Decorating a home from scratch, especially a new apartment can be very frustrating. You may choose a paint color and then have difficulty matching window treatments, upholstery, and artwork. Consequently, you end up making some costly mistakes.
You should realize there are several do’s and don’ts to keeping in mind when trying to create that awesome-looking home. Let’s look at the most common do’s and don’ts, which will make decorating your home an enjoyable, effortless, and money-saving affair.
DO Start with a Well Thought Out Plan
You may be tempted to start decorating your home with the first ideas that come to mind. Taking the time to draw a decorating plan may sound like an uphill task, but in the long run, you will be happy you did it.
With a well thought out home decorating plan, you will be able to save money and time. It will help you avoid costly decorating mistakes.
DON’T Ignore Scale or Proportionality
A piece of furniture may look great in the store, but chances are your room isn’t showroom size. You know what this means?
It is imperative that you measure your rooms and decorate accordingly. If you want to decorate a small room, for instance, you should avoid using many small pieces. Use few large-scale pieces instead, as it will make the room seem less busy.
Likewise, consider adorning a wall with a single large painting instead of several smaller frames. The large piece will serve as an extra window, drawing the eye beyond the room.
DON’T Use White Decor If You Have Children or Pets
Using white rugs and upholstery is not a good idea if you have pets or children. There is no doubt that these elements would look great in your space. However, you should realize that you have to hermetically seal your home in order to maintain their sparkle.
DO Use Dramatic Color in a Small Space
Color is best used in small spaces that are used as the passage in a home. A dramatic color in a space where you normally spend a lot of time could feel too overwhelming. However, if you use it in a hallway, it makes the entire home feel colorful.
Moreover, it makes the house feel more spacious. This is in light of the fact that it transforms a somewhat invisible space into an attention-grabbing one.
DON’T Clutter Your Tables with Lamps and Photo Frames
Photo frames and lamps can eat up a lot of space on your tables and desks. So, you might want to consider using your photo frames as wall art. Simply hang them up on a wall like you usually do with paintings.
DO Display Greenery in Sizable Pots
Plants should serve as statement pieces. Otherwise, they should remain outside. Gone are the days when small planters were in vogue.
Today, the best way to incorporate greenery into your home décor is to use a single large tree in a pot. Using many small indoor plants is not only outdated but it will also make your room look cluttered.
DON’T Overly Focus on Trends
Home décor trends can become outmoded quite fast. All-white rooms are a great example in this case.
If you are looking to incorporate white into your home décor, be sure to add a dash of color for contrast. If you have to go with decor trends, then choose a timeless trend such as black and white décor scheme. Horizontal or vertical stripes is another trend that will never go out of style.
Do Trust Your Instincts
When it comes to home decorating, you need to be true to yourself. Always trust your instincts. We all view things from different perspectives and your space should be a reflection of that.
Decorating a home can be one of the hardest tasks to undertake. This is especially true if you are looking to decorate a new home and basically starting from scratch. Finding the right colors, getting various elements to blend, etc. can be frustrating. But if you keep the above tips in mind, decorating your new home will be a breeze.
And unless you own your home, be sure to ask your landlord if it is okay to make enhancements to your home. If you own your home and plan to refresh its look, be sure to acquaint yourself with the building’s bylaws and your local authority’s building code laws.