Let’s face the truth, we can’t hire Interior Designer on the drop of our hat and ask them to redo everything we have. Well who doesn’t want to do that? But that’s not a feasible and practical option for most of us here. In digital age of today, it’s better and easier to learn how to decorate our homes like the professionals by using the furnishings we already possess. You can create eye-catching visual appeal and a warm, inviting atmosphere with these designer secrets.
Traditionally, decorators start by deciding on a “decorating style”. Popular styles include Traditional, Ethnic, Contemporary or Modern. There are also geographic themes like Indian, Oriental and French as well as styles that recreate an era like Victorian or Art Deco. You may google most of the terms and read about them. It would open up your sense of décor as well.
If you’ve furnished your home with random pieces that came from a variety of sources, then you probably have the informal Eclectic look. Whether you call it a decorating style or a hodge-podge of furniture finds, Eclectic pieces are a reflection of your individual tastes and almost anything can be used. Simply keep these professional tips in mind.
Balance your room by placing large pieces of furniture around your living space. If possible, tall items like bookcases and grandfather clocks should be across from one another to keep the room from looking lop-sided. Then add smaller pieces like tables in the spaces where they will be convenient and attractive. If you have small furnishings or decorator objects, group them in uneven numbers like one, three or five items together. Just try remembering those three table set or two lounge chairs. Just see some furniture pieces on our sites in photos section. You might get your charming style of furniture and then you may source them accordingly.
Nature’s colors like white, cream, brown, green and blue are normally neutral in a decorating scheme. Black is grounding and should be saved for small pieces.
Large areas like walls look best with a lighter color. A darker or contrasting color can be used on one wall for a dramatic effect. Beautiful paint makes pictures and decor “pop” out of the background and increases their intensity. Try using warm colors like pink, peach or mauve. Or paint with soothing colors like blue or green. Remember, if you don’t like it, don’t use it! It’s your home; you have to feel ‘at home’ here.
Floor coverings may be wood, tile or carpet of the same color or a darker hue than the walls. Area or throw rugs may then be added to add interest, color or texture. Rugs also serve as protection from dirt and scuffs.
These include small decorator pieces and items of personal interest. Keep collections together in one area to highlight their uniqueness. Very small collections can be placed on a tray or attractively displayed on a table. You may also want to consider using some of your flat items as wall decor, especially if you are limited on space. You may also buy the shelves from online stores. Plenty of them are available online. But watch out for the cost and your budget and off course your design theme.
Throw pillows make a room feel comfortable. They are an easy and inexpensive way to change color accents. Afghans, throws and quilts thrown casually over a sofa or chair add texture and warmth.
Good lighting is the key to your decorating success. Attractive floor lamps with light colored shades provide ambient light for the entire room. Table lamps highlight small decorating objects as well as providing concentrated light for reading, working and study. Shades for small lamps can match your furnishings or be conversation pieces with a different color and style. If you want a warm and inviting atmosphere that is unique to your home and personality, then the Eclectic look is for you. Have fun with your furnishings and create your own “decorating style” today.