Decorating or redecorating your home can seem daunting, especially for people who don’t have a design eye.
But don’t worry!
We have some easy tips to help you improve the design around your home.
1. Create A Focal Point
Every room should have a focal point.
Some rooms may already have a natural focal point, like a window or a fireplace.
In rooms that don’t have a built-in focal point, paint one wall a different colour to capture the eye’s attention or try adding a piece of artwork or a large mirror.
If you don’t want to draw a lot of attention to the focal point, select a piece of furniture and design your layout around that.
This could be a bookshelf or large piece of furniture.
A focal point can help the room feel centred and anchored.
2. Add Texture
A room without texture and dimension is just boring.
Mix and match textures and patterns to create dimension in any room.
Add some geometric throw pillows to your couch or put a colourful rug under your coffee table to reflect your personality and style.
It’s okay to pair elements of the past and present together, so don’t be afraid to mix and match.
3. Draw Inspiration From The Past
Every decade has its own design trends.
While some of them are better left in the past, many design trends from previous decades are making a return.
For example, floral wallpaper was a big trend in the 90s.
Instead of decorating a whole room with floral wallpaper, add a splash of colour to any room of your house by covering one wall in wallpaper as an accent wall.
Or embrace old-school glamour with a crystal chandelier in your dining room.
Find a design element from the past that you like, and recreate it in your home.
4. Go With Odd Numbers
When you are creating groupings of items around your house, for example set of candles, pictures on the mantle, jars on the kitchen counter—make sure that you go for odd numbers.
Odd numbers of items in a grouping can help create visual interest.
Remember that when you are creating your groupings, these items should have something in common, although they can differ in height, colour, or texture.
Groupings of similar items can elevate the feel of your space.
5. Embrace White Space
Not every wall in your home needs to be covered.
Sometimes, less is more when it comes to design.
White space is an area that doesn’t have anything in it or on it.
It’s common to leave white areas on your walls to keep a room from feeling crowded or busy.
But don’t let white space be an excuse to avoid decorating. White space should be intentional.
6. Use What You Have
When it comes to decorating, we often think that we don’t have the accessories we need.
But instead of making an extra trip to the store, save yourself some time and money by repurposing items you already have.
Whether you move some accessories to different rooms or you give a complete makeover to items you already have, you will appreciate using decor that you already own.
This article was written by Alyssa Gisseman who is a student at Brigham Young University. Alyssa is studying English language and editing.
She loves researching and sharing what she learns with others, especially when it is a topic as important as this one.
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