If decorating your home has you scratching your head, you are not alone. We’ve worked with tons of customers who simply don’t know where to begin when it comes to accessorizing their space.
With the massive amount of furniture, décor, rugs, wall art, and light fixtures on the market today, we understand that it can all be quite overwhelming. But don’t lose hope! Let’s take a look at three tips to get you decorating with confidence.
Define your design style.
There are so many styles of décor and accessories on the market today that it can be easy to get lost in the chaos. The last thing you want to do is end up buying a bunch of different pieces from conflicting styles. Even if you prefer a more eclectic feel for your space, your décor should still be unified by some common element (such as color scheme – but we’ll get to that later).
Before you start shopping, do some research to determine your favorite style. This will give you a blueprint for your space. For example, maybe you love the clean lines and simplicity of the mid-century modern look, or perhaps you find yourself drawn to the blend of traditional and modern elements for a more transitional style. We recommend conducting research using Pinterest, magazines, or even by visiting our showroom to get a feel for how different styles look and feel. Once you define the look you want to achieve, you will have a focus when shopping for pieces.
Choose a color palette.
One of the biggest elements you can use to create a cohesive space is color. Once you have picked a design style, we recommend picking a small group of complementary colors that appeal to your taste and the mood of your home. Do you want to keep things looking clean and simple? Perhaps a neutral color palette is best for you. Do you want a lively space with lots of color? Then contrasting jewel tones could be a great choice.
When you are doing your research, take note of the colors typically used in your design style — this is a great way to narrow down the tones you want to focus on. Once you have defined your style and colors, you can really narrow down what décor and accessories will fit with your vision.
Use the rule of 3s.
So you’ve chosen your design style, crafted a color palette, and done your shopping. Great! Now, where should you place those pieces in your home? There is much to consider, such as your home’s layout and the function of the space, but a good rule of thumb is to focus on groups of three.
For example, one small vase on a console table may look a little bare, but use a group of three vases in different heights or shapes and you have a beautiful centerpiece. Keep in mind that whenever you are grouping décor, they should be unified by your color palette and style.
A common place that benefits from the rule of three is on a cocktail table. For example, placing a decorative tray with a stack of three books and a candle can make a beautiful statement for your living room space. The tray, books, and candle come together to create a cohesive grouping for your table. The same strategy can be used for wall art. A group of three painted canvases with similar subject matter or three small mirrors hung at various heights, can bring interest and variety to your walls.
The most important part of decorating your home is to have fun at the end of the day. Create a space that feels meaningful and personal to you, and you’ll have a home that you never want to leave. If you are still unsure of how to come up with a vision for your space, we highly recommend working with an experienced designer. A good designer will have a deep understanding of different design styles and color theories. If you would like to learn more about how our personalized design services can help you achieve your dream home, visit our Roanoke showroom or give us a call today!