It’s pretty common knowledge that accessorizing your self, and outfit, is very important. That little black dress is universal. You can wear it just about anywhere. Add a pair of flats and it becomes a casual outfit. Throw on a pair of heels and a statement necklace and you’re ready for a cocktail party.
The same concept applies for the rooms in your home or wherever you may be decorating. The sofa and chair are essential. You now have a place to sit, but don’t stop there! Your floors need shoes…err, I mean rugs. A rug ties all the pieces together. The sofa, chairs and tables all center around the rug. There are so many different choices available. If your furniture is neutral in color and pattern you might want to go bold with the rug. Choose one with bright vibrant colors and or patterns. On the other hand, if your sofa is red and you have a bold patterned accent chair, go with a solid neutral rug. It may seem overwhelming with all the possibilities at first. The rules of fashion do bleed over into the rules of interior design. If you choose to wear bright pink pumps, stick with something neutral on top.
We’ve all made the mistake of having an empty tabletop. In fact, currently, every table in my home sits empty. Call it a hazard of the job, but I am still waiting for the perfect accessories to jump out at me and beg me to take them home. Here’s the problem with an empty tabletop. Its BORING. That’s too obvious right? But it’s so very true. Also, if you tend to be like I am, you hate clutter yet that empty space on a table just begs for something to be set on it. If something doesn’t have a designated spot on the table then it becomes home to everything else. The mail, your kids toys, keys, etc. Once you bite the bullet and put something of decorational value on the table, it becomes extremely clear what doesn’t belong and needs to be put away. Like now. I might be subliminally speaking to my husband. Keep the decor to a minimum, it should take up no more than 1/3rd of the space. Anything more just becomes what you’re trying to avoid. Clutter.
Oh those naked walls! Now some people are lucky enough to wake up in the morning, wash their face, and look absolutely amazing as is. Oh how I wish! And while I’m well aware that my face needs a little paint shall we say, so do most walls. Art can do wonders for a room. Like the makeup we apply to our faces, art should be well thought out, work with the size and shape of the area and the colors should compliment not take away from the rest of the design. In my previous post, Designing Tips and Tricks, I give some of the basic do’s and don’ts for the size of art for your space and how high to hang it.
Lighting is often one of the most overlooked areas in the design aspect. Often considered a required element, the option to play it up and make the lighting a feature of the space gets forgotten. From floor lamps to ceiling lights, there are so many different options. Like the earrings we wear, they can and should be considered decorative as well. Try some pendant lights over your kitchen island. Add some sconces in the hallways. Table lamps can be changed up with decorative shades. Visit my previous post, Designing Tips and Tricks for some helpful tips on ceiling lights.