Learn How to Use Basic Design Principles To Decorate Your Home
Some of us are lucky enough to be born with an excellent eye for decorating or style.
Others just never get it are they learn the talent and are able to successfully apply it.
If you’re someone who struggles with the style and the confidence to pull rooms together, by creating vocal points there are a number of basic techniques that you can steal from the designers.
These decorating rules and principles are easy enough to apply to almost any room in your home.
The Rule Of Odd Numbers
The designer Cecilia Walker explains: You might already be at home with the rule of thirds for photography. Using odd numbers as a foundation will produce harmony and visual interest.
The basic rule is that details and objects are organized or classified in odd numbers to create an appealing, and effective point of focus, this is much more effective than using even-numbered pairings.
However go with your gut if this grouping does not look right to you.
The goal here is to make sure everything isn’t uniform, and by extension, boring.
Find Your Room’s Focal Point
A room’s focal point is its most emphasized feature. It’s the thing your eyes are naturally drawn to when you enter the room.
The key is that everything around the focal point compliments it.
If you’re lost with how to start decorating a room, finding its focal point is a good start.
If your room doesn’t have a built-in focal point, here are some tips and options for creating one:
- Paint one wall a different color, then accessorize with artwork or shelves.
- Decide what you want to use the room for, then create a focal point around that. For example, if you want to use a room for reading, you’d make a bookshelf your focal point.
- In a large room simply use a large piece of furniture as a focal point.
You could use a large mirror are a piece of artwork as a focal point.
Once you find the focal point, decorate around it. Use its main color in elements throughout the rest of the room.
For example: If the focal point is a fireplace is white. The wall’s are then painted in a vibrate red. The walls make its color stand out, and natural furniture around the room it compliments the fireplace.
You can also frame it. In the photo, the vases, windows and sofas serve this purpose.
A fireplace is easy to frame, as it usually comes with a mantle. You can add decor on or above the mantle.
If your focal point is a large window with a view, you might arrange your furniture to frame it.
Lighting could be a whole post in itself, but here’s what you should consider when you don’t know much about it.
First, learn the three basic types of lighting:
- Ambient: Its also called general lighting, and its the overhead lighting meant to evenly illuminate a room.
- Task: As its name suggests, task lighting is meant to light a specific task. A lamp in the living room might light a reading area. Under-cabinet lights in a kitchen serve as task lights for countertops.
- Accent: Accent lights are meant to highlight a particular object. You might see them on painting, for example.
Adding different types lighting can give your room dimension. Start with ambient lighting in each room, then consider how you can use task and accent lighting.
Real Simple has some specific tips on how to do this in each room.
Beyond these basics, you’ll probably also want to make your home look like your own.
We’ve got some tips on how to do that, too.
These guidelines will help you get started, but you should adjust your decorating according to your own tastes and preferences.
While using these rules to get started, but don’t be afraid to break them and go with your instincts if something feels right for you.