5 Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better
Give your furniture some breathing room.
Resist overcrowding a room. Gracious living means space to maneuver with ease. This is really great news if you are working with a tight budget. You don’t need to fill up space with lots of furniture. Spend more of your budget on fewer but better-quality pieces, and your room will look better.
Know how to arrange furniture on a rug.
There are basically three ways you can arrange furniture on your rug.
All on: The rug is large enough to place all of the furniture legs on top of it. This creates a more luxurious feel. For this, bigger is better. Just be sure to leave at least 30cm of floor surface on all four sides of the rug’s borders.
All off: If you have a small room, keeping all legs off the rug is a great cost-effective choice. You don’t want to pick too small a rug, though, or it may look insignificant. The rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces. This approach is best suited when you’re layering a pattern over a larger solid or textured rug.
Front on: Put just the front feet of all your seating pieces on the rug to tie the arrangement together visually and create a well-defined space while lending a feeling of openness.
Create a focal point
To create harmony and order, there can only be one boss in a room. The rest should be staff. Or, one leader and the rest should be followers. The same holds true in design. Choose your star and make it the focal point to anchor a room. Allow other items to take a secondary role. Don’t ask everything to have a leading role; it will just result in visual noise & clutter.
Your focal point might be a loud piece of artwork, sofa, chair or colour. Whatever it is, choose something that will draw attention. Walk into a room – what catches your eye first. If there is such a piece, then you have a focal point.
Vary the scale
What looks good in the store may look like an elephant in the room when you bring it home. Or it’s too tiny to be of any significance. So always vary scale and proportion. Consider the height of your ceiling. One tall piece of art on the wall will work beautifully with several smaller pieces. The same holds true of furniture. Your largest piece may be your focal point.
Add layers of lighting
One central lighting fixture will never work as well as several smaller light sources. Design professionals build layers of lighting to create interest, intrigue and variety. In a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing stands out. Pick a focal point and perhaps a secondary focal point and highlight those. Add general ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for interest.
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