After buying your dream home or signing the lease on condo or apartment unit that you have been eyeing for a long time, it is now time to settle down and begin the hard work – decorating your home or improving the existing decorations in it.
The best way to spruce up your home is to avail of the services of an interior designer but you know that you cannot currently afford one, having just moved into your new home. You want to give your home your personality so you might as well decorate it yourself to let everyone who comes by to see your handiwork and a reflection of your inner self.
The most difficult part of decorating your home is the decision where to start. Following the advice of design professionals, it is important to spend your money on the big-ticket items like beds, sofas, and dining tables. Once you have these big items, accessorizing them with inexpensive things will come easy. They serve as the foundation you will build on. The way you add the details to your foundation will make the difference between an attractive home and one that feels off from what you originally imagined your home to look.
Imagine your house to be like a boat with various cabins on both sides. If you put the heavy stuff on one side of the boat, there will be an imbalance. You must always strive to keep a balance in your new home.
You can create visual balance based on how you spaced out the furniture throughout the house and throughout each room. You need to consider the size of each piece such as putting a small table on one end of the floor and a large piece of furniture on the other end, resulting in uneven visual balance.
If you want to create a roomy atmosphere in your house, choose lighter colors instead of dark ones as light tones create a sense of open and airy space. You may use darker tones in a large area that you want to look smaller as such tones manifest the feeling of being closed in on.
The front door of your house gives visitors the first impression of your house. First thing, get rid of the outdated screen door. If your purpose in putting that screen door is to see who is at the door without having to open it, simply replace it with a storm door with glass panels or full-length glass.
Make sure people will notice your door and feel the emotion that you want to convey. Paint your door red to send the message that the person standing in front of it is welcomed. The color red is considered lucky in many cultures. If you feel that red is too bright or bold for you, you can paint your front door either yellow or orange.
Painting your front door in a vibrant color will make the guests feel the vibrancy of the house and the person living in it.
Try to observe the arrangement of furniture in a hotel lobby. The furniture is arranged as groups as this invites intimate conversation. Your living room should project the same feeling of intimacy and balance. If you have the most basic furniture in your living room, you can make it look nice and inviting by arranging the pieces in a U-shape. Put the sofa where people can have a sweeping view of the room and the two chairs at each side facing each other. This will make conversation comfortable and easy as people need not be craning their necks to look at one another or raise their voices to be heard.
If your living room is on the small side, do not make the mistake of pushing the pieces against the wall to make the room bigger. You can make the room feel larger by floating the furniture away from the walls.
There should be three kinds of lights in every room of the house. Ambient lighting provides the overall illumination, often coming from the ceiling fixtures. Task lighting is usually found on a reading nook or over a kitchen island. Accent lighting is more of decorative light that highlights a décor or an artwork.
The living room of the house must have at least 42 lumens per square foot. Using a torchiere in a corner of the use of canister uplight will make the room look bigger because of the glow it casts on the ceiling.
If you have banks of windows in your house, make the most out of them by letting in the sunshine instead of covering them with heavy drapes. The use of window dressings must be both functional and elegant. You can dress up your windows with sheers paired with full-length panels. Use lightweight fabrics that won’t fade after getting exposed to the sun continuously.
There are many simple steps to jazz up your kitchen without having to spend a fortune. No matter how bright and shiny your granite countertops are, they still look bare. Pick up some everyday objects and arrange them creatively to add life to your bare countertops. A basket of fruit, a good cutting board, and some bottles of wine strategically placed in the countertop will add color and warmth.
Décor refers to those items in the house that have no specific function. They are there just to decorate your home. Décor could be anything such as an artwork hanging on the wall, assortments of knick-knacks on your coffee table, or decorative rugs. They are strategically placed around the house for a cohesive design. While you can buy much of your décor, you will add your personal touch to your house if you make them yourself.
Décor is open to personal interpretation, based on your innate skills and your concept of how things should look like. Buying ready-made décor will significantly diminish the personal touch you want to project on them. Creating your décor will not only be cheaper but will also convey your message and touch. If you have the habit of taking pictures, frame some of your favorites and put them on display. You can also collect some seashells the next time you go out to the beach. Seashells will give your house a relaxing feel.
There are many things already in your house that you can put on display. Artfully arrange your book collections on an open shelf or bookcase. Old wine bottles are lying somewhere in your house. Use them as your flower vases. You can make almost anything in your possession a décor as long as you let your personal touch shine through.
Decorating your home could be a challenge especially if you don’t have much experience doing it. But many sources of good decorating ideas will help you make your home a nice place to live in. You can check home design magazines and websites or you can consult some interior design students who will be willing to help you for free as they are putting into good use what they learn in the classroom. Most importantly, use your intuition in deciding what is the best arrangement and decoration you can put into your home.
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