Everyone wants their home to look like it belongs on the cover of a publication like Architectural Digest. However, it can be hard for those of us who aren’t interior decorators to achieve the home of our dreams. By using the tips below, even the most chaotic space can be transformed into a place of beauty and charm.
1. Pick an anchor color
Visual harmony starts with one thing: color. Use color appropriately and a home will look great. Use color poorly, and the room will look either boring or messy. Start by picking a piece that is going to anchor the room. It could be a couch, lamp, rug, or even painting. All other items in the room, including the paint on the walls, should coordinate or contrast with that item. While white is always a safe anchor color, you may want to be more adventurous and go with darker tones. You may want to consult family, friends and perhaps an interior decorator if you are unsure which anchor color will best meet your needs.
2. Adequate Lighting
Nothing makes a room look more drab than poor lighting. Natural lighting provided by windows is optimal, but lamps can help supplement a dark room. Additionally, make sure you’re buying the right kind of light bulb, at least 800 lumens, or no number of lamps will help your dim situation. Light can also lend a room a quality of depth, giving the illusion the room is more spacious than it actually is.
3. Create zones
Many rooms serve more than one function. A bedroom might be a place for sleeping and a workout zone, a living room might be for watching TV and a play area for children. It’s best to create zones for these areas through furniture arrangement, lighting, and use of area rugs.
All items in a room from furniture, pictures, and decor, need to be evenly spaced out. Ignore this rule and the room will feel out of balance when one side is too heavy. However, according to Wall2Wall Media, thinking about lateral distribution isn’t enough; the room also needs to have vertical balance. Furniture can anchor the bottom half of a room, so pictures, wall shelves, ceiling fans, and hanging plants need to balance out the top half.
5. Large and small décor
It’s great to have small kick-knacks and standard picture frames to help add a personal touch to a room, but too few small objects make a room look cold and too many make a room look busy. There should be at least a few very large decorative pieces to balance out the small items.
No matter how disorganized your decor currently is, achieving visual harmony in your home really is possible. If your budget prevents you from decorating on a grand scale, begin small. You can simply begin with one tip at a time until you are completely satisfied. Before you know it, your home will be a haven of peace and tranquility.