You’ve probably heard the saying that you must first know the rules before you can break them, and though we love the irreverence of tossing the design rule book out the window, there are some guidelines that make the task of decorating a space a little easier and more fool-proof.
Whether you’re starting a renovation from scratch or are looking to make a couple of small but high-impact changes to your existing home, these expert-approved tips will guide you to get it right every time.
If you can’t understand why your space feels lacking, adding different textures via accents could work. Always mix materials and add texture. This is a rule most interior designers live by. The goal is to make a space feel more vibrant and stimulating.
Rooms with one type of lighting, such as a single overhead pendant, can feel two-dimensional. Be sure to have light coming from multiple sources, not just overhead. To add in different types of lighting, consider adding in floor lamps, sconces, or a small table lamp to create a subtle glow.
TAKE RISKS WITH ACCESSORIES
Afraid of taking risks? Start small, with accessories like a quirky bowl or statement vase. Don’t be afraid to take some chances to make bold statements, updating classic, timeless elements to make them current and your own.
ALWAYS MEASURE YOUR SPACE
An empty room can be very deceptive. But once you start adding in furniture you will quickly see how the room is actually smaller than perceived. If you don’t measure your space first, you can run the risk of having oversized furniture and completely ruining the look you were trying to achieve.
DON’T FORGO FUNCTION
We are all for buying beautiful sculptural pieces of furniture that has visual impact. But you have to remember that a home is to be lived in, and preferably in a comfortable way. So don’t forget the actual functionality of the room and how it will be actually used in day to day life.
There should always be a hierarchy of elements within the space. Even the most maximalist rooms should possess a cohesive dialogue with well-balanced, thoughtful dimensions.
INVEST IN PIECES THAT YOU LOVE
The only real rule in decorating is to buy things that you love. Before you make a purchase, ask yourself if the item really resonates with your sense of style. If the answer is yes, you’ll always have a place for it, regardless of trends.
HANG IT RIGHT
A beautiful painting or artwork will look far better when hung at the right height. Also, having a consistent center line throughout your home helps create a sense of harmony.
BREAK THE RULES
Once you’ve mastered the basics then it’s time to take some risks and go with your instinct to create a truly unique design. It’s not about breaking rules for the sake of it; it’s about knowing what is going to take your designs to the next level.
Those before-and-after shots make decorating look so easy, don’t they? As if someone just came along, waved a magic wand and every room turned out perfectly. Knowing the basics of interior design will help you out a lot when you want to make some stunning home decorating changes.