We want to share our Top Five Decorating Tips to help you find your “Inner Decorator!” We want to show you how fun and stress-free decorating can really be. First, remain calm! Decorating is a process and takes a certain amount of time and dedication no matter who you are. Don’t get frustrated if it “doesn’t come naturally”. If you are willing to commit a bit of time and effort anyone can put together a unique and beautiful home.
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1. Define your style.
If your tastes doesn’t fit into any category don’t worry about it. Most people’s preferences have a range that defies clear categorization. This mix of styles is what makes your style uniquely you, and is actually a positive! What you need to do is try to identify the parameters of your tastes. Do you like rustic pieces, industrial chic, antiques, modern? Do you like period pieces, unique, artistic pieces or do you tend toward traditional looks? Maybe you like clean lines or romantic details.
How do you determine the answers to these questions? Luckily, there are tons of resources available to us today. Instagram, Houzz, HGTV, Pinterest, and of course all the magazines available in print and online. You can use your computer to browse endlessly. Save images that speak to you either on your phone or on any of these sites to create design folders. Or if you want to keep it old school, put together a “Design Board” to paste all your favorite clippings. Review what you have collected. Commonalities and patterns should emerge. These are the parameters of your style that you should try to follow for a home that matches your unique design aesthetic. This isn’t a science…it’s an ART! So have fun! Let your imagination and your creativity shine!
2. Don’t rush the process.
If you are in a hurry you will end up compromising and the final result will suffer. Whenever possible it’s a great idea to LIVE in a space before making big and/or permanent décor decisions. You will likely make better decisions when you clarify how you want a space to FEEL and/or FUNCTION before you create your decorating plan.
3. Think outside the box.
Before heading out to the stores, why not start inside your own home!! We love to rethink a space borrowing from other rooms. It’s a very budget-friendly way of refreshing your home without spending a dime! Most of you have probably done this before. Isn’t it empowering!?
4. When in doubt, go neutral.
It’s a smart idea to make your investment pieces lean towards neutrality and save the patterned or bright, expressive colors for less expensive items. You can change a room with the seasons (and your mood) by swapping out pillows, throws, accent décor. Buy chairs that can be recovered or consider slip-covered furniture. Have an eye on versatility and longevity so your investments can last for years.
5. Get a second set of eyes.
You don’t have to “go it alone”. Of course you can always hire a professional to help you achieve your design goals. But short of that, why not ask a friend or family member whose style you admire? Sometimes a fresh perspective is extremely helpful. When you’ve been staring at the same walls for too long it can be hard to see new possibilities.
Rules!! What rules??
Don’t worry about “breaking the rules”. There are no real design rules except to follow your heart. Have fun! Decorating your home should be an expression of yourself. When you walk in your door it shouldn’t feel like anyone else’s home but yours. It has been our experience that if you follow these five easy tips you will end up with a home that makes you happy, and that really is the only rule of home décor!
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