You want your home to be beautiful, but since you didn’t go to design school, you do your best at displaying things in an attractive way and call it a day. We’re sure your home looks great, but just in case you wanted a few insider decorating tips, we thought we’d throw some your way. The following six techniques are easy to implement, and most of them don’t cost anything more than a few minutes of your time.
Stick to Six Inches
One of the quickest ways to tell if an amateur has decorated a home is if all of the pictures are hung too high. When art is hung too high, it looks disconnected from the rest of the space and disrupts the flow of the room. A good rule of thumb to follow is to hang wall art so that the bottom of the frame is six inches above the sofa or accent table below it. Hint: If there is no furniture where the picture is being displayed, aim for the center of it to be at eye level when standing.
Choose Three Colors
There seem to be a couple kinds of new decorators, in terms of color choices: some people stick to neutral tones and end up with colorless spaces; others want to feature every color of the rainbow, leading to a disconnected and somewhat chaotic space. Whether you’re into neutrals or bright and bold colors, here’s an easy way to pull things together: choose three colors that coordinate nicely and make sure everything includes or plays off of these hues (for example: red, gold, and black; or green, blue, and beige). Hint: When choosing your select three, remember that the color of your plants doesn’t count against you.
Stop at Odd Numbers
When it comes to setting up displays on tables, whether it is on your console table or your dining room one, you want to keep the number of items to an odd number. Depending on the size of the surface, this can be anywhere from three to five items, or even seven or nine. When you use odd numbers, it is more pleasing to the eye and it is easier to create the perfect balance between items. Hint: Also aim for varying heights and widths for even more aesthetic appeal.
Diversify Textures and Patterns
Even though you want to limit your color scheme to three choices, you still need to create interest by choosing different patterns and textures. These add depth to your space and make it cozier. Hint: Aim for neutrals on the large items, like your sofa, and bring in the patterns on your throw pillows and area rugs. These smaller items are much easier to replace when you want a design refresh.
Separate the Space
Many homes today have great rooms, which means your living area and dining space are not separated by walls. However, each of these entities should still feel like it has its own purpose. Area rugs are an excellent way to define these spaces while also adding some interest to your decor. Hint: For the living room, place the sofa’s legs just over the edge of the rug to make the room look grounded. When choosing a rug for your dining room, make sure all of the chairs can fit on it, even when they are in use.
Limit Family Photos
Even though you want to show off your beautiful family (we don’t blame you), you do not want every single picture in your home to be of them. Choose one space in your living area dedicated to your family photos, and then choose wall art (even framed prints are okay) for the rest. Hint: Staircases are a great place to showcase your family. Choose a variety of frames (both style and size) to create an interesting display that flows down the length of the staircase.
Decorating your home is all about showing off your personal style while creating a cohesive space. If you can follow the above techniques and add in your own twist, your home will perfectly reflect what you are all about while still being magazine-worthy.Tags: decorating, home design, interior design, tips
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This post was written by Jennifer Blunt