Your household is a canvass and you are the painter. No matter what interior designers around the world say or architecture magazines write about, what matters at the end of the day is simply what makes you feel comfortable. Nothing should hinder the expression of your personal aesthetic tastes in your own small kingdom, but one should still heed some basic tenants of interior design. With that in mind, here are some useful tips on how to decorate your household room by room.
Begin with paint
The best place to start when it comes to decorating your household is a wall. Painting the rooms with the preferred color is akin to putting on broad strokes on the blank canvass – it will give you a general idea of the mood and the direction your room is about to settle into. This visual indicator, the color, can ignite new and unexpected sparks of inspiration that can truly help you come to the most definite decision when it comes to decoration.
When it comes to choosing a color, there are hardly any rules set in stone. Different colors leave a variety of lasting impressions but the general rule of thumb goes as follows – brighter colors open up spaces and darker colors define it more clearly. You can have one color as the primary – usually the more neutral hue –and the more distinct color as the secondary. With that in mind, you can go from room to room and, depending on its size and arrangement of doors and windows, decide what’s the color that will draw the best out of its features.
Use the extra space wisely
If you end up with some extra space on your hands, you should allocate it to some productive activity. One of the most popular choices is definitely to create a private gym. With a few quality pieces of gym equipment in one of the rooms, you can save a lot of time usually spent on constant back and forth between the house and the public gym. Just make sure you have repainted the walls into a color that stimulates your mood and raises your energy levels. In addition, avoid adding carpets – you don’t want to be exposed to dust that raises from the carpets as you exercise.
Of course, this extra space can be utilized for anything according to your preferences – it can be a music room, a painting nook or a writing hub. Even if it is not a separate room but a part of a larger chamber, you can always separate it from the rest of the space by adding an aesthetically interesting divider or a curtain.
Experiment with furniture combination
When people start moving into their new household or move back into the old one after the renovation, they will almost certainly own the amorphous collection of bulky furniture. More often than not, people drag with them more than they need and they will often end up with some extra stuff on their hands. This is why you should go into your house while it’s empty.
Walk through your household room by room after the paint has dried and try to imagine the variety of furniture arrangements. You will almost certainly have very specific ideas about which piece goes with what, but don’t be afraid to experiment with furniture combinations. We live in the time when the eclectic interior design allows us to create daring mishmashes, so use this decorative zeitgeist to your advantage and have some fun while you are decorating.
At the end of the day, you will still probably end up with an extra few pieces on your hands. Walk into every room of your household one final time now that it is already arranged and try to find an opportune space for these “orphan” pieces. If they simply do not mesh with what you created, you can either leave them in storage or give them away to someone who can do something useful with them. Do not be afraid to let go of your furniture in order to achieve the decorative equilibrium!
Decorating your household is a balancing act of financial opportunities and practical choices. In addition to this, you have to divide your attention between the balancing act and your financial situation. This is why it is so important to have at least some idea about the basic guidelines on how to decorate your household. With these tips in mind, you can safely go room by room and create your own mosaic of interior delights you’ll definitely be proud of.
by Diana Smith