I hate to break it to you, but designers don’t follow a secret rule book. There are no hard and fast laws governing what we do. We are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream and explore, following our intuition. That said, there are some rough principles that guide us to ensure a great result every time. They are just tried and true things that work. And these aren’t tricks or skills that take years to master. Anyone can do them from day one. Consider this a foundation for developing your own quirky, creative, rule-breaking intuition.
You know those people who seem to have great taste without even trying? You’re about to be one of them. ARENCO Real Estate shares the best insider tips and tricks in redecorating your apartment.
USE DECORATIVE MIRRORS TO ADD INSTANT LIGHT TO YOUR LIVING SPACE.
For larger rooms, or any room with a more limited amount of natural light, mirrors placed directly across from the windows, will add instant light. Large sheets of the mirror will look commercial, so try a sectioned pattern in the traditional French style instead. Mirrors can make space look bigger as well.
USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE TO REDECORATE.
We all have items in our possession, probably packed up in boxes somewhere and haven’t given them a second glance. Arrange candles on them, frames or pile books on top of them. Plates can be hung to create wonderful wall art. Art from children’s books can be framed and hung in nurseries, children’s rooms or their bathrooms. You will be amazed at what you can do with what you already have!
Add plants to your living space. Add them to every room, small or large, few or many. Plants are an inexpensive means to accessorizing your space and adding color and texture. Not only are plants beautiful but many can clean household air and balance humidity. Flowers add a lot to space and feel decadent, but don’t have to cost much. A bouquet from the grocery store in one bold color can have a great impact.
ADD LAYERS OF LIGHTING.
Pick a focal point and perhaps a secondary focal point and highlight those. Add general ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for interest. Maximize natural light by keeping your windows clean. It’s cheap, simple, and really does make a difference.
KNOW HOW TO ARRANGE THE FURNITURE ON A RUG.
Throw rugs give warmth and can add great texture, color, and personality to your living space. The right rug can help to establish a room’s color scheme, add texture, and unify disparate elements. Think of the rug as being the thing that balances out the other elements in the room. The texture is really important.
THE RIGHT ART.
The mistake that most people make when choosing art is that they don’t get enough of it, and the things they pick aren’t big enough. Take a critical look at your space: if your art pieces look a bit lost on the wall, or they seem dwarfed by the furniture, it’s probably because they are too small. It needs to relate to human scale, not the structure’s scale.
TURN ON SOME MUSIC
Music is one of the easiest ways to set the mood and liven things up in an instant.
Decorating tips don’t get much easier than this. Let’s face it; decorating your home can be an overwhelming business as the options are literally endless. But that’s what also makes it so much fun.