At a point in your home decorating journey, you will come to a crossroads. You’ve bought all the furniture and artfully arranged the decor. You’ve even picked out the perfect paint color to brighten your space or compliment your drapes. You’ve gotten all the pieces on your list, but it still feels unfinished. Chances are you’ve already put a ton of time and money into creating the perfect multifunctional space. Now it’s time to wrap it all up in a pretty bow. Tie your space together with these home decoration tips that will make any room better.
Create a Focal Point
Creating a focal point in a room can give you a fixed center that every other component can compliment. You may not realize it, but your room already does have a focal point. Before creating a new focal point, however, you need to find your current one. If it’s your living room, there’s a good chance the focal point is your TV (ew!), or for your entrance way, it’s probably your coat rack. Creating a new focal point can draw attention away from these sore spots.
If you have tall ceilings, consider a dramatic overhead light. If you have the space, a chandelier can add a bit of luxury to your bedroom. In an entrance way or small living space, where square footage is at a premium, a focal point can be as simple as a colorful accent wall. Or, instead of random accents, consider a collection of similar collectibles.
Bring Your Room Together with a Large Rug
Coupling your furniture together into one well-defined space with a rug is a tried and true interior design idea. But you can’t just throw a rug in the center of a room and call it a day. We’re not savages — size and placement are key. Your mom’s design book is going to tell you that a rug should be 18” from every wall. But then, when was the last time you listened to your mom?
Your new rug should be large enough to define the main area of the space you’re in. How large that is will depend on the size of your room. A Brooklyn, New York apartment will likely be much smaller than a single-family home in Houston. Just remember there are three ways to frame your space: All on, all off, and front on. These all refer to the feet of your furniture and they should be uniform to lock your space in.
Clear the Clutter
You can have the greatest space with the nicest furniture and it will all be for nothing if you’re living like the frat boys from Animal House. Clean your room! OK, now that I got that out of my system…even if your room is clean, there’s still a good chance you have some clutter. Clutter breaks up your line of sight, makes small space living seem even smaller, and breaks up even the best decor.
You may not even see the clutter anymore, especially if you’ve been in the space for some time. Take a look at your room with a fresh pair of eyes. Does that stack of books add anything to the decor? Are there pencils strewn all over your desk? Is that mail I see on the coffee table? A little organization can go a long way, so take the time to declutter your room.