Decorating your home can be fun, but it can also be time-consuming and even a bit stressful. Fortunately, there are some great strategies and tricks that can make the home design process go a lot smoother and result in a beautiful, unified space. Here are seven quick decorating tips that can help you improve any room.
1. You don’t need to choose a theme
Nautical? Beachy? Black and white? If you want to center your décor around a theme, go for it, but rest assured that it’s not necessary. There are also ways to subtly incorporate a theme without following obvious clichés. For instance, it’s possible to achieve a coastal vibe by incorporating certain colors and materials into the design; you don’t need to seashells and paintings of the sea to say “beach.”
2. Move furniture away from walls
Pushing furniture against the wall may give you more space to walk around, but if you have a small room it’s actually a good idea to pull furniture away from walls. This creates the illusion of more space and depth in a room.
3. Bring tired furniture back to life
Have an old upholstered chair? No need to get rid of it. Re-upholstering an old chair with a new, interesting fabric can brighten up a room.
4. Visually expand your space
Using light colors, letting in lots of natural light, and hanging large mirrors can all amplify your space.
5. Choose your paint color last
Many homeowners and renters think one of the first things they have to decide is the color of the walls. While it may be convenient to pick a color before you move in, keep in mind that each color looks different from home to home due to differences in light sources. You want a paint color that complements your rug, upholstery, artwork, and more, and you can only choose this color with everything in your home.
6. Hang artwork at the correct height
The average human eye level is 57 inches, and museums and galleries hang art so that the midline of each piece is 57–60 inches. This is also the height you should hang artwork at home.
7. Select a focal point
Choose one center point for your room and anchor everything else around that. Other items shouldn’t compete with this focal point for attention; rather, they should play secondary roles. The focal point can be items such as a headboard in the bedroom, a piece of artwork the dining room, the fireplace in the living room.
Try several of these tips to expand, unify, and liven up your room—all without too much effort. If you’re looking to ramp up your home design from decorating to building, visit ChiefApprentice.com to pick up your Chief Architect X9 training book.