Where should you start to decorate my house?
Interior decorators know all the secrets to turn raw space into an aesthetically-pleasing home. With so many factors to consider, you need to follow a step-by-step plan to ensure success. Knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do to get the results you desire.
It makes sense to be practical and establish a budget first. The next step is taking inventory of what you already have. Then, it’s time to get to the fun part and decide on the interior design style you want.
Start small in one room. Otherwise, it can be too easy to become overwhelmed. Keep in mind, that nothing is forever. That reminder takes some of the stress out of the equation.
What are the steps to decorate a room?
1. Decide on what the room’s purpose is.
When deciding on decor, knowing how the room will be used is key. Some rooms are used for multiple purposes. In this type of scenario, HGTV recommends using the primary way the room will be used as a guide for decorating decisions.
2. Consider who will be using that room.
When it is time to make fabric selections, you must always consider pets and children. Delicate fabric choices might be fine for adult-only rooms. If Fido and the kids are likely to be playing in a room, then choosing silk or other delicate fabrics should be avoided.
3. Do your homework.
After you have established the primary purpose of a room and who is likely to use it, then it’s time to do your research. Check out your favorite designers and get some great ideas about the designs you like. There is no shortage of opportunities for window shopping online.
4. Be sure to measure the space carefully before you start shopping.
In most cases, eye-balling smaller pieces of furniture might be enough. When it is time to select large pieces of furniture like sofas and dining room tables for a specific space, it is always a good idea to measure.
What should you not do when decorating?
Whenever possible, you should try to resist the urge to commit these decorating mistakes.
- Using too many decorative pillows
- Hanging art haphazardly
- Deciding on paint colors from a small paint chip
- Making compulsive purchases on fabric, paint, carpet, or tile
- Displaying too many personal treasures
- Buying random furniture that serves no definite purpose
- Pushing the furniture up against the walls
- Accepting other people’s ideas if you don’t like them
This short list of decorating blunders is a great guide for basic mistakes to avoid. This is not a complete list. A few decorating mistakes need more explanation than can be forced into a list format.
Better Homes & Gardens(BH&G) recommends that you avoid trying to store too much in open storage. For example, open shelves look very messy when they are used to store random items. Open space is important for a neat look that also showcases special decorative items.
How can you decorate like a pro?
The pros aren’t afraid to make bold moves. Check out a few recommendations published in House Beautiful.
1. Paint faux molding on the ceiling or around doors as an inexpensive upgrade.
2. Upgrade light switches. It’s amazing how much charm and sophistication elegant controls can add.
3. Paint a runner on your steps that mimics carpet. Don’t be afraid to use bright colors.
4. Mix new and old decor. Matchy-matchy furnishings are out.
5. Use murals to bring other people into your room and you’ll never feel alone.
6. Mix metals for a unique vibe.
7. Invest in art you love for a forever piece that never goes out of style.
8. Use a variety of textiles in your home.
Decorating doesn’t have to be difficult. Granted, it may seem effortless for some professional decorators to transform a boring room into something magical. That does not mean you can’t do the same thing by following a few simple rules.
Above all, any well-decorated room must be free of clutter or distractions that don’t add to the ambiance. Get rid of the knick-knacks. Be sure to organize cables using a cable sleeve or cover.
Have a definite plan that employs the use of color and design to create a style that is meaningful and personal. The people who know you well should easily feel your presence in every room.