Whether you are purchasing a new home or you are simply looking to spruce up your current home, there are some things that you can do to give your home a new look. We have gone through some of the decorating problems that people face and have provided tips to help you with decorating your home.
Tips for Starting Out Your Decorating Project
Choose the Mood for Your Home
One of the best things that you can do for decorating your home is to figure out what kind of mood you want to create. Then imagine the type of colors, textures, furnishings, and other things that you can use for bringing the mood to your home. Ask how you’d like to feel upon walking you’re your door when the day is over. Ask yourself what are the three words you want to hear visitors using for describing the feel of your home.
Set Your Home’s Tone at Your Front Door
When you want to create a wonderful first impression, you should paint your front door in a glossy, fun hue. A lucky color for many cultures is the color red. Back when America was still young, having your door painted red meant welcome. On churches it means that it’s place that is safe. Two other colors that are favorable are yellow and orange. Both of these colors people associate with warmth and joy. If you have a screen door that is outdated, you should replace it using a modern storm door that has full-length glass. Then when the weather is warmer you can put a screen in.
Keep Your Walls Neutral and Light in Color
Choose colors such as grey or beige, particularly on your first floor. This is where flow’s extremely important. You don’t want a lot of jarring transitions and the neutral color will keep your decorating flexible, easily switching your accessories. When you have two smaller rooms beside one another, when you paint them the same color, they will feel bigger. If you want to give some variation to your home, look at the paint strips and go down or up one or two shades.
Choose Your Furniture Wisely
There are many types of furniture from which you can choose. But not all types of furniture are right for everyone and every space. Think about the type of lifestyle you have and your budget. Do you have kids and pets? Leather probably isn’t the best choice for you, then, since it’s expensive to clean. Also, think about the color of furniture you want to have. Lighter colors are going to show dirt more easily than darker colors.
Arranging Furniture on Rugs
If you use rugs to cover up spots on a bare floor, there are three ways that furniture can be arranged on the rug.
- Completely on – If the rug is a large one, you can put all of your furniture’s legs on it. This will create a very luxurious feel. If you go with this option, bigger is definitely better. Just make sure that you leave at least 12-18 inches of empty surface on all of the borders of the rug.
- Completely Off – If your room is small, keeping all of the legs off of your rug can be very cost-effective. You don’t want to choose a rug that’s too small, or it could appear like it was an afterthought. Your rug should look like it can touch your furniture’s front legs. This kind of approach is best when you are putting a pattern on top of a larger textured or solid rug.
- Front Legs On – Just put your furniture’s front feet on your rug so that the arrangement’s visually tied together and it will create a space that is well defined yet feels open at the same time.
Mix Furniture of Different Sizes
Each object has a width, depth, and height. So that you can give visual interest to your space, incorporate a mixture of furniture with various characteristics. But there are exceptions to this rule. If you want an unchallenging serene area for recovery or rest, keep your furniture in the room similar. If you want a room that is energetic and a lot of fun, give your room an energetic feel by putting a variety of furniture in it.
Dressing Up Your Walls
Hang Your Artwork Correctly
If you have ever been to a museum or gallery, you notice that artwork’s center is from 57-60 inches up from the floor. Since most people’s eye level’s 57 inches, this makes sense. Even when you have high ceilings, you still want to hang your artwork at eye-level. You don’t want to have to crane your neck to enjoy that piece of artwork. To get a better perspective, take out your phone or camera and snap a picture. This is going to help you see what your eyes may not see. It can give you a better sense on whether you need a smaller or larger art piece or you might want to get a large plant for filling that blank spot.
A Mirror in Every Room
Mirrors can often make spaces feel a lot brighter since they bounce light around a room. However, make sure that you are putting them in the right spot. For example, you don’t want to put one across from a window, since it will bounce light back through the window. Instead, put a mirror on a wall perpendicular to the window.
Tips for Choosing Window Treatments
Fabric and Color
Fabric’s an important part of selecting curtains, since the material is going to dictate how the curtains will function and work over time. If they are really heavy, they may not crisply fold when they are drawn. If they are too light, they might not fall well.
It’s a good idea to try it out before you make a decision. Hold up the fabric to the window, even if you’re in the fabric showroom. Then pleat it at its top just like it’s an accordion and allow it to drape. If the curtain starts flaring out like crinoline, it won’t nicely fall on your window. The sample you try should be a minimum of 2 yards, because smaller piece might not show the true drape of the fabric. Some of the best fabrics for curtains are faux silk, silk, linen, and velvet.
When you are choosing a color, remember that fabrics are faded over time by the sun. If you are placing the curtains in a room that receives lots of light, don’t choose a bright color since it will fade a lot faster. But if you like changing the curtains often this won’t be a concern. Neutral colors are a great choice because they won’t fade as quickly and they will easily blend with your room’s décor.
Length & Lining
Before taking out your tape measure, figure out the height above your window you want your curtains starting. Remember that when you hang your panels higher than your window, your room will seem higher. Six inches higher than your window frame is the general height for hanging curtains, but even higher will create a look that is dramatic.
Measure from your window’s top, in addition to where your curtains will start, to your floor. If you want your curtain to puddle slightly on your floor, add an additional 2-3 inches. If you want a crisp, modern look, have it fall so it’s flush with your floor.
When you are measuring your window’s width, be sure you add 4-8 inches on either side and then double your total number so that it’s full. You won’t be blocking out a lot of your window’s glass when your windows are open and they also won’t be in your way. If you are using your curtains to block out sunlight, the additional inches around your window frame’s perimeter also will help with blocking out any of the creeping light.
Custom or Manufactured
One last option which you have to decide is whether or not you want to choose custom treatments over ones that you can walk in and purchase off of the shelf. There are benefits to buying custom treatments, two of which are:
- You’re able to customize them to the size of your window and have them tailored to your specifications.
- They come in an endless supply of design options, from the material that’s used to the style of the header.
The biggest disadvantage of custom treatments is their high price. If they are a bit out of your league, you can purchase window treatments that are of a higher quality to ensure that you are getting the best curtains possible.
These are just some tips that you can use for decorating your home and making it look great. Your home is a reflection of you and it should be somewhere that shows your style and your personality. Use the tips above to create a home that makes you feel safe and comfortable and ‘at home’.
Claudia Leah is the owner of Decorating Den Interiors. A native of Germany, she’s worked as a interior decorating specialist since 2000. Claudia offers interior decorating services many areas of Southwest Florida including Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, and Marco Island.