Decorating can seem so easy to put together when we read about it, but it’s actually a lot trickier than we’d think. That’s why there are professional interior decorators. Most people without professional experience tend to run into the same hiccups that can make a room or a home look unsophisticated. These are usually small details that people may not notice until someone points them out.
What I mean is...
You know when there’s a noise bothering you, but you don’t realize that’s the reason you’re annoyed until someone else mentions it? Then you’re all like “OH, that’s why”.
Well, we can get annoyed or frustrated with decor as well.
Things like wires showing up, or a picture frame that doesn’t match the color palette of the room. Noticing and changing those simple factors can make a big difference in turning your home into a more comfy space to live in.
“A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy.” – Juan Montoya
Take Your Time
First of all, when you start to plan the decor of any space in your home, you need to take your time and think carefully about the whole picture. It’s better to plan it out carefully than to go on Pinterest, find a ton of stuff you think is awesome, and then realize none of it actually goes together.
More than that:
Don’t take it so seriously. It’s your home we’re talking about - it needs to be a space where you, your family, and your friends can feel comfortable. If you take it too seriously by trying to make everything look perfect, I’m sorry to say: that will not work. You’ll end up with a place that people feel uncomfortable because they’re worried about touching something or breaking something.
Change All Fluorescent Lights
Not that there’s anything wrong with the lights, but they do look awfully bright. When you want to sit back and relax, that’s not really what you need, right? You can opt for a more energy-efficient light, like an LED, or a less bright option like a simple table lamp.
There’s more to it too:
Consider installing a light dimmer. That way you don’t necessarily need to replace all light bulbs; you can simply use the dimmer to control the ambiance of the room accordingly.
Hide All Wires
Surely you already know all wires should be hidden, especially if you have kids or pets around the house. But what are some ways to accomplish that? Well, you have basically three options:
Going minimalistic can be healthy for you; there’s nothing that will make you feel lighter than getting rid of clutter. Though you need to be careful not to overdo it! I know, it’s funny to mention overdoing something when we’re dealing with minimalistic, right?
However, it’s important to keep in mind:
You don’t want your home to feel empty and soulless. Once you find the right balance between minimalistic and cozy, that’s where you want to stay.
Being eclectic and having all sorts and sizes of frames is pretty cool. However, there’s usually an underlying theme or color palette that all the frames match. In the image above, most of the frames are black, while a few are brown and rustic. The frames all follow a very neutral color palette (plus they’re all on a neutral wall color), even if they aren’t all the same shape, size, or color.
Avoid Vertical Blinds
The thing about vertical blinds is: they have no aesthetic appeal whatsoever. Sure, they’re practical and they get a lot of points for that. But colored or patterned curtains look a lot better and they’re easily machine washable, so yeah, I’d say to prefer curtains over blinds.
Chose Lamp Shades Wisely
Much like the photo frames situation, lampshades also make a difference when completing the look of a room. When looking for new lampshades for your room, opt for ones that blend in with your overall decor. You want your lampshades to add depth to a room without hogging the spotlight.
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