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Whether you’ve just moved in or you’ve decided that your home could use a change, decorating is a big job. Not only do you have to decide on an aesthetic for your home, but you also have to buy them from art galleries and get your hands on the decor that you need to bring that aesthetic to life.
No matter what vibe or aesthetic you’re going for, here are a few home decorating tips that can help you make your home look and feel like your very own.
#1. Use Neutral Colors
A splash of color here and there is a good way to add character to your home, but using neutral colors for the all-around color will help your home look classier. Save the colors for an accent wall or throw pillows.
When it comes to choosing an accent color to match your chosen neutral color, there are a number of different methods. Mixing light and dark is one of the most popular methods. By painting your walls white, but using navy blue, royal purple, or even black for certain accents, you’ll create a dynamic look.
#2. Mess Around With Textures
When you look for throw pillows, don’t be afraid to mix and match textures. Adding multiple contrasting textures can make your home feel cozier, especially in your living room. The same goes for other areas of your home, though. Hang a corkboard next to a piece of art or a smooth photo frame.
Textures aren’t just in things that you touch regularly or sit on. They also include plants that stand in a corner, the glass in your windows, and stone or carpeted floors. Maybe you have hardwood flooring and choose a thick, wool area rug for the living room or bedroom. This is a great way to mess around with textures.
#3. Purchase Fine Art
If you have the budget for it, buying fine art from an art gallery to showcase in your home is a great decorating trick. Maybe you only have one or two pieces, but being able to show off your own collection of fine art will certainly make your home look and feel classier.
You don’t need to cover your walls in fine art for your home to look fabulous. Buying one large statement piece can be enough for a single room when placed correctly, so don’t be afraid to commit to the investment if you love the artwork.
There’s a lot to keep in mind when buying fine art, so be sure that you thoroughly understand the pieces that you’re interested in. If you decide to go through a broker or company, make sure that you trust them and that they have experience buying the type of art you’re interested in. Fine arts agents aren’t regulated and some may have less experience than others, so take the time to research an agent before committing.
#4. Choose Your Upholstery Wisely
Back in the day, everyone wanted matching upholstery and furniture. Buying a complete furniture set can get expensive, however. The good news is that that’s no longer the only option!
Depending on the look you’re going for, you may decide to match all your upholstery or you may want to go with a mix-match collection of furniture. A matching set will give your home a more clean, mature look and feel whereas a collection of different types of upholstery will make your home feel more welcoming and cozy.
Upholstery plays an important role in the feel of your home, whether you’re decorating your living room, office, or in-home theatre. Whether you head to the thrift store in hopes of finding some vintage, fixer-upper pieces or you head to a local furniture store for an all-matching set, your upholstery will add the most noticeable finishing touch to any decorating scheme.
#5. Add an Area Rug
Even if you have carpeted floors, adding an area rug can help spice up any room. Fun, colorful patterns will add a more playful feel to a room while a thick, monochrome rug will add class.
Area rugs aren’t just a decorating hack, they’re also a cleaning hack. Unlike carpeting, rugs can be rolled up and taken to the cleaners whenever something spills or stains them. This can save you a lot of money and help you avoid the hassle of scheduling a full carpet cleaning service. Plus, they add charm wherever they’re placed!
#6. Incorporate Easy Organization
The quickest way to make your home feel dirty and messy is by allowing things to get cluttered. By incorporating easy organization into your decorating, you’ll avoid the biggest messes and make cleaning up much easier.
Bookshelves are a fun, stylish way to provide easy organization in any room. Whether you purchase the shelf from IKEA, find it in the thrift store, or build it into your walls, bookshelves are a great home for trinkets and decor that won’t get in the way. You can also look for shelves that have boxes for bins and baskets that will help you hide things and stay organized.
Hang up a coat rack next to the front door and garage door to prevent coats from being piled on the floor. You can also build or buy a shoe rack so that both you and the kids have somewhere to put all your shoes. You’ll be amazed at just how helpful these two things can be, and they can even be built as decor.
The most important thing to remember when decorating your home is to get creative! Every home will have a unique look and feel to it, so don’t get caught up in the trends and styles that are popular today. Instead, let your own creativity flow and learn to appreciate your ideas.
Decorating your home is a project and it may never feel quite finished, but that’s okay. As time goes on and your tastes change, you’re always free to rearrange, adjust, and replace certain decorations that you no longer enjoy.