come last. Even if you have the color already set in mind, it’s still best to finalize your wall paint color once everything else has been placed where you want them to be. With the furniture, upholstery, accessories and decors already in the room, you can pick which exact color, hue and tone would look best for the whole room. Finally, always try the paint color before painting the whole room with it. See how it makes the room look given your light source and types of furniture and upholstery.
- 4. Give yourself plenty of space. Resist the urge to fill up the room with furniture and decors which might limit your traffic in the room. The less you put in the room, the better it is for everyday activities. As for your decoration, you can pick your focal point, complement it with a few decors and you can maximize your décor’s or artwork’s potential to elicit awe and appreciation from its viewers.
- Avoid cliché in decorating. Avoid putting in a whole set of items which are expected to go together to achieve a theme. If you want to give the room a particular look, do it so by subtly putting things together, rather than blatantly combining items which are rather cliché or overused in other people’s rooms. Overdoing a theme can be unpleasant for a home.
- Hang your wall art at the right height. No matter how high or low your ceiling might be, your artwork must be placed to meet people’s eyes and not to match your room’s structure. Of course, some pieces can be hanged to complement the room’s dimensions. But always remember that artworks are for humans to look at and admire from a comfortable angle. You can start by placing your wall art’s midline about 57 inches from the floor.
- Properly arrange furniture and accessories on a rug. Rugs can make a room look cozy and luxurious. A bigger rug can accommodate furniture sets. The effect would be really classy and pretty. Just make sure you still have around 15 inches of floor surface left, creating a margin in all four sides of the rug. A more cost-efficient choice, though, would be a smaller rug which is placed in the center of living room furniture. The furniture do not stand on the rug but the it looks like the edge of the rug almost touches the front legs of the furniture. For a spacious and open feeling about the room, simply arrange your furniture so that the front feet alone stands on the rug, a trick which ties the pieces together.
When you know these basic tricks to room decoration, you can confidently begin a decoration project. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different ideas.