When decorating a room, it can be hard to know what works and what doesn’t.
Here’s a list of 5 dos and 5 don’ts to get you started.
- Do Choose Fabrics, Carpets and Upholstery First. A common mistake made by people is choosing the wall color first. Since you can get paint mixed to any color imaginable, it’s easier to match the paint to the furnishings, rather than the other way around.
- Don’t let your favorite color be the main color. Instead, find a complimentary color that can serve as a backdrop. This will allow you to really let your favorite color shine through special pieces.
- Do Control the Traffic Pattern. Make sure that you determine where you want people to walk and then define it with furniture placement. For instance, if you want to avoid the TV being blocked, then create a path that will go around it instead.
- Don’t Hang Pictures Too High. If you have to crane your neck to see a piece of artwork, it’s not in the right place. As a general rule, pictures should be hung at eye level.
- Do Illuminate the Space. If the only lighting you have in the room is an overhead light, then your space might feel a little cold. A soft glow from a table or floor lamp can really cozy up the place, so think about adding some softer light options. If that’s not an option, consider adding a dimmer to your overhead lighting.
- Don’t Be Too Symmetrical. Symmetry can be beautiful, but it can also be overused, making a space look a little stagnant. If you can’t arrange the furniture to be asymmetrical, try to incorporate asymmetry through artwork or collectables.
- Do Identify the Focal Point. Whether it’s a headboard, a fireplace, a window or piece of furniture, identify the focal point of the room and arrange things around it to show its importance.
- Don’t Leave a Hole in the Center. If there’s no other way to arrange your furniture except up against the wall, so be it. If you have an open space however, try moving your furniture into the center of the room, so it feels cozy and comfortable.
- Do Purchase Quality Furniture. As you are able, purchase quality furniture. Quality construction will last longer, leaving you a solid frame should you ever decide to reupholster.
- Don’t Let Someone Else Call the Shots. This is your home. It’s your personal space and it should be treated as such. Suggestions are wonderful, but you should be the one making the final decision. At the end of the day, you need to be comfortable with the choices that have been made.
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