Designing a room is a super fun activity and it’s good for the soul. Rearranging the furniture from time to time, can bring freshness to a house in no time, and make it feel as good as new.
There are just a few things to remember: it’s important to be creative and look for influences that inspire you and help you achieve your dream house, and the most important thing is not the style you choose, but to make it comfy and practical. It doesn’t matter if it’s too small or too big if you are broke or on a budget, or if it’s a rental; there are a lot of things you can do to fix whatever is bothering you and make you feel proud of your place.
All it takes is time and creativity, and anyone can have a designer-looking house just by following these steps.
Choose a color scheme
For starting to transform a room, you should begin by setting a basic color palette. Assign 60 percent of the room to one of the colors, 30 percent a secondary one, and 10 percent an accent color.
The 50/150 rule
For creating the most perfect monochromatic style, mix one part of paint 50% lighter than the original, and another 150% darker. That’s a great method for striping a wall. It’s also a great way of using color and it works every time.
Look at the bigger picture
Look at your room from a holistic perspective, so you can see how everything comes together, including between each room. You can also take pictures, so you know how to arrange those spaces.
Never settle for one look
You should allow your rooms to continuously change. Your life does, your room should too. Pick up new things, rearrange the furniture when you feel like it and create new styles.
Scale your rooms
This is super easy and works every time: big rooms should have large furniture; medium ones should have medium-size furniture and, of course, small rooms (yep, you know) petite furniture.
Go dark in dim places
When painting a room that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, go for a saturated color. This can make space feel intentionally moody and high energy and will make you forget about the natural lighting. Also, add interior plants, this will help as well.
Invest where it matters
When on a budget, invest in pieces that will anchor the room. If it’s your bedroom, then invest in a very good bed, if it’s the living room, go for a good sofa.
High contrast palette
If you choose a bright color, it’s good to balance it with white, so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. Bold colors are good and make your home light up, if you are not so sure, you can always go for a green or blue, for a timeless elegance.
Don’t sacrifice comfort
Your home should be a relaxing and happy place, so don’t give up on comfort for style because you’ll resent it later. You should always remember that a room should be comfortable and practical. To that, add your own style and you’ll succeed.
If you want to fake high ceilings, go for low furniture. It’s always safer to play with horizontal lines than vertical ones, it will give the room a better overall look.
Your furniture doesn’t have to match
The colors you choose should complement each other, this doesn’t mean you should go for obvious pairs of colors. Think outside the box, check a color wheel and do whatever you think looks best and complements your spaces.
Sectioning off space
Let your furniture be the one to section spaces, especially in open apartments where you have a kitchen in the same space as the living room and the dining room.
A large, L-shaped couch; area rugs, tables, whatever you want.
Notice your window trims
Window trims are a very tasteful way of adding personality to a room. You can make them disappear or make them pop depending on the color you choose. It depends on what you want your room to look like.
If you want to show off an expensive piece, try putting them in a utilitarian room, like the bathroom. They will be more noticeable, and the room will feel complete.
Group of threes
Remember to arrange your decorative pieces like candles, vases, plants, flowers or fruits in groups of threes. This will balance the decorations and just feels right when you look at them.
Hang the artwork at the right height
Most of the times, people hang the artwork too high. Try hanging it so its bottom is only 3-8 inches above furniture. Lower for large pieces and slightly higher for small pieces.
Rearrange the bookshelves
A good tip is to organize 60 percent of the books vertically and 40 percent horizontally. This creates balance and, yet, spontaneity. Try to arrange them by height and add a plant to the shelves to light them up.
The size of the rug will dictate how you arrange furniture around it. With a big rug, situate the furniture of choice, so that the front legs of each are somewhere on the rug but the back legs are not.
Measure dining table
Before you buy a table, it’s good for you to measure it and make sure it’s wider than 36 inches. This will assure you have the right space to eat and display food dishes properly. If you don’t have enough space, consider a roundtable.
Mirrors are great for opening and warming up a room. For a classier style, pick a mirror with a sectioned pattern in a style you like. It will transform your room completely. Even if you just want to make a room seem bigger.
The ideal coffee table the same height or 5 inches less as the couch of choice. Situate it at 18 inches from the couch, so it gives enough space to walk around it comfortably.
Invite nature indoors
Get yourself some indoor plants and flowers to help light up a room. They will help balance sleek lines and modern furniture. Adding pieces of wood works wonders as well.
Play with texture
The classics like wood and leather are great, but try to add a personal touch, using the textures you enjoy in your clothing. This will definitely make a room your own and will give it the finishing touch you are looking for.
Kids and pets-friendly room
A good idea for a house with kids or pets hanging around is to use the outdoor fabrics for indoor furniture, to safeguard against stains and enhance durability. Also good for those of us who can’t afford to buy new furniture so often.
