Our minds are the memory album…
We see a beautiful place and it captures our hearts.
The beauty gets etched in every corner of our mind and we crave to see that place again.
We haven’t seen heaven, but we do have our homes that are not less than heaven. How beautiful it will be if they start giving us the vibes of “living in heaven?”
Sounds so serene.
But, what do you need, to create an aura that keeps you grounded?
Aesthetic sense! You need the sense of right colors, patterns, design and most importantly, where to put what.
Do you feel that you don’t possess the sense, needed to convert a home into heaven?
Fret not, we’ve got you covered. We’ve mentioned a few basic techniques here for those who don’t have a knack for this sort of thing.
With these decorating rules down pat, you’ll be able to go a long way:
1. Bring the room’s context to mind
This step comes before everything else. Therefore, don’t start by mindlessly filling any room with items. It helps if you can envision what you’re going to use that particular area for.
Will you be lounging around and binging on shows after work there? Or, do you think you’ll use it for entertaining?
The context will help you decide what articles of furniture should go in a room. The actions you will undertake there can help you connect the dots.
Moreover, factor in the day-to-day domestic cleaning for a place. If this is a room that will see high foot traffic, then you may not want to clutter it so.
2. Plan according to the usage
Now that you know what use you’ll put it to, it’s time to give your back a break.
Don’t start moving the big items just yet. Instead, grab something to write on.
Test your design on paper. That means including the room’s dimensions, where the electrical outlets are, and noting where the windows and doors are located.
Use that information on a digital room planner to create your plan. It will mean less work and less tired back.
For instance, two of your sofas when facing each other may look symmetrical and please the eye. However, the placement won’t be of much use if you have to drag them together each time you want to watch the TV.
Similarly, when you are engrossed in a flick, you may want something to munch on.
By placing a table outside of your arm’s reach, you won’t be helping matters. Who wants to get up and walk the distance to grab a bowl of crisps?
Finally, visualize the room; anyone using that space will need to move freely. You wouldn’t want to knock off something while reaching for those crisps. Would you?
3. Begin with the rule of odd numbers
If you’ve been in photography circles, you may know what the rule of thirds entails.
In case you haven’t, it is merely the arrangement of details or objects in odd number groupings.
Why is it a good idea during decorating? Because of the harmony, it creates, and the visual interest it adds to the completed picture.
What’ll help you as you go is selecting objects that aren’t the same height, texture, or shape. However, they cannot be only contrasting pieces. You must find some property that connects them.
Besides making it easier to place everything in a room, the rule also allows you to keep things less boring.
1. Don’t go pushing everything against the walls
It may be true that the size of a room dictates what you can put in it. It is also right that it determines how far you can pull the furniture away from its walls.
However, there are tricks to make smaller rooms look more prominent. In any case, a little breathing room for the pieces isn’t a bad idea. So, for small-sized rooms, leave a few inches between the backs of furniture and the walls.
If the room is substantially sized, then visualize a setting that allows the creation of conversation areas. Such spots will be better off if they are in the middle of the room.
2. Allowing for flow
We have mentioned the importance of creating islands out of furniture that will make conversation easier. This principle is related to that one.
Arranging furniture in a manner that looks good but feels oppressive may not be smart. Consult your plan to see where the most used traffic routes lie. Then plan with the adage, less is more, in mind. Allow at least three feet of room for walking room and flow between pieces.
3. Filling a corner completely
You may think it counterintuitive to fill a small corner in a room with the biggest piece of furniture. At least, until you see how it can make the place feel bigger. That happens because while generously sized sectional looks huge, it can seat tons of people.
However, when you look at it from the doorway, your eyes will read it as just one piece. Therefore, the placement will help the room look uncluttered.
But you may have to choose a piece of children’s bedroom furniture carefully for this to work.
- For small rooms, especially, don’t go for overstuffed sectionals.
- Pick a modern sectional that is created along clean, straight lines.
- Add one or two footstools nearby, and you will have created a conversation island!
4.Arranging the furniture that you already own
Of course, a foray into decorating a room can take your feet to a furniture store.
We won’t tell you not to purchase new pieces. Instead, we’ll say wait until your position what you already have. Doing that will leave you with a better idea about what you need and where to put it.
Since the plan will be in your hands, you can also determine the dimensions of new pieces so that they will fit in. Thus, you can tick off matching your purchase both literally and stylistically to the room’s arrangement.
Whether it is the living room or your bedroom, a functional layout with a nice flow is necessary.
As you walk into the place with decoration on your mind, ask what you want to see in there.
The first thing you think of is likely ideal for that space. Go from there and adhere to your plan to keep the ideas coming!