Good morning darlings,
Today I have a treat for you! I'm giving you 30 decorating do's and don'ts to remember when you starting doing your own space.
Here they are;
- Create a floor plan: Draw up a floor plan of your room, try different furniture arrangements & placements. This will give you an idea of different options & ways to optimize your space.
- Create an inspiration board: Gather pictures, textures & fabrics anything that you find that gives you inspiration. Pinterest boards are perfect examples.
- Coordinate rooms in your home: To create & or keep flow in your home, coordinate your rooms which like colors, similar style, textures. Or use one accent throughout your entire space.
- Mix textures: Don't be afraid of texture, it can create visually appealing rooms all on its own. Make sure they all work together, nothings worse then 2 textures that don't gel.
- Use dramatic color: Small spaces especially, as it brightens & adds color. As well as adds character to the sometimes dull& eventful.
- Splurge on quality pieces: There are those times where I would highly suggest, buying those quality timeless pieces that will last you a lifetime. (who wants to keep replacing year after year?)
- Test paint colors in a large way: Purchase mini test pots large paint chips to put on your wall. Live with your paint choices for a couple of days, you want to make sure you love it in all hours of the day.
- Trust your instincts: Don't be afraid to go with your gut, it could be the best decision you make.
- Create a centre or focal point: I love creating centre/focal points, it creates a conversation as well as visual interest as soon as you enter a room.
- Pay attention to door's & entrances: Don't forget about the small stuff, paying attention to entrances and door details can save you in the long run.
- Find your own style: We always say be yourself, so why does that change from our home décor? Do you!
- Fill empty corners: Especially if your tight on storage, use the corners to your benefit. Just keep in mind of how much you add, you still want some blank space.
- Display your collections: This can be a tricky concept. Display and show off your collections in a neat & clean way. You don't even have to have your whole collection out, mix it up every once in a while as well.
- Control the flow: You want the feeling of flow in a room, everything works together. Otherwise it can make you feel stressed or overwhelmed when there is to much going on.
- Hire Help: If all else fails and you are really stumped, don't be afraid to hire a decorator. We all need a little outside perspective sometimes, even me.
- Avoid following trends
- Don't forget about seating: Don't skimp on seating little nooks will draw people in, creating a comfortable space. It's doesn't hurt either if you entertain a lot.
- Don't ignore architectural details: If you have an old house, or the old owner added some architectural elements embrace them. It adds character, and something nobody else has.
- Don't make a room to formulaic: You don't want to make your room to stiff, you want to enjoy the space as well as make it feel unified.
- Don't go overboard: It's easy to do so just be careful on how crazy you go. Know your limit and stay within it (no casino pun intended).
- Don't follow your friends: Try to find your own inspiration what works in their space, may not work in yours.
- Don't think to small: Think scale, you don't want a bunch of small knick knacks taking over, or a small side table that doesn't fit much.
- Don't risk a pillow pileup: Who doesn't like pillows? Be careful you don't go crazy and over run your couch with them. Depending on the size & scale 2-4 pillows is more than ideal.
- Less is always more: Some believe less is more, some believe more is more. It depends on the look you are going for, but have your bare minimums & go from there. That's might be all you need to make a space feel alive.
- Don't decorate with white: This is a personal choice, some love white only. Others have children & pets and say what's the point? If you love it and know what comes with using it then I say go for it, if not then don't.
- Don't settle: Don't just settle to get it done, find pieces overtime, be patient and find that "right piece" for you.
- Don't rush: I myself had to learn patience, this took a while but now I see what the benefit is. Similar to don't settle take your time, the pieces that speak to you will find you. Don't rush your own masterpiece.
- Don't always match: Spaces that are to "matchy matchy" (yup I just used that) feels a little overwhelming. Now a days people are mixing so many patterns and fabrics, that matching is just not a must anymore.
- Don't ignore scale: Similar to don't think to small, watch the scale of your furniture to the size of your space. You don't want it to feel to light or to clunky.
- Don't forget about natural lighting: Man made lighting is a given, but don't forget about the sun. It can add warmth & a feeling of invitation. It can change the atmosphere of a room as well as the added benefit of vitamin D. So open those blinds & curtains and let that sun shine in.
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What are some of your Do's and Don'ts you follow? How do you get started?
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