No matter what style speaks to you - whether you’re a minimalist at heart or love rustic themes - some design tips always apply. Here are some timeless home decorating tips you should always follow, no matter how you choose to decorate your home.
Your bedroom should be a calming, relaxing sanctuary. It should be a room you can escape to, a place you enjoy being in. Splurging here is fine, as long as you do it carefully. Spend the extra money on high-end bedding and pillows - you can reuse them for years, and falling asleep each night will be a luxurious experience.
To elevate the room’s design, choose a solid-color duvet or comforter and pair it with matching pillowcases, adding in a decorative pillow or two. The combination of color and pattern will make for a magazine-perfect look.
Mirrors immediately brighten and expand any room, no matter how cramped. Place mirrors on walls opposing windows or other light sources to double this effect. Windows can double the visual square footage of a room.
Artfully place mirrors on your walls in a series or on their own to amplify any room.
Lights can do wonders to a home. For instance, you can immediately set a mood with lights on dimmers. Different lights, like overhead lights or table lamps, add a lot of style and interest to the room. Experiment with different shapes and sizes to figure out what works best - and don’t be shy. Combine various light sources in a room and see what happens!
It may not be as glamorous as your bedroom or living room, but a neglected bathroom is a sad sight. Elevate the humble bathroom by using beautifully folded towels, tasteful art, chunky bars of soap, and a few decorative items. Consider lighting here too - you don’t want harsh or over-bright light here.
Here’s a truly timeless design tip. Clutter in your home can add stress to your life. Try not to clutter the surfaces in your home. Of course, we all know that dining room tables should be for eating, not for piles of paperwork or books. Apply the same idea to other surfaces of your home.
Don’t clutter your shelves with knick-knacks or misplaced items. Stick to a few statement pieces and try not to overstuff your shelves or open spaces. Keep things clean and minimal.
Here’s a tip most people do not think about. We tend to push furniture up against the wall to create more space in a room, but that can sometimes feel strange. We want to encourage comfort and conversation, not keep everyone with their backs to a wall.
Consider instead orienting furniture around a central point in the room. For example, around a fireplace, underneath a ceiling fan, or in a particularly sunny corner. Ideally, don’t orient your entire room around an entertainment system.
You’ll find this cozy arrangement is much better for inviting people into your home and enjoying time together.
There is nothing better than letting beautiful, natural light pour into your rooms. Make sure you are capturing every bit of the natural sunlight your home receives, especially if you’re facing north or south.
Swap out dark or thick window coverings for lighter ones - both in color and weight. Thinner fabric will help the room feel lighter, even when the sunshine outside is dim.
Accent walls, decorative pillows, statement pieces. Try not to design a room with one single color or pattern. Mix and match complementary colors or patterns to avoid building a dull room. This design mix keeps your room exciting and visually appealing. You can use this as an opportunity to show off a particularly unique piece of furniture in your home or even a favorite art piece.
Keep these basic tips in mind when designing your dream home, and you’ll be sure to love every space in it. Remember to maximize natural light, don’t go crazy with the statement pieces, and take advantage of design tricks to expand your home's many areas.