Enhance the appeal of your space with practical, yet artful solutions you can afford. You can decorate your own space using what you already have. By rearranging your furniture, lights and accessories, give your home or office a new-look while reflecting your personal style. Using placement over purchase you can create a living space that is beautiful, balanced and functional, featuring YOU, as the interior decorator.

Things To Know Before You Start

Everything doesn’t need to match

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Using different textures, patterns and colors from similar items, gives a room depth and dimension. Tie it all together with color. Not everything goes together, but you can mix and match pieces and place them artfully to make it look great.

Placement is everything

Your primary goal is to design a usable, inviting space with a cozy conversation area based around a focal point. The focal point of a room influences the arrangement of furniture. Once you have established a workable arrangement everything else will fall into place naturally.

Let’s Get Started

It’s best to start with a blank slate

In the space you want to redesign move out as much as you can if you’ve already been using that space. Remove pictures from the walls, decorations, accessories, trinkets, table and floor lamps, baskets, plants, pillows, everything but the furniture you want to use. If there is furniture you know you won’t be using then move it out too. Place the items in a different room so you can “shop” from that space. Moving things out gives you a fresh look at your space.

Find the focal point

diy-decoratingAs you decorate your own space, remember you want to have the most impact from the entrance of the room so when you walk in or a guest does, it has a Wow Factor. Look for the most architectural element in the room, a fireplace, a group of windows with a nice view, an exposed brick wall and if you don’t have any of those elements, create your own focal wall. The room’s largest wall can become your focal point by what you put on or against it.  Having a focal point also takes the focus off the less attractive features of the room.

Create balance in the room

Artful placement creates visual movement and encourages our eyes to move around a room in an organized way. When you look around the room you want your eyes to be drawn up and down by the furniture, art, doors and windows because of the different heights, but you don’t want it to look like a roller coaster. Hang pictures and wall art at same levels.

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You don’t need something on every wall. So a room doesn’t feel lopsided or heavy on one side, bring balance by placing a tall piece on the other side of the room too, and this goes for furniture size also. Make sure lamps and accessories are of similar height or size. Use pairs of like items. Pairs create harmony and establish visual rhythm in a room, giving it a cohesive feel, making a room feel more comfortable and relaxed. It is all about equalizing the visual weight of objects. Don’t forget to look around in other rooms to find a piece that will help balance the room you’re working on.

Where to place your accessories

Before you place your favorite accessories make sure you have finished the placement of furniture, pictures and wall art. It’s like getting dressed, you wouldn’t put on a belt or a necklace before you put on your outfit. The way you decorate your home should reflect your interests, passions, style, and things you have collected over time.

  • The trick to accessorizing your space is to make it look intentional. Tie everything together with color. Pick a color or shades of that color from pictures or artwork in your space and use pops of that color around the room.
  • Accessorize with pillows and throws in varying fabrics with your color or shades of the color.
  • Blending different textures makes your space more interesting, adding dimension.
  • Place your accessories in groupings of odd numbers and vary the pieces according to size, color and direction. Place the largest item in the center with the smaller pieces on the sides.
  • Less is more! Too many items in one space will create a cluttered feel and doesn’t show case what you want to be seen. You can place your favorite trinkets or collections anywhere in your home.
As you decorate your own space, IF it feels like it’s not coming together, take a break and come back later.

Sometimes just doing that helps you to see what isn’t working for you and why. You will know when it feels right when you step back, look at it and say “That’s it!!”

To wrap it up…..

The ultimate goal is LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE!

When you walk into your space and you’re impressed or when guests come into your space and it’s like an experience for them as they look around and enjoy the way you have artfully placed things, be proud of yourself. YOU have enhanced the appeal of your space with practical, yet artful solutions and created a living space that is beautiful, balanced and functional.

What space would you like to decorate? I’d love to see your comments below.

8 Comments

  1. I just moved into a house in the country a year ago, and have struggled to pull our “look” together. Our floorplan is wide open, so the kitchen dining area, and livingroom are all open. We are finally comfortable with how we have decorated. We used the same wall color throughout, and the same wood finishes. Each space looks like a separate space, while keeping a certain level of cohesiveness. Great tips and things to remember! Thank you!

    James Howe
    1. Hi James, I’ll bet your house in the country is amazing. I agree with the same wall color throughout the main living spaces and halls, along with wood finishes. Thanks for the comment and enjoy that wonderful home. Love Where You Live~

      Therese
  2. Thanks for this interesting article. You have a lot of details which is good for me because I know very little about decorating. I am going to be using your site for decorating ideas.

    Thanks for sharing.

    John

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