There are some important principles that guide interior designers to ensure a great result every time. And these aren’t tricks or skills that take years to master. Anyone can do them from day one. Consider this a foundation for developing your own quirky, creative, rule-breaking intuition. Though his article, Boca do Lobo reveals 5 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better.
1. Pick the Paint Color Last
There are thousands of paint colors with various tints, tones and shades. And each one looks different from home to home, because light sources vary, meaning what looks good in your current home might not in your new one.
You want the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, rug and whatever else. You can pick that color only if your stuff is actually inside your home.
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2. Give Your Furniture Some Breathing Room
Resist overcrowding a room. Gracious and contemporary living rooms means space to maneuver with ease. You don’t need to fill up a space with lots of luxury furniture.
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The wall lamps shown here, for example, stand out because they don’t have to fight for attention.
3. Hang Artwork at the Right Height
Design galleries and museums hang artwork so that the midline (center) of each piece is 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. And you should do the same.
In a room like this, where the ceilings soar, there might be a tendency to hang the art higher. But remember: It needs to relate to human scale, not the structure’s scale.
If you’re not sure, take a picture. This can give you a sense of whether a larger or smaller piece of art is needed.
4. Know How to Arrange Furniture on a Rug
There are basically three ways you can arrange luxury furniture on your rug. The first is all on: The rug is large enough to place all of the furniture legs on top of it. This creates a more luxurious feel. For this, bigger is better.
All off: If you have a small room, keeping all legs off the rug is a great cost-effective choice. You don’t want to pick too small a rug, though, or it may look insignificant, like an afterthought. The rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces. This approach is best suited when you’re layering a pattern over a larger solid or textured rug.
Front on: Put just the front feet of all your seating pieces on the rug to tie the arrangement together visually and create a well-defined space while lending a feeling of openness.
5. Be Bold
Personality is what makes a space great. Make your own statement and have fun. The more you try, the more you will begin to see what works and what doesn’t.
Incorporate unexpected elements for drama.