Decorating your home can be intimidating for some, especially those who have no sense of style or genetic link to Martha Stewart. Also, decorating can become frustrating if you are trying to keep up with the latest trends. And then there’s the financial end of decorating your home; interior decorators and the items you want for your home can be extremely costly.
Have you ever wanted your home to look like a staged home or show house? You don’t have to binge-watch HGTV to make some lasting improvements. Having a solid plan and means to execute it is the first step, then you can use some of these six incredible home decor tips from the experts to start your redesign process.
6 Incredible Home Decor Tips From the Experts
- Add seasonal items to spruce up your home
This is an easy way to make your home look and feel more inviting. Adding seasonal items doesn’t mean stringing thousands of gaudy Christmas lights around your entire living room, choose your decor wisely, store it appropriately and use it again the following year.
Using quality items is the key to a successful seasonal decorating project. Think along the lines of LED starburst lamps for the end-of-year holidays or bringing out an heirloom urn to serve as a vase for cut flowers to celebrate the spring. Add warm-fuzzy textures to cozy up to in the winter, like hand-knitted throws and plush bedding.
- Decorate in groups of three
It’s widely known that it’s a good idea to apply the “Rule of Three” when decorating. Displaying items or accessories in a group of three draws attention to that area making the cluster stand out. This rule not only applies to groups of three, but it also applies to all odd-numbered arrangements. The items chosen should have something in common and be quality pieces.
The “rule of three” can be applied to any number of decorative pieces. Three pieces of similar artwork or that of the same artist is a common example of this rule. It could be applied to colors too, group three interesting pieces of the same color together to draw attention. The same can be said for grouping baskets, stacking books, or placing collectibles.
- Use mirrors
The design experts at Homes and Gardens agree that using mirrors in your home can provide decoration and functionality. Depending on where a mirror is placed determines the design effect. Mirrors can be used to reflect light, increase light, create the illusion of space, or just as a decorative piece.
Adding a mirror as a backsplash can make your small kitchen look larger, also, a mirror adjacent to a window makes the room look brighter. If you have a room that’s particularly dark with poor natural light, consider putting a decorative lamp in front of the mirror to double the amount of light reflected. Even just framing a mirror to complement the design of your living room or dining room can add a lot of style and make the room feel more put together.
- Install an electric fireplace
Installing an electric fireplace is by far the easiest way to spiff up your home. There are so many different varieties out there now, you would be amazed at the technology, and some are relatively affordable too. You can get an insert fireplace, wall-mounted fireplace, or the free-standing kind that mimics the more traditional-looking fireplace. You can even get one that looks like a wood-burning stove from back in the day.
Indoor electric fireplace can be used to add warmth, style, and interest to your living room or den. Additionally, you could have one installed in your dining room to add an air of romance; and who hasn’t daydreamed of a fireplace in the bedroom? Some electric fireplaces are so well designed that guests may not even know it was electric aside from the fact you’re not piling in wood and cleaning out ashes.
- Choosing solid foundational pieces
The foundational pieces are your larger, more permanent pieces of furniture, like your sofa or dining room set. Choosing solid foundational pieces means opting for a well-made piece of furniture that will not only last a long time but also be able to transition between styles easily; from shabby-chic to retro in a weekend.
An example of a good foundational piece is a brown leather sofa. While they may be a little pricey, you can adorn them with your favorite pillows and throw blanket. When you want a new look, just change out the pillows and throw blanket for something that suits your new decor. Your dining room table and chairs are another example; a solid, handcrafted set will last for decades and if you get bored you can always reupholster the chairs.
- Consider the scale of your furniture.
When deciding on how to decorate or redecorate a room in your home, it’s important to consider the scale of your furniture and accessories and its relation to the size of your room. You can see this faux pas first hand in hotel rooms that boast a king-sized bed only to leave you with no room to move around. When thinking about scale it’s good to consider Consistency, practicality, and flow when placing items in a room.
Staying consistent with the flow when it comes to the scale of the room simply means avoiding things like putting teeny tiny side tables next to a giant puffed-out sofa. When it comes to practicality, this would run along the lines of choosing bunk beds for a kids’ room instead of two twin beds leaving room to play and store things. The flow means to place furniture and decorative pieces in a way that allows for easy movement and accessibility around the room.
It doesn’t take much to have a home that greets you with warmth, style, and individuality. There are some things like scale, mirrors, and the rule of three, that most decorating experts agree will make a difference in the look and feel of a room, but they equally agree that it’s vital to plan out and measure furniture to ensure a successful execution.
These six home decorating tips from experts can be used as a starting point when looking to decorate or redecorate a room in your house. This advice applies to all rooms in the home including the kitchen and bathrooms. Whether you want to go all out and create a new style or revamp your current pieces it’s always a good idea to take a tip or two from the experts.