Some people are born with a great eye for decorating or design. Others learn the skill and are able to apply it successfully. And then there are the rest of us. If you don’t have much of a knack for design, a few basic techniques can go a long way.
These decorating rules and principles are simple enough that most anyone can apply them. Your home might not look like a West Elm catalogue, but it’ll look presentable.
1. Find Your Room’s Focal Point
A room’s focal point is its most emphasized feature. It’s the thing your eyes are naturally drawn to when you walk into the room. And everything around the focal point compliments it. If your room doesn’t have a built-in focal point, here are some tips and options for creating one:
-Paint one wall a different color, then accessorize with artwork or shelves.
-Decide what you want to use the room for, then create a focal point around that, For example, if you want to use a room for reading, you’d make a bookshelf your focal point.
– using a large piece of furniture as a focal point.
-You could use a large piece of artwork as a focal point. A large mirror also works well.
2. Layer Your Lighting
Ambient: Its also called general lighting, and its the overhead lighting meant to evenly illuminate a room.
Task: As its name suggests, task lighting is meant to light a specific task. A lamp in the living room might light a reading area. Under-cabinet lights in a kitchen serve as task lights for countertops.
Accent: Accent lights are meant to highlight a particular object. You might see them on painting, for example.
Adding different types lighting can give your room dimension. Start with ambient lighting in each room, then consider how you can use task and accent lighting.
3. Use Rugs to Define Areas
A rug can anchor a room, define it, add warmth, and help layer a room’s decor. Use a rug to define or separate areas, such as seating or dining areas. This is especially useful in studio apartments or larger rooms that need definition.