When it comes to home décor, you don’t always have unlimited time or money to make improvements. But doing things simply and cheaply doesn’t mean you have to lose out on impact.
With the right inspiration and by focusing on the most important features of a room, you can create a wonderful design for your home.
Take a look at these seven tips for decorating your home without the fuss:
- Look for Inspiration
Finding inspiration can sometimes be the trickiest part of home decorating. Luckily, these days, there are plenty of places to look for interior design ideas. Beyond the traditional online home magazines, Instagram and Pinterest are two websites that offer a host of home décor advice. There are also plenty of decorating apps available (although iPhone users may need to unlock their smartphone to use some of them). Having a defined idea for each room in your home makes decorating a much simpler process.
- Prioritise Lighting
Lighting has a huge impact on a room. Installing dimmer switches, leaving space for lamps and, if you’re going for an informal feel, hanging fairy lights is a great way to up the ambiance when the evening draws in. You should be able to make a room feel warm and welcoming whatever the time of day and whatever the weather.
- Pick One Item as your Focal Point
Pick one item you really love. It could be something as big as a sofa or something as small as a candle holder. Use this item as a focal point and inspiration for the rest of the room. This could be in terms of color, style or period. Chances are if you really love the item you’ve chosen, you’ll love the room you design around it too.
- Make It Personal
Personal items should be given pride of place. That driftwood you found on a beach, photographs of the family and children’s artwork can all be incorporated stylishly to give your home character and warmth. They will help to tell the story of your life and remind you of good times much more than a mass made product off the shelf.
- Think About the Practicalities
Part of good design is function as well as aesthetic. Decorating a room in light, neutral colors might be your idea of heaven but consider the practicalities. Do you have pets or children? If so, maybe a darker color for soft furnishings is a good idea. Wipe clean paint might be a sensible option too. Also think about which parts of the room you’ll be visiting most often. That way you can position furniture so it’s easy to move between them.
- Be Thrifty
The most expensive item in a room isn’t always the most impressive. Second hand items can often bring a sense of history and charm to a room. Using websites like Ebay and Gumtree, you can find furniture at a steal and with a lick of chalk paint, you could soon be on the way to creating a wonderful, shabby chic effect.
- Play With Scale
No matter how small the space you’re decorating, including one oversized item is a great way to make a statement. Don’t be afraid to go supersized with an artwork or mirror to create a stunning effect.
Home decoration can have a huge impact on how you feel. Spending time in well-designed rooms – well-lit, well laid out and displaying items that you love – makes you feel good. Simple changes can make a big difference so find your inspiration and get decorating today!
This has been a guest post by Rachel. Rachel is a mother of 2 beautiful boys. She loves to hike and write about travelling, education and business. She is a Senior Content Manager at NYBizDb – an online resource of relevant business information.