There are some basic guidelines that we always use to make the task of decorating a space a little easier and more foolproof. They’re easy for anyone to follow and take into consideration when making your own home improvements. Below are some pieces of tried-and-true wisdom you’ll want to abide by to get your home looking its best:
Mix It Up
Mix materials and add texture! For example, metal mixed with wood or rattan or natural woven fabrics with lacquered furniture or walls will add an interesting and exciting look that a matchy matchy style can’t achieve.
Break Out the Tape
Scale can make or break your space. Pay close attention to the size of furniture pieces in relation to the room and always map out the larger items, such as sofas and rugs, before purchasing.
Don’t be afraid to take chances in order to make bold statements in your home. Updating classic, timeless elements will make them current and your own. Adding a fun statement light fixture or a bright, new rug can transform a room.
Aim for Form and Function
Use every square inch of space in creative ways—especially in a small home where you can’t have a lot of clutter. Include pieces that are as functional as they are sculptural and interesting.
Incorporate a Variety of Light Sources
Lighting will elevate the mood of any room. Be sure to have light coming from multiple sources, not just overhead. Find creative places for an extra floor lamp, sconce, or empty corner where a small table lamp could reside for added glow. Recessed lighting is also ideal for creating a nice, warm glow.