Three Home Decor Choices that Will Instantly Spruce up Your Home
When it comes to decorating your home, there’s no such thing as settling for second best. You want every room to be perfect, and tie together in a way that will create a beautiful space, not only as individual rooms, but as a collective. You want your family and guests to be wowed each and every time they step into your home, and anything that detracts from that feeling of awe, has got to go.
For many people, it can be a daunting challenge to find that perfect look that leaves all of your visitors wishing they never had to leave your home. There are so many options available, and so many decisions to be made, when it comes to home decor, that even veterans of interior design can be left scratching their heads. Couple that with the fact that even one poor choice will leave your home looking terrible, or feeling ‘off,’ and you can be left with nothing but fear and anxiety about trying to bring a fresh look to your home.
But don’t let your fear hold you back! If interior design was impossible, each and every home would look the same, and we’d only ever purchase our furniture from one store, with one color, and one design. Thankfully, this is far from the case, and generating some fresh energy into your home doesn’t have to be an insurmountable task.
To help you add that fresh injection of energy, and help to improve your design, consider any or all of the following design choices to give you exactly what you’re looking for.
A New Color Scheme
We’ve all been there; you’ve been living in the same house for years now, and staring at the same colored walls is starting to drive you crazy. They’ve become boring, and they may not have matched the design you intended them to very well in the first place. Fortunately, if you decide that the color in your home is what’s really bringing down the vibe, this is one of the simplest, most effective ways to transform your home into something wonderful.
Regardless of what colors you decide on, you should begin by deciding what colors will illicite the moods you want your home to conjure. Warm colors, or shades of red, yellow, orange, give the impression of heat and make us feel ‘warm,’ or else, inspired, energetic, and passionate. By contrast, cool colors, or blues, greens, and purple, are often linked to feeling cooler, or relaxed, safe, and comfortable.
Depending on the mood, or moods, that you want certain rooms to inspire, your color choice will go a long way in setting the right tone you want to communicate with your home, and help lend a memorable impression for your visitors.
A New Centerpiece for Your Room
When you have a visitor that walks into your home, what’s the first thing you want them to notice? How are you leading their gaze naturally throughout the space, so that they notice every meticulous detail, and every personal touch? How do you keep them engaged in conversation, if all you have for them to focus on is the TV? These are are questions that interior designers weigh when they’re designing a room, and it’s very important. The way that people assess a room when they enter it can have a profound impact on their overall impression of the space. Thankfully, solving this dilemma can be as easy as introducing a new centerpiece to your room.
Centerpieces are extremely useful, not only for giving your room some flair, that will have your guests talking for hours about your centerpiece, but also for designing the rest of the room. With a centerpiece, you can formulate a design based around the colors, patterns, or materials found in your piece, and then duplicate them, or compliment them, in your other choices.
Almost anything can serve as effective centerpiece; it really depends on you. It could be a coffee table with a unique pattern engraved in the wood, or a high quality rug that lends an exotic feeling to the room. What’s important is that your centerpiece draws your attention instantly, ties in with the other elements in your space, and is arranged in a way that your other elements naturally direct your gaze to your centerpiece.
New Furniture for a New Layout
How many times have you walked through the living room, and bumped your knee on that couch that’s jutting out at a weird angle? Or laid down on a sofa that you couldn’t stretch fully out on because you were blocked by a wall or a chair? Or had to shimmy your way in between two futons just to sit down? These are common problems that plague many households, and it’s a sure fire way to instantly kill the relaxing mood that you’re trying to conjure. If this is a problem in your home, you should definitely consider new furniture, and arranging it a much more effective way.
Choosing the furniture will be fairly straight forward; you can just follow the same thought process about color we discussed above, and use a centerpiece to help you arrange your pieces. But when it comes to actually choosing an effective layout, this can take a little more engineering. To start, do a rough sketch of your room as seen from above. Draw some lines that represent the doorways and trace the paths where people enter and exit the room, and the likely route they’d take to get around in the room. From there, you can start to sketch in some likely locations for your furniture that will allow you to focus on a dominate point, while allowing plenty of freedom to move about.
This may seem simple, and so common sense that it should be obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people think they have this down pat, but fail miserably. Check with your family and visitors to see if this is an issue for you, and then implement the steps we just discussed if it is.