Kid and pet proof furniture
You can send your furniture to be treated with a vinyl-tex finish, to make them spill and stain-free. This costs a few bucks, of course, but if you have the money and you want to take care of your beloved furniture, it’s definitely a good idea.
You should never follow a trend when decorating your own place, but you should try to find inspiration where you can. Taking a look at the different styles is good for you to mix and match them and do your own thing.
Transitional style is best described as updated classic. It combines traditional elegance and character with contemporary updates in the form of accessories, cleaner lines, and current textiles. The finishes are always flawless and super tidy.
It’s perfect for someone with no pets nor kids, or who has a large budget for décor.
It’s an iconic early twentieth-century style. Art Deco has a fascination with African, Russian and, most importantly, Egyptian cultures; and exotic materials such as ebony and woods, lapis lazuli and jade stone and shagreen.
Generally recognized for its use of heavy timbers, animal hides, and proportioned furniture, it’s the almost universal interior design choice for mountain chalets and lakeside lodges. It suitably balances the natural characteristics of its locales by incorporating appropriate natural materials and color palettes.
This one references classical civilizations, Greek and Roman mostly. The style is inherently sophisticated; columns and other classical architectural elements are key, as well as laurel wreaths, urns, busts and dentil moldings.
Also called luxury modern, it is the interior design aesthetic which is presently popular at any time. Sofas and armchairs well-designed but comfy, in shiny velvets. Coffee tables are understated and simplified or huge and sculptural.
Usually chosen for lofts and warehouses. Aged or antiqued finishes, metals and raw textures such as brick and stone are common, resulting in a naturally casual look. It’s a super cool and, also, modern style, especially for young people with low budgets.
Characterized by the decorative styles of the Louis XIV, XV and XVI eras, this style is highly respected for its finely crafted furniture, complex carvings, and luxurious gilding. Super elegant and clean.
“Less is more” for the minimalist style. Known for simple forms, clean lines and simple finishes considers the importance of negative space as much as positive space. It’s cool and fresh, for those of you who want to keep it low-key in décor.
This style has three main objectives: easy living, functionality and a penchant for all things natural. Woods (usually pale to medium and ashy), used in conjunction with whitewashed walls and breezy furniture arrangements. Wooden furniture, low-profile and very straightforward with little ornamentation or decorative woodwork.
Best represented by English furniture. Handsome, rich and inherently formal are the style’s elements and important pieces, such as the button-tufted Chesterfield sofa or wingback chair, also characterized by well-constructed, robust designs.
Usually represents provincial Europe (particularly English or French). It’s super cozy and comfy, includes florals, squared off silhouettes and less traditional color palettes, including the use of greyed woods and neutrals over quintessentially country pastels. Earthy tones prime in this style.
If you are going for a glam-styled room, add a touch of velvet in whatever color you like. It will help light up the place and the texture partners great with leathers and other fabrics. Just remember to keep it low-key with colors around the velvet, because it can look a bit over-done.
Kitchens with floor-to-ceiling cabinets can look dark, but if you paint the ceiling a paler version of the wall, the room will seem brighter and fresher, even with few windows around.
Rather than matching, you better mix. The thing is, matching your tableware looks old and it’s quite expensive. By mixing, it’ll look more creative and you’ll save a lot of money. What’s better than making even your tableware stylish?
Consider darker colors
They can make a room extremely elegant and stylish. This strategy consists of painting a strong color on every wall of a room, and not contrasting it against different colors, except your furniture and floor.
Pillows are your best friends. They decorate nicely, they are comfy, and they can light up a room in no time. Mix different colors or patterns and you’ll have an amazing room in no time.
It’s not just sexy, it’s also really good for a small bathroom. It doesn’t cut the room in half and it helps give more light to the place. Works amazing and there are different types, embellished ones or classic ones to fit your style.
Kitchen and bathroom backsplash
This will help your kitchen look 100% better. You can even use vinyl stamps if you are on a budget. There are different types and colors to choose and match your furniture.
Keeping curtains simple will help make the furniture the star of the room, and you won’t get bored too easily. Also, you can have two sets of different colors and change them depending the season. So, you can make a small difference without getting bored so easily.
Whatever styles, colors or textures you choose, the number one rule is to find a balance. A good way to achieve this is keeping track on the number of contrasting styles in each room to avoid a cluttered fee.
Do not shop in sets
Try to have no more than three pieces of furniture from the same store in a room. It’ll ensure your space looks distinctly you and not like a showroom.
You don’t have to just go with the lighting fixtures that come with the place. Choosing your own is an easy way to make your home yours and the fixtures will be something you can take with you later if you want to.
Customize your ceiling
Why not give your ceiling a bit of yourself? I mean, it’s yours, you’ll see it every day, right? You can make it the first attraction of a room and play with the furniture to complement it.
Get the stuff out of the way
Build-ins are a great YES for those small rooms, where you don’t have enough space for your stuff. You won’t need extra chunky furniture that won’t allow you to walk.
